Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

Friday, May 20 is Bike to Work Day, promoting cycling as a healthy form of commuting to work.  Pit stops will be available in Prince William County, including Woodbridge, Dumfries, Old Town Manassas and Haymarket. The day has been expanded to include people who telework, so you can walk out your front door, get on your bike, ride to the nearest pit stop to pick up your free t-shirt, and come back home energized and ready to start the day! Registration is required to receive your free t-shirt; please visit biketoworkmetrodc.org/ to view the pit stop list and sign up.  Please email hmorello@omniride.com to learn more.

If you enjoy helping immigrants learn English, BEACON is recruiting virtual volunteers to teach Summer Conversation Classes online for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The three-week summer conversation classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; July 11 to 29.  Volunteers teach once or twice a week and must plan their own lesson using materials provided by BEACON.  No second language or teaching experience needed; experience using Zoom is a plus. Free, professional level training is provided.  Mandatory training will be Saturday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon via Zoom.  Volunteers must submit a volunteer application and pass a background check. Please visit bit.ly/3wcYjUY to submit an application or email Jmorazuniga@osbva.org to learn more.

Do you enjoy working with the special needs population?  Evan’s Voice Community Center is holding their iCanSwim program June 20 to 24 at Prince William County Schools Aquatic Center, and they need 25 volunteers age 15+ to help conduct the sessions.  Volunteers will work with swimmers 45 to 60 minutes.  No experience with the disabled necessary, but volunteers must be comfortable being in the water.  It’s a terrific way to teach swimming and water safety to a population who otherwise might not receive this critical training!  Please text 703.596.2411 to learn more.

Hey Shutterbugs!  Historic Dumfries and the Weems-Botts Museum is looking for a volunteer Photographer to take professional quality photographs of the outside of the museum and park for marketing print and digital marketing products.  Photographers will provide their own equipment.  The park has many historic features as well as beautiful garden beds and flowering trees and shrubs.  For more information, please contact Lisa at (703) 221-2218 or info@historicdumfriesva.org.

Is your group looking for a project?  Why not support House of Mercy’s Tushies and Toes Drive!  Donations of new socks, underwear and diapers are urgently needed for their clients.  It’s easy!  1) Purchase the items (don’t forget, teens and adults need new socks, underwear and adult diapers, too!); 2) Head to House of Mercy’s facility, 8170 Flannery Court, Manassas on May 20 or 21; 3) Drop your donations in the outside bin; 4) Drive away with their thanks and gratitude for supporting their clients with this critical need! Questions?  Please email scrooks@houseofmercyva.org or call 703.659.1636 for more information.

The staff at Keep Prince William Beautiful is hosting a Potomac Mills Mall Cleanup on May 21, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Potomac Mills Mall.  Volunteers of all ages welcome, younger volunteers must volunteer with a responsible adult.  Please meet in the mall parking lot located at the end of Worth Avenue.  The cleanup route will focus on Worth Avenue and Potomac Mills Circle.  Cleanup supplies provided by KWPB, free pizza and water also provided!  You get to be outdoors, beautify an area with friends/family and enjoy a free lunch!  Please visit bit.ly/3FPU8mv to register, email abrown@kpwb.org for more information.

McLean Bible Church’s Manassas campus is looking for compassionate volunteers age 18+ to support their Adults with Disabilities Day Program.  Volunteers must pass a background check and fingerprinting.  The program meets Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – just a couple of hours a week will do much to support this special-needs population and allow you to give back to the community!  Please visit bit.ly/3MpR5TZ for details, email hope.pelletier@mcleanbible.org to learn more.

Park West Lions Club needs volunteers age 14+ to support their weekly Bingo Games held Monday evenings, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at their clubhouse located at 8620 Sunnygate Drive, Manassas.  Families are welcome to help out!  Flexible schedules, there are a number of ways volunteers can support this weekly event which helps raise funds for this community service organization.  Please call Jim at 571.436.3254 to learn more.

Tree Lovers, Prince William Conservation Alliance has a new volunteer opportunity!  It’s time to return to Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket and do maintenance on the 158 trees planted over two years ago. Volunteers are needed May 22, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to cut back encroaching invasive plants and provide some care to the diverse set of trees planted. All ages welcome, and you’ll feel great as you help ensure these trees continue to grow strong!  Please contact Ashley at alliance@pwconserve.org or call 703.490.5200 to RSVP and learn more.

Saved Hands Foundation needs business-minded volunteers to help with resumes, event planning, admin, grant writing, network admin, and more!  Hours are on weekdays and are flexible.  You’ll feel great as you provide clients the necessary tools and resources to realize their professional goals and personal growth!  Please email savedhandsinc.2008@yahoo.com to learn more.

You can help feed food insecure families!  SERVE has an Urgent need for Food Recovery Drivers, age 21+ to support their food assistance program.  Volunteers drive to area grocery stores/restaurants to pick up food donations and deliver back to the Hunger Resource Center in Manassas.  Be prepared to lift boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.  Drivers must commit to twice a month for at least six months.  Training is provided along with an agency van.  Teens can ride with drivers to help.  This is a wonderful way to give back to the community!  Please email ncannon@nvfs.org for more information.

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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