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Volunteer Positions in Lorton

Most positions require minimum time but not great skill. Most would be positive additions to a resumè and some are career starters. Many are appropriate for required service hours. To have your organizations volunteer need or your skill posted, e-mail <>, To learn more about a position listed, contact the listing organization.


Warehouse Help, Food Sorters

The Capital Area Food Bank needs volunteers. To volunteer or for more information to work at our Lorton, Virginia warehouse, please contact Tom Carroll at 703-541-3063 or browse


Market Master, Assistant, Lorton Farmers Market   NEW

The Assistant Market Master will work with or substitute for the Market Master at the Lorton Farmers Market on Sundays, May through October.  The Assistant will be available at the market an hour before opening and an hour after the market closes, and will help with the set-up, operation and closing of the market.  The Assistant must be prepared to take the place of the Market Master in the event of his or her absence.  The applicant must have the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population and to work independently without on-site supervision.  He/she must be able to tactfully enforce rules and regulations.
Benefits: Volunteers receive benefits including on-site accident insurance, Fairfax Recreational Center discounts and free admission to certain Park Special Events and Historic Properties.
For further information please contact Anna Braum, the Farmers Market Coordinator at 703-642-0128, or by email at:



Horse Leaders and Sidewalkers

Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center, Lorton, is looking for volunteers to assist at our therapeutic riding center where we teach individuals with disabilities to ride horses. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, You do not need horse experience, but you must be able to walk/... Simple Changes needs Horse Leaders and Sidewalkers. Call or e-mail for more information: 703-402-3613


Variety: Clerical, Special Events

The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to become part of a dynamic team of volunteers. The talent and skills of all of our volunteers are of great value and they play a vital role in the many facets of the arts center’s operation. The diversity, knowledge and expertise that volunteers bring to the Workhouse enhance the capabilities of the Workhouse staff and strengthen ties to the community, enabling the center to thrive.
Volunteers are needed to assist the staff with clerical tasks such as answering phones and bulk mailing and to provide special events assistance. Other opportunities include gift shop and art supply sales, hospitality assistance in the gallery, fundraising assistance and ushering. Workhouse volunteers are eligible for free membership at the individual level after 40 hours of service.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact:
Barbara Ginsburg, Volunteer Coordinator, at 703-495-0001 ext. 303 or barbaraginsburg@lortonarts.or


Positions With Lorton Community Action Center

Any student interested in volunteering or learning more about LCAC should contact Mrs. Noone at or 703 339-5161 ext 12. All students will be required to complete a volunteer form. Completion of the form does not guarantee volunteer placement. A parent or guardian will need to sign a form to confirm any off-site volunteering. Volunteers are placed in opportunities on an as-needed basis for the Agency.

Tutors High School Senior volunteers are the only youth allowed to help with LCAC’s One-to-One Tutoring Program on Tuesday evenings at the Lorton Library on Richmond Highway. Volunteers would be matched with a child from grades 2-6. Orientation is provided. Material is provided by the students’ teacher. No previous teaching experience necessary. Interested high school seniors must have a GPA of 3.8 or better and provide a teacher recommendation. This is a one-year commitment for the current school year.

Pantry Helpers-evening Volunteers help stock pantry shelves, put away food donations, put together food bags for daily distribution, break down empty boxes and keep pantry organized. One or more Monday evenings a month from 6:00-8:00. This is a six month commitment. Could have some direct client contact.

Pantry Helper-afternoon or summer Volunteers help stock pantry shelves, put away food donations, put together food bags for daily distribution, break down empty boxes and keep pantry organized. Some flexibility in scheduling.

Child Care Helper for ESL Program Volunteers help the professional child care provider care for the children of parents attending the ESL classes. Three different sessions during the year. Fall, spring and summer. Opportunity is for Tuesday/Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00.

Child Care Helper for Nutrition Classes Volunteers help the professional child care provider care for the children of parents attending the Nutrition classes. Once a week for six weeks, usually from 6:00-8:00 on a Tuesday evening in the Spring.

Collections Volunteers would collect needed items for LCAC. These items could include baby products (diapers, wipes, food, formula), personal hygiene (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste), cleaning products (laundry, kitchen, bathroom), cooking utensils for our nutrition program clients (mixing bowls, measuring spoons/cups, spatula, vegetable peeler, cutting board), food (non-perishable – canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, rice, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, pasta), and toys or mittens/gloves/scarves for the holiday outreach program. (see attached food drive instruction sheet for guidance in doing a drive)

Raise Funds for the Pantry by holding a bake sale, car wash, do yard work for your neighbors.

Walk for Food/Donations Volunteers would get people to sponsor them with either monetary donations or other specific non-perishable donation based on the number of miles walked. (e.g., sponsor will pay $1.00 per mile, student walks 10 miles (verified by adult), student goes back and collects donation).

Professional Pantry Shopper Using food gift cards provided by LCAC volunteers would purchase specific food items (in bulk) which are on sale using a pre-determined list provided by LCAC. Items would be sorted and delivered to LCAC accompanied by the appropriate receipt. Time permitting volunteers would weigh and put away the food.

Maintain LCAC Garden Commit to coming out once a week to weed the garden and keep it neat and pleasing to the eye. (Verification from adult required)

Back to School Outreach Assist with moving existing donations to another site, set up room, fill back pack orders, clean up. Minimum age of 13; accompanied by an adult. Opportunity takes place on a Friday in August.

Holiday Outreach Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach program – exact dates to be determined at a later time. A variety of shifts and tasks will be available the latter part of November/December.

Holiday Outreach Gift Tags Volunteers obtain a minimum of two gift tags and purchase new gifts for our youth, teens, or seniors. Five hours of volunteer time will be provided to any student who takes tags and purchases tags. Tags will be available mid-November.


Mason Neck Shoreline / Lorton Watershed Clean-Up April

You can volunteer by joining one of the community groups, or participate in groups at one of the parks or at Gunston Hall. You can also register with the Alice Ferguson Foundation; being a site captain by adopting a portion of at stream or shoreline in your community or contact the Mason Neck Lions through Joe Chudzik (703)

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Registration site:

We are pleased to announce that construction has started at Maple Ridge Condominium in Fairfax, Virginia at the corner of Lee Highway and Stevenson Street. 
Maple Ridge will house 9 deserving families.  They have all been selected and can’t wait to become first time homeowners!  These homeowners will contribute to the construction of the homes along side volunteers.
We are building on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4 pm.  Are you interested in volunteering? 
If you have any questions or comments please contact me at 703-521-9890 x111 or email at  I look forward to working with you.


Tutors, Gunston Partner’s Program

The Gunston Partner’s Program tutoring to third – sixth grade Gunston Elementary students. The number of students the program can accept is limited to the number of volunteer tutors. Please consider helping our children. You just need to have a desire to make a difference in a child’s life.

All materials will be supplied and the student’s teachers will provide you with a lesson plan for each night of tutoring. No special skills are needed, just a willingness to help.

Tutoring will be held January-May on Tuesday evenings from 7PM – 8PM in the parish hall of Pohick Episcopal Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy (intersection of Route 1 & Old Colchester Road). We don’t meet on school holidays or if school is canceled due to inclement weather. You don’t need to be affiliated with Gunston ES or Pohick Church to be a tutor.

We need both tutors who can commit from January – May as well as substitute tutors to fill in occasionally. Students who would like service hours are more than welcome. For further information or to volunteer please contact: Diana York, 703.339.6278,



Organizations To Explore for Opportunities:


Simple Changes

Gunston Partners Program


Regional Park Authority

Mason Neck State Park

Potomac River Refuges

Mount Vernon Hospital

Make a Splash

Senior Center

Various Festivals

Fairfax for Horses

Gunston Hall

Lorton Valley Star

Make a Splash Water Safety


Local Links

Lorton Map

Lorton Arts Foundation

Lorton Community Action Center

Americal Legion

Mason Neck Lions Club

Loft Gallery Occoquan

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

Northern Virginia Community College

Prince William Art Society

South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce


Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

Washington Rochambeau Route

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