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Hilda Barg Shelter Passenger Driver

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

14945 Jeff. Davis Hwy.

, Woodbridge VA 22191
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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

Bowlathon Volunteer

One Time: Saturday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location:

Bowl America - 9000 Mathis Avenue, Manassas, VA

Learn more and apply »

Our Annual Strikes for Stronger Families Bowl- a-Thon is just around the corner on March 10, 2018. Volunteers are needed help set up, greet participants, hand out t-shirts and tally team totals among other duties.  The volunteer shift is 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Volunteers 16 and up are welcome to volunteer independently; volunteers 12 thru 15 must volunteer with a parent. Some positions will require volunteers to be at least 18; some accounting experience is helpful. Contact Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.org for more information and to sign up.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 12-15 year olds must volunteer with parent
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@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

Interpreter

Ongoing: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., as needed
Location: Multicultural Center,

6400 Arlington Blvd., 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 to interpret for clients during their counseling sessions and to translate documents. Interpreters must be able to assist on weekdays between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and be able to commit to an average of four (4) hours per month.

Arabic and Spanish interpreters are most needed. Other top language needs are: Dari, Farsi and French. No prior interpreting experience necessary; training is provided.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Job Coach

One Time:
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 »

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

Volunteers are needed at both of our homeless shelters to work one-on-one, or in small groups, with shelter guests to assist with their job search.

Volunteers will review resumes, conduct mock interviews, and help with online job search and application submissions. Volunteers should be at least 21 years of age.

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 21+
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

Macy’s Clothing Closet Organizer

One Time: short-term project with flexible hours; could be ongoing if desired
Location:

SERVE Shelter - 10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA
Hilda Barg Shelter - 14945 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA

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Do you have a knack for organizing? We have some great quality donated clothing that meet the needs of our shelter guests who often show up with only the clothes they are wearing, but we can’t find what we need when we need it because everything is mixed together.

Individuals or a small group of volunteers are needed at both shelters to clean out and organize our “Macy’s” Clothing Closets. With your help we can efficiently distribute clothing to guests when they need it!

This can be a short-term volunteer project or can be done once a monthly long-term. Weekday volunteer times are flexible at either or both of our shelters:

Contact Julie Martinez, jrmartinez@nvfs.org, 571.748.2674 to sign up!

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 18+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@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
Learn more and apply »

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 and ensure that all clients are properly greeted, signed in and directed to appropriate staff. Your kindness and support, so they have a positive and efficient experience.

Duties: greet all clients and visitors in a busy waiting room, answer questions and ensure that visitors sign-in and are directed to the appropriate department for their appointment, enter data into spreadsheets, answer phones, provide referrals and  other projects, as needed.

Qualifications: must be at least 18 years old, bilingual in Spanish and English, strong verbal communication skills, good people skills and sound judgment, able to work in a fast-paced environment and successful completion of a background check.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Learning Club Volunteers

Ongoing:
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

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. Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age.

Interested? Email Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.org

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
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
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@nvfs.org

Evening Shelter Passenger Driver

Ongoing: Weekdays 5-11 p.m.
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

The SERVE Shelter has great news: An increasing number of shelter guests are successfully gaining employment!

However, many of the positions are 5-11 p.m. which means guests are having to make their way home very late at night without transportation.

You can make a significant impact improving their safety by driving our guests in the SERVE van to a central pick-up location so they can get to their jobs and doing the reverse in the evening so they can get home safely.

Must be at least 21 years old with valid driver’s license.

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 21+
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2536
jrmartinez@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
Contact:
Annie Arroyo
571.748.2621
aarroyo@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
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

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 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:

  • Sunday, Feb. 11 (dinner)
  • Monday, Feb. 19 – Presidents Day (brunch/ dinner)
  • Saturday, March 3 (brunch/ dinner)
  • Sunday, March 4 (brunch)
  • Sunday, March 11 (dinner)
Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
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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