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Volunteer Opportunities in Alexandria, Virginia

Check out these new and ongoing local opportunities, compiled by Volunteer Alexandria – YOUR connection to helping others in Alexandria, Virginia! Sign up at

New & MLK Day of Service

Volunteer Alexandria & ALIVE! – Martin Luther King Day of Service: Fight Hunger in Alexandria

One in five Alexandria’s struggle to put food on their tables. Work to end hunger in Alexandria by prepping shelf stable food for distribution to those who need it most. Register online.

In addition to volunteering on MLK Day of Service, consider hosting a food drive before and bringing those needed items with you. Sign up to host a food drive today.

 Volunteer Alexandria, ALIVE! & the City of Alexandria – Food distribution in case of snow storm

Volunteer Alexandria in collaboration with ALIVE and the City will organize a food distribution to low income families before a snow storm hits (24 hours prior to the storm). Volunteers are needed to help with organizing the food, bagging the food and helping families to carry the bags to their cars. There will be two shifts: morning and afternoon/evening. Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria & Red Cross – Martin Luther King Day of Service: Emergency Preparedness

Volunteers will educate and prepare low-income individuals and families to respond to various disasters by distributing informational kits. First, volunteers will train on the importance of being prepared and assemble the informational kits. Then volunteers will distribute the kits to over 500 households in the West End area of Alexandria. Register online.

Adult Education

FACETS – Front Desk

Assist with front desk responsibilities such as performing data entry, assisting clients, receiving donations, and maintaining the front desk area. Register online. 

Service Source, INC – Multiple Opportunities Available

Support adults with disabilities by assisting staff in the classroom setting.  One volunteer is needed to support the Program Participant Mentoring program!  Register online.

Arts & Culture

Lee-Fendall House Museum – Master Gardener

Have a green thumb? Year-round help is needed to maintain the museum’s half-acre garden and grounds. Work on your own schedule. Special work days are scheduled periodically to tackle large projects. Register online.

Opera Guild of Northern VirginiaMultiple Opportunities Available

Contact Pre K-4 schools (Public, Private, Parochial and Home), collecting school information and introducing Opera NOVA’s programs. Assist with the creation of marketing and recruitment materials for schools and families. Plan and implement a school outreach strategy at each educational level. Work as a liaison between Opera NOVA and schools/districts/sites, ensuring quality programming and assisting with all aspects of program operation. Gather and report data on program accomplishments and potential improvements. Volunteers needed as a financial assistant and grant writers. Register online.

Civic & Community

Charles Houston Advisory Council – Council members

Looking for volunteers that have interest in how the Rec Center better serves our community and in the development physically and emotionally healthy youth via diverse programs and activities. Register online.

Meade Memorial Episcopal Church – Multiple Opportunities Available

Cleaning help needed throughout the church buildings including, parish hall, offices, kitchen and sanctuary.  Be a part of Meade Church’s continuing mission to serve those in need. Partner by becoming a volunteer and serve hot meals to Alexandria’s vulnerable residents. Volunteers ONLY need to re-heat and serve the lunch.  Register online.

VeloCity Bicycle Cooperative – Learn Bike Mechanics to Help the Community

Train to become a volunteer bicycle mechanic! New volunteers board members wanted. Board meets every six weeks and members typically contribute 5-10 hours/month. Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria – Multiple Opportunities Available

Design clear, engaging graphic communications for print and the web. Work closely with staff to create promotional pieces. Help us set up a graphic design work station. Requirements: Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with Macs a plus. Do good with your social media skills by assisting with Volunteer Alexandria’s online presence.  Become an emergency preparedness volunteer, raise emergency preparedness awareness at community events, become a Volunteer Reception Center trained staff (VRC) and much more. Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria – Snow Buddies Program – November 1st – March 31st

Help your neighbors this winter by providing snow removal to low-income Alexandria’s residents who are physically unable to do so themselves, cannot afford to pay for this help, and/or do not have immediate neighbors, family or friends to assist them. Register online.

Children & Youth Education

Alexandria Soccer Association – Volunteer Recreational Soccer Coach

The recreational soccer program is looking for volunteer coaches to help with teams from ages 5-19 for the 2018 spring season, starting in April. This would require the volunteer to be within the City of Alexandria two times per week. It would require two or three hours per week: running a practice (at your convenience), a game on Saturday mornings, and sending weekly emails to your team. Register online.

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium – Reading Tutors needed at multiple locations

Do you have an extra hour per week to help a struggling reader? Tutors will work one-on-one with a K or first grade student. Most tutors work a 30-minute session twice per week. If you can only volunteer once per week ATC will pair you with a partner. A training session is provided to all tutors. Register online.

The Campagna Center – Multiple Opportunities Available

The Wright to Read program provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children who are reading one year below grade level. Support the Building Better Futures (BBF) program and assist with carrying out BBF program activities related to tutoring and enrichment, as well as assist program staff with other components of the BBF program (e.g. parent education, recruitment and retention).  Register online.

The Child & Family Network Centers – Multiple Opportunities Available

Photographers and videographers needed.  Also need assistance moving classroom furniture and with school supply/backpack drive. Register online.

Girls on the Run – Coach

As a coach, you’ll be trained to guide small teams in practice twice a week. You’ll lead your team of girls in valuable lessons and teamwork building, while working up to running a 5K at the end of the season. Register online.

RESET – Hands-on STEM Educator

Scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians needed to lead students in hands-on STEM activities.  STEM background required, except for Pre-K programs and RESET’s High School & Volunteer Scouts programs. Register online.

New Hope Housing – Multiple Opportunities Available

Holiday opportunities available, including filling a holiday table and being Santa for a single adult. Tutors wanted to help elementary-age children from New Hope Housing with homework. Work one-on-one or with small groups on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Sherwood Hall Library.  Register online.

YoKid…Stretch your limits – Yoga Teachers

Teach children’s yoga to the underserved children in the greater DC area. Register online.

Family Services

Alexandria’s Domestic Violence Program – Multiple Opportunities Available

Emergency Companion Response Volunteers and Shelter Supervisors needed to provide crisis intervention to survivors of domestic violence. Children’s Program volunteers are needed to provide an enjoyable environment. Register online.

NVA Cash Vita Tax Program – Tax Program VITA

Volunteers needed to help families with low-income with preparing their tax returns and assisting the program as greeter, screener, translator and/or IT support. Register online.

Sexual Assault Center – Hotline Companion

Meet with survivors at the hospital to offer support and information immediately following a sexual assault. Volunteers also needed to provide ongoing advocacy, information, and emotional support for sexual assault survivors as well as staffing our 24/7 hotline. Register online.

Health & Wellness

Inova Health System – Hospital Elder Life Program

Volunteers needed to provide therapeutic activities, assist with patient mobilization, assist patients with meals and feeding by providing encouragement, help unit staff, and other tasks as needed. Register online.

Inova Alexandria Hospital – Spiritual Support Volunteers

Chaplin volunteers needed to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and families. Register online.

Hunger & Homelessness

Community Lodgings – Multiple Opportunities Available

Assist development director and office staff with admin/office/computer support. Help families who are transitioning from homeless learn how to live independently through managing their money.  Event Captain and event committee members needed.  After-school tutors needed 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. for Elementary students and 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. for Middle and High School students.  Register online.  

Friends of Guest House – Multiple Opportunities Available

Here’s three ways you can make a difference! On Saturday mornings, drive our ladies to their weekly exercise class. On Friday mornings pick up food and deliver it to two various locations. On your schedule, buy groceries (list supplied) from BJ’s Wholesale and drop it off at the location. Register online.

New Hope Housing – Multiple Opportunities Available

At the orientation, you will learn the various types of volunteer opportunities, requirements for volunteering, and have the opportunity to fill out required paperwork.  Volunteer opportunities include meal preparers, children’s activities, assisting residents with job applications and skills, maintenance, group activities, and more! Welcoming and friendly faces are needed at Safe Haven! Safe Haven is a drop-in day shelter for the homeless, the hungry, and anyone who needs a place of respite and a good meal. It is open every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are in search of volunteers to maintain the reception area and check in guests as they arrive. Register online.

United Christian Ministries – Food Pantry Volunteer

Duties of the Food Pantry Assistant will include, but are not limited to: daily stock and rotate canned goods as part of food pantry operations; implement safety standards; receive Food Pantry donations; assists with pickups of donated food items; if possible, attend quarterly all staff meetings and monthly unit meetings; keep receptionist and supervisors informed of whereabouts throughout the day. Register online.

Immigrant & Refugee Services

Liberty’s Promise – Long-Term Administrative Assistant/Finance Volunteer Needed!

Your finance experience can make a difference! Help manage the finances of a small non-profit and gain a unique insight into the day-to-day workings of a small non-profit. Register online.

Senior Services

Calvary Women’s Services – Karaoke Party Volunteer

Karaoke parties have become a much-loved tradition here at Calvary. On the third Saturday evening of each month, volunteers come in and host a karaoke party for Calvary residents – we’ll provide the karaoke machine and you’ll provide the theme! Please commit to hosting at least three parties a year.  Register online.

Lee Hernly, Editor
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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events. I live in the Old Town Alexandria area with my fantastic wife and son Sam. Oh, there’s Serena & Bea too. I’m so excited to meet new readers and see where you are from! Please be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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