Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

If your New Year’s resolutions include getting involved with the community, please remember that volunteerprincewilliam.org lists thousands of opportunities just waiting for eager volunteers like you! Email jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more about how you can get involved.  Don’t forget to like their Facebook and Twitter pages for late-breaking opportunities as well!

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Give Blood, Save a Life! American Red Cross will be holding “The Joe 15 Team” 15th Annual Blood Drive in honor of Joseph “Joe” Page and Michael Page birthdays on Jan. 21, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Manassas Church of the Brethren, 10047 Nokesville Road, Manassas.  To schedule your appointment, please visit RedCrossBlood.org/make-donation and enter the key words “The Joe 15 Team.”  Please email Debd509@aol.com to learn more.

Birthright of Woodbridge

Birthright of Woodbridge is looking for volunteers to offer loving, confidential, non-judgmental support to those who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant.  Many volunteer opportunities are available; full training and mentorship is provided for volunteers so you can best help the women who need you!  Volunteers are needed both mornings and afternoons.  Please email woodbridge@birthright.org or call 703.583.1178 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 call 703-451-8881, ext. 232 to learn more.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

You can make a difference in the life of a child! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers age 21+ who care about children growing up in a safe, permanent and loving home. The staff will hold their next Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Learn how you can help protect abused and neglected children in your community by becoming a volunteer advocate. Please email jpolen@casacis.org or call 703.330.8145 to receive the link to the meeting.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition and Program

The members of Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. announce the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition and Program on Jan. 16 at 11:00 a.m. on their YouTube channel, PWCAC-DST-MEDIA.  This is a free virtual event, and the audience will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite middle school and high school orator using a special text-to-vote feature while watching the program.  Following the event, the public is encouraged to stop by 2701 Neabsco Commons Place, Suite 150, Woodbridge, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and donate “ready-to-eat” meals.  Items such as applesauce or fruit cups, microwaveable mac & cheese bowls or heat-and-sip soups, granola or other snack bars, and other foods that require minimal or no preparation to eat and enjoy are welcome.  All donations will be supplied to Northern Virginia Food Rescue to support their efforts in fighting hunger.  Please visit pwcacdst.org/mlk for more information, email pwcac.mlk@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

SERVE’s Family Shelter

SERVE’s Family Shelter needs volunteer groups of five to seven people who can prepare home-cooked meals for its residents in January and February.  It’s a terrific team-building opportunity for families or small groups!  Volunteers provide, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for about 60 guests on weekends and holidays.  Groups can either serve in-person or prepare and drop off the meal.  Please visit nvfs.org/get-involved/volunteer/ to view available meals, email jrmartinez@nvfs.org or call 571.748.2674 to learn more.

Veterans Treatment Docket

·If you’re an Honorably Discharged or Retired Veteran wanting to help other veterans, here’s a terrific opportunity for you!  The Veterans Treatment Docket, a program of Prince William County Government Criminal Justice Services, is looking for volunteers age 21+ to act as Veteran Mentors to engage, encourage and empower fellow veterans that are involved in the criminal justice system.  Duties include be available by phone/video or other means to assist docket participants and be there for your veteran.  This may include nights and weekends.  A 12-month commitment is required; training is provided.  You’ll feel great as you share your own veteran experiences and help a fellow vet get their life and affairs back on track again!  Please visit bit.ly/3HBNZxe for details, email cmayers@pwcgov.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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