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

PSYC 427: Community Engagement for Social Change

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.

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

Carpenter's Shelter

Address: 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Name of Contact: Courtney D. Bishop        
Email: courtneybishop@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.

CentroNia

Address: 1420 Columbia Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
Name of Contact:
Email: 
Phone: (202) 332-4200
Mission: Educating children and youth and strengthening families, in a bilingual, multicultural environment
Opportunities: Found HERE
Can you accommodate Student Groups? N/A
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 18
Other:

 

Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith)

Address: 11150 Sunset Hills Road #210  Reston, VA 20190
Name of Contact: 
Phone: (571) 323-9555
Mission: We promote self-sufficiency through direct support and advocacy for our neighbors in need of food, immediate shelter, affordable housing, quality child care, and other human services.
Opportunities: Found HERE
Can you accommodate Student Groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: 16
Other:

 

FACETS

Address: 10640 Page Avenue Suite 300 Fairfax, VA 22030
Name of Contact: Lauren Breeden                                   
Email: LBreeden@facetscares.org
Phone: (703) 865-4251
Mission: FACETS seeks to help parents, their children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County. FACETS envisions a day when everyone in Fairfax County has access to adequate and affordable housing and nobody is homeless. We seek to engage and educate our community in providing long-term solutions and resources to break the cycle of poverty for our neighbors in need.
Opportunities: Assisting with FACETS food pantry; driving clients to eye doctor appointments; serving as Community Program Assistants; volunteering in open computer lab; helping with boys group, girls group Jr./Sr., passport to fun program.
Can you accommodate student groups? Yes
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: We have training for each program available for the volunteers. The Volunteer Manager supervises all the volunteers along with the FACETS Staff Member, who works directly with the program the student is volunteering with.
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Cue Bus Schedules.
Minimum Age: 16 (to work with clients). No minimum age to work in office.
Background Check: We require both a standard background check and a CPS check. Volunteers will fill out the form when they come in for their volunteer interview which they must complete before they can volunteer.
Other: 

Horton's Kids

Address: 110 Maryland Avenue Northeast, #207  Washington, DC 20002
Name of Contact: Mike Langen
Email: startvolunteering@hortonskids.org
Phone: 202-544-5033 ext. 8
Mission: Horton’s Kids’ mission is to educate and empower the children of Washington, DC’s Ward 8 by providing comprehensive, direct services which improve the quality of their daily lives and nurture their desire and ability to succeed.
Opportunities: Volunteers tutor the same student every Monday or Tuesday from 6:30 till 8:00pm or may act as a floating tutor with different students.
Can you accommodate student groups? N/A
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive: Students must be under constant supervision during their sessions at the Horton’s Kids organization
Is your organization accessible via public transportation: Metro Blue/orange line
Minimum Age: 18
Other: Must attend an orientation prior to working with the students.
 

New Hope Housing

Address: 8407E Richmond Hwy, Alexandria VA  22309
Name of Contact: Nicole Allen
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.

OAR

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 required 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!

Wesley Housing

Address: 5515 Cherokee Ave., Alexandria, VA 22312
Name of Contact: Angela Jackson
Phone: 703-642-3830, ext. 224
Mission: Wesley Housing has been providing affordable housing solutions since 1974. Former schoolteacher Virginia Peters established the nonprofit organization in response to a study by her church’s affordable housing task force that revealed the staggering number of low- and moderate-income families, seniors, and disabled individuals with few or no viable options for decent, affordable housing.
Opportunities: Found HERE
Can you accommodate Student Groups? 
Please describe the type of supervision and orientation that students will receive:
Is your organization accessible via public transportation? See Metro Trip Planner.
Minimum Age: N/A
Other:

 

 

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