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Lend a Hand -- Together We Can Make a Difference

Volunteer opportunities abound in the Department of Parks and Recreation. You can volunteer as a swim “buddy” in an adapted swimming class, be a summer camp volunteer, assist at fun special events like Family Skate Night and the Renaissance Fair, help to remove invasive plants from our parks, and much more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Adapted Swimming

This is a learn to swim program for individuals age 3 to adult with developmental disabilities. “Buddies” are needed to assist one on one with participants in the water. Commitment to entire session (7 weeks) is preferred. The fall session begins on Sunday, September 20th.


Sensory Garden

Energetic, enthusiastic, creative volunteers are needed to assist with the Sensory Garden at Walter Reed community center. Experienced and inexperienced gardeners can help create this oasis of calm.



(RIP) Remove Invasive Plants

Join your neighbors one day every month as they restore the area's natural plant communities. Help remove plants like English ivy and bush honeysuckle which threaten the health of Arlington's parks and natural areas.


Spanish Teacher

Lead a conversational (beginner) Spanish class with everyday phrases to help one get around in any situation while traveling in a Spanish speaking country. Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish, but teaching materials will be provided.