Service Projects


Service Projects

NOTES: Below is a list of community partners and service projects for staff to participate and engage in virtually.  There is no “set time” for these projects to occur and there is flexibility for staff to engage as they can. We do ask that staff RSVP for a service project (feel free to RSVP for more than 1) so we can track where our service and outreach is taking place. If you would like to participate in our UL Gives Back Social Media Campaign to track our service, please use #ULgivesback when posting and sharing photos.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to physically provide materials for service projects to staff at this time due to the COVID restrictions. If you have questions about what types of materials or things that are needed for projects, please email Lisa Snyder at lsnyder2@gmu.edu.

  • Create Your Own Service Project
    • If you have a service project you are interested in doing that isn’t listed here, please select this ticket. We realize that many folks have connections to other organizations (ex: non-profit groups, youth groups, churches, etc.) and may have other areas of need or service possibilities. If you select this option, please email Lisa Snyder at lsnyder2@gmu.edu and provide the name of the organization and service project you are doing so that we can add the project and partnership to our list of out reach for the UL Day of Service.
  • Drives
    • Women Giving Back
      • Toiletries, diapers size 5-6, new underwear for women and children, feminine hygiene products, and laundry detergent
      • Amazon Wishlist
      • Other wishlist items: In our endeavor to help the thousands of women and children in crisis, we come across items/events that would enhance our ability to make a difference. Our “Wish List” is the current most wanted items. If you would like to sponsor anything on here, just fill out the Wish Registry and you’ll know you made a difference! It’s tax deductible, too!
      • If you would prefer to deliver items in person, please call (703) 554-9386 or email info@womengivingback.org to arrange a time to drop off items.
      • At Women Giving Back, funding is essential to carry out our mission. Your generosity and support are critical in making a difference in our community! We believe all women and children should have access to the resources they need to succeed. This global pandemic continues to evolve and impact all of our lives in ways none of us could have imagined, but as always, Women Giving Back is here to provide critical essentials to those we serve. We are doing our very best to feed and support our many vulnerable families and individuals during this very unprecedented time. We are operating a food pantry drive-thru every Saturday to provide food, diapers, formula, toiletries and other essentials to all in need. We have distributed over 43,000 lbs of food since March and our drive thru line continues to grow. We cannot do our work without our amazing WGB family — donors, staff, volunteers, referral partners and supporters and we need your support now more than ever as we get through this crisis. For more ways to donate, visit: https://womengivingback.org/donate/
    • Prince William County ACTS
      • For more information, visit: https://www.actspwc.org/services/food-assistance#Donations
      • Non-perishable food items: Breakfast items cereal, oatmeal, grits, Peanut butter and jelly, Canned or dry, beans, Honey, Canned vegetables, Canned fruit, Canned meats (tuna, chicken), Whole-grain pasta, Canned tomato sauce, Brown Rice, Milk, Cooking oil, Canned soup, Coffee
      • Perishable food items:, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fruit, and Vegetables
      • General items: Pull-ups and diapers size 5/6, Soap, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Wipes, Shampoo, Toilet Paper, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap. Feminine Hygiene Products
      • If you would prefer to deliver food items in person, they can delivered Monday-Friday between 9:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:00pm
    • Capital Area Food Bank
      • Amazon Wishlist
      • Items needed most
      • If you would prefer to deliver food items in person, they can be delivered to the NOVA Distribution Center at 6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079. Please go directly to the loading dock to make your drop off between 8:00am-2:00pm.
  • River Bend Clean-Up at Mason’s Point of View
    • Project will take place from 1:00pm-3:00pm
    • Volunteers will clean trash along-side the riverbed in front of Mason’s Point of View Retreat Center.  Participants should bring a water bottle, closed toed shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and a mask. Plastic or rubber gloves is advisable.
    • Volunteers will need to provide own trash bags.
    • Location:  7301 Old Spring Drive, Lorton, VA 22079
  • Movement Matters: kid-friendly physical activity videos for shelter children
    • Stay-at-home orders can be especially tricky for energetic young bodies that need to constantly be on the move. You can help! Experienced yoga instructors, dance teachers, personal trainers, and preschool and PE teachers are encouraged to record and submit kid-friendly videos to get our shelter children moving throughout the day. Videos should be no longer 10-15 minutes. Simply record and send a video link to volunteer@nvfs.org. We will even add the best of these to our YouTube channel for the whole community.
    • Yoga instructors, dance teachers, personal trainers, preschool and PE teachers can record a 10-15 minute video for kid-friendly activities
    • Record video (10-15 minutes)
    • Send video link to volunteer@nvfs.org
    • Please contact Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.orgfor questions or more information.
  • Chalk your driveway and sidewalks 
    • In your neighborhoods or areas outside, write a message of hope or encouragement for others to see
  • Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program 
    • https://transcription.si.edu/tips
    • Volunteers can:  transcribe, review transcriptions, or edit text in the full process.
    • The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program engages the public in making its collections more accessible. Digital volunteers transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and preserve these valuable assets for future generations
  • BookShare.org
    • Book Share offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.
  • Birgmingham Green Assisted Living
    • Residents are still in quarantine and have to stay in rooms per CDC regulations. They are looking for painted Rocks, painted flower pots with flowers, and painted birdhouses with seed. Looking for volunteers who are able to help with these things and deliver directly to the facility.
    • Also in need: canned sodas, single serve snacks (cookies, chips, crackers, etc), fidget/sensory blankets for memory care unit, and 2 keurig machines
  • Zoom Room Service Projects: A Zoom room will be available for the following projects, if staff are interested in connecting with others. These project can also be done at your own pace and time if preferred.
    • Mask Making
    • Rock Painting
    • Cards for Military Connections
    • Colleague KUDOS
    • Letters cards for nursing/assisted living facilities
    • Letters to senators, congress, local leaders, etc.