Corporate Volunteers

 

The Children’s Science Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Corporate Volunteer Program is for corporate and business groups who wish to contribute to the community through volunteer service for the Children’s Science Center. Volunteers are a vital resource in our efforts to deliver our mission of STEM-learning to thousands of families each year. We are grateful to the over 500 active volunteers who donated more than 5,000 hours in 2017 and invite our region’s companies to help us inspire the next generation of learning through any of the opportunities outlined below. While we welcome volunteers with specific skills, volunteers do not need a math or science background or even any specific experience! They just need a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of time.

 

Community Outreach

 

The Center travels across Northern Virginia serving approximately 20,000 children and their families in Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria and Fauquier counties (plus the cities of Manassas, Fairfax and Falls Church) each year.

 

Family Science Nights

The mainstay outreach program is our unique Family Science Nights. These events travel to over 50 elementary schools each school year between September and May, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. At each event, the Center arrives in our Childsci VW van with 10-12 table-top, hands-on activities and transforms the school’s gym or cafeteria into a science center. We typically serve between 200-400 families per event and need a minimum of 15 volunteers who work alongside our staff and the school’s team to make the event run smoothly.

Summer Mini-Labs

Launched in 2017, the Center partners each summer with the Loudoun County Library system to deliver 10 Summer Mini-Labs at all of the County’s libraries. Each event is a slightly smaller version of our Family Science Nights, with 6 hands-on activities held during a summer weekday morning. At each, we serve over 100 families and need a minimum of 10 volunteers who work alongside our staff Educators.

Regional Outreach

The Center also participates in a robust calendar of regional outreach throughout the year including appearances at STEM-themed festivals such as the Loudoun County STEM Day (Sept), the Maker Faire NoVa at George Mason University (March), the STEM Symposium at the NySmith School (April), and the 2-day USA Science and Engineering Festival at the DC Convention Center (April). These weekend appearances are generally several hours in duration and the Center arrives with 2-4 table-top, hands-on activities. We need shifts of 4-6 volunteers every 2 hours to work alongside our staff.
 

Children’s Science Center Lab

 

We also welcome volunteers every day at the Lab at Fair Oaks Mall. Open 7 days a week, 362 days a year, we serve an additional 50,000 visitors annually. Of those, over 150 schools attend a weekday field-trip, in addition to the Center’s own special events, camps, and workshops on weekends and evenings. Volunteer teams of 4-6 members work alongside our Educators in each of our 4 main galleries, in 2-hour shifts, during regular operating hours (10 am – 6 pm). In addition, volunteers assist in keeping the Lab running smoothly by helping with stocking and prepping activities, a great opportunity for youth volunteers and their parents.

We also welcome volunteer STEM-mentors for programs such as Latina SciGirls. These volunteers offer their time and talents as leader examples for our young visitors. We partner with these practitioners to help us deliver hands-on experiences, engage our young visitors and their caregivers to think about STEM-opportunities, and exemplify what might be possible for these students.

Another component where we rely on volunteer support is in communicating with and promoting our programs to constituents of diverse languages and skills. We are grateful for volunteers who are fluent in other languages and have experience interacting with our special needs visitors. This ensures that all children and their families have access to positive STEM-learning.

 

Governance and Leadership

The Center’s greatest asset are the volunteer leaders who work behind the scenes – as members of our Advisory Board, STEM Advisory Council and Board of Directors. In addition, regional and community leaders lend their expertise and advice to our professional staff in marketing and communication, especially social media outreach, IT, finance, human resources, and fundraising.

 

 

 

If you have questions or would like to sign up your company, please contact: Traci McGillicuddy Volunteer and Program Coordinator, Children’s Science Center, via email at tracimcgillicuddy@childsci.org or phone at (703) 638-3130 Ext. 6.