Service Learning Opportunities

Click here for Service Learning Application
For additional information: http://www.fcps.edu/is/servicelearning/
 

Langley High School is committed to promoting service within our community. Participation with service organizations has been proven to reduce stress, create a sense of community, foster relationships, and promote self-esteem and a sense of pride by contributing a meaningful impact on someone or something beyond yourself. Accordingly, each student is encouraged to engage in at least 40 hours of service during his/her high school career (10 hours per year); students earning 50 or more hours may be eligible for the Civic Seal.

The Fundamentals:
For additional information, including information about earning a  Service Cord or the Seal for Excellence in Civics Education (Civic  Seal), visit:  http://www.fcps.edu/is/servicelearning/
For the Seal for Excellence in civics Education (Civic Seal)  application, visit  http://www.fcps.edu/LangleyHS/assets/2013-2014/Civics%20seal%20application.pdf. Please note that individual honor societies may have their own criteria for what constitute approved service hours.

Tracking Service Hours:  You can manually track your hours utilizing   the forms found on the Service earning Application.  You can also   track your service hours on your Family Connections page through x2VOL.  Instructions for tracking service hours can be found at  www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCOb0qgP030&list=UUMLStAE0WgWgM-i5Lq5zvAw

Saxon Service
In an effort to connect students with organizations so that they engage in on-going support of an organization and not just “one-off” volunteering opportunities, LHS schedules a monthly Activity Day held during the intervention period of the school day.  This year, students have volunteered their time and talents to serve the following organization:

Case for Smiles-www.caseforsmiles.org/
Cranes for Cancer-www.cranesforcancer.blogspot.com
Military Notes to Active Duty service personnel
Embry Rucker  Community  Shelter-www.cornerstonesva.org/services/food-financial-or-urgent-assis tance/emergency-shelter/ Ø  Arlington Animal Welfare
League-https://www.awla.org Ø  Village of Hope School,  Haiti - http://villageofhopehaiti.org
Healing Classrooms-Students Rebuild- http://studentsrebuild.org/find-challenge/syria-challenge/about-challenge

LHS Service Fair: In addition, as an annual kick off to their commitment to service, LHS hosted a Service Fair on Friday, September 25, 2015 introducing eleven service organizations LHS volunteers. The attending organizations were:
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 Ø  Children’s Science Center -
www.childsci.org Ø  Claude Moore Colonial Farm- www.1771.org Ø  SHARE
of McLean -www.shareofmclean.org Volunteer Solutions-
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm
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

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

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 keengrdc.sophia@gmail.com

MYS-TopSoccer
Spring 2016
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 lbrown@medicalanddentalspace.com 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.
Opportunities: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resource-management/ima/ima-calendar.htm

Casey Trees
Washington, D.C.
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
Fridays/Saturdays
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[1].pdf

Vinson Hall
McLean, VA
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
http://www.vinsonhall.org/who-we-are/volunteer-program

Earth Sangha
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/

Volunteer Solutions
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 www.volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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.


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