Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Un Trim a Tree

It’s all about A Kid And A Toy! You can help children in greater Prince William have a Merry Christmas through Volunteer Prince William’s Untrim a Tree program!  Last year over 3,400 children had gifts on Christmas morning; you can bring huge smiles to their faces again this Christmas!  It’s super easy: 1) Visit volunteerprincewilliam.org/donate/ to download and submit a donor form; 2) Shop for your child once you get their wish list; 3) Drop off your unwrapped gifts at the Untrim a Tree site in Manassas Park December 8-11.  Senior baskets/gift bags are also needed to help homebound senior citizens have a Happy Holiday!  Please email utat@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

Volunteer Prince William is also participating in the 76th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 3! Along walk the parade route, they’ll accept donations of new, unwrapped toys for Untrim a Tree-it’s a fun way to enjoy parade and donate to make Christmas happen for a local child! Please email utat@volunteerprincewilliam.org for more information. Special thank you to float sponsor Net Connect Inc.!

SERVE Family Shelter

The SERVE Family Shelter urgently needs volunteer groups of 5-7 people who can prepare a home-cooked meal for residents on November 28, 29 and 30 – it’s a wonderful way to start off the holidays, and is also a terrific opportunity for individuals, families or small groups!  Volunteers provide, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for about 60 guests.  Groups can either serve in-person or prepare and drop off the meal.  Please contact Julie at jrmartinez@nvfs.org or call 571.748.2674 to learn more.

Boxes of Basics

The folks at Boxes of Basics need volunteers age 18+ to help sort and organize clothing donations. Duties include packing Boxes of Basics for local children, selecting and wrapping outfits and more.  You’ll get a warm feeling as you provide for children who otherwise may face this winter without warm clothing!  Please call 571.338.3369 or email info@boxesofbasics.org for more information.

CASA CIS Give the Joy of Toys!

You can help foster kids have a Merry Christmas by supporting CASA CIS’ 2nd Annual Give the Joy of Toys campaign!  They currently have 205 children from birth to 18 years old who would love to find something under the tree December 25.  You can help by purchasing a gift from their Amazon wish list at bit.ly/3Gp7fgI.  Packages will be delivered directly to the CASA CIS office; their advocates will then have the opportunity to come and “shop” for their kids before the holidays, making it special for everyone!  Please visit CASA’s Amazon Wish List at bit.ly/3Gp7fgI; email info@casacis.org or call 703.330.8145 to learn more.

CRi Needs Holiday-Minded Volunteers

Help spread holiday cheer!  CRi (Choice. Respect. independence.) needs holiday-minded volunteers spruce up the daily COVID routine of both residents and staff by decorating the exterior of a CRi home for Winter Solstice/Christmas.  Decorations can be homemade or purchased, and as simple or as complex as you would like.  Regardless of what you choose to do, you are making a world of difference for residents and staff.  CRi has homes in Richmond, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties.  For more information and to express interest, please email Janet at jdavison@mycri.org.

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Two Weeks to Go!  The 76th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade happens December 3 at 10am, and volunteers age 18+ are still needed!  Route Marshals will stand along the parade route to ensure everyone’s safety; Staging Marshals will help organize/line up parade participants.  Breakfast provided!  You’ll feel all kinds of holiday spirit as you support this “Hometown Christmas” event!  Please visit bit.ly/3U7PZAS for specifics; email Volunteers@gmchristmasparade.org for more information.

Historic Dumfries Needs a Volunteer Arborist

The staff at Historic Dumfries urgently needs a volunteer Arborist who can help remove a very old pine tree near the historic house.  Someone knowledgeable about trees is needed to examine and help staff determine the best course for the safety of the house and wildlife in the area.  If you work for a landscaping or tree removal business that’s willing to donate a few hours for this one-time need, please contact Lisa at info@historicdumfriesva.org to learn more.

Wreaths Across America

Remember the Fallen…Honor Those Who Serve…Teach Our Children the Value of Freedom.  Northern Virginia Veterans Association is holding Wreaths Across America December 17 and 18 at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle.  Volunteers age 16+ are needed both days to help with operating the event (not wreath laying) from National Museum of the Marine Corps parking lot.  Individuals and groups are welcome to lay wreaths on the gravesites.  Please visit novavets.org, scroll down to Upcoming Events for more information.  Please email NOVAVETS.WAA@novavets.org to learn more.

Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery will take place December 17 beginning at 8am. Registration is required to place wreaths on the gravesites. It’s a meaningful way to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and Teach children the value of freedom. Please visit bit.ly/3X8vBkH and click on the red Volunteer button to register and learn more.

SERVE Needs Food Recovery Drivers

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.  Training is provided along with an agency van.  Teens can ride with drivers to help.  Just one day a week can make a life-long impact on a family in need!  Please email ncannon@nvfs.org for more information.

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