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Below is a list of this year's participating projects. To register to participate, click the project you are interested in and then click on the "Sign Me Up!" button. If you have not registered with Volunteer Fairfax before, you will be prompted to create a profile. Once you are logged into your profile you will see the name of the agency which the project is supporting. 

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Title & DescriptionAddressStart Date    # Registered
Calling All Habitat Heroes!

 

Saturday, October 28

10 a.m. - Noon

The native mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) is in danger of being choked out by English ivy. We need your help to remove the English ivy vines and give the native wildflowers a chance to thrive.

Our native trees, ferns and wild­flowers are under attack by inva­sive plants like English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle and bamboo. We need heroes like you to join us in res­cuing Reston's beautiful parkland. These fast-growing, aggressive plants es­cape from people's yards and threat­en local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations.

You don't need to be an expert to assist in protecting and restoring Reston's woods. Our volunteering opportunities each month provide you with all the training you need to become an honorary Habitat Hero! We do a lot of invasive removal year-round.  Join us!

For all projects: Please contact Ha Brock to complete an application prior to the event.

Also, please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against biting insects, thorns, and poison ivy. There is poison ivy at almost all sites. Staff will provide preventative and cleansing poison ivy wipes. Bring gardening gloves if you have them. RA will provide some tools, gloves, snacks and water.

Reston VA 2019110/28/201712
Characters Needed for Halloween House & Trick or Treat Trail - 10/27

Volunteers will receive a pizza dinner, snacks and hot drinks during the event.

The Walker Nature Center's Halloween event is one our most exciting volunteer opportunities of the year. We're looking for more than 50 fun-loving, energetic volunteers to bring this event to life.  This is a great opportunity for adults,  teens, civic organizations, and collegegroups.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to play a character role. Most volunteers will be outdoors during the duration of the event, so please dress warmly and wear good walking shoes.  

Please do not sign up until you are sure you can commit to the date and position

Volunteer Orientation - Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6 - 7 p.m.

Anyone that has NOT participated in this event  before must attend orientation.  Orientation is optional for returning volunteers, but highly recommended for returning volunteers in a character role.  This is an indoor/outdoor meeting so please dress for the weather. 

JOB DESCRIPTIONS:

Characters - Do you have a theatrical streak? Are you a Halloween enthusiast? You might have what it takes to be one of our Halloween characters that delight and educate visitors.  All costumes, props and scripts will be provided.  Costumed characters should be people who enjoy Halloween and will really "get into" their role. You do not have to memorize the script. Each station is based on a theme with key talking points and sample dialogue. Ad-lib comments which fit with the mood of the station, and have fun!

Mascots - Kids love the Nature Center mascots, Walker the Woodpecker and Myrtle the Turtle. They love having their picture taken with them, too. We need volunteers to wear these adorable head-to-toe, furry costumes. Mascots need excellent people skills and should be able to animate their character without talking. 

Mascot Escort - We need volunteers to help the mascots get into costume and escort them around the event.  This job requires standing and walking.

Breakdown - Help  clean up the event at the end of the night. Many hands make for light work.

Volunteers must be pre-registered to help with this event. 

Reston VA 2019110/27/20179
Characters Needed for Halloween House & Trick or Treat Trail - 10/28

Volunteers will receive a pizza dinner, snacks and hot drinks during the event.

The Walker Nature Center's Halloween event is one our most exciting volunteer opportunities of the year. We're looking for more than 50 fun-loving, energetic volunteers to bring this event to life.  This is a great opportunity for adults,  teens, civic organizations, and collegegroups.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to play a character role.  Most volunteers will be outdoors during the duration of the event, so please dress warmly and wear good walking shoes.  

Please do not sign up until you are sure you can commit to the date and position.

Volunteer Orientation - Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6 - 7 p.m.

Anyone that has NOT participated in this event  before must attend orientation.  Orientation is optional for returning volunteers, but highly recommended for returning volunteers in a character role.  This is an indoor/outdoor meeting so please dress for the weather.   

JOB DESCRIPTIONS:

Characters - Do you have a theatrical streak? Are you a Halloween enthusiast? You might have what it takes to be one of our Halloween characters that delight and educate visitors.  All costumes, props and scripts will be provided.  Costumed characters should be people who enjoy Halloween and will really "get into" their role. You do not have to memorize the script. Each station is based on a theme with key talking points and sample dialogue. Ad-lib comments which fit with the mood of the station, and have fun!

Mascots - Kids love the Nature Center mascots, Walker the Woodpecker and Myrtle the Turtle. They love having their picture taken with them, too. We need volunteers to wear these adorable head-to-toe, furry costumes. Mascots need excellent people skills and should be able to animate their character without talking. 

Mascot Escort - We need volunteers to help the mascots get into costume and escort them around the event.  This job requires standing and walking.

Breakdown - Help clean up the event at the end of the night.  Many hands make for light work.

Volunteers must be pre-registered to help with this event. 

Reston VA 2019110/28/20176
Habitat Restoration at Nottoway Park on 10/28!

This lovely and historical park used to be filled with invasive plants, now after 9 years of hard work it's on the path to restoration, but your help is needed to complete that journey! Help to restore the natural beauty of this important park by volunteering to remove invasive plants at Nottoway Park! Volunteer sign-ups must be received by Friday 10/27 at Noon.

Vienna VA 2218110/28/20173
Habitat Restoration at Piney Branch Stream Valley Park on 10/28!

Did you know that invasive plants are a huge threat to local wildlife, including migrating birds? Help out these creatures by volunteering to remove invasive plants at Piney Branch Stream Valley Park! Volunteer registrations must be received by noon on Friday, 10/27, in order to ensure that volunteers receive important workday details.

Fairfax VA 2203010/28/20170
Planting Plants and Preserving Paradise

Volunteers will help plant native trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges and forbs along the forest edge at the Marie Butler Level Preserve. There will probably be a couple dozen trees and shrubs, and a few hundred herbaceous (grasses, sedges and forbs) plants.

Replanting with native plants will suppress the regrowth of invasive plants and provide habitat for native insects, birds and mammals. Healthy forest-edges full of native species are the most productive part of a forest and the abundant vegetation keeps the forest from drying out. 

McLean VA 2210110/28/20172
Habitat Restoration at Deerlick Park!

Did you know that invasive plants are a huge threat to local wildlife, including migrating birds? Help out these creatures by volunteering to remove invasive plants at Deerlick Park!

 

Volunteer sign-ups must be received by Noon on October 27th.

Springfield VA 2215110/28/20173
Set Up Boo-Straveganza - 10am - 1pm

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer at Boo-Straveganza! 

Help set-up at Frying Pan Park's Indoor Arena in preparation for the Boo-Straveganza event. The event is a Halloween-themed event for 3-8 year olds. Set-up shifts are from 10 am - 1pm & 1pm-4 pm. Event set-up tasks include: 

  • Setting up games for participants to play
  • Setting up a mini-golf course
  • Decorating the Indoor Arena with spider webs & streamers
  • Decorating the Boo-Barn (a not-too-scary "haunted" barn) by setting up spooky scences

Come to Frying Pan Farm Park's Indoor Arena dressed in your favorite (family friendly) costume to help facilitate the program. You must wear a costume! Volunteers will be there from 5-9 pm. Over the course of the time period: 5-6 pm will be training & preparation; 6-8 pm will be the event; 8-9 clean-up. Event tasks can include:

  • Running a children's game incluidng instruction & management
  • Helping with the mini-golf course
  • Helping staff the Boo-Barn
  • Guiding attendees down the barn
Herndon VA 2017110/27/201712
Complete the Circle FOODRaiser Set-Up

Did you know that nearly 60,000 people in Fairfax County don't know where their next meal is coming from?

Britepaths & Lorton Community Action Center's October 29th Complete the Circle FOODRaiser is an inspirational community gathering to raise food for the hungry and show that our community cares.

On October 28th, volunteers will help set-up for the Art for the Sky aerial photography event that is the centerpiece of the gathering. This is an outdoor project that involves physical labor including: laying out image outline, putting stakes in the ground, staking down burlap, and more.

Fairfax VA 2203010/28/20177
Bowling With A KEEN Athlete

This new program provides opportunity for teens and young adult athletes (ages 16-21) to pair up with volunteers for an hour of bowling fun and socialization.

Volunteers are paired with an active teen or young adult with a disability. Volunteers are trained from 1:20-2:00 pm and then will volunteer from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

 

Falls Church VA 2204610/21/20174
A Little Color Will Liven Up the Place

Several interior rooms of a group house need to be painted. Volunteers will help with the preparation & painting of 2-3 rooms in the house. The painting will help spruce up the interior of the home that is occupied by individuals with special needs.

Burke VA 2201510/27/20174
Healthy Hearts, Happy Lives!

UCM participates in many healthy food initatives that promote access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables for low-income families. The last Saturday of every month, UCM distributes fresh fruits and vegetables as part of our Mobile Market. Recipients do not need to be a client or show need. At a typical distribution, more than 500 households each receive about 30 pounds of in-season fresh produce. This is not possible without an amazing team of volunteers!

Volunteers will help stock, organize, and distribute fruit and vegetables. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work one on one to help clients "shop" or can choose to work more behind the scenes restocking food or recording intake/outtake. Over 100 clients will be served over the course of this day.

Volunteers will be oriented from 7-7:30 am and distribution and work begins at 7:30.

Alexandria VA 2230610/28/201719
Storage Wars! - Fall Cleaning

Cornerstones receives a great deal of donations from our generous community.

We are in need of volunteers to sort our donations currently stored in our storage units in order to make the process of distributing the donations to clients more efficient and effective. Most of the donations are going to people who are moving out of the shelter to start their new life!

Herndon VA 2017010/24/20171
Garden Go-Getters!

At the end of the fall season, our gardens will need some help! Participants will be spread out amond the educational display gardens at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (historic herb and kitchen gardens) as well as the butterfly gardens and flower beds in front of the visitor center. Participants will help with weeding, removing dead plant material, clearing and raking falling leaves from the garden and other educational areas at the park. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to mingle with other voluneers interested in gardening and learn more about new and ongoing garden volunteer opportunities at ECLP.

Chantilly VA 2015110/29/201713
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/21 9am - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/21/20175
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/21 1pm - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons to enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/21/20174
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/22 1pm - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/22/20171
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/22 9am - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/22/20171
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/28 9am - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/28/20173
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/29 9am - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/29/20170
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/28 1pm - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/28/201715
All Aboard the Ghost Train! - 10/29 1pm - 6pm

Ghost Train is a fall event held by Northern Virginia Community College at Burke Lake Park. This event could not happen without the help of volunteers to run all fall themed activities! Activities can include moon bounce and pumpkin painting! Volunteers dress up and act out (silently with body movement) scenes for patrons on enjoy while on the train. This fall family tradition brings out thousands of park patrons from all across the DMV. Volunteer enthusiasm and excitement about fall & Halloween are needed to make the event happen! 

The Ghost Train runs every 15 minutes. Volunteers will work under direction and with other people. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Fairfax Station VA 2203910/29/20171
Breathe New Life into the Living Classroom at Daniels Run

Volunteers are needed to expand and maintain the Living Classroom areas at Daniels Run Elementary School in Fairfax VA. These areas include:
- weeding and mulching a vegetable garden courtyard
- weeding and mulching a literacy garden courtyard
- wildlife habitat areas in forested and wetlands in the back of the school
- several beds in front of the school devoted to specific lessons for science and math
Activities will include:
- weeding and mulching garden beds in vegetable and literacy gardens
- planting native plants in cleared or expanded areas in the wildlife habitat and courtyard gardens
- preparing the vegetable gardens for a fall planting and creating new raised beds
- removing invasive plants (especially vines) from the wildlife habitat areas
- clearing and mulching paths through the wildlife habitat and wetland areas

Fairfax VA 2203010/28/20173
Look Incredible from that Thrift Shop Down the Road! - Falls Church

Volunteers will sort and organize incoming donations at the NVFS Clock Tower Thrift Shop, change out display items, restock shelves, and more.

Falls Church VA 2204210/28/20173
Set Up Boo-Straveganza - 1pm - 4pm

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer at Boo-Straveganza! 

Help set-up at Frying Pan Park's Indoor Arena in preparation for the Boo-Straveganza event. The event is a Halloween-themed event for 3-8 year olds. Set-up shifts are from 10 am - 1pm & 1pm-4 pm. Event set-up tasks include: 

  • Setting up games for participants to play
  • Setting up a mini-golf course
  • Decorating the Indoor Arena with spider webs & streamers
  • Decorating the Boo-Barn (a not-too-scary "haunted" barn) by setting up spooky scences

Come to Frying Pan Farm Park's Indoor Arena dressed in your favorite (family friendly) costume to help facilitate the program. You must wear a costume! Volunteers will be there from 5-9 pm. Over the course of the time period: 5-6 pm will be training & preparation; 6-8 pm will be the event; 8-9 clean-up. Event tasks can include:

  • Running a children's game incluidng instruction & management
  • Helping with the mini-golf course
  • Helping staff the Boo-Barn
  • Guiding attendees down the barn
Herndon VA 2017110/27/20174