These are Volunteer Opportunities from the surrounding Fredericksburg community.
At this time transportation is not provided by CHLS or COAR.
Grow For Your Neighbor
Description: Grow for your neighbor has installed about 50 gardens at various local schools, shelters and the Salem Church Library. Last year GFYN collected 8,471 pounds of fresh produce for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. Last year GFYN offered square foot gardens at cost to enable families and novice gardeners to participate. Approximately 50 gardens were donated for use at shelters, schools, library and for families in need. Grow For Your Neighbor would like to continue to support these gardens and would much appreciate volunteer help maintaining any of the following gardens: Salem Church Library, several local schools, Catholic Charity refugee family gardens and Treasure House at Massaponax High School. The gardens positively impact students, shelter residents and the greater community. The gardens at Salem Church Library have provided seniors and the local community the opportunity to participate in the planting, growing and harvest of over 120 pounds of produce for the food bank, and have been a source of enjoyment and education for the library’s after school teen program participants.
Time: May-October, based on volunteer availability
Contact: Mary VanSlyke, email@example.com, to request additional contact info contact CHLS
Chancellor High School ESOL Tutoring
Description: Tutor ESOL high school level students in academic subjects but conversational English is a priority. The UMW students would work individually with a one on one experience with the high school student for maximum results.
Time: Once or twice a week from 9 am – 11 am, individual schedules determined depending on volunteer availability
Contact: Pamela Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, to request additional contact info contact CHLS
The Community Foundation: Youth in Philanthropy
Description: Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) teaches area teenagers the importance of giving and serving, encourages youth involvement in philanthropy, and provides ways for local young people to take action on issues that are important to them. The program consists of 40 sophomore, junior, and senior high school students from the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline, and the City of Fredericksburg. Each grant cycle challenges these young people to demonstrate leadership, solve problems, study proposals, manage budgets, work together and present their views to an audience of peers and adults. Over the years our YIP participants have shown themselves capable of tackling and funding issues such as teen pregnancy, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault and other major social concerns. We are proud of each YIP member class and 6 years of YIP grant history. It is a learning experience for the youth – both as a value to the community for each grant awarded and the realization that a limited amount of funding creates a higher expectation for each applicant. – See more at: http://www.cfrrr.org/about-us-and-our-initiatives/youth-in-philanthropy
Time: Volunteers are needed to help facilitate YIP membership meetings one to two times per week. YIP meetings are held either on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Meeting preparation and planning time can be flexible based on the volunteers availability. A complete 22-week schedule is available upon request. *Note that our location is within walking distance of UMW campus and that this opportunity is also available as a credited or noncredited internship.)
Contact: Teri McNally, email@example.com, to request additional contact info contact CHLS
Catholic Charities: Migration and Refugee Services
Description: Mission of “welcoming the stranger” into our community. We seek to serve with compassion and provide a supportive environment in which the dignity of each person is respected and each culture celebrated. We believe that it is necessary to address the needs of the body, mind, and spirit of the population we serve in order to provide them with the tools needed for self-sufficiency and independence in America
- RESUME HELPER/JOB APPLICATION HELP- Almost all of our clients are looking for jobs or better jobs. Many have significant work experience in their home countries but need help translating this in a way that will appeal to an American employer. Resume helpers meet one-on-one with a refugee client to compose or revise a resume that can be used for his/her current job search. Clients often need assistance filling out online job applications as well. Resume work can be done in one of our offices during normal business hours.
- ENGLISH TUTOR/YOUTH MENTOR- At least once a week; 3 month commit to works with children and teens to increase English ability and help with other homework/school needs. Can also serve as a mentor to help youth experience events and opportunities in the local community. Assistance can also include helping a college-bound youth with applications, etc. Tutor/Mentor meets in client’s home 1-3 times a week depending on the schedule of the client and volunteer.
- ENGLISH TUTOR – ADULT- At least once a week; 3 month commitment. English tutors will work with adult refugees who may have varying levels of English. Some refugees are starting with basic literacy, while others need help with grammar, reading and writing. Most of our clients really need to learn basic survival English that will help with daily activities (i.e., food shopping, going to the doctor/hospital, filling out applications, applying for a library card, etc.). We encourage “real life lessons” that include hands-on activities. Location: in the client’s home, or in an agreed upon location.
- DONATION SORTING- We have a need to organize our donations and closets. If you are only available to help every now and then, this might be the position for you! You can also get a group together for a morning/afternoon of sorting and organizing. Sometimes there is even an opportunity to assist in setting up a new home for incoming refugees!
- TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION- If you are able to speak an additional language fluently,ArabicDari,Farsi,Hindi,Pashto,Urdu and Nepali,we may be able to utilize your ability in assisting with translating various documents or helping families with interpretation. Check with us to see what our current language needs are and how you may be able to help. This opportunity can be a one-time or ongoing commitment, depending on the language and availability of the volunteer. It is preferable for an interpretation volunteer to be available during normal business hours. Location: in the client’s home, or in an agreed upon location. Translation of office documents can be emailed to the volunteer contact from any location.
Time: Based on volunteer availability from 9-5
Contact: Rosetta Dupree, firstname.lastname@example.org, to request additional contact info contact CHLS