Community Support

Opportunities To Serve with our Ministry Partners

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Already Serving? Log Your Hours!
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We are counting every minute that YOU served in the community from 11/19 to 12/31. This is a great way for us to visualize our collective impact and set the goal for the years to come. Also, we would love to hear your stories and where you're making a difference.

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Do Good Prep Team
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There are many ways we can serve our neighbors this season - including by distributing our "Do Good" bags, or sorting all the donations we collect on Sunday. Check out the available slots below and sign-up to the ones that you know for sure you can commit to. All volunteer opportunities are being held at Grace Community Church @ Ballston Quarter (4238 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203)

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Panera Doughnation Team
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The NoVA Doughnation Ministry is an incredible group of volunteers that pick up left-over food from Panera Bread before they close in the evening and donate those leftovers to food banks and homeless shelters in our community. So far, the group has been able to donate THOUSANDS of lbs of food, and with your help they can do much more! This is a fun way to serve with your children as well.

Sign Up Here
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Cook Breakfast at Carpenter's Shelter
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Every 1st Sunday of every month a team from Grace meets at 7am at Carpenter's Shelter to cook and serve breakfast to their residents and clients. This is an amazing opportunity to feed our neighbors, meet other Grace attendees and build a relationship with our partner. Children 12 years old and up are welcome to join the team accompanied by their parents/guardians.

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Do Good with Chipotle
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Let’s support Bridges to Independence by eating at Chipotle in Clarendon on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 4pm-8pm! This includes eat in, carry out, or online order. A portion of your meal will go to leading children and families out of homelessness. Please visit the Chipotle located at 3017 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 to participate, and when you order, make sure you tell them you're there to support Bridges and show the flyer below (printed or digital).

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Family Christmas Pageant and Party
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Come support one of Casa's largest events of the year as we celebrate Christ's birth together! The party is happening on December 9th. It runs from 3-6pm (please plan to stay!) and we're looking for volunteers in various slots between 1-7:30pm to help support the event!

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Christmas Immigration Clinic
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Join Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (RILA) in their work of providing pro bono legal assistance for immigrants in our community by helping host our Christmas clinic on Wednesday, December 13. You can help by bringing food, utensils, decoration items, etc. We start each clinic by sharing a meal together – RILA staff, volunteers, and their clients. The December clinic is traditionally a more festive event as we celebrate Advent and the approach of Christmas together.

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Holiday Helpers
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Looking to spread holiday cheer this holiday season? Become a Holiday Helper by donating gift cards to Bridges to Independence families. By donating gift cards, you help empower families to choose the presents they know their loved ones want or need. You can hold a donation drive (maybe engage your office/business) or spread the word to your friends and family. The goal is for every child served by Bridges to Independence to get a gift, and for their parents to be their heroes this holiday season!

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DIY Thank You Cards
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Join us in a heartwarming endeavor that celebrates the power of gratitude. By serving Bridges to Independence in this capacity, you'll have the chance to craft beautiful thank you cards for their community supporters. Volunteers are encouraged to make at least 10 cards. This is a kid-friendly DIY opportunity that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

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Serve at Sullivan House Shelter
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Bridges' shelter, Sullivan House, relies on the help of volunteers to keep it clean, fully stocked, and organized! The shelter has various volunteer opportunities open to volunteers who want to connect with the community. Opportunities are available for individuals or small groups looking to help with pantry organization, front desk assistance, shed organization, yardwork, and more!

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Be a Bright Bridges Mentor
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By being a mentor, you have a chance to be a consistent role model where there may not be one. This program encourages students to increase their ability to perform in school and social settings, create environments that will build an internal sense of positive self-worth and self-efficacy, and promote students to establish healthy bonds with people and institutions. This program is about creating connections that will last their lifetime.​ This is for volunteers who can make a long-term commitment to mentor a youth; this is not a one-time opportunity. Volunteers must be 18+ and go through a background check.

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DIY Welcome Home Cards
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While a “welcome home” card may seem like a small thing, the smiles they bring to a family transitioning from a shelter into a new stable home are immeasurable. Join Bridges in creating DIY Welcome Home Cards for families at Bridges that light up their journey of stability and empowerment. Together, we'll make a significant impact, one card at a time! This is a kid-friendly DIY opportunity that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

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Support ROCKBlue Operations Team
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ROCKBlue is seeking a journalist, content writer or copywriter to join their dynamic non-profit organization. This is a great opportunity for someone seeking a career in the areas of: project management as well as international development. Other than the learning experience, you will help them grow their Africa operations, your list of professional contacts, and have fun while doing it!

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Homework Club
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Homework Club pairs volunteer tutors with students to help build skills and understanding while completing homework assignments. Homework Club takes place Monday through Thursday, from 3:30pm to 6:00pm and volunteers can pick the days they can serve.

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Serve as a Group with Little Lights
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Gain experience with urban ministry with this team-building opportunity for groups of 10 or 20 individuals. This volunteer opportunity can involve deep cleaning, organizing, painting, dropping off snacks, and restocking our art/school supplies. We welcome teams of youth, college, and adults and it is a great way to build relationships with your close friends while engaging with an incredible nonprofit

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Saturday Program – Group Opportunity
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Saturday Program offers students a safe, fun place to spend their weekend. Twice a month from 10am-1pm, a volunteer group of 6-12 people play an instrumental role in providing personal attention to students, as well as organizing a craft project and supplying packed lunches for students. Since Saturday Program involves less structured activity, it is an ideal time for staff and volunteers to forge more personal relationships and spend extended quality time with students.

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College & Career Tutoring
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We meet with middle and high school students weekly and throughout the summer, providing one-to-one tutoring, financial aid and college planning, and guidance through DC’s high school lottery process, and the college application process

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Volunteer at Casa Chirilagua
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Volunteers can serve as tutors at Kids Club, spend time with youth at Teens Club and Casa to College, mentor in one-on-one relationships, or lead Bible studies in the community - in addition to one-time events.

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Volunteer at Path Forward
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Path Forward depends on a network of dedicated volunteers to accomplish their mission of providing housing solutions and stability for adults experiencing homelessness in Arlington. Path Forward has several opportunities for volunteers to give their time, energy, skills, and imagination to further their cause.

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Volunteer at Bridges
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Bridges to Independence empowers Arlington individuals and families to get out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. There are several ways you can volunteer with Bridges - including tutoring programs, fundraisers, one-time events and by participating in the annual kickball tournament!

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Volunteer at AFAC
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AFAC depends on the help of hundreds of volunteers to bag, distribute, drive, glean, grow, help in the office and warehouse and organize and assist at special events. Opportunities to serve AFAC are posted regularly for volunteers ages 14+ to join. Please note volunteers are required to be vaccinated against the COVID virus for on-site volunteering.

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Volunteer at Carpenter’s Shelter
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Carpenter's Shelter provides a multitude of ways for volunteers to get involved. From providing and/or serving meals to our families, engaging with our children, or working at our Front Desk, we are always in need of support and the best part is you have complete autonomy when you serve! You decide when, how often and in what capacity you would like to serve using our online portal through which you can view and select the service openings that interest you. Sign up to volunteer with us today!

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Volunteer at Little Lights
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Little Lights works to empower and uplift families academically, economically, spiritually, and emotionally. They have several opportunities for adults and students ages 16+ to get involved and build relationships with the communities they serve. Opportunities include tutoring programs, Bible studies, choir classes and overall making a difference in the life of a child, a community, and a city.

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Volunteer with CRi!
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CRi offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that change throughout the year: from kickball in the spring, to SummerFest, to Recreational Therapy Volunteers, to Adopt a Home: Holiday Edition in the winter, just to name a few. They also connect groups of all shapes and sizes to customized service projects. Interested in learning more? Check out their current opportunities below.

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Take Action with The Sentencing Project
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Your voice matters. Get involved today by signing a petition or telling your representatives why you're passionate about criminal legal reform. New opportunities to take action are added frequently so make sure to check the page below often!

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