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.


The 5th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service

The 5th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service will take place on Monday, September 11th 2017. We encourage ALL Mason students, faculty/staff & alumni to participate!

Please click to view the 2017 Schedule of Events.

Check in for service projects will take place in the Johnson Center (Room & Time: TBD). You may check in at any time before your service project, but please be sure to check in at least 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of your service project. If you attempt to check in after your registration time, you will NOT receive your t-shirt.

If you or your student organization are interested in coordinating a service project for this year’s Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service, please click here for more information on coordination a service project.

Contact: For more information, please contact Ruthann Clay (rclay2@masonlive.gmu.edu) and Hawatu Davowah (hdavowah@masonlive.gmu.edu)

Website: http://911day.gmu.edu

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

Folklife Festival

Name of Organization: Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Description of Organization: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange.

Volunteer Information: To find out more about the Festival or complete a volunteer application, go to www.festival.si.edu/volunteer.

Contact: Volunteer Coordination Intern: Sean Tomlison, TomlisonS@si.edu, 202-633-7488

Website: http://festival.si.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/


Be a Hero and Save Lives on April 18th!

George Squared Advanced Biomedical Sciences Program is proud to sponsor our first annual blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at GMU’s The Hub Ballroom (https://studentcenters.gmu.edu/building/the-hub/)!

An estimated 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood, but of those, less than 10 percent actually donate each year. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. Most donations take about an hour, so book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and G2 Advanced Biomedical Sciences Program.

The theme of the blood drive is SUPERHEROES and we will be attempting to set a Mason record for most blood donors wearing a cape. Participants are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite superhero characters. If you don’t have a costume, no worries, because we will have loaner capes on site as well. We will be providing FREE FOOD, goodies, and music on site! 

Blood Drive Details:

Date: April 18th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: GMU’s The Hub Ballroom
Sponsors: George Squared Advanced Biomedical Sciences & The Red Cross
Contact email: g2blooddrive@gmail.com
Theme: Superheroes
There will be free food, goodies, and music on site!

It’s not every day that we do something that has such a lifesaving impact. Let’s blow this out of the water! Thank you for making the George Mason community what it is. We look forward to seeing you at the blood drive.


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/ 


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/


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, atindall@helpingkids.org

Website: http://www.helpingkids.org


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


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


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.

We address housing, jobs, healthcare and family/community connection: the “four 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.

Contact: Mariel Branagan, 703-549-8072, mariel@friendsofguesthouse.org

Website: http://www.friendsofguesthouse.org


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


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


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/


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:
•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



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/



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




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.

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





  • Name of program: Recycles Day
  • Date: October 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Description: Non-profit organization located in Woodbridge, VA. The organization promotes environmental sustainability through educational outreach, community clean-ups, and several other volunteering events.
  • Organization: Keep Prince William Beautiful.
  • Volunteer Information: We are currently looking for volunteers to help out. It will be a fun event with games, prizes, and music.
  • For more information and to volunteer, please email: jmedina@kpwb.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: champions@shotatlife.org
  • Website: shotatlife.org