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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.
Fort Myer Thrift Shop
WHAT: Fort Myer Thrift Shop is looking for volunteers!
WHO: The Fort Myer Thrift Shop is an all ranks and joint service community organization
WHEN: Ongoing, volunteer hours and days can vary
ATTIRE: Appropriate casual attire.
WHERE: Bldg. 224 Forrest Circle, Fort Myer, VA, 22211
WHY: They are looking for volunteers to assist with computer data entry, merchandising, office work, sales, stock items, and sort and price our donated and consigned items. Some volunteer once a week and others every day. They are flexible and value volunteers. Volunteers get to meet other military spouses and make a difference within our military community.
INFO: For more information, call (703) 527-0664. Volunteers who give 16 or more hours per month may receive a discount off certain TSP (Thrift Shop) computer tags!
Fort Myer Legal Assistance Center
WHAT: Fort Myer Legal Assistance Center is also looking for volunteers!
ATTIRE: Appropriate business casual attire.
WHEN: Ongoing position, volunteer hours can vary from 07:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
WHERE: 202 Custer Road, Bldg. 201, Fort Myer, VA, 22211.
INFO: To receive all visitors and answers phone calls for the office in a helpful and courteous manner. For more information, call Philip Jussel at (703) 696-0761.
Honor Flight Greeters and Guardians
When: Multiple dates.
The next training session will be held on Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 pm at the Shirlington Branch of the Arlington Public Library. The address is: 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206. If you are able to attend, please sign up using this form:
Where: DCA Regan National Airport and events on the National Mall
Attire: ASUs/Service dress uniform/Dress blues equivalent for military, Business casual for Civilians.
Info/Register: 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).
All Guardians must go through Guardian Training. You will need to request a Gate Access Pass (GAP) at least 48 hours prior to the flight’s Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). If GAPs are available for a flight, simply click on the “GET YOUR GATE ACCESS PASS (GAP) HERE” link.
The day before the flight arrives, specific instructions on how to pick up your GAP and have your airport parking validated will be sent to you at the email address you provided when signing up for the GAP. Instructions may vary by airline. Please note that for some airlines and flights, GAPs will NOT be distributed after 30 minutes prior to the ETA of the flight. For more information visit the website listed above or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunity to Sponsor and International Fellow studying at the National Defense University
Who: Members of the JBM-HH community.
Where: National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C.
When: June 2018 - June 2019.
Attire: Business attire.
Why: Community Sponsors act as cultural support/friend to the international military officer and their family during their year here in the US.
Info: For over 30 years, the Sponsorship Program has been helping foreign military officers adjust to and enjoy their time in the United States. Those who decide to participate in the Sponsorship Program play an invaluable role for the International Fellows, sharing first hand their knowledge of American culture-and in return- making new friends and learning new things about the world we live in. Being a sponsor is not designed to be an interruption of but rather an integration into your normal schedule; you are not expected to set up special functions for your international guest but rather include to officer in those things that you and your family do ordinarily. Being a sponsor is not a monetary commitment, you are not providing the officer with financial support or housing, but instead provide cultural support and friendship. This is truly a special opportunity to participate in a vital American foreign policy initiative.
Register: For more information, additional questions, or to request an application form, please send an email to email@example.com or at 202-685-0594.
Volunteer with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
IF YOU'RE A SERVICEMEMBER OR VETERAN...
Volunteer as a military mentor in one of the Good Grief Camps nationwide! Companioning a surviving military child during a weekend of hope and healing is one of the most fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at TAPS. Find out more by checking out the military mentor page of the TAPS website (click here) or click here.
Want to help with TAPS program as a regular volunteer with the program? Then check this out this information:
For individuals or groups volunteering in a non-mentor role with TAPS, go to this website for more information and here to submit an online volunteer application.
If you are a mental health professional and you would like to donate your time, professional services, and expertise, please call 800-959-TAPS (8277) or complete our volunteer application to get involved as a professional volunteer here.
If you're a survivor that is interested in volunteering as a TAPS Peer Mentor, please review the requirements and complete the peer mentor application form using this web link.
For upcoming TAPS events, click here.