Giving is Better than Receiving

Prince William Food Resource. Courtesy Photo

Here’s where you can lend a helping hand this holiday 

Courtesy Photos 

Before March of this year, many of us lived busy lives jam packed with professional and personal obligations, kids’ play dates, sports, enrichment activities, and so much more. And then everything came to a screeching stop. Suddenly we were forced to stay home and do less.

Without our usual busy-ness, lots of us have reconsidered our purpose in life, spent more time with family (yes, you can teach grandma to Zoom!), revived forgotten personal passions, and reconnected with society in new and powerful ways.

During this holiday season, one of the most meaningful ways to connect with others is by volunteering. Please consider donating your time, skills, ideas, social media connections, or goods to benefit any of the hard-working charitable groups in our area. As Volunteer Prince William says on its website, “When we take the time to reach out, we can help a child learn to read, improve our environment, collect food, provide companionship to an elder citizen, and make a difference in the world. It begins with the power of one.”

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Please note: Due to coronavirus concerns, it’s best to call and verify the scope of current volunteer programs.


Prince William Food Rescue volunteers rescue healthy foods and deliver them to those in need. Courtesy Photo


Haymarket Regional Food Pantry
P: 703-754-5990
Families are encouraged to organize food drives, pick up and drop off food, or volunteer in person at the pantry’s new Gainesville location. There is also a need for professional services including carpentry, photography, graphic design, and marketing.


Alex’s Army Childhood Cancer Foundation
Families can help by donating kid-friendly cotton fabric or sewing pillowcases to be donated to children who have cancer. There is also a need for toys year-round. Please check the foundation’s Amazon wish list for specific requests.

Carried to Full Term
This nonprofit offers many volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed to assist in the office with clerical duties as well as coordinating service projects and event planning. There is also a need for creative services including social media management, web design, photography, and carpentry to build donation boxes.
Families are encouraged to adopt homeless mothers through the gift of friendship, celebrating small things, and writing notes of encouragement. 


Volunteer Opportunities in Neighboring Cities

Community Residences Inc. (CRI) Courtesy photo


Capital Caring Health (satellite office)
Volunteers are asked to purchase supplies and sew sensory quilts, blankets, twiddle muffs, and aprons to assist patients with managing pain and anxiety.


Community Residences, Inc. (CRi)
E: Janet Davison at
P: 703-842.2300
There are many needs within this organization. Children and families are encouraged to create melt-and-pour individual soap bars, handmade masks, and painted love rocks to give to the recipients of Cri’s residential programs and support staff
Volunteers are asked to donate handmade or store-bought seasonal decorations for the interior and exterior of the program residents’ homes. There is also a need for homemade sensory boards using recycled and upcycled items as well as handmade holiday greeting cards.

Alex’s Army volunteers sew pillowcases for kids with cancer. Courtesy Photo


Sweet Julia Grace Foundation
P: 571- 247-5176
Volunteers may host fundraisers or gift card showers with proceeds to benefit sick children. Families are encouraged to host donation drives for toiletries and other household items to give to parents whose children are required to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. Suggestions of items to donate include shampoo, journals, lotion, snacks, Chapstick or lip balm, hair ties, face wipes, mints, toothbrushes, and fuzzy socks.

Prince William County

Prince William Food Rescue
E: or
P: 703- 441 8606
Adult drivers are asked to download the Prince William Food Rescue app to be connected with opportunities to drive to locations throughout Prince William County and rescue food that would otherwise be disposed of and deliver it to local distribution sites.


Amanda M. Socci
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Amanda M. Socci is an Alexandria-based freelance writer who loves exploring different regions to interview people and write profiles about people, places, and things. Amanda splits her time between freelance writing and writing a manuscript for her first book, a faith-based memoir. Learn more about Amanda at her website: Contact Amanda by sending an email to

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