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

PSYC 327/328 Psychology in the Community

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 Social Action and Integrative Learning.

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

Alcohol and Drug Services

Address: Student Union Building 1
Name of Contact: Lindsey Hammond
Email: lhammon2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-3170
Mission: The Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education empowers students to reach optimal academic performance, fosters social interaction through services and strategies that encourage healthy decision making and cultivate an environment that builds and supports a healthy and diverse Mason community.
Opportunities:
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive: Direct Supervision
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? Yes Metro Bus, Cue, and Mason Shuttle
Minimum Age: 18

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 volunteer 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.

Autism Learning Center

Address: 7600 Leesburg Pike #410, Falls Church, VA 22043
Name of Contact: N/A
Email: autismlc@aol.com
Phone: 703-506-1930
Mission: Our BCBA Clinical Directors create individualized programs to meet the needs of each child based on clinical experience and research in applied behavior analysis. Our home-based services allow our trained staff to provide intensive one-on–one therapy focusing not only on academic goals but also on all aspects of the child’s life. Our curriculum emphasizes communication skills based on Skinner’s theory of verbal behavior, a variety of self–help skills, and social skills, with a focus of generalization to the natural environment.  With all activities, we emphasize increasing verbal behavior, spontaneity of language, and teaching in the child’s natural setting
Opportunities: N/A
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? No
Minimum Age:

CrisisLink

Address: Arlington, VA 22204
Name of Contact: Michelle Short                    
Email: volunteer@crisislink.org
Phone: 703-516-6778
Mission: To bring immediate help, hope, and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems.
Opportunities: Volunteer Hotline Crisis Counselor Program - after completing 60 hours of training, volunteers work weekly, 3-hour shifts to staff our suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline. Volunteers are also required to spend a minimum of 150 hours listening on the hotline. To see next training schedule, visit http://www.crisislink.org/volunteer/training.html

Please visit our website at: http://crisislink.org/volunteer/crisislink-application/ to learn more about service-learning opportunities and begin the application process.
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: CrisisLink staff will provide supervision and feedback to volunteers and student service-learners.  There is also an on-call cell phone that hotline volunteers can call at anytime (day or night) whenever consultation is needed.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: Volunteers for our Hotline Crisis Counseling program must be 21 years or older.  Other volunteer projects have no age requirements.
Background Check: We request two references as well as a full criminal background check prior to volunteering with CrisisLink. This usually takes no longer than one week.
Other: Volunteers for our Hotline Crisis Counseling program must be 21 years or older.  Other volunteer projects have no age requirements. Regardless of education and experience, all hotline volunteers should have the following characteristics: empathy for others, genuine desire and willingness to help people in need, openness to learning new skills, philosophies, ways of communication, a desire to receive and give positive and constructive feedback before, during, and after training and throughout all experiences with CrisisLink, a willingness to maintain high levels of skills and performance after training, ability to maintain confidentiality, ability to accept supervision, and ability to speak clearly and be easily understood over the telephone.

Fairfax City Police Department

Address: 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Name of Contact: Colonel Rick Rappoport
Email: rick.rappoport@fairfaxva.gov
Phone: 703-385-7960
Mission: The men and women of the City of Fairfax Police Department are committed to providing our community with professional police services of the highest quality. We invite you to use this website to obtain police services and information, and to communicate with us about public safety issues in the City of Fairfax
Opportunities:
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? Yes
Minimum Age:  18

Fairfax County Park Authority

Address: 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 936, VA 22035
Name of Contact: Erin Stockschlaeder
Email: Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-324-8681
Mission: To interpret and preserve Fairfax County's natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, health and inspiration of current and future generations.
Opportunities: The main project goal of IMA is habitat restoration and tree preservation through the removal of non-native invasive species. Help restore local parks by removing damaging, non-native invasive plants and restoring the natural balance and health of the forest by planting helpful native species.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: There is a Volunteer IMA Site Leader at each site who teaches plant identification, removal technique and discusses the importance of habitat restoration and tree preservation.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Cue Bus Schedules.
Minimum Age: Volunteers under 12 years of age require separate adult supervision.
Background Check: No
Other: No specific skills/experience required or majors preferred.

Friends of Guest House

Address: 1 East Luray Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
Name of Contact: Kim Bauer                    
Email: volunteer@friendsofguesthouse.org  
Phone: 703-549-8072
Mission: To provide housing and critical support services to women coming out of the criminal justice system.
Opportunities: Case management; Group facilitation; One-on-one facilitation; Advocacy; Outreach; Organizational leadership
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: All staff/interns/volunteers must pass background check and go through 2 hour mandatory orientation. Student will meet weekly with supervisor and ongoing in between as needed.  We have 24/7 staffing on site so students never alone in facility.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Background Check: Students provide basic information and we submit and pay for background check. Usually takes 1-2 weeks.
Other: Strong desire to learn, open mind/heart, good boundaries, good listener.

George Mason University Child Development Center

Address: 4402 University Drive, MS 5C2, Fairfax, VA 22030
Name of Contact: Ursula Costin                 
Email: ucostin@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-3753 
Mission: To provide quality preschool program for children ages 2 - 5.
Opportunities: Working in pre-school classrooms or in gardens. Volunteer forms can be completed in-office.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Supervision is by Lead and Assistant Teachers and by the Director and Work Shop Coordinator.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Other: Majors/Educational Backgrounds preferred: Education, Psychology, Nursing.

Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Address: 235 Old Waterford Rd., NW, Leesburg, VA 20176
Name of Contact: Elizabeth Kaeser, RN, MSN, NHA, CPHQ                 
Email: beth.kaeser@inova.org
Phone: 703 771-2841
Mission: 
To provide the highest quality long term and rehabilitative care in a homelike setting. 
Opportunities: Social Work and Therapeutic Recreation.
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Supervision by licensed and/or certified staff.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? No
Minimum Age: 18
Background Check: Virginia Criminal background check required. 
Other: Social Work majors preferred.

Main Street Child Development Center

Address: 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Name of Contact: Elizabeth Egan
Email: elizabethegan@hotmail.com
Phone: 703-273-1192 
Mission: 
To provide a high quality accredited early childhood program for children of limited income working families. To enhance the quality of life for our parents through community resources, parent education and family literacy.
Opportunities: Supporting classroom curriculum by working with preschoolers and a school-aged group to strengthen literacy and interactions with children. Reading to children and helping with computer literacy for adults and cleanup days.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: the director and possible lead staff, if placed in a classroom setting will supervise Students. Orientation takes place 30 minutes prior to placement.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? Within walking distance from GMU’s Fairfax campus.
Minimum Age: 16
Background Check: Students must show GMU I.D. and participate in a 30 minute orientation.
Other: Willingness to work with a diverse group of preschool and school-aged children, many deemed "at risk."

Mason LIFE Program

Address: George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 1F2, Fairfax, VA  22030
Name of Contact: Heidi J. Graff
Email: hgraff@gmu.edu
Phone: 703 993-8036
Mission: The Mason Learning into Future Environments (LIFE) Program (http://masonlife.gmu.edu/) is a supportive academic university experience that offers a four-year post-secondary curriculum of study to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who begin the program between 18-23 years of age. This experience of learning, working, and living together mutually benefits all individuals.
Opportunities: Supporting academic and after-hours curriculum day which runs from 9-5:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Activities include classroom assistance in Literature, Writing, and Math as well as fitness, community access, and independent living. 
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: All Service-learners would have a leader to follow in each activity, be encouraged to attend staff meetings (Thursdays from 11:15-12:30pm) to continue their training, and be provided a site mentor to meet with each week.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? We are located in the Aquia Building on GMU's Fairfax campus.
Minimum Age: 18
Other: No experience necessary, although having worked with individuals with disabilities is helpful.

National Counseling Group

Address: 4201 Martin Avenue, Annandale, Virginia 22003
Name of Contact: Kara Burney
Email: Kara.Burney@nationalcounselinggroup.com
Phone: 703-813-5982
Mission: To alleviate suffering and improve lives
Opportunities:
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation?
Minimum Age: 18

Northern Virginia Training Center

Address: 9901 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032-1941
Name of Contact: Maureen Andretta
Email: Maureen.andretta@dbhds.virginia.gov
Phone: 703-323-4078
Mission: To help people with intellectual disabilities live life.
Opportunities: http://www.nvtc.dbhds.virginia.gov/Volop.shtml
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation?
Minimum Age: 18

Oak Valley Center

Address: 11230 Waples Mill Road, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Name of Contact: Jaren Van Den Heuval, Ph.D.
Email:
Phone: 703-591-1146
Mission: Oak Valley Center’s goal is to help students develop the ability to withstand life’s greatest challenges.
Opportunities:
Can you accommodate student groups?
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation?
Minimum Age: 18

OAR of Fairfax County

Address: 10640 Page Avenue, Ste. 250, Fairfax, VA  22030
Name of Contact: Dana Hayden
Email: dhayden@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! 

Rappahannock Area Council For Children and Parents

Address: 1320 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 264, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Name of Contact:
Email: raccap@raccap.org
Phone: 540-785-6217
Mission To promote positive parenting and educate the public about the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the Greater Fredericksburg area, which includes: Caroline County, the City of Fredericksburg, King George County, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County.
Opportunities: Children's Program Worker: to administer program lesson plans & activities to the children. Public Education & Events: staff our Public Education booth at various events & assist with fundraising activities. General Office Support: to include grant writing, developing marketing strategies, & program development.
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: All volunteers receive six hours of training on concepts of mutual self-help programs, and the basics of child abuse and neglect reporting. Children's program workers complete five additional hours of program specific training. Volunteers can also participate in quarterly in-service training on applicable topics. The Program Manager and the Executive Director supervise volunteers.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Background Check: All volunteers will have the following background checks completed at training: Child Protective Services, Sex Offender Registry, and Criminal History.
Other: Volunteers must love children and have the ability to relate positively with them. Some knowledge of child development is helpful. Patience is required. Skills needed in all areas such as: fundraising, marketing, graphics, office skills, event coordination.

Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services, George Mason University

Name of Contact: Hope Savolainen
Email: gmusas4u@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-9999
Mission: George Mason University Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is committed to educating the Mason community about, and responding to, sexual, dating and/or partner violence as well as stalking, thereby: advocating for increased victims’ rights thus shaping men and women able to seek social justice and creating a campus community respectful of all students’ rights to live and learn in an environment free from violence.
Opportunities: http://waves.gmu.edu/get-involved/become-an-intern-or-program-volunteer/
Can you accommodate student groups? No
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? Yes
Minimum Age: 18

 

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