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Activities & Things To Do Around the Holidays

The holidays are a great time for giving back and being involved in your community. Below are activities we compiled for you. After signing up, each organization should be in contact with you as needed for details. Due to COVID, please ask the organization about their policies around volunteering during a pandemic. Volunteer Alexandria is requiring people to be fully vaccinated for indoor activities hosted and implemented by us. Also, we require everyone over 4 years old to wear a mask while volunteering. We are 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.

Serve Meals this Holiday Season: Volunteers are needed to prepare food, tables, serve meals, and clean up on Saturdays at Meade Memorial Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on most Saturdays. Click HERE to sign up.

Help Provide Gifts to Homeless Children: The Carpenter's Shelter is looking for sponsors to provide gifts for children. Beginning November 15, the shelter will provide of list of resident's initials and the items they requested. If you would like to sponsor a family, click here to e-mail Alyssa Nelson.

Help Feed Local Families: The Carpenter's Shelter is asking people to provide gift cards from local grocery stores (e.g. Harris Teeter, Safeway, Aldi, Wal-Mart) in $15 to $25 increments with the goal of collecting 400 gift cards by Friday, November 20. Donations can be made to 930 N Henry Street, Alexandria, VA from 9am to 9pm. For more information, please click here to e-mail Alyssa Nelson.

Help Pets during the Holidays: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has teamed up with the Senior Services of Alexandria to create the AniMeals on Wheels program. They are looking for volunteers to deliver pet food to seniors living in the City of Alexandria every 2nd Thursday of each month. Click HERE to sign up. Begins in December.

Sponsor a Wreath for Veteran Cemeteries: The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is seeking people to volunteer and sponsor a wreath to be placed at Quantico National Cemetery or Virginia Veterans Cemetery on December 18th. For more information, click HERE to e-mail the organizers or call (410) 259-9273.

Help with the Holiday Store: Assist Community Lodgings set up, decorate, gift wrap, and help students select gifts in their holday store. Volunteers are also needed to sort and organize donations. Click HERE for more information.

Donate Grocery Store Gift Cards for families who normally receive meals through ACPS. ACPS has been delivering meals to thousands of children since the pandemic started in March 2020 and will re-group in the week of Dec. 27-31. We are working together to continue providing food and gift cards through numerous food pantries and agencies and we are asking the community to donate grocery gift cards. Gift cards can be mailed or dropped off at Volunteer Alexandria, 1055 N Fairfax St., Ste 200, 22314. Email us to let us know we should expect mail.

Bring in 2022 with First Night Alexandria on New Year's Eve: First Night needs greeters, ushers, social media volunteers, people to scan tickets and help with check in, perform rolling shout outs and help set up and break down. Multiple events taking place at various locations. Shifts vary depending on the assignment and are between 11:00 a.m. on December 31 to 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Day. Click HERE to express interest.

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.


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