Volunteers are an essential part of the Doorways team! Volunteers do everything from frontline service to fundraising. Without our volunteers, Doorways couldn’t deliver the life-changing services and lasting results we do. See our group and individual volunteer opportunities below. Please contact us at (703) 504-9284 or VolunteerInfo@DoorwaysVA.org with any questions or to learn more.
Current volunteers, click here to log in to your Doorways Volunteer Account.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Doorways offers a wide range of opportunities for your group to get involved, including third-party fundraisers and collection drives.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Please note that all individual volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. All volunteer positions require a minimum one-year commitment (two shifts per month). Volunteers working directly with clients must complete 40+ hours of training and a background check.
If you’re interested in volunteering with Doorways, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form. It will help us learn a little bit about you, your interests and your background.
The next step is to attend one of our monthly Volunteer Information Sessions to learn more about Doorways and the different volunteer opportunities we offer. For more information about the next Volunteer Information Session or if you have any questions about the application process, contact Doorways’ Volunteer Resources Manager at (703) 504-9284 or VolunteerInfo@DoorwaysVA.org.
Family Home and Safehouse Coverage Volunteers
Provide direct service to shelter clients. Answer the hotline, provide support to individuals and families in crisis and assist staff in the day-to-day operations of the shelter.
Hospital Accompaniment Volunteer
Provide accompaniment, emotional support, crisis intervention, advocacy and referrals to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at the hospital. Read the Hospital Accompaniment Volunteer Description.
Assist with evening childcare during weekly support groups and parenting classes or monthly dinner programs. Read the Children’s Volunteer Description.
Administrative Support Volunteer
Assist with special projects, mailings, meeting or training preparation, answer phones and other administrative tasks as needed. Read the Administrative Support Volunteer Description.
Volunteers are an important and valued part of the Doorways team. Their volunteer service inspires not only themselves but also the staff and clients they serve. Learn how volunteering has impacted the lives of our volunteers by reading their stories.
Why I Volunteer
“I am excited about every shift and I never fail to learn something every time I am there.” Read Debra’s story.
Helping Survivors Get Back on their Feet
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to be volunteering with such an incredible organization who truly cares about their clients.” Read Miska’s story.
Supporting Those Who Need It Most
Doorways has given Hope “an appreciation of all the complexities in the homelessness issue; an appreciation for the dedication of the people working to solve them one client at a time; and an appreciation of the people struggling with them every day.” Read Hope’s story.
Meeting Every Person Where They Are
“My hope is to make every person feel a little bit less alone,” Danielle said. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is how to meet every person in need where they are.” Read Danielle’s story.
Empowering People with Options and with Empathy
“I volunteer with Doorways to help advance equity for marginalized communities, offer an empathetic ear and hand to hold, and restore power and control to those it’s been ripped away from.” Read Emily’s story to learn more.