Volunteering Opportunities in Loudoun County

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Written by Hope Davison and Dominique Cruz

If one of your New Year resolutions is to give back to your community, volunteering is the place to begin. Many teens and adults in Loudoun County are unaware of the volunteer opportunities this county has to offer. Many programs such as non-profit organizations, libraries, and animal shelters are always in need of hard working and dedicated volunteers.

The Purcellville library is a good place to start volunteering for young teens. This program is currently looking for volunteers ages 12 years and older. Some of the responsibilities will include shelving books and DVD’s, and helping with some of the library’s annual book sales. Volunteers are expected to behave in a professional manner. If you are interested in volunteering at the Purcellville Library visit their website at http://library.loudoun.gov/About-the-Library/Volunteers.

If you’re pet friendly, the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, located in Waterford, Virginia, is a good place for you. This volunteer program is a big commitment and requires a minimum of two hours per week. Some of the responsibilities include animal handling, writing animal profiles, and taking pictures for adoption. This shelter has a minimum age requirement of sixteen years old to volunteer, but within the next month, this will be lowered to age ten.

“We and the pets are more than happy to see our weekend and afternoon volunteers because it is hard to get enough people to give all of the animals the attention they deserve,” said Amelia Monroe, the Volunteer and Humane Education Coordinator, from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter.

This ever changing environment will never leave you bored with furry friends around. If this isn’t convenient for you, but you’re still looking for an opportunity to be with animals, think about the Foster Care Program that is also offered at the shelter. This program allows you to take home an animal from the shelter that is in need of a temporary care until they get adopted. If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer program at the shelter please contact Amelia Monroe at [email protected] or 703-771-5922.

Another great volunteer opportunity right in town is the Purcellville Fire and Rescue department; they are always open for volunteers. This very rewarding experience allows you to witness fire fighters respond to calls and help around the station. Not all of this program is work in the field, another major task is the opportunity to share fire prevention and safety information while informing the public about other important issues like injury prevention and CPR.

If you are interested in volunteering go to the website purcellvillefire.org/join-us/ to fill out and application, or contact Bradley J. Quin, from the membership committee, at 571-212-5256.

Sophomore Austin Maze said, “I started volunteering because I have always wanted to be a firefighter. I love volunteering to give back to my community.”

Another fulfilling opportunity located in Bluemont, Virginia, is the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness. This program provides a retreat for veterans or in-combat military members and their families, to relieve stress and reconnect. Volunteers can help with projects on the retreat including planting gardens and making archery lanes. People are also needed for kitchen support, property maintenance, and cleaning.

Carrie Combs, the guest relation specialist at the retreat explains, “These contributions make a meaningful difference in our ability to support our nation’s combat veterans and their families.”

For more information about volunteering at the Boulder Crest Retreat http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org/getinvolved/, or by email at [email protected].

Volunteering not only brings you joy, but it also brings joy to those you help. The work you put in and the work others provide helps bring the community together for a good cause. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages and schedules here at Loudoun County.