Spring is almost here! Engage in Alexandria by Volunteering Your Time and Talents!

The Service Learning Program teaches young people how volunteering benefits our community and themselves. (Photo: VolALX)

By Marion Brunken

Alexandria, VA – Volunteerism plays a significant role in amplifying community education and outreach, affecting policy decisions, and supporting philanthropic endeavors. Most important, it helps people in real time.

Top Five Reasons Respondents Began Volunteering

  1. It was an important part of my house of worship or spirituality.
  2. I experienced or witnessed an injustice or social issue firsthand and felt I needed to act.
  3. I learned about an issue in school, through the news, or from others and was inspired to act.
  4. People helped me or my family when I needed them, and I want to pay it forward.
  5. I was encouraged and given opportunities to give back throughout elementary, middle, and high school.

Helping others by volunteering can make you feel fulfilled and appreciated. You have experience and skills you know can help others. It’s a good way to stay active, have fun, and make friends while doing good.

If you can find yourself in any of these statements, it’s time to get started. Visit volunteeralexandria.org or alexandriava.gov/Volunteer to volunteer in Alexandria.

Did you know?

In examining community needs, Education, Health & Well-being, and Housing remain the top three priorities across the board in Virginia (Serve Virginia)

Registration is OPEN for the Free Spring Service-Learning Program

The program is a chance for students – grades 6 through 12 – to learn about their community’s issues and do something about it. Participants will engage with nonprofits, city agencies, and people from all walks of life as they earn service hours and explore career paths. “It really opened my eyes to the problems in Alexandria,” says a program attendee after her three-day experience.

Visit volunteeralexandria.org/YES or scan the QR code on this page to register your child.

  • Tuesday, March 26, from 10- 3:30 p.m. Environment – Youth will discuss how climate change affects our community, how they can get involved, and how to volunteer their time.
  • Wednesday, March 27, from 10-3:30 p.m. Human Services – Youth will learn about homelessness, immigration, and other human service needs in the city and how to volunteer their time.
  • Thursday, March 28, from 9-4 p.m. Food insecurity – Youth will learn how the city and nonprofit agencies address this issue and how to volunteer their time.

Volunteer Opportunities

A board of directors governs every nonprofit organization, and most boards recruit in the spring to fill positions. You might be surprised to learn that your skills, experiences, passion to serve, network, and connections qualify you as an ideal board member and volunteer.

Board Position with Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria Fair Trade Organization

Board Members for Arts on the Horizon

 The Child and Family Network Centers Board Member

Find opportunities to engage in Alexandria at volunteeralexandria.org/boardservice.

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