One person can make a difference.
Activity Leaders (Individual or Groups)
Lead a science experiment, sports event or educational activity; share your knowledge and talents with children or adults. Design and conduct a program with guidance from our staff that meets our clients’ life skills needs or just adds some enjoyment to their day.
Who: Adults and teens When: Throughout the year
Bagged & Prepared Meal Caterers (Individual or Groups)
Share your culinary skills with the residents of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter or families participating in our Supportive Housing program. Purchase food, and prepare and deliver bagged meals or a prepared meal using guidelines that we provide.
Who: Adults, teens and children When: Throughout the year
Canned Food Drive Assistants (Individual or Groups)
Strengthen your muscle power for a good cause by transporting and/or organizing large donations of non-perishable food. All volunteers should be able to lift and carry large boxes of food weighing up to 50 lbs.
Who: Adults and youth; 2 – 10 volunteers When: Throughout the year
Celebration Hosts (Individual or Groups)
Prepare a special meal, don a Santa suit or lead a craft activity at a special event to celebrate special occasions. Volunteers plan events, purchase any needed materials and food and lead the parties.
Who: Adults and youth; 2 – 15 volunteers When: Throughout the year
Child Care Providers (Individual)
Supervise children while their parents participate in educational workshops and other important activities.
Volunteers play with children using resources/materials provided by the program or the volunteers. Volunteers commit to participating “on call” for varying program needs.
Who: Adults and youth at least 14 years old When: Throughout the year
Coat Closet Coordinators (Individual or Groups)
Keep our community warm in the winter! Sort and display donated coats and assist customers in choosing coats. Volunteers commit to participating on a monthly basis throughout the current Coat Closet season.
Who: All ages; 2 – 5 volunteers When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, November – March
Farmers Market Gleaners Team Members (Individual or Groups)
Collect and drop-off fruit, vegetables and other market goods from vendors at the Reston Farmer’s Market at Lake Anne Village, ensuring that our clients benefit from the abundance of local summer produce! Volunteers commit to participating on a monthly basis throughout the market season.
Who: All ages When: Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, May – Mid November
Food Transporters (Individual)
Help us utilize donated food from the community to supplement meals for the homeless at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. Use your vehicle to transport, load or unload food and other items between local businesses and restaurants and our shelter or other Cornerstones sites. Volunteers should be able to safely lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Vans, trucks or SUVs recommended.
Who: Adults When: On call or weekly throughout the year
Front Desk Assistants (Individual)
Learn about homelessness first hand while performing an invaluable service. Assist with a wide variety of tasks; interact with shelter residents, staff and the public at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the shelter function smoothly. Weekday Volunteers commit to participating on a weekly basis for at least 6 months, and Weekend Volunteers commit to participating 2 times a month for at least 6 months.
Who: Adults When: Week day and weekend, day time & evening hours, throughout the year.
Home Maintenance Crews (Groups)
Turn a house into a home! Plant flowers and bushes, trim hedges and trees, or lead a variety of indoor and outdoor home repairs as needed at our affordable town homes located throughout Reston, Centreville and Herndon.
Who: Adults and youth; 5 – 15 volunteers When: Throughout the year
Interpreters & Translators (Individual)
Bridge the communication divide between our community and the services they need. Volunteers with fluent Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Amharic speaking and writing abilities are needed for a variety of assignments. All volunteers should also be fluent English speakers and writers. Volunteers commit to participating ‘on call’ for varying program needs.
Who: Adults When: Throughout the year
Meal Servers (Individual)
Every day of the year, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter serves 200 meal a day to shelter clients. Help prepare and serve a meal while bring a smile to our client’s faces. Learn about homelessness first hand. Volunteers commit to participating on a weekly basis for at least 6 months.
Who: Adults When: Weekday days & evenings throughout the year
Make a profound and lasting difference in someone’s life! Assist an adult, youth or an entire family to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals. In addition, provide general encouragement and friendship. Mentors commit to participating at least six hours per month for at least one year.
Who: Adults When: Throughout the year
Movers (Individuals or Groups)
Pick-up donations of furniture from donors, and also assist clients moving boxes and furniture into new housing with Cornerstones, or when they are moving out from Cornerstones housing programs.
Who: Teens & Adults When: Throughout the year
North County Hypothermia Prevention Program Assistants (Individual or Groups)
Meet the immediate needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in our community during the winter season. Volunteers are needed in each of the following areas to prevent weather-induced illness and loss of life among unsheltered homeless adult men and women: cater prepared meals; coordinate wish list donation drives; and provide evening assistance.
Who: Adults When: December – March
Special Event Donation Drive Coordinators & Assistants (Individual or Groups)
Ensure that our clients celebrate the holidays and other important occasions. Programs vary throughout the year, including Back to School (August), Thanksgiving Food (November), and Adopt a Family (December). Opportunities are available to plan and lead collection sites, organize and distribute items!
Who: Adults, youth and children When: Varies depending on the event
Support this program which encourages clients to use their SNAP benefits Reston Farmer’s Market at Lake Anne Village on Saturday by processing payments from clients, and interacting with Farmer’s Market vendors who accept SNAP payments.
Who: Adults When: Saturdays, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, May – Mid November
Tutors (Individual or Groups)
Make learning engaging and fun! Work individually and in small groups with children and youth on their homework to reinforce academic subjects that they are struggling in and bring out their individual strengths. Volunteers commit to participating on a weekly basis for the duration of the current school year.
Who: Adults and youth at least 16 years old When: Weekday afternoons & evenings, September – May
Wish List Drive Coordinators (Individual or Groups)
Bring your community, school, church, youth group, sports team together for a good cause! Organize and carry out a donations drive to benefit Cornerstones clients using wish lists that we provide. Groups may also send up to 10 representatives to organize the donations at our program sites.
Who: Adults, youth and children; 5 – 10 volunteers When: Throughout the year