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.
- School Supply Sorting, Aug. 10-14: Thanks to the generous supporters of our Collect for Kids Back to School Program, we will have tons of school supplies coming in the week of August 10! Volunteer for a shift to help us unpack, sort and bundle up supplies to distribute to local schools that will send representatives to pick up supplies later in the week so they can distribute them to kids in need at their schools in September. Volunteer opportunity is at Oak View Elementary (5004 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA, near GMU Fairfax Campus). Great for kids/teens. Under 14 should volunteer with an adult or person 18+. SIGN UP for a shift. Contact Dawn Sykes.
- 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. Contact Christina Garris.
- Web Site Development Assistance for Client. Our Daily Bread has a client who is working toward self-sufficiency by building a business. She needs help creating a simple, inexpensive and easy-to-maintain web site to help with her business. Contact Sally Meyer if you can help.
- American Sign Language Interpreter, 9/24/15. Our Daily Bread has a client who is planning to attend our Thrifty Thursday Budgeting Class at Chantilly High School on Thurs., Sept. 24, and has requested ASL assistance. Volunteer would assist the client throughout the course of the two-hour class so that the client will understand the instruction that is being provided by the volunteer Budget Class Instructor. It is unclear whether ODB will require additional ASL volunteer assistance after this class, but we would welcome the opportunity to maintain the volunteer contact in case need arises in the future. Contact AJ Bennett.
- 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.
- Naomi Project Mentor: Training Day Oct. 24: 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! The next Mentor training day is Sat., Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fairfax City. CLICK HERE to learn more about the volunteer opportunity and how to register. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- 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.
- 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.