The PATH Foundation has listed over 20 different community service projects on its Volunteer Hub website for National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2021. Just about anyone, regardless of age, should be able to find a project that suits their skills and interest. Most require registration and free “Let’s Volunteer” masks will be provided. Here are some of the opportunities listed:
Fauquier Fish’s Food Pantry — Volunteers will assemble meal kits and restock the shelves with pantry items on Monday, Apr. 19, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Apr. 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Yowell Meadow Park Cleanup — Friends of the Rappahannock and the Culpeper Young Professionals are organizing a litter cleanup in the park on Friday, Apr. 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
FRESH/BOB Book Drive — Volunteers will collect, sort, label and pack books on Saturday, Apr. 24, starting at 9:30 a.m. Book donations will also be accepted on Saturday morning. The organizers encourage individuals to organize a book drive prior to the collection date.
Build a Bridge — Help construct a bridge on Friday, Apr. 23, at the Verdun Adventure Bound campus in Rixeyville. The bridge, which is a part of the 5k course as well as an access point to some campsites, will replace one that washed out due to a storm. Two shifts are available: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Rush River Cleanup Day — Join volunteers from several local environmental groups at the Rappahannock County Park to help clean the river and clear invasive plants on Saturday, Apr. 24, beginning at 9 a.m.
Fauquier County Fairgrounds — Help the Fauquier County 4-H paint two sheds at the fairgrounds that are used for livestock shows during the Fauquier County Fair. Bring painting supplies with you (and dress appropriately) on Saturday, Apr. 24 in three-hour shifts at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club Garden — On Saturday, Apr. 24, help prepare a 20'x20' garden for planting by tilling, adding compost, and creating mulched paths so that kids can harvest and enjoy fresh garden produce this summer.
Warmth for the Community — Join volunteers on Saturday, Apr. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help cut, split, and stack wood to keep needy families in our community warm during the winter. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.
See the project listings on the PATH Volunteer Hub website for additional details. Many other volunteer opportunities are available.