In the Upper and Middle Schools, Interim Week is usually filled with travel and internship opportunities. 2021 plans have been altered to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic. With all campuses operating under normal school hours that week, we are encouraging our Mount Vernon community to deepen their impact with hands-on and/or hands-off service. Through the MVCares volunteer group, Mount Vernon has curated a variety of service opportunities for students and families to leverage their time, skills and resources to make a difference from home, school, and in our local community that kicks-off the week of March 1. With so many ways to serve, every family can go out on their own to find a path to fit their schedule, availability, and level of comfort. Opportunities will be updated regularly.
Each organization will sign-off on any volunteer hours accumulated outside of class.
OrganizationLocationOpportunityAge LimtServe or Give Link
- General Care
Mount Vernon SchoolMount Vernon, Lower SchoolSharing Care for Seniors: Mount Vernon Village Outreach - students will design ways to enrich the MV Community via gestures such as supplying handwritten notes or creating and designing personal gifts to residents living in Mount Vernon Village. This service opportunity supports honoring our neighbors and fosters a respect for generations that came before us.
Students will be encouraged to extend the outreach into their own communities to continue this service learning opportunity.K-5Students will receive more details in their K-5 classes
Mount Vernon School, Community Development DepartmentLS (G5), MS, and USNote writing: Students will have the opportunity to write thank you notes to the parents, Grandparents and community members that have extended their support to the Mount Vernon FundGrades 5-12Opportunities will be available in respective grade levels
Home, School, WorkVirtual Homework Helpers: Support elementary age students in the afternoons. If students are not able to meet schedules, they also create and Enrichment Video (see next listing)
Home, School, WorkEnrichment Activities Videos: Create a 3-5 minute pre-recorded video for students to watch for academic or character enrichment. Please reach out to the volunteer coordinator for more details on content needs.
Home, School, WorkGreat Backpack Giveaway: Get involved by hosting a backpack supply drive at home, school or work; sponsoring a backpack filled with supplies for $50 per child; or volunteering on preparation and distribution days. Volunteer sign up begins July 1. The event will be held on July July 30.
Home, school, woorkVirtual Guest Readers: Help the YMCA of Metro Atlanta support the 30,000 children they serve by uploading a video of you reading one of your favorite childhood stories so they can share the joy with their students.Any Age
- Clothing & Hunger Relief
Sandy SpringsPantry and Thrift Store Support: Food Pantry tasks include receiving and processing food donations, stocking shelves, and helping distribute food to clients.
Pantry and Thrift Store Opportunities for High School Students: CAC has volunteer opportunities for high school students. Please read the requirements and complete the student form to request volunteer time.15 and over
Action Ministries Women’s Community KitchenMidtown Atlanta, Home, SchoolDonate Meals and Onsite Food Preparation: Help prepare and distribute to-go meals and/or donate enough meals to serve 25-30 women and children living in homelessness8 and over
Action Ministries We Serve Volunteer CenterAtlantaPack food boxes or meal kits onsite8 and over
Sandy SpringsHelp restock, and/or support pantry floor operations15 and over
Midtown AtlantaHelp Keep Food on Table: Volunteer to restock their food pantry, deliver groceries to families that cannot pickup at the pantry, or help pickup food items from the Food Bank (looking for drivers)Age varies by job
Brookhaven and Multiple Metro Atlanta LocationsHelp Pack and Distribute Meals: Since mid-March, the Y has served more than 500,000 meals to families in need through our COVID-19 hunger relief programs. Please sign up to pack and distribute meals as they continue to make an impact in our community.8 and over
Multiple Distribution LocationsComplete the volunteer application and view orientation online for you and/or your family. This will set you up to be able to deliver meals to seniors, prepare shelf-stable meal options, or stock the food pantry in the coming months. Minimum age to serve is 13.13 and over
VariousFood Donations: All fridges are available 24/7 to receive food donations. Each fridge also has a dry pantry area for nonperishable goods. Feel free to drop off anytime following the dos and don’ts on the link. If you are a business looking to reduce food waste or donate large quantities of food, please contact them.Varies
- Animal Care
AtlantaYouth Opportunities: Youth Opportunities: Best Friends in Atlanta are accepting individuals aged 12-17 to volunteer in their Pet Adoption Center with a signed waiver by their guardian. (Volunteers aged 12-15 must have a guardian with them at all times.)
18 and Over: Help save the lives of homeless pets by transporting them to rescue groups to increase their chances for adoption. Sign up to be a driver, a short-term foster or assist with the daily care and enrichment of these pets before they get on the road to their forever home!12 and older
Multiple Petco and PetSmart LocationsYouth Opportunities:
- Team Captains for Fundraising or Supply Drives (open to all ages)
- Cat Shelter Caretaker in Doraville (open to all ages)
- Read to Cats (open to all ages)
- Thrift Store Volunteer in Norcross (16-18)
- Weekend Event Dog Handler (12+)
- Foster Homes for Dogs and Cats (open to all ages)Varies
Please make an effort to make an impact by giving back, learning to serve, serving to learn, creating partnerships, building community, and making a difference in someone’s life.
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Katz, Chief Community Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Special thanks to our MV Cares - Service Committee:
Committee Chair: Kara Campbell
Preschool Coordinator: Jessie Lee
Lower School Coordinator: Ashley Giardino
Middle School Coordinator: Courtney Duckett
Upper School Coordinator: Nicole Robinson