Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Bridges to Independence! We depend on a network of dedicated volunteers to accomplish our mission and deliver critical programs which lead families from homelessness to independence.

We invite you to be a part of this important work. Our motto is simple: learn, lead, work, and thrive. With the help of our committed volunteers, we can help families overcome homelessness and strive for a better future.


We accept volunteers of all ages. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


Becoming a volunteer is an easy two-step process.

  1. Volunteer Application

First, please complete our online application. This information will help us learn a little more about you, your interests, availability, and background.

Please note, all volunteers who will work directly with our clients will need to complete a background check.

  1. Orientation Information

The next step is to attend one of our monthly volunteer orientation sessions.

Attendance at an orientation is required before working directly with clients at Bridges.

Sign up here.

Wednesday, February 21 – 6:00-7:00pm

Monday, March 26 – 6:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, April 24 – 8:00-9:00am

Thursday, May 24 – 12:00-1:00pm

Wednesday, June 27 – 6:00-7:00pm

Monday, July 25 – 6:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, August 28 – 8:00-9:00am

Thursday, September 27 – 12:00-1:00pm

Monday, October 29 – 6:00-7:00pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 6:00-7:00pm


Volunteer orientations are held at Bridges’ Sullivan House emergency shelter, 3103 9th Road, North, Arlington, VA 22201


Please contact us at volunteer@bridges2.org.


Volunteer Spotlight

Mary Adams
"As she retires, it is with hearts full of gratitude that Bridges acknowledges Mary Adams for her over twenty years of service as Honorary Member and Corresponding Secretary of our Board of Directors.  Through her two plus decades of service (she served under all three Executive Directors), Mary crafted thousands of donor thank you notes.  As a volunteer, she attended nearly all Bridges events from client graduations to children's parties to our appreciation Bar-B-Q, helping out wherever she could.  Mary leaves a legacy of dedication and service that will be long remembered at Bridges!"