Group Volunteer Opportunites
Group volunteering is a great way to give back together. If you don't see what you're looking for, let us know! We are always open to your ideas and suggestions.
Team-Building Group Volunteering
Provide a weekend or holiday meal—breakfast, lunch or dinner—for residents at SERVE’s 92-bed homeless shelter. Meals can be made off-site and delivered or volunteers may bring ingredients and prepare on-site. Due to residents’ varying weekend schedules, volunteers are asked to prepare enough food for at least 40 people. In addition to preparing meals, groups will also serve meals and clean up after the meal has been served.
Hunger Resource Center – SERVE (Manassas, VA)
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9AM-5PM; Wednesday, Thursday 9AM-8PM; Saturday 9AM-12PM • Group Size: 3-10 people • Contact Karen Horowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sort food donations and organize according to type of food, portion large food packages into family-size quantities, restock foods on shelves, rotate foods to ensure those with the earliest expiration dates are used first.
Thrift Shop Volunteer Team – Centreville, Falls Church and Manassas
Times: Open Daily, times flexible • Group Size: 3-10 people • Contact Navara Cannon, Volunteer Coordinator, 571.748.2536
Sort and organize donations as they come in, ensure shopping area is organized and that items are displayed in proper places, and assist with price labeling and customer checkout as needed.
Volunteer Groups assist with landscaping, painting, and decorating at the SERVE Shelter or at one of our 19 housing units in Prince William County. Groups can also complete service projects such as “adopt a room” or room makeovers at the above locations.
Great Projects for Kids
Decorate Greeting Cards
We provide the card stock and you provide the creativity and talent! Added benefit is you can do this from your school or home. Greeting cards of any variety—birthday, thank you, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, etc.—are welcome and are given to volunteers, donors and clients. Contact Navara Cannon, 571.746.2536
Program & Holiday Drives
Food & Supply Drives – SERVE (Manassas, VA)
Coordinate a donation drive at your office or school, in your neighborhood or elsewhere. These can be done any time of the year. Our biggest needs are for non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, bath towels and diapers.
- Back to School Drive – July/August (Fairfax, VA and Manassas, VA)
In advance: Coordinate a backpack and school supplies drive at your office or school, in your neighborhood or elsewhere. NVFS provides over 2,000 backpacks to youth in pre-K through college. On-site: Sort and organize school supplies, stuff backpacks and help distribute.
- Operation Turkey – November (Manassas, VA)
In advance: Coordinate a food drive at your office or school, in your neighborhood or elsewhere. All non-perishable goods (whether or not they are traditional Thanksgiving foods) and grocery store gift cards are welcome. On-site: Sort and organize food donations, prepare Thanksgiving meal packages, and distribute to recipients.
- Gifting for Families – December (Fairfax, VA and Manassas, VA)
In advance: Coordinate a grocery gift card, Wal-mart/Target gift card and/or toy drive at your office or school, in your neighborhood or elsewhere. Gift cards and toys for children under three and teens are the biggest needs. On-site: Sort and organize toy donations, categorize gifts by age group, and help arrange toy closet for distribution of gifts.