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The Volunteer Reception Center and its group of Volunteer Leaders serves as a vehicle to quickly register, train, and deploy spontaneous volunteers to meet City disaster response and recovery efforts safely and efficiently. Efforts may include cleaning streets from debris and rubble, assisting in moving people to a secure location, cutting down trees, serving meals, setting up shelters, etc.
Volunteer Leaders are needed to help our staff manage the VRC and positions include greeters, data entry, trainers, interviewers, section managers, and more. Depending on the disaster, hundreds of people may need to be screened and deployed over a period of several days. Click HERE to review roles and responsibilities. Roles will be assigned after training is completed.
Volunteer Leaders need to be able to commit and be ready to assist when VRC is activated. All Volunteer Leaders will be trained throughout a 12-months period, and we ask to be available for up to 3 hours per months for training, exercises, and fun activities. No prior emergency management experience is required.
VRC volunteer leaders must be at least 18 years old, be willing to commit for a minimum of one year (one (1) day per month, 1.5 – 3.0 hours for the day) based on training requirements.

Our first orientation will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30-8 p.m. An invite will be sent closer to the date.


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Adult Education

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Volunteers play a substantial role before and when a major disaster has been declared. A considerable amount of planning and preparation is necessary prior to an event in order to utilize volunteers efficiently during response and recovery efforts for the City of Alexandria. For more information and to participate in these trainings, register today to "Become a Volunteer Lead for Emergencies," send an email to, or  call 703-836-2176.

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