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.

Current Opportunities/Greatest Needs

  • Naomi Project Mentor (Next Training 2/20). Mentors for our Naomi Project Program are paired with a new or expecting mom in Northern Virginia who needs some extra help taking care of herself and her baby to get her family off to a great start. A very rewarding way to volunteer! Bilingual volunteers who speak English and Spanish are greatly needed. The next training session will be held on Saturday, February 20 in Fairfax City. CLICK HERE to register. Contact naomiproject@outlook.com with questions or to notify of interest in volunteering.
  • Calling All Artists: Submit Your Art Work to Artful Living (Due 4/1). Are you an artist? Help our families by sharing your talent with the community at Artful Living 2016: Seeing the Beauty Within this spring in Fairfax City. Date of event, which will be held in association with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, TBD. JPG of your art submissions due Friday, April 1, 2016 to info@ODBFairfax.org. Art selected for the juried art show will be available for sale during the evening, with a portion of the proceeds going to help ODB's families. Cash prizes available. VIEW GUIDELINES. See our Artful Living page for more information. Please share our Artful Living page with any local artists you know who might be interested in submitting art.  
  • 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 in 2016. Groups may also collect funds or grocery cards to satisfy a delivery or donate funds by check or 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. READ the Fairfax Woman article.

On-Going/Long-Term Opportunities

  • Financial Literacy Instructors/Mentors. Make a lasting difference in the lives of Fairfax County area 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 information sessions. See our Financial Literacy Volunteer page for more info. Contact Carole Rogers, Financial Literacy Program Assistant.
  • GREAT NEED: Run a Grocery Card Drive for Our Daily Bread: Group Project. Our Daily Bread has many holes in its food delivery calendar to deliver grocery cards/food to our Food Bridge families. 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. READ the Fairfax Woman article. Contact Christina Garris.
  • Probono Attorney, Immigration Specialty. Our Daily Bread is seeking a legal professional with experience in the Commonweatlh of Virginia to provide front-line legal guidance to our clients, who are Fairfax County area residents who are working with us toward improving their financial outlook and achieving financial self-sufficiency. There would be absolutely no expectation that the volunteer represent a client. We are particularly interested in assistance from someone who specializes in immigration law. The attorney is asked to provide action items the client can do themselves without paying an attorney. The volunteer could either set up a regular phone hotline to take calls, or provide an email address for which to answer questions, and arrange for a follow-up phone call with the client. This volunteer activity may be performed almost exclusively by phone and email when it is convenient to the volunteer. 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 United Community Ministries in Alexandria. 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 Carole Rogers.
  • 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. READ the Fairfax Woman article.
  • Assemble Food4Thought Weekend Food Packs for Kids: Our Daily Bread’s Food4Thought Program partners with social workers and parent volunteers at select Fairfax County Public Schools to provide technical assistance and support for them to send home food for the weekend in the backpacks of children in their schools who receive food assistance at school during the week and may potentially go without food over the weekend. Businesses, community organizations and families can help our partner schools help their kids by donating the food and assembling packs that will be delivered to the schools for distribution to children who need them. Please note that groups who wish to participate in this project must provide the food that goes in the packs. CLICK HERE to see details about this volunteer project. Contact Christina Garris
  • Naomi Project Mentor: Mentors for our Naomi Project Program are paired with a new or expecting mom in Northern Virginia who needs some extra help taking care of herself and her baby to get her family off to a great start. A very rewarding way to volunteer! Training sessions offered periodically. CLICK HERE to learn more about the volunteer opportunity and how to register for an upcoming training. Contact naomiproject@outlook.com with questions or to notify of interest in volunteering.
  • 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.