There are several ways to volunteer in Alexandria this fall.
Art lovers can get their fix by volunteering as gallery guides at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and sports fans can become volunteer sports coaches. The Carlyle House also needs a volunteer tour guide.
There are also a number of tutoring and mentoring positions available, in addition to the food distributor and donation sorting positions available.
“We need hundreds of people a week,” Marion Brunken, general manager of Volunteer Alexandria, told ALXnow. “More people are in need now than ever.”
Here is a list of new and upcoming opportunities from Volunteer Alexandria.
- Teaching children to read — “Wright to Read is a literacy tutoring and mentoring program that matches volunteer tutor-mentors with Alexandria Public School students who need extra support with their literacy skills. Our goal is not only to help support this child through their reading journey (including access to books, resources, and a wider reading community), but also a lifelong mentor. from primary school and beyond.
- Distribute food with ALIVE! — “Volunteers are needed to help with several programs related to their food program, ALIVE! House and the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership Program will distribute food at Mobile Pop-ups and Truck to Trunk events, and more.
- More opportunities at ALIVE! — The association also needs drivers, a furniture mover and volunteers for the warehouse.
- The theater group needs support — Momentum Collective is looking for a new board member, costume designer and set builder.
- Sports coaches for young people — Preside over team activities, including all scheduled practices and matches. Adhere to RPCA policies, rules and objectives Responsible for maintaining the upkeep of all RPCA sports equipment. Lead by example among team parents to support umpire and league management responsibilities. Coach an assigned group of children and focus on skill development, safety, fairness, play, sportsmanship and fun.
- 4-H Youth Development Club Volunteers — “We are currently looking for volunteers who want to start clubs on any topic of interest, such as dogs, sewing, robotics or sports.”
- food rescuer — “Food Rescuers collect excess food from Northern Virginia and District of Columbia food donors (businesses, restaurants, and grocery stores) and deliver directly to receiving agencies (community kitchens, food pantries, etc.) that feed our starving neighbours. In your own vehicle and at your own pace, it usually only takes 30-60 minutes to complete this incredibly rewarding and essential mission. Start on the website and app to see the full calendar of local food rescue opportunities.
- Arise Outreach Volunteer — “ARISE is a new guaranteed income pilot program that plans to give $500 per month to 170 residents of the city of Alexandria for two years. A research team will evaluate the results of the ARISE program that will inform future efforts and policy decisions.
- Sexual Assault Center Hotline Advocate — “Volunteers take care of the hotline 24 hours a day in the evening and on weekends. Volunteers provide accompaniment, emotional support, crisis intervention, advocacy and referrals to empower survivors of sexual violence in person at the hospital/police department or over the phone. Volunteers must undergo 40 hours of training.
- Shelter supervisors with the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program — “As a program that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, volunteers play a key role in providing services to those affected by domestic violence. Volunteers in our program interact personally with people in need – an opportunity that many find extremely rewarding.
- Alexandria Library Opportunities — Alexandria Library needs a volunteer to run a play program for the elderly, a volunteer for the Trash Trekkers program, a volunteer for Knit Night, a volunteer for the computer course and gardening support.
- Tour guide at Carlyle House Historical Park — “Are you looking for a fun and relaxing volunteer opportunity?” Carlyle House Historic Park, a museum of colonial homes in Old Town Alexandria, is looking for volunteer guides to conduct public tours of this historic building. Carlyle House, built in 1753, interprets the home and family of John Carlyle, merchant and founder of the city.
- Sixth Annual Spooky Science Expo — “The Watergate at Landmark Youth Committee will host its sixth annual science event (Spooky Mad Science Expo) for children and teens (October 15). The event will celebrate science and Halloween… As every year, we are looking for volunteers to help us plan and organize the event.
- Casa Chirilagua Volunteers – Casa Chirilagua is looking for one-on-one mentorship, their kids club, a volunteer to oversee the teen study hall, a high school curriculum helper, a teen bible study volunteer, and a college curriculum helper .
- Dog adoption event needs volunteers – “Lucky Dog Animal Rescue hosts an adoption event on the FIRST Sunday of each month at the Potomac Yard PetSmart – 3351 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22305. Come spend the afternoon with a Lucky Dog!”
- Torpedo Factory Gallery Guide — “Gallery guides should feel comfortable interacting with the public about the artwork in the exhibition with potentially sensitive content and handling requests for the sale of artwork. Gallery guides must be at least 18 years old.
- Food and Grocery Volunteer – “For more than 15 years, as part of its outreach ministry, Meade Memorial Episcopal Church has made a commitment to the Ministry of Emergency Food Aid, to help transform our community, our neighbors and ourselves. The church provides lunches for residents from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We need help setting up tables and distributing lunches every day of the week, except on certain holidays. We ask all volunteers to arrive at 11:15 a.m.