Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities in the City
Many City programs need volunteer support to provide services to residents. Learn more about how you can get involved in serving your community today!
Visit Volunteer Alexandria for a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities in Alexandria, and for assistance in fulfilling court-mandated community service requirements."
"I always thought that I would not have enough time or energy to volunteer. However, I realized that volunteering is a natural energy fix for me. I always feel exhilirated after I finish a SOHO session."
Get Involved in A Library!
Volunteers comprise an important part of the library's operation and perform a variety of duties. For information on becoming a library volunteer, please call the branch where you wish to volunteer and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
- Beatley Central, 5005 Duke Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Confidence Akiti at 703.746.1702 x9
- Barrett Branch, 717 Queen Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Stromme at 703.746.1703
- Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road - Volunteer Coordinator, Shahana Parvas at 703.746.1704
- Duncan Branch, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue - Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Hailu at 703.746.1705
- Local History/Special Collections, 717 Queen Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Leslie Anderson at 703.746.1706
- Talking Book Service, 5005 Duke Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Loni McCaffrey at 703.746.1760
Alexandria Mentoring Partnership
Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Seeks Mentors
Mentor a child, change two lives! Help a child stay on the right track by becoming a mentor. Mentoring helps improve graduation rates, enhance self-esteem, and change behavior. Mentoring also decreases crime and gang involvement, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. We have the kids, we need the adults! Mentor a child one to two hours a week, and change two lives for a lifetime. Visit alexandriava.gov/Mentoring for more information.
SOHO (Space Of Her Own) Program Seeks Mentors
SOHO is an art-based mentoring program that allows local low-income pre-teen girls to attend workshops with mentors; together they participate in team-building activities, develop life skills, and learn about artistic concepts and techniques. Based loosely on popular HDTV programs, SOHO culminates in remodeling of the pre-teen's bedroom. Each mentor is responsible for designing the new room, incorporating her mentee's artwork, and ample lighting and study space, using a shoestring budget of just $250. An art exhibit and reception features a before-and-after bedroom renovation video. Each mentor commits to a year-long relationship with her mentee, to attend 90% of the Thursday evening sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., to spend a weekend on a room renovation, and to complete eight hours of community service with her mentee. For more information on the SOHO program and volunteer opportunities, visit alexandriava.gov/SOHO. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail SOHO@alexandriava.gov.
Alexandria Old Town Farmers’ Market Seeks an EBT Coordinator Volunteer/Intern
Would you like to learn about local food systems while helping provide local and fresh food to low-income community members? Volunteer with Alexandria Old Town Farmers’ Market as our EBT Coordinator!
The City of Alexandria, Department of General Services is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the EBT Coordinator at the Old Town Farmers’ Market. This unpaid volunteer position will provide support for the new Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program at the Old Town Farmers Market (located at Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA).
The EBT program will allow individuals to utilize their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, at the Market to purchase eligible items including fresh fruits and vegetables.
This is an unpaid, part-time position, which requires about 7-10 hours of work per week and availability every Wednesday and Saturday. The EBT Coordinator is responsible for providing support for the planning, design and implementation of the EBT program throughout the 2013 Farmers Market season and performing related administrative tasks and outreach activities.
- Understand Old Town Farmers’ Market token exchange process, guidelines and requirements for the implementation of the SNAP program and other incentive programs like the Double Dollar program, and be able to accurately communicate information about those programs to market vendors and diverse customers.
- Operate the SNAP terminal and dispense SNAP tokens according to established procedures.
- Manage and take responsibility for accuracy of paperwork, tracking, and before and after market accounting associated with the token system according to established procedures.
- Maintain adequate levels of all supplies for operating the token system including: paper scrip, POS paper rolls, promotional materials, charged batteries, etc.
- Assist in setting up the information booth table and signs.
- Provide general customer service, such as answering questions about the SNAP program and helping customers in search of specific vendors or products.
- EBT outreach, advertising, and promotion.
- Friendly and outgoing;
- Strong customer service skills and experience;
- Financial/accounting and secure cash handling experience;
- Ability to work in an environment requiring flexibility, responsiveness, and multi-tasking;
- Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions;
- An interest/passion in farmers markets, local economic development, and place-making;
- Excellent time management and organizational skills;
- Fluency in Spanish and/or language other than English is a plus.
The EBT program will be offered at the Old Town Farmers’ Market on Saturdays (7:00am – 12:00 pm. Interns must commit to a regular schedule for the market season and are expected to start at the beginning of May through the end of December with possibility of extension.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should email a brief resume and cover letter by April 27th, 2013 to:
Rana Abu Ghazaleh, Project Manager,
City of Alexandria Department of General Services
Alexandria Sheriff's Office
Are you compassionate, dedicated and have a gift or talent to share? If so, the Alexandria Sheriff's Office has a need for you! Several volunteer opportunities exist for motivated people who can teach a class, mentor an adult, lead a reading or discussion group, or teach important life skills to Alexandria Detention Center's inmates. Volunteers are welcomed who can lead an ongoing program activity (such as an art or reading class, self-esteem group, or as a librarian), or conduct one-time talks, discussions or classes. Professional skills are not needed, only a heart to make a difference. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cherye Echane at 703.746.5079 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boards and Commissions
The City of Alexandria has a strong commitment to citizen participation as evidenced by the number of citizen boards and commissions established by City Council. These bodies compose a formal system through which citizens can advise City Council on all major issues affecting the City. Boards and Commissions are responsible to City Council and appointments are made by Council at their regular legislative meetings. Position vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers and through civic associations. Applicants for commission vacancies may obtain application forms and further information by calling the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council at 703.746.4550 or visiting alexandriava.gov/Boards.
Department of Community and Human Services
Volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of roles:
- Alexandria Domestic Violence Program
The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program needs volunteers. Our next volunteer training will start January 7th, 2013. As a program that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, volunteers play a key role in providing services to those affected by domestic violence. Volunteers with our program interact personally with individuals in need--an opportunity that many find extremely fulfilling. For more details on becoming a volunteer please contact Jen Clayton at 703-746-4911, or email her at Jen.Clayton@alexandriava.gov.
- Playgroup Facilitator
Do you love working with young children and families? We are looking for volunteers to help with community playgroups by interacting with participants and preparing activities. Be as active as you like by running a weekly group, assisting a group facilitator, or substituting. No experience is required, just a love of play and an ability to connect with people of all backgrounds. Volunteers must 18 years or older and have a valid social security number. For more information, email SBritton@centerforalexandriaschildren.org or call 703.746.6018.
The Fund for Alexandria's Child
This organization, along with the Department of Community & Human Services, helps children who are in foster care or at risk of abuse or neglect to experience the richness of life through activities such as camping, field trips, sports and dance, art or karate lessons. The Fund for Alexandria's Child is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community. If you are interested in planning and providing resources and activities for foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect, please contact Suzanne Kratzok at 703.746.5663 or e-mail email@example.com.
Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive and skilled communicators to be Volunteer Ombudsmen. Ombudsman are assigned to visit a local nursing home or assisted living facility, working to ensure that the residents' rights are protected and helping residents with problems that they are unable to resolve alone. Ombudsmen dedicate four hours per week for one year. Visits occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. On-going training and support are provided. For more information, please call 703. 324.5861.
- The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program Seeks Shelter Volunteers
As a program that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, volunteers play a key role in providing services to those affected by domestic violence. Volunteers interact directly with individuals in need—an opportunity that many find extremely fulfilling. Shelter Supervisor volunteers at the Battered Women's Shelter are needed. Primary responsibilities include answering the crisis hotline and supporting women and children residing at the safe house. Volunteers are needed weekends, holidays and daytime weekdays. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of training to become a Shelter Supervisor.
The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program is also looking for volunteers to assist with the Children's Support Group on Tuesday evenings and with the children's activities at the Battered Women's Shelter. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of mandatory training focused on the unique needs of children who have witnessed violence in the home.
The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is dedicated to the fair, compassionate and respectful treatment of all survivors of intimate partner violence regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. For more information, please contact Jen Clayton at 703.746.4911 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sexual Assault Center Seeks Hotline Volunteers
The City of Alexandria's Sexual Assault Center is looking for volunteers to be hotline companions on our 24/7 crisis hotline. Duties include providing support and resources over the phone and accompanying victims of sexual assault to the hospital and police station. To volunteer, you must be over the age of 18, have a car, and live within 30 minutes of INOVA Fairfax Hospital. A 5-week, comprehensive training class will begin on Tuesday, September 18th. To attend the training, you must first fill out an application and interview with Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Shea. Interviews will be held in August and early September. For more information and to receive an application, please contact Stephanie at email@example.com or 703.746.3127.
- Medicare Health Insurance Counseling Program
The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, VICAP is looking for volunteer counselors to help Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers in Alexandria and Arlington by answering questions, helping to organize bills and payment records, enroll in Medicare Part D and assist with claims and appeals. Volunteers receive extensive training on Medicare, Medicaid and related health insurance topics. Bilingual volunteers are greatly needed. Call 703.228.1700 and ask for the VICAP counselor on duty or contact Cedar Dvorin at 703.228.1726 or Cdvorin@arlingtonva.us.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 703.746.3484, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Prepared. Be Empowered. Join the Medical Reserve Corps!
Alexandria MRC is seeking volunteers to support public health in an emergency or disaster. Join the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to receive free preparedness training and participate in drills and exercises. Seventy- percent of our volunteers are non-medical, so anyone can apply! MRC offers training on a variety of topics, including public health, emergency management, CPR, First Aid, and more! As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to support day-to-day public health activities by working with various Health Department clinics, the environmental health division or the emergency planning department.
The initial time commitment is a two-hour orientation. After that, you to decide how much time to devote. Orientation sessions are held monthly, usually on a weeknight or a Saturday morning. For more information, call 703.746.4978, email email@example.com, or visit alexandriava.gov/MedicalReserve.
Office of Historic Alexandria
Looking for a creative outlet or a way to offer your services to the community? Hundreds of volunteers provide their time, skills and expertise each year to assist in many areas of work within the Office of Historic Alexandria and its museums and historic sites. Study artifacts, conduct museum tours, use your computer skills, tabulate research findings – these are only a few of the dozens of ways to contribute your time, talents and energy. A few opportunities are listed below, or for more information go to Volunteer with Historic Alexandria.
The City of Alexandria's Oral History Program, Alexandria Legacies, is seeking volunteers to help collect the oral histories of long-time Alexandria residents. The City has been collecting oral histories since the early 1980s, and there are many more stories to be heard. Responsibilities include conducting an interviews and/or transcribing an interview. Volunteers are also welcome to interview long-time Alexandria residents they know personally. New volunteers are required to attend a training session. To learn more, please e-mail Jen Hembree or call the Archaeology Museum at 703.746.4399.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum Needs Volunteer Tour Guides
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St., is looking for Volunteer Tour Guides who love history and enjoy working with the public. No experience is necessary! Volunteers are required to contribute one morning or afternoon per month. Volunteer benefits include free admission to more than 30 historic house museums, a shop discount, free garage parking (while on duty), discounted admission to museum lectures, a subscription to the museum newsletter, and invitations to annual volunteer parties, field trips and exhibit openings. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, call 703.746.4242.
Volunteer at the Alexandria Black History Museum
The Alexandria Black History Museum needs volunteers who have an interest in history, and in particular, Alexandria's African-American history and culture, to staff the reception desk, greet visitors, handle phone calls and help with special projects. Volunteers are asked to commit to one three-hour shift every other week. The museum, located at 902 Wythe Street, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum at 703.746.4356.
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
Volunteers are an important part of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. Without volunteers the Department would be limited in the programs and activities it offers. Cultural Arts, Senior Citizen, Special Events, Therapeutic Recreation, Youth Sports, Recreation Center Advisory Councils, and the parks are just a few of the areas that depend on volunteers.
If you would like more information about volunteering, call 703.746.4343 or email I want to Volunteer.