At Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc., volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We could not do what we do without your dedication and support. Please join us in taking a stand in ending domestic violence!

Please read through the volunteer position descriptions below to find a volunteer role that fits your interests and expertise. To find out more about each volunteer position, contact the the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old or older and not enrolled in high school
  • Must attend volunteer orientation 
  • Must pay a $21.40 background check processing fee and receive a clear background check


Childcare volunteers provide caring and compassionate support to the children in our shelter program. Please Note: Childcare volunteers must be available on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm and be able to make a six-month to one-year commitment.

Helpline Operator

Helpline volunteers provide crisis intervention, information, and referral services to clients, agencies, and other members of the community who call our helpline. Please Note: Helpline volunteers must have availability Monday-Friday during regular business hours (8:30AM-5:30PM), and serve between 3-4 hours per shift.

Special Events

Special Events volunteers assist with the planning and execution of fundraising benefits and other special events such as our Women’s Day event, Christmas Party, and Holiday Gift Drives. These volunteer opportunities are ideal for those who cannot make a regular commitment but would still like to be involved with BHNV and our clients.

Life Skills/Professional Services

Life Skills/Professional Services volunteers donate their time through their professional capacities. Services needed include, but are not limited to: financial planning, resume and job search assistance, nutritional counseling, ESL instruction, medical and dental care, legal advice, etc. Please provide us with information on the particular skill or training that you would like to contribute. Opportunities are available to work with groups or in a one-on-one setting.

Office Assistant

Every BHNV department has the need for clerical help to assist with a variety of administrative tasks, answering phones, data entry, and help with correspondence. Please Note: Office Assistant volunteers must have availability Monday-Friday between 8:30AM and 5:30 PM.

Development Committee Member

BHNV encourages all interested volunteers to participate in development committee efforts. We are also seeking people with the following professional backgrounds:

  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Business
  • Fundraising
  • Information Technology

The Committee values participants who can offer a compassion and desire to minister to the needs of domestic violence victims through service, an understanding of the mission and goals of BHNV, a willingness to learn new skills and processes, and an interest in working cooperatively with motivated professionals in a casual setting.

Volunteer Orientation

This is the time to see if BHNV is a good fit for you. During the orientation, you will learn more about BHNV, ways you can get involved, and what it is like to be a victim of domestic violence.
To request a volunteer application and to sign up for the next orientation, email the Volunteer Coordinator. You will need to mail in or  drop- off the $21.40 background check fee. Please note: this fee must be paid by check or exact cash.

Fax: 703-658-9522
Mailing and physical address: 6601 Little River Turnpike, Suite 110, Alexandria VA 22312

Thank you!