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Assemble Toiletry Kits

Ongoing:
Location:

Virtual Project

Learn more and apply »

Guests staying at the SERVE Shelter often arrive with very few possessions of their own. You can help make them feel welcome and cared for during an uncertain time by assembling individual toiletry kits with full-size supplies. The supplies will fit neatly into a shoe box or similar container. Kits are needed for men, women, children and babies. They can contain any combination of these items:

  • shampoo & conditioner
  • body wash (no bar soap)
  • deodorant
  • shaving cream
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • mouthwash
  • hand sanitizer
  • unscented lotion
  • lip balm
  • laundry detergent pods
  • feminine hygiene products
  • washcloths
  • baby shampoo
  • baby lotion
  • children’s toothbrushes & toothbaste
  • diapers (sizes 5+) & wipes

Why do toiletries need to be full-size? While travel-size works for a one-night stay at a hotel, it’s not practical at a shelter where guests stay for an average of 45 days. By having full-size toiletry products, each guest has their own hygiene kit to last them for the duration of their stay. This way they don’t have to constantly be asking staff for more supplies. (Every time they have to ask for a basic needs item, is a painful reminder of their current, tenuous situation.)

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Contact:
Julie Martinez
571.748.2674
jrmartinez@nvfs.org

Winter Coat Closet Volunteer

One Time: short-term November - March
Location: SERVE Campus,

10056 Dean Dr.

, Manassas VA 20110
Learn more and apply »

The Coat Closet & Donations Volunteer will help ensure that hundreds of families have access to warm coats, scarves, hats and gloves this winter. Volunteer will accept incoming donations, sort and organize by category and size, maintain stock of supplies so items are neat and easy to find, and keep an updated inventory of donations.  Volunteer will explain coat closet guidelines to families and individuals picking up their winter wear and assist them in finding the proper size coats and accessories. Volunteer may also have the opportunity to hand out additional donated items such as books, diapers, clothing, etc. and additional operations duties as needed.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit to at least one shift per week November-March. Shifts are 3-4 hour time blocks on weekdays only between 9am-4pm. For more information contact Navara Cannon, ncannon@nvfs.org

Attributes:
Group friendly: No
Family friendly: No
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Navara Cannon
571.748.2536
ncannon@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 must be at least 16 years old to be onsite at the shelter. Volunteers provide, prepare and serve nutritious meals for the 60-70 guests at the SERVE Family Shelter on weekends and holidays. Groups have the option to prepare offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Weekend and holiday meals are preferred; weeknight dinners are also an option.

Available November Dates:

  • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving) – Dinner
  • Friday, November 27 – Brunch

Available December Dates:

  • Friday, December 25 (Christmas) – Dinner

COVID-19: As we all navigate through the coronavirus situation, all meals are drop-by delivery only.

 

Contact Julie Martinez for a list of open dates during calendar year 2020. 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

DIY Masks for COVID-19 Protection

Ongoing:
Location:

N/A - This is a virtual opportunity

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In the midst of the COVID-19 response, NVFS wants to do our part to preserve ready-made masks for medical facilities so we’re asking you to make masks for our staff on the front lines and clients coming for essential services like food assistance or staying at our shelter. Sewn masks are preferred as they are the easiest to wash and are ready to re-wear – and there are many great DIY mask videos and instructions online. Both adult and children’s masks are welcome!

For questions and next steps, please contact:

  • Karen Horowitz, khorowitz@nvfs.org, 571.748.2626
  • Julie Martinez, jrmartinez@nvfs.org, 571.748.2674 (SERVE shelter)
Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Contact:
Karen Horowitz
571.748.2626
khorowitz@nvfs.org

Thrift Shop Ambassador

Ongoing: shifts can 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 one (1) volunteer per shift on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Requirements: Must sign up for volunteer shift in advance (no walk-in volunteers accepted). Must be at least 16 years old. 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: Extra precautions are being taken to make the thrift shop environment as safe as possible. All volunteers, staff and customers must wear a mask at all times inside the store or in front of the store. Volunteers are encouraged to wash your hands when you arrive and before you leave; ample hand sanitizer will also be available. Gloves will also be available, but aren’t required. You CANNOT volunteer if you have COVID, are experiencing any COVID or cold symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has or might have COVID within the last 14 days.

Click here to can 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: 16+
Contact:
Karen Horowitz
571.748.2626
khorowitz@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 »

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

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
Age restriction: 16+
Contact:
Karen Horowitz
571.748.2626
khorowitz@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:
Karen Horowitz
571.748.2626
khorowitz@nvfs.org

Back2School Drive Sorting & Packing

One Time: short-term 7/30/20-8/25/20
Location:

13920 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151

Learn more and apply »

Tasks: Volunteers will help sort and organize school supplies, conduct counts of items, prepare space for packing and assemble backpacks. Moderate lifting, bending and extended periods of standing are required for this activity. Click the sign-up button at the end of this description to see shift dates and times.

Covid Precautions: Several new health and safety measures are being taken at our collection and distribution sites to minimize risk to volunteers and staff. Everyone will need to complete a health checklist and temperature check upon arrival. Face coverings must be worn at all times while inside. Volunteer shifts are limited to ensure no more than 10 people are onsite at the same time. Plenty of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available as will disposable gloves. Every effort will be made to maintain proper social distancing to the best extent possible. Dress is casual; closed-toed shoes are required.

Additional Information: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer independently; youth 16-17 years old may volunteer with a parent/guardian. Due to the nature of the activities and elevated safety measures, anyone younger than 16 years old cannot volunteer for this drive. Group sizes are limited to no more than seven (7) people.

Groups: If you are a group leader who wants to reserve multiple slots for your group during a single shift or sign up for multiple shifts, please do not sign up at the link below. Instead, contact Karen Horowitz directly, khorowitz@nvfs.org, 571.748.2626.

SIGN-UP HERE!

Attributes:
Group friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Age restriction: 18+ (those 16-17 can volunteer w/ parent/guardian)
Contact:
Karen Horowitz
571.748.2626
khorowitz@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

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

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.

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

Movement Videos

Ongoing:
Location:

N/A - it's virtual!

Learn more and apply »

Stay-at-home orders can be especially tricky for energetic young bodies that need to constantly be on the move. You can help during this time of social distancing! Experienced yoga instructors, dance teachers, personal trainers and preschool and PE teachers are encouraged to record and submit kid-friendly activity videos to get children moving throughout day.

Videos should  be:

  • No more than about 10 minutes
  • Geared towards 5-8 year olds
  • Recorded using a laptop camera or 4mpg
  • Use We Transfer to submit the video to volunteer@nvfs.org

We will even add the best of these to our YouTube channel for the whole community. Contact Navara Cannon, ncannon@nvfs.org, for more information.

 

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

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