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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 I.R.S. annually as a requirement to maintain the 501(c)(3) designation. Be sure to track your volunteer hours on the Volunteer Log Form.

Looking for a meaningful way to connect with and inspire youth? Want to share your wisdom and career expertise? We are looking for volunteers who would like to have a weekly meal with one of our high school or college interns this summer between June 20th-July 29th. Learn more on Thursday, June 2nd at 2 p.m. in the Formal Parlor at GHBC.

Drivers are needed to support a Community Service Committee Service Project on the GHBC 2nd and 3rd floors. Residents on these floors, with the assistance of residents in Independent Living, participate in a project of Food for Others, a food bank in Fairfax, to provide Weekend Food Packs for school children on subsidized meal programs. Drivers will pick up the supplies, which are used to assemble the Food Packs, and then return the completed Food Packs. We are on the schedule to prepare the Food Packs twice a month. It may be that only one trip each month is needed, depending on the number of volunteer drivers. The warehouse is located on Prosperity Avenue in Fairfax. Each trip takes about one hour, round trip. For more information, contact Donna Cornman at or ext. 7385.

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.

Chaplain Theresa Brion continues to have 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 Theresa Brion at ext. 7224.

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

Listed below are different organizations that could use your assistance. All you need is a computer and internet access. I have listed the activities below 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: 


  • Dafero is a consumer food start up that employs refugee women and human trafficking victims to make healthy food items ( To better empower their employees, Dafero is developing life skills modules that focus on topics such as nutrition, financial literacy, women’s rights, and health & hygiene.  They are currently looking for volunteers who are able to translate these modules from English into the following languages: Spanish, French, Pashto, Arabic, and Albanian. If you are interested in helping out, feel free to complete the google form:


  • 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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