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Volunteering Opportunities for Children

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Not only does volunteering teach leadership skills to children, but it fosters empathy and a sense of self-efficacy, too.

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Delivering some sweetness to children in Northern Virginia, Cake4Kids is always looking for volunteer bakers to join their ever-growing team! This Fairfax County-based agency serves children and youth (ages 1-24) who are in foster care, group homes, homeless shelters, substance abuse shelters, and other various agencies that support at-risk youth. By delivering sweets to youth in difficult circumstances, Cake4Kids is able to deliver a smile and a gesture of kindness to children on their birthday.

Ready to bake? Cake4Kids currently asks the following of their volunteers:

• You must be a good baker with reasonable decorating skills. If you’re not quite sure you can fit the bill, check out the Cake4Kids Photo Gallery for past treats.
• You must be 18-years of age (or 16-18 and volunteer as a parent-teen team).
• You must be able to deliver the treat to the Fairfax County agency during office hours Monday through Friday.
• You must attend an in-person volunteer orientation session.

Updated June 2019

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GIVE Youth
Created by high-schoolers, GIVE Youth is a nonprofit organization that offers free tutoring for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade! Volunteers are always needed to tutor and fulfill obligations in various Northern Virginia locations. To volunteer, GIVE tutors must be in 8th- through 12th-grade.
Updated June 2019

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Volunteer at StageCoach Theatre Company
There’s no business like show business and StageCoach Theatre Company is a great place for teens to sing, dance, perform, and yes, even volunteer! Children 13-years-old can volunteer as ushers with this Ashburn-based company and perform duties like handing out show programs, popping popcorn, and more! Please contact StageCoach Theatre Company for more information. Updated Feb 11, 2019

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Volunteer at Hopkins House
Hopkins House, a nonprofit, community-based learning center for children and families has many opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of children, teens, and adults! Opportunities are available for children of at least 14-years of age and include reading with preschoolers, tutoring, cleaning, planting, and more! Updated Jan 20, 2019

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Volunteer at Loudoun County Public Libraries
Loudoun County Public Libraries are bursting with both books and plenty of opportunities to get involved with them!

Volunteers are always needed to help with tasks like book shelving, material sorting, and more. Children as young as 12-years-old can partake in this opportunity, and most of the system’s libraries have a volunteer program. Learn more about these opportunities and fill out an application online. Updated Jan 14, 2019

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Color a Smile
Smiles are such a simple gesture that the world can absolutely use more of! Color a Smile, a nonprofit organization, is on a mission to create more smiles by sending senior citizens, overseas troops, and anyone in need of a smile a unique, handcrafted coloring page!

Anyone can help to support their mission by printing out one of their fun coloring pages, then color it, add your first name and age, and mail to those in need of a smile! Make it even more fun by getting a group together to color for a great cause. Ready to get started? Click here to learn more about the organization and print your coloring page today. Updated Jan 12, 2019

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Adapted Aquatics Assistant
This volunteer opportunity is a great way to support and encourage swimmers on their way to the Special Olympics Swim Competition!

Volunteers, under the supervision of a swim instructor, will provide assistance to swimmers of all ages for this Adapted Aquatics program. Get ready to dive in for lap swimming and all kinds of water fun! This volunteer opportunity is open to individuals as young as 15-years of age, depending on the location. Learn more here or call (703) 324-8680 if no current needs are listed. Updated Jan 11, 2019

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Capital Area Food Bank
In the Washington, DC area, 700,000 residents are at risk of hunger — that’s 16% of the region! Becuase of this need, the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) helps nearly half a million people each year get access to good, healthy food!

There are a variety of ways to help the CAFB’s mission, including volunteering in their Distribution Center (kids 12+ with an adult), Community Market, Garden (all ages with an adult), and at special events. Updated Dec 26, 2018

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Volunteer in the Parks
Fairfax County Parks knows the important impact individuals can make in their communities. Join them this year and volunteer for some of their seasonal events, develop skills, and make a difference!

Many volunteering opportunities are listed, including needs for race events and various seasonal help! The age to volunteer varies, with some opportunities available for children as young as 12 with an adult. Give your time and connect with the community! Updated Jan 3, 2019

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Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue has saved over 13,000 animal lives throughout the last ten years and they’re looking for more help to make a bigger impact!

The Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Youth Program offers kids and teens a great way to learn about rescuing and all that animal adoption entails! Plus, it’s a wonderful way to spread the word about Lucky Dog Animal Rescue’s mission! Multiple volunteer positions are available, including handling and transports (for children 7+ with an adult), office and event help (for teens 15+). Updated Jan 4, 2019

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Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
Did you know that every week the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation holds off-site adoption events at local Petsmart and PetCo stores to help them place over 2,000 rescued animals annually? This great pet rescue organization rescues homeless animals and helps to rehome them through adoption events.

While they can use adult volunteer help at the Lost Dog and Cat Ranch, teens 14 years and older (accompanied by an adult) can volunteer to help at one of the cat adoption centers. To learn more and see other ways to help click here. Updated Jan 10, 2019

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