Volunteer Opportunities

Many City programs need volunteer support to provide services to residents. Learn how you can get involved in serving your community today!

Page updated on Mar 15, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities in the City

Many City programs need volunteer support to provide services to residents. Learn more about how you can get involved in serving your community today!

Visit  Volunteer Alexandria for a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities in Alexandria, and for assistance in fulfilling court-mandated community service requirements."

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Featured Volunteer

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"I always thought that I would not have enough time or energy to volunteer. However, I realized that volunteering is a natural energy fix for me. I always feel exhilarated after I finish a SOHO session."

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Alexandria Library 

Get Involved in A Library! 
Volunteers comprise an important part of the library's operation and perform a variety of duties. For information on becoming a library volunteer, please call the branch where you wish to volunteer and ask for the volunteer coordinator.

  • Beatley Central, 5005 Duke Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Confidence Akiti at 703.746.1702 x9
  • Barrett Branch, 717 Queen Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Stromme at 703.746.1703
  • Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road - Volunteer Coordinator, Shahana Parvas at 703.746.1704
  • Duncan Branch, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue - Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Hailu at 703.746.1705
  • Local History/Special Collections, 717 Queen Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Leslie Anderson at 703.746.1706
  • Talking Book Service, 5005 Duke Street - Volunteer Coordinator, Loni McCaffrey at 703.746.1760


Alexandria Mentoring Partnership

Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Seeks Mentors  
Mentor a child, change two lives! Help a child stay on the right track by becoming a mentor. Mentoring helps improve graduation rates, enhance self-esteem, and change behavior. Mentoring also decreases crime and gang involvement, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. We have the kids, we need the adults! Mentor a child one to two hours a week, and change two lives for a lifetime. Visit alexandriava.gov/Mentoring for more information.

SOHO (Space Of Her Own) Program Seeks Mentors
SOHO is an art-based mentoring program that allows local low-income pre-teen girls to attend workshops with mentors; together they participate in team-building activities, develop life skills, and learn about artistic concepts and techniques. Based loosely on popular HDTV programs, SOHO culminates in remodeling of the pre-teen's bedroom. Each mentor is responsible for designing the new room, incorporating her mentee's artwork, and ample lighting and study space, using a shoestring budget of just $250. An art exhibit and reception features a before-and-after bedroom renovation video. Each mentor commits to a year-long relationship with her mentee, to attend 90% of the Thursday evening sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., to spend a weekend on a room renovation, and to complete eight hours of community service with her mentee. For more information on the SOHO program and volunteer opportunities, visit alexandriava.gov/SOHO. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail SOHO@alexandriava.gov.

Other Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Alexandria Soccer Association (ASA) needs volunteer coaches. Please call Christine Aulbach at 703.684.5425.

Alexandria Sheriff's Office

Are you compassionate, dedicated and have a gift or talent to share?  If so, the Alexandria Sheriff's Office has a need for you!  Several volunteer opportunities exist for motivated people who can teach a class, mentor an adult, lead a reading or discussion group, or teach important life skills to Alexandria Detention Center's inmates. Volunteers are welcomed who can lead an ongoing program activity (such as an art or reading class, self-esteem group, or as a librarian), or conduct one-time talks, discussions or classes.  Professional skills are not needed, only a heart to make a difference.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cherye Echane at 703.746.5079 or e-mail cherye.echane@alexandriava.gov.

Boards and Commissions

The City of Alexandria has a strong commitment to citizen participation as evidenced by the number of citizen boards and commissions established by City Council. These bodies compose a formal system through which citizens can advise City Council on all major issues affecting the City. Boards and Commissions are responsible to City Council and appointments are made by Council at their regular legislative meetings. Position vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers and through civic associations. Applicants for commission vacancies may obtain application forms and further information by calling the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council at 703.746.4550 or visiting alexandriava.gov/Boards.

Department of Community and Human Services

  • The Local Human Rights Committee (LHRC) is seeking new members, including professionals, individuals receiving behavioral health and developmental disability services through the City, and family members to serve on the volunteer committee. Requires regular meeting attendance quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month, 7- 9 p.m. at 720 North Saint Asaph St. LHRC responsibilities include performing oversight functions, conducting fact finding hearings and making recommendations for resolution of complaints not resolved informally, and reviewing program policies and procedures relating to client rights. For more information, visit the LHRC webpage or email Tim.Simmons@dbhds.virginia.gov.

  • Medicare Counselors 
    The Division of Aging and Adult Services is looking for volunteers to become Medicare counselors to help people understand and access benefits through the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP).  VICAP volunteers receive training on Medicare and related health insurance so that they are able to offer free individualized counseling and if desired, community outreach and public education. Volunteers are needed during business hours, occasional evenings and weekends.  Bilingual volunteers are appreciated.  For more information, please call 703.746.5999, ext. 1 and ask for the VICAP coordinator.

    Requirements & Commitment:
    Must be at least 18
    Minimum  two to four hours per week/minimum 1 year
    NOT a licensed insurance agent/consultant

  • Domestic Violence Program

    The City of Alexandria’s Domestic Violence Program is recruiting volunteer advocates for volunteer training beginning on April 7, 2016.  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.

    All trainings must be attended to receive certification.  If you would like more information or would like a volunteer application please call the volunteer coordinator at 703.746.4911 or email at Jennifer.enslen@alexandriava.gov

    The City of Alexandria's Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is recruiting for volunteer advocates. The DVP provides free services to battered women and their children and operates the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter which offers emergency housing, food and counselling in a comfortable house at a confidential location. Shelter Supervisor volunteers at the Battered Women's Shelter are also needed. 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. Lastly, we also seek  volunteers to assist with the Children's Support Group on Tuesday evenings and with the children's activities at the Battered Women's Shelter. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of mandatory training focused on the unique needs of children who have witnessed violence in the home. If you would like more information or a volunteer application, please call the volunteer coordinator at 703.746.4911 or email at  jennifer.enslen@alexandriava.gov

    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. If you are interested please call Jennifer Enslen at 703-746-4911 or email Jennifer.enslen@alexandriava.gov.

  • WANTED: Volunteer Legal Guardian
    A legal guardian serves in a court-appointed protective role for a senior or disabled adult who has no family member to make decisions related to health care, personal care, finances, or living situation. The Alexandria Division of Aging and Adult Services is seeking individuals to serve as a volunteer guardian/conservator. Background checks and fingerprints are required. Training and consistent support are provided by social workers at the agency. Please call 703.746.5702 or email velda.weathers@alexandriava.gov for more information.

  • Playgroup Facilitator
    Do you love working with young children and families? We are looking for volunteers to help with community playgroups by interacting with participants and preparing activities. Be as active as you like by running a weekly group, assisting a group facilitator, or substituting. No experience is required, just a love of play and an ability to connect with people of all backgrounds. Volunteers must 18 years or older and have a valid social security number. For more information, email SBritton@centerforalexandriaschildren.org or call 703.746.6018. 

  • The Fund for Alexandria's Child 
    This organization, along with the Department of Community & Human Services, helps children who are in foster care or at risk of abuse or neglect to experience the richness of life through activities such as camping, field trips, sports and dance, art or karate lessons. The Fund for Alexandria's Child is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community. If you are interested in planning and providing resources and activities for foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect, please contact Krystal Fenwick at 703.746.5663 or e-mail krystal.fenwick@alexandriava.gov.

  • Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program 
    The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive and skilled communicators to be Volunteer Ombudsmen. Ombudsman are assigned to visit a local nursing home or assisted living facility, working to ensure that the residents' rights are protected and helping residents with problems that they are unable to resolve alone. Ombudsmen dedicate four hours per week for one year. Visits occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. On-going training and support are provided. For more information, please call 703. 324.5861.

  • Sexual Assault Center Seeks Hotline Volunteers
    The City of Alexandria's  Sexual Assault Center is looking for volunteers to be hotline companions on our 24/7 crisis hotline. Duties include providing support and resources over the phone and accompanying victims of sexual assault to the hospital and police station. To volunteer, you must be over the age of 18, have a car, and live within 30 minutes of INOVA Fairfax Hospital. All volunteers must complete a 40 hour training that focuses on helping victims of sexual violence and their family members. The training is conducted two times per year (fall and spring).  For more information and to receive an application, please email cynthia.garrison@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.3127.

Old Town Farmers' Market

  • Old Town Farmers' Market Seeks a SNAP/EBT and Food Demo Volunteer/Intern
    The Department of General Services is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as SNAP/EBT Outreach and Food Demo Volunteer or Intern performing community outreach and food demos for the Old Town Farmers' Market at the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). This unpaid volunteer/intern position will promote the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program and the Double Dollar Program at the Old Town Farmers Market located at Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 
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  • Old Town Farmers' Market Seeks a SNAP/EBT Coordinator/Intern
    The Department of General Services is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the EBT Coordinator at the Old Town Farmers' Market. This unpaid volunteer position will provide support for the new Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program at the Old Town Farmers Market located at Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA.
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Health Department

  • Be Prepared. Be Empowered. Join the Medical Reserve Corps! 
    Alexandria MRC is seeking volunteers to support public health in an emergency or disaster. Join the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to receive free preparedness training and participate in drills and exercises. Seventy- percent of our volunteers are non-medical, so anyone can apply! MRC offers training on a variety of topics, including public health, emergency management, CPR, First Aid, and more! As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to support day-to-day public health activities by working with various Health Department clinics, the environmental health division or the emergency planning department.

    The initial time commitment is a two-hour orientation. After that, you to decide how much time to devote. Orientation sessions are held monthly, usually on a weeknight or a Saturday morning. For more information, call 703.746.4978, email mrc@alexandriava.gov, or visit alexandriava.gov/MedicalReserve.

Office of Historic Alexandria 

Looking for a creative outlet or a way to offer your services to the community? Hundreds of volunteers provide their time, skills and expertise each year to assist in many areas of work within the Office of Historic Alexandria and its 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. A few opportunities are listed below, or for more information go to Volunteer with Historic Alexandria.

  • Alexandria Legacies 
    The City of Alexandria's Oral History Program, Alexandria Legacies, is seeking volunteers to help collect the oral histories of long-time Alexandria residents. The City has been collecting oral histories since the early 1980s, and there are many more stories to be heard. Responsibilities include conducting an interviews and/or transcribing an interview. Volunteers are also welcome to interview long-time Alexandria residents they know personally. New volunteers are required to attend a training session. To learn more, please send a message to the Legacies program coordinator at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, or leave a telephone message for her at 703.746.4399.

  • Gadsby's Tavern Museum Needs Volunteer Tour Guides 
    Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St., is looking for Volunteer Tour Guides who love history and enjoy working with the public. No experience is necessary! Volunteers are required to contribute one morning or afternoon per month. Volunteer benefits include free admission to more than 30 historic house museums, a shop discount, free garage parking (while on duty), discounted admission to museum lectures, a subscription to the museum newsletter, and invitations to annual volunteer parties, field trips and exhibit openings. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, call 703.746.4242.

  • Volunteer at the Alexandria Black History Museum
    The Alexandria Black History Museum needs volunteers who have an interest in history, and in particular, Alexandria's African-American history and culture, to staff the reception desk, greet visitors, handle phone calls and help with special projects. Volunteers are asked to commit to one three-hour shift every other week. The museum, located at 902 Wythe Street, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum at 703.746.4356.


Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria

  • Virginia Cooperative Extension is looking for qualified applicants to become Master Food Volunteers!  
    Do you: Love to cook? Want to learn more about nutrition and wellness? Enjoy volunteering? Want to make a difference in your community?
    Participants receive 24 hours of training over four days:
    • Basic nutrition
    • Meal planning
    • Cooking techniques
    • Food safety
    • Working with diverse audiences

    At the end of the training, participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently help others improve their lives through balanced eating and healthy living. In return, participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of the training.

    Opportunities for service include health fair displays, food demonstrations at farmers' markets, teaching food safety classes, submitting articles to the media on nutrition on wellness, assisting Extension nutrition programs for youth and adults, and much more!

    To learn more, visit:

    Or, contact your local FCS Agent:
    Jennifer Abel,
    Arlington County and Alexandria City
    Email: mailto:jabel@vt.edu
    Phone: 703-228-6417

Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

Volunteers are an important part of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. Without volunteers the Department would be limited in the programs and activities it offers. Cultural Arts, Senior Citizen, Special Events, Therapeutic Recreation, Youth Sports, Recreation Center Advisory Councils, and the parks are just a few of the areas that depend on volunteers.

If you would like more information about volunteering, call 703.746.4343 or  email I want to Volunteer.