Volunteer Opportunities

PicMonkey CollageThis is a great way to promote both small and large scale service projects (ex: food drives, blood drives, food packaging events, clean up projects, philanthropic projects, etc.) If you have any questions or would like to have your event posted on our website, please feel free to contact Lisa Snyder, Associate Director for Leadership Education and Development (webmaster for this page) at lsnyder2@gmu.edu.

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities both on campus and within the community. George Mason University and the Mason Service Council offers this resources list solely as a public service to the members of the university community.  The University and the Mason Service Council makes NO REPRESENTATION OR RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE ORGANIZATIONS LISTED.


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Name of Organization: Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA)

Description of Organization: Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) is a no kill shelter in Loudon County dedicated to saving abandoned and abused dogs and cats. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Volunteer Information: Our annual signature fundraiser, Barktoberfest, will be at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds on September 23, 2015, from 10:30am – 10:30pm.  In order for the event to be successful, we need volunteers to help.

Possible volunteer opportunities include: Set-up the morning of the festival, Kids Games, Helping oversee silent auction area, Parking, Floating volunteer (fill water buckets/dog pools, help judge contests, etc.), Admissions, Photography, Sunday clean up after event

In the past, we have had outstanding support from local college and high school students who use this activity to fill volunteer hours.

If your group would be interested in helping, we are using signupgenius to organize the volunteers.  Here is the link to the page for students under 21 – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054baaab29a0fd0-barktoberfest6.  There is a link on the page to access the signup sheet for those over 21 if needed.

Contact: Email Michelle Wright at (fohamichelle@gmail.com) with your availability and interest.

Website: http://www.foha.org/ & http://www.barktoberfest.org/


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Name of Organization: Belmont Bay Paddlers (BBP)

Description of Organization: Belmont Bay Paddlers (BBP) is a non-profit club for residents of Belmont Bay and will be participating in the Prince William County’s Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) program thru the Soil and Water Conservation District.  Our “adoption” area is the Occoquan River on the PW side along the Belmont Bay property.

Volunteer Information: 

Volunteer Opportunity in conjunction with “Sustainability in Action” Service Course (EVPP 480).

We will hold our first cleanup on Saturday, Oct 14 from 9:30 to noon with a rain date on Sunday, Oct 15.  You are invited to join us in our efforts!  You will need your own kayak and PFD.  Guest fees will be waived for this event, but you will need to sign a liability release form on site.  We plan to have coffee and donuts before we launch to energize all volunteers.  AAS will provide the cleanup supplies needed.

NOTE: For those w/o own kayaks, there are a few paddle boat rental places nearby. (If you tell them why you’re renting, they might even cut you a deal!)

Contact: Email Dr. Daniel M Sklarew at (dsklarew@gmu.edu) with your availability and interest.

Website: https://globalaffairs.gmu.edu/courses/evpp480


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Name of Organization: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program (through Fairfax County)

Description of Organization: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families who earned $54,000 or less is 2016. IRS trained and certified volunteers are available at 15 sites throughout Northern Virginia and will ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

Volunteer Information: Accounting majors looking to assist with VITA Program

VITA Program
Benefits for Students
1.      VITA can meet University community service requirements.  For Accounting majors, the service requirement may be more meaningful than other potential activities.
2.      VITA can be a resume builder, especially if internships are hard to find.
3.      VITA can be a tool for students here on F-1 Visas, and who cannot readily get practical experience.
4.      Some Big Four accounting firms (locally Deloitte) participate in VITA, so VITA can have a value to students looking for jobs.
5.      A first job in accounting may be with a small/boutique accounting firm which can involve individual income tax return work, a topic covered only tangentially in many taxation classes.
6.      Students can see a large range of people who must file tax returns.
Benefits for GMU
1.      The university will serve as a good community partner.
2.      An option for promoting the university to potential students (including foreign students).
3.      Giving students a real world perspective.
Some Other Options
·         Incorporate VITA into classes and granting course credit for successfully completing the IRS training and completing a specified number of returns.

Contact: Email James Do at (james.do@fairfaxcounty.gov) or call at 571-749-7838.

Website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/news/free_income_tax_prep.htm 


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Name of Organization: Hill Havurah

Description of Organization: Hill Havurah is an independent, Jewish community based on Capitol Hill and serving people from across the Washington metropolitan area. We have a mission to meet and anticipate the spiritual, educational, religious, cultural and life cycle needs of a growing and evolving Jewish community.  

Hill Havurah’s many activities support our members’ interests in advancing Jewish culture, identity, education and a commitment to community service.  A warm, inclusive and informal spirit is part of what has made Hill Havurah so special for more than a decade.

Volunteer Information: Teachers and teacher assistants for Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur

Upcoming dates:
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Washington, DC (8:30AM-1:30PM)
Thurs, September 21st
Yom Kippur and Yizkor – Washington, DC (8:30AM-1:30PM)
Sat, September 30th

Duties include: staffing a station, assisting with shepherding students from services to stations and vice-versa, snack prep, set up and clean up assistance.

Contact: Email Dan Waxman at (dewaxman18@gmail.com) with your availability and interest. You do not have to be Jewish for this opportunity.

Website: https://www.hillhavurah.org/


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Name of Organization: MVLE Inc.

Description of Organization: MVLE is a non-profit organization which serves adults with disabilities (18 years and older). We provide employment and therapeutic support services at our three Community Centers, two located in Springfield and one in Chantilly, VA.

Volunteer Information: Currently in need of a music appreciation volunteer (45 minutes, once a week) for Springfield location. Does not need to be a professional musician, but able to play at least one instrument will help. The class shares with individuals different styles of music, musical instruments, composers, sing-a-longs, simple rhythms, etc.

Our other volunteer programs include art classes, pet therapy, horticulture class, book club (readers), social lunch, exercise class, computer class, music appreciation, non-cooked food preparation, special event support, and administrative support such as filing and data entry. We also offer the opportunity to customize a volunteer project based on your skills and interests.

MVLE’s offices are open 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. We are seeking volunteers who can come on weekdays usually between the hours of 9:30am and 2:00pm. Administrative support hours are a little more flexible. We do require completion of a volunteer orientation for all new volunteers.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Sabrina Gibson, Email at (sabrina@mvle.org) or call at 571-230-0742

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Name of Organization: Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Description of Organization: The mission of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington, D.C.
We seek to create a city that provides every opportunity for children in families experiencing homelessness to succeed by ensuring consistent opportunities to play and learn, offering support services for families, and advocating for affordable housing and safe shelter.

Volunteer Information: Play Ranger and Adopt a Playroom volunteers

Play Ranger volunteers: volunteers who serve one night a week (Monday-Thursday) to facilitate our youth play programs. Play Rangers serve at one consistent location with one age group (ranges between 6 months – 18 years old) for the duration of their commitment. Play Rangers play with kids and facilitate age-appropriate programming for teenagers.

Adopt a Playroom: One time student groups help us maintain safe playrooms by cleaning and organizing our spaces and sanitizing toys. This opportunity involves some flexibility in scheduling a date, and the possibility of completing the cleaning on a weekend day. Recommended for groups of about 10 volunteers.

Contact: Email Deborah Sherman at (deborah@playtimeproject.org) or call at 202-329-4481

Website: https://www.playtimeproject.org/


Discovery Junction

Name of Organization: Discovery Junction Children’s Museum

Description of Organization: Discovery Junction Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 not for profit working to open a children’s museum in Prince William County. Through interactive exhibits and a wide range of educational programs, DJCM will spark curiosity, encourage creativity, and provide life-long learning for children, their families, and our community.

Volunteer Information: Set-up and clean-up assistance for Touch A Truck event

Touch A Truck – Prince William County Fairgrounds (11AM-3PM)
Sun, September 24th

Contact: Email Sarah Harley at (sharley@discoveryjunction.org) or call at 703-851-7957

Website: http://www.discoveryjunction.org/


Centreville Immigration Forum

Name of Organization: Centreville Labor Resource Center

Description of Organization: The mission of the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) is to provide a safe, organized Center where residents and contractors can negotiate work arrangements with day laborers. For members of the CLRC, we also provide ongoing educational and vocational training workshops. The CLRC is a project of the Centreville Immigration Forum

Volunteer Information: For more information, please email (volunteer@centrevillelrc.org)

Website: http://www.centreville-lrc.org


Calvary Women Services

Name of Organization: Calvary Women’s Services

Description of Organization: Calvary Women’s Services offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives.

Their programs carry out our mission to achieve excellence in what we offer: a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow. These programs include transitional and permanent housing, personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training, health and wellness services, on-site therapy and daily addiction recovery meetings.

Calvary, believe every woman has the strengths and gifts she needs to be successful. Each woman in our programs identifies and builds on her strengths, meeting her goals for safe housing, good health and financial independence.

Volunteer Information: For more information, please email Arielle Baker at (abaker@calvaryservices.org) or call at 202-678-2341 ext 233

Website: https://www.calvaryservices.org 


Friends of the Guest house

Name of Organization: Friends of Guest House

Description of Organization: Founded in 1974, Friends of Guest House is a 501(c)(3) charity that helps Northern Virginia women successfully reenter the community from incarceration.

Guest House address healthcare, employment, education, housing and family/community reconnection: the “five pillars of livability” for post-incarceration women. In so doing, we make it possible for our clients to break the vicious cycle of crime by fully addressing its root causes.

Guest House has served about 3,000 women. Most of those women are mothers, and helping mothers also helps their children: about 4,000 children, in total, over the years. And are expanding! The expansion started in June 2016, to increase the number of women served each year from 190 in FY2016 to 260–300 in FY2018—about a 50% increase. Learn more about our programs here.

Volunteer Information:  Please email Programs Coordinator, Mariel Branagan, at mariel@friendsofguesthouse.org if you’re interested and/or have any further questions!

Contact: Program Coordinator: Email Mariel Branagan at (mariel@friendsofguesthouse.org) or call at 703-549-8072

Website: http://www.friendsofguesthouse.org  


Walk to End Alzheimer's

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Walks take place during September and October. The links below will take you to the volutneer sign-up page. Volunteers help with event set-up, clean-up, refreshments, advocacy sign-up, finish line brigade, route monitoring, and more. This is great for groups, students, individuals, and families!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Volunteer Sign-ups

Prince George’s County (National Harbor)
Sat, September 23rd
Northern Virginia (Reston, VA)
Sun, September 24th
Washington DC (National Mall)
Sat, October 14th
Virginia Tri-Counties (Manassas, VA)
Sat, October 21st

Contact: For more information, please contact Volunteer Manager, Ben Donnelly (bedonnelly@alz.org)


Mason Green Office

Name of Organization: Office of Sustainability at Mason

Description of Organization: The mission of the sustainability office is to use the strengths of George Mason University – innovation, responsiveness, flexibility, and community strength – to provide leadership in environmental, social, and economic stewardship on our campuses and throughout the local and global communities of which we are a part.

Volunteer Information: Get involved this summer with Mason’s Greenhouse and Gardening programs brought to you by the Office of Sustainability.

Free, hands-on training and valuable work experience with growing food using hydroponics, gardening and permaculture techniques are available right here on campus. Bring your friends or family for a fun educational activity or schedule a tour to learn all about it.

Contact: Greenhouse and Gardens Specialist: Donielle (Doni) Nolan, dnolan6@gmu.edu, 703-993-4220

Website: http://green.gmu.edu


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Name of Organization: Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

Description of Organization: Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia’s mission is to inspire girls to be strong, confident, and healthy using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run is a program for elementary and middle school girls that combines a 20-lesson curriculum addressing the psychological, sociological and physiological aspects of physical activity, with training for a 5K run. Teams meet twice a week, before or after school for 10 weeks.

Volunteer Information: Girls on the Run of NOVA has over 110 program sites in Northern Virginia, serving over 2,300 girls each season. In order to provide our program to that many girls, we rely on about 800 volunteers in a variety of different roles, from coaching, to office support, to site visits, to passing out water at our 5k events, so there really is a role for everyone! And remember, you don’t need to be a runner to volunteer with Girls on the Run! We’re much more than a running program – please read more about our program by visiting our website.

Contact: Volunteer Manager: Nicole Harrison, nharrison@gotrnova.org, 703-273-3153

Website: http://www.gotrnova.org/


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Name of Organization: United Community Ministries

Description of Organization: United Community Ministries mobilizes the power of community to equip, educate, and empower people to measurably improve their lives.

Volunteer Information: To begin volunteering at UCM, you must contact the Volunteer and Community Relations Manager, April Love. From there you will receive a link to go through a short orientation, and then have access to a calendar where you may schedule yourself for the many different opportunities.

Contact: Volunteer and Community Relations Manager: April Love,  april.love@ucmagency.org, 571-255-8973

Website: http://www.ucmagency.org/ 


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Name of Organization: Fairfax County Commission for Women

Description of Organization: The Fairfax County Commission for Women is an organization that promotes the full equality of women and girls in the country.

Volunteer Information: The Fairfax County Commission for Women is seeking applicants to be its Student Representative member. We seek a student who resides in Fairfax County and can serve 2-3 years. The Commission for Women is tasked with advising the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on ways to promote full equality of women and girls. It consists of twelve volunteer members and meets monthly.

The flyer and application are available at http://fairfaxcounty.gov/cfw/.

Contact: Email Michelle Mueller at (michelle.mueller@fairfaxcounty.gov) or call at 703-324-9498

Website: http://fairfaxcounty.gov/cfw/ 


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Name of Organization: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)

Description of Organization: The Council is a membership organization that connects individuals with peers, specialists, and resources to eliminate homelessness through health care and housing.

Volunteer Information: Volunteer for the 2017 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C. from June 21-June 24! The 2017 Conference will bring together health care professionals and advocates, including clinicians, policy analysts, administrators, and researchers dedicated to ending homelessness. Conference volunteers will be expected to attend an orientation meeting and serve as a room monitor for two to three Conference sessions per day. Volunteers will receive free registration to the Conference and will have the opportunity to attend one session of their choice per day as an attendee. Conference meals (breakfast and lunch) will be included.

Contact Information: Hannah Sadler,  hsadler@nhchc.org

Website: https://www.nhchc.org/


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Name of Organization: Youth Leadership Foundation (PALS)

Description of Organization: The Youth Leadership Foundation builds character and supports the pursuit of academic excellence enabling youth in the DC-MD-VA area to enhance the trajectory of their lives.

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The Program for Academic and Leadership Skills (PALS) works with girls in 3rd-8th grade in academic tutoring, character building, and extracurricular activities after school.

Volunteer Information: We are currently in search of cheerful, bright, college-aged women to work with a small group of two to four students for 1.25 hours, twice a week.

Contact: Amanda Tindall, atindall@helpingkids.org

Website: http://www.helpingkids.org


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Name of Organization: Northern Virginia Family Service

Description of Organization: 

SERVE Campus

With an array of programs and resources located at SERVE, family support workers, housing locators, SERVE addresses the immediate needs of families and individuals in crisis and offers them the stabilizing support they need to become self sufficient and build a better future.

In addition to the shelter, the 8,000 square foot Hunger Resource Center is the hub of our anti-hunger programs, including nutrition education and SNAP outreach. The campus also offers Early Head Start, Healthy Families, health access, employment and entrepreneurship programs.

Volunteer Information: Anti-Hunger Assistant, Shelter Support, Client Intake, Outreach Assistant.
If you’re bilingual in Spanish and English and a people person, the Food Assistance Client Intake Specialist is the role for you! You will greet and process clients arriving for food assistance, update their client information, complete required forms and check & return calls from the food assistance line. Current needs are Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-3:30pm. Must be at least 18 and bilingual in Spanish and English. Good customer service skills important. No prior experience needed; training is provided.
Contact: Navara Cannon, 571.748.2536, ncannon@nvfs.org

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Name of Organization: Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Description of Organization: Aspire! focuses on improving literacy in children of low income and immigrant families in South Arlington. We work with 80 3rd-5th graders across three different sites

Volunteer Information:  Monday-Friday from 3pm – 6:00/6:30pm. Volunteering takes all forms, and we’d appreciate one day a week for two hours, or every day for one hour – whatever your schedule allows! As a volunteer, you would be reading one-on-one with one of our students, helping them complete their homework, and guiding them through structured activities alongside our AmeriCorps members and staff.

Contact: Claire Traveline, (703) 379-6488 x107, volunteer@aspireafterschool.org

Website: http://www.aspireafterschool.org


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Name of Organization: OAR of Fairfax

Description of Organization: OAR is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. Our history has its roots in the highest principles of human rights, and the most practical applications of a community’s enlightened self-interest and citizen action

Volunteer Information: Internships, Mentoring, Service Coordinating, Adult Detention Instructor, Court Room Volunteer  (On Going- 1 year commitment for volunteering positions)

Contact: Lyla Novakowski, 703-246-3033, lnovakowski@oarfairfax.org

Website: http://www.oarfairfax.org


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Name of Organization: FACETS Fairfax

Description of Organization: FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in Fairfax County. We meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, help them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and work with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs. FACETS was founded in 1988 to respond to the diverse needs of people impacted by poverty in Fairfax, Virginia.

Volunteer Information: 

Case Management Intern – Permanent Supportive Housing program ( ongoing)
Homework Help – Ragan Oaks Community Center (ongoing)
Front Desk Volunteers – (ongoing)
Van Maintenance Volunteer – (ongoing)
Contact: D’Ivonne Holman, 703-865-4251, dholman@facetscares.org

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Name of Organization: Arlington Departments of Parks and Recreation

Volunteer Information: adapted aquatics, adapted ice skate night, Zombie Fun Run

Contact: Hadyn Kihm, 703-228-4724, hkihm@arlingtonva.us

Website: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/come-volunteer-us/


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Name of Organization: Friends of Accotink Creek

Description of Organization: The Friends of Accotink Creek, are committed to protecting, promoting and restoring the water quality, natural habitat, and ecological well-being of the Accotink Creek watershed.

Volunteer Information: 

Volunteering can take many forms and employ many talents. Whatever you can imagine doing can be of benefit to Accotink Creek. If you have ideas you don’t see here, let us know! We welcome your ideas and suggestions for additional activities! Tell us about future Friends of Accotink Creek activities you would like to see.  Self-directed projects – “You design, we sign” – Your schedule, your interests

Clean Hands:
•Leadership
•Research
•Webmaster
•Organizing
•Video/Photography
•Music/Performance
•People Skills
•Promotion/Community Education
•Act as liaison to schools, churches, & other groups with volunteers.
•Monitor construction permitting, to alert us to upcoming development.

Dirty Hands:
•Invasive plant species control
•Habitat restoration and replanting
•Stream cleanups
•Storm Drain Marking
•Stream patrols/Dump Busters/Mud Busters
•Stream monitoring

Contact: Philip Latasa, 703-400-1492, steward@accotink.org

 

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Name of Organization: SOME (So Other Might Eat)-Family Services Department

Description of Program: Our department provides affordable housing for families experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Currently, we have about 150 families spread out through 6 housing programs in D.C.

Volunteer Information: Tutoring children in all subject areas and adults going for their GED. We also have opportunities for volunteers to lead workshops for both adults and kids on a variety of topics such as financial literacy, healthy living, music/dance lessons, photography and etc…

Contact: Carolina Giraldo, 202-797-8806 ext. 1453, cgiraldo@some.org

Website: http://some.org/services/affordable-housing-for-families/


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Name of Organization: Computer CORE

Description of Program: Computer CORE a community based, volunteer driven non-profit to help low-income adults acquire the technological & life skills they need to pursue career aspiration

Volunteer Information: Saturday Morning Tutors, Career Development Instructors, Teaching Assistants, ,and Keyboarding Instructors

Contact: Shante Johnson, 703-931-7346 x 101, shante@computercore.org

Website: computercore.org


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Name of Organization: AVID Program at Dominion High School

Description of Program: AVID is a college readiness program for motivated, promising first-generation college students.

Volunteer Information: We are looking for college students who may be interested in participating in a tutoring program at our school for high school students participating in our AVID program. We would like to see if there are any college students who may be able to visit our school once a week for 90 minutes to provide tutoring services.

Contact: Jaclyn Smith- Director of School Counseling Jaclyn.Smith@lcps.org


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Name of program(s): Presidents Park Greenhouse, Innovation Food Forrest, Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden

Description of program: Did you know you can get free training on how to grow your own food? Volunteer in the greenhouse and gardens on campus to gain hands-on experience with growing food in hydroponics, in soil and with permaculture techniques. Bring your group for a fun activity or schedule a tour to check it out.

Volunteer Information: 

Presidents Park Greenhouse: Mondays through Thursdays 11-2

Innovation Food Forrest: Wednesdays and Fridays 3-6 PM

Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden: Mondays and Thursdays 3-5 PM

Contact: Donielle (Doni) Nolan, dnolan6@gmu.edu


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  • Name of program: Shot@Life, United Nations Foundation
  • Description: The Shot@Life Champion program trains volunteers to advocate and fundraise for global childhood immunization programs so that we can give every child, no matter where they live, a shot at a healthy life.
  • Contact person: Shannon Aud
  • Contact email: champions@shotatlife.org
  • Website: shotatlife.org