Homestretch

Volunteer Opportunities

Why is volunteering at Homestretch so rewarding?
1. Impact: You’re helping homeless parents with children rebuild their lives. The progress of Homestretch graduate’s 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

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Take a look at all of the volunteer opportunities below.
  2. Email our Development/Volunteer Manager (Brianna Larson-Jackson) at blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org for additional information on your selected opportunity.

Please note that opportunities involving direct work with a client such as tutoring require the submission of a volunteer application, background check, and interview. Applicants must by 18 or older. Click on these links to fill out the application and background check:

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Background Check

What volunteer opportunities do you offer?
If you are an individual, part of a company, faith community, or organization, Homestretch has terrific volunteer opportunities for you. Immediately below is a full list of volunteer opportunities that are available for individuals, groups, and often both.

Remote Donation Drive Coordination:
Time: Anytime
Description: Homestretch helps clients plan and save for their long-term financial goals. During a client’s time in the program they also have practical needs for household items and products needed to maintain a safe and clean home. You can advertise, collect, and deliver needed items for our clients by mobilizing your community into practical action through a drive. All items should be new and vary depending on current needs. This is a great opportunity for people who want to volunteer remotely, meet concrete needs, and enjoy marketing.

Location: Remote
Group/Solo: Individuals and groups welcome

Adult Tutor:
Time: 1 hour per week; flexible scheduling
Description: Help a Homestretch client move forward in supporting 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: Virtual
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 working with children and want to help create a brighter future for their student. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
Location: Virtual
Group/Solo: For individual volunteers

Homestretch Improvement Project:
Time: Monday-Saturday
Description: Help us to beautify the Homestretch building or apartment units inside and out. Gather a group and help us landscape, paint our classrooms or offices, clean apartments, or complete other facility improvements that will help create a more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing place for our families and staff to learn and work in. How we care for the space speaks volumes about how we care for our clients. With COVID – 19 considerations, improvement projects will look distinctly different. Projects may be able to be arranged.
Location: Homestretch headquarters or a rental unit in Fairfax County
Group/Solo: For groups

Back-to-School Supply Drive:
Time: June-August
Description: Help Homestretch children get ready for the school year! Adopt a child and provide a backpack with school supplies for each child. Homestretch will send you a school supply list for the child you are matched with to inspire your shopping.

Location: Homestretch headquarters/Remote options available
Group/Solo: Individuals and groups welcome

Back-to-School Clothing Drive:
Time: June-August
Description: Adopt a child for the Back to School Clothing drive by committing to provide a few new items of clothing so they can start the school year off right. Gift cards are also welcome. Each volunteer is given specifics in advance on their adopted student to guide their shopping.
Location: Remote

Group/Solo: Individuals and groups welcome

Sponsor an Annual Event:
Time: Dependent on event selected
Description: Homestretch hosts many events throughout the year to benefit our program. We welcome you to attend and sponsor any of our events, such as the:
o Annual May Benefit Breakfast
o Holiday Shopping Spree for families
o Client Awards Night
o Summer Picnic
o Annual Fall Event
o Volunteer Appreciation Night
o 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 individuals, groups, foundations, and corporations

Life Skills Presenter:
Time: 1 hour, 2nd Wednesday of the month
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. If you have a skill and professional experience presenting, send your resume and sample presentation to us!
Location: Homestretch headquarters

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, there are many client needs that could once have been filled by volunteer support that now require funding. If you are unable to volunteer, or in addition to volunteering, please consider a financial contribution to Homestretch.