Local Volunteer Opportunities

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.

With COVID comes lots of online opportunities.  Some of opportunities in this newsletter are using Zoom

 It is important that everyone read and understand the FCPS Zoom disclaimer:

Advertisement of [any] opportunity (using Zoom] does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school… Zoom [is] an online technology video and web conferencing tool that has not been approved for use in FCPS by the FCPS Department of Information Technology. Numerous outside organizations are utilizing Zoom to provide services and resources to students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for Zoom before participating.



These sites may have a project suitable for you.  Be sure to check with your parents before engaging in any online program and that you understand the Zoom disclaimer for any Zoom opportunity.


PRINCETON REVIEW SPEAKER SHARES VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES – Check out the video with lots of good ideas at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPONSk0SOO8.

Volunteer Resources


Discover numerous opportunities to volunteer by downloading the newly updated directory at https://www.flipsnack.com/9D8BF57F8D6/ysod-2019-2020/full-view.html.


Search for volunteer opportunities throughout Virginia. Go to http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/ point to "Volunteer Virginia" and research what interests you most.


Discover all the volunteer opportunities in our parks at the Fairfax County Park Authority, Park Services Division Volunteer Program: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/volunteer


Youth 12 years or older or rising 7th graders are welcome as volunteers at FCPL libraries.  Volunteers must attend an orientation which will be posted two weeks in advance.  Orientations begin at 7 pm.  Discover all of the details and get started at https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/volunteer


The Reston Association has numerous, short-term, volunteer opportunities at special events, environmental clean-ups, and festivals. Gain experience in Business, Environment, and Special Events.  For more information, visit https://www.reston.org/AboutRestonAssociation/volunteerrestonopportunitiesoverview/tabid/435/default.aspx.


Search for service-learning programs and descriptions by location. 


  • Community Centers Division – seeking coaches, coach assistants, recreation aides, instructors, and mentors. If interested, call 703.324.5504.
  • Teen Services Division – seeking recreation aides and instructors to support various programs, activities and classes for programs offered to teens in grades 7-12. If interested, call 703.324.5504.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Services – provides leisure and recreation opportunities for children, teens, young adults, and adults with disabilities. Volunteer opportunities are available in more than 40 programs that are offered year-round. If interested, call 703.324.5532.  updated 05/24/2019
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension – Adult leaders are needed to support and organize youth clubs and provide mentoring. If interested, call 703.324.5369 or 703.223.2574.  updated 05/24/2019
  • Neighborhood & Community Services (Senior Center) – seeking leisure enrichment instructors to teach classes; senior center assistants to lead activities, tours, and trips and assist with daily tasks; and language specialists to assist with translation services and ESL classes. For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/  If interested, call Vicki, the volunteer coordinator, at 703.324.5504.   updated 05/24/2019


The Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association works in close partnership with career personnel.  Volunteers get training in common equipment such as hose and breathing apparatus and maintenance of vehicles.  Learn about the operation of a volunteer fire department.  Volunteers must be 16 years or older.  Visit http://www.fcvfra.org/.


  • Adapted Aquatics Program - Help adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities develop basic swim skills in a structured setting.  No experience is necessary, only a willing heart and a commitment to a class series of 8 or 10 weeks.  Volunteers who maintain a commitment of 2 hours per week are eligible for free RECenter facility use. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/assets/documents/volunteer/adapted-aquatics-training.pdf or call 703.324-8565 for more details. updated 05/24/2019
  • Invasive Management Area Volunteer Program: Need community service hours and live working outdoors with friends? Help save trees and wildlife habitat. Learn something new while making a difference. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/invasive-management-area for more information on how you can help remove invasive plant species and replant native species. To discover dates and happenings in the invasive management program,  click on "IMA Calendar." 



The Burke Centre Library Teen Advisory Board is offering service hours for students who write book reviews and/or create book talks or trailers for their blog.  Students can earn: 1 hour for writing a book review that explains what the book is about and their opinion of the book, 2 hours for creating a short audio visual recording (book talk) of their selves giving a book review, and 3 hours for creating an audio-visual representation of the book (book trailer) to encourage people to read the book without giving away any major plot points. Book trailers can have either relevant pictures, animation, and a voice-over OR music with relevant pictures, animation, and words.  For specific guidelines, visit www.burkecentretab.com/blog-submission-guidelines/ . Send all submissions and questions to @email.  Questions can also be addressed at 703.249.1520. 


GIVE Youth is a nonprofit organization run by high school students that offers free tutoring for students in grades K-6 at twenty locations in Northern Virginia.  The program is expanding to Burke Centre Library beginning 12 January 2019, and GIVE Youth is seeking student volunteers to tutor at the new location.  For more information and to volunteer, visit http://www.giveyouth.org/ or email @email.


Northern Virginia Family Services has two locations: in Falls Church (2860 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA, 703.237.1910) and in Centerville (6031 Center Crest Ln, Centreville, VA. 703.803.3337.) The Clock Tower Thrift Shops are looking for volunteers, 16 years and over, individuals and groups, to assist in processing donated items ranging from books, pictures, glassware, costumes and various types of clothing. Please call first to schedule a time to chat and possibly volunteer. If interested in volunteering, visit www.nvfs.org/support/thrift-shops/ or call the Northern Virginia Family Services at 571.748.2500.  updated 06/19/17


Gadsby's Tavern Junior Docent opportunity and other opportunities at Old Town Alexandria historic sites are available for anyone interested in history and working with the public. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum buildings were the center of business, political, and social life in early Alexandria, and volunteers bring this history to life for more than 25,000 visitors a year. Learn about all aspects of the operations in this small museum as you assist with public programs and tours given to visitors from around the world. High school students are welcome to apply for any regular volunteer opportunity and will receive the same training as adults.  Gadsby's Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal St., Alexandria, VA  22314.  Phone 703.746.4242. Information and applications are available at https://www.alexandriava.gov/GadsbysTavern, scroll down and click on Volunteering at Gadsbys Tavern Museum", or call 703.746.4242 or fax 703.838.4270. Complete the volunteer application found online too. updated 06/19/17.


Braddock Glen Assisted Living, 703.425.3535. Braddock Glen Assisted Living, located at 4027 Olley Lane in Fairfax, VA. is seeking a regular volunteer to interact with residents. Read, chat, play games, play musical instruments – anything that works for the volunteer and residents and is considered a safe activity for the age of the resident. The volunteer must go through a process that includes a volunteer application, TB test and background check. (Braddock Glen pays for background check and will perform the TB test unless volunteer wants to use their own doctor.) The commitment is for a 3 hour minimum, 1 day/week. If interested, please contact Rose Holmes, Activity Coordinator at 703.425.3535.  updated 05/24/19


The Gardens at Fair Oaks Assisted Living - Looking for a way to hone your presentation skills? Want to practice speaking before a live audience? The activities director at this assisted living facility wants students of all backgrounds, languages and cultures to create a PowerPoint presentation and talk about their culture, places they may have traveled, etc. to residents as part of an educational program. Service hours awarded for participation in this program.  Contact Sarah Leclercq, Director of Activities, at 703.278.1001 x 2113 or @email. The Gardens at Fair Oaks Assisted Living is located at 4310 Forest Hill Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030. updated 06/19/17


Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) – This innovative Hospital Elder Life Program works because volunteers offer assistance and activities that keep patients mentally and physically active.  The minimum volunteer commitment is one weekly 3-hour shift for a year.  The program welcomes volunteers 16 years and older.  Learn more about the program at https://www.inova.org/healthcare-services/senior-services/during-your-hospital-stay/help/index.jsp.  Learn about volunteering at https://www.inova.org/healthcare-services/senior-services/during-your-hospital-stay/help/volunteers.  Applicants are encouraged to decide which hospital they wish to serve and to apply directly to that hospital's program.  Contact Susan Heisey at 703.776.6824.  updated 05/24/19


ManorCare Fair Oaks, (12475 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033. 703.352.7172 x3232.) Inova has volunteer opportunities for teens.  The minimum age requirement is 16 years old.  to volunteer in the Thrift Shop located at 9683 Fairfax Blvd. For more information, call the volunteer hotline at 703.391.3659, 703.391.3056 or go to www.inova.org/get-involved/volunteer/inova-fairfax-hospital/teen-volunteer-opportunities/index.jsp.   updated 06/19/17


INOVA Fairfax - Visiting Nurs Assn, (9900 Main St., Fairfax, VA) Inova has volunteer opportunities for teens.  The minimum age requirement is 15 years old.  The school year session is 1 October through 23 June.  Volunteers must commit to at least one 3-4 hour shift per week.  Volunteer positions are available in their Patient Support Services, Elder Life Program and Gift Shops.  Volunteers who need to complete just 20 hours of community service may inquire to help out at the consignment shops.  All prospective teens must email the Volunteer Services Office to register for the volunteer lottery.  Registration is open from 1 - 31 August. The school year lottery will be on on 1 September.  Volunteers also have to have a TB test and background check. Although volunteers don't have to pay for this, it takes time, so think ahead. For more information go to www.inova.org/get-involved/volunteer/inova-fairfax-hospital/teen-volunteer-opportunities/index.jsp. updated updated 05/24/19


Sentra Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) Junior Volunteer Program  – (SNVMC Auxiliary, 2300 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, VA, 22191)  Applications for Junior Volunteers are available beginning in January.  Junior Volunteers are rotated through post-partum, ER, information desks, directional services, and nursing stations in various inpatient units.  Applicants must be 14 years old by 1 June of the year applying; entering their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year of high school; and willing to commit to serving 6 hours per month for at least one year .  For more information, visit https://www.sentara.com/woodbridge-virginia/hospitalslocations/locations/sentara-northern-virginia-medical-center/about-us/volunteer.aspx.  A PDF describing the Junior Volunteer program is available at https://www.sentara.com/Assets/Pdf/Locations/Hospitals/SNVMC-Junior-Volunteer-QA.pdf. Contact phone number is 703.523.1345.  updated 05/24/19


Sunrise Assisted Living (4300 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030) Sunrise Assisted Living needs volunteers to play games and read to residents. Volunteers need to be 16 years or older, complete an application, and will be given a tour and orientation. Contact the activities director Andrea Mays-Jones at 703.934.5069.  updated 05/24/19


Heartland Hospice Office, (3900 Jermantown Rd., Suite 460) provides care to patients with a limited life expectancy, and needs volunteers to help with various office/clerical tasks. Volunteers must be 16 years of age to work in the office and 18 years to work with patients.  Contact the local Heartland Hospice Office at 703.273.8693, ask for Kai McEachern, Volunteer Coordinator.  updated 06/19/18


Keen Greater DC is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community, enjoy working with children, and are at least 15 years old.  KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun led by volunteer coaches.  Volunteer programs include:

  • KEEN Zumba, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Bowling, Bowl America in Falls Church, First and Third Saturday of the month, 12:30-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Vienna, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Springfield, Irving Middle School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am-1:15 pm
  • KEEN Music in Springfield, Irving Middle School, Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am -1:15 pm

For more information, visit www.keengreaterdc.org.  To register for events, visit https://www.keengreaterdc.org/volunteer/node/4774/register  For questions, email Hannah Penman at keengrdc.hannah@gmail.com  or call at 703.718.6522. updated 02/14/20


iCan Shine (formerly Lose the Training Wheels) is an after school program designed to teach individuals with disabilities to ride two-wheel bicycles and become lifelong riders.  It is a week-long program at selected FCPS middle schools. Attend one 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days.  This program provides young people an opportunity to learn more about youth with disabilities. To learn more go to http://icanshine.org/. posted 03/31/17


City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax - The City of Fairfax Regional Library has an ongoing Teen Volunteer Program.  Typical tasks include straightening shelves and collecting books to be re-shelved.  Library volunteers must be 12 years or older and be in the 7th grade or above.  Library volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering.  Three orientations are scheduled:  1) Monday, 18 November at 7:00 pm 2) Monday, 3 February at 7:00 pm 3) Monday, 20 April at 7:00 pm.  Once a student has attended orientation, they are eligible to continue to volunteer with this program until they age out, or no longer wish to volunteer.  Registration for the orientations are posted approximately two weeks prior to the date and can be found at https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/volunteer, under Current Volunteer Openings.  Interested volunteers may contact the Student Volunteer Coordinator at 703.293.6227 extension 2.


NASA’s Student Volunteer Program (SVP) pairs high school and college students with mentors.  Volunteers must have U.S. citizenship, be 16 years of age or older, and be willing to complete their volunteer work at a specified NASA center under the supervision of a civil servant mentor.  Interested students need to email a cover letter and resume to the SVP Coordinator paying special attention to the published requirements.  Visit https://www.nasa.gov/langley/education/volunteer to get all the details.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Air and Space Museum, https://airandspace.si.edu/support/get-involved/student-jobs, Both the Washington, DC and Udvar-Hazy Center are seeking high school students to join the Explainers Program.  "Explainers" engage visitors with hands-on activity carts and interactive demonstrations. they also respond to visitor questions submitted to the How Things Fly website among other activities. The program offers part-time work at the Smithsonian.  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, be authorized to work legally in the U.S., currently enrolled in a diploma or degree granting program maintaining a 2.7 GPA or better GPA, able/willing to work at least 15 hours per month, able to interact with diverse groups, have good written and oral communication skills, and be willing to attend ongoing training and conduct self-study in general scientific principles relating to aeronautics and space science.  In addition, applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose, transcript, recommendations, and essay by email or hard copy. High school students start as volunteer Explainers.  After completing 100 volunteer hours, high school students may be considered for paid status based on their performance.  Visit http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/get-involved/student-jobs.cfm for important details and the online application.  For the DC museum, call 202.633.2214.  For Udvar-Hazy, call 703.572.4118. 


Ongoing, Silver Spring, MD – The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has several volunteer internship opportunities where participants can work on a variety of projects tailored to meet one’s capacity, availability, and interests. Volunteer internships are open to anyone over the age of 15.  Volunteer opportunities include working on the web and media team, environmental videography, administrative history, legislative affairs, education, and graphic design.  Volunteers will be encouraged to attend marine conservation events, lectures, conferences, and receptions that provide fantastic networking opportunities for career development.  Students will receive credit for their volunteer hours.  Part-time and full-time positions are available, and although the duration of volunteer internships can vary, most typically last at least eight weeks. As these are volunteer positions, stipends are currently unavailable.  For more information and to apply, visit https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/involved/volunteer_future.html.


Arlington, VA - Rosie Riveters is a non-profit organization that inspires and motivates elementary and middle school girls to try new STEM skills to help bridge the gender gap currently found in the sciences. Rosie Riveters is seeking high schoolers who would like to share their passion for STEM with younger students. Volunteers will assist with everything from setting up materials to guiding girls as they build projects ranging from tubular science bracelets to solar-powered night lights.  Volunteers will build STEM skills by teaching others, design and present their own Rosie Riveters project, and participate in a workshop on navigating the college search.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.rosieriveters.com/volunteer_internship.  For questions, contact us @email.


Promote effective service that helps solve serious social problems. Visit www.pointsoflight.org posted 09/09/16


These sites may have a project suitable for you.  Be sure to check with your parents before engaging in any online program and that you understand the Zoom disclaimer for any Zoom opportunity.


Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of political campaigns.  You can discover them in the Enrichment Database found in Naviance Student.  Log into Blackboard; Click the Naviance Student link; Click the “college” dropdown; scroll down to, find, and click “enrichment programs” on the right under “college research.”  This is a searchable database.  Try searching for “political” or “campaign” to discover what is available.


The Nothern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program is looking for volunteers to help with their lesson program and horse care.  Help children and adults with disabilities, youth-at-risk, veterans, and their families achieve goals such as increased strength, better posture, and greater confidence through horseback riding.  No experience is needed; training is provided that covers safety around horses and working with people with disabilities.  Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and volunteers over 18 years will complete a background check. Although horse experience is valued, it is not required.  Volunteers are needed about four hours, one day a week.  For more information, visit www.NVTRP.org, email info@NVTRP.org, or call 703.764.0269 and ask for Anna. posted 02/09/17


The U.S. Secret Service Volunteer Service Program is designed to provide students ages 16 and older who are U.S. citizens with an understanding of the nature and structure of the U.S. Secret Service.  The program provides unpaid, academic-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options while developing personal and professional skills. Participants must be currently enrolled in school and are expected to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least one semester, two quarters or summer session.  Openings are posted at https://www.usajobs.gov/ in February and July.  Posted 01/2020


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) has a variety of programs available for youth in high school and over age 18.  Volunteer programs, Internships and Gap Year programs are found under Serve.

  • The SCA Corps Program is a team-based program where members team up to work on various conservation programs across the country.  Corps positions range from 3 - 12 months and are open to high school graduates over age 18.   For a full listing of Corps programs, visit www.thesca.org/serve/team-projects-corps.
  • Special Programs provide opportunities whether you have a free week or a year.  These programs can be very specific and do not fall into any one category.  The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are among the agencies with whom you can work.  For a description of these special programs and a full listing, visit www.thesca.org/serve/special-programs.
  • DC Community Program - The SCA DC Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities for youth ages 15 - 19 divided into two seasons: school year programs (January-May) and summer programs (July-August).  The DC Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities.  Volunteer opportunities usually occur on weekends during the school year, and paid service programs occur Monday-Friday during the summer.  Members serve at sites throughout the metropolitan DC area.  Students build trails, restore habitat, build leadership skills, and learn about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation and camping trips.  Students also complete community service projects. The DC Community Program also provides an environmental education resource for youth in the Metropolitan DC Area at The Urban Tree House (UTH).  UTH Program is the SCA’s environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington.  SCA staff provides free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on a number of topics including: urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology.  For more information and to apply, visit www.thesca.org/serve/program/washington-dc.  To contact the SCA’s Community Program in DC, email @email