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Youth Volunteers

Each year over 100 youth will volunteer at LCAC to fulfill hours for school, place of worship or just to make a difference. There are a variety of ways youth can volunteer at LCAC (pantry, thrift store seasonal, administrative, etc). Check out current LCAC volunteer opportunities or contact Christen Scott, Director of Volunteers, at or 703-339-5161, ext. 170 for additional information on volunteering.

Want to learn more about LCAC? Take a look at this LCAC video made by youth volunteers.

  • Food Pantry: Youth 13 and older may help in the pantry by shelving food, preparing food bags, assisting with donations, breaking down boxes or conducting a food drive. Youth attending local area schools may not help with distribution or other areas where contact with clients might take place. The pantry is not open on weekends. .
    • A local middle school student volunteers in the LCAC food pantry each Wednesday afternoon to fulfill her service hours. She has worked over 30 hours in the pantry and she also coordinated a food drive.
  • Organize a food drive to benefit LCAC:
    • South County Hayfield Youth Volunteers
    • Youth Food Drive Options April 2019
    • Students from other schools are asked to bring the Youth Donation Form with them when donations are dropped off at LCAC.
    • The South County Lacrosse Team organized a cereal drive as part of the South County Invitational Lacrosse Tournament. Players, coaches and fans were encouraged to bring a box of cereal to the tournament and they did! The cereal drive resulted in 100 pounds of cereal donated to LCAC–enough to feed over 150 families.
  • Lorton’s Attic Thrift Store: Youth 16 years of age and older unaccompanied  by an adult or 15 years and younger accompanied by an adult may volunteer in the store helping with incoming donations, straightening racks, tidying the store or other tasks as assigned by the store manager. The store is open Monday through Friday 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 11:00 to 4:00.
  • Administrative: Note: For the privacy of our clients, this option is not approved for students at South County Middle/High School or Hayfield. Help with filing, Xeroxing or other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Raise money for LCAC by donating a birthday, holiday or other special event: Instead of asking for gifts (do you really need another pair of goofy socks?), you can raise money for LCAC to help your neighbors. It’s easy–just set up a fundraising page, determine your fundraising goal and then send emails to your friends and family or post on social media. You can feel good knowing that over 200 families will receive food each week including meat and fresh produce. Learn more about raising money for LCAC. For every $100 you raise, you’ll receive credit for 5 hours of community service! You will also need to create a volunteer profile for LCAC.
  • Seasonal Outreaches: Each of LCAC’s seasonal outreaches, from August through December, (Back to School, Thanksgiving, Warm Coat and Christmas) benefit from the assistance of many. Youth 13 years of age and older unaccompanied by an adult may help with specific shifts. For the privacy of our clients, youth attending South County Middle/High School or Hayfield may not participate in any distribution shift. Find out more about LCAC’s Seasonal Outreaches.
  • Hope & Health Festival (May): Youth 13 years of age or older may help put together vegetable bags the day before the Festival and those 16 years of age or older may volunteer the day of the Festival.