COVID-19 - Care for Community

Supported by The Jen Walker Team

Volunteers are still needed and please read this before you register. Volunteer Alexandria is committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of our volunteers. We follow the guidelines form the CDC and the Alexandria Health Department. As of now, excluded are volunteers who are at high risk of severe disease (or who have someone in their household who is high risk); this includes persons who are age >65; have underlying heart disease or lung disease, diabetes, liver disease; are immunocompromised, on dialysis, or have severe obesity with BMI > 40.  If you experience the most common symptoms (coughing, fever of over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and shortness of breath) call your health care provider before visiting to discuss whether you should come in for an exam. Again, please review the Volunteer Guidelines

As a participant of a volunteer opportunity, you understand that you may come in contact with COVID-19 or other environmental factors. Volunteer Alexandria is referring/connecting individuals to volunteer opportunities through its database; but is not directly conducting or staffing these activities. Volunteer Alexandria is not responsible for actions that occur during, or as a result of, any volunteer opportunity. By accepting a referral to a volunteer opportunity, the participant hereby agrees to release from liability, indemnify, and/or hold harmless Volunteer Alexandria and/or its officers, employees, agents, contractors, and/or attorneys from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions or causes of action, of any kind, including all damages, costs and attorneys’ fees, arising from any injuries to my person, body, and/or property that occurs during the time that the participant volunteers as a result of a referral from Volunteer Alexandria.

If you are healthy and ready to volunteer, please take measures and bring your own sanitizer, wipes, and keep distance from other people. Volunteers must wear a cloth face cover and gloves to any project. Click HERE for details how to make a mask. 

Thank you to everyone who has given time and/or money to support us. We couldn't do what we do without you! We collected a few stories about our wonderful volunteers - thanks to Nancy from HEARD. Click here to read them. 

 

CURRENT NEEDS - In-person and Remote Opportunities:

Check out the in-kind needs. Review where we need volunteers tomorrow, this or next week HERE.

I can be a Ready-to-Go Volunteer - Ready-to-go volunteers will be alerted as needed to fill in where needed. Email Courtney to sign-up. 

ALIVE! is looking for volunteers to help assist with multiple programs relating to their Food Program, ALIVE! House, and Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership Program. Volunteers are needed to distribute food at Mobile Pop-ups and Truck to Trunk events, etc. Click HERE to learn about each opportunity and to register. 

Meade Memorial Episcopal Church is need of volunteer(s) to help lead and distribute meals during their Saturday hot meal food distributions. Click HERE to find out more details. 

Stay tuned for more in-person volunteer opportunties! We will continuously update this page to display the most current needs of our nonprofit partners as we receive them related to COVID-19 pandemic efforts.

Remote/Virtual Opportunities:

Project ID - Seeking volunteers to help distribute flyers on community boards, at libraries, soup kitchens, bus stops, anywhere that prospective clients may be found. They provide financial and logistical assistance to those in need of a Virginia state ID, needed to access housing, food assistance, jobs and more. Register online

Sexual Assault Center in Alexandria - Seeking volunteers to help be an advocate for their program. Volunteers respond to the 24-hour hotline on evenings and weekends. They provide emotional support and information to assist victims in regaining control of their lives. Training will be provided. Register online

Volunteer Alexandria - Seeking volunteers to sew masks for children. These masks will be distributed to agencies working with children. Register online. 

American Red Cross - Due to urgent need, additional appointment slots and expanded capacity have been added at many community blood drives to ensure ample opportunities for donors to give. Make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Inova Health System is looking for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma (colorless fluid part of blood) to help treat patients sick with COVID-19 disease. Please check to see if you meet the criteria and qualifications to be a donor.

Questions? Email Volunteer Alexandria or Courtney McEllen, Volunteer & Database Manager