Volunteer Opportunities for Children, Youth, and Families

 

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer as a family? Do you need service hours for a middle school or high school club? Are you looking for something to do with friends over the weekend?

 

Volunteer Arlington is proud to partner with many orgnizations who work with volunteers of all ages!

 

Please see below for information about some of our partner organizations that have volunteer opportunities available for children, youth, and families. To learn more about the organization and their opportunities, visit the link that will send you to their profile on Volunteer Arlington's website!

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Organization: Alzheimer’s Association

Volunteer Opportunity:

1. Walk to End Alzheimer’s volunteers will provide support in a variety of ways: Set-up, clean up, registration, t-shirt station, refreshment station, route monitoring, greeters, float, advocacy sign-up, etc.

Dates & Location: 

- Upper Marlboro, MD Sept 23rd (morning)

- Reston, VA Sept 24th (afternoon)

- Washington, DC Oct 14th (morning)

- Manassas, VA Oct 21st (morning)

Age Range for Volunteers: 16-17 Years old need written consent, 15-10 years old need a parent or guardian with them at all times plus written consent. No volunteers under 10 years old.

Volunteer Opportunity: 

2. The Longest Day

Description: Groups of volunteers host events around the area to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's Associations research grants and care and support services. Be creative! Example of events include: hosting a BBQ,  car wash, bridge club, scavenger hunt/happy hour, bowling, cycling, hiking, or whatever your group loves to do. The Longest Day is about doing what you love or what your loved one loves doing. These events are in support of the Alzheimer's Association and raises awareness and funding for research, care and support.

Date: June 21 (or any time during June that works for you)

Age Range for Volunteers: 16-17 Years old need written consent, 15-10 years old need a parent or guardian with them at all times plus written consent. No volunteers under 10 years old.

Learn More Here!

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Organization: American Red Cross

Volunteer Opportunity: Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Ambassador

Description: Volunteers deploy as teams into the neighborhood to install free 10-year smoke alarms and replace smoke alarm batteries. Volunteers may serve as a smoke alarm installer, educator or documenter for this event. No experience needed; training will be provided at the event as well as a light breakfast and snacks. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to participate

Times Needed: Generally 8-12 on Saturday mornings around the national capital region. Dates and sign up forms are located here: http://www.redcross.org/local/washington-dc/volunteer/smoke-alarm-installations

Age Range for Volunteers: Adults and older children (14-17) are welcome when accompanied by parents or other adult. This activity is fun for families to attend together.

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Organization: Arlington County Parks and Recreation: Remove Invasive Plants (RIP)

Volunteer Opportunity:

Restore the area's natural plant communities. Help remove plants like English ivy and bush honeysuckle which threaten the health of Arlington's parks and natural areas. On-site training on plant identification and removal techniques will be provided.

Locations and Times: Haley Park, 1st Saturday of the month 9am-11am, led by Jennifer Frum Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2nd Sundays, 2-4:30pm, led by Jennifer Soles Tuckahoe Park, 3rd Saturdays, 10am-12pm, led by Mary McLean Long Branch Nature Center, 3rd Sundays, 2-5pm, led by Steve Young Benjamin Banneker Park, 4th Saturdays, 10am-12pm, led by Eric Sword Ft. Bennett, 4th Sundays, 10am-12pm, led by Mary McCutcheon.

Age Range for Volunteers: 9+, if under 16 you must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.

Learn More Here!

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Organization: Arlington Food Assistance Center

Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. Grocery store food drives. We have them periodically throughout the year and they are great for families with kids ages 5 and up. A family can take a 2-hour shift and help solicit food donations from shoppers as they enter the store.
  2. Neighborhood food drives --- this is something a family can do on their own by printing up flyers (our website has samples) and then delivering them to their neighbors (maybe with an empty paper or plastic bag). After a certain number of days, neighbors can leave items on their door steps for pick-up.
  3. Leafletting their neighborhood -- Our second largest food drive is May 13. We work in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers. We ask that neighbors leave out non-perishable food items on their doorstep that day and their letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to AFAC. We would ask families to spend 1-2 hours the week of May 7-May 12 delivering flyers to their neighbors. This can be done anytime during this week as weather and schedules permit. 

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Organization: Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Volunteer Opportunity:

Multiple opportunities for special events; specifically looking for Junior Interpreters who are children ages 10-17 that portray, in costume, the colonial farm family’s children to enhance the experience of visitors and help visiting children relate to history!

Locations and Times: Multiple times with needs on weekends…perfect for families.

Age Range for Volunteers: 9+, if under 16 you must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.

Learn More Here!

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Organization: Food for Others

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1. Helping in the warehouse by packing food for distribution.
  2. Sorting food or basically helping with any task that needs doing!

Donation Opportunities:

Our most needed items are:

Fruits: Oranges, Clementines, Lemons, Limes, Apples, Bananas, Melons

Produce: Cucumbers, Celery, Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Avocados, Eggplant

Times Needed: Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 5pm, sign up link: http://signup.com/go/73uh6x

Age Range for Volunteers:  12+, 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult, 16 and up can sign up and come in by themselves.

Learn More here!

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Organization: Opera NOVA 

Volunteer Opportunities: For Children, Youth, and Families

Children

  1. Target a group of their own choosing and raise money to cover costs of admission or a donation to cover the lack of admission income to attend the annual opera for children---which will be Rossini’s Cinderella in March of 2018.
  2. To  form an Usher Club---or individually or  with a  group to be available at any event hosted by Opera NOVA-with prior  instructions on role of an usher by an Usher for the Kennedy Center for 47 years George Hobart.
  3. Connect with Girl Scout Project—being done by Mina a senior Girl Scout attending Duke Ellington High School for the Arts in the District.  Mina lives in Gaithersburg, Md and hopes to become a professional opera singer

Youth

  1. Stage hands during any opera production, and to assist stage manager, lighting technician, audio technician---to learn any of those crafts.  
  2. Raise money to cover costs of donation in lieu of ticket costs to bring families of military personnel living in the area to attend the annual children’s opera!!  We would love this filled. To raise money needed for these families to attend annual children’s opera and any event of Opera NOVA’s
  3. To  volunteer to be an usher to be part of  an informal  Usher Club---as an individual  or with others.to be available at any event hosted by Opera NOVA-with prior  meetings with instructions of role of an usher by an Usher for the Kennedy Center for 47 years George Hobart.  Additional meetings about substance of each coming event can be arranged. 

Adults and Families

  1. To find veterans living in Arlington or Northern Virginia—WHO SERVED IN WWII-to record their service during WWII ---male or female—and to have a section about music during their time in the military.
  2. Volunteers needed to maximize attendance at annual children’s opera by starting in April 2017—and taking on a section of organizations ---such as public schools in Arlington  County, public schools in Falls Church, public schools in Alexandria City, private schools, parochial schools, or home schools.  Outreach to Girl Scouts Troops in Northern Virginia, Jack & Jill Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, SCAN, and other organizations that help children and families. 
  3. Volunteers needed to assist during production of any opera as stage hand, make up assistant, dressing assistant –for change of costume.  Volunteers needed to get props, design stage props—e.g. make a stage look like a Ball Room from a servant girl sitting by a fire
  4. Volunteers needed to sell Ads in programs, to raise money from local businesses or to sell something that will result in a profit to donate toward the production, to write a Study Guide for children’s opera.
  5. Volunteers needed to identify loners who need to connect to the County to bring them to the opera.  Volunteer invited to request waiver of admission cost for you and your guest(s)

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Organization: PRS, Inc. (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services)

Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. Create Personal Care Kits for PRS Clients:
  2. Collect art supplies for PRS Recovery Academy Day Programs:
  3. Organize a Cleaning Supplies Drive to donate to PRS Clients:
  4. Create a “Home” basket for clients in PRS community housing programs:
  5. Create holiday cards (winter holidays, New Years, Valentine’s Day) for PRS clients.
  6. Donate Snacks & Words of Encouragement:
  7. Create First-Aid kits for PRS clients:
  8. Join our #MindsMatter Campaign: prsinc.org/mindsmatter
  9. Support or join our walk with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and/or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  10. Donate an item from our Wish List
  11. Share our PRS CrisisLink hotline and textline phone number and business cards with your school, teachers, guidance counselors, friends, family members, youth groups, etc.

Learn more here!

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Organization: Seabury Resources for Aging Age-In-Place Program

Volunteer Opportunity:

Support a Senior in Wards 4, 5, and 6 of Washington, DC with free yard work and house cleaning services.

Donation Opportunities: Stuff the Shed on May 6th at Annie's Ace Hardware in Brookland (visit stufftheshed.org for more details)

Times Needed: 9 AM - 12 PM or 1 PM - 4 PM (Orientation is necessary before service can be completed, email rhicks@seaburyresources.org for more details.)

Age Range for Volunteers: 12+

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Teenage Volunteers: www.arlingtonteens.com