Northern Virginia is one of, if not the most, wealthy region in the United States, yet there are many, many residents in need of a wide variety of assistance. During the holidays there seems to be an uptick in volunteerism, yet volunteers are vital year round to the lives of many of the people these organizations assist. Visit one or more of the organizations below and make a difference in your community. Volunteer so that every resident in Northern Virginia can Live More!
Fairfax County-Wide Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers contributed more than $33.8 million worth of their time to make the Fairfax Community Thrive!
Recognizing the significant value and importance of volunteering, Fairfax County has created an easy way to see, apply and track ways to volunteer…The Volunteer Management System or VMS. Located online at www.volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov, the system serves as a one-stop shop for volunteering to support Fairfax County programs and services.
Those interested can fill out one application electronically and then search for opportunities by geographic location, dates, type of people or program type. It also allows for group volunteering, and highlights opportunities for students needing service hours or anyone looking to fulfill court-mandated volunteering requirements.
VMS also allows users to track their hours and review upcoming and past volunteer jobs and, when needed, volunteers who indicate their willingness to serve in times of emergency can be called upon and placed quickly through an automated alert system that is all built into the new system.
Childrenís Science Center
The Children’s Science Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to filling the gap in Northern Virginia with a permanent, world-class interactive exploration center that incorporates traditional museum exhibits with cutting edge discovery experiences. Our mission is to instill the love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired.
Volunteers are the foundation of the Children’s Science Center. Volunteers do not need a math or science background or any specific experience to help out; they just need a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of time. We offer a variety of opportunities for children, teens, adults and groups depending on interests and availability, including behind the scenes preparation or direct interaction with children and families. We welcome volunteers to help at our Children’s Science Center LAB (11948 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 22033) or at events throughout the Northern Virginia area.
For those interested, please visit our website to fill out an online Volunteer Application (www.childsci.org/get-involved/volunteer/). For further information, please contact Traci McGillicuddy, Volunteer and Program Coordinator, at Volunteer@childsci.org
Connect Northern Virginia
Connect Northern Virginia is an initiative to expand understanding of important community needs in Northern Virginia.
The Connect Northern Virginia website offers public and private sector information about a wide range of community issues and resources. The website also connects you to a regional calendar of events and activities, volunteer opportunities and more. Organizations may register and submit events for the online calendar.
In addition to information about Loudoun County, it also connects the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William with the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park and with the Towns of Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, Purcellville
Connect Northern Virginia’s funders include governments, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and foundations. In addition to the Loudoun County Government, funders include the Claude Moore Foundation, Comstock Partners, Fairfax County Government, HCA/Reston Hospital Center, Town of Leesburg, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, McLean Community Foundation and Unanet.
Be the chance for a child- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are ordinary people – men and women, retirees and busy professionals – who become the voice for a child whose home is no longer safe. When a child enters the foster care system, because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by Family Court Judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests while they are involved with the child protection system. Once assigned to a child, advocates gather information from the children, families, and professionals involved in the case and submit a written report to the court with their findings and recommendations. A CASA’s job is to be an objective observer who advocates for the best interest of the child. Our single goal is to ensure that every child has a safe, stable and permanent place to live.
If you are interested, the next step to learn more is to sign up and attend an orientation. Orientations are held once a month and the next two are scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:30 PM and Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM Tuesday, at the SCAN office at 205 S. Whiting Street, Alexandria, VA. Sign up at scanva.org/support-scan/volunteer.
Amy Wilker, Program Manager,Alexandria/
Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program
SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia
205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 205
Alexandria, VA 22304
Telephone: (703) 820-9001 – ext. 112
Fax: (703) 820-9002
The mission of Fairfax CASA is to advocate for the best interests of each abused and neglected child referred by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court through the promotion and support of quality volunteer representation.
We seek to ensure that each child’s needs are identified and addressed with the goal of living in a safe and permanent home. As permitted by our legislative charter, we also provide assistance to youths entering adulthood who have been referred to the CASA program by the Court, up to the age of 21.
Needed: Volunteers 21 and up that advocate for abused and neglected children, being their voice in the Courts. Our volunteers are committed for the long term, serving a child on a case for an average of 23 months.
4103 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite 200,
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-327-3526, ext. 18
Make the connection to serve through Loudoun Cares’ online Volunteer Center. Organizations and individuals should register in preparation for severe winter weather and other emergency events. The Loudoun Cares Volunteer Center provides an online tool that helps connect nonprofit and community organizations in Loudoun County with volunteers and resources. For example, homeowners associations can create profiles and post volunteer needs. The Volunteer Center connects residents who have previously signed up to the volunteer opportunities that are posted by the HOAs and are alerted when needs arise. For assistance creating your profile, contact Loudoun Cares.
How Do You Get Started?
1. Create a profile before a winter weather event occurs. Groups, such as nonprofits, HOAs, faith communities, and others, should identify a person to act as the “Agency Manager,” who can create a profile now to prepare for winter weather or another emergency event where volunteers are needed.
2. Once the profile is created, Loudoun Cares will provide more information and training about how to use the tool and post a need for volunteers. Groups can then invite members of their communities or neighborhoods to sign up to volunteer.
Individuals can create a profile and become a “fan” of any group that they would like to follow. By becoming a fan of a group, volunteers will receive notifications when the group posts opportunities to serve.
Loudoun Cares Information & Referral Helpline
Loudoun Cares also operates an Information & Referral Helpline at 703-669-INFO (4636). The helpline offers free and confidential assistance to Loudoun residents who have questions or issues related to health and human service needs. The helpline connects callers with the agencies and programs that can best assist with callers’ specific needs.
SCAN of Northern Virginia
Our vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect by:
EDUCATING the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting;
PROVIDING direct parent education;
& ADVOCATING for children in the community, the legislature and
The first steps toward becoming a SCAN volunteer are to complete the SCAN Volunteer Interest Form and to attend a volunteer orientation.
Attendance at an orientation is required before volunteering with SCAN. After orientation, potential volunteers will receive a volunteer application to complete and be routed to the appropriate program(s).
SCAN also accepts donations to help fund their programs. To donate, go to www.scanva.org/donations/
SCAN of Northern Virginia
205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 205
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
TTY: Dial 711
Se Habla Español
Women Giving Back
WGB’s mission is to support women and children in crisis, and build their confidence and self-esteem, by providing great quality clothing at no cost, assisted by caring and committed volunteers who offer personalized service and interaction.
WGB has ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the year, every month.
WGB consistently has opportunities the second and third Saturday of each month from 9 AM to Noon. Parents with children > 10 years old are always welcome. Sign up is always preferred and other options in addition to the two days mentioned are available by visiting WGB’s website: signupgenius.com/go/20f0845ada622a7f49-wgbvolunteer
WGB also accepts donations. WGB typically asks their volunteers to help us sort and organize clothing donations. Adult Women can opt into helping our benefactors with a dignified shopping experience by helping them choose their clothing items.
WGB needs gently used, clean women’s and children’s clothing in good condition. Gently worn shoes, jewelry and accessories, purses and totes, new toilet kits, make-up items and toiletries. Baby clothes, but no opened disposable diaper supplies.
Women Giving Back
20 Export Drive
Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: (703) 554-9386