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? 

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

The information below, organized by area of impact, suggests volunteer opportunities available for children, youth, and families. To sign up, follow the link.

In addition, families might want to visit our "Caring at the Holidays" page here and our MLK day of Service page here.


Arts & Culture

Organization: Opera NOVA 

Volunteer Opportunities: For Children, Youth, and Families


  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


  1. Stage Hand: 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. Usher: 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).

Learn more here!


Civic and Community

Organization: Field to Table, Inc.

Youth (ages 13-18)

Volunteer Opportunity: Market Assistant - Our organization (Field to Table, Inc.) is a Virginia nonprofit that establishes and manages community-based farmers markets in Northern Virginia. All of our markets are in search of teenage volunteers who can assist both at setting up and taking down the weekly community markets and also with assisting at the market tent during market hours. Our volunteers meet a lot of people from the surrounding neighborhoods and often volunteer with a friend from school so that they can share the experience. All our markets are on Saturday or Sunday.

Learn more here!

Organization: The Salvation Army - Arlington Corps

Youth and Families

Volunteer Opportunity: Help us celebrate Christmas with The Salvation Army's famous Red Kettles. Greet shoppers as they fill the kettles this season with their contributions to help our most needy. Kettles are located at grocery and retail stores throughout the area, and we can work with you to find the best location for you.

Learn more here!


Disaster & Emergency Services

Organization: American Red Cross

Volunteer Opportunity: Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Ambassador - 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.




Organization: Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Volunteer Opportunities: Afterschool tutoring and reading buddies, summer camp couselors

Description: Through its afterschool program, Aspire! provides academic support through tutorials, homework help, and other activities that challange the children to learn and explor new subjects. Aspire! also focuses on strenghtening the interpersonal skills of the children and giving them hands-on experiences. 

As a summer camp counselor volunteers roles include, but not limited to, assisting students with daily activities, reading and enjoying the summer with students at the pool, park, & field trips.

Themes of the weeks: 
Week 1: Geography
Week 2: Entertainment/Pop Culture
Week 3: History
Week 4: Art/Literature
Week 5: Science/Nature
Week 6: Sports/Leisure

Age Range for Volunteers: 13-18

Learn more here!


Health and Wellness

Organization: Inova Health Foundation

Volunteer Opportunity: 12th Annual StarKid and Family Fun Run - After our most sucessful race to date, we are pleased to announce the 12th Annual StarKid 5K and Fmaily Fun Run that will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Fairfax Corner Shopping center in Fairfax, VA! We are looking forward to a fun-filled morning that will incldue post-race door prizes, a moon bounce, face painters, music, and much more! As we celebrate the 12th Anniversary of this amazing event, we hope to conute that momentum into the 2018 race and could really use your support! Volunteer support for this events is incredibly important, and we couldn't pull it off without your help. Sign-up today to help make a difference! There are a number of ways you can help. 

Learn more here!

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!




Organization: A-SPAN

Volunteer Opportunities: Homeless Bagged Meal Program (HBMP) - Volunteers prepare and serve up to 50 meals per night at an outdoor location near Virginia Square.  Each recipient of the HBMP receives one bagged meal, prepared by volunteers, and one portion of hot food, provided by the Chef or Cook at A-SPAN. 

Learn more here!



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.

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!


Senior Services

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!


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+


Sports & Recreation

Organization: Arlington County Parks and Recreation

Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Family Fun Night - Family Fun Night is a wonderful opportunity for families who have a child (or children) with disabilities to network with other families while participating in fun-filled activities. The program consists of activity centers that are open for families to do, along with a different specialty visitor each month.
2.  Remove Invasive Plants (RIP) - 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.
Age Range for Volunteers: 9+, if under 16 you must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.
3. Adopt a Park - Adopt a park to commit to beautifying a green space in Arlington. You can adopt a park, playground ,trail, or sports fields.
Age Ranger for Volunteers: 18+ to adopt; people of all ages can assist with clean-ups.

Learn more here!



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!


Arlington County's Teen Board Network

Interested in learning more abuot how to serve with this group?

 Learn more here!