Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Are you looking for a project to do with the kids during their holiday break?  Manassas City Animal Shelter is in urgent need of donations of items such as dog/cat food, dog/cat treats, dog/cat toys, cat litter, bleach, wipes, Dawn dish soap, trash bags and more!  You can collect these items and drop them off at the shelter, 10039 Dean Drive, Manassas. What a wonderful way to begin 2024, knowing you’re providing homeless animals with much-needed supplies! Please call 703.257.2420 to learn more.

You can help fight food insecurity!

The staff at ACTS is in Urgent need of volunteers to support their Food Donation Center, 17958 Dr. David Cline Lane, Dumfries on weekdays.  Flexible schedules!  Jobs include accepting and weighing donations and complete receipts when requested.  Volunteers will also shelve donations, pre-fill grocery bags, and assist NOVA Food Rescue Heroes with loading their vehicles for Home Deliveries.  You’ll feel awesome knowing you’re helping this organization provide food to over 2,000 people each month!  Please fill out a volunteer application at actspwc.org, be prepared to download proof of vaccination against COVID-19.  Questions?  Please email SCouteau@actspwc.org to learn more.

Help low-income children get seasonal clothing!

Boxes of Basics has released their volunteer schedule for January, and volunteers age 12+ are needed to help sort and shelve donations, pack Boxes of Basics and assorted other tasks.  All volunteer activity is held at their warehouse, 9239 Mike Garcia Drive, Manassas.  It’s a terrific opportunity and will help vulnerable children get the clothing they need to get through the winter months!  Please visit their Sign Up Genius page at bit.ly/3t6kj6b.

Looking for Snow Team Drivers

It’s going to be mild weather on Christmas Day, but the folks at Capital Caring Health realize winter weather can return any time!  They’re looking for Snow Team Drivers age 21+ who can transport staff to care for patients whose health care needs don’t take a break for inclement weather.  A safe, reliable vehicle is needed (think four-wheel drive) to provide transportation, even during a blizzard.  You’ll feel fantastic knowing that you are helping nurses, social workers and other clinical staff continue to provide critical services for their clients in the middle of winter!  Please visit bit.ly/4824M6W for more information, email swhite1@capitalcaring.org to learn more.

 You can make a difference in the life of a child!

CASA Children’s Intervention Services 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 Sessions on Jan. 3 and 17, 2024,6 to 7 p.m. each date.  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 or to inquire about alternate dates.

If you’re interested in helping refugees, here’s something for you! 

Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services will be holding monthly Virtual Volunteer Information Sessions the first Wednesday of each month, beginning Jan. 3, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.  Sessions last one hour, and you’ll learn more about how to help newly arrived families thrive in Northern Virginia, volunteer opportunities and the volunteer onboarding process.  Registration is required; please visit bit.ly/40pcwwH to sign up for a session.  Please email leaann.gross@ccda.net or call 703.851.6388 to learn more.

The 2024 MLK Community Choir

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta invites children in grades K-12 to participate in the 2024 MLK Community Choir! The choir is scheduled to perform at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Program on Jan. 15, 2024. It’s not too late to join – interested Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park youth can register at https://bit.ly/3sQ7PQu.  Rehearsals have started, other dates are Jan. 12 and 15.  Please email HancockM@pwcs.edu for more information.

Active Shooter Drill

The City of Manassas Park needs volunteers age 18+ to assist with their Active Shooter Drill at Manassas Park Elementary School, 9298 Cougar Court, Manassas Park on Jan. 13 and 20, 2024, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. each day.  They need 40 to 50 volunteers each day to be Actors for this drill in order to make it as realistic as possible.  Please note you may be exposed to loud noises such as gunshots, may be lying on the floor and may be asked to have moulage applied.  To sign up, please visit bit.ly/4af5U8V.  Please contact Francis Rath at 703.366.3858 or f.rath@manassasparkva.gov with any questions.

Is your office or group looking for projects in 2024?

The SERVE Family Shelter in Manassas has released its 2024 schedule of shelter meals, and groups of five to seven volunteers age 18+ are needed to provide home-cooked meals to their residents on weekends and holidays.  Volunteers will provide, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for about 60 guests.  Groups have the option to prepare the meal offsite and do a drive-by drop-off delivery of the meal to the shelter or to prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen.  You’ll feel great as you provide the warmth and comfort of a home-cooked meal to those experiencing homelessness!  Please contact Karen at khorowitz@nvfs.org or call 571.748.2626 to learn more.

Do you enjoy helping people with their finances?

Virginia Cooperative Extension has a terrific opportunity for you!  They’re in need of volunteers to go through their Master Financial Educator Certificate Program. Once completed, volunteers will educate participants on topics such as Debt Management, Credit Management, Spending Plans and more.  The $80 registration fee covers a background check, USB drive containing training materials and polo shirt.  Training is provided which runs Feb. 19 to March 25.  Volunteers must commit to the full six-week program.  You’ll feel great as you share your financial expertise to help local residents navigate their way out of debt to financial freedom and solvency!  Please email smartmoney@pwcgov.org or call 703.792.5943 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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