Service Learning

Service Learning Video

Research shows that service learning results in positive academic, social, civic and skill development for students. To learn more about the benefits of service learning and how to make a difference in our community, please check out this video! 

Diploma Seal for Excellence

Application for the Diploma Seal for Excellence in Civics Education can be found here.

Capital Caring

We have a service opportunity for students to volunteer with Capital Caring, which provides hospice care throughout Northern Virginia. Student volunteers are needed to help hospice patients with light outdoor chores (such as raking leaves) and to serve as greeters at Capital Caring events. Students ages 12+ are welcome to volunteer, although students under the age of 18 will need to serve with an accompanying parent or guardian. Interested students should contact Karita Knisely 703-538-2065, Capital Caring’s Volunteer Coordinator, for an application. She will match student volunteers with Capital Caring patients or events in their area.

Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery

Here’s an opportunity for students to work with Earth Sangha in their Wild Plant Nursery in Springfield. Earth Sangha works with a lot of our schools to provide native plants for landscaping and educational purposes. They are willing to work with volunteers of any age. Interested students should RSVP to Lisa Bright at LBright@earthsangha.org. Here is their website: http://www.earthsangha.org. The nursery is in Franconia Park, off of Cloud Drive, off of Meriwether Lane, just to the east of I-95. It is very close to Springfield Estates ES. Location is here.

KEEN Greater DC Volunteer Opportunities

KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. To learn more about KEEN and the VA programs that we offer please view the following link: http://keengreaterdc.org/. The following two videos which are about two minutes long describe our organization and the volunteer experience. I encourage you to please watch the short videos.
1. "Unexpected Super Heroes" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jblkzvTN22U ( 2:44 minutes)
2. "Volunteer Perspective- Rachel" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLe3FwCoe0M ( 2:01 minutes)
We currently have two locations in Virginia, Kilmer Center School ( 8102 Wolftrap Rd Vienna VA 22182 ) located in Vienna and Key Center School(6404 Franconia Rd. Springfield VA 22150 ) located in Springfield. The programs are the first and third Sunday of the month and the time ranges depending on the location the student chooses. 
Register online: www.KEENGreaterDC.org, Questions? Email or call keengrdc.sophia@gmail.com or 301-461-3086.

Invasive Management Area (IMA) Volunteer Program

Need community service hours? Like working outdoors with friends? Help save trees and wildlife habitat. Learn something new. Make a difference. Interested? You can get more information on how you can help us remove invasive plant species and replant native species on our website.