This 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 email@example.com.
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.
Name of Organization: GMUAA – Regional Outreach Committee partnered with Community Residences
Description of Organization: The mission of the Alumni Association is to strengthen George Mason University by engaging alumni through fellowship, programs, and services that encourage active participation in the university community.
Volunteer Information: For Mason Alumni Day of Service, there are many projects working with a non-profit Community Residences (November 28th and December 2nd) – details are at https://alumni.gmu.edu/dayofservice.
Contact: Visit https://alumni.gmu.edu/dayofservice, or call Ty Carlson (703.307.3835), Kendra Walchinsky (703.993.8737), or Sumeet Shrivastava (703.405.8502).
Name of Organization: InvestinYOUth at Mason
Description of Organization: InvestinYOUth is the first student-led, student-run outreach mentorship program, pioneered for High School students, by students. We are partnered with Fairfax County Public Schools to mentor, advise, and build meaningful relationships between high school and university students.
Volunteer Information: InvestinYOUth endeavors to promote accessibility and increase equal opportunity for all youth within our local school systems by providing:
Name of Organization: Britepaths’ Holiday Program
Description of Organization: Britepaths is committed to providing Thanksgiving meals, December holiday meals and gifts for children to 500 families in need in the Fairfax County area this holiday season.
Volunteer Information: Britepaths’ Holiday Program is seeking volunteers who speak the following languages: Urdu, Farsi, Arabic and Twi. This is a very flexible and short-term need, and can be done over the phone when you have time. We need to contact just a few families, ensure they are still in need of assistance, see if they have specific needs, and possibly help a sponsor communicate with them as it gets closer to the holidays.
Contact: Contact Joanne Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.273.8829 if you can help, or have leads as to where we might find assistance.
Name of Organization: Generation Hope
Description of Organization: Generation Hope exists to empower ambitious, family-focused teen parents striving to complete their college education by pairing them with caring, committed, adult mentors and an emotional and financial support system, thereby driving a two-generation solution to poverty.
HOPE CORPS MEMBER (CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER)
Child care is an ongoing need for many of our Scholars. When Generation Hope holds special activities, we don’t want lack of child care to prevent our Scholars from participating. We need caring, nurturing individuals to provide child care at various events throughout the year.
The Hope Corps is our childcare volunteer program! Hope Corps Members commit to providing childcare for at least three Scholar events (at least one shift per event) over the course of an academic year. Hope Corps Members are trained on our childcare approach, so as to ensure that all childcare volunteers continue to provide outstanding childcare and fully understand Generation Hope’s childcare policies & expectations. *Applicants must complete a background check and a 2-hour training
Time Commitment: At least one two hour shift; three times a year (averaging out to 2-6 hours quarterly). There are seven metro-accessible events throughout the year that require Hope Corps Volunteers.
To sign us as a Hope Corps Member (Childcare Volunteer) please fill out the general Volunteer Application to the right and send your resume to Program Coordinator, Silvana Rueda at email@example.com.
When we hold activities for our Scholars, their children need snacks! Our Snack Crew provides juices, waters, small sandwiches, and other munchies for the children to eat (no peanut products). The goodies must be dropped off one hour before the event. For more information on the Snack Crew, please click here.
Time Commitment: One hour off-site prep; one time or ongoing, depending on preference. There are seven events throughout the year that require Snack Crews.
We’re looking for individuals who have experience and expertise in the following areas to serve as tutors for our Scholars: English, Math, Science, History/Government, and Languages.
Time Commitment: As needed. You will be contacted by our Tutoring Coordinator when your help is needed.
To sign up as a tutor, please complete the volunteer form and upload your resume where indicated!
Generation Hope has several committees for which we’re looking for community volunteers, including the Finance/Fundraising Committee, PR/Marketing Committee, the Walk Committee, and the Annual Gala Committee. This is one-year minimum commitment and should fit nicely with your skills and experience.
Time Commitment: Meeting frequency for each committee can vary, but on average, they occur every 8 weeks. The Annual Gala and Walk Committees meet more frequently as the events near.
In addition to these ongoing opportunities, we also have unanticipated needs that may present themselves, such as event volunteering or assistance with our annual Hope Conference, and we’d love to keep you informed. To ensure you receive volunteer information, please join our email mailing list and check “Volunteer.”
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Name of Organization: Dunbar Alexandria Olympic Boys & Girls Club
Description of Organization: Founded in 1906, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the nation’s fastest-growing youth service organization, serving millions of young people ages 6-18. The Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Branch has a legacy of positive youth development that dates back to 1936, when a group of Alexandria’s community leaders founded the original Alexandria Boys Club and developed the property on which the Club still stands.
The story of the Alexandria Club mirrors that of Boys & Girls Clubs of America – caring men and women who saw a need to meet challenges, provide opportunity, and instill hope in the region’s youth.
Today, the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs serves over 500 members, but we touch many more young people through our programs and services.
It’s all about the kids.
Volunteer Information: The Dunbar Alexandria Olympic Boys & Girls Club, which serves over 70 young people (mainly k-8 grades) is looking for volunteer tutors/mentors on a regular and sustained basis to support the academic preparedness of the young people they serve. Tutoring/homework help time is scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-4:30PM. This could become a internship experience, where you could engage in tutoring but also help build a tutor pipeline from Mason to the Dunbar Alexandria Olympic Boys & Girls Club. See their Facebook page for inspiration! (https://www.facebook.com/AlexandriaBGC/)
Contact: If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Bethany L. Letiecq at 703-993-5076 or (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Name of Organization: Age-In-Place
Description of Organization: Age-In-Place® firmly believes older adults can age successfully in their own homes and neighborhoods with community support. Our program is a vital part of that support system; empowering seniors in DC to age independently and with dignity.
Just as a reminder: Age-In-Place® provides free yard work and house cleaning to seniors 60 years of age and older in Wards 4, 5, and 6 of Washington, DC.
If you are interested in volunteering with us individiually, we ask that you fill out our volunteer application here: https://goo.gl/forms/dNi8ZoTDorBnxrnm1
After filling out the AIP Volunteer Application, you will be required to attend a Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering. A link to the next Orientation will be provided on the application at the top.
Contact: If you have any questions please either consult the Age-in-Place® FAQ sheet or send us an email at email@example.com.
Name of Organization: McLean Community Center
Description of Organization: The mission of the McLean Community Center is to provide a sense of community by undertaking programs; assisting community organizations; and furnishing facilities for civic, cultural, educational, recreational and social activities apportioned fairly to all residents of Small District 1, Dranesville.
Volunteer Information: Looking for volunteers to help staff special events. Must be 16 years old.
April 14, 2018 McLean Community Garage Sale
May 19, 2018 McLean Day
July 4, 2018 McLean Independence Day Fireworks
Contact: Email Peggy Moore, Special Events Coordinator at (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your availability and interest, or call 703-744-9344.
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
Contact: Email James Do at (email@example.com) or call at 571-749-7838.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call at 202-329-4481
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
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 (email@example.com) or call at 202-678-2341 ext 233
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested and/or have any further questions!
Contact: Program Coordinator: Email Mariel Branagan at (email@example.com) or call at 703-549-8072
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-993-4220
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, email@example.com, 703-273-3153
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-255-8973
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 (email@example.com) or call at 703-324-9498
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Organization: Northern Virginia Family Service
Description of Organization:
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.
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Homework Help – Ragan Oaks Community Center (ongoing)
Front Desk Volunteers – (ongoing)
Van Maintenance Volunteer – (ongoing)
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, email@example.com
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.
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
•Act as liaison to schools, churches, & other groups with volunteers.
•Monitor construction permitting, to alert us to upcoming development.
•Invasive plant species control
•Habitat restoration and replanting
•Storm Drain Marking
•Stream patrols/Dump Busters/Mud Busters
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: email@example.com
- Website: shotatlife.org