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Mt. Vernon RECenter Volunteer


Volunteers Sharing Health & Fitness

Volunteer Manager
Darryl Foster
703-768-3224 x 206
Mount Vernon RECenter
2017 Belle View Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22307

VOLUNTEER AT MOUNT VERNON RECenter

Mt. Vernon RECenter's volunteer program includes providing assistance and encouragement in the fitness room, greeting and checking in our members at the front desk, serving as class assistants, landscaping, cleaning and other duties. Volunteers range in age from 16 to 80. We welcome groups, including students from Fairfax County Public Schools. Volunteers who work 16 hours a month enjoy the benefits of exercising, swimming, making new friends and serving the community.

CURRENTLY IN NEED OF...

  Adapted Ice Skating Class Assistant
Title: Adapted Class Instructor Assistant
Goal: To create a comfortable learning environment for physically and/or mentally challenged students that will result in a positive experience in which safety is the primary concern for all participants.
Duties: Offer additional supervision and support in a foundational/transitional class that provides children with disabilities opportunities to develop skills specific to the classes such as adapted gymnastics; adapted ice skating. Light to moderate lifting.
Qualifications: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. The ability to look beyond the disability and at the individual is of utmost importance.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date.
Certifications/Tests: None
Time Required: Average of four hours per week. Must commit for one complete session.

  Class InstructorAssistant
Title: Class Instructor Assistant
Goal: To assist instructors of land classes (those not conducted in RECenter swimming pools) in achieving the goals of the class or program to ensure that students are provided a safe, comfortable and effective learning experience.
Duties: Carries out the directions of the instructor which may include demonstrating the skill being taught to the entire class while the instructor provides feedback to individuals or small groups, or working with one or more students in developing the skill that the instructor is teaching. Helps set up and take down equipment before and after class and helps maintain necessary records. Reports all injuries, accidents, and other problems or concerns to supervisor and completes required forms in a timely manner. Light to moderate lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age or older. Demonstrated interest and proficiency in the specific class or program subject through relevant education such as certifications and degrees. Examples include belts in martial arts, titles in dog training, and the like.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: Must maintain current certification as required by the specific class. These certifications for assistants may be obtained from the program staff responsible for the class.
Time Required: One class per session.

  Fitness Room Monitor
Title: Fitness Room Monitor/Greeter
Goal: To meet the RECenter's goal of excellence in customer service and foster an appreciation of recreational opportunities in the local community.
Duties: Greets the fitness room patrons and keeps count of all persons using the room; checks for valid entrance stamp; answers questions on usage regulations; reports equipment needing repair, and can assist with maintaining the room in proper order and cleanliness. Light to heavy lifting
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older. Enthusiastic individual willing to interact with the public in a positive manner. Must be organized and have skills to deal with various tasks.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Time Required: Average of four hours per week. Prefer one year commitment.

  Front Desk Associate
Title: Front Desk Associate
Goal: To meet the site's goal of excellence in customer service and foster an appreciation of recreational opportunities in the local community.
Duties: Greets the public and orients them to the facility, informs visitors about site rules and programs, checks user passes, answers phone calls and inquiries, assists with programs and projects as needed, helps to take care of the front desk equipment and working area, and may handle sales of RECenter passes and/or other site specific items.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years or age or older. Volunteer must be an enthusiastic individual willing to interact with the public in a positive manner. Must be organized and have skills to deal with various tasks.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: Background check required for volunteers handling cash transactions.
Time Required: Average of four hours per week. Prefer six-month commitment.

  Ice Monitor
Title: Freestyle Ice Skating Monitor
Goal:To provide assistance to the skaters while ensuring them an organized, safe and smoothly run freestyle session.
Duties: he volunteer will ensure the safety of the skaters and contracted coaches at all times by enforcing the rules, monitoring the traffic flow, and attending to the needs of the freestyle skaters. The volunteer will work in accordance with the rules provided for the freestyle sessions. The volunteer will record attendance and corresponding payment and pay close attention to skater etiquette and contracted coaches during the freestyle sessions.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older. The volunteer must have strong ice skating skills and be a well-organized individual. Must be willing to assist and interact with the skaters in a positive and consistent manner. Certification in First Aid is required. Current Freestyle Skaters or their family members and ice skating coaches are not eligible for this position.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required. On the job training with experienced ice rink operator will supplement prior experience.
Certifications/Tests: Must complete and stay current on CPR (every 2 years) and First Aid (every 3 years) certifications. The training must be completed within 60 days of volunteer start date.
Time Required: Average of four hours per week. Prefer one-year commitment.

  Landscaper
Title: Landscaper
Goal: To help with overall maintenance of the indoor and outdoor plants and flower beds and general beautification of the RECenter or park.
Duties: Helps prepare flower beds for planting, assists site manager with ordering plants and flowers, mulches flower beds to maintain ground moisture, removes dead plants or flowers, weeds flower beds, waters and helps winterize and clean out flower beds as necessary. Light to heavy lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older. A genuine interest in landscaping and knowledge of care for plants and trees. Prior landscaping experience is preferred.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None.
Time Required: Volunteer is required to donate an average of four hours per week over the course of the year for the upkeep of the flower beds and general maintenance of plants.

  Maintenance Support
Title: Maintenance Support
Goal: To help maintain facilities in order to provide a pleasant, clean and safe environment for RECenter or park users.
Duties: Cares for variety of internal and external areas of the building to include cleaning and maintenance of club and weight rooms, mezzanine and office areas, pool and changing room facilities and overall upkeep of site cleanness and appearance. Assists site custodian with other maintenance duties as required. Light to heavy lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older. Interest in building maintenance work. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Prior maintenance work is preferred.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None.
Time Required: At least four hours per week, on the same day, for a minimum of six months.
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HIGHLIGHTS...

Help Others Skate through Life

Adapted Ice Skating, introduced at Mt. Vernon RECenter in the fall 2008 class session, is going strong. Wait lists attest to its popularity, and more classes could be added if only there were more volunteers. If you can help, call 703-768-3224, x 206 for information. You don’t have to be an expert skater but you do need to be comfortable on the ice and have basic skating skills.

Adapted Ice Skating

Variety is the Spice of Life

Mt. Vernon has launched a new class that gives discriminating preschoolers the chance to sample a host of varied opportunities for fun. Variety Zone will rotate weekly through established favorites, like Preschool Picassos, Magic Kitchen and Adventures in Gardening. Judging from the early response, Variety Zone promises to be the RECenter’s most popular program.

Join the volunteer team at your neighborhood RECenter and get the insider’s edge on the latest developments!

Patricia (Pat) Feilder

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Patricia (Pat) Feilder
Mt. Vernon RECenter’s
2014 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year

Pat Feilder is an outstanding volunteer because of her commitment. She has worked as a front desk associate, but consistently volunteers to also assist with other tasks, and does so in an always cheerful and friendly manner. Pat has volunteered over 200 hours of her time during the past year, and is committed to providing high quality service to our customers.

Pat has volunteered on weekends to help with class registrations, and has also assisted with the Park Authority Healthy Strides race in the spring. She is always "there when needed," and has served reliably every week for the past 16 months.

RECenter customers have benefited from Pat's efforts in numerous ways. Her demeanor and caring personality make her easy to approach, and easy to receive the assistance that is needed. For her reliability and her consistent ability to "go the extra mile" to help in any way possible, we are pleased to name Pat Feilder Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ...

Free RECenter facility use: Volunteers who maintain an average of four hours of service per week or three weekly classes per class session as an Adapted Aquatics assistant, can use their RECenter’s general facilities free of charge

Community Park Benefits: Currently active Community park volunteers who have consistently maintained an average of four hours of service per week can use EITHER the Free RECenter facility Use of the partnering RECenter, OR their site’s Community Park benefit.

Free RECenter classes: Volunteers who have served a minimum of 32 hours and maintain an average of eight hours of service per week, or volunteer as an Adapted Aquatics assistant for four weekly classes per class session are eligible to take one free FCPA class per session on a space available basis.

Family Discount Pass: All FCPA volunteers are entitled to purchase a 25-visit pass for their family use to any RECenter at a special county employee rate.


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