Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ~Sherry Anderson.
And in this season of giving, why not pay it forward with one of these wonderful organizations? You might just find the kindness being returned to you someday!
Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault. 2601 Princess Anne Street, Suite 102/104, F’burg. 540-371-5581- Office. RCASA is committed to providing education, prevention, and intervention on sexual violence in our community. Hotline #: 540-371-1666. www.rcasa.org
Salvation Army Fredericksburg, VA Corps. 2012 Lafayette Blvd, F’burg. 540- 373-3431. Provides emergency assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, food and clothing as well as character development programs for children ages 5-18, including a week-long summer camp program. We also aid in local and national disasters, and through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we provide food, clothing and gifts to thousands of needy families in the region. Various opportunities available; for more info please visit http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/USS/www_uss_fredericksburg.nsf.
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. 3631 Lee Hill Dr., F’burg. 540-371-7666. In addition to providing food to the hungry in our area the food bank operates several additional programs throughout the community to include: Food-4-Kidz Weekend Feeding Program, the Community Garden, Club Kids Program and more. All of these programs are in need of volunteers. http://www.fredfood.org
Rappahannock United Way. Volunteer Coordinator, Shelby Beck, will match your interests with volunteer opportunities available in our community. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 373-0041 ext. 314. www.rappahannockunitedway.org/volunteer.html
Thurman Brisben Center. 471 Central Rd., F’burg. 540-899-9853. A shelter for the homeless and a safety net for individuals and families experiencing a crisis. Provides assistance with finding proper employment, education, addressing medical concerns, budgeting, and finding suitable housing. Several volunteer opportunities available to include working with children, ground maintenance, and meal volunteers. http://www.brisbencenter.org
Mary Washington Healthcare. 540-741-1440. Mary Washington Hospital offers several volunteer opportunities: Mary Washington Auxiliary and Red Cross Volunteers, and Junior Summer Volunteer Program. Volunteer services range from patient support to fundraising, to working in the hospital gift shop, as well as community outreach. The Jr. Summer Volunteer Program is geared for high school students ages 14-17, and provides opportunities to learn about healthcare careers. www.marywashingtonhealthcare.com/volunteers.
Stafford Hospital. 101 Hospital Center Blvd. 540-741-9043. See Mary Washington Healthcare for description and website.
School Dressing Days. Bragg Hill Family Life Center. 540- 220-7161 or 540- 785-2682. An annual opportunity providing back-to-school clothes, school supplies, and toiletries for children in need.
Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence. Volunteers provide critical support as advocates to victims of domestic violence as well as providing services. Opportunities include hotline, court advocate, support groups, babysitting, book groups, fundraising and more. Email email@example.com for more info. http://www.rcdv.com/
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Volunteers can choose from over 30 different roles, ranging from clinical areas to office settings. Opportunities are available for individuals who are at least 14 years old. For more info call Rob Toonkel, Guest Services Leader, at 540-498-4142. http://www.spotsrmc.com/
National Museum of the Marine Corps. 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle. Volunteers need not have served in the Marines or have any ties to the military. The chief requirements are an interest in Marine Corps history and plenty of energy. Opportunities include working in the Visitor Center or as a Docent. For more info contact Michele Flynn at 703-296-8446 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.usmcmuseum.com/Involved_volunteer.asp
Senior Visitors Program. 2217 Princess Anne St., Ste 219, F’burg. 540-371-2704. This is a supportive service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg that promotes independence, dignity and healthy living for older adults in their own home environment. The program matches isolated homebound seniors with trained volunteers who provide a friendly visit on a weekly basis. For more info email email@example.com. http://www.mhafred.org/senior_visitors_files/index.html
S.E.R.V.E. Inc of Stafford. For more info call 540-288-9603 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer opportunities include working in the Resource Center, budgeting counseling program, intake desk, food pantry and more. http://serve-helps.org/ucanhelp.htm
Hospice Support Care of Fredericksburg. 1701 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 109, F’burg. 540-361-7071. The opportunities for involvement are as numerous. Some volunteers prefer to do event planning or office work, some want to be “in the trenches” with the patients. For more info email: email@example.com . http://www.hospicesupportcare.org/volunteer.html
American Red Cross. 4836 Southpointe Pkwy, F’burg. 540-735-0500. Whatever you enjoy doing, whether it is organizing a blood drive, registering donors, serving refreshments, distributing posters or making phone calls, help is needed. Call 804.343.2096 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. http://www.virginiacapitalredcross.org/index.php?pr=Volunteer
Bragg Hill Family Life Center. 400 Bragg Hill Dr., F’burg. 540-371-1677. The mission at BHFLC is to provide support to local citizens with an emphasis on the development of the community’s “at risk” youth. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at BHFLC to meet anyone’s interests and availability. Currently we are looking for volunteers in the following programs: After School Program (September-May): Homework help needed as well as kitchen help; Conversational English Classes (Ongoing); Help with instruction or child care; Summer Camp (July); and Assist with camp activities. http://www.bragghillflc.org/volunteer.htm
Toys for Tots Foundation-Quantico. The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation relies on local volunteers in several areas, including: Assisting in the transportation and storage of toys; assisting in our local warehouse; assisting with meals and much more. Toys For Tots will be in operation from October 1st-December 22nd. Serves several areas to include Stafford and Spotsy. For more info visit: http://quantico-va.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-volunteer-form.asp
Fredericksburg SPCA. 10819 Courthouse Rd., F’burg. 540-898-1500. No-kill humane care center. Accepts volunteers 16 yrs and older. Many opportunities available to include: Greeter; special events; grounds maintenance; admin duties; dog/cat enrichment specialists; fundraising and more. http://www.fburgspca.org/Volunteer.htm
Micah Ecumenical Ministries. 1013 Princess Anne St., F’burg. 540-479-4116. Invites all individuals, groups and churches to participate in its efforts to serve Fredericksburg’s neighbors in need. From a few hours or a single day each week, volunteers are needed in several areas to help some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. Be a host with our Hospitality Center, sign-up as a guide through the Journey Ministry or coordinate your group to sponsor a night at the cold weather shelter. http://www.dolovewalk.net.
Eagle Hill Equine Rescue. 31584 Eleys Ford Rd., F’burg. One of the largest non-profit equine rescues on the East Coast, the goal of EHER is to assist as many young horses in finding their ‘everlasting’ homes as possible. Volunteers always needed; various ages (including children) are welcome to assist in the many tasks on the horse farm; from feeding to grooming to writing thank you notes to donors.
Childhelp. 703-208-1500. Dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect, Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The local chapter is located at Lake of the Woods, however, it is not necessary to live at the lake community to join the auxiliary. Opportunities include assembling birthday baskets, reading books to children, and the Special Friends program. http://www.childhelp.org/chapters/entry/lake-of-the-woods-auxiliary/?source=lake-of-the-woods-auxiliary
Blue Star Famililes. Help to connect, support and engage military families. Email email@example.com for more info.
Habitat for Humanity. 540-891-5009. The Fredericksburg Habitat operates in the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George. Adults and teens 16 years and over may also volunteer. Various opportunities available. http://www.fredhab.org/volunteer.html
Friends of the Rappahannock. 540-373-3448. Volunteers can donate time to help us for a day at a special event, such as a river cleanup or a fundraiser, or you can sign up for longer term volunteer positions to include advocacy, restoration and more. http://www.riverfriends.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer/tabid/193/Default.aspx
Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging. 171 Warrenton Road, F’burg. 540-371-3375. RAAA serves the needs and acts on behalf of persons aged sixty and older in the City of Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Numerous volunteer positions available; email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. http://www.raaa16.org/volunteer.htm
Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents (RACCAP). 1320 Central Park Blvd.,
Ste 263/264, F’burg. 540-785-6217. RACCAP’s mission is to educate the public about positive parenting and child abuse prevention. Visit http://raccap.org/ for more info.
Rappahannock Area Teen Abstinence Program. 405 Chatham Office Square Park. F’burg. 540-372-1149. RATAP serves the community by educating teens and parents on the topics of teen sexual abstinence and other risky behaviors, healthy relationships, refusal skills, and developing life goals. http://www.imworththewait.com/
Rappahannock Goodwill Industries. 1414 Caroline Street, F’burg. 540-371-3070. Email the volunteer coordinator for more info: email@example.com. Various opportunities throughout the F’burg area exist; in particular need of assistants to teach computer lab skills. http://www.fredgoodwill.org/donate/volunteer-with-rgi .
The Lloyd F Moss Free Clinic. 1301 Sam Perry Blvd, Ste. 100, F’burg. Donation of time and services is critical in allowing us to provide quality health care to those in need. Volunteers may be licensed or not; and opportunities range from medical services to administrative duties. Volunteer orientation is scheduled regularly. Both college and high school students are welcome. For more info please call 540-741-3590. http://www.mossfreeclinic.org/
disAbility Resource Center. 409 Progress St., F’burg. 540-373-2559. The DAR’s mission is to assist people with disabilities, those who support them, and the community, through information, education, and resources. There are many opportunities available to include: Building Ramps and other minor home modifications; General office duties; Tutoring, Creating brochures/flyers and many more. http://www.cildrc.org/DRCPages/Volunteer/Volunteer.htm