Good year! Is 2022 your year to commit to service?

(All photos courtesy of Volunteer Alexandria)

From Volunteer Alexandria

Alexandria, VA – As our city continues to recover from COVID, Volunteer Alexandria and its hundreds of volunteers help our residents stay healthy, recover and receive the support they need. Unfortunately, we have seen a decline in volunteering over the past 12 months and encourage people to take this time to engage or re-engage in service.

Although many of our nonprofit partners have limited volunteer opportunities, the community still needs volunteers of all backgrounds, genders, religions and skills. Volunteer Alexandria offers opportunities including

share information with young people about drug addiction,

help adults with autism refine their CVs and prepare for job interviews,

coaching others,

clean the parks,

produce podcasts, and

· Write words of encouragement to our first responders and healthcare workers.

Do you have experience in finance, budget management or carpentry? Many nonprofits seek qualified volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to help their organizations achieve their missions.

We ask people to make a commitment to serve by registering with and verify the many vital causes and opportunities listed.

We ask current volunteers to re-engage by logging into your profile to update your skills. Participate in Skills-Connect, a skills-based volunteer program to use your talents and expertise to build and expand the capacity of nonprofit organizations. This type of volunteering involves projects that require a specific skill to complete, providing essential support to nonprofits as they strive to stretch their resources and amplify their impact. Share your skills today!

Celebrating the very generous volunteers of 2021

Each year, Volunteer Alexandria recognizes and honors the work of the many volunteers who have supported nonprofit organizations in Alexandria.

“Without volunteers, our hard-working nonprofits would not be able to fulfill their missions, and we would not be able to do what we do to serve our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Justin Wilson. “The donation of time, talents and skills of volunteers in our community makes Alexandria a better place for all of us.”

Participating organizations and volunteers will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. This will be an in-person event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (subject to pandemic recommendations or regulations permitting). The celebration will include networking, music, an auction, and food and drink. Volunteer awards will be presented that evening.

“We will recognize all volunteers who served in 2021 and recognize those who have had a significant impact on an organization or our community. We will also recognize those who have given the most hours of service,” said Volunteer Alexandria Executive Director Marion Brunken. “Our local volunteers give so much and ask for so little. This will be an opportunity to show them how much we appreciate them all.

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Engagement opportunities can be found to visit

Hire an autism navigator – Autism Research Organization (OAR): OAR is looking for people with business or workforce development experience to help adults with autism write resumes and cover letters and prepare for job interviews . The OAR asks volunteers to commit one to two hours a week for three months and to work with a single job seeker over a period of four weeks.

Join the UpCycle team and help sort and prepare donations to send to the store. UpCycle has an ever-changing inventory of materials and supplies based on community donations. There are never two identical days. Donations and handlers sort and store donations, assess general shop organization, and ensure donations are clean and undamaged.

Habitat for Humanity NOVA Alexandria ReStore – Volunteers will work with ReStore staff to collect and receive donated materials, appraise and store items in the store, clean and organize the store, and assist customers in the store.

Volunteer for LIVING! is looking for volunteers to help the people of Alexandria in various efforts: fighting hunger in Alexandria, preventing evictions, collecting and distributing household items.

Volunteer for theatrical productions: Momentum Collective seeks volunteers for theater productions and concerts in the DC metro area. Positions include, but are not limited to, photographer, sound engineer, lighting, stage crew, and usher. Technical skills are not required. We are also looking for a Music Instructor who will teach beginner-level youth the basics of vocal performance and inspire youth to sing music from multiple genres.

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