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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (703) 638-3130 Ext. 6.