MLK Day of Service

Make it  "A Day On, Not A Day Off"!

Monday, January 21, 2019
Washington-Lee High School
8:30am - 12:00pm

Join us on Monday, January 21 for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be service and volunteer training opportunities for all ages. Read about the different opportunities below the graphic, and sign up to reserve your spot.

Service Projects:

Volunteers of all ages* will be bagging food for Arlington residents in need. FILLED AS OF 11/19.
The purpose of this volunteer project will be to assist AARI in disseminating information that educates the public about available resources on the Opioid Epidemic and to prevent Opioid Misuse. This service project will begin with an information session at Washington and Lee to provide volunteers with background of our organization and instructions for the service project. Volunteers will then go out on their own (individually or in family/friend groups) to hang flyers in apartment complexes, senior living facilities, and local businesses, before returning to Washington and Lee for closure/debrief. Volunteers will need to transport themselves to different neighborhoods in Arlington. 
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian participate with them.) Volunteers will meet with representatives from A-SPAN and Marymount University to briefly learn about homelessness in Arlington. Volunteers will prepare bagged meals for A-SPAN’s clients and participate in a hands-on art as social action project. FILLED AS OF 12/6.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.) Volunteers of all ages* will be sorting and labeling books which have been donated to ASPIRE's new reading program. FILLED AS OF 1/4.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.) A scavenger hunt for all ages! Volunteers will meet with a representative from Bridges to Independence to briefly learn about the organization. Volunteers will then be invited to purchase a few items they would like to go into Welcome Kits that will be assembled for Bridges to Independence families. After heading to a local store to buy the items (volunteers will decide how much they would like to contribute; no contribution will be too little or small!), volunteers will regather at Washington-Lee High School to assemble the Welcome Kits for Bridges to Independence. FILLED AS OF 1/15.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.) Culpepper Garden volunteers will remove invasive species outdoors on the property. FILLED AS OF 1/4.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.)  A scavenger hunt for ages 12 & up! Volunteers will meet with a representative from Doorways for Women & Families to learn about the organization and the mission. Volunteers will then be invited to participate in an informational and service scavenger hunt off site. Please note: this activity will involve purchasing small items to total an estimated $25. After completing the scavenger hunt, participants will return to Washington & Lee to learn about the importance of each item they collected in serving the needs Doorways clients in our community.  They will also learn about ways they can be involved in the Doorways mission through numerous volunteer roles. FILLED AS OF 1/17.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.) Join fellow EcoAction Arlington volunteers and community members in cleaning trash and debris from Four Mile Run Stream, throughout Barcroft Park, and along Four Mile Run Drive. Help keep one of Arlington's favorite neighborhood areas, and our largest stream watershed, trash free! Please dress for the weather (waterproof shoes if you plan to go into the stream) and bring a reusable water bottle. 
Volunteers will assist with a legal clinic for low income immigrants, who are applying for immigration benefits. Volunteers will be trained on site for that evening’s clinic.(Volunteers must be at least 18 or over to participate in this training.) Please note that this service project will be held on Tuesday, January 22 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm at Arlington Free Clinic, 2921 11th Street South Arlington, VA 22204.
After an introductory session and tour, volunteers will help OAR write Valentine’s Day cards to supporters as a personal thank you for their support. Volunteers would be given notecards and a “script” of what to write in each card. OAR will supply all of the materials. FILLED AS OF 1/4.
Volunteers in this service project will help R.E.A.D. put together small bookshelves/boxes of children’s books for our partner organizations to give to their families. (Volunteers will need to be comfortable using power tools.) The project will begin with a brief training and presentation about the importance of providing all children with access to an array of diverse and inclusive books. (Volunteers must be at least 18 or over to participate in this training.) FILLED AS OF 1/2.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.) The Rotary Club will be hosting volunteers who will make fleece blankets to support ASPIRE: Afterschool Learning. (No sewing skills are required.) FILLED AS OF 1/16.


Training/Orientation Projects:

Advocacy and Activism Panel and the Legacy of Dr. King:
Make MLK’s birthday a “day on,” not a day off! Join us in Arlington on Monday, January 21 for a day of service and training opportunities, including a panel of experts discussing advocacy and activism. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, peace, and economic opportunity through service to others, and the legacy of Dr. King requires us to stand up and speak out for what is right. The advocacy panel, moderated by Janetta Brewer and Natalie Roisman, will address how to serve our community and our most vulnerable populations by driving systemic change through civic activism. Speakers include Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey; Victoria Clark of the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network; Florence Dale of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE); Mary Ellen Payne of Just Neighbors; and former Arlington School Board Chair Abby Raphael, representing the Community Progress Network, managed by Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). The program will begin with a data walk, coordinated by APAH, that presents information on community, education, health, workforce solutions, and housing. Whether you are an experienced activist or newly inspired, you’ll get tips on effective advocacy, overcoming challenges, and ideas on how to engage in Arlington and Northern Virginia. 
Join the Alliance for Housing Solutions in a volunteer training for Arlington for Everyone, a campaign to increase public awareness about the role of housing affordability and options in maintaining a diverse, sustainable and economically vibrant community in Arlington. Volunteers attending this training session will learn about the importance of housing affordability, how affordable housing is created in Arlington, what can be done to increase the supply of affordable housing, and how they can get more involved in helping support affordable housing advocacy efforts.

Would you like to serve as an ongoing volunteer for the Arlington Free Clinic? Individual commitments vary, but most volunteers provide 2-4 hours per month of service, and opportunities are available on weekdays during both daytime and evenings. Arlington Free Clinic has many types of volunteers, but they are currently seeking healthcare providers, psychiatrists, individuals with a healthcare background to scribe during the day, pharmacy technicians, dental assistants, and Spanish interpreters. For health professionals, there will be a background check. All volunteers must adhere to AFC's confidentiality and best practices policies. (Volunteers must be at least 18 or over to participate in this training.)

This orientation will consist of a tour of AFC’s facility and background, an overview of volunteer needs and expectations, as well as short activity.

AHC Inc. is among the largest developers of affordable and mixed-income housing in the Washington-Baltimore metro region and provides homes for more than 18,000 people. Each year, AHC’s Resident Services program supports thousands of children, families and senior citizens through on-site programs. AHC volunteers primarily help in its education programs - after school, teen, college & career, and summer camp programs for elementary through high school students. Attend this orientation and training program to learn more about AHC, its programs and how to be an effective tutor or reading buddy. (Volunteers must be 14 or older to participate in this training.)
ANV will be introducing volunteer prospects to the organization and opportunities available for volunteering. These opportunities include both direct service to our members who are 55+ and committed to “aging-in-place” as well as management roles for volunteers to help ANV with communications and marketing needs, technology, office support, and events planning. Attendees will be able to meet current volunteers and ANV members. (Volunteers must be at least 18 or over to participate in this training.)
Volunteer with APAH! Join us on MLK Day of Service for an orientation session to lean about APAH, our resident services programming, affordable housing outreach and advocacy, and APAH volunteer opportunities. Learn how individuals and groups support and engage with APAH’s work and with the residents who call APAH properties and Arlington home, then share how you would like to engage with APAH through volunteer service.
Partner with Arlington Public Schools to provide work based learning opportunities for our high school students as they meet the requirements of a Profile of a Virginia Graduate. These opportunties allow students to explore career interests and develop their educational path to accomplish their career goals. We will also discuss volunteer opportunties within the schools to help students in all grades meet their goals. We will have a panel discussion of the variou opportunities that are open for the community and business volunters, time for Q&A, and to sign up. This session will be concluding at 11:30.
Volunteers are needed with ASPIRE's new reading program. Offering 1 hour at least once a month, ongoing volunteers would be reading aloud and facilitating an activity with children in the ASPIRE program. After attending this training session, volunteers would be asked to pay $30 for the required background check, and then they could begin their service with ASPIRE!
Capital Caring would truthfully not exist without our volunteers. In 1977, this organization was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers, deeply committed to making a profound and positive impact in our community.  And volunteers are still the core of our daily rounds.  Capital Caring needs all types of volunteers, patient care (in-patient and home care), administrative, landscaping, drivers, musicians, flower arrangers... and that's just to name a few!  We require an in-person interview, background check, two references, and attendance in one of our monthly volunteer orientations. Our volunteers can work as few as four hours a month or two to three shifts a week. Our available shifts are morning, afternoon and evening. *Please note that this does not count as one of our monthly volunteer orientations.
Are you 55 years old or better, have been looking for ways to get involved in your community but didn’t know where to start? RSVP-Northern VA, a volunteer program for individuals ages 55+, is holding a free information session on January 21, 2019 as part of Volunteer Arlington’s MLK Day celebration. During this session, you will learn about RSVP member benefits, current volunteer opportunities, and how to join. You will also get to hear from three of RSVP’s partner organizations, REEP-Arlington Education and Employment Program and La Cocina VA will talk about their programs and volunteer opportunities. The session will conclude with a small service project that will give attendees an opportunity to meet new people and talk with the nonprofits all while giving back!
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY (Participants who are 18 and under are required to have a parent participate with them.) YSA invites participants age 5 and up who would like to plan a service project using what they love to do! For example - soccer, cooking, music. YSA Sparks model will be used to help you think about the issues you care about and effective strategies to make a difference and improve your community. Participants (and their parents) will leave equipped to develop and manage their own service project.

2018 Summary

Check out the great succeess from our first ever MLK Day of Service on our Facebook page and in the graphic and video below!