Homestretch

Volunteer Opportunities

Dirty Hands Volunteers

Long and Foster employees volunteer at the Homestretch offices.

Why is volunteering at Homestretch so rewarding?

  1. Impact: You’re helping a homeless family rebuild their lives. The progress of Homestretch graduates echoes throughout the community.
  2. Flexibility: There are different ways to help.
    – Opportunities for individuals and for groups
    – Help us out for a couple hours, or on an ongoing basis
    – There are morning, afternoon, and evening opportunities
    – Try out an activity first before committing to anything recurring
    – Use your creative or professional talents

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Take a look at all of the volunteer opportunities below
  2. Then email our Development Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator Brianna Larson-Jackson at blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org for additional information. Opportunities that involve direct work with a client require the submission of a volunteer application, background check, and in person interview.
Excella Extravaganza

Excella Consulting employees volunteer in our preschool program.

What Volunteer Opportunities are there for individuals and groups?

If you are an individual, company, church, or community organization, Homestretch has terrific volunteer opportunities for you. Immediately below is a full list of volunteer opportunities that are available for individuals, groups, or both.

Life Skills Presenter:

Time: 1 hour, Wednesday nights

Description: Share your expertise with homeless adults, teens, or children. Topics include financial literacy, health and wellness practices, public speaking, landlord-tenant relations, parenting, health and safety, home buying, nutrition, or propose your own topic. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Location: Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: Great for individual and a group

Dinner Provider:

Time: Wednesday nights, drop off the day of before 6:15pm

Description: Our after-school program for teens is held every Wednesday. We need volunteers to provide nutritious dinners for 10-12 teens.

Location: Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

Snack Bags:

Time: Flexible scheduling

Description: Every week at Life Skills we provide healthy snacks for the kids and teens. Collect healthy non-perishable foods and create individual snack bags. We will need about 50 snack bags each week.

Location: Volunteer from your home. Arrange a drop-off time to Homestretch with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

Transportation:

Time: 1.5 hours, Wednesday nights

Description: Help Homestretch staff provide transportation to our families either to and/or from Life Skills class on Wednesday evenings.

Location: To and/or from Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: great for group or individual volunteers

Group Picnic

Employees from Heidrick and Struggles volunteer at our annual back-to-school picnic.

Homestretch Improvement Project:

Time: Weekdays

Description: Help us to beautify the Homestretch building or apartment unit on the inside and out. Gather a group and help us landscape, paint our classrooms or offices, clean apartments, or make any other improvements that will help create a more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing place for our families and staff to learn and work in.

Location: Homestretch headquarters or rental unit

Group/Solo: Group project

Organize a Drive:

Time: Flexible scheduling

Description: Help Homestretch to collect various items that our families need such as: back-to-school clothing, school supplies, cleaning supplies, linens, kitchen items, baby items, shoes, gas cards, gift cards to grocery stores, etc.

Location: Volunteer from your home. Arrange a drop-off time to Homestretch with the Volunteer Manager.

Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Adult Tutor:

Time: 1 hour per week; flexible scheduling

Description: Help a Homestretch client move forward in their lives by helping them to reach their career or academic goals. Work with a client to help them achieve their GED, citizenship, CDL, or pass other career or academic tests. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Location: Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: For individual volunteers.

Kids Tutor:

Time: 1 hour per week, flexible scheduling

Description: Tutor a child in a variety of subjects such as basic math, reading, English, science, and more. This is a great opportunity for those who love children and want to help to create a bright future in a child’s life. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Location: Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: For individual volunteers.

Seasonal Programs & Events:

Thanksgiving Adoption:

Time: Seasonal (Thanksgiving holiday)

Description: Adopt a Homestretch family (or as many as you’d like) for Thanksgiving. Create a basket of Thanksgiving foods that the family can make for their own Thanksgiving dinner. Gift cards to grocery stores are also welcome.

Location: Volunteer from your home. Deliver to client home or Homestretch headquarters. Arrange a drop-off time with our Youth and Family Program Coordinator. Email jmerrils@homestretchva.org to sign up.

Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers

Holiday Adoption:

Time: Seasonal (Christmas Holidays)

Description: Gather a group and adopt a Homestretch family (or as many as you’d like) for the holidays. You may select gifts from a wish list for each family member. Deliver your gifts to Homestretch or to the family directly.

Location: Homestretch properties or Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers

Holiday Shopping Spree & Gift-Wrapping Party:

Time: Seasonal (one Saturday in December)

Description: Help Homestretch children shop for Christmas gifts to give to their family members. Shopping spree is followed by a holiday party with games, gift-wrapping, food, and more. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Location: K-Mart and local church

Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers

Back-to-School Drive & Summer Picnic:

Time: Seasonal (summertime, preceding start of the school year)

Description: Help Homestretch children get ready for the school year! Adopt a child (or multiple) and provide a backpack with school supplies for each child. Homestretch will send you a school supplies list for the child you are matched with.

Location: Homestretch headquarters

Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers

Back-to-School Clothing Drive:

Time: Seasonal (throughout July & August)

Description: Donate a couple of new articles of clothing to a Homestretch child for the new school year. The Clothing Drive runs throughout July and August. Gift cards are also accepted.

Location: Volunteer from your home. Deliver to Homestretch headquarters. Arrange a drop-off time with our Youth and Family Program Coordinator.

Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers

Sponsor an Annual Event:

Time: Varies

Description: Homestretch hosts many events throughout the year to benefit our organization. We welcome you to attend or sponsor any of our events, such as:

  • Annual May Benefit Breakfast
  • Holiday Shopping Spree for families
  • Client Awards Night
  • Summer Picnic
  • Annual Fall Event
  • Volunteer Appreciation Night
  • And More!

Please contact Homestretch for more information on these events and sponsorship opportunities.

Location: Northern Virginia; varies depending on event

Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers.

Ready to Help?

For additional information, or to sign up for a volunteer opportunity, please contact Brianna Larson-Jackson, Development Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator:

Email: blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org

Phone: 703-237-2035 x125

All volunteers who will work directly with clients will need to complete a volunteer application, background check, and interview. Please email the materials to blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org or mail them to the Homestretch office.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Background Check