Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Why is volunteering at Homestretch so rewarding?

1. You’re helping a homeless family rebuild their lives. (Learn more about our program.)

2. Flexibility and different ways to help:208888_442039082486926_16721619_n

  • Works with your schedule
  • Opportunities for individuals and for groups
  • Tutor adults or children, or roll up your sleeves for a “dirty hands project”
  • Help us out for a couple hours, or on an ongoing basis
  • Try out an activity first before committing to anything recurring
  • Use your creative or professional talents

3. Biggest impact. The progress of Homestretch graduates echoes throughout the community.

How Do I Get Started?

Take a look at the volunteer opportunities below, then email our Volunteer Coordinator/Development Specialist, Brianna Larson-Jackson at blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org.

Looking to volunteer as a group?

Excella group photo- 8.10.12If you are a company, church or community organization, Homestretch has terrific volunteer opportunities for you. Immediately below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are particularly good for groups.

That list is followed by the full list of all volunteer opportunities:

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Teach, Tutor or Coach:

Life Skills Presenter:

Time: 1 hour, Wednesday nights
Description: Share your expertise with homeless adults, teens or children. Topics include financial competency, 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: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Food & Transportation:

Dinner Provider:

Time: Once per month, Wednesday night
Description: Our after-school program for teens is held every Wednesday. We need volunteers to provide nutritious dinners for 10-15 teens once per month.
Location: Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Snack Bags:

Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Every week at Life Skills we provide healthful 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 with the Volunteer Manager.
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

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: Good for group or individual volunteers

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Work With Your Hands:

Prepare a Home:

Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Gather a group and help paint, clean, and landscape family units, so that new families can move into a freshly painted home! The number of volunteers in a group can range from 5 – 20 people. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
Location: Homestretch properties
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers

Homestretch Improvement Project:

Time: Weekdays
Description: Help us to beautify the Homestretch building on the inside and out. Gather a group and help us landscape, paint our classrooms or offices, 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
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers

Organize a Drive:

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 clothing stores or grocery stores, etc.
Location: Volunteer from your home. Arrange a drop-off time with the Volunteer Manager.
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Welcome Baskets:

Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Create baskets of home goods for new Homestretch families who are moving into their home for the first time.

Collect items such as cleaning supplies, a welcome mat, oven mitts, magnets, kitchen items, and more! A basket will be delivered to each family for a housewarming gift as they begin their journey with Homestretch.

Location: Volunteer from your home. Arrange a drop-off time with the Volunteer Manager.
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Individual & Group Volunteer Opportunities

Teach, Tutor or Mentor:

Life Skills Presenter:

Time: 1 hour, Wednesday nights
Description: Share your expertise with homeless adults, teens or children. Topics include financial competency, 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: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

ESOL Tutor:

Time: 2 hours, once per week; 6:30pm – 8:30pm; M, Tu or Th
Description: Assist the staff teacher by leading one-on-one tutoring or small group sessions. Volunteers are asked to commit to one session per week. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
Location: Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: Good for individual volunteers.

Computer Tutor:

Time: 1.5 hours; Wednesday nights; 5:30pm – 7pm
Description: Help Homestretch adults learn basic computer use (Internet, MS Word, MS Excel).
Location: the Employment Center at Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: Good for individual volunteers.

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: Good 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: Good for individual volunteers.

Professional Mentor:

Time: 1 hour, Wednesday nights
Description: Use your professional expertise to provide career advice to a Homestretch adult aspiring to go into your field. What a great way to share your experience while giving a newcomer or career changer “insider tips.”

The fields in high demand are: registered nurses, accountants, pharmacy technicians, teachers, dental assistants, medical assistants and caregivers. The commitment can be one time or flexible via phone, e-mail, or in-person.
Location: From home, or in person at Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers.

Seasonal Programs & Events:

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

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.
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 (Brianna Larson-Jackson at blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org for more details)
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.

Work With Your Hands:

Prepare a Home:

Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Gather a group and help paint, clean, and landscape family units, so that new families can move into a freshly painted home! The number of volunteers in a group can range from 5 – 20 people. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
Location: Homestretch properties
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers

Homestretch Improvement Project:

Time: Weekdays
Description: Help us to beautify the Homestretch building on the inside and out. Gather a group and help us landscape, paint our classrooms or offices, 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
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers

Organize a Drive:

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 clothing stores or grocery stores, etc.
Location: Volunteer from your home. Arrange a drop-off time with the Volunteer Manager.
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Welcome Baskets:

Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Create baskets of home goods for new Homestretch families who are moving into their home for the first time.

Collect items such as cleaning supplies, a welcome mat, oven mitts, magnets, kitchen items, and more! A basket will be delivered to each family for a housewarming gift as they begin their journey with Homestretch.

Location: Volunteer from your home. Arrange a drop-off time with the Volunteer Manager.
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Food & Transportation:

Dinner Provider:

Time: Once per month, Wednesday night
Description: Our after-school program for teens is held every Wednesday. We need volunteers to provide nutritious dinners for 10-15 teens once per month.
Location: Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

Snack Bags:

Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Every week at Life Skills we provide healthful 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 with the Volunteer Manager.
Group/Solo: Good for group volunteers (individuals also welcome)

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: Good for individual volunteers

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Ready to Help?

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

 

  • Email: blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org
  • Phone: 703-237-2035 x125

All volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application and background check. Please fill out and fax the forms below to 703-237-4540, or scan and email them to blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org.

Volunteer Application (Word doc)

Volunteer Background Check (Word doc)