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Thrift Shop Yard Sale Volunteer – Centreville & Manassas

One Time: August 24th and 25th, various shift times
Location: Clock Tower – Centreville,

6031 Centreville Crest Lane

, Centreville VA 20121
Location:

Friday, August 24, 2018 @ Clock Tower - 6031 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA 20121
Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ Georgetown South EHS- 9444 Taney Road, Manassas, VA 20110

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Volunteers are needed to help our Clock Tower thrift shop prepare for and run a summer yard sale.  There are four (4) volunteer shifts beginning Friday, August 24 through Saturday, August 25:

  • Friday, August 24 from 5-7 p.m. in Centreville: Load yard sale merchandize from the store into our box truck (4-6 volunteers needed)
  • Saturday, August 25 from 7-10 a.m. in Manassas: Unload items from truck, set up displays & merchandise, stock displays and restock as needed.  (4-6 volunteers needed)
  • Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Manassas: Restock merchandise, reorganize clothing racks and displays, assist customers, etc.  (4-6 volunteers needed)
  • Saturday, August 25 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Manassas: Pack up unsold items and load them back onto the box truck. (4-6 volunteers needed)

This is a great opportunity for groups and college students needing community service hours for school. Some moderate and heavy lifting may be involved. Volunteers should dress casual and wear sneakers. Must be at least 16 to volunteer.

Ready to sign up for a shift? Click here!

Contact Annie Arroyo with questions at aarroyo@nvfs.org, 571.748.2621.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: Must be 16+ to volunteer
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Multicultural Center Greeter & Receptionist

Ongoing: Shifts are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center,

6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 110

, Falls Church VA 22042
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Receptionist volunteers help run the front office at our Multicultural Center, which manages client check-in for our programs and for three INOVA clinics and supports daily office operations. Volunteers ensure that all clients are properly greeted, signed in and directed to appropriate staff. Kindness and support at the front desk are essential so that all visitors have a positive and efficient experience.

Duties:

  • Greet all clients and visitors in a busy waiting room
  • Answer questions, ensure that visitors sign in and are directed to the appropriate department for their appointment
  • Data entry  and administrative support
  • Answer phone calls and provide referrals
  • Other projects, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Strong verbal communication skills, good people skills and sound judgment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Volunteers are requested to work at least 8 hours per week (two 1/2 days or one full day)
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Program Eligibility Screener

One Time:
Location: Oakton – Administrative Headquarters,

10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100

, Oakton VA 22124
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If you have excellent communication skills, great attention to detail and a passion for helping the community, this role is for you! Assist the NVFS Bridging Affordability program in securing stable housing for homeless or precariously housed families throughout Northern Virginia by joining our volunteer team. You’ll make an impact and work with prospective clients to determine program eligibility.

Duties:

  • Return phone calls to families interested in the program to notify them of eligibility requirements and the registration process.
  • Review applications and assist in determining program eligibility.
  • Conduct client prescreens via telephone to get client contact, income and current housing situation information.
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including data entry, filing, copying, faxing and completing client packets.

Qualifications:

  • Professional and personable demeanor
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fast learner
  • Comfortable working with diverse population
  • Must be willing to commit to at least 4 hours per week (during the workweek; M-F 9am to 5pm)
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: Must be 18+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Back-to-School Drive Volunteer

One Time: A variety of dates and shifts 8/2 through 8/17
Location:

13868 Metrotech Dr., Chantilly, VA 20151.
This is a donated storefront next to Petsmart in the Sully Place Shopping Center.

Learn more and apply »

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Back2School! At this time, all of our 2018 Back2School volunteer slots have been filled.

More Volunteer Opportunities at NVFS

About this opportunity:

Help kids in Northern Virginia start their school year off strong!

NVFS’ back-to-school drive provides kids and teens across Northern Virginia with backpacks filled with the school supplies that their grade and county require. We plan to pack and distribute over 2,000 backpacks this year!  We will be collecting, sorting, counting, and packing all of the backpacks at an off-site location in Chantilly, VA.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: All volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Any participants ages 12-15 must be volunteering alongside a parent or guardian.
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Classroom Volunteer – Early Head Start

Ongoing: Weekdays 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Early Head Start: Arlington Mill,

909 S. Dinwiddie Street
Suite 105

, Arlington VA 22204
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Support our littlest learners by becoming an Early Head Start Classroom Volunteer! In this role, volunteers will gain experience caring for and engaging with babies and toddlers in a classroom setting, experience the rewards of bringing delight to a child, and see children grow & progress developmentally. Volunteers are needed on weekdays from 9-11:30 a.m. 

Duties include:

  • Assist classroom teachers with children’s activities.
  • Work with babies and toddlers to help them advance developmentally (ages 0-3).
  • Assist in caring for infants and babies during free play and circle time.
  • Assist with set-up and clean-up for breakfast and lunch.
  • Share a special skill, hobby or talent with the children! Ideas include: Music group, arts and crafts, yoga, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Experience with very young children preferred
  • Successful completion of Child Protective Services and criminal background checks
  • Proof of negative TB test
  • Willingness to volunteer 2.5 hours once per week for at least a 6-month commitment
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@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 Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
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Bring the comfort and warmth of home-cooked meals to the homeless by volunteering as a shelter meals provider. This is a great small group (6-8 people) opportunity. Volunteers provide, prepare and serve nutritious meals for the 92 residents at the SERVE Family Shelter on weekends and holidays. 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; weeknight dinners are also an option.

Open Dates:

July

  • July 1 – brunch
  • July 4 (Independence Day) – brunch
  • July 21 – dinner

August

  • August 5- brunch
  • August 12- dinner

September

  • September 1- brunch
  • September 2- brunch
  • September 3 (Labor Day)- brunch & dinner
Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Head Start Classroom Volunteer

Ongoing: Weekdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Head Start Center,

1801 N. George Mason Drive

, Arlington VA 22207
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Classroom volunteers help teachers with daily activities for 3-5 year olds at our Head Start Center. Prepare, lead and support learn-through-play activities; read to students; supervise them on the playground, and help serve breakfast and lunch.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Successful completion of Child Protective Services and criminal background checks
  • Proof of negative TB test
  • Willingness to volunteer 3 hours once per week for at least a 6-month commitment
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

SERVE Front Desk Volunteer

Ongoing: Weekdays 9am to 5pm
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Volunteers with a warm smile, organizational skills, and desire to engage with the public are needed at the front desk of the NVFS SERVE campus. Volunteers will welcome visitors and connect them to appropriate programs, complete the acceptance process with community donors, answer phones, and assist with additional program projects.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have good people skills. Successful completion of a background check is required. Bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus.  

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

Learning Club Volunteers

Ongoing:
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
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Volunteers are needed weekday afternoons and evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. to assist with our Learning Club.

Volunteers teach and demonstrate effective study habits and notetaking techniques. They will also engage in education based activities and provide subject specific assistance when necessary.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Hilda Barg Shelter Passenger Driver

Ongoing: 3-4 hour shift, weekdays
Location: Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center,

14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy.

, Woodbridge VA 22191
Learn more and apply »

Are you passionate about helping the homeless? Do you like to drive? Our Shelter Driver opportunity is perfect for you! The Hilda Barg Shelter needs dedicated volunteers to help transport shelter guests to 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.

Contact Julie Martinez, jrmartinez@nvfs.org, 571.748.2674, for more information.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 21+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Shelter Passenger Driver – SERVE Shelter

Ongoing: Monday-Friday, times flexible between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, 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.

Contact Julie Martinez, jrmartinez@nvfs.org, 571.748.2674, for more information.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 21+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Children’s Activities Specialist

Ongoing:
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Location:

Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center, 14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy., Woodbridge, VA 22191

Learn more and apply »

Volunteers are needed at our SERVE Family Shelter and Hilda Barg Family Shelter 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. Volunteers must be 18 or older to volunteer for this activity.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Client Intake for Food Assistance

Ongoing: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Fridays 9-11:30 a.m.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

If you speak Spanish, have a warm personality and close attention to detail, this is the role for you! Volunteers greet clients coming for their appointments to get food assistance. Volunteers must have advanced proficiency or be fluent in Spanish.

Duties include: review and update their file, have them complete required forms and process them so they can get their food packages. Also includes checking voice mails and returning calls from the food assistance line.

Current needs are:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. and/or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and/or 4-7 p.m.
  • Fridays 9-11:30 a.m.

No experience needed!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@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
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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
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@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+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@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+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@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+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Shelter Support Services Volunteer – SERVE Shelter

Ongoing: Weekdays between 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, 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+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Food Recovery Driver

Ongoing: Mondays - Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Every day, food goes to waste while families in our community go hungry. You can help cut down on food waste and get nutritious food to food insecure families. Sign up to be a Food Recovery Driver on weekday mornings, especially Mondays, to pick up donations from Manassas-area grocery stores/restaurants and deliver the food to our Hunger Resource Center, which distributes food packages to over 700 families each month.

Volunteers must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license; cargo van is provided. Teens can ride with drivers to assist. Ride-along training with experienced volunteer is provided. It’s a great workout, too!

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 21+ to drive (teens may accompany adult driver)
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Administrative Volunteer

Ongoing: Weekdays between 9am-5pm
Location: Oakton – Administrative Headquarters,

10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100

, Oakton VA 22124
Learn more and apply »

Administrative Volunteer assists the NVFS Oakton office with various administrative support tasks so employees can more efficiently achieve programming goals. Duties include: compile and assemble mailings, conduct internet research for various programs, data entry, print and assemble training packets, assist with filing, shredding, copying and other administrative tasks. Qualifications: must be at least 16 years old, strong computer skills preferred, close attention to detail and ability to work independently. This is a great resume-building opportunity!

Volunteers support various administrative departments including development/fundraising, HR, finance, IT, evaluation and outcomes, etc.

Time commitment is 2-3 hour shift every week (schedule is flexible, during business hours).

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

ASL Interpreter

Ongoing: On-call as needed, times vary
Location:

Various NVFS sites in Fairfax, Arlington/Alexandria and Prince William

Learn more and apply »

ASL interpreters are needed to be “on call” to interpret for adults with hearing impairment so that those families can get the services they need to move towards independence. This need resurfaces sporadically throughout the year so this ASL interpreter would be “on call” (with at least 24 hours advanced notice) when the need arises.

NVFS locations that occasionally have this need are our family shelters in Manassas and Woodbridge, Multicultural Center in Falls Church and home visiting programs in Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Karen Horowitz
571.748.2626
khorowitz@nvfs.org

Bilingual Food Assistance Client Intake

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

10056 Dean Dr.

, 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+
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Food Assistance Specialist

Ongoing: Mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Afternoons from 1-3 p.m. & Wednesday evenings 5-7 p.m.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

Are you passionate about hunger relief? Each month our Hunger Resource Center provides food assistance to over 600 families in the greater Prince William area. Volunteers are needed to prepare food packages, welcome and assist clients in the self-serve shopping area, check clients out before they leave, stock shelves and more. You’ll join a small team of mighty volunteers relieving hunger in the community. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Spanish speaking is a plus. Volunteer shifts are:

  • Mondays, 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

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