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
– 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/Volunteer Manager Brianna Larson-Jackson at blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org for additional information. Opportunities that involve direct work with a client such as tutoring require the submission of a volunteer application, background check, and in person interview. Click on these links to fill out the application and background check:
Volunteer Application

Volunteer Background Check(21)

 

What Volunteer Opportunities do you offer?
If you are an individual, or 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, or both.

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
Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

 

Life Skills Dinner Provider:
Time: The 2nd Wednesday of the month, drop off the day of before 5:15pm
Description: Clients come to Homestretch on the 2nd Wednesday of every month for a Life Skills class in the evening. They come from work or school right around dinner time. You can sign up in advance for a Wednesday to provide a healthy meal for 40-50 people. Dates are often scheduled months in advance so be sure to coordinate a date with the Development/Volunteer Manager.
Location: Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

Snack Bags:
Time: Flexible. This is a year-round need, drop off must be during business hours
Description: Every week clients come to Homestretch for classes, meetings, and tutoring. Source healthy non-perishable foods to create individual snack bags. Donations are accepted in multiples of 25. Each bag must contain bottled water, and at least two healthy snacks. No pork, peanut, or gelatin products are permitted. Arrange a drop-off time to Homestretch with the Development/Volunteer Manager via email.
Location: Volunteer from your home or your office! Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

Homestretch Improvement Project:
Time: Weekdays
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.
Location: Homestretch headquarters or rental unit in Fairfax County
Group/Solo: Group project

Organize a Drive:
Time: Flexible scheduling
Description: Help homeless parents with children by collecting 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. All items must be new. Used items will not be accepted. Drives are seasonal. Drives should be coordinated and confirmed with the Development/Volunteer Manager prior to starting. Email the Development/Volunteer Manager to find out what is currently needed and to schedule a drop off time.
Location: Volunteer from your home or office.
Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

 

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: 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 working with children and want to help create a brighter future for their student. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
Location: Homestretch headquarters
Group/Solo: For individual 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. The shopping spree is followed by a holiday party with games, gift-wrapping, food, and a surprise visit from Santa. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.
Location: Varies
Group/Solo: Great for individual or group

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 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
Group/Solo: Good for individual or group volunteers

Back-to-School Clothing Drive:
Time: Seasonal (throughout July & 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: Deliver to Homestretch headquarters. Arrange a drop-off time with our Youth and Family Program Coordinator.
Group/Solo: Good for individuals or groups

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

Ready to Help?
For additional information, to sign up, or apply for a volunteer opportunity please contact the Brianna Larson-Jackson, Development/Volunteer Manager
Email: blarson-jackson@homestretchva.org
Phone: 703-237-2035 x125  Volunteers interested in working  directly with clients in ongoing  opportunities 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(21)