Get involved AFSS Key Roles

We’re always looking for new people interested in learning more about our cause. There’s lots of ways to help Alexandria Families For Safe Streets.  Even for people who are unable to make it to events in person.

Why volunteer with AFSS?

The Cause: As a volunteer, you’ll be positively affecting safer streets.

Learn new useful skills: No experience is necessary. We train all of our volunteers and will help get you involved in any aspects of our organization that you may be interested in.  You’ll learn valuable skills that you can be applied in most career fields. AFSS Board members are always happy to write reference letters.

Become part of an organization of concerned citizens: Alexandria Families For Safe Streets is a forum for people who are concerned about pedestrian safety within our community. We’re an all-volunteer non-profit organization that spends time advancing and celebrating our accomplishments through weekend outreach events, group walks, and an annual march/rally.

The following roles describe responsibilities at a high level and anticipated monthly commitment. No experience is necessary, we’ll provide training.  To further discuss, please contact

Have any other ideas about ways you can help?  Just let us know!


Content Contributor

  • Help collect content for our website, marketing material, and newsletter.


Write letters to the editor:

  • Write letters to the editor of local media outlets about safe streets
  • Anticipated commitment:  At least 1 letter a year.


Social Media Contributor:

  • Using AFSS social media shared accounts, share Safe Streets victories in other cities across the country.
  • Help publicize AFSS’ accomplishments
  • Help publicize events through Meetup, Eventbrite, etc.
  • Post upcoming events and news on Facebook and twitter
  • Anticipated commitment:  1-2 posts a month or ad-hoc


Graphic Design:

  • Design and order:
    • advertising material such as business cards, flyers, and post
    • merchandise such as t-shirts, socks, and hats.
  • Website support such as editing pages or adding new pages
  • Ensure needed printed material is delivered to the appropriate place. This includes ongoing printouts of volunteer handouts, checklists.  Graphic Designer will provide softs of flyers for print out.
  • 1-2 hours a month


Newsletter Editor:

  • Publish AFSS stories and events on a quarterly basis
  • Write one letter to the editor once a quarter
  • 1-2 hours a month



  • Update FAQ as needed to retain institutional knowledge for volunteer training.
  • Timely responses to public inquiries from our spokesperson public inbox, google, and social media accounts.
  • Serve as our gatekeeper and ambassador to our public.
  • 1-2 hours a month


Events – Promoter:

  • Digitally promote special events to the public such as fundraisers, group meetings, walks, etc. Use this document as a guideline for how to promote.
  • 1-2 hours a month


Event Host:

  • Get event volunteers involved.
  • Log everyone’s volunteer hours
  • For more information, see AFSS Event Guidelines
  • 2-3 hours a month or as needed


Event Volunteer:

  • Handout promotion material
  • Answer passersby questions
  • 1-2 hours a month


Education – Public Schools:

  • Help coordinate with ACPS and PTA organizations regarding Safe Street presentations
  • 1-2 hours a month


Grant Writing:

  • Identify and write grants in support of our needs
  • Establish and maintain AFSS grant writer guidelines to alleviate role transitions.
  • Monitor and Report:
    • Progress of awarded grants to the Granter
    • Grant application status to the Development Committee
  • 1-2 hours a month


Legislative researcher/analyst:

  • Review proposed bills and monitor legislative proceedings
  • Contact local lawmakers
  • Review legislative language that has been successfully implemented by other jurisdictions
  • Maintain AFSS legislative analyst guidelines
  • 2-3 hours a month


AFSS Liaison:

  • Attend public meetings and speak on behalf of AFSS.
  • 1-2 hours a month



  • Generate press coverage on behalf of AFSS and serve as a bridge between us and public and media outlets.
  • 1-2 hours a month


Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

  • Respond to new volunteer questionnaire submissions and arrange for orientation.
  • Oversee volunteer’s progression described in Volunteer onboarding checklist and gauge their interest in getting further involved to ensure they don’t get bored.
  • Monitor and support volunteer retention.
  • Ensure new volunteers feel welcome and appreciated by recognizing hour milestones they’ve surpassed based on the volunteer hour tracker.  Communicate this to volunteer email list and Slack channel.
  • Seek new volunteer feedback either in person, through surveys, emails, or phone calls to make sure they’re happy with their experience and to find ways AFSS can improve. This should be conducted particularly for new volunteers and volunteers who are no longer involved based upon a lack of submission in the volunteer tracker.
  • 2-3 hours a month


Internship Coordinator

  • Orient interns
  • Monitor interns progress against their plan
  • Provide intern with guidance and resources they need to be successful
  • Identify needs the intern can fulfill
  • Provide letters of recommendation for intern


Volunteer Coordinator

  • Actively engage volunteers and communicate ways they can support the mission including events, ad-hoc tasks, unfilled roles, and roles which can use support.
  • Communicate volunteer needs and accomplishments to Board of Directors.
  • Maintain relationships with other safe streets advocacy groups
  • 3-5 hours a month