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Winter Volunteer Opportunities for Students

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Abby Burtner

With holidays right around the corner, organizations and nonprofits are always looking for helping hands to help the less fortunate. Here is an official list of winter 2023 volunteer opportunities for students looking to help and serve their community.

  1. Trees of Hope 2023

Trees of Hope is an organization that utilizes creativity and decorating skills in a way that benefits the less fortunate. The organization distributes trees to volunteers who are free to decorate the trees as they please. Once all the trees have been turned in, they are auctioned off and the money made goes to nonprofits supporting homeless children and families throughout the region. Visit Loisann’s Hope House (902 Lafayette Boulevard) to pick up trees free of charge and once decorated, deliver the tree(s) to The Woolen Mill on Sunday, November 12, between 1-7 p.m.

Contact Information: 540-848-0032  or [email protected] 

      2. (Updated) 5K Help

Another simple volunteer task would be to help with upcoming races. Volunteering for these would consist of helping with packet pick up (assigning bib numbers to athletes, and passing out race packets and t-shirts to athletes) aiding water stop stations (pouring cups of water, passing them out to athletes as they come through, collecting all trash and tearing down water stations), working the finish lines (assisting with backup timing, passing out medals, and cheering on finishers), or helping with post-race food (set up post-race food tables and pass out water, bananas, and donuts to race finishers). Here are the links to upcoming races with BishopEvents. 

Contact Information: [email protected] 

2023 Veteran’s Fburg 5K, 10K, & 1M, Fredericksburg, Va- 11/12/23 

2023 Turkey Tumble for Autism 5K, 10K, & Half, DC, VA – 11/18/23 

 2023 Columbia Island Turkey Trot 5k/10k, Arlington, VA – 11/23/23 

      3. Micah Ecumenical Ministries Inc. 

With this organization, volunteers collaborate with churches following Christ to cultivate community and care for people experiencing homelessness. Opportunities with this organization taking place this winter are providing bagged meals so that they can be distributed to those in need. The organization works with your hours and offers flexible schedules. If bagged meals aren’t your forte, cooked dinners are also accepted. They can be prepared on site, brought in ready to eat, or provided via delivery. 

Site Information: 1512 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Bagged Meals Interest Link 

Upcoming Events 

      4. (Updated) I Support The Girls

Program volunteers help to restore dignity to women experiencing distress or homelessness by providing them with bras, menstrual products and underwear. Volunteering here would consist of tabling for donations, as they are tabling events at various Walamarts set up through November to December. 

Tabling for Donations at Walmart- Central Park

      5. TAGGED 

TAGGED is a 501c3 Non-profit organization for youth in foster care. TAGGED will locate the academically, creatively, artistically, musically and athletically talented, ambitious, and gifted youth in the foster care system. TAGGED hosts an annual “Stuff-A-Stocking” event where volunteers will be filling stockings for children in foster care who need a little extra at Christmas time. 

Interest Link  

      6. Knowledge Exchange Inc. 

The Knowledge Exchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in Fredericksburg, Virginia on April 30th, 2020. This organization works to provide affordable tutors to the youth who need it. 

 Interest Link 

      7. Shadow Cats Advocates, Inc. 

Shadow Cat Advocates (SCA) is a non-profit organization and community resource. Their mission is to aid, assist, protect, and defend feral cats throughout Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania, VA. They provide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services, education, outreach and rescue services.

Contact Information: (540) 226-0050 or [email protected] 

      8. Rappahannock United Way, Inc. 

Rappahannock United Way Inc. is committed to bettering the lives of families and individuals in the Fredericksburg area and offers a variety of year-round volunteer opportunities. For example, volunteers can create Welcome Home Kits, Literary Kits, contribute to Little Free Libraries, Sort-A-Thons, and more!

Contact Information: (540) 373-0041 

Interest Link

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Abby Burtner is a junior and currently a staff writer for The Talon. Outside of journalism, you can find her at XC practice, doing homework, or coaching youth soccer.
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