Social Action and Integrative Learning
School of Integrative Studies | College of Humanities and Social Sciences

INTS 331: The Nonprofit Sector

The following organizations have provided service opportunities to students in this course in the past OR they have expressed an interest in being a service site this year. 

Please understand that this previous or expressed interest does not obligate an organization to accept you as a service-learner.  Most organizations will want to view a resume or list of your relevant skills and experience and follow-up with an interview to be sure you are a good fit for their organization and their needs at this time.

If you have interests not represented here, you are strongly encouraged to seek out other organizations, using resources such as Volunteer Fairfax and other resources on available through the Social Action and Integrative Learning.

Please contact Prof Andere if you need further assistance finding an organization to meet your learning interests.

Action Alexandria

Address: 1421 Prince Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA  22314
Web Address: www.actionalexandria.org
Contact: Tracy Viselli, Community Manager
Email: tracy.viselli@actforalexandria.org
Phone: 703-739-7778
Mission: An initiative of Act for Alexandria, Action Alexandria is an online platform built to engage residents and business people in problem solving to strengthen community ties and increase each individual’s stake in creating positive outcomes for specific community problems.

Alternative House

Address: PO Box 694, Dunn Loring, VA 22027
Name of Contact: Susie Guido                       
Email: susie_guido@thealternativehouse.org
Phone: 703-356-6360
Mission: 
To provide support to at-risk children, youth and families through counseling, shelter, crisis-intervention and neighborhood outreach.  Our programs recognize that families are interdependent and that a crisis or challenge facing one family member affects everyone.  We therefore empower children, teens and families to work together and build on their strengths.
Opportunities: Assisting Young Mothers (AYM) - providing childcare while mothers are in group and assisting toddlers with cognitive & motor development; Mon. & Tues. evenings 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Safe Youth Project (SYP) - working with 4th, 5th & 6th graders assisting with homework, playing sports, and arts & crafts; Mon. 1pm to 6pm & Tues. through Thurs. 3pm to 6pm (locations in Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads). Teen Center - assist with homework, interact with clients, and participate in activities (groups, arts & crafts, cook/serve dinner). Mon through Thurs 3pm to 9pm & Friday 3pm to 6pm.
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Depending on the location, staff will train volunteers on Policies & Procedures.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? Accessible by Cue-bus and Metro Rail depending on location. See Metro Trip Planner.
Additional Information: A volunteer application can be accessed on our website - http://www.thealternativehouse.org
Minimum Age: 18
Background Check: Yes. Child Protective Services and Criminal Background Check (2 to 3 weeks).
Other: Appropriate social interactions with children and youth. Preferred Majors: Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services.

Insight Memory Care Center (formerly Alzheimer's Family Day Center)

Address: 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22031
Name of Contact: Lisa M. Wright                 
Email: lisa.wright@insightmcc.org
Phone: 703-204-4664
Mission: 
To enhance the well-being and quality of life of each person during the course of an Alzheimer's-type illness, through therapeutic and innovative approaches. As families are also affected by the illness, we promote caregiver wellness through education and support.
Opportunities: Assisting with activities, playing the piano, assisting people with eating, helping prepare and distribute lunch, bringing in pets for pet therapy sessions, serving food at celebrations. Volunteer applications can be found at: http://www.insightmcc.org/get-involved/help-out/volunteer/
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: All volunteers are required to attend a 3-hour orientation session. Supervision is provided on-site.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16 (to work directly with patients)
Background Check:
Other:
IMCC serves as a site for service-learning and internships. IMCC invites interns from a variety of programs. IMCC also offers training opportunities for students and other professionals who are looking for an increased understanding of dementia and who want to learn techniques that facilitate working with older adults who are memory impaired.

The Arc of Northern VA

Address: 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043
Name of Contact: Lynn Ruiz                                               
Email: lruiz@thearcofnova.org
Phone: 703-532-3214
Mission: 
The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local affiliate of the largest non-profit organization supporting people and families living with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. The mission is to provide service and education navigation locally and on a state level, as well as, information and referral, a special needs trust program, self-advocacy empowerment opportunities, and special events. We distribute weekly updates for families, professionals and individuals living in the cities and counties of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.
Opportunities: Non-profit management & office administration; organizing educational seminars for parents of children with disabilities; social-media management; advocacy leaders; helping with a Self-Advocacy group of adults with disabilities. This group meets at Fairfax Government Center on the second Thursday of the month 6-8pm.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Depending on the projects listed, a service-learner will be assigned a director (Director of Advocacy, Executive Director or the Director of Trusts) to work under and to supervise his/her project. The Executive Director supervises all Arc Directors.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: No; Not required for most programs.
Other: No experience necessary, only an open mind to learn to work with people with disabilities. Former service-learners were from the nonprofit management class, events management class, special education majors and social work school.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.

Address: 6121 Lincolnia Road, Suite 303, Alexandria, VA 22312
Name of Contact:                           
Email: info@bhnv.org
Phone: 703-658-9500
Mission: To help women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence regain health and dignity and become reestablished in their community by providing temporary housing and support.
Opportunities: Masters-level counseling interns provide individual and group counseling as well as assisting with helpline calls. Undergraduate social work interns can provide assistance to the Family Assistance Program staff with various projects. Undergraduate business and or communications majors can intern with the Development Director and Volunteer Coordinator working on promoting special events and various other fundraising efforts.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Students will attend a volunteer orientation and receive any specific training from the appropriate staff member. The Family Assistance Program Manager supervises counseling interns, who have a Master's in Counseling and are Nationally Certified, and social work interns.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 18 (and out of high school).
Background Check: Background checks are required for ongoing volunteers (not one-time event volunteers). The background checks costs $10 and can often be processed the same day. Sometimes the background check can take up to 48 hours.
Other: Majors/Educational Background preferred: Social Work; Psychology; Counseling; Human Services; Public Relations; Communications; Public Health.

Birmingham Green

Address: 8605 Centreville Road, Manassas, VA 20110
Name of Contact: Andre Porter                                    
Email: aporter@birminghamgreen.org
Phone: 703-257-0811 
Mission: 
Birmingham Green is the non-profit partner for Northern Virginia area local governments providing a continuum of exceptional long-term care for adults, primarily those with limited resources. Birmingham Green is an innovative leader in the field of long-term care. The non-profit organization provides a quality of life for every resident that recognizes their personal dignity and encourages functioning at their maximum levels of independence.
Opportunities: Service learners will work one-on-one with residents. Talking with them about the current issues they are facing. Facilitating with behavioral group, such as smoking cessation and anger management groups. Students will also be needed in all departments expanding their knowledge of the senior population, mental health issues, and the issues staff face day to day.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: The department head, in which they are volunteering, will supervise the service-learner.  All will initially report to the Volunteer Coordinator and will report to him upon completion.  Any problems and concerns can be brought to the aforementioned supervisors and can also be taken to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Background Check: The volunteer application requires a background check for volunteers over 18 years of age. The background check usually takes a week and once it is cleared, volunteers can start volunteering after an interview and orientation.
Other: Majors/Educational Background needed: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Nursing. Students from Music and Arts department are always welcome. Skills Needed: The above are preferred but all are invited to volunteer. Patience, kindness, a good heart, an open mind and a hard work ethic are a must!

Carpenter's Shelter

Address: 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Name of Contact: Kelly McDermott         
Email: kellymcdermott@carpentersshelter.org
Phone: 703-548-7500
Mission: To improve shelter, guidance, education and advocacy for homeless individuals and families who seek sustainable independence and stability.
Opportunities: Assisting program staff in delivering services at the day shelter, fundraising, website development, job coaching, administrative duties and more.
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Students must attend an orientation, which includes an overview of programs and a tour. A senior staff member will supervise students. Students must also complete a background check and confidentiality agreement.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 18
Background Check: See http://www.carpentersshelter.org/get-involved/volunteer/ for more information.
Other: All majors are welcome. Applicant must have Microsoft Office skills.

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc

Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 247 Fairfax, VA 22035
Web Address: www.celebratefairfax.org
Contact: Meagan Lindsay Butkus, Managing Director
Email: meagan.butkus@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-324-5457
Mission: The Celebration of Fairfax County and Its Communities.
Opportunities: Internships and job postings for CFI are available at http://celebratefairfax.com/get-involved/volunteers/. Interns and office volunteers work one on one with CFI staff. Orientation includes a tour of the facilities and a meeting with the direct supervisor and/or CEO to go over CFI policies.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? We are accessible via the Fairfax Connector.

K.I. Services, Inc

Address: 25 South Quaker Lane, Unit 4, Alexandria VA 22314
Name of Contact: Yvonne Williams
Email: ywilliams@kiservices.org
Phone: 703-823-4401
Mission: 
Our mission is to improve the quality of life, health and healthcare services for those in our community most in-need through intensive and culturally specific outreach education and counseling services.
Opportunities: Program Assistant, Outreach Assistant, Research Assistant; Marketing Assistant; Accounting Assistant; Event Planning, Business Assistant
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: The student will receive weekly supervision from a Master's level staff and at-least ten (10) hours of orientation before beginning work on a project.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Background Check: If the volunteer and/or service learner will be with the organization for more than five months.
Other: Knowledge and usage of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.). Excellent verbal and written skills. Must possess professional office etiquette.

New Hope Housing

Address: 8407E Richmond Hwy, Alexandria VA  22309
Name of Contact: Nicole Dillon
Email: ndillon@newhopehousing.org
Phone: 703 799 2293 ex 22
Mission: To provide shelter and opportunities to build a better life for homeless families and individuals.
Opportunities: Depending on the student's availability, students may be assigned to (work/assist): with case managers, in the Education & Employment Center, one-on-one with residents (tutoring),  with children's activities, in the kitchen, or with administrative tasks.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Students meet first with the volunteer coordinator for an overview of the agency.  Afterward, they work with the staff member in the area of work to which they are assigned. That staff person provides training and supervision, as needed.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Other: Social work is a good major, but not required.

Northern Virginia Family Service

Address: 10455 White Granite Drive Oakton, VA 22124
Name of Contact: Navara Jordon; Jan Hawkins
Email: njordan@nvfs.org; jhawkins@nvfs.org
Phone: 703-219-2193
Mission: 
To empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs.
Opportunities: Homework tutor for youth; Childcare and children's educational and recreational activities; Client Services Assistant; Front desk greeter and client assistant; Administrative Support; Development Assistant; Special events planning, etc..
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Service-learner will be supervised by a program staff member for the program in which the student volunteers. Volunteer coordinator will check-in occasionally with student and program staff supervisor to address questions, concerns, etc. Program staff member will meet with student as needed to address program-specific questions, concerns, etc. All potential service learners must attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held monthly and are led by the Volunteer Coordinator.
Minimum Age: 16; Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Background Check If service-learners/volunteers work with clients, they will have to undergo a Criminal Background Check. If they work with clients under the age of 18, they will have to have a Child Protective Services background check, as well. Mentors will need to be fingerprinted.
Other: Interest in helping families and individuals in need.

OAR of Fairfax County

Address: 10640 Page Avenue, Ste. 250, Fairfax, VA  22030
Name of Contact: Tasha Coleman
Email: tcoleman@oarfairfax.org
Phone: 703-246-3033
Mission: 
To rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources for offenders and their families to create safer communities.
Opportunities: Visit our website at: http://www.oarfairfax.org/volunteer-opportunities to learn more about service-learning opportunities.
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: All volunteers receive training and supervision for the position in which they are placed. Continuing education classes are also offered for volunteers on a regular basis.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See CUE Bus Schedules.
Minimum Age: All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and some positions require a volunteer to be 21 years old.
Background Check: All volunteers must submit to background and reference checks.
Other: Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, Pre-Law, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work are preferred, but others are welcome!

SERVE - A program of Northern Virginia Family Service

Address: 10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA  20110
Name of Contact: Jan Hawkins
Email: jhawkins@nvfs.org
Phone: 703-367-6742
Mission: 
To empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs.
Opportunities: Homework tutor for youth; Childcare and children's educational and recreational activities; Client Services Assistant; Front desk greeter and client assistant; Administrative Support; Development Assistant; Special events planning, etc.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: All students attend a volunteer orientation and receive training when they begin. A staff member from the program in which they are placed, and from the Volunteer Coordinator supervises students.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Background Check: CPS background check and criminal record name check depending on position.
Other: Interest in helping families and individuals in need.

Shelter House, Inc. (Patrick Henry Family Shelter)

Address: 3080 Patrick Henry Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044
Web Address: www.shelterhouse.org
Contact: Victor Dooley, Community Coordinator
Email: victor.dooley@shelterhouse.org
Phone: 703.538.7105
Mission: Shelter House's mission is to break the cycle of homelessness for families and victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County by providing crisis intervention, temporary housing and supportive services to promote self sufficiency.
Opportunities: Children's Program Planning (psychology/education), Holiday Program Organization (marketing/development), Case Management Support (human services/nonprofit)
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: On-site orientation through job shadowing and an intense 2-5 day overview of programs, policies and procedures. Supervision includes access to multiple staff persons every day and well as weekly one-on-one supervision meetings and staff meetings (with feedback and recommendations).
Background check: We provide this at no cost to the student.

Tahirih Justice Center

Address: 6402 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 300 Falls Church, VA 22042
Web Address: www.tahirih.org
Contact: Allison Medina, Managing Social Worker
Email: allison@tahirih.org
Phone: 571-282-6161
Brief Mission Statement of Organization: The Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Leveraging both in-house and pro bono attorneys, we empower our clients to achieve justice and equality through holistic direct legal services and national public policy advocacy.
Opportunities: Social Service Admin Volunteer - assist the social service with administrative tasks including filing, data entry, and mailings.
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Student will receive weekly supervision and may be included in program meetings.
Minimum Age: We prefer students over 18 years old.
Please describe any other skills/experience required, as well as preferred majors: If a student speaks another language, it can be helpful.

Volunteer Fairfax

Address: 10530 Page Avenue
Web Address: www.volunteerfairfax.org
Contact: Christine Coffey, Special Events Coordinator
Email: ccoffey@volunteerfairfax.org
Phone: (703) 246-3460
Brief Mission Statement of Organization: Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes people and resources to meet regional community needs.
Opportunities: Volunteer Fairfax connects with over 900 nonprofit and public agencies in our community.  We are a resource for connecting service-learners to opportunities.  In-house Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes service-learners through work involving communications, special events coordination, program development, information technology, public administration and more.  We are open to working with students to help them find a suitable placement that meets both our organizations' needs, as well as their learning objectives.  To view information about our current opportunities please visit www.volunteerfairfax.org, click on ‘About Us’ and then ‘VolunteerNow!’.  In addition, your involvement with Volunteer Fairfax will expose you to the center's ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs program which provides paid 8-week summer internships for undergraduate students in the nonprofit sector.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Service-learners are supervised by staff.  The supervisor will work with the student to determine appropriate and realistic learning objectives.  Learning objectives are monitored on a weekly basis during formal check-in meetings and accessed at the mid-point and finale of the student's term of service.  Service-learners will receive a formal orientation which will include information on the background of the organization, policy and procedures, introduction to the center’s staff, etc.
Does your organization have liability insurance that covers volunteers/service-learners? Yes
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? Volunteer Fairfax is accessible by several bus routes: all CUE routes (Green 1-2 and Gold 1-2), 15M, 17A, 17G, 29K, and Fairfax Connector 306. For more information about bus routes, call 202-637-7000. Vienna is the closest metro station to the Center.
Please share any additional information that is not covered in this form: Volunteer Fairfax works to connect people to volunteer opportunities and also understands the importance and impact that volunteers have on our community.  If you are looking for service-learning or volunteer opportunities, please don't hesitate to visit www.volunteerfairfax.org or contact us (703) 246-3460. 

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