Volunteer Opportunities in Alexandria

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 May 25, 2017 at 4:28 PM

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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 Planl 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( lisette.torres@alexandriava.gov, 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( lisette.torres@alexandriava.gov, 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 ( lenora.murphy@alexandriava.gov, 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 ( 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 )

Volunteer Application

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 )

Volunteer Application

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 ( volunteer@alexandria.lib.va.us, 703-746-1742 )

Volunteer Application

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 )

Volunteer Application

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 ( 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 )

Volunteer Application

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, 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( volunteer@alexlibrary.org, 703-746-1742 )

Volunteer Application

Youth Event
Tons of Trucks
July 15, 2017
9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Recreation, Parks, and Cultural ActivitiesChinquapin Recreation Center Entry Table Greeter Assists attendees with wristbands and information.

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489
( Lucresha.Murphy@alexandriava.gov)

Volunteer Application

Youth Event
Tons of Trucks
July 15, 2017
9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Recreation, Parks, and Cultural ActivitiesChinquapin Recreation Center Event Rovers Assists vehicle presenters as needed, including keeping event areas tidy and ensuring attendees have wristbands.

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489
( Lucresha.Murphy@alexandriava.gov)

Volunteer Application

Parks Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Group Park Clean Up

Volunteer group to edge, remove weeds, and mulch a 6' diameter ring around the flag pole and memorial stone at Simpson Stadium. Mulch will be provided.

Lucresha Murphy
703.746.5489
( Lucresha.Murphy@alexandriava.gov)

Volunteer Application

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
( Jennifer.Enslen@alexandriava.gov)

 

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
( Jennifer.Enslen@alexandriava.gov)

 

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
( Jennifer.Enslen@alexandriava.gov)

Volunteer Application

 


visit Volunteer Alexandria  

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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