There are many great ways to serve others in the community over the summer months. Our volunteer management system provides you with lots of ways to get involved and give back by supporting your local public library, nature center, or park and by helping out at special summer events like the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Lots of organizations also need volunteers to help care for and connect with others over the summer months. There truly is something for everyone.

Summer volunteering can provide young people with opportunities to learn, meet new people and to support the community we share.

To find out more about the opportunities below, click on the link, create your volunteer profile and register.

The list below represents just a sampling of opportunities available to young people; once in VolunteerNow database use the left-hand navigation to search for additional opportunities or find a more complete list below.

Summer Reading at Libraries

Helps as needed with programs including room set-up and take-down, crowd control and providing other assistance as needed. Sorts carts and straightens materials in the children's section of the library. Performs other related duties as assigned. Reports volunteer hours promptly and accurately.

Minimum age: 12

Adapted Aquatics Assistant

Work closely in the pool with one or two students during class, under the guidance of an Adapted Aquatics Instructor. Help to set goals for the participants who are working on swimming skills or water adjustment skills. Assist instructor with administrative duties and/or light lifting.

Minimum age: 14

Artist Building Representatives (VABRs)

Staff the front desks of our artist buildings at the Workhouse Arts Center; interact with visitors - answer questions, share our history, discuss the art on view; be an ambassador for our campus and artists.

Minimum age: 16

Native Plant Rescue

Join Friends of Accotink Creek, Fairfax City Environmental Forum, and neighbors to relocate the native plants in the path of the City's Stafford Drive Stream Restoration!

We will be clearing the planting area of invasive exotic plants and watering the relocated native plants.

Kozy Kerchiefs Kozy Kaps

Cut patterns necessary to sew kaps, kerchiefs, and port covers for cancer patients in Fairfax County and beyond.

Minimum age: 13

Youth Program Support

Are you passionate about the environment and want to share it with others? Assist our naturalists with providing educational programs to the public. Whether it's helping with nature hikes, going on stream studies, or conducting science experiments, you will inspire others to appreciate and enjoy our natural world. Programs include general public programs, camps, scout programs, or outreach events.

Minimum age: 13

Community Day

Volunteers are needed with the following duties: front desk registration, games, rides, parking lot attendee, crowd control, concessions, setup, break down, raffle tickets, prizes, vendor tables.

Community Fireworks Celebration 2024

Duties include set up, break down, spotter, lights, and info table. Volunteers must be 16 years old and able to stand for at least five hours. Assist with the set up and breakdown of the Fireworks Celebration. Volunteers will also work to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants.

Park Habitat Restoration

Did you know that invasive plants are a huge threat to local wildlife, including migrating birds? Help out these creatures by volunteering to remove invasive plants and restore habitat!

Registration for IMA workdays must be submitted by 3pm on the Friday prior to a weekend workday and by 12pm on the day prior to a weekday workday.

Minimum age: 12

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Pre/post-festival gardening, program aid, accessibility, post-festival takedown, accessibility services, sustainability, pre-festival setup, visitor services.

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