Young people are our next generation of philanthropists. Volunteer Alexandria’s youth and family volunteer program promotes civic responsibility and recognizes community service. Whether your family is one parent/guardian and one child or an extended family, families engaged in service frequently develop a lifelong commitment to volunteering.
Our goal is for children, ages 6 to 18, to become involved in their community. We create projects for youth as young as six years old. Help us engage them in volunteering! Make an investment to support family volunteering by donating $25 or more. Make a donation today! Check out what Mitchell and Claire have to say about their volunteer experience.
Current Volunteer Opportunities for Youth:
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Create COVID-19 Care Packages. The Salvation Army is collecting items for seniors and vulnerable populations (e.g. canned soup, gift cards to grocery stores, socks, hats, diapers, gloves, activity books). Click here to access the full list of drop-off locations and suggested items. 8/3
Show Our Direct Support Professionals Some Love! CRi is seeking people to make and donate kindness cards to direct support professionals (i.e. people who work with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities). Participants are encouraged to be creative and write encouraging words. Click here to learn more, express your interest, and find out how where to drop off your card(s). 7/6
We offer middle and high school students a service-learning program during school breaks called Breaks With Impact. Learn more about this program HERE.
- Events Promoters digitally promote events and fundraisers to the public.
- Events Volunteers attend events in-person (e.g. farmer's markets) to promote the AFSS mission and pass out promotional materials.
- A graphic design volunteer would help with designing flyers, web sites, and clothing items. This would require 5 to 10 hours per month.
- A social media contributor promulgates AFSS information on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This requires 5 to 10 hours per month and a 3-month commitment.
ALIVE! Grocery Bag Packers. ALIVE! is looking for individuals to bag grocieries for their mass food distributions at their warehouse on 116 S Quaker Lane. There are 2 shifts during the day: 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm. Participants must express interest first by clicking here. 12/31
Flyer Distributors. Project ID needs individuals to post flyers on community boards, libraries, food kitchens, bus stops, and anywhere people can be found. The organization provides financial and logistical assistance for those in need of a state-issued ID card, so people can access housing, food, and jobs. Project ID cannot verify service hours. 12/31
Search for these agencies to view and register for a volunteer opportunity.
TOP SIX REASONS WHY CHILDREN SHOULD VOLUNTEER:
1 – Children develop compassion as they learn the value of giving to others. They learn to appreciate what they have and learn to work with others.
2 – Volunteering encourages children to do things at which they excel, as well as things they’d like to learn. Moving beyond their comfort zone helps build self-confidence.
3 – Children discover inner strengths and life skills by volunteering. Teamwork, tolerance and problem-solving help them cope with daily challenges in their own lives.
4 – Children learn how to be a valued member of their community. Growing up with a greater sense of social responsibility makes them more likely to volunteer throughout their lives.
5 – Volunteering gives kids the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and to make new friends. It enhances their emotional development, fostering socializing and communication.
6 – Volunteering shows the next generation how to be what Mahatma Gandhi said was to “Be the change they wish to see in the world.”
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The following agencies accept youth volunteers and young adults. Search for these agencies to view and register for a volunteer opportunity.
Volunteer Alexandria (6+)
Church of Saint Clement (12+)
Restore Alexandria (12+)
Back on my Feet (14+)
City of Alexandria Parks & Recreation (16+)
Fly Minds Youth Development Club (16+)
Girls on the Run NOVA (16+)
The Child & Family Network Centers (16+)
Wright to Read (16+)
Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (18+)
Boys and Girls Club (18+)
Communities in Schools of NOVA (18+)
Senior Services of Alexandria (18+)
The Campagna Center (18+)
The Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority (18+)
Threshold Singers of Washington DC (18+)
William Ramsey Elementary School (18+)