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Thrift Shop Helper – Manassas

One Time: Open 7 days a week; volunteer times are between 10am-6pm
Location: Save ‘N’ Serve – Manassas,

10360 Portsmouth Road

, Manassas VA 20109
Learn more and apply »

Do you enjoy the retail environment? Are you a thrift store shopper yourself? Thrift shop helpers sort and organize incoming donations, tag items for sale, restock sales floor, rotate stock, restock and reorganize items on sales floor, etc. Must be able to stand for long periods. You can make this a one-time or ongoing activity on your own or with a group of up to 8 people.

The NVFS thrift shops are a critical unrestricted revenue source. All funds raised by the thrift shops directly support programs and services that help lift families out of poverty.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Membership required:
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Amharic Interpreter

Ongoing: Monday-Friday, "on call" (no set schedule)
Location: Multicultural Center,

6400 Arlington Boulevard
Suite 110

, Falls Church VA 22042
Learn more and apply »

Put your language skills to great use! You can make the difference between whether or not NVFS is able to help an individual or family needing support. Volunteer interpreters are needed on an on-call basis to translate documents and/or interpret for clients during their counseling sessions. Interpreters must be flexible to assist during weekday daytime hours. Amharic interpreters are most needed. Other top language needs are for Arabic, Farsi and Spanish. No prior experience necessary; training is provided.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Children Activities Specialist

Ongoing: Tue 6:30pm-7:30pm, Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm, Thu 6:30pm-8pm.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Drive

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Volunteers are needed to lead shelter children in recreational & educational activities on weeknight evenings while their parents attend life skills classes. Activities can include board games, crafts, stories, playground time, and your ideas. Volunteers should come prepared to lead these activities. Children range in age from toddler to pre-teen. On average, about 20-30 youth participate – that’s why this can be a great small group activity! Volunteers must be 16 or older to volunteer for this activity.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 16+
Membership required: Yes
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Bilingual Food Assistance Client Intake

Ongoing: Mon 12:30-3:30, Tue & Thu 9-12 and 12:30-3:30, Wed 4:30-8, Fri 9-12
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Drive

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

If you’re bilingual in Spanish and English and a people person, the Food Assistance Client Intake Specialist is the role for you! You will greet clients arriving for food assistance, update their client information, complete required forms, process their request and check and return calls to the food assistance line. Volunteer hours are flexible Monday-Friday and include one evening shift. Must be at least 18 and bilingual in Spanish and English. Strong customer service skills are important. No prior experience needed; training is provided.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required: No
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Shelter Passenger Driver

Ongoing: Monday-Friday, times flexible between 9am-4pm
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Drive

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Are you passionate about helping the homeless? Do you like to drive? Our Shelter Driver opportunity is perfect for you! SERVE needs dedicated volunteers to help transport shelter residents for work, job interviews & appointments, and offer them encouragement and support along the way. We supply the van and the gas! All driving is done locally within Prince William County. Access to transportation is a particularly significant barrier to self-sufficiency. You’ll feel great knowing you’re helping your homeless neighbors get help, find jobs and secure housing.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 21+
Membership required:
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Job Training Tutor

Ongoing: Weekdays 8-9am or 2-3pm
Location: Training Futures,

8603 Westwood Center Drive
Suite 300

, Vienna VA 22182
Learn more and apply »

Volunteer tutors work individually and in small groups with adults during their independent study lab hours, which are immediately before and after the 9am-2pm training day. Help trainees hone their writing, reading, vocabulary, Microsoft Office Suite and conversational English skills.

Trainees are hard-working, highly motivated adults. They are internationally diverse and many are seeking administrative jobs in America for the first time. Many trainees also have advanced degrees from other countries that aren’t recognized here in the U.S., limiting their job opportunities.

You can help trainees develop their self-confidence and recognize their full potential!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Grad Lab Tutor

Ongoing: Wednesdays from 10am-2pm
Location: Training Futures,

8603 Westwood Center Drive
Suite 300

, Vienna VA 22182
Learn more and apply »

Volunteer tutors work individually with job training graduates who are not yet employed to help them brush up on their skills and assist with job searches, resumes and practice interviewing. Lab hours are Wednesdays 10am-2pm.

Trainees are hard-working, highly motivated adults. They are internationally diverse and many are seeking administrative jobs in America for the first time. Many trainees also have advanced degrees from other countries that aren’t recognized here in the U.S., limiting their job opportunities.

You can help graduates gain full-time, benefited employment and recognize their full potential!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Employment Coach

Ongoing:
Location: Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center,

14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy.

, Woodbridge VA 22191
Learn more and apply »

Have a knack for computers or job hunting online? Want to share your knowledge in a one-on-one setting? Employment mentors work individually with homeless adults to help them navigate their online employment search and application processes.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Everette Thorby
571.748.2674
ethorby@nvfs.org

Head Start Classroom Volunteer

Ongoing: Weekdays 9am-12pm
Location: Head Start Center,

1801 N. George Mason Drive

, Arlington VA 22207
Learn more and apply »

Classroom volunteers help teachers with daily activities for 3-5 year olds. Prepare, lead and support learn-through-play activities; read to students; supervise them on the playground, and help serve breakfast and lunch.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Food Donation Pick-up Driver

Ongoing: Saturdays 8:45-9:45pm, Sundays 9-10am, or Sundays 8:45-9:45pm
Location: Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter,

3525 Moncure Ave.

, Falls Church VA 22041
Location:

Trader Joe's - 5847 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

Learn more and apply »

One hour of your time each week can help stop food waste and provide homeless adults with nutritious perishable goods. Volunteers are needed to pick up food donations from the Trader Joe’s in Bailey’s Crossroads and deliver it across the street to Bailey’s Shelter. This is a great parent-child opportunity!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: Yes
Membership required:
Contact:
Meagan Perkins
703.820.7621 x216
mperkins@nvfs.org

Life Skills Instructor

Ongoing:
Location: Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter,

3525 Moncure Ave.

, Falls Church VA 22041
Learn more and apply »

Put your expertise to great use leading workshop sessions for homeless adults so they can build the skills they need to gain stability and independence, and reach their full potential. Topics could include rent readiness, computer skills, stress management, job training, self-care, or any ideas you have.

Volunteers are especially needed weekday daytimes, though evening opportunities are also available. There is flexibility to come weekly or monthly. Small groups of 2-3 people also welcome.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Meagan Perkins
703.820.7621 x216
mperkins@nvfs.org

Shelter Support Services Volunteer – Bailey’s Shelter

Ongoing: Weedays 9am-12pm or 12-3pm
Location: Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter,

3525 Moncure Ave.

, Falls Church VA 22041
Learn more and apply »

Do you enjoy meeting people and spending time around others? Volunteers are needed weekdays to welcome residents and visitors, answer calls, assist residents with questions and supply needs, and provide administrative support. It’s a great introduction to homeless services!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Meagan Perkins
703.820.7621 x216
mperkins@nvfs.org

Shelter Support Services Volunteer – SERVE Shelter

Ongoing: Weekdays between 9am-8pm
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Drive

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Do you enjoy meeting people and spending time around others? Volunteers are needed weekdays to welcome residents and visitors, answer calls, assist residents with questions and supply needs, and provide administrative support. It’s a great introduction to homeless services!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Urdu Interpreter

Ongoing: Short-term need; times flexible between 9am-5pm weekdays
Location: Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter,

3525 Moncure Ave.

, Falls Church VA 22041
Learn more and apply »

Are you bilingual in Urdu and English? With your help, a homeless adult can get the counseling and support needed to find housing, jobs and work toward self-sufficiency. This is a 30-45 day short-term need.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Meagan Perkins
703.820.7621 x216
mperkins@nvfs.org

Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter Advisory Council Member

Ongoing:
Location: Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter,

3525 Moncure Ave.

, Falls Church VA 22041
Learn more and apply »

Are you a resident, employee, business owner, civic or faith organization who believes in the importance of fostering community support to end homelessness in the Bailey’s Crossroads community?

Play a central role in identifying strategies and actions to address key community concerns around homelessness and affordable housing. As a council member, you will be part of a solutions-focused team of community advocates providing essential and relevant feedback on homelessness.

The Advisory Council meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. Meeting locations vary within the Bailey’s Crossroads area.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Meagan Perkins
703.820.7621 x216
mperkins@nvfs.org

Children’s Activities Leader

Ongoing: Weekdays 6-7pm
Location: Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center,

14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy.

, Woodbridge VA 22191
Learn more and apply »

Volunteers are needed to lead shelter children in recreational & educational activities on weeknight evenings from 6-7pm while their parents attend life skills classes. Activities can include board games, crafts, stories, playground time, and your ideas. Volunteers should come prepared to lead these activities. Children range in age from toddler to pre-teen. On average, 3-7 children participate.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Everette Thorby
571.748.2674
ethorby@nvfs.org

Shelter Breakfast Provider – Hilda Barg Shelter

One Time: Weekend breakfasts (served between 8-9am)
Location: Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center,

14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy.

, Woodbridge VA 22191
Learn more and apply »

Bring the comfort and warmth of home-cooked weekend and holiday breakfasts to the homeless. This is a great small group (6-8 people) opportunity. Volunteer groups provide, prepare and serve nutritious breakfasts for the 30 residents at the Hilda Barg Shelter on weekends and holidays. Meal groups have the option to prepare offsite and delivered or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Weekend and holiday lunches are also available.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Everette Thorby
571.748.2674
ethorby@nvfs.org

Shelter Meals Provider – SERVE

One Time: Weekends and holidays for brunch (served at 11am or dinner (served at 5pm)
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Drive

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Bring the comfort and warmth of home-cooked meals to the homeless. This is a great small group (6-8 people) opportunity. Volunteer groups provide, prepare and serve nutritious meals for the 92 residents at the SERVE Shelter on weekends and holidays. Meal groups have the option to prepare offsite and delivered or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Weekend and holiday meals are preferred; weeknights dinners are also an option.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Shelter Meals Provider – Bailey’s

One Time: Weekend breakfast, lunch or dinner
Location: Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter,

3525 Moncure Ave.

, Falls Church VA 22041
Learn more and apply »

Bring the comfort and warmth of home-cooked meals to the homeless. This is a great small group (6-8 people) opportunity. Volunteer groups provide, prepare and serve nutritious meals for the 50 residents at Bailey’s Shelter on weekends and holidays. Meal groups have the option to prepare offsite and delivered or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Weekend and holiday meals are preferred, but weeknight dinners are also available. Group leader must be an adult; group members must be at least 12 years old.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Membership required:
Contact:
Meagan Perkins
703.820.7621 x216
mperkins@nvfs.org

Job Search & Interview Prep Tutor

One Time: Two 5-week sessions in May/June and November/December, times vary
Location: Training Futures,

8603 Westwood Center Drive
Suite 300

, Vienna VA 22182
Learn more and apply »

Volunteer tutors work in small groups with adults during their during the last month of their job training cycle, which is focused on getting and keeping a job. There are opportunities to assist trainees writing resumes and cover letters, conducting and critiquing mock interviews, and improving their public speaking. This is a short-term opportunity; there are two 5-week sessions per year (May/June and November/December). Very small 3-4 person corporate groups are a great fit!
Trainees are hard-working, highly motivated adults. They are internationally diverse and many are seeking administrative jobs in America for the first time. Many trainees also have advanced degrees from other countries that aren’t recognized here in the U.S., limiting their job opportunities.
You can help trainees develop their self-confidence and recognize their full potential!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Testing Proctor

One Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30am-12pm from May-July and October-December
Location: Training Futures,

8603 Westwood Center Drive
Suite 300

, Vienna VA 22182
Learn more and apply »

Volunteers serve as test proctors while training applicants take their assessment exam, which is about two hours long. Test proctoring takes place in May-July and October-December. Requires very minimal training.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Thrift Shop Helper – Falls Church

One Time: Open 7 days a week; volunteer times are between 9am-6pm
Location: Clock Tower – Falls Church,

2860 Annandale Road

, Falls Church VA 22042
Learn more and apply »

Do you enjoy the retail environment? Are you a thrift store shopper yourself? Thrift shop helpers sort and organize incoming donations, tag items for sale, restock sales floor, rotate stock, restock and reorganize items on sales floor, etc. Must be able to stand for long periods. You can make this a one-time or ongoing activity on your own or with a group of up to about 20 people.

The NVFS thrift shops are a critical unrestricted revenue source. All funds raised by the thrift shops directly support programs and services that help lift families out of poverty.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Thrift Shop Helper – Centreville

One Time: Open 7 days a week; volunteer times are between 10am-6pm
Location: Clock Tower – Centreville,

6031 Centreville Crest Lane

, Centreville VA 20121
Learn more and apply »

Do you enjoy the retail environment? Are you a thrift store shopper yourself? Thrift shop helpers sort and organize incoming donations, tag items for sale, restock sales floor, rotate stock, restock and reorganize items on sales floor, etc. Must be able to stand for long periods. You can make this a one-time or ongoing activity on your own or with a group of up to 10 people.

The NVFS thrift shops are a critical unrestricted revenue source. All funds raised by the thrift shops directly support programs and services that help lift families out of poverty.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Membership required:
Contact:
Jamie Johnson
571.748.2621
jajohnson@nvfs.org

Summer Camp Leaders – Manassas

One Time: Monday-Friday, June 26th - August 31st
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Drive

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Bring stimulation and fun to homeless children during their summer break. Transportation and enrollment fees are often barriers that keep our families from participating in fun and educational summer events. The solution is to bring the festivities to them! Pick a theme (ex. STEM learning, week of crafts, all about bugs), create a week of activities around the theme and bring camp to the kids.

Small volunteer groups of 3-5 people are best. Mini-camps should be a minimum of two days, ideally a full week, for 2-4 hours per day. Activities should be geared primarily to elementary-age.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 16+
Membership required:
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Summer Camp Leaders – Woodbridge

One Time: Monday-Friday, June 26th - August 31st
Location: Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center,

14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy.

, Woodbridge VA 22191
Learn more and apply »

Bring stimulation and fun to homeless children during their summer break. Transportation and enrollment fees are often barriers that keep our families from participating in fun and educational summer events. The solution is to bring the festivities to them! Pick a theme (ex. STEM learning, week of crafts, all about bugs), create a week of activities around the theme and bring camp to the kids.

Small volunteer groups of 3-5 people are best. Mini-camps should be a minimum of two days, ideally a full week, for 2-4 hours per day. Activities should be geared primarily to elementary-age.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 18+
Membership required:
Contact:
Everette Thorby
571.748.2674
ethorby@nvfs.org

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