Volunteers Wanted for Cleanups, Community Giveaway | News

the Jenkins-Donelson Foundationa nonprofit that provides food and necessities to those in need, will be hosting a community giveaway on Sunday, March 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Juke Box Diner, 8637 Sudley Road in Manassas.

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help set up, unload items from trucks, and help attendees make their selections. Help vulnerable local residents choose much-needed clothing and food for their families. Email Carolyn at [email protected] to learn more.

If it’s spring, it must be cleaning season. Here are several volunteer opportunities to get outside to clean up and beautify our community:

Leopold Reserve at Broad Run needs strong volunteers to support a trash cleanup on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to the amount of heavy lifting required, volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Closed toe shoes with cleats are required. wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from ticks and insects.

Leopold’s Preserve is located at 16290 Thoroughfare Road. Meet in the east parking lot, bring work gloves and bottled water. Help clean up an abandoned junkyard and spruce up the stash. To visit https://bit.ly/3KIF2k5 for more information and to register.

Cleanup of Marumsco Creek and Wetlands is also Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Veteran’s Park, 14300 Veteran’s Drive, Woodbridge. To visit http://www.pwtsc.org/ to register or email [email protected] to learn more.

The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) / Trees for Water Quality the events will take place Tuesday, April 5 at Kilby Elementary and Wednesday, April 6 at Marumsco Hills Elementary, both in Woodbridge. Show students the importance of watersheds, soil types and their components, the relationship between soil and water, and the impact of humans on them. Please RSVP to [email protected]

the City of Dumfries will welcome their Quantico Creek Cleanup Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Meet at 17757 Main St. in Dumfries. Homework will be given at that time. Supplies are provided. Be sure to dress for the weather. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have an accountability form completed by a parent/guardian. Feel good enjoying the spring weather and help beautify Dumfries. Email [email protected] for more information.

The flow monitoring workshop of the Russian branch will be held Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Blooms Park, 9701 Manassas Drive, Manassas Park. Collect data on the only monitored stream in Manassas Park. Meet in front of the main building in the parking lot. Email [email protected] for more information.

Animal lover: Defenders of abused and abandoned pets has several volunteer openings, including Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, Website Coordinator, Grants Coordinator, and Events Coordinator. Pet care is always needed, and furbabies will appreciate anything you do to improve their quality of life. Please visit https://www.humanesocietynv.org/volunteer for more information on how you can get involved.

The wonderful staff of Catholic charities has a number of volunteer opportunities open to those who wish to help newcomers to our country. Openings include ESOL teachers in a variety of subjects; administrative support in their offices in Manassas, Fredericksburg and Arlington (bilingual Spanish skills required); and on-call interpreters fluent in Dari, Pashto and Farsi. There is also a new mentorship program that needs volunteers to help outstanding refugee students aged 15-24. Feel good helping newcomers to our country navigate the different aspects of settling and overcoming language barriers. Email Lea Ann at [email protected] to learn more.

Save this date: Historic Dumfries Virginia will hold a Spring History Fair (renamed from Charter Day) on Saturday April 30 at 11am at Merchant Park, 3944 Cameron Street in Dumfries. Volunteers aged 18+ are needed to help organisations/vendors get to their assigned locations, interact with the public to answer questions, distribute handouts, serve the historic Dumfries table, help with a delicious barbecue and possibly help clean up after the event. COVID social distancing will be respected. Please call 703-221-2218 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Virginia Postpartum Support is looking for compassionate volunteers to bring help and hope to new mothers and parents. Volunteer peer mentors are also needed. Training is offered and you will help new parents return to normal life after the birth of their child. Please visit https://postpartumva.org/volunteer/email Lydia at [email protected] for more information.

The Prince William Conservation Alliance needs bird-loving volunteers to monitor Eastern Bluebirds at Chinn Park. Help monitor the nest boxes twice a month from April to mid-August. Duties include making sure all is well with nesting boxes and recording information about nests, eggs and fledglings.

Feel good as you help support this agency’s ongoing learning about the Eastern Bluebird and its conservation. No prior experience necessary. Training is offered for this family opportunity. Email Ashley at [email protected] for more information.

History buffs: The Prince William County Historic Preservation Office is looking for volunteers to help as interpretive guides, event assistants and gardeners at various historic sites in the county.

Group projects are available. Some opportunities are suitable for young people between the ages of 13 and 18. Learn about the county’s history while supporting our community. Call 703-792-4754 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Help feed food insecure families. TO SERVE has an urgent need for food recovery drivers aged 21 and over to support their food aid program.

Volunteers travel to area grocery stores/restaurants to pick up food donations and deliver them to the Hunger Resource Center in Manassas. Be prepared to lift boxes weighing up to 50 pounds. Drivers must commit to twice a month for at least six months. Training is provided with an agency van. Teenagers can ride with drivers to help them.

It’s a wonderful way to give back to the community. Email [email protected] for more information.

If you are looking for other opportunities, be sure to call our wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William at 703-369-5292. Visit our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org.

Thank you so much for all you do in our community.

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