Volunteer Opportunities in Alexandria

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Categories Department Volunteer Job Title Volunteer Job Description Contact Person
Environment, Opportunities for Families, Opportunities for Teens, Opportunities for Groups Transportation & Environmental Services

Adopt-a-Block Litter Program Volunteer

 
The City of Alexandria City Council approved the Adopt-A-Block Litter Program to promote partnerships between the City and Alexandria residents to maintain litter free neighborhoods and streets. The City's Adopt-A-Block program is modeled after the Virginia Adopt-A-Block Highway Program introduced in 1988 by the Virginia Department of Transportation to "Keep Virginia Beautiful". 

See Adopt-a-Block Litter Program for more information.

History, archaeology, research, museums Historic Alexandria

Historic Alexandria volunteer

 
Work with the City's museums and historic sites. Study artifacts, conduct museum tours, use your computer skills, tabulate research findings – these are only a few of the dozens of ways to contribute your time, talents and energy. 

See Volunteering with OHA for more information and volunteer applications.

Teen Pregnancy, Youth Development, Work Group, Action Plan Community and Human Services

Workgroup Participant with the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (Work groups: Youth Development, Schools, Latino Outreach, Advocacy, and Communications)

 
Participate in one of ACAP's workgroups to help implement the action plan.
Lisette Torres 
703.746.3130 
Teen Pregnancy, Youth Development, Leadership Council Community and Human Services

Leadership  Council Member with the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP)

 
Serve as a member of the ACAP Leadership Council and to help lead ACAP and its initiatives.

Lisette Torres
703.746.3130

Volunteer Application

Literacy and Public Safety Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Office Volunteer

 
Volunteers provide educational, faith-based, life skills and rehabilitative services to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Volunteers must be undergo background checks. More info.
Lenora Murphy
703.746.5022
Victim Services Community and Human Services Shelter Supervisor
 
Primary responsibilities include answering the crisis hotline and supporting women and children residing at the safe house. Volunteers are needed weekends, holidays and daytime weekdays, and must complete 40 hours of training to become a Shelter Supervisor.
Jennifer Enslen
703.746.4911
Victim Services Community and Human Services Emergency Companion Response Advocate Volunteers meet with survivors at the hospital to offer support, information and advocacy immediately following incidents of domestic violence. A valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle are required for this program. On-call shifts run from 6pm to 6am on weeknights. Volunteers are asked to take 3 shifts each month Jennifer Enslen
703.746.4911
Victim Services Sexual Assault Center Hotline Volunteer Advocate

Volunteers provide crisis intervention, advocacy, information, and emotional support for sexual assault survivors. They meet with survivors at the hospital to offer support, information and advocacy immediately following a sexual assault. They also answer our 24/7 hotline.

Requirements: 21 years or older, have reliable transportation to INOVA Fairfax hospital (not metro accessible), commit to two 12-hour on-call shifts per month, attend the 40-hour initial volunteer training plus 12 hours of shadow shift, ability to work with numerous community response teams, ability to work calmly and independently, maintain confidentiality  and background Check is required.
Lydia. Guirguis 
703.746.3127
Public Safety Fire Volunteer Firefighter Provide Administrative and Operational Fire/EMS duties Corey Smedley
240.286.6839
Public Safety Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Provide administrative and operational support. Members can help with Exercises, Special Events, Emergency scenarios (i.e., light search and rescue, damage assessment) Corey Smedley
240.286.6839
Environment, Opportunities for Families, Opportunities for Teens, Opportunities for Groups Transportation & Environmental Services Storm Drain Marking Help prevent water pollution by marking storm drains in Alexandria! Water that flows into storm drains is not treated and flows directly to our streams. Help get the message out to the community and prevent illegal dumping into storm drains. This is a great volunteer opportunity for groups. Volunteers will install several plastic storm drain markers on storm inlets along the roads throughout the City. Volunteers will be working outside.

Sara DeGroot
703.746.4127

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Literacy and Language Library Library Volunteer Library volunteers assist with a number of tasks that enhance the Library's ability to provide quality services to the public. While this position does not allow for direct customer services, volunteers assist with essential Library processes.

Samantha Palmieri
703.746.1742

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Technology Library Library Technology Volunteers The Alexandria Library is looking for volunteers, who are comfortable working with technology to assist Library customers with basic computer tasks. Volunteers will help answer questions about printing and emailing, saving documents and using programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Katie Dow
703.746.1742

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Literacy and Language Library English as a Second Language Intermediate Teacher The Alexandria Library is looking for individuals with experience teaching ESL to volunteer their time to teach intermediate ESL.

Samantha Palmieri
703.746.1742

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Public Safety Police Alexandria Police Department The volunteer program was established by the Chief of Police to have citizens get involved in supporting their community by volunteering their time and support to the Police Department.   There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in administrative and support activities, allowing sworn personnel to spend more of their time and specialized skills on law enforcement and crime prevention activities. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and are required to pass a background check including fingerprint and criminal history check. For more information, email Virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.1909. Ginny Obranovich
703.746.1909
Public Health, Public Safety Health Department Medical MRC volunteer Medical volunteers must possess a current medical license. In this role, volunteers continuously train on public health and emergency preparedness topics order to improve their skills, knowledge and abilities. Volunteers assist with activities to improve public health in their community including outreach and supporting prevention efforts. As a member of an MRC unit, you will be part of an organized and trained team intended to bolster local emergency preparedness and response capabilities.

MRC Coordinator 
703.746.4978

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Public Health, Public Safety Health Department Non-Medical MRC Volunteer  

Anyone over the age of 18 may volunteer be part of this trained, organized team intended to bolster local emergency preparedness and response capabilities. Volunteers continuously train in emergency preparedness to improve skills and knowledge. They also assist with activities to improve public health in their community, including support for outreach and prevention efforts. MRC seeks medical and non-medical volunteers; medical volunteers must possess a medical license.

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MRC Coordinator 
703.746.4978
Children, Young Adults, Mentoring Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Mentor with the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Serve as a mentor to one or more of Alexandria's youth by volunteering from 1-3 hours per week. Choose from one of a dozen programs, where mentoring can include group or one-to-one, elementary to high school age, structured or formable settings. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required. Mentor One Child. Change TWO Lives! Linda Odell
703.746.4499 
Children, Mentoring, Art and Carpentry Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Female Mentor: Space of Her Own (SOHO) program Diverse professional women are needed to mentor 5th grade girls who are in need of positive adult role models. Mentoring takes place one evening per week, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Fun meetings include dinner, life skills lesson, sporting events, carpentry and art projects. The initial program year culminates in the renovation of each girl's bedroom. A one year minimum commitment is required, as is successful completion of a criminal background check and mentor training sessions. Linda Odell
703.746.4499
Sports & Recreation Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Myo Sim Kendo/Karate Club-Volunteer Instructor Japanese Kendo (fencing) and Iai (sword drawing) classes. New members welcome. The club meets every Monday from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Lee center, 1108 Jefferson Street.

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489

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Community Events, Civic Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Founder's Dog Park Ambassadors Ambassadors assist with litter and waste pick up in the park to keep a clean and healthy park environment. The assignment will be ongoing, every third Saturday of the month. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489
Children, Sports & Recreation Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Youth Sports Coaches To provide an enjoyable & safe sporting experience for an assigned group of athletes, while they learn individual and team games skills, sportsmanship and fair play. Preside over team activities including all scheduled practices and games. Coach an assigned group of children and focus on skill development, safety, fair, play, sportsmanship and fun. Work to establish and improve team unity and spirit. Lead by example to support the responsibilities of the referee and league leadership. Tamika Coleman
703.746.5402
Children, Mentoring, Art and Carpentry Library Knitting Volunteer The Library is looking for experienced knitters to assist in a weekly children's knitting program at Beatley Central on Thursday evening.

Katie Dow
703.746.1742 
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Families, Children DCHS Domestic Violence Program Shelter Supervisors

The Domestic Violence Program (DVP) provides free services to battered women and their children and operates the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter.  The shelter offers emergency housing, food and counseling in a comfortable house at a confidential location.

Volunteers are a vital part of the Domestic Violence Program.  After comprehensive training, volunteers in the shelter provide support and referrals to clients and answer the domestic violence hotline.

Jennifer Enslen
703.746.4911  

 

Adults DCHS Domestic Violence Program Emergency Companion Response

The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program is seeking Emergency Companion Response Volunteers to provide immediate crisis intervention to survivors of domestic violence. Volunteers meet with survivors at the hospital to offer support, information and advocacy immediately following incidents of domestic violence.  A valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle are required for this program. On-call shifts run from 6pm to 6am on weeknights.  Volunteers are asked to take 3 shifts each month. Emergency Companion Response Volunteers must be at least 21.

Jennifer Enslen
703.746.4911  

 

Adults DCHS Domestic Violence Program Special Events

The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program volunteers have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of those in need and increase awareness within our community. We need volunteers to help assist with special events such as our grocery store donation drive, Children's Holiday and seasonal events.

Jennifer Enslen
703.746.4911
  Volunteer Application

 

Recreation – Youth Instruction

Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities

Facility
Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center

Volunteer Instructor

Be a part of our winning TEAM! Are you looking for a fulfilling opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.  We are seeking several compassionate, dedicated, and energetic instructors to be instrumental in our programs.  If you have the desire to make a difference please contact us about volunteering opportunities.  It's never too late to have an impact in a child's life.   If you have experience in any of the following areas please apply.

Chess, Yoga, Drama, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Foreign Language, Piano, Arts & Crafts, Technology, Coding, Charter Counts, Banking,  Creative Writing, Sewing/Fashion Design, Knitting/Crocheting, Computer Graphics, Gaming, Robotics, Journalism, Vocal Lesson, Sign Language, Cosmetology (hair, skin, nails), Science, Cartooning, Peer Mediation, Environmentalist (Nature Preservers), Mass Communication (Audio/Visual, Radio/TV) or any unique talent that you might have.

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Children, Youth and Families Court Service Unit Receptionist

Friendly, reliable and patient volunteer receptionists are needed for weekly 4-hour shifts, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,  to greet clients, answer phones (screen, process and refer callers) and provide light clerical support at the Alexandria Courthouse. No experience is necessary. Training will include an overview of the phone system, our agency and other relevant community programs and services, as well as effective customer service strategies.  Must be at least 21 years old. Seniors welcome. Criminal background check required. To learn more about this agency, please visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/courtservice

Vyvyonne Dilbert
703.746.4144  

Older Adults

Department of Community and Human Services/Aging & Adult Services Therapeutic Recreation Leader  To provide safe, fun and rewarding experiences for older adults at the Adult Day Services Center.  Volunteers will assist with planning and leading daily chair exercise, word games, art classes, adaptive sports, field trips and special events. Encourage active participation in all group activities/trips and independent pursuits. Assist with meal preparation, service and clean-up. Share your time & talents by serving others.

Kimberly Taylor
703.746.5673
 

If you're interested in the position please complete the application below
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Children and Families Community and Human Services Rummage Sale Volunteer Fall/Winter Rummage Sale to be held at DCHS on Saturday, September  8th 2017 to raise money for The Fund for Alexandria's Child. The idea behind the sale is to provide a vehicle for parents to sell and acquire reasonably priced clothing / toys / equipment for children in their care, as well as raising awareness and money for The Fund.  
We are in need of 3-4 Volunteers to assist from 9:45 am -2 pm.
• One Volunteer to assist with collecting entry fees.
• Two Volunteers to assist with selling snacks at the snack bar.
• Two Volunteers to assist at the donated clothing table.
Krystal Fenwick
703.746.5663  
Foster Children, At-Risk Children, Advisory Council Community and Human Services Advisory Council Member with the Fund for Alexandria's Child Serve as a member of the Fund for Alexandria's Child Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is committed to enhancing the quality of life for foster children and those at risk of abuse and neglect by promoting community awareness, involvement and resource development, including the growth of The Fund for Alexandria's Child.  Advisory Council Members commit to at least a one-year term and attend approximately six Advisory Council meetings per year. Participates in planning, assessment and all activities. 

Krystal Fenwick
703.746.5663  
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Older Adults Community and Human Services/Aging & Adult Services Volunteer Design Coordinators

Volunteers wanted for King of Pop Halloween Contest.  6 volunteers needed on 10/30/17  from 3 pm – 5pm  and 10/31/17 from 9 am – 1 pm

Volunteers will decorate the Lee Center Exhibit Hall on 10/ 30/17 and take down decorations after the event 10/30/17. Must be able to stand for extended period of time, lift 25 to 30 lbs., use a 6 ft. ladder to hang decorations from the ceiling, sorting through boxes, hanging items, moving and arranging chairs, setting props around the tables and floors.

Kimberly Taylor
703.746.5673
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Charles Houston Recreation Center Advisory Council

Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Leadership Positions Provide input and support for programs, facilities, and services at Charles Houston Recreation Center.

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Animal Care Volunteer The Animal Care Volunteer will follow established protocol to complete daily care tasks for the center's captive animal collection. The Nature Center has a collection of approximately 30 native and exotic animals including reptiles and amphibians. Tasks include regular feeding, occasional cleaning, enrichment, and keeping detailed records. Thorough animal care will take about 2 hours to complete. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and training is required. Adults must complete a background investigation. Volunteer must be at least 16 years old and must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours/month. Tarryn C. Lee

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Categories Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Visitor Experience Volunteer The Visitor Experience Volunteer will be responsible for visitor interactions and resource interpretation in the Nature Center and on the trails within Dora Kelley Nature Park. They may occasionally staff the front desk and answer phones as needed. Good communication skills are essential to this opportunity. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and training is required. Adults must complete a background investigation. Volunteer must be at least 16 years old and must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours/month. Tarryn C. Lee

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Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Trails and Ground Maintenance Volunteer The Trails and Grounds Maintenance Volunteer will be responsible for upkeep of hiking trails, manual removal of invasive plant species, plantings and other projects related to the ecological features of the Dora Kelley Nature Park and Buddie Ford Nature Center grounds. Work is usually independent. All tools are provided. One-time group projects can be arranged by contacting the Nature Center. Tarryn C. Lee

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Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Naturalist Aide The Naturalist Aide will provide assistance to the naturalist staff with general tasks to include (but not limited to) animal care, habitat upkeep, educational and weekend programming, library organization, and seasonal garden maintenance. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and training is required. Adults must complete a background investigation. Volunteer must be at least 16 years old and must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours/month. Tarryn C. Lee

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Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Greenhouse Volunteer The Greenhouse Volunteer will assist in the restoration and upkeep of our greenhouse. Duties include repotting established plants, maintenance, and care of various plants and trees. Knowledge of plants (exotic plants, fruit trees, etc.) and experience is required. Adults must complete a background investigation. Tarryn C. Lee

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Categories Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Nature Buddies Volunteer The Nature Buddies Volunteer will work alongside our Nature Buddies Afterschool Program staff. The volunteer will assist in the planning and facilitation of afterschool activities, supervising children during indoor and outdoor activities, and leading hikes and outdoor activities within the Dora Kelley Nature Park. Must have experience with supervising and working with school-age children (5-10 years old). Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and training is required. Adults must complete a background investigation and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 1 day/week. For more information on the Nature Buddies Afterschool Program visit www.alexandriava.gov/NatureCenter Tarryn C. Lee

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Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities General Nature Center Volunteer Can't settle on a specific opportunity? Inside the Center or outside in the Park, the Nature Center has many ways for you to apply your interests and skills by creating a personalized volunteer opportunity. Contact the Nature Center for more information. Tarryn C. Lee

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Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Naturalist Aide The Naturalist Aide will provide assistance to the naturalist staff with general tasks to include (but not limited to) animal care, habitat upkeep, educational and weekend programming, library organization, and seasonal garden maintenance. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and training is required. Adults must complete a background investigation. Volunteer must be at least 16 years old and must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours/month. Tarryn C. Lee

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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Event Set Up Volunteer Arrange tables and chairs for exhibitors and vendors based on Event Coordinators directions. Distribute information to exhibitors. Assist in showing exhibitors their assigned tables/location. Includes some heavy lifting of tables/chairs and boxed items. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Bike Valet Assist Earth Day attendees find parking for their bikes. Watch over the bikes in the "bike coral." Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Bike Valet Set-Up Responsible for setting up racks and signage for the Bike Valet. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Bike Valet Clean-Up Remove racks for the valet and pick up signage. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Volunteer Greeter The Volunteer Greeter is responsible for providing exemplary customer service to all that enter and attend the event. Attendees should be welcomed, given literature, maps, site-specific information, and helped to find their way around. Excellent communication skills are needed when responding to vendor and event attendees questions. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Resource Recovery

Help us meet our goal to make this Earth Day event a "zero waste" event. Educate and direct event participants in the appropriate way to sort their garbage. Volunteers will be trained on what goes into the compost, recycling, and landfill bins. This is a learning opportunity for all who attend and volunteer at the event!

In addition, the earliest shift will help set up the bins. At the end of the event, volunteers help measure our impact – that is, measure what percentage of our waste was diverted from landfills? While we aim for recovering 100% of the waste for composting or recycling, waste reduction is a challenging goal! That's why we need your help!

Volunteers may also assist with pulling full bags and transporting them to the appropriate truck for recovery. Some heavy lifting may be involved (but you can opt out and leave this duty for those who can! We appreciate all help).

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Traffic Flow Attendant Direct traffic to approved parking areas. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Events Earth Day Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Earth Day Event Break-Down Disassemble tables and chairs for pick-up. Assist exhibitors with breakdown of their displays and loading their vehicles. Collect and pack Earth Day signage. This position may require heavy lifting. Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489  
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Special Event
Rec Fest 2018
May 5, 2018
10am -1pm Location:
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School
Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Bounce House Attendant Volunteers will supervise children playing in the giant inflatable playhouse.

Gladstone Harriott 703-746-5481

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Special Event
Rec Fest 2018
May 5, 2018 10am -1pm
Location:
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School
Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Faces Painter Volunteers will paint pictures on festival participants.

Gladstone Harriott 703-746-5481

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Special Event
Rec Fest 2018
May 5, 2018
10am -1pm Location:
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School
Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Cleanup team Volunteers will help breakdown festival props and tables.

Gladstone Harriott 703-746-5481

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Special Event
Rec Fest 2018
May 5, 2018
10am -1pm Location:
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School
Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Setup team Volunteers will help setup festival props and tables.

Gladstone Harriott 703-746-5481

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Adults DCHS Alexandria Workforce Development Center Workshop/Hiring Event Volunteer Alexandria Workforce Development Center volunteers have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of city residents who are in need of employment services. We need volunteers to help assist with Hiring events and Job Readiness Workshops.

Charles Washington

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Adults DCHS Alexandria Workforce Development Center Administrative Support Volunteer Alexandria Workforce Development Center volunteers have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of city residents who are in need of employment services. We need volunteers to help provide customer service and assist with basic administrative task to include, photo copying, document scanning, filing, faxing, data entry and research.

Charles Washington

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Adults DCHS Alexandria Workforce Development Center Grant Research Volunteer Alexandria Workforce Development Center volunteers have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of city residents who are in need of employment services. We need volunteers to help provide research support for identifying grant related resources. In addition volunteers will provide customer service, assist with research, basic administrative task to include, document writing and editing, photo copying, document scanning, filing, faxing, data entry and research. Organize, schedule, prepare and present information to small groups.

Charles Washington

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Adults DCHS Alexandria Workforce Development Center Child Care Volunteer Alexandria Workforce Development Center volunteers have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of city residents who are in need of employment services. We need volunteers to help provide brief child care supervision. Volunteers will also provide customer service, help maintain a safe work environment, assist with basic administrative task and be a supportive team member with good communication skills.

Charles Washington