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Volunteer Opportunities

Send information about ongoing or special event volunteer opportunities to reston@connectionnewspapers.com or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA, 22102. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

LINK needs volunteers to help with the holiday food distribution project. Volunteers are also needed to restock shelves and load food into family vehicles. LINK especially needs people who can give an hour or two to volunteer as Spanish interpreters.

The Volunteer times at Christ the Redeemer and Trinity Presbyterian for pre-staging the food distribution event:

v Monday, Nov. 13, Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m.-noon and 7-9 p.m.

v Wednesday, Nov. 15: closed

v Friday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. until finished

Drop-off hours from Sterling United Methodist for used winter coats:

v Sunday, Nov. 12: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

v Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Distribution Day: Saturday, Nov. 18.

LINK Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church at 661 Dranesville Road, Herndon.

LINK Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution; 7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.; Christ the Redeemer Catholic at 46833 Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) in Sterling.

Used Winter Coat Distribution; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sterling United Methodist Church at 304 East Church Road in Sterling.

Volunteers can call the LINK Hotline (703-437-1776). When prompted, press 3 for the Holiday Basket Program. Then press 7 to leave a message about volunteering.

Children’s Fall Flea Market. On Saturday, Nov. 18 at RCC Hunters Woods, volunteers are needed for any segment of time from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided to volunteers after the event. Contact Debbie Heron at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Volunteer Fairfax’s annual program for children, “A Celebration of Giving and Sharing,” is now recruiting volunteers to help teach students about giving, receiving, sharing and kindness. Volunteers fill backpacks with books and toys, deliver them to deserving elementary students, and visit classrooms to talk to the children about the importance of volunteer service. This year the program will benefit students at four Fairfax County elementary schools, including Dogwood Elementary in Reston.

Volunteers are needed two days. The first is Delivery Day, Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m., at participating schools. Volunteers help decorate classrooms and distribute backpacks and books for every student. The second is Discovery Day, Friday, Dec. 1, 7-9 a.m. (varies by school start time), at schools. Teams of community volunteers will greet the students, assist with activities and help lead a lesson on giving and sharing.

Contact Emily Gibbs at egibbs@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3460 ext. 8,3 or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org and click on “CGS Registration.”