Volunteer Opportunities for All Ages

In partnership with Volunteer Opportunities in NOVA, below are a variety of volunteering opportunities:

Are you (or someone you know) interested in forest ecology and ecological restoration? Do you like working independently in a forested setting? Frying Pan Farm Park is looking to fill four volunteer positions (ages 16 and up) for their forest restoration project, including:

1. Team Leader
2. Fence Monitor
3. Species Observer
4. Monthly Photographer

These positions report to the Forest Restoration Manager. Each one works one four-hour shift per month; you can work in more than one role if you like. These are all volunteer, non-paid assignments. Learn more about each opportunity here, and about the background of this project here.

Whitehall Farm is looking for volunteers! Do you love being in the outdoors? Do you want to grow sustainable and local food? Would you like to help to support a local farm? Let them know how you would like to contribute to our dream of creating a working and educational farm in Fairfax County…more

Now that parks are beginning to open up, and volunteers will soon be needed, click here (scroll to bottom) and sign-up to volunteer at Beaver Dam Reservoir (or any NOVA Park!)…more

The Vienna Oktoberfest, on October 5, 2019, is seeking volunteers. This annual festival boasts live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, arts & crafts, and even a German car show…more

Do you like animals? Become a teen volunteer with Loudoun’s Department of Animal Services…more

On the National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11, 2019, the AARP Foundation is leading a Celebration of Service. Join them to pack 1 million meals for hungry seniors…more

Designed especially for preschool and elementary-aged children and their families, the annual Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest on October 5-6, 2019, is looking for volunteers…more

Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers for their upcoming event, the 15th Annual Manassas Jazz Festival on June 15, 2019more

Alexandria’s Earth Day, on April 27, 2019, cannot take place without the help of volunteers! There are a wide variety of opportunities available throughout the day…more

Springfest is Fairfax County’s premier Earth Day festival held on April 27, 2019, at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA. The theme of this year’s event is “Healthy Planet-Healthy People” and will offer workshops, vendors, and activities to help improve our community’s health and environment. This day-long event attracts nearly 5,000 from across Fairfax County and volunteers are needed to make it a success…more

The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — the Maker Faire — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, is back on June 2, 2019! Celebrating the “Maker Movement,” the annual NoVa Maker Faire allows engineers, artists, scientists, and crafters to showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects! Plus, there will be tons of hands-on opportunities and chances to get up close and personal with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math)…more

Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers for shoreline cleanup on January 19, 2019. Join a park ranger on monthly shoreline cleanups to pick up trash and driftwood…more

Date Nights, hosted every Saturday in February at Community Church in Ashburn, VA is in need of volunteers. It takes over 300 volunteers to run Date Nights successfully. Please sign up to help for one night or multiple nights…more

If you’re looking for some post-holiday volunteer opportunities, the Capital Area Food Bank always has a need for that who would like to give their time. Check out their daily calendar highlighting open shifts for volunteers as young as 12…more

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will start recruiting for volunteer opportunities, including Ushers, on December 28, 2018more

Winter is here, but maintaining Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority parks is still a top priority! Assist with several trail clean-up projects, invasive plant removal, and other projects as needed on January 12, 2019more

Santa needs some helpers at the Starlight Express hosted at Lake Fairfax Park on December 7-8 and December 14-15, 2018more

Bring the comfort and warmth of home-cooked meals to Northern Virginia Family Service’ SERVE Family Shelter this Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018, to their 92 residents…more

Fairfax County Public Schools offers several ways for people in the community to get involved, including Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Volunteers, Business and Community Partnerships, Citizen Advisory Committees, and more. Plus, at the link, check out the ways for students and family members can volunteer, to…more

It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to pull off the Marine Corps Marathon! Learn more about volunteering for this 43rd annual race, including the Marine Corps Marathon/MCM10K/Kids Run, Turkey Trot, and Medal of Honor 8K…more

Volunteers are needed for the 14th Annual Merrifield Fall Festival on September 15, 2018! Hosted at one of Fairfax County’s favorite retail destinations, the Mosaic District, families are invited to enjoy food, crafts by local artists, live music and entertainment…more

Volunteers are needed for downtown Herndon’s Family Fitness & Fun Fest on September 15, 2018. This special event boasts a full line-up of fitness class demonstrations, group cycling, and martial arts running all morning, a live DJ, and at the center of it all, an inflatable obstacle course…more

Volunteers are needed to support Paws for a Cause, a walk in Fairfax City on October 7, 2018, that benefits Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc. FPOW is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing pet visitation to residents of nursing homes and hospitals…more

The Co-op Festival, hosted by the National Cooperative Business Association is the weekend of October 6-7, 2018! This unique event, hosted on the grounds of the National Mall, is an unprecedented opportunity to amplify the economic impact, diversity, and sustainability of a business model 70 percent of consumers say they already trust! They are currently seeking volunteers…more

If you’re a planner, you’ll love this opportunity — the Nation’s Escape Tri, on September 9, 2018, is seeking volunteers. This annual event, now in its 13th year includes a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, a 40k bike course through DC, and a 10k run through Washington, DC’s historical landmarks. Volunteer today…more

Volunteers are needed on July 4, 2018, to be a part of Historic Manassas’ July 4th Celebrate America Festival…more

Leesylvania State Park has a high volume of people on the weekends who leave their beautiful park needing some care. They have many different opportunities to choose from so, on July 2, 2018, scrounge up your work clothes, boots, water bottle, and your friends…more

Is your FCPS high school student looking for a summer service opportunity or to give back to the community by getting kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? Many local elementary and middle schools run summer STEM programs in July, and are looking for volunteers to serve as STEMbassadors to help facilitate program activities…more

Historic Constitution Avenue and the Monuments in Washington, DC, from the setting for America’s biggest and best Independence Day Parade. Nowhere is there greater excitement on America’s birthday than in our nation’s capital! Learn more about becoming a volunteer on July 4, 2018more

The Herndon Festival still needs volunteers for the Hands-On Art area of the Festival June 2-3, 2018. There are plenty of hands-on opportunities to guide children through this year’s theme “Under the Sea with Arts Herndon and Me”…more

Did you know Mason Neck State Park boasts a large population of bald eagles? Enjoy your day as a volunteer at the Park’s Eagle Festival on May 12, 2018. Learn more.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, features participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. This free Festival takes place for two weeks every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday: June 27-July 8, 2018. It is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. Volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival and work closely with the Festival staff and participants. Volunteers contribute to a variety of duties, which include conducting surveys, assisting stage managers, audiovisual documentation of performances, and general administrative and production support. Learn more.

Volunteers are needed on various dates around Memorial Day, May 27-June 2, 2018, at Arlington National Cemetery to assist with the distribution, placement, and clean-up of flowers on grave sites. Learn more.

Volunteer with Arlington County summer camps! The summer camp volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity for teens who want to have fun while contributing to their community. Volunteers assist the camp staff in all the fun and exciting activities campers enjoy, including field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, games and more. Learn more.

Be a farmer for Earth Day! On April 22, 2018, how your appreciation for our planet by helping out on the farm, learning about sustainable agriculture, having fun, and getting a little dirty at the same time. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity at Whitehall Farm in Fairfax County.

Volunteers are needed to help at SpringFest on April 21, 2018. In addition to more than 75 vendors, exhibitors, and food trucks, there will be plenty of educational opportunities for children and families. From a run through an environmental obstacle course to the chance to consult with master gardeners — there is something for everyone! Learn more.

On April 21, 2018, volunteers are invited to give their time to clean up parks and streams, including trash removal, invasive plant removal, mulching, and more in Herndon, VA. Then, enjoy a hot dog after a successful morning! Learn more.

Herndon Community Television will be celebrating National Volunteer Week with an open house on April 21, 2018, from 2-5 pm. Anyone who wants to learn more about Herndon Community Television or is interested in volunteering is encouraged to stop by. Learn more.

On May 19, 2018, Rust Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair featuring local volunteer organizations from the community to discuss their organization and volunteer opportunities they offer. Learn more.

Nottoway Park is seeking volunteers for its annual Easter egg hunt on March 31, 2018. Tasks may include check-in assistants, ticket takers, egg hunt helpers, and more. Learn more.

Reston Community Players, who perform at The CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, is seeking ushers. Not only a great way to support community theatre, but also a great way to see a show for free! Their upcoming show includes Peter and the Starcatcher performed on select days January 19-February 3, 2018. Learn more.

Established in 1993, the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards serve as a community-wide celebration of volunteerism. The Awards honor individuals, groups, and organizations that have given outstanding volunteer service through a broad range of activities and programs. Learn about eligibility guidelines here; submit a nomination here. Nominations for the 2018 Service Awards are now open and will close on February 1, 2018, at 5 pm.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo is the largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)! This free festival, on April 7-8, 2018, will boast over 3,000 hands-on activities! Click here to learn more about volunteering.

The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — the Maker Faire — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, is back on March 18, 2018! Celebrating the “Maker Movement,” the annual NoVa Maker Faire allows engineers, artists, scientists, and crafters to showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects! Plus, there will be tons of hands-on opportunities and chances to get up close and personal with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Click here to learn more about volunteering.

If you love science and want to gain valuable experience in a museum setting, apply to become a Maryland Science Center (MSC) youth volunteer! MSC offers several different opportunities to youth volunteers and interns. These programs allow teens, age 14-17, to gain new skills and explore potential career paths, while contributing to the Science Center’s mission to provide the best of informal, hands-on STEM education. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy, and magic to hospitalized kids through uplifting, handmade cards. Cards are distributed for all major holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter/Happy Spring, and more. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Did you know Fairfax County has a comprehensive website dedicated to one-time and on-going volunteering opportunities in the county? You can search by district, who you want to serve, or by what your interests and talents are. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Christmas Village is a walk-through seasonal attraction complete with family-friendly rides, live entertainment, and so much more! This unique event, hosted December 10-16, 2017, is free to the community and even includes a special sensory-sensitive time. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Loudoun Coupons For Hope is seeking volunteers for their Stocking Stuffing Night on December 5, 2017. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is seeking volunteers for their Monster Drawing Rally on December 2, 2017. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

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