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Volunteer Opportunities in Alexandria

Looking for ways to give back? Here is a list of opportunities from Volunteer Alexandria.

Volunteer Alexandria has compiled the following Hotlist of local volunteer opportunities. Please contact the agency directly if you are interested in the opportunity and reference Volunteer Alexandria.

Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee—Bike/Pedestrian Counting Volunteers

Contact: Amos Desjardins (amos.desjardins@gmail.com) or Jim Durham (jldurham48@gmail.com) with questions or to sign up.

Volunteers are needed to count bicycles and pedestrians at various locations to Alexandria’s bike/pedestrian counting project has been helpful for documenting increases in bicycling and walking/running in the past two years. This project informs the City’s transportation planning efforts, such as documenting the need for new bike lanes and new bike routes. We need volunteers to keep this effort going on May 9 (5 to 7 pm) and May 11 (12 to 2 pm). Please see the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Website for details.

Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network—Garden Volunteers

Contact: Alice Reid, reida64@aol.com.

Ruby Tucker Family Center, 322 Tancil Court, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Website: healthieralexandria.org. Volunteers needed to work with youth ages, 5-9 years old, in the “I Can Shine” vegetable garden every Tuesday between now and October 15, 2013.

Alexandria Juvenile Court Receptionist

Contact: Vyvyonne.dilbert@alexandriava.gov.

520 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Volunteer needed to answer phones during the day for the Juvenile Court system (Court is open from 8am – 4pm). Hours are flexible and training is provided. Contact: Vyvyonne Dilbert, 703.746.4499.

Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House—Alexandria Tourism Volunteers

Contact: rcardone@visitalexva.com.

221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Website: VisitAlexandriaVA.com. Volunteers needed to welcome and assist visitors to Alexandria. Volunteers should have knowledge of Alexandria and its history, computer skills, and excellent customer service. Contact: Renee Cardone, 703.746.3313.

Community Lodgings—Expert Budget Mentors

607 Notabene Drive, Alexandria, VA 22305 • Website: communitylodgings.org. Volunteers needed to work with Transitional Housing Program participants to evaluate and create their budgets. Volunteers must have accounting or financial planning experience to work with participants on an ongoing basis. Contact: Antonio Tamariz, 703.739.5856, apply on-line at communitylodgings.org/volunteer.

Friends of Guest House—Receptionist, Driver Volunteers and GED Tutors

Contact: audrey@friendsofguesthouse.org

1 E. Luray Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22031 • Website: www.friendsofguesthouse.org. Mentors work with women recently released from incarceration to return to a productive role in society by assisting with job searches and teaching residents to help themselves. Assistants answer phones, doors, and help with projects in the morning/afternoon. Drivers with flexible schedule and their own vehicle transport clients to appointments during the day and evening. Contact: Audrey Stahl, 703.549.8072.

Goodwin House—Music and Computer Volunteers

Contact aconradt@goodwinhouse.org

4800 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA • Website: www.goodwinhouse.org. Volunteers age 16 + needed to play piano, violin, sing and to assist seniors with computer operation. Contact Amy Conradt, Volunteer Coordinator 703.578.7671.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society—“Light The Night” Event Planning Volunteers

Conact: Emily.Seeger@lls.org.

Website: lightthenight.org Volunteers are needed to lead committees for sponsorship, logistics, planning, fundraising, and office help, as well as with events. Contact: Emily Seeger, 703.399.2924.

Liberty's Promise—Job Skills Workshop Volunteers

Contact: email ndompke@libertyspromise.org

1010 Pendleton Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Website: Website: libertyspromise.org. Volunteers work directly with participants to develop resumes and cover letters to send to pre-selected host organizations as part of our internship program for low-income, documented immigrant youth. Contact: Nicole Dompke 703.549.9950.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia—Basic Literacy Tutors

Website: lcnv.org. Volunteers are needed to tutor English-speaking adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills. Each tutor is trained, matched with a student, and encouraged to meet weekly for an hour and a half to help the student improve their reading and writing skills. Tutors have the flexibility of setting their own schedules with their student to meet at any mutually convenient public location in Alexandria. Contact: Ruba, Director of Volunteers at 703.237.0866 x111. Register online: lcnv.org/volunteer.

Meals on Wheels Association of America—Office Assistant Volunteer

Contact: chris@mowaa.org

413 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314  • Website: mowaa.org. Volunteer needed to answer questions about the program and volunteer opportunities. Other duties include routing calls to staff members, light administrative duties, filing and mailings. Contact: Christopher Palazio 703.548.5558.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)—Emergency Volunteer Training

Contact: mrc@alexandriava.gov

4480 King St. Alexandria, Va. 22302  • Website: alexandriava.gov/MedicalReserve. Volunteers are needed to support public health in an emergency or disaster. Volunteers will receive free preparedness training and participate in drills and exercises. Training in a variety of topics, including public health, emergency management, CPR, First Aid, and more. Many positions in the MRC do not require medical skills. Contact: Paula Rosca, 703.746.4978. Register online: www.vamrc.org.

National Parent Teacher Association—Resource Development Intern

Contact: email jbrandon@pta.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Website: www.pta.org. Intern needed to work in the Development Department to help with fundraising, writing papers and preparing materials for annual PTA Convention in June. Contact: Juanita Brandon 703.518.1231.  

Rebuilding Together Alexandria—Rebuilding Day Refurbishment Teams, April 28

700 Princess Street, Mezzanine Suite 2, Alexandria, VA 22314  • Website: www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org. Teams of volunteers will help repair more than 100 homes and nonprofits for Alexandria’s less fortunate residents. Contact: 703.836.1021.

SOHO (Space Of Her Own)—Volunteer Mentor Orientation Sessions

Contact: SOHO@spaceofherown.org

The Art League Madison Annex, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA 22314 • Website: www.spaceofherown.org. SOHO is an art-based mentoring program that allows local low-income pre-teen girls to attend artistic and life skills workshops with mentors, culminating with renovation of the girl’s bedroom. Volunteer orientation sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm and Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm. and will provide details about SOHO, the mentor commitment and the application process. Register online: http://soho2013.eventbrite.com.

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN)—Parenting Class Volunteers

1705 Fern Street, second floor, Alexandria, VA 22302 • Website: scanva.org. Fluent Spanish speaking volunteers needed to “team teach” parenting classes Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm for 8 weeks, starting April 11 to May 30, 2013. Training is provided. Contact: Complete application at scanva.org/volunteerwithscan and email it to spoyta@scanva.org.

T.C. Williams High School—All Night Graduation Celebration Volunteers

Contact: tcwangp@gmail.com

3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Volunteers are needed to set up and decorate after graduation is concluded, sell tickets, assist with activities, door security, and clean up. Shifts are available. Register online: signupgenius.com/go/10C054EAEAA2A1-titans. Contact: Melynda Wilcox at tcwangp@gmail.com.

Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program—Medicare Counselors

Contact: cdvorin@arlingtonva.us

City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services is looking for volunteers to help Alexandria and Arlington Medicare recipients and caregivers understand and access insurance benefits. Work with clients as a Counselor or help with community outreach and awareness. No experience required; training is provided. Contact: VICAP counselor on duty, 703.228.1700 or contact Cedar Dvorin, 703.228.1700.

EVENTS NEEDING VOLUNTEERS

May 18, SCAN Croquet Tournament—70 Volunteers

Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA • Website: scanva.org. Volunteers are needed to help with food and concession stands, spin art, pinwheel making and other small games and activities from 11:45 am to 5:30 pm. Contact: Karen Price 703.820.9001, email kprice@scanva.org.

May 26, Alexandria Running Festival—Event Volunteers

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314 • Website: http://www.mc-coop.org/alexandria_running_festival.aspx. Volunteers are needed on May 24 and Volunteers are needed on Race Day for Aid Stations and Post Race food and beverage stations. Contact: Mallory Sutherland mallorysutherland@gmail.com.

June 16, Volunteer Alexandria Old Town Arts & Crafts Festival—Event Volunteers

301 King Street, Market Square, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Website: volunteeralexandria.org. Volunteers are needed to assist the artists with unloading their cars at 7 a.m. and load their cars at the end of the day at 9 pm. Contact: mail@volunteeralexandria.org.

June 16, Special Olympics—Event Volunteers

2461 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA • Website: specialolympicsva.org. Volunteers are needed to help on race day with set-up and clean-up to benefit Special Olympic athletes in Virginia. Register online: colormerad.com.

June 22, Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival—Event Volunteers

Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA • Website: alexandriafoodandwine.com. Benefitting Carpenter’s Shelter volunteers will assist with event set-up, check-in, ticket sales and many more opportunities. Training is provided. Contact: Sandrika 703.624.0245, email sandrika@sandbevents.com.

July 4, Independence Day Parade—300 Parade Volunteers

Volunteers needed to carry large helium balloons, flags, and stars in the July 4 parade in Washington, DC. Teenagers 14 and older welcome. Contact: Amy Walp, 610.431.1121, email awalp6@aol.com.

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