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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
Learn more and apply »

Bring the comfort and warmth of home-cooked meals to people experiencing homelessness by volunteering as a shelter meals provider. This is a great opportunity for individuals, families or small groups. small group (5-7 people) opportunity. Volunteers provide, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for about 60 guests at the SERVE Family Shelter on weekends and holidays. Volunteers have the option to prepare the meal offsite and do a drive-by drop-off delivery of the meal to the shelter or to prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. All in-person volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Anyone who is unvaccinated or chooses to not disclose their status can only do the drive-by drop-off option.

Available December 2022 Dates:

  • Weekday dinners November 28 – December 2
  • Weekday dinners December 5 – 9
  • Weekday dinners December 12 – 15
  • Weekday dinners December 20 – 23
  • Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day) – brunch & dinner
  • Monday, December 26 – brunch
  • Tuesday, December 27 – brunch

Available January 2023 Dates:

  • Monday, January 2 (New Year’s Day Observed) – brunch

Contact Julie Martinez for a complete list of open dates into 2023. jrmartinez@nvfs.org, 571.748.2674

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

Thrift Shop Ambassador

Ongoing: shifts start as early as 10am and go as late as 6pm
Location: Clock Tower – Falls Church,

2860 Annandale Road

, Falls Church VA 22042
Learn more and apply »

Thrift shop volunteer’s tasks range from helping to sort and organize donations, tagging items for sale, replenishing items on the sales floor, accepting and processing donations, and greeting customers, and other duties. The tasks vary so volunteer should be prepared to take on any of these tasks. Volunteer should be prepared for extended periods of standing, bending, reaching and light/moderate lifting. We are currently taking volunteers every day except Mondays.

Requirements: Must sign up for volunteer shift in advance (no walk-in volunteers accepted). Must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently. Dress is casual. Must wear sensible closed-toed shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or high heels). Please refrain from using your cell phone during your shift.

COVID Requirements: Protective face coverings are optional. Please cancel your shift if you are sick or have cold-like symptoms.

Click here to register, view and sign up for shifts.

The NVFS Clock Tower thrift shop provides an affordable shopping experience to the community while generating revenue to support NVFS programs and services.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 12+ (must volunteer with parent if 12-15 years old)
Contact:
Samara Weinstein
571.748.2876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Receptionist

Ongoing: 3-4 hour shift weekly
Location: Oakton – Administrative Headquarters,

10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100

, Oakton VA 22124
Learn more and apply »

Do you ENJOY working with people? If so, this role is for you! 

NVFS is seeking volunteers to help provide coverage at our main office front desk.  Volunteers ensure that all visitors are properly greeted and directed to appropriate staff, answer phones and provide referrals, and support ongoing office operations.  Customer service skills at the front desk are essential so that all visitors and callers have a positive and efficient experience.

Duties:

  • Greet all visitors.
  • Answer phone calls and provide referrals.
  • Accept package reception/deliveries and sort mail.

Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal communication skills, good people skills and sound judgment.
  • Comfortable in a front-office environment.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Commitment:

One 3-4 hour shift per week for at least 3 months

NVFS Headquarters Location
10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100
Oakton, VA 22124
571.748.2500
Fax: 703.385.5176

 

Contact:

Samara Weinstein
571.748.2876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16
Contact:
Samara Weinstein
5717482876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Bilingual Receptionist

Ongoing: At least one half-day shift per week, consistently
Location: Multicultural Center,

6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 110

, Falls Church VA 22042
Learn more and apply »

Are you organized? Do you have a great smile and a passion for working with people? Do you speak Spanish?  If so, this role is for you! 

Receptionist volunteers help run the front office at our Multicultural Center, which manages client check-in for our programs and INOVA clinics and supports daily office operations. Volunteers ensure that all clients are properly greeted, signed in and directed to appropriate staff, and field phone calls from those seeking assistance. 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

Location:

6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 110
Falls Church, VA 22042

 

Contact:

Samara Weinstein
571.748.2876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Samara Weinstein
571.748.2876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Classroom Volunteer – Early Head Start

Ongoing: Weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Early Head Start: Arlington Mill,

909 S. Dinwiddie Street
Suite 105

, Arlington VA 22204
Learn more and apply »

NOTE: The Center is closed until September 7, 2020. Services are being provided remotely by staff during this time.

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 a.m. – 12 p.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 16 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 3 hours once per week for at least a 6-month commitment
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Samara Weinstein
571.748.2876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Head Start Classroom Volunteer

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

2920 South Glebe Road

, Arlington VA 22206
Location:

2920 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22204

Learn more and apply »

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, including fingerprints
  • Proof of negative TB test within the last two (2) months
  • Able to commit to volunteer a 3-hour shift at least once per week for at least six (6) months

Volunteers must attest that they are fully vaccinated from COVID (booster not required) in order to participate in-person. Protective face coverings are required for everyone entering the building.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Samara Weinstein
571.748.2876
sweinstein@nvfs.org

Health Access Assistant

Ongoing:
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

The Health Access Assistant will support the Health Access Program supervisor with day-to-day operations to assist in providing service to clients.

Duties:

  • Update electronic client files using NVFS’ specific database/Apricot
  • Follow-up with clients and prospective clients via phone
  • Assist with conducting client intake, surveys, etc.
  • Help create health literacy education collateral material for distribution at events in the community
  • Attend community events online and in-person when available (about once a quarter)
  • Other office duties as required including, making copies and sending faxes, helping organize hard copy files and program materials.

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Be flexible, reliable and quick learner
  • Must be familiar with Google doc, Canva or other graphic design software/program
  • Must have some knowledge of data entry and be computer savvy
  • Should be outgoing, takes initiative, organized and approachable
  • Must have computer/laptop and internet access at home
  • Must be comfortable with coming on-site when necessary

Benefits:

  • Ensure members of the community have access to some kind of health care resources
  • Learn more about nonprofit organizations are addressing issue of health disparity in certain communities

 

Time:                     Varies based on weekly projects (average 2-4 hours a week)

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18 years and older
Contact:
Navara Cannon
(571) 748-2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Shelter Kitchen Assistant

Ongoing:
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

The Shelter Kitchen Assistant helps to ensure efficient kitchen operations by assisting the shelter cook with daily kitchen operations. The volunteer will partner with shelter cook to:

  • Inspect the refrigerator and pantry and dispose of expired items.
  • Maintain quality standards of kitchen appliances including stove, oven, refrigerators, ice machine, etc.
  • Maintain overall cleanliness of kitchen including countertops, dishes, sinks, floors, etc.
  • Assist with the organizational system in the kitchen by sorting and storing items in their proper place when they arrive and rotating stock based on expiration dates.
  • Assist with meal preparation by gathering ingredients, cutting vegetables, and other preparatory tasks.
  • Serve lunch to shelter guests and assist with clean up after the meal.
  • Restock kitchen supplies and paper products.

Weekdays 11am – 2pm. Spanish-speaking is a plus, but not required. Share your talent for cooking and organization with this volunteer opportunity!

 

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

Shelter Support Services Volunteer – SERVE Shelter

Ongoing: Weekday evenings between 4-7 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? Do you enjoy organizing and making sure needed items are easily accessible? Volunteers are needed weekdays to process, sort, organize, and store donations. Volunteers also welcome residents and visitors, answer calls, assist residents with questions and supply needs, and provide administrative support when needed. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 30 lbs. This is a great introduction to homeless services.

Volunteers are most needed from 4-7 p.m., especially on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@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, 12:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 12:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 4:45-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 12:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 12:45-4 p.m.
Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@nvfs.org

Bilingual Food Assistance Client Intake

Ongoing: Wednesdays & Fridays 12:45-3:15pm
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!

Spanish speaking volunteers are needed at NVFS’s Hunger Resource Center to help get food to families in need. Volunteers will answer questions, in person and via phone, translate for staff who are speaking to families, and help families access to nutritious food. Volunteers must be fluent in both Spanish and English, able to commit to at least one shift per week for six months or more. Shifts are Wednesday and Friday afternoons 12:45pm-3:15pm.

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

Many families are forced to choose between putting food on the table or paying their household bills. The Hunger Resource Center helps over 650 families avoid this difficult choice each month — and stave off the perils of homelessness.  Food Recovery Driver volunteers make routine pick-ups to rescue food from grocery stores and restaurants to help those families.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs. Ride along training with experience volunteer or staff is provided. Volunteers drive agency vehicles, not their own.  Sign up to be a Food Recover Driver today! One day a week can make a life-long impact on a family in need.

P.S. You don’t have to do it alone – the vans seat 2 people – bring a partner to help you out. 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

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