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Alternative House currently has no open positions. Please visit us in the future for new openings!


Special Project and Event Volunteers

Many Alternative House volunteer opportunities don't involve and extensive time commitment nor a complicated application process. If you or your group have special skills or just want to do something to help Alternative House and the youth we serve, just call Christine Bartell, Office Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator, at 703.506.9191 or email her at

Listed below are some our current or on-going needs for volunteers:

Yard Volunteer at the Emergency Teen Shelter

Do you have a green thumb? Do you like to be outdoors? Do you like working in the yard?  If so, we have volunteer opportunities for 3-4 volunteers to come for 2-3 hours weekly to help us maintain our yard here at the shelter on a regular basis.  Alternative House is in need of someone to help take care of our yard by mowing, weeding, raking, trimming bushes, planting, watering and maintenance.  If you are interested in making a difference and can commit for a season, then please contact Christine Bartell, Office Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator, at 703.506.9191 and or email at


Many of our clients and residents are in the process of completing their education and are in need of tutoring. The times for tutoring vary greatly and we will try to work with prospective tutors on the scheduling.

All volunteer tutors must be 18 or older and have completed at least some college.

Special Projects and Group Projects

Don't have time for an ongoing commitment? Do you have special skills or interests that could benefit us? Are you part of a group looking for a volunteer opportunity? Please contact us to discuss the possibility of individual or group opportunities at any of our locations. Young volunteers may need to be accompanied by at least one adult.

There is no need to fill out an application, just call or e-mail us to find out what types of projects are available for individuals or groups!

Projects have included:

Fall Yard Work Volunteers

Alternative House is looking for volunteers to help with yard work at our Assisting Young Mothers, HYI program. We have three town houses and one house near the Vienna metro and Pan Am shopping center with small yards that need a little TLC. Opportunities are available on Weekdays during the daytime and afternoon.

Snack Food Collection

This is a growing need of ours. Each week we provide about 450 snacks to youth in our programs. We are looking for groups who would be interested in collecting snack foods that we can provide for the youth in our programs. We have a list of suggested items that the kids especially like.