Provided by Volunteer Prince William
Volunteer Prince William maintains a list of the volunteer opportunities available throughout greater Prince William. Every week, they issue a call to action, listing current opportunities.
Prince William Forest Park needs volunteers for their Annual Heritage Fest on Saturday Sept. 14, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Duties include parking assistance, maintenance crew, directing visitors, hay wagon rides and more. Please email Kaley to volunteer.
Historic Dumfries is looking for volunteers to be Outreach Heroes during their upcoming Fall Festival Oct. 19. Training provided, and you’re supplied with a kit with crafts, activities and promotional material to hand out during the event. Contact Lisa or call (703) 221-2218 to learn more.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, Oct. 19 in Manassas. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, refreshments, advocacy, rout monitoring or the finish line brigade. Gather your friends and families to join in the event. Please email Ben to learn more.
Working with Youth and Children
The Chinn Center needs volunteers on Sunday, Sept. 15 for their 6th Annual Kids Triathlon. Kids start in the pool with laps and move out to the bike course and then end on the run course. Volunteer positions include keeping the kids safe and on course. The event starts at 7:00 a.m. and volunteers need to report by 6:15 a.m. Youth age 14+ are very welcome for this event! Please call Beverly at (703) 792-8616 for more info.
Girls on the Run Northern Virginia is looking for volunteer coaches for the Fall 2019 season. You will be trained to facilitate the easy to follow curriculum with small groups of girls in grades 3-8, twice a week for 10 weeks. The program runs from Sept. 23 to Nov. 24 and inspires girls to be strong, confident and healthy. Please email Meagan to learn more.
Food and Meal Delivery
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept. 11 to join the AARP Foundation’s Annual Meal Pack Challenge on the National Mall at 12th and Jefferson Street, N.W. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The goal is to pack a million meals for struggling seniors across the region. If you can spend just two hours, you can help 166 seniors. Please sign up here.
The St. Lucy Project gathers and distributes food to area food pantries. Volunteers are needed at their Manassas warehouse to help with unpacking, sorting and assembling boxes of food to go out. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They may have weekend hours as well. Please call Elizabeth at (703) 479-2975 to learn more.
Prince William Food Rescue is up and running and needs your help to pick up donated food and deliver it no more than five miles or 20 minutes. To be a Food Rescue hero all you have to do is download the app to your phone and complete your profile. The app alerts you that there is a food rescue and you can claim it if convenient. How cool to have an opportunity to share leftover food with an entity that can use it! Please visit their website to learn more.
House of Mercy food pantry supplies are very low. Please pick up an extra few items for them when shopping. Food items most needed are fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products, spaghetti, Mac n cheese, canned soup, vegetables, beans and olive or vegetable oil. They are located at 8170 Flannery Court, Manassas, which is right off Wellington Road. Volunteers are also needed in both the pantry and thrift store. Please register online.
Catholic Charities needs volunteers to teach English, citizenship, GED and computer classes at their Hogar Center in Manassas. They also have a need for math, science and social studies teachers. Come be part of their team giving families a better opportunity for success. Please call Emily at (703) 851-6388 to learn more.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is starting their new volunteer training to become a Master Financial Educator on Oct. 1. Please visit their website to learn about this program of empowering people in financial management.
Office Volunteers Needed
The staff at ACTS has an urgent need for admin volunteers who can help in either their Finance department or their Crisis program. Volunteers in Finance must be at least 18, and will help with various admin support projects one to two times a week. A background in accounting is a must. Volunteers for the Crisis program must be at least 21, and will help with data entry one to two times a week. Crisis volunteers can help either in the Dumfries or Manassas satellite office. Volunteers must pass a criminal background check for all opportunities. Please contact Shirley at (703) 441-8606 or email [email protected] to learn more.
Mason Community Arts Academy invites military kids to their Songwriting Workshop series at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturdays, Sept. 28 to Nov. 2 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. This workshop is free and open to military kids ages 10-17. Space is limited. Please call (703) 993-5970 to register.
Home Improvement Projects
Project Mend A House is looking for volunteers for their home improvement and senior safety projects throughout the community. Please go to their website for the volunteer application.
Habitat for Humanity is signing up volunteers and groups for their upcoming Fall Build Days. It’s a fantastic way to get in a good day’s work and help a local family obtain a safe, healthy home to live in! Please call (703) 369-6708 to learn more.
Habitat is also recruiting volunteer Elves to make their two ReStores Merry and Bright for the holidays! Volunteers are needed to sort, clean, research and price seasonal merchandise. Get an early jump on the holiday spirit by helping them get ready! Be prepared to lift up to 20 pounds and use Internet search engines to research items. Please sign up on Habitat’s volunteer calendar.
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness needs volunteers to share their lived experience of mental health conditions as they gear up for the new Ending the Silence Program in area middle and high schools. Please call Pat at (703) 992-5708 to learn more.
The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to help with blood drives, present disaster preparedness to elementary age kids, promote Red Cross school clubs and supporting other volunteers in the community. Please call (703) 584-8444 to learn more.
Clothing and Shoes
Soles4Souls collects new and gently worn shoes to create sustainable jobs around the world. Dropoff points are the DSW Shoe Stores in Woodbridge and Gainesville, Core Effects Personal Training in Woodbridge and Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Triangle. Please visit their website to see all the cool stuff they are doing.
Jehovah’s House Thrift Store, 17740 Main Street, Dumfries, is searching for donations of gently used/new clothes, household goods, appliances, furniture, jewelry, etc. Volunteers age 16+ are also needed to help in the store – bilingual volunteers are particularly needed! Please visit jehovahshouse.org/volunteer to fill out an online form or call (571) 418-1095 to learn more.
Working with Veterans
If you’re a veteran or the spouse/caregiver of a veteran and you live in Manassas, Manassas Park or Prince William County, you’ll want to take advantage of the “Wills for Veterans” program, which provides a Will, Powers of Attorney and/or Medical Directives, free of charge. The program consists of three mandatory sessions on Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19, all at Manassas Senior Center. Please contact Barbara at (703) 792-7175 or email [email protected] to learn more.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans or spouses to their doctors’ appointments. RSVP members receive a mileage reimbursement and additional insurance coverage at no cost to the volunteer. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to learn more.
If you are looking for other opportunities, please call Volunteer Prince William at (703) 369-5292 or visit the website. Thanks so much for all you do in our community!