Many Alternative House volunteer opportunities don't involve and extensive time commitment nor a complicated application process. If you or your group have special skills or just want to do something to help Alternative House and the youth we serve, just call Christine Bartell, Office Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator, at 703.506.9191 or email her at Christine_Bartell@TheAlternativeHouse.org.
Listed below are some our current or on-going needs for volunteers:
- Yard Volunteer - Emergency Teen Shelter
- Tutoring - all locations
- Special Projects and Group Projects
- Fall Yard Work Volunteers
- Snack Food Collection
Do you have a green thumb? Do you like to be outdoors? Do you like working in the yard? If so, we have volunteer opportunities for 3-4 volunteers to come for 2-3 hours weekly to help us maintain our yard here at the shelter on a regular basis. Alternative House is in need of someone to help take care of our yard by mowing, weeding, raking, trimming bushes, planting, watering and maintenance. If you are interested in making a difference and can commit for a season, then please contact Christine Bartell, Office Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator, at 703.506.9191 and or email at Christine_Bartell@TheAlternativeHouse.org
Many of our clients and residents are in the process of completing their education and are in need of tutoring. The times for tutoring vary greatly and we will try to work with prospective tutors on the scheduling.
- Emergency Teen Shelter Tutoring - Our residents need assistance with their high school nightly assignments and other work when they are not in school.
- Homeless Youth Initiative Tutoring- Our residents need assistance with their high school nightly assignments. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays - Thursdays from 6 - 8pm.
- Assisting Young Mothers Program Tutoring = Our young mothers may need assistance with completing their high school work or preparing for their GED examination. We are looking specifically for tutors to help with preparation for GED and CNA exams.
- Outreach Programs Tutoring - Students at all of our Outreach centers are in need of assistance with their nightly assignments. Grade level varies from 4th – 12th grade and locations include the Culmore Teen Center and the Culmore Safe Youth Project.
- Annandale Targeted Youth Initiative Tutoring - We are looking for tutors who can work with students who are struggling academically at Annandale High School. Volunteers are needed for Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-4pm.
All volunteer tutors must be 18 or older and have completed at least some college.
Don't have time for an ongoing commitment? Do you have special skills or interests that could benefit us? Are you part of a group looking for a volunteer opportunity? Please contact us to discuss the possibility of individual or group opportunities at any of our locations. Young volunteers may need to be accompanied by at least one adult.
There is no need to fill out an application, just call or e-mail us to find out what types of projects are available for individuals or groups!
Projects have included:
- Picking up donated food from local restaurants and delivering it to either the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers or the Community Outreach Program.
- Donation drives.
- Preparing dinner at the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers.
- Preparing and dropping off a meal for the Assisting Young Mothers program, Homeless Youth Initiative, or Community Outreach program.
- Preparing healthy snacks for any of the Outreach programs.
- Sorting donations.
- Yard work, painting, and many more household and "handyman" tasks.
- Administrative work.
Alternative House is looking for volunteers to help with yard work at our Assisting Young Mothers, HYI program. We have three town houses and one house near the Vienna metro and Pan Am shopping center with small yards that need a little TLC. Opportunities are available on Weekdays during the daytime and afternoon.
This is a growing need of ours. Each week we provide about 450 snacks to youth in our programs. We are looking for groups who would be interested in collecting snack foods that we can provide for the youth in our programs. We have a list of suggested items that the kids especially like.