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By Dawn Klavon
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once asked, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
In Prince William, there are a multitude of volunteer opportunities, offering valuable services for the community, while providing gratifying experiences for those who serve. Prince William Living has assembled a list — though not exhaustive by any means — of community service activities for volunteers of all ages and abilities.
Thanks to outstanding community groups like Volunteer Prince William and the Prince William Public Libraries, there are plenty of options. Make 2024 the year to give back!
All ages/families | Friday, February 2, 11 a.m.
This playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize, play, and do activities with other children. The group will provide toys, puzzles, and activities. Log onto pwcgov.libnet.info/event/9249019 for more information.
Adults | Multiple dates and locations
Speak to AARP tax experts and get free tax help on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments required. Log onto pwcgov.libnet.info/events?start=today&end=2030-12-31&term=aarp for more information.
Talking to the Author Bookmark Contest: Chinn Park
Grades K – 5
Design a bookmark around the theme “Feed Your Mind.” The bookmark contest form is available on pwcva.gov/library and at Chinn Park Library. Prizes will be awarded at the Talking to the Author presentation on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. with special guest Zara González Hoang.
Young Adults/Adults | Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Financial Aid Officers will help students submit the FAFSA. Los oficiales de ayuda financiera ayudarán a los estudiantes con la FAFSA. pwcgov.libnet.info/event/9297987
Grades 9 – 12 | Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m.
Create a cozy heart macramé coaster at this teen special event, and enjoy a sip of hot cocoa! Registration required. Log onto pwcgov.libnet.info/event/9315309 for information.
Young Adults/Adults | Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m.
Join other fiber enthusiasts for an evening of yarning at our informal meetup in the Makerspace, Hive 8051. All skill levels welcome. Registration required. Log onto https://pwcgov.libnet.info/event/9260209 for information.
Volunteer Today to Help Keep a Veteran Healthy!
Veteran Connect is looking for volunteers to drive elderly and disabled veterans to doctor appointments. An often-overlooked healthcare obstacle facing so many of our elderly and disabled veterans is a lack of basic transportation to vital medical appointments. We know veterans share a special bond, but veteran service is not required to volunteer. Drive a veteran in need, in your car, to medical and other important appointments. **For the safety of our riders, all volunteers must be able to pass a background check.
SERVE Coat Closet and Donations Assistant
The Coat Closet and Donations Assistant will support SERVE’s efforts to ensure the hundreds of families that come to SERVE for assistance have access to warm coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. Duties Include:
- Accept, sort, and organize warm weather donations in designated categories.
- Assist families that enter coat closet with locating proper size coats, etc.
- Ensure coat closet is neat and easy for clients to shop
- Assist with organization and distribution of other donations including, book, diapers, clothing, etc.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, able to stand, bend and lift up to 15 lbs. Should also be comfortable taking initiative. SERVE, a Program of Northern Virginia Family Service is located at 10056 Dean Drive in Manassas.
Food Assistance Specialist
Now more than ever, families are facing food insecurity. NVFS’ Hunger Resource Center is committed to ensuring families do not go hungry, and you can help. Volunteers are needed to sort, pack, and distribute food to families in need. Volunteers MUST be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers under 16 MUST volunteer with a parent. Volunteers 16 and older are able to volunteer independently. Please note that there are no weekend slots for this opportunity. The program is located at 10056 Dean Drive in Manassas.
Provide Hospice Care
Capital Caring Health is seeking volunteers in Prince William to provide respite and companionship for patients and families of those in hospice care. Volunteers provide companionship, play cards, read books, run errands, and provide respite so the primary caregiver has an opportunity to take a breath and re energize. Learn more about the role of volunteers and how you can make a difference today capitalcaring.org/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/
Early Head Start Classroom Assistant — Georgetown South
Volunteers looking to make an impact in the early foundation of learning are needed to volunteer in our Early Head Start classrooms. Volunteers will help teachers set up play and learning activities, read to students, decorate the classroom, assist children with breakfast and lunch, and lend a hand with other tasks. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Georgetown South Community Center, 9444 Taney Drive in Manassas. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Refugee Warehouse Volunteer
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 child care goods, toiletries, and other items. We are always in need of volunteers to help us maintain our warehouse with duties such as organizing and restocking. All are welcome! Located at 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Door #873, Woodbridge.
Volunteers fluent in either Dari or Pashto are a big help, but it is not a requirement.
Please email Yasmeen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want the group to sponsor a volunteer event for your company!
Meals on Wheels Drivers
Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver noontime meals to homebound older adults Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Meals are not delivered on weekends, holidays, or during periods of inclement weather.) Daily routes take about 1.5 hours to complete. Commitment can vary depending upon the volunteer’s schedule from as few as one delivery every other week up to several deliveries each week.
Two Locations Available: Woodbridge Senior Center, 13850 Church Hill Drive, Woodbridge and Manassas Senior Center, 9320 Mosby Street, Manassas.
Questions: Please contact Tracy at 703-792-4583 or Area Agency on Aging (pwcva.gov) for application and other information.