May 11, 2018
For all available openings for baggings and distribution shifts, please view our online calendar.
Taste of Arlington, Sunday, May 20
Taste of Arlington, Arlington's largest block party, will be held on Sunday, May 20 on the streets of Ballston. AFAC and several other local non-profits will be the charity beneficiaries of the event. AFAC is responsible for recruiting over 90 volunteers to help with Restaurant Row & the clean-up shift. Duties could include supporting restaurant booths with their event operations, maintaining the water stations, and keeping the area clean. Volunteers will receive 5 tasting tickets to use during the event & a t-shirt. Sign up using this link.
Weekday mornings or early afternoon slots
We offer social workers and health care aides the opportunity to shop for their clients on Tuesday-Thursday from 12:45-2:15 pm at AFAC. We need a volunteer who can help them make their selections. Ideally, we'd like to find someone who can commit weekly on one of the days. These shifts are on our online calendar. We encourage volunteers to try it once or twice before making the commitment.
If you have a regular weekday morning free (even every other week), please consider being a morning helper. You'd arrive at 9:15 and stay until 12:30 and support the morning distribution team by helping restock, sort through produce and other food donations, and maybe help bag items. Please go to the online calendar to see specific openings.
Spring is here and garden clean-ups are being scheduled. If your group is interested in helping in a garden, please email Laura in AFAC's volunteer office at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Distribution at partner agency
One of AFAC's partner agencies, AHC, is looking for help at its Woodbury Park location. The distribution is every Thursday morning from 9:30-11:00am located at the Community Center (2230 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington VA 22201). Interested volunteers can contact Becky Koons directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). They are looking for at least 2 volunteers who can commit to coming each week.
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. We are trying to bolster the ranks of our speaker's bureau. Our speakers's 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, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.