Cornerstones values the many youth volunteers and families who are dedicated to serving our community. On-site Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age and those under 16 must have adult supervision. Due to the nature of our programs, we believe in skill-based volunteering and matching our youth volunteers to opportunities that are age-appropriate.
Please be aware that all on-site volunteers and persons accompanying them at the Connections for Hope Partnership and the Embry Rucker Community Shelter must be at least 18 years old, but there are off-site activities suitable for youth and families that can benefit the shelter.
NOTE: We currently do not have youth and family volunteer opportunities on Sundays and federally recognized holidays.
Volunteers who are under the age of 16 are generally limited to the following on-site activities:
Food Pantry Drive Assistants (Individuals & Groups)
Support our Assistance Services and Pantry Program (ASAPP) by helping out at our various community food drives! Volunteers help to sort and organize non-perishable donations to keep our pantry stocked for clients in need of emergency services. Interested volunteers can sign up using this link: https://signup.com/go/UfTtsFV
Who: Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must have adult supervision When: Saturday mornings, times vary depending on event
Farmers Market Gleaning Assistants (Individuals & Groups)
Help to collect produce, bread, meat and other items from all interested vendors at the Lake Anne Farmers Market in Reston. Volunteers also organize the fresh produce at our pantry to provide our clients with nutritious food during the during the market season. Interested volunteers can sign up using this link: http://signup.com/go/whtSwne
Who: Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must have adult supervision When: Saturday mornings 11:30am to 1:30pm
Seasonal Event Donation Drive 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), Coat Closet, (November-March) Thanksgiving Food (November), and Gifts for Kids (December). Opportunities are available to help organize and/or distribute items. Check out this link to help with the August Back to School Drive: https://www.cornerstonesva.org/back-to-school-volunteer-opportunities/
Who: Adults, youth and children When: Varies depending on the event
Youth who are 16 years of age and older can participate in the activities listed above and these additional activities listed below:
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” as available for varying program needs.
Who: Adults and youth at least 16 years old When: Varies
Homework Helpers (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
Summer Excite (Enrichment Learning Program)
Make a difference this summer! Each year roughly 80 to 100 youth engage in Cornerstones’ enrichment learning program which focuses on preventing summer learning loss. Volunteers are needed to help provide individual attention to youth participants and to assist them to complete engaging learning projects. This year Summer Excite 2019 runs from June 24th from August 9th and the theme is “STEAMing around the World”. Please note: This is an interactive learning program and not a childcare or homework/help tutoring program.
Who: Adults and youth at least 16 years old When: Weekday mornings & afternoons, June- August
Youth with a specific skill or those that have a community engagement project may be able to participate in on-site opportunities otherwise not advertised.
Please contact Morgan Grant, Community Resource Coordinator, at 571-323-3674 or Morgan.Grant@cornerstonesva.org to get involved or for more information. Youth who are looking to complete or verify community service hours through Cornerstones for school or religious requirements are required to contact our Community Resource Coordinator.