Service Learning Opportunities
For information about earning a Service Cord, visit http://www.fcps.edu/LangleyHS/student_services.html
Langley High School is committed to promoting service within our community. In an effort to connect students with organizations so that they engage in long term support of an organization and not just “one-off” volunteering opportunities, LHS held the Second Annual Service Fair on Friday, September 25, 2015. Eleven service organizations came to Langley High School seeking teen volunteers. The list of attending organizations is provided below. If you are interested in learning more about the organizations, please visit the websites provide.
Columbia Baptist Food Pantry, www.columbiabaptist.org/foodpantry
The Alternative House, www.thealternativehouse.org
Fairfax County Neighborhood
& Community Services, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/volunteer.htm
Safe Community Coalition of McLean, www.safecommunitycoalition.net
Life Me Up! , www.liftmeup.org
Children’s Science Center , www.childsci.org
Claude Moore Colonial Farm, www.1771.org
SHARE of McLean, www.shareofmclean.org
Special Olympics www.specialolympicsva.org/who-we-are/find-special-olympics-near-you/potomac-region/area-26
Treasure Trove of INOVA www.inova.org/get-involved/thrift-shops/index.jsp
Keen Greater DC – Sports Session
May 1st, May 15th, and June 19th
KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a volunteer-led nonprofit -- 501(c)(3) -- organization that provides one-to-one sports and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with. KEEN Greater DC's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence and talents of young people with profound disabilities through non-competitive programs allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. KEEN also seeks to increase each young person’s ability to participate in a broader range of recreational activities and environments.
Saturday, May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18
Honor Flight flies WWII and Korean War Veterans from their home state to DC at no cost to the veterans to see the WWII Memorial built in their honor. They also visit Arlington National Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iowa Jima Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. We are asking area students to join us at Dulles Airport to greet the Veterans as they arrive and help let them know that their service to our country is appreciated and has not been forgotten, even to the youngest generation. Anyone that would like to attend, should visit the website. (http://honorflightdca.com/)
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Sat. & Sun, May 21 and 22, 10am-5pm
Volunteers are needed to assist behind-the-scenes at the Autumn 18th C. Market Fair, with help in the foodservice prep area and trash collection; and working the booths in 18th C. clothing (Has a five hour, behind-the-scenes prerequisite.) The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run NP is the only privately operated park in the National Park system, and we rely heavily on volunteers to help carry out the Farms mission to educate the public about American agriculture through active participation and involvement in an 18th century, low-income family farm, and related programs. Contact Heather Bodin at email@example.com for information and scheduling.
Yellow Ribbons United-3rd Annual Playfield in the Park
West Potomac Park, West Basin Dr. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Saturday, May 28
Volunteers are needed from 8am-12pm or 11:30am-3pm to assist with this event. The event invites 600 children and teens from around the country who have lost a parent to military service and their active duty service-member grief counselors for a day of fun and distraction. Playfield in the Park is loaded with sports activities with athletes, picnic lunches with their grief counselors, and other fun, playful experiences. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfax Govt Center
Our volunteers work all over the festival in various roles to help support the festival staff, leadership team supervisors, attendees and artists to ensure everyone has an amazing experience. As a volunteer, you could be assisting with ticket sales, greeting attendees, creating kids crafts, supervising lines at the Silent Disco and much more. You can select where and when you would like to volunteer! For more information, visit https://2016celebfairfax.my-trs.com/
KEEN Sports Kids Session 2
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 12:45 - 2:45 p.m
Key Center School, 6404 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150 Enter through Door #9
Athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. Individual activities are tailored solely to the needs of the athlete: they may throw a basketball, kick a soccer ball, or walk around the outdoor track. Athletes and volunteers literally go out dancing: the Hokey Pokey for the younger kids and the Macarena for the teens and young adults. Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time. For more information, please contact Sophia Venero @ 301-461-3086 or at email@example.com
TOPSoccer is looking for volunteers to assist with their program. TOPSoccer stands for The Outreach Program for soccer and it is a community-based training and team placement program for youth of all ages with disabilities. As one of the first clubs in Virginia to offer TOPSoccer, MYS is proud to encourage youth players of all ages with special needs to learn the game of soccer. The MYS TOPSoccer program meets on Saturdays or Sundays during the Fall and Spring seasons and is organized and run by volunteer parents and youth players in MYS.To register for this program at www.mcleansoccer.org and follow all standard registration instructions and choose TOPSoccer when you register on line or by mail.For information about the MYS TOPSoccer program, please email Leonard Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-399-4161.
Fairfax County Stewardship – Invasive Management Area
The Invasive Management Area (IMA) Volunteer Program is a community-based project designed to reduce invasive plants on our parklands. This unique, volunteer-led program gives residents an opportunity to connect with people while taking care of the natural resources around us. IMA enables community members to help protect the plants and wildlife of Fairfax County's forests while spending time outdoors, meeting new people and restoring natural habitats.
Casey Trees is committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital for the long term. Casey Trees and our volunteers believe in the value of trees. We invest time and effort to create what we envision for the future — a healthy tree canopy in the nation’s capital. Volunteers provide muscle, skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for tree plantings; advocacy for the urban tree canopy; and education to fellow citizens about the benefits of trees. Volunteer activities include tree planting, tree care and tree identifying. Learn more at http://caseytrees.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Life Me Up!
9700 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
Volunteers are needed to assist with grooming and tacking horses for therapeutic riding lessons and also with horse leading and side-walking during the lessons. While horse experience is an asset, it is not required. On-the-job training is provided. The volunteer application can be downloaded and printed from www.liftmeup.org. Please go to the "Volunteer Page" and print out the PDF file marked Application.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles
Available at LHS during Activity Periods
Ryan’s Case for Smiles is one of the few volunteer organizations solely dedicated to helping sick children cope with the stress of their illnesses and injuries. We do this by providing children with unique pillowcases that give them an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. While seemingly simple, a pillowcase provides seven proven stress relievers that enhance the emotional well-being of the children and their families. And, with improved emotional well being, the children are more likely to regain their health faster. Visit http://caseforsmiles.org for more information.
Columbia Baptist Church Food Pantry
3245 Glen Carlyn Rd., Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041
The pantry is open every Saturday and looking for volunteers to serve in the pantry 9-12pm (you don’t have to stay the whole time) to weigh, shelve and pack food and serve families who come for assistance. In addition, the pantry needs volunteers Friday afternoons/evenings to pre-pack bags of food for the Saturday morning distribution. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, contact BetsyPankey@aol.com or visit http://www.columbiabaptist.org/foodpantry. Students under 18 will need to bring a permission/emergency care form if they want to volunteer without a parent or guardian: http://www.columbiabaptist.org/uploads/Youth_permission_form_Pantry.pdf
Vinson Hall Retirement Community is a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community supported by Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation here in McLean. Volunteers are needed to assist residents with varying tasks including, moving boxes or organizing shelves that are out of reach or teaching basic computer operations to residents wishing to learn. Volunteers are also needed to care for the beautiful gardens, trees, plants, and flowers that surround Vinson Hall Retirement Community. For more information visit
Wild Plant Nursery
Volunteers are needed to help run the Wild Plant Nursery, which is this region’s largest local-ecotype native-plant propagation program. On field sites, volunteers help restore degraded forest and meadow, replant stream buffers, and, increasingly, help collect field information. For more information, visit http://www.earthsangha.org/act/vol.html
Cornerstones (formerly known as Reston Interfaith, Inc.)
11484 Washington Plaza West, #120,Reston, VA 20190
With more and more people experiencing economic and social stress, our volunteers make it possible to meet the needs of families and individuals every step of the way. From serving food at the shelter to tutoring students. For more information, visit http://www.cornerstonesva.org/volunteer/
Volunteers are needed for meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in our community. Some examples of current volunteer needs are musicians, art class leaders, bingo callers, and social visitors. For more information go to email@example.com.
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 50037 Arlington, VA 22205 Phone: (703) 295-DOGS at area Petsmart locations.
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation is looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to help with our weekend adoption events at various pet supply stores in the DC Metro Area. These events occur on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, exact dates and times can be found on our website at www.lostdogrescue.org under Adoptions & Events. Duties include walking dogs in and outside of the store (or just sitting too), giving basic information about the dogs to interested customers, and giving information on LDCRF adoption procedures to such people. Minimum age of 14, with 14-16 yr olds requiring parental/guardian supervision at all times during the adoption events.