January 30, 2019
For all available openings for baggings and distribution shifts, please view our online calendar.
Client Survey Helpers
We are looking for friendly people who are able to encourage our clients to complete our annual survey. It's critical information that allows us to assess our services and see where improvements are needed. If you see a shift that looks like it might work for you, please sign up on the online calendar. Not a registered volunteer? Email us for more information. We will provide you with specific details a day or two ahead of time. Please note: we are particularly looking for Spanish speakers, but if you want to help, do not let that discourage you.
Week of February 4-9 (Nelson Street)
We need help on Monday, 2/4, Wed., 2/6, Thurs., 2/7 and Fri. 2/8 from 9:00-11:30.
Week of 2/11-2/16
Mon. 2/11: 10:30-11:30, Claridge House or Arlington Mill
Tues. 2/12: 10:30-12:00, Hunters Park, Woodland Hills
Wed. 2/13: 3:00-5:00 pm, The Springs
Thurs. 2/14: 9:00-11:00 am, The Frederick
Thurs. 2/14: 3:00-5:00 pm, Marbella
Fri. 2/15: 11:45-1:00, Culpepper Gardens
Week of 2/18-2/23
Tues. 2/19: 3:00-5:00, Columbia Hills
Wed. 2/20: 1:00-3:00, Career Center
Thurs. 2/21: 10:00-11:30, The Carlin
Friday, 2/22: 12:30-2:00, Gates of Ballston
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.
Healthy Play Check In at Arlington Mill
Greet clients and their children as they attend a special program that takes place during our distribution at the Arlington Mill Community Center on Mondays from 11am-1pm. You would sign children in and as they exit, provide a simple snack and newsletter. You would not be responsible for the care of the children during the program, just the start and finish. Please sign up on the volunteer calendar and more instructions will be provided. Ideally, this would be someone who is willing to do this every week or every other week.
An AFAC's partner agencies is looking for volunteers. Please respond to them directly if you can help.
Help distribute groceries at The Carlin Apartments, 4300 Carlin Springs Rd. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Individuals interested in helping at a garden on a regular basis to help with planting, watering, harvesting & delivery to AFAC, please contact the garden coordinator indicated:
Walter Reed Garden (Catherine Connor Catherine.Connor@mgnv.org)
Central Library Garden (Audrey Morris email@example.com)
American Legion (Afua Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Dave Smith email@example.com)
For all gardening opportunities, please visit the Current Gardening Opportunities page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Calling All Shutterbugs!
Though most of us are comfortable taking pictures on our cell phone, we occasionally need the help of a skilled photographer for large-scale events. You would use your own equipment and have a quick turn around time for sharing the photos digitally. We have a small pool of volunteers we currently use, but we'd like to expand our network. 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.