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Volunteer Opportunities

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This listing of volunteer opportunities is provided for informational purposes for military members and their families and does not imply official DoD or USMC endorsement of any non-Federal volunteer opportunity. Individuals who volunteer do so at their own risk. DoD and USMC do not monitor or control and are not responsible for the listed organization.

The President's Volunteer Program Award

The President's Volunteer Program Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

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Close -Up Foundation Educational Program Panel Sessions

Close -Up Foundation Educational Program Panel Sessions

When: Tuesdays, April 25; May 9, 16, 30; June 6, 13, 20 • 2:30-3:30 pm (+ 15 mins for photo ops afterwards).
Where: Women in Military Services for America (WIMSA) Auditorium, Arlington Cemetery.
Info/Attire: Marine officer ranks, 02-04 and Enlisted ranks E5-E8. Volunteers are asked to wear Service Charlies. Serve as a panelist providing students general information regarding military services; the workings of the government and your personal experiences in the military.
Register: If interested in being a panelist and for additional information, please contact Mrs. Hattie Powell-Ray, HQMC Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication (OUSMCC) at 703-692-1528 or e-mail at hattie.powell-ray@usmc.mil.

Henderson Hall Annual Children’s Fair

Henderson Hall Annual Children’s Fair

When: Saturday, April 29 • 9 am - 3 pm.
Where: Cpl Terry L. Smith Gym, Henderson Hall, Bldg. 27.
Info/Attire: Volunteers will assist with set up, running activities for the Annual Children's Fair and break down of the event. Time can be broken down into set/event time/break down shifts if volunteers cannot volunteer for the whole day. Lots of volunteers needed, please feel free to come in a group. Civilian casual attire. You will be given a volunteer shirt at the event.
Register: For more information and to register please email efmphh@usmc-mccs.org or call 703-693-7195.

District of Columbia Special Olympics Military Day

District of Columbia Special Olympics Military Day

When: Wednesday, May 17 • 8:30 am - 2 pm.
Where: Catholic University, DuFour Athletic Center, 3600 John McCormick Street, NE Washington, DC.
Info/Attire: Volunteers are needed to: help set up tables, serve as athlete escorts, field umpires, award presenters, lane monitors, athlete staging personnel, paramedics, distribute water, and finish line personnel. Civilian attire appropriate for an outdoor event, preferably something representative of the volunteer’s branch of service.
Register: For more information please email ombmcftbhh@usmc-mccs.org.

Below are several local agencies that are in need of volunteers. Each one has multiple dates, times and projects available so you can hopefully find something that works with your schedule. Please visit their websites for specific information and to sign up. If you would like Kelly Layne (Volunteer Opportunities Program Manager) to track your hours, please bring the volunteer form (see below) with you when you volunteer and provide her a completed copy.


MCCS Henderson Hall Volunteer Form (Word Doc – 45KB)



Saloon Night at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

Armed Forces Retirement Home

Where: Scott Building, AFRH, Washington, DC
Info: Assist disabled Veterans at events such as JINGO, Saloon Night, Bowling and Happy Hour. Multiple evening and weekend opportunities. For more information please visit https://friendsofsoldiers.org/volunteer-opportunities/ or email Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers@gmail.com.
Attire: Appropriate civilian attire.

Capital Area Food Bank

Capital Area Food Bank

Where: 4900 Puerto Rico Ave NE, Washington, DC
Info: Volunteer opportunities, available on week days and weekends, in the DC or NOVA warehouse, direct distributions, gardening and at special events. To see specific dates and times, or to sign up, please visit https://capitalareafoodbank.volunteermatrix.com/.
Attire: Appropriate civilian attire.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity – Alexandria Restore (Ages 12+)

Where: 869 South Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
Info: The H4H Restore sells donated building materials to the general public to offset the cost of building homes for those in need. Volunteer opportunities include collecting and receiving donated materials, pricing and stocking items on the store floor , cleaning and organizing the store, and assisting customers in the store. Sign up for shifts on their website: http://alexandriarestore.habitatnova.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Attire: Appropriate civilian attire.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity NOVA – Construction volunteers (age 16+)

Where: Sign up with H4H for specific project locations.
Info: No construction experience necessary. To get started you must complete waiver on the website http://habitatnova.org/construction/ and sign up for volunteer distribution emails. Typical build days are Wednesday and Saturday from 8 AM – 3 PM.
Attire: Appropriate civilian attire.

Habitat for Humanity

Honor Flight Greeters and Guardians

When: Multiple dates – see full schedule at https://honorflightdca.com/schedule/
Where: DCA Regan National Airport and events on the National Mall.
Info/Attire: Active duty volunteers are need to greet Veterans upon arrival at the airport. Additional opportunities are available to serve as Guardians to escort Veterans during their visit on the National Mall (some additional training required).
Register: For more information visit the website listed above or email: dca.honorflight@gmail.com

Long Branch Elementary School Mentoring Program

Long Branch Elementary School Mentoring Program

When: Tuesdays from 2-3 pm.
Where: Long Branch Elementary School (transportation provided from Henderson Hall and/or Pentagon).
Why: Volunteers are needed to mentor and participate in activities with children at this highly military concentrated school.
Register: For more information or to register, please contact Chanel Sharp at sharpc@usmc-mccs.org or 703-693-8378.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop

When: Recurring – Tuesday’s and Thursdays 11 am - 1 pm; please commit to one shift per month.
Where: NMCRS Thrift Shop, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Why: Volunteers are needed to assist with operating the thrift store.
Register: To register or for more information, please contact Beth Mulloy at 808-499-7626 or by email at bmulloy@aol.com.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

When: Ongoing; now through end of holiday season.
Where: Multiple location available: Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William County.
Why: Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting/organizing toys donated to the Angel Tree Program. For more information on the different locations and tasks, please visit: http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/ncac/volunteer.
Register: To speak with a POC to register please contact Jamie Smith at Jamie.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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