From hosting seniors to appointments to budget mentoring, there are many ways to get involved in Alexandria | to volunteer ALXnow

Volunteer Hyacinth McInley hands out food in front of Casa Chirilagua on May 21, 2020 (Staff photo by James Cullum)

There are many opportunities for volunteers this spring, including a mini serve hosted by Volunteer Alexandria.

The serve-a-thon runs April 18-23 and connects those who enroll that week with a project that supports local and state parks. But for those looking for other types of opportunities, Volunteer Alexandria’s website has many listed.

Here’s a roundup of some of the possibilities this spring:

  • Breaks with Impact (BWI) — “Students (Grades 6-12) are participating in a variety of service-learning projects across the city of Alexandria April 12-14. BWI participants participate in service activities, learn how nonprofits and public organizations serve their city’s residents, and explore careers. Click here to login.”
  • Help residents of transitional housing with budgeting — “Community Lodgings is seeking volunteer budget mentors to help transitional housing residents with their monthly budget needs and provide additional financial guidance to help residents achieve stability. The average mentor meets with clients once a month. Click here to login.”
  • Help local nonprofits raise funds — “Community Lodgings is recruiting for its fundraising committee. Members help raise the funds needed to meet their annual budget. Community Lodgings collects donations from individuals (direct mail, special events, large/monthly/annual donors), foundations, corporations and local organizations such as churches. Click HERE to express interest.”
  • Develop a communication plan for non-profit youth organizations — “A vibrant local girls’ empowerment organization needs individuals to develop a strategic communications plan. In particular, they need support in evaluating existing communication activities, identifying important communication goals, building a cohesive brand identity and creating a communication calendar. Click HERE to express interest.”
  • Local library seeks fixit clinic repair trainers — “The Beatley Branch Library is looking for qualified professionals and hobbyists who can help people fix items, explain the repair process and encourage them to fix them themselves. People with experience in small appliances, furniture, computers, electronics, clothing, jewelry, bicycles and blades are welcome. Fixit clinics will take place from April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to login.”
  • Until help comes – “In this virtual course, you will learn how to recognize violent activity, respond safely, offer immediate rescue tactics to the injured, and efficiently report them to 9-1-1. These transferable skills are applicable to myriad traumatic injury situations (e.g., car accident, household injury, or an active shooter). The next course will take place on Monday March 21st. Click here to login.”
  • Bring seniors to appointments — “Volunteer drivers usually shuttle At Home in Alexandria (AHA) members to and from appointments, the grocery store and AHA social gatherings during business hours Monday through Friday. Click HERE to express interest.”

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