Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Untrim-a-Tree

It’s About a Kid and a Toy!  Volunteer Prince William announces Untrim-a-Tree, a holiday program which provides gifts to thousands of our neighbors in the greater Prince William community.  You can help bring a brighter holiday season to local children and seniors!  Simply sponsor a child – each child receives two gifts, valued at not more than $50-$75 per child.  Donations of Senior Baskets will be given to homebound seniors throughout the community.  Baskets could include card games, crossword puzzles, hand cream, warm socks, lap throws or wraps.  Please call Jan at 571.292.5307 or email jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to request a donor form.

Christmas Donations

Ho Ho Ho!  Christmas is getting near, and you can help a child have a Happy Holiday!  House of Mercy is asking for donations of new gifts valued at $25 for their Christmas with Mercy program by Dec. 1.  Volunteers are needed!  Please email akellogg@houseofmercyva.org for more information.  ACTS is accepting new toy donations for Toys for Tots until Dec. 8.  Please email ea@actspwc.org to learn more.  SERVE is accepting donations of new toys and gift cards for their Gifting for Families program.  Please visit nvfs.org/support/holiday-giving/gifting-for-families/ for details and email jwarren@nvfs.org with any questions.

Disaster Response

No community within the Prince William area is immune to the havoc and devastation caused by a disaster, whether natural or manmade.  Volunteer Prince William is recruiting volunteers for Disaster Response positions.  Trained volunteers can fill a critical role in disaster response and alleviate the challenge of spontaneous, untrained volunteers.  Volunteers are needed to help as Reception Center Staff and Public Outreach and Education, which includes educational games such as Disaster Jeopardy and Ready Bingo. Training is provided, and you’ll feel great as you help our local community rebuild following a disaster!  Please contact Claudia at ccalderon@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn how you can get involved.

Pets

Animal lovers!  The staff at Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P) needs volunteers in a variety of positions to help make life better for the fur babies.  Volunteers under 16 can help but must volunteer with a parent.  Just a few hours a day, a week, or a month can make a difference in the lives of these 4-legged friends!  Please visit a3padvocates.org/volunteer or email a3padvocates@gmail.com to learn how you can get involved.

Manassas Christmas Parade

The 75th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade is back, and volunteers age 18+ are needed to act as Route Marshalls and Staging Marshalls to support the parade on Dec. 4.  Your help will be greatly appreciated as you make sure the parade proceeds in a safe and orderly fashion, while keeping spectators safe along the route!  Please visit bit.ly/3CSgDot for details; click on the Respond button to sign up.  Breakfast will be provided for volunteers!  Questions?  Please email Dhannum.gmcp@gmail.com for more information.

Jolly Ol’ Confections Dessert Tasting

Teens, here’s a chance to get in some service hours and join in some holiday fun!  Historic Manassas, Inc. is hosting Jolly Ol’ Confections Dessert Tasting on Dec. 19, and volunteers age 16+ are needed to help as Dessert Attendants from 12:45 to 4:00 p.m.  Wear your festive holiday apparel and help spread holiday cheer!  Please sign up at bit.ly/3x4p3qH.  If you have questions, please email Beverly  at Beverly@historicmanassasinc.org.

Medical Reserve Corps

Support your local health department and your community during a public health emergency!  Volunteers are needed to support several missions, including public health education and outreach, disease investigation, vaccine clinics, and more!  Medical experience is not required; they have roles for everyone!  Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age, complete minimum training, and pass a state background check to serve.  Please fill out an application at vamrc.org.  Questions?  Please email Amy at princewilliam@vamrc.org for more information.

Dog Lovers!

Prince William County Dogs is searching for Dog Park Elves age 18+ to support Photos With Santa on Dec. 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at K9 Gunner Memorial Park, 13000 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge.  Duties include coordinate flow of families, pets and Santa in and out of the photoshoot and help manage concessions.  You’ll feel so festive as you help the pooches get their “close-up” with Santa while helping to promote this dog-friendly park.  Please email Dbergeron@pwcdogs.com to learn more.

Help Support Veterans

RSVP’s VETS Program which provides transportation for veterans and their spouses to medical appointments is back, and volunteer drivers age “55 or better” are needed!  Volunteers must be at least 55 years old and successfully complete both a criminal and driving record check.  It’s a wonderful way to give back and say “thank you” to our veterans for all they’ve done!  Please email jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org or call 571.292.5307 for more information.

Wreaths Across America

Mark Your Calendars!  Wreaths Across America will be held Dec. 18 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle.  This is a wonderful, meaningful event for families and a good way to Remember, Honor and Teach children about the sacrifices made by our veterans.  Please register on Eventbrite at bit.ly/30hGBmT – be sure to read the important information on that page.  Please email Fred@novavets.org to learn more.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please call Volunteer Prince William at 703.369.5292 or visit volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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