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From taking seniors to appointments to budget mentoring, there are many chances to volunteer in Alexandria

Volunteer Hyacinth McInley gives out food outside Casa Chirilagua on May 21, 2020 (Staff photo by James Cullum)

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities this spring, including a mini serve-a-thon hosted by Volunteer Alexandria.

The serve-a-thon will be held from April 18 through 23 and pair those who register with a project that week that supports local and state parks. But for those who are looking for other types of chances, Volunteer Alexandria’s website lists plenty.

Here’s a roundup of some of the opportunities this spring:

  • Breaks with Impact (BWI) — “Students (grades 6 – 12) engage in a variety of service learning projects across the City of Alexandria from April 12 – 14. BWI participants do service activities, learn about how nonprofits and public agencies serves residents in their city, and explore careers. Click HERE to sign-up.”
  • Help Transitional Housing Residents with Budgeting — “Community Lodgings is seeking budget mentor volunteers to assist transitional housing residents with their monthly budgeting needs and provide additional financial guidance that will help the resident reach stability. The average mentor meets with clients once a month. Click HERE to sign up.”
  • Help Local Nonprofit with Fundraising — “Community Lodgings is seeking members for its fundraising committee. Members help raise the funds needed to meet their annual budget. Community Lodgings raises funds from individuals (direct mail, special events, major/monthly/annual donors), foundations, corporations and local organizations such as churches. Click HERE to express interest.”
  • Develop Communications Plan for Youth Nonprofit — “A dynamic local girls’ empowerment organization needs individuals to develop a strategic communications plan. Specifically, they need support with assessing existing communications activities, identifying key communications objectives, building a cohesive brand identity, and drafting a communications calendar. Click HERE to express interest.”
  • Local Library Seeks Repair Coaches for Fixit Clinic — “The Beatley Branch Library are looking for skilled professionals and amateur craftspeople who can help people fix items, explain the repair process, and encourage them to repair it themselves. People with experience in small appliances, furniture, computers, electronics, clothing, jewelry, bicycles, and blades are welcome. Fixit Clinics are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning in April. Click HERE to sign-up.”
  • Until Help Arrives — “This virtual class will teach you how to recognize violent activities, respond safely, provide immediate rescue tactics to the injured, and report them to 9-1-1 efficiently. These are transferable skills are applicable to countless situations involving traumatic injury (e.g. car accident, household injury, or an active shooter). The next class will be held on Monday, March 21. Click HERE to sign up.”
  • Take Seniors to Appointments — “Volunteer drivers take At Home in Alexandria (AHA)’s members to and from appointments, the grocery store, and AHA social gatherings, normally during business hours, Monday through Friday. Click HERE to express interest.”

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