Volunteer Opportunities in Alexandria

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Categories Department Volunteer Job Title Volunteer Job Description Contact Person
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 ( jennifer.enslen@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4911 )
Victim Services Community and Human Services Children's Support Group Volunteer Children's Support Group volunteers are needed to assist with the children during Women's Support Group on Tuesday evenings and with the children's activities at the Battered Women's Shelter. Volunteers must complete 12 hours of mandatory training focused on the unique needs of children who have witnessed violence in the home Jennifer Enslen ( jennifer.enslen@alexandriava.gov, 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 ( jennifer.enslen@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4911 )
Community Events, Victim Services Community and Human Services Hotline Companion Provide crisis intervention, advocacy, information, and emotional support for sexual assault survivors; both over the phone and in person. Follow program policies and procedures. Be at least 18 years of age. Have ready access to a telephone at all times while volunteering. Volunteers must have access to a car and remain within 30 driving minutes from INOVA Fairfax Hospital during shifts. Attend 40-hour initial volunteer training. Commit to two 12-hour on-call shifts per month. Cynthia Garrison ( cynthia.garrison@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-3127 )
Public Safety Fire Volunteer Firefighter Provide Administrative and Operational Fire/EMS duties Corey Smedley ( corey.smedley@alexandriava.gov, 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 ( corey.smedley@alexandriava.gov, 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 ( sara.degroot@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4127 )
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 ( volunteer@alexandria.lib.va.us, 703-746-1742 )

Environment Library Reading Garden Volunteer Reading Garden volunteers assist with maintaining the newly renovated Beatley Central Library Reading Garden through tasks such as weeding and watering. Samantha Palmieri ( volunteer@alexandria.lib.va.us, 703-746-1742 )
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. Samantha Palmieri ( volunteer@alexandria.lib.va.us, 703-746-1742 )
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 ( volunteer@alexandria.lib.va.us, 703-746-1742 )
Public Safety Police Alexandria Police Department The Alexandria Police Department is currently seeking volunteers who would like to assist with our SafeAssured Child ID program. This program provides families with the most comprehensive Child ID kit in the country: a mini-CD, a photo data card and a Safety Guidebook. 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 ( virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov, 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. Isabella Haene ( isabella.haene@vdh.virginia.gov, 703-746-4978 )
Public Health, Public Safety Health Department Non-Medical MRC Volunteer Anyone over the age of 18 may be a non-medical volunteer. 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. Isabella Haene ( isabella.haene@vdh.virginia.gov, 703-746-4978 )
Children, Literacy and Language, Mentoring, Public Safety Court Service Unit Mentor with the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Serve as a mentor to one or more of Alexandria's youth by volunteering as little as one hour or as many as 4 hours per week. There are 11 mentor programs to choose from, some meet in a structured group setting and others are one-to-one. No experience is necessary. We will provide training. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required. Mentor One Child. Change TWO Lives! Joe Regotti ( mentoring@Alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4499 )
Children, Mentoring, Art and Carpentry Court Service Unit Male Mentor: Space of His Own program Diverse professional men are needed to mentor 5th grade boys who are in need of positive adult role models, one evening per week, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Fun meetings include dinner, life skills lesson, team sports, carpentry and art projects. The initial program year culminates in the renovation of each boy's bedroom. A one year minimum commitment is required, as is successful completion of a criminal background check and mentor training sessions. Linda Odell ( Linda.Odell@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4499 )
Children, Mentoring, Art and Carpentry Court Service Unit 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, 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. Sarah Maroney ( sarah.maroney@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4455 )
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. Barbara Farrington ( Barbara.Farrington@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5414 )
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 ( Lucresha.Murphy@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5489 )
Animals, Environment Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Volunteer Naturalist Volunteer Naturalist will: - Catalog and set up botanical/natural resources library; - Provide invasive plant management in Dora Kelley Nature Park; - Assist with animal care for live animal exhibits; - Assist with after school program and summer camps; - Maintain pollinator garden; and - other duties as assigned. Mary Farrah ( Mary.Farrah@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5522 )
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 indiviual 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 esatbilsh and improve team unity and spirit. Lead by example to support the responsibilities of the referee and league leadership. Tamika Coleman ( Tamika.Coleman@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5402 )
Children Community and Human Service Holiday Sharing-Family Registration Sign-up families to receive Holiday Sharing gifts; Help parents determine "wish list" items for pre-approved families. Enter contact and "wish list" information into the Holiday Sharing computer database. Spanish speakers are especially needed.

We will also need two or three people to organize and oversee activities (drawing, coloring, etc.) for children, while parents are signing up. Sign-up families to receive Holiday Sharing gifts; Help parents determine "wish list" items for pre-approved families. Enter contact and "wish list" information into the Holiday Sharing computer database. Spanish speakers are especially needed.

We will also need two or three people to organize and oversee activities (drawing, coloring, etc.) for children, while parents are signing up.
Krystal Fenwick ( krystal.fenwick@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5663 )  


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