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(Updated 8/9/23)

Goodwin House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This tax status helps keep costs down for its residents and carries with it the organization's responsibility to contribute to the community. The total staff and resident volunteer hours for work done with GH and in the wider community is submitted to the IRS. annually as a requirement to maintain the 501(c)(3) designation. Be sure to track your volunteer hours on the Volunteer Log Form available in the Resident Business Office and HERE

If you have enough IT knowledge to fix basic user problems with any one of the following: computers, printers, tablets, smartphones, TVs -- we need you on our GHBC IT Help Team. Typically, we assist with screens acting weird, email file access, ink cartridge insertion, gift IT device usage. Some of us also can help with Zoom and free audiobook downloads. If you are able to help others by joining the team, please email Team Coordinator Carol Biondolillo, ( or call her at ext. 7187.

There are a wide variety of volunteer needs and wishes, but one of the greatest ones is with what we call the Altar Guild—a group of residents or other members of the GHBC community who take turns setting up for Chapel services (including the altar and Eucharist), ushering during the services, and then cleaning up. There is training and you serve in teams of two, so you never feel like you are doing this alone. You need not be Episcopalian, and there are no silly questions. You fulfill an important role in making the weekly and special services available to members of the GHBC community. The Episcopal Church explains the role of the Altar Guild as follows: “A volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterward.” For more information, please contact the Chaplain at ext. 7224.

The Chaplaincy Office is looking for a volunteer to help with printing bulletins and other light duties. For more information on how you might help, email Rev. Alex Allain at

All Saints Chapel is looking for Eucharistic Ministers. Since Covid-19 began, our communion services in the Chapel of All Saints have had what the Episcopal Church calls “communion in one kind.” That is, we received the bread, but not the wine. However, we will shortly be returning to the common cup in the chapel, and we are looking for people who feel called to be chalice bearer during the service. Those interested should contact Reverend Alex Allain at

The Community Service Committee has several on-going volunteer activities that are open to all. 
Click here to access the list.

Assisted Living and Health Care are calling for volunteers to help contribute to residents' social, emotional, and intellectual enrichment. Opportunities may include leading weekend activities such as fitness activities, sharing musical talents, or discussing a topic of interest such as art, music, travel, or history. If interested, please reach out to Steffan Barahona, Volunteer & Communications Coordinator, sbarahona (ext. 7671).

Volunteers are also needed to fill the volunteer desk on the second floor to help visitors find their friends and relatives, chat with residents, and staff as they come and go. Two-hour shifts, Monday through Friday. Contact Nancy Randolph for more information at ext. 7565, 


Listed below are different organizations that could use your assistance. All you need is a computer and internet access. The activities below are listed by type.

Academic Opportunities

  • Aspire! is an afterschool tutoring program designed to assist 3rd-5th graders with strengthening their literacy and STEM skills. Please go to to find out more information. For questions call 703-379-6488, ext. 107 or email: To register as a volunteer, go to
  • Wright to Read is recruiting volunteers for the spring/summer 2022 semester. The Campagna Center's Literacy Program is designed to assist 1st-5th graders of Alexandria City Public Schools with building their literacy skills. To find out more information, please go to
  • Building Better Futures is an afterschool tutoring program that serves high school students studying at T.C. Williams High School. To find out more information, go to or  contact Lizzie Liu,  at or Ashley Garcia, at To register as a volunteer, go to
  • New Neighbors is recruiting volunteers for the spring 2022 semester. New Neighbors offers an English literacy program 2-3 days a week for 14 weeks to adult refugees and immigrants in the community. To find out more and how to register as a volunteer, go to
  • AHC Inc. offers long-term afterschool tutoring for elementary, middle school, and high-school students. They are also looking for volunteers to assist with shorter-term career development activities. For more information or to volunteer, please email or call 703-486-0626. You can also find more information by going to the following link:


  • The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress are looking for volunteers who are interested in preserving history. Both the NARA ( and the Library of Congress ( have launched programs inviting volunteers to transcribe and review digitized images of manuscripts and materials from their collections. Such work improves the readability and access of original documents for the public. 


  • With Librivox, volunteers can read and record chapters of books from their collection that are no longer under copyright, making them available online as free audiobooks. For more information, visit


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