Volunteer Opportunities

Check here for volunteer opportunities in Arlington! For more information on specific

organizations check the "About the Non-profits" page.

Teen Volunteer Fair 

Date: Saturday November 9th 

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Central Library Auditorium

1015 N. Quincy Street

Arlington, VA 22201

Check out the flyer below for more details! 


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Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed. Website to sign up: https://register.bazumedia.com/reg/form?eventID=5717 

Jefferson Independent Living Community is looking for Volunteers. Here's the link to contact if you are interested https://volunteer.truist.com/acvo/org/email?contact_id=10611842276&opp_id=10611846332 

 Greenbrier Learning Center is looking for Volunteers. Check out their website: http://www.greenbrierlearning.org/

 Arlington Hospital

The Volunteer Program at Virginia Hospital Center has a place for everyone. You may be retired, involved in your career, a stay at home parent, young or old, male or female. Our Hospital has varied opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteers work in over 40 different areas within our healthcare system. You must be 16 years or older to volunteer. Follow the link to find the application to fill out before you can volunteer.

Website: http://www.virginiahospitalcenter.com/giving/volunteer.aspx

Food For Others

Volunteer at Food For Others for something fun to do this summer! There are many different ways you can help out at this food bank in Fairfax County.

Website: http://www.foodforothers.org/volunteer.html


Individuals or groups can apply to adopt an ART bus stop for a commitment of one year. The adopter pledges to keep their adopted bus stop clean. Bus stop adopters will be publicly recognized with a sign at the adopted bus stop and recognition on ART's web site. Check out the link for more information on how to adopt an ART bus stop!


Check out http://www.arlingtonteens.com/service which has Volunteer Tips as well as updated Volunteer opportunities happening in Arlington!

Evening Chicken Bagging at AFAC

Chicken bagging, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of each month, starting promptly at 6:30 pm and typically ending around 7:30pm. Bulk chicken is purchased at wholesale prices and is re-bagged for our clients at AFAC.  Wear your old duds and we provide aprons and gloves. These are drop-in nights so you can show up any Wednesday that works for you. Groups of 3 or more must register by emailing volunteer4afac@afac.org. Volunteers should be 12+ years old.

Check out DoSomething.org

Click under Campaigns to find out about cool and easy ways to get involved and start projects around Arlington. If you don't see something you're into check out the Awesome-Things category in the grant section and see how you can start your own project with the help of grant money from the organization.

Website : http://www.dosomething.org/

NOVA Warehouse for the Capital Area Food Bank

Packing and Sorting: Donated food is inspected for quality and either sorted into bins or re-packaged into useable sizes for our agencies.

Shopping Floor/Loading Docks Volunteers: Volunteers help on our loading docks assisting partner agencies in picking up their orders & stocking shelves. Volunteers also are used to maintain the warehouse and assist in keeping the warehouse clean.

All volunteers must be age 12 years or older. Any volunteer between the ages of 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a waiver allowing participation in any and all volunteer activities. If you have any questions regarding volunteering at our NOVA warehouse or want to set up a special volunteer activity, please contact the volunteer department via email at volunteer@capitalareafoodbank.org or call 202-526-5344 ext. 241.

Website ( to see calendar with events and to find other info, to find the calendar click on the orange volunteer now button ) : http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/volunteer/nova-warehouse/

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE)

ACE regularly coordinates stream cleanups, invasive plant removals, highway cleanups, and storm drain markings and will connect the dots between your efforts and the bigger picture. Want to get teens and children involved and have plant removal events ( no sign up needed) almost every Saturday of the year. Check out their website and online calendar for more details.

Website: http://arlingtonenvironment.ipage.com/calendar/

Write a letter to a solider

A Million Thanks is asking individuals, schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations to write cards, letters, emails, and prayer messages of appreciation for our military, past and present. It is their goal to see that our military – active, reserve, and veterans – receive these messages, whether they are serving at home, abroad, or are injured in hospitals.

For what to include and not to include as well as where to bring the cards, check out this information : http://www.amillionthanks.org/send-letter-guidelines-get-started

Below is an example of local kids that wrote Thanksgiving themed cards!

To Write More Love Letters

If you love to write or have time to write a letter consider writing one for this organization. All you do is write a "love letter" (more like a letter of encouragement) about anything and then send it to the organization who then sends it to people in need of pick me up letters.

To find out more about this organization and what to write and where to write the letters check out:  http://www.moreloveletters.com/2011/10/07/love-letter-writing-101/

Arlington Food Assistance Center

AFAC needs teens to hold food drives. Check out the website for more details and materials to help you.

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

The Reading Connection

1)    Teen volunteers are needed to help prepare materials for our monthly book mailing to our Book Club families. Timing is flexible (Mon-Fri),  would be preferred during the last week of the month.  Please contact Stephanie Berman at sberman@thereadingconnection.org or Kay Plitt at kplitt@thereadingconnection.org for more information.


2)    Volunteers are needed to host book drives throughout the year to provide give-away books for our young readers. New, paperback
books and baby board books are highly needed.  Please contact Stephanie Berman at sberman@thereadingconnection.org for more



3)    Volunteers are needed to help in the office with data entry tasks.  Good internet and computer skills are required.  Flexible timing (approximately 3-5pm is preferred), once a week or every other week is possible. Please contact Stephanie Berman at sberman@thereadingconnection.org for more information.


Martha's Table

Volunteer activities are often available in the following areas:

  • Preparing Food - 7 days a week from 10 to 1 pm. Must be 9 years old or older.
  • Working with children in the Day Care - 5 days a week from 9:30 to 1 pm.  Must be 14 years old or older.
  • Tutoring and/or mentoring in the children and youth programs.  Must be 16 years old or older.
  • Sorting clothes in Martha's Outfitters - Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 3 pm.  Must be 16 years old or older.
  • Staffing McKenna's Wagon, mobile soup kitchen - 7 days a week from 4:45 to 6:45 pm.  Must be 15 years old or older.

To schedule to volunteer contact the Volunteer Assistant at volunteer@marthastable.org or call 202-328-6608 x 212.

Website : http://www.marthastable.org/volunteer-opportunities.html  

Bailey's Crossroads Homeless Shelter takes bagged lunches made by individuals or groups. Bagged lunches should include a sandwich, drink, snack, piece of fruit, and a dessert. Lunches can be dropped off Monday-Sunday anytime. Call ahead if you plan to donate a large amount of bagged lunches. Below is the shelter contact information.

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