About the Non-Profit Organizations

 Here we have compiled a list of all of the Non-Profit organizations we are working with at this point, and a bio about each one. If you know of an organization in Arlington that is looking for volunteers and is NOT on this list, please contact us and let us know! (Currently under construction...new contacts are being added!)

Email us at arlingtoncatt@gmail.com if you would like the contact info for a specific organization!

A-SPAN is a local non-profit that strives to prevent and end homelessness in Arlington, VA through outreach services, case management, housing programs and other supportive services founded on relationships of trust and respect.

Website: http://www.a-span.org/volunteer.html

Best Buddies:
is a program promoting the acceptance and inclusion of students with disabilities. We host 2 activities each month that students with and without disabilities can do together, like basketball or cookie decorating.

Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Inc. (AMEN) is an organization without religious affiliation that provides one-time, same-day emergency financial assistance to residents of Arlington County, Virginia, who encounter unexpected financial emergencies.

Website: http://emergencyneeds-org.doodlekit.com/home/volunteer

The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists in the mid-Atlantic States. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces, the AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public. The goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of, and involvement in, the visual arts in Arlington County, VA and the region.

Website: https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/about/workwithus

The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

A non-profit animal rescue organization saving the lives of thousands of homeless and abandoned pets each year. We rescue dogs and cats facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters, and place them for adoption in loving homes. ALL of our animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Website: http://lostdogrescue.org/participate/volunteer


The Arlington Food Assistance Center is a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to our Arlington neighbors in need. In February, 2012, AFAC served an average of 1,600 families each week.

While hunger might not seem to be an issue in a wealthy county like Arlington, the high cost of living here, combined with our current economic situation, means that many families struggle to make ends meet. Supplemental groceries from AFAC mean that families can remain in their homes, workers can stay on the job, children are ready to learn, and mothers and babies have the nutrition they need.

AFAC is always looking for teens to hold food drives or bag groceries. Check out the website for more information.

Contact: volunteer4afac@afac.org

Visit: http://www.afac.org/get_involved/teens.php 

The Reading Connection is a non-profit organization dedicated  to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading.  This mission is accomplished by

  • Volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers
  • Donations that provide children with free, new books to keep
  • Workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development
  • Trainings of family support workers who promote the importance of reading.

Our four literacy programs are designed to offer a continuum of service that first begins when children enter housing shelters and continues once they move into homes of their own.  Each year, The Reading Connection reaches over 903 children and distributes more than 7,680 new books throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

Website: http://www.thereadingconnection.org/volunteer

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