Immediate Volunteer Needs
Below are Our Daily Bread's immediate volunteer needs, but if you have a different skill you would like to share with us, let us know. Contact Us to learn more.
If you're interested in any of these volunteer positions, call the listed contact at 703-273-8829 or e-mail them at the provided link.
- Resume Writing Assistance for Clients. Our Daily Bread is seeking volunteers who are experienced with the Federal and/or non-federal resume writing, and would be willing to work with our clients to provide edits, reviews and feedback, as well as with cover letter writing assistance with their resumes. Volunteers should be knowledgeable about resume formatting and styling, use of keywords, bullets and language so that our clients' strengths are highlighted. Clients receiving this assistance are in our Financial Mentoring or Project BRIDGE Programs, and are committed to working with our staff and volunteers to improve their financial outlook. ODB client would first make an appointment with volunteer ahead of time. A volunteer’s time is flexible and help can be done via email and phone calls such that no personal meetings would be necessary unless the volunteer and client agree on the meeting. This would be a flexible, ongoing, as-needed volunteer position with ODB. Contact Sally Meyer.
- Artful Living Event Committee. Do you enjoy art or event planning? Help us create, organize and implement our Artful Living event! We'll have a few planning meetings in our office beginning in January, but much of the participation leading up to the event can be done by phone or email. Event is May 1, 2015 at the Sherwood Center in Fairfax City. Learn more on our Artful Living page. Contact Lisa Whetzel to learn more about the Committee.
- Pro Bono Attorney. Our Daily Bread is seeking a volunteer with up-to-date legal experience in Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide occasional guidance to our clients. The volunteer would not be expected to represent clients. Contact with clients who have legal questions could be made by phone or email at volunteer's convenience. CLICK HERE to learn more. Contact Marcelle Miles.
- Volunteer Financial Planners (Alexandria area). Our Daily Bread has an urgent need for Volunteer Financial Planners (FP), who will help adult individuals plan the use of their income, savings, and investments (if any). Clients are typically struggling with credit and debt issues. FPs will provide a one time, 45-60 minute counseling session to help clients examine their immediate financial situation and help them create a course of action to address concerns. Clinics are held at the Sacramento Neighborhood Center, 8792-E Sacramento Drive, Alexandria, VA 22309. Financial Planners arrive between 6:00 - 6:30 pm to begin counseling clients. Plan for 2-3 hours of volunteer time per clinic. CLICK HERE to learn more. Contact AJ Bennett.
- Bilingual Financial Literacy Instructors. ODB has an urgent need for fluent speakers of both English and Spanish to teach financial literacy classes. There are several upcoming classes in late September through November where instructors are needed. Training is provided. While a financial background is helpful, it is not required. See our Financial Literacy Volunteer page for more info. Contact Marcelle Miles, Financial Literacy Program Manager.
- Food Pantry Volunteer. Our Daily Bread is seeking a special kind of volunteer who has a truck or large vehicle, is willing and able to do some occasional heavy lifting, and can help out for one or two hours a week during weekdays (typically between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) as the need arises. Typical jobs will be moving food and pantry donations from our office on the Fairfax County Courthouse Complex to our supplemental storage space on Main Street. Both locations are in Fairfax City and less than 1 mile apart. We occasionally may ask for assistance picking up pantry donations from another location or help moving other items. Must have a valid drivers license and be able to use own vehicle. Contact Christina Garris.
- Run a Grocery Card Drive for Our Daily Bread: Group Project. Our Daily Bread has no groups to deliver grocery cards/food to our Food Bridge families in May! Can your organization help? We have 60 Fairfax County area families on our delivered food program and serves approximately 300 families per year who need emergency food. The best way to help them? Grocery cards allow them to use the budgeting skills they learn through our Financial Literacy Program to shop for fresh, healthy food that meets their families' dietary needs. CLICK HERE to learn more. Contact Christina Garris.
- Financial Literacy Instructors/Mentors. Make a lasting difference in the lives of Fairfax families who are working to achieve self-sufficiency! Volunteers are needed to mentor and teach basic budgeting skills to families in crisis. Teachers will be asked to teach 1.5 hour classes once a month at various locations around Fairfax County. Mentors will be matched as soon as possible. Training will be provided. We have a special need for Spanish speakers and for volunteers to participate in a partnership with OAR of Fairfax. Regular orientation sessions. See our Financial Literacy Volunteer page for more info. Contact AJ Bennett, Financial Literacy Program Assistant.
- Food Collection and Delivery Groups. ODB needs local organizations (businesses, community groups, neighborhood or social groups, churches) to commit to collecting non-perishable food items and making a delivery to 30 of our Food clients on one or two Sundays per year. Groups may also collect funds or grocery cards to satisfy a delivery or donate funds at www.ODBFoodBridge.org and ODB will purchase gift cards at a bulk discount and send them to our clients on your group's behalf. Our clients love receiving grocery cards so they can purchase fresh food. We have many holes in our food delivery calendar this year. Can your company, organization or congregation help? CLICK HERE to learn more. Contact Christina Garris, our Food Program Manager, for more information.
- Office Assistants. Our Daily Bread needs Volunteers in our Fairfax City office who can assist with data entry, recordkeeping and general office tasks. Attention to detail and computer literacy/familiarity with MS Office suite are important. Familiarity with MS Excel a huge plus. Must be able to volunteer during ODB's regular office hours: 10 a.m .to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your volunteer support is critical to helping free up our staff to spend more time and energy assisting our clients. Contact Mila Cobos.