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COVID-19 – Care for Community – Here’s How You can Help

Alexandria, VA – Even as we enter Phase 3, Volunteer Alexandria is needed for COVID-19 – Care for Community. They are committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and well-being of their volunteers. They follow the guidelines form the CDC and the Alexandria Health Department. You can reiview the Volunteer Guidelines.

photo courtesy of Volunteer Alexandria

If you are healthy and ready to volunteer, please take measures and bring your own sanitizer, wipes, and keep distance from other people. Volunteers must wear a cloth face cover and gloves to any project. Click HERE for details how to make a mask.

CURRENT NEEDS for COVID-19 – Care for Community:

Check out the in-kind needs.

Ready-to-Go Volunteer – Register HERE. Ready-to-go volunteers will be alerted as needed to fill in where needed.

Washington Street UMC, ALIVE!, ARHA, Royal Restaurant, Charles Houston Recreation Center, and Volunteer Alexandria have partnered to offer meals/groceries for the residents in the area of the Charles Houston Recreation Center. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, meal/grocery distribution, and clean up on July 9th, 23rd – Register HERE.

Volunteer family separating donations on a sunny day (courtesy photo)

ALIVE! needs volunteers to help to prepare for mass food distributions in their warehouse. On Call Warehouse Workers – Register HERE. Grocery Bag Packers and Restockers – Register Here.

ALIVE! is seeking volunteers to bag groceries for food-insecure households that have a COVID-19 positive patient. As the pandemic has taken its toll, the number of families who have tested positive has disproportionally affected low-income and poverty stricken families. Register online.

Alexandria City School is distributing “Grab’n Go” meals to ensure children have food. Volunteers are needed at every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  to assist with verifying orders, counting food bags, bagging prepackaged food. All volunteers will go through a screening process at arrival at each site (screening locations will be provided after registration). Volunteers will need to provide a valid form of identification. Registration will close two days prior to the designated scheduled time. (Monday’s shift registration will close the preceding Friday at 3 pm; Wednesday’s shift registration will close Monday at 9 am; Friday’s shift registration will close Wednesday at 9 am) Please plan accordingly. If you know you can no longer attend, please give a two-day notice. Volunteers are needed to distribute meals at Cora Kelly ES – Register HERE.

Senior Services of Alexandria – Seeking volunteers to deliver meals to seniors on a weekly basis – Register online.

Jamila and Carpenter’s Shelter therapist Finnie Caldwell serve a donated lunch to residents. (Photo courtesy of Carpenter’s Shelter)

Casa Chirilagua – Needs volunteers on a weekly basis to help with food distribution, donation collections, organize/bag donations, and deliver food to families that are in need. For these volunteer opportunities click HERE.

Virtual and Home-based Opportunities for COVID-19 – Care for Community:

Arlington County’s Department of Human Services – Seeking volunteer instructors and interns to co-teach ONLINE Basic Computers, Microsoft Office Specialist, and CompTIA ITF+ classes – Register online.

RAISE – Needs volunteers with parenting experience and/or a background in parenting education/counselling to support their Parent Support Text Line – Register online.

Wright to Read – Seeking volunteers to help tutor and mentor students. Register online.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington – Volunteers are needed to make care packages for those in need. – Register online.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington– Seeking volunteers to make masks – Register online.

 – Volunteers are needed to teach computer skills to students (age 18+) virtually – Register online.

Computer C.O.R.E – Seeking a volunteer who can interpret sign language virtually. Register online.

Take a “Until Help Arrives” class to learn how to save lives. Classes are being offered on July 11th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Register online.

Senior Services of Alexandria – Seeking volunteers to shop for and deliver groceries every other week to home-bound seniors who live within the City of Alexandria.  Register online.

Following all safety regulations, Meals on Wheels volunteers continue providing balanced meals to those who cannot leave home. (Photo: Senior Services of Alexandria)

New Hope Housing – Needs volunteers to cook meals. If you cannot prepare the meals, please consider ordering catering from one of Alexandria’s local restaurants. Then drop meals off at New Hope Housing’s Mondloch House shelter. Register online.

New Hope Housing – Needs volunteers to make sandwiches for homeless individuals. Sandwiches can be dropped off at Bailey’s Shelter and Kennedy Shelter. Register online.

The Salvation Army – Needs people to create care packages at home for seniors and vulnerable populations. Register online.

American Red Cross  Due to urgent need, additional appointment slots and expanded capacity have been added at many community blood drives to ensure ample opportunities for donors to give. Make an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Inova Health System is looking for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma (colorless fluid part of blood) to help treat patients sick with COVID-19 disease. Please check to see if you meet the criteria and qualifications to be a donor.

Questions? Email Volunteer Alexandria or Courtney McEllen, Volunteer & Database Manager

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