September 20, 2019
For all available openings for baggings and distribution shifts, please view our online calendar.
VALLEY FEST 2019 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
AFAC supporter and neighbor, New District Brewing, is hosting the Valley Fest 2019 Arts Street Festival again this year and they need volunteers! The event takes place on Sunday, September 29th. Volunteers will receive a special volunteer only shirt and a commemorative glass for giving their time. Also, this year, New District will host a volunteer only party in November at New District to thank those folks who help out as well as give volunteers event tickets. Valley Fest is expanding to include:
- Four Bands
- Arlington Arts Truck
- 4 Food Truck Options
- Mobile Bar in Dog Park Parking Lot
- Increased Signage
To sign-up for a shift and for more information visit: http://arlingtonvalleyfest.com/volunteer/
VOLUNTEERS MUST BE 18+
For more information and details about our gleaning/harvesting opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a group bonding experience? Join AFAC to help harvest and plant crops at the JK Community Farm in Purcellville on Tuesdays and Saturdays. No gardening experience necessary.
Tuesday, September 24, 9am-12pm
Saturday, October 12th, 9am-12pm
We are harvesting crops at an orchard in Marshall, VA which is growing plums, peaches, and apples. Carpooling is possible. Here are upcoming dates:
Wednesday, September 18th, 9am-12pm
Help harvest apples at Marker-Miller Farm
Saturday, September 14th, 9am-12pm
Saturday, September 21st, 9am-12pm
We partner with a farm in Beltsville, MD, which grows a number of crops. Here are upcoming dates:
Friday, September 13th, 8:30am-11:30am
On Sunday, October 13th, 8:30-11:30am, AFAC is looking for volunteers to help with "DeCanstruction" at Dulles Airport. In the annual Canstruction competition, architects build sculptures out of canned goods. The sculptures are on display for a week. At "DeCanstruction," AFAC volunteers (age 12+) take the sculptures apart and the food is donated to AFAC.
The Canstruction sculptures will be in the baggage claim area in the Dulles terminal of the airport. You'll meet one of AFAC's Volunteer Coordinators inside the airport at Baggage Claim 1, which is near Arrival Door 7. They'll be able to tell everyone more about what AFAC does and then give you specific instructions for taking down and sorting the cans.
Volunteers should dress casually and in closed-toe shoes. Volunteers under 18 will need a signed Hold Harmless form. I can send you one via email tomorrow or we will have them on the day of the event.
Please sign up via the online calendar or reply to this email if you'd like me to sign you up!
Early AM Volunteers
We can use some help 7:30-9:00 am restocking our shelves and getting everything in order for distribution at 9:30. Please see the online calendar for available shifts.
Weekly Monday AM Distribution Shift
We are looking for two more individuals who can make a weekly commitment on Mondays from 9:15am-12:15pm to help with our food distribution. You'll be on your feet for the duration of the shift, helping our clients select from the offerings available. Start by signing up on the online calendar - look for the assignment "Distribution Morning Helper". Please try it once or twice before making a commitment.
Want to Garden?
The following AFAC Gardens can use volunteer help:
American Legion Garden: 3445 Washington Blvd., Arlington 22201.
Legion work parties are scheduled for
Saturday, May 11 (9 am-noon)
Tuesday, May 14 (6-7:30)
Sunday, May 26 (9 am - non)
Tuesday, May 28 (6-7:30 pm)
Saturday, June 8 (9 am - noon)
St. Andrew's Garden: 4000 Lorcom Lane (contact Dave Smith email@example.com)
Faith Lutheran Church Garden: 3313 Arlington Blvd (contact Puwen firstname.lastname@example.org)
Be an AFAC Ambassador
AFAC is often invited to speak to a variety of schools, houses of worship and community groups about who we are, what we do, and how the community can help. Our speakers bureau is for volunteers who are capable of giving a prepared presentation (usually 5-15 minutes in length) to groups of different sizes, ages and abilities and could involve a technical component of using a computer/laptop. You'd also be familiar enough with AFAC to answer most of the questions from the audience. We would provide some talking points or a game for children's talks but also want to find volunteers who are comfortable adding their own voice to it and making it more personal. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Get your workout while volunteering
Ride with our staff driver on weekday mornings or afternoons to deliver food to our off-site delivery points. You'll need to be over 18 years old and be able to lift 30+ pounds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific times to help.
Share your love for volunteering and AFAC with others!
The volunteer department is always on the lookout for volunteers who want to help on another level. Lead groups after hours in produce bagging or dry goods bagging. Speak about AFAC at outreach fairs, to youth groups, etc. Training is provided. Send an email to email@example.com if you have an interest in becoming a Volunteer Supervisor.
Create Your Own Food Drive
Not finding enough volunteer opportunities? Need something to do from home on your own schedule? Host a food drive! From our website, you can register your food drive, create customized flyers from our templates, and find some ideas to make yours a success. Consider asking your neighbors, swim club, camp, business or house of worship to join you. Our most-needed items are: canned tuna, low-sugar cereal, low-sodium soup, canned tomato products and plain pasta and rice.
We accept donated food Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4pm and Saturday from 8:30am-1pm. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Free Library
Please donate any unwanted books and/or coloring books to our new Little Free Library! You can drop off donations with the Volunteer Department.