Harold J Wilson Center for Volunteerism

The Harold J Wilson Center for Volunteerism is a virtual center designed to connect community needs with community volunteers.

Harold J Wilson (July 22,1921 - February 9, 2002) one of the long term members of Silverbrook United Methodist Church, grew up in Michigan and served in WWII. He had a great love for young people and for volunteering in Lorton and beyond. There was hardly a time when he wasn’t thinking up a new program for his church or community. His was a kind and gentle nature, taking the Sunday School kids on nature walks, putting together materials for Bible School, building bluebird houses, and being interested in the well-being of youth at church and in his surrounding neighborhood. At Silverbrook, he took on many roles, along with his wife Bettie, including being instrumental in the planning and building of the second church addition, as well as leading the effort to mark the cemetery’s unmarked graves. His three sons played on the Silverbrook-sponsored Lorton Little League, for which he was coach. A champion for the incarcerated, one summer he organized and planted a large vegetable garden along with volunteer prisoners from the Lorton Reformatory. The prisoners where immensely proud of their own garden plots, and Mr. Wilson took the tons of food they coaxed from the rocky soil to the homeless shelters in Washington D. C.

After many years of service to his community as a poet, reciting his written poems at local events, openings, and get-togethers, he was named Poet Laureate of Lorton on September 11, 2000.

His volunteer spirit continues to encourage and inspire us to serve our neighbors and reflect God’s love in the way that he served others.

We want to help connect people who can provide volunteer services to those individuals or organizations that need them. We believe that a connection to your community and to one another is important! Organizations, groups, individuals can contact us and let us know what we can do to help.

How does it work?
Want to give back to the community but don't know where to start? Take a look at the listings and contact us and we will put you in touch with the opportunity.
Need some volunteer assistance? Contact us and we can help you list your opportunity to find volunteers!

Immediate Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunity Name Description Need by
Embry Rucker Community Shelter Please consider donating items to the shelter. Click the Wish List to view their needs. Please deliver all donations to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter - 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
Embry Rucker Community Shelter November and December Volunteer Opportunities November/December

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunity Name Description
Food Drive Donate non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries
Wesley Housing After School Tutors support Wesley Housing’s educational program for elementary school students. The After School program is designed to help students achieve academic success. This volunteer position requires a minimum commitment of one hour every week when school is in session. In addition, each volunteer must attend a 1-hour orientation session.