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Community Engagement Opportunities
Thank you for exploring this page and supporting our local Fredericksburg community and others during this difficult time. Here you will find ways to support local nonprofits, support local businesses, support healthcare workers, and engage in virtual volunteering. You can choose from the following options:
- Virtual volunteering
- Socially-distanced, outdoor opportunities
- Help respond to the pandemic by getting people vaccinated
- Supporting our Fredericksburg community
- Medical and pre-health programs
- Psychology Students: Volunteer Opportunities
Supporting our Fredericksburg Community
Many nonprofit organizations in Fredericksburg are struggling as they continue to provide their services with reduced help from volunteers due to social distancing. The Center for Community Engagement has reached out to our community partners to gather information about their needs. A few opportunities for engagement are provided here:
- Angels on Wheels: Angels on Wheels is a local charity that helps Veterans, seniors, individuals with disabilities, single parents, low-and no-income families, students and those quarantined by COVID-19. The Angels are in need of people who can deliver groceries and other supplies to families in need in the greater Fredericksburg area. Must provide your own transportation. Volunteers are also needed for administrative work. This work can be performed virtually. You can specify which days of the week and which times of day you are available to volunteer. To sign up, fill out this volunteer form. You will also be asked to fill out a detailed volunteer application. Contact Dianna Franklin, Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-735-7887 with any questions.
- Volunteer at a Nature Center: Calling nature enthusiasts of all ages! Volunteers are needed to staff the Motts Run Nature Center on weekends from April to October. A fifteen-hour commitment is requested for the season. Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation will teach you everything you need to know! Call or email Callie Brown to register: 540-372-1086 x213, email@example.com. Orientation for new volunteers will be on Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Motts Run Nature Center.
Working with Youth:
- In-Person Tutoring with Fredericksburg City Public Schools: Several Fredericksburg public schools are seeking in-person tutors to work with students on select days during the week for a two-hour period. Available locations and times are the following:
- Lafayette Upper Elementary School: 10:00-12:00
- Walker Grant Middle School: 9:30-11:30
- James Monroe High School: 8:30-1:00
- Volunteers work under the direction of staff from Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS) and assist youth while they complete homework or coursework on computers. You will be required to be masked and stay 6 feet distance away from the student. You must provide your own transportation to the volunteer site. They are asking students to commit to going every week at a designated day and time, and working for at least a two-hour shift. They also request that you commit to volunteering for the whole semester. Fill out this form to apply to this program. Before you volunteer, you will also need to fill out an application form.
- Residential Services Coordinator: The National Housing Trust runs an after-school and tutoring program at Hazel Hill in Fredericksburg. They have a paid position open for a Residential Services Coordinator who can help provide programming for local residents. More information can be found in this job description (PDF). To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Online Tutoring with Better Tomorrows: Better Tomorrows is an afterschool program serving the Garrison Woods low-income housing complex in Stafford County. The Better Tomorrows afterschool program is geared towards elementary students. They are looking for online tutors who will help with reading, writing, and math. They also have a STEM program and work with youth and experiment boxes. An application (with two references) and a background check (free of charge) is required. Fill out this form to be sent the application information. In-person opportunities are also available for students who can drive to north Stafford.
- Mentoring Germanna Community College Students. Germanna is offering two mentoring programs:
- Great Expectations: Be a mentor for individuals who are current or former foster youth (currently or formerly in foster care) who are also Germanna students. Mentors meet with their mentee over Zoom (“face time”) and also communicate over email and text. Weekly meetings and conversations with mentees are encouraged. Volunteer mentors receive training, a free background check, and an ACES training. An application is required. After completing the application and a brief interview, mentors may be asked to provide information (Word doc) for a free background check. More information about the Great Expectations program is on their website.
- Gladys P. Todd Academy: Be a mentor for high school students who are getting their Associate’s Degree at Germanna Community College. Mentors meet with their mentee over Zoom (“face time”) and also communicate over email and text. Weekly meetings and conversations with mentees are encouraged. Volunteer mentors receive training, a free background check, and an ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) training. An application is required. After completing the application and a brief interview, mentors may be asked to provide information (Word doc) for a free background check. More information about the Gladys P. Todd program is on their website.
- Online Tutoring with Stafford Junction: Stafford Junction is looking for students to help with online tutoring. Contact Rachael Feldman at email@example.com to sign up. Students will be asked to fill out a volunteer application, go through a free background check, and attend an online orientation. UMW students will be asked to work in teams of two to provide online, Zoom-based tutoring with area students. Bi-weekly reflection exercises are included in volunteer time.
- Online Financial Education with Hope House: Loisann’s Hope House serves families transitioning out of homelessness. Hope House has requested volunteers to help provide online budgeting and financial education classes. If interested, please sign up using this form.
- Online Tutoring: The Knowledge Exchange, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving Fredericksburg, is looking for volunteers to help them provide tutoring services and work with area youth. Visit their webpage to learn more.
- Virtual Story Time: The Rappahannock United Way has a volunteering website that lists several opportunities in the Fredericksburg region that allow for social distancing.
- Story Time: Readers are needed for a virtual story time.
Working with the Elderly:
- VICAP (Medicare) Counselor Volunteers: Healthy Generations Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging is seeking a volunteer candidate to become a part of the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program. VICAP offers free, unbiased individualized counseling, community outreach, and public education about Medicare and other related health insurance topics. Volunteers for this position must have strong communication skills, be able to work independently with limited direction and supervision, be responsible and dependable to complete assigned tasks promptly, able to report and input requested data on a daily basis. Volunteers receive extensive training on Medicare, Medicaid and related insurance topics, including Long-Term Care. We seek volunteers who are free primarily during business hours, occasional evenings and weekends. Bilingual volunteers are also appreciated. Fill out this form if you are interested.
- Senior Visitors Program: Mental Health America Fredericksburg (MHAF) is looking for students to provide social connection for seniors by connecting over phone or computer, sending notes/cards, or dropping off items to their senior on the doorstep. To become a volunteer, students can fill out an application which is available on the MHAF website. Students do need to complete a volunteer training (they hope to have the next volunteer training in March). MHAF prefers volunteers to make a 6-month commitment to the program. Students can take a break between semesters or over the summer and then return to volunteering, or can stay in touch over the summer with phone calls and notes. For more information about volunteering for the Senior Visitors Program, please contact the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Fredericksburg Food Bank is providing socially-distanced in-person volunteering opportunities. Visit their webpage to explore your options and sign up. You must provide your own transportation to the volunteer site.
- Eagle Resource Closet: The Eagle Resource Closet is looking for volunteers to help them manage donations, respond to requests for resources, and spread the word about their services. The Eagle Resource Closet has a goal to eliminate food insecurity within the UMW community. Volunteers may come to help organize, collect and take inventory of supplies, as well as help with the numerous projects that go on during the school semester. Email email@example.com to volunteer with the Eagle Resource Closet.
Marketing, Social Media, and Administrative:
- Downtown Greens, a Fredericksburg urban garden, has internships and volunteering opportunities available:
- Marketing Intern: Assist with social media.
- Administrative Intern: Work with staff on projects.
- Grant Writing Intern: Learn about grant writing.
- Product Management Intern: Track and manage sales and inventory of Downtown Greens merchandise and garden-related products.
- Volunteer Tax Prep: Help people prepare their taxes with the local United Way. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be mostly virtual this year. To volunteer, you need to complete a 15-hour online training (videos) and take an online certification test. Then you would sign up to work shifts via the United Way’s online volunteer system. Currently, all tax prep appointments are online. However, there is an opportunity for low contact in-person tax prep later in the semester. If you are interested, fill out this form and you will receive an email with more information. A Volunteer Tax Preparer will conduct client interviews, help clients complete accurate tax returns, and distribute client surveys. Volunteer Tax Preparers must be comfortable speaking with people, reviewing tax documents for information, and using a computer based tax software to help clients complete tax returns. Volunteer Tax Preparers may be asked to help with reviewing tax returns that have been completed by other volunteer Tax Preparers prior to filing (Quality Reviews).
- Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA) is looking for volunteers to help create social media content including writing posts, translating information into Spanish, helping write Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and similar tasks. Volunteers should fill out a volunteer application form, and may have to complete a training program and a free background check. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical and Pre-Health Programs
- Eagles Care Ambassadors: UMW is recruiting students to serve as Eagles Care Ambassadors. Work with your fellow students to create a campus culture of caring through peer to peer support and education in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Fill out this form to apply.
- Virginia Medical Reserve Corps: The State of Virginia is recruiting individuals for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). You do not need a medical background to volunteer in the Medical Reserve Corps. Volunteers in the Medical Reserve Corps may be asked to help with client check-in at a vaccination site, work with citizens on the phone to get them registered for vaccinations, or perform clerical support tasks. To register for the Medical Reserve Corps, follow these directions:
1. Register as a new volunteer on the website. Choose “Rappahannock” as your region if you plan to volunteer in the Fredericksburg area.
2. Once you register, you will need to fill out a volunteer profile in its entirety (it takes about 20 mins), and allow them to carry out a state background check. They will be in touch with volunteer opportunities.
- UMW Red Cross Club: UMW Red Cross club is looking for volunteers to help with Blood Drives and other volunteer activities. Visit MyUMW or email them at email@example.com.
- They have Blood Drives coming up on Wednesday, February 24th, Monday, March 29th, and Monday, April 12th, 2021 and will need volunteers to help with check-in and working at the hospitality table.
Looking for ways to be involved from your own home? Here are some ideas to explore! The lists below are organized by category. If you would like to explore on your own, visit this page.
Help international students learn English:
- ENGin: ENGin is looking for volunteers to serve as speaking buddies for international students. This is a flexible and unique opportunity to make a difference without leaving your room. Here’s how it works: they pair you up with a Ukrainian student to video chat each week at times that are convenient for you. They match students and volunteers based on age, gender preference, and schedules. All of the students have some knowledge of English and you will be provided with training and suggested session activities. Your speaking sessions can be 30-60 minutes long. To apply, please fill out this short form. They will reach out to you to schedule a 15-minute video call to provide more details about volunteering with ENGin and answer any questions. You can learn more about ENGin at www.enginprogram.org.
Help make knowledge accessible by transcribing for:
Share your experience and become a mentor with:
Speak a second language? Try translating for:
Support your broader communities:
- Reach out to isolated elders: Family Eldercare Inc
- Work with LGBTQ youth: The Trevor Project
- Help conduct mock job interviews: Hire Heroes USA
- Become a crisis counselor: Crisis Text Line
- Online tutoring opportunities
- UN Online Volunteering
- Red Cross Digital Volunteering
- Amnesty Decoders
- National Park Service (U.S.)
- National & Community Service
Note: The UMW Center for Community Engagement does not endorse any of these programs. If you encounter problems with any of these programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.