Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

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 our Untrim a Tree site in Manassas Park Dec. 8 to 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.

Boxes of Basics

Boxes of Basics needs 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.

Brain Injury Services

Brain Injury Services needs PALS volunteers to be matched in a one-to-one friendship with a survivor of a brain injury for monthly outings in the community or friendly visits in their home.  You’ll feel great as you help empower a client through the act of human connection!  Please email mthyen@braininjurysvcs.org or 703-451-8881, ext. 232 to learn more.

CASA CIS

ou 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 (Choice. Respect. independence.)

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.

House of Mercy

Here’s a great holiday volunteer opportunity!  The staff at House of Mercy needs lots of volunteer Elves to support their Christmas With Mercy program beginning Dec. 12.  A wide variety of jobs are available leading up to their toy distribution on Dec. 17!  Volunteers age 12+ welcome, volunteers between 12-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian.  You’ll feel the true spirit of Christmas as you make a Joyous Christmas possible for vulnerable families!  Please visit   bit.ly/3gt85i7 to sign up, email jmcclay@houseofmercyva.org for more information.

Independence Empowerment Center (IEC)

Please join Independence Empowerment Center (IEC) staff and board members for an Open House Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. as they recognize their Senator Colgan Advocacy Award winner and partake in holiday festivities.  Need to do some holiday shopping?  Included in the event will be a Pampered Chef demonstration and the opportunity to shop for a cause; a portion of Pampered Chef sales will benefit IEC!  Can’t wait to see you there:  8409 Dorsey Circle, Suite 101, Manassas.  Can’t make it?  Shop online at pamperedchef.com/party/shannonstraughn1213; 25% of your order will support IEC!  Please email bfulford@ieccil.org for more information.

Northern Virginia Veterans Association

Remember the Fallen…Honor Those Who Serve…Teach Our Children the Value of Freedom.  Northern Virginia Veterans Association is holding Wreaths Across America Dec. 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.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army Prince William County needs volunteer Ringers for their Red Kettle Campaign operating at local stores through Dec. 24.   Money dropped into the kettles goes back to the local community to support programs such as social services assistance, homeless shelters and much more.  Please visit registertoring.com/benefits.aspx for more information and to sign up.  Please email Harold.Gitau@uss.salvationarmy.org for more information.

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery will take place Dec. 17 beginning at 8:00 a.m. 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

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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