Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

Volunteer Prince William maintains a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in the Greater Prince William area. Here are a few of this week’s opportunities:

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 July 12, 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.

Animal Lovers!

Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P) is hosting their Second Annual Yard Sale July 29, 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza, Dumfries.  They need three volunteers age 18+ to help set up, staff tables, and tear down.  Two more volunteers are needed to manage games in a children’s play area.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes; snacks/lunch will be provided.  What a terrific way to spend a summer day, helping with a yard sale that will help vulnerable fur babies find permanent, loving homes!  Please email a3padvocates@gmail.com to sign up and learn more.

Admin Work

If you love admin work, CASA Virginia in Woodbridge has a wonderful opportunity for you!  They’re looking for a volunteer Receptionist to help with membership intake, phone calls, scheduling appointments, connecting members to services and some administrative work.  Bilingual in Spanish is preferred, but not required.  Volunteers must provide proof of ID and have a least three COVID vaccines prior to volunteering.  Please email amendez@wearecasa.org for more information.

Volunteers Needed at Historic Manassas, Inc.

The staff at Historic Manassas, Inc. (HMI) has a couple of exciting volunteer opportunities!  They’re looking for a “people person” Front Desk Volunteer age 21+ who can help at their Visitor Center on Thursday mornings.  You’ll have loads of fun interacting with visitors as you answer questions about Old Town Manassas and all the fun activities that take place!  HMI is also in need of SNAP Volunteers age 18+ who can help with SNAP during the Thursday and Saturday morning Farmer’s Markets, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Duties include helping people sign in, handing out tokens to spend at the market, counting tokens and explaining how the tokens work to recipients.  Training is provided.  You’ll feel wonderful knowing you’re helping vulnerable families be able to afford healthy food!  Please email kim@historicmanassasinc.org for more information about both opportunities.

Translators Needed

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area needs volunteers age 18+ to assist as Translators for spoken/written languages of refugees and Asylum seekers. Volunteers must be fluent in one of the following languages:  Ukrainian, Spanish, Pashto, Dari, Swahili and other languages as needed.  This need can be done virtually or in-person depending on client needs.  You’ll feel wonderful as you help a refugee get resources and become active members of their new community!  Please email hughesk@lssnca.org for more information.

Warehouse Volunteers Needed

One Community Social Services is responsible for providing over 3,000 newly arrived Afghan refugees in Northern Virginia with basic necessities such as clothing, furniture, baby and childcare goods, toiletries, and other items.  They have an ongoing need for Warehouse Volunteers to help maintain their warehouse in Woodbridge with duties such as organizing and restocking.  Volunteers fluent in either Dari or Pashto are a tremendous help, but it’s not a requirement.  All are welcome, and family-friendly!  Please email Yasmeen at yasmeen@ocsocialservices.org for more information.

Take a Hike and Help the Parks!

PWC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism needs Trail Monitor Volunteers to walk a trial, or section of trail, on a weekly basis. During their walk, volunteers will pick up litter and look for maintenance issues, such as damaged trees and hanging branches, standing water, trail washouts, etc. Trail Monitors will take pictures of identified issues and report their findings to the Maintenance and Operations Division.  Your family can enjoy quality time together outdoors while helping keep the trails clean and safe for others!  Please visit bit.ly/43wpE3X for more details; email ELoew@pwcgov.org for more information.

Gardeners!  Wildlife lovers!

Prince William Conservation Alliance needs volunteers on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, to manage the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area’s wildlife garden!  Your help will make it possible for all creatures great and small to find nesting sites, food, and places to rest and hide among a wealth of Virginia’s native plants.  Please email alliance@pwconserve.org to learn more.

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.  Volunteers should be prepared to commit to a minimum of six months.  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.

Childcare Volunteers Needed

St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional & Maternity Housing is seeking Childcare Volunteers age 18+ on Wednesday nights, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., so the mothers can attend Life Skills classes. Volunteers aged 16-17 can help but must volunteer with an adult. Just an hour of your time will go a long way in helping families grow in mind, body and spirit!  They also need donations of household supplies and baby/toddler supplies for the families; every gift goes directly to mothers in need.  For a list of most-needed items, please visit bit.ly/3qFxPfI.  Please call 703.910.4845 or email smc@ccda.net for more information.

Food Distribution Help Needed

St. Thomas UMC Food Pantry needs volunteers age 12+ to help with Food Distribution to clients on Wednesday evenings (4:30 to 7:45 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).  The church is located at 8899 Sudley Road, Manassas.  Duties include packing food, taking food to clients’ vehicles, traffic control and checking in clients.  Bilingual skills in Spanish especially helpful!  You’ll feel great as you distribute food to vulnerable families who struggle to make ends meet in our community!  Please email rebecca.runkles@stthomasumc.org to learn how you can help.

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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