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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
- Supporting our Fredericksburg community
- Medical and pre-health programs
- Civic engagement
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:
- 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.
Working with Youth:
- 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 virtual (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. They will start the tutoring program in mid-October. Fill out this form to be sent the application information.
- Stafford Junction is looking for students to help with online tutoring this fall. Fill out this form to sign up to volunteer. 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.
- Loisann’s Hope House serves families transitioning out of homelessness. Hope House has requested volunteers to help with in-person, socially-distant outdoor visits with youth (masks required) and possible tutoring. If interested in any of this, please sign up using this form.
- Mentoring Germanna Community College Students – Germanna is offering two mentoring programs:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Marketing, Social Media, and Administrative:
- Downtown Greens, a Fredericksburg urban garden, has two remote volunteering opportunities:
- 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.
- The Refugee Resettlement program of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington is looking for volunteers to help with Employment and Resume Assistance.
- The Fredericksburg SPCA is asking for letters of support to be sent to shelter workers. You can write a note or card to the staff thanking them for caring for the animals. Send notes to: SPCA c/o Allie Names, 10819 Courthouse Rd. Fredericksburg VA 22408.
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). To register for the Medical Reserve Corps, follow these directions:
1. Register as a new volunteer on the VVHS website: https://vvhs.vamrc.org/
2. Once you register, you will need to fill out a volunteer profile in its entirety, allowing them to carry out a state background check.
3. Attend/View an online orientation, found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/orientation/ (a secret code is shared during these presentations which will then be sent back to the coordinator, confirming attendance).
- 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 October 1 and November 9, and need volunteers to help with check-in and working at the hospitality table.
- Donate to Local Hospitals: Mary Washington Healthcare is accepting some forms of donations.
Help Register UMW Students to Vote: Help register student voters and celebrate National Voter Registration Day and Vote Early Day. Fill out this form to receive more information.
Work at the Polls: The Virginia Department of Elections is recruiting election officers to work at polling locations across the Commonwealth. Election Officers are always in demand, but their service is needed even more now as the election process faces unprecedented challenges. Complete this form if you would like to receive more information about working at the polls.
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 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