Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

More than 200 volunteers are expected to take part in Arlington's Invasive Plant Removal volunteer days on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Volunteers will head to 14 locations to cut back invasive vines and pull up invasive plants that are threatening the recreational value of some of Arlington's treasured forested parks. The volunteers also will pick up trash in the parks while they work. Volunteers will be assisted on both Saturdays by Arlington's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff. Volunteers will meet at their work locations at 9 a.m. and work until noon. For a full list of volunteer work locations, go to www.arlingtonva.us, enter "invasive species" in the homepage search box, and click "OK." Look under "Upcoming Events."

For information about the October events, or to learn more about becoming a RIP volunteer, contact Jan Ferrigan at 703-228-7636 or e-mail jferriga@vt.edu.

On Oct. 21, 22 and 23, Arlington County will host the Fourth Annual ROA-US FreedomWalk Festival in Rosslyn. This is a non-profit, international, noncompetitive walking festival promoting walking as a fitness activity and promoting international friendship. The Surgeon General of the U.S. is one of the co-hosts. The event needs volunteers to staff the starting location at the Courtyard by Marriott at 1533 Clarendon Blvd. and at checkpoints around the trails of Arlington County. Volunteers will stamp cards, record arrivals, and pass out water to walkers, while acting as goodwill ambassadors for the county. This is a signature event of the WalkArlington program for 2005. All ages can volunteer. Youth should have adult supervision. Many checkpoints are adopted by groups.

Community Role Models is partnering with Arlington Public Schools, the Partnership for Children Youth & Families, and the Arlington Teen Network to help out at this year's Teen Day and AIM Expo at Ballston Common Mall on Saturday, Oct. 15. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of games and activities for teens.

Free CRM T-shirt for the first 15 volunteers and an informal social activity to follow the day's festivities.

Noah's Ark Foundation urgently needs foster homes for cats and dogs in the Northern Virginia area. The foundation will provide all the food, supplies and any vetting required for the animal. Only the home is needed. Volunteers can foster for as long or as short an amount of time as they would like. Foster caretakers will be responsible for transporting fosters pet to and from adoption events; however, special arrangements and transports can be made. For more information about the foster program, e-mail foster@nafva.org. To see a list of animals that currently need foster homes, visit www.nafva.org and click on the "Available Animals" link.

Noah's Ark Foundation holds adoption events every weekend in Sterling and Fairfax. This opportunity is for any family in Northern VA and surrounding areas. For an event schedule at this location, visit www.nafva.org. All fosters will need to complete a foster application. Email foster@nafva.org for more information.

The Auxiliary of the Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Drive, has openings for volunteers in a variety of patient services, daytime and weekends. To give a few hours toward this important work, call June Breen at 703-620-2944.

Some Place for Kids, sponsored by So Others Might Eat, wants volunteers to spend time with youth in grades 1-12, Monday through Friday from 3:30-7:30 p.m. www.some.org.

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL) is looking for good homes for orphan Great Danes. MAGDRL is a nine-state, all-volunteer organization that is funded solely by grants, donations and fund-raisers. They use those funds to restore sick Great Dane orphans to health and find adoptive home for rescued Great Danes from New York to North Carolina. In addition, their volunteers host educational events and provide support for current Great Dane owners by suggesting counseling and training that may help them keep their dogs. MAGDRL has Great Danes available for adoption that are already spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. Our orphans range in age from puppies to seniors. The adoption fee is $300 for orphans under 1 year and $275 for those over 1 year. Fencing is required, and MAGDRL will work with applicants to find a good fit for their lifestyle and their family. To offer a home for a Great Dane or to volunteer, visit www.magdrl.org or call 703-644-8009.

The Auxiliary at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, needs volunteers. Every third Thursday of the month, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., an Information Session is held in the Human Resources Conference Room. Call 703-620-2944 or 703-538-2362.

Arlington CrisisLink, the greater Washington region's only 24/seven crisis, suicide and trauma prevention, intervention and response hotline, is seeking volunteers to take calls and respond directly to individuals in need. Applications are available online at www.crisislink.org. Hotline volunteers must attend 43 hours of intensive training in active listening and crisis intervention and are required to make an additional 150-hour (one-year) commitment upon completion. Flexible hours are available upon close of training. Volunteers must be 18 or older.

The Arlington County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) assists public health to prevent disease and protect the community during emergencies and in other public health priorities. Members are current or retired health care professionals and interested others. MRC volunteers receive an initial orientation and are invited to periodic trainings. During an emergency, volunteers receive event-specific training and work with public health staff. Public health activities may include epidemiology, preventive treatment or prophylaxis, education, community monitoring and other measures to protect the public. More information may be found at the Department of Human Services Web site under the Public Health Division. Members are adults age 18 and over. Call Jan Tenerowicz, MRC coordinator, at 703-228-4986.

Smithsonian Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program. Behind-the-Scenes volunteers work with Smithsonian staff in various departments and museums. Typical volunteer assignments include administrative, archival, collections management, computer support, conservation, development, education, horticulture and libraries. Interested individuals must be able to volunteer Monday-Friday during regular business hours. The minimum time commitment is six hours per week for two months. Volunteers must be 16 or older. A completed application and an interview with program staff is required. Call Amy Lemon, program coordinator, at 202-357-2987. For more information visit www.si.edu.

A volunteer is needed to develop a space plan for the Northern Virginia Family Service Loudoun office. Office space is crowded and needs organization and a plan to better utilize the existing space. Time commitment is flexible and the job could be done at home with several visits to the Loudoun office. Call Maureen Collins at 703-404-1901. For more information visit www.nvfs.org.

Gardening Opportunity at Tuckahoe Elementary. Tuckahoe Elementary School has seven large "outdoor" classrooms with many gardens that always need tending. Families sign up to water once a week, but more volunteers are needed. Anyone who would like to tend the gardens should contact Beth Reese, the school's outdoor learning coordinator, at 703-228-5288. For more information visit www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/tuckahoe/schoolyard. Tools and training provided if necessary.

Gardening Opportunity at Campbell Elementary. Garden Work Days are a part of Campbell Elementary School's history. The Campbell community works to build an environment where children learn through contact with their natural surroundings. To this end, three garden work days are scheduled in the spring and the fall. Parents, children, teachers and community members work to beautify the school. Volunteers are always welcome. Call Pat Findikoglu at 703-228-6770. For more information visit www.arlington.k12.va.us.

The Barrett Outdoor Classroom is located in the school's courtyard. It has a pond and waterfall, raised garden beds, a Virginia forest habitat, erosion/watershed center, a pollinator garden and bird watching centers and will be building a stage and pond observation deck this summer to add more learning centers to the area. Help is needed this summer with construction, weeding and marking plants and trees, as well as throughout the year with maintenance and other activities, such as sponsoring an after-school club to learn about nature in the outdoor classroom. Call Mary-Hannah Klontz at 703-228-6288 or e-mail: MaryHannah_Klontz@apsva.us. For more information visit www.arlington.k12.va.us.

The Arlington Community Services Board is seeking volunteers for the Substance Abuse Committee to the Board. The Substance Abuse Committee reviews and evaluates existing and proposed substance abuse services and facilities available to serve the community. Meetings are held once a month for two hours. Call Jennifer Slark at 703-228-4871.

The Carlin, an independent living facility for seniors located near Ballston Common, has a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Specific needs include assistance with our newsletter, particularly art work; helping to organize a Walking Club for people with limited mobility; a line dance organizer; and someone with medical experience to do blood pressure checks. Call Diane Downey, volunteer coordinator, at 703-243-4300.

Volunteers are needed to prepare dinner for 10 women off-site and then bring the meal to Pathways, a transitional housing program in NW D.C. for 10 women that are chronically homeless, and serve the meal to the residents. Dinner volunteers are needed Friday and Saturday from 6-7:30 p.m. After the initial meal is served, volunteers are welcome to sit down with the residents to eat and socialize. Menus and recipes are available. Call Allison Harvey, volunteer coordinator, at 202-783-6651.

Overnight Volunteers are needed Friday and Saturday nights at Pathways, a small, transitional housing program in NW D.C. that houses 10 women. Overnight volunteers provide assistance to the residents and set out a simple breakfast in the morning. A staff person is always on call to answer any questions. Volunteers arrive at 11 p.m. and leave at 8 a.m. A two-hour training is required. Call Allison Harvey, volunteer coordinator, at 202-783-6651.

The Washington Connection is part of the Grassroots Department at Common Cause, a national non-partisan non-profit organization. Volunteers help organize, educate and mobilize members across the country via telephone, written correspondence and e-mail. They keep local activists informed on legislation and mobilize these members to write, call or meet with their congressmen on Common Cause issues such as election reform, campaign finance reform, government ethics, redistricting and media reform. Most volunteers work 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday but other days and times are available. Call Dan Lijana, volunteer coordinator, at 202-833-1200.

A driver and a driver's helper are needed to pick up food donations at local grocery stores and deliver them to the Arlington Food Assistance Center warehouse every other Thursday evening between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Needed is a licensed driver able to lift 40 pounds and use own vehicle or drive AFAC van. Call Nancy Cude, volunteer coordinator, at 703-845-8486.

The Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation needs volunteers to help in one or more of the following: walk for PKD, other fundraising projects, publicity, reaching out to corporate community for support, public education about PKD and holding support group. Volunteering not only helps the PKD Foundation and the mission to find a treatment/cure but provides a local network of people for ongoing support. There are no minimum time or training requirements to become a chapter volunteer. A person needs to be dedicated to the cause of finding a treatment and cure for PKD. Contact Ruth Grayson Scott, chapter co-coordinator, at 703-863-8651.