Projects


Registration LINK HERE: https://masonnation911day2020.eventbrite.com

Below is a list of community partners and service projects for staff to participate and engage in virtually.  There is no “set time” for these projects to occur and there is flexibility for everyone to engage as they can. We do ask that you RSVP for a service project (feel free to RSVP for more than 1) so we can track where our service and outreach is taking place. If you would like to participate in our Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service Social Media Campaign to track our service, please use #masongivesback when posting and sharing photos.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to physically provide materials for service projects to volunteers at this time due to the COVID restrictions. If you have questions about what types of materials or things that are needed for projects, please email Lisa Snyder at lsnyder2@gmu.edu.

Don’t forget to follow Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Guidelines and follow these very important guidelines:

  • Wear your face covering properly.
  • Stay six feet apart.
  • Complete the Safe Return to Campus Training and daily Mason COVID-19 Health Check.
  • Wash your hands often, or use hand sanitizer when you can’t.

Stay put and don’t expose others if you are not feeling well. If you have not completed Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Training, please do so at: https://mymasonportal.gmu.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_11141006_1&course_id=_409660_1&mode=reset

For those doing in person service, we also ask that you please complete our Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service Participant Waiver and submit by September 10th at noon.  For those doing virtual service, we also ask that you please complete our Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service Participant Waiver and submit by September 10th at noon.

We are so glad to have you as part of this year’s Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service.  For questions, please contact Lisa Snyder, Associate Director at lsnyder2@gmu.edu.


Create Your Own Service Project

If you have a service project you are interested in doing that isn’t listed here, please select this ticket. We realize that many folks have connections to other organizations (ex: non-profit groups, youth groups, churches, etc.) and may have other areas of need or service possibilities. If you select this option, please email Lisa Snyder at lsnyder2@gmu.edu and provide the name of the organization and service project you are doing so that we can add the project and partnership to our list of outreach for the Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service.


Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k

  • Join the “George Mason University” team and run where you live. The Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Race provides an avenue for local area businesses and residents to remember the victims of the attacks on 9/11. The race also honors the countless first responders and military personnel who responded that day and honors their continuous fight in the war on terrorism. This year’s event will take place virtually and all proceeds will benefit the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
  • Registration Fee: $30
  • Race results can be posted between September 5 and 12, 2020.
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Whitney Sublett, University Information Technology Services

BookShare.org (waiting for project confirmation)

  • Book Share offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.
  • Mason Project Coordinator: David Corwin, Women and Gender Studies

Birmingham Green Assisted Living

  • Residents are still in quarantine and have to stay in rooms per CDC regulations. They are looking for painted Rocks, painted flower pots with flowers, and painted birdhouses with seed. Looking for volunteers who are able to help with these things and deliver directly to the facility.
  • Also in need: canned sodas, single serve snacks (cookies, chips, crackers, etc), fidget/sensory blankets for memory care unit
  • Items can be delivered to Birmingham Green directly. Please email André Porter, Director of Volunteer and Support Services at: aporter@birminghamgreen.orgto setup a time to deliver.
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Lisa Snyder, LEAD Office

Capital Area Food Bank Drive

  • Amazon Wishlist
  • Items needed most
  • If you would prefer to deliver food items in person, they can be delivered to the NOVA Distribution Center at 6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079. Please go directly to the loading dock to make your drop off between 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Matt Carlos, Student Support and Advocacy Center

Clean-Up at Mason’s EDGE Facility

  • Staining ground-based challenge course elements with wood preservative. The number of challenge course elements we can stain depends on how many participants and how much time we have. The purpose of this is to protect the challenge course elements from weathering. Volunteers should wear old clothes and shoes they don’t mind getting stain on. We will have gloves, but it’s messy work, and once this stain gets on clothing it doesn’t come off. We plan to provide disposable masks for volunteers, but please bring your own mask as well.
  • Project Coordinator: David Heath, The EDGE at Mason

Chalk your driveway and sidewalks 

  • In your neighborhoods, sidewalks on campus, other areas outside , write a message of hope or encouragement for others to see
  • Volunteers must provide their own chalk
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Kristen Wright, Civic Engagement/Office of the Provost

CRi (Choice, Respect, Independence) – Canvas Artwork for Residents

  • CRi is a regional nonprofit that provides resources and supports to individuals with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. COIVD has been especially difficult for the 300+ residents living in the 40 homes supported by CRi. Residents and staff are following strict safety procedures as some individuals are high risk so community excursions are limited to doctor appointments. Even family visits are hosted outdoors or to video calls. With such a drastic change in routine, staff have worked tirelessly to keep residents safe and help them adjust to a new normal where they can’t go to the store, see their friends at the day program, or even go for a walk in their neighborhood.
  • We need help making unique and personalized watercolor/paint canvas art pieces to give to each one of our homes. The goal of this project is to remind residents and direct support staff that they are not forgotten and that they are still an important member of the community. Simultaneously, you are able to participate in some therapeutic art as you transition into a new, and very different, school year. Participating in therapeutic art is one of the ways CRi residents have learned to relax and channel their feelings in a productive and creative manner. We understand that COVID has been tough on everyone!
  • We ask that you paint on a canvas no larger than 10×10
  • Once you have completed your painting, we ask that you do the following:
  • Campus Drop-Off Location:
  • The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)
  • There will be a box located outside of our office, please drop off completed paintings in the box NO LATER than Friday, September 25th
  • If you are unable to drop off your paintings to the Fairfax campus and would prefer to mail your painting in, please contact Janet Davison, Volunteer Program Manager at Cri at jdavison@MyCRi.org for mailing instructions. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover mailing expenses at this time.
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Matt Carlos, Student Support and Advocacy Center

Child Development Center at Mason – Chalking (10am-11am) and (11am-12pm)

  • Volunteers are needed to help chalk the sidewalks and parking lot outside of the Child Development Center
  • Must provide own chalk
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Dorothea Tyree, Child Development Center

Child Development Center at Mason – Play-Doh Donations

  • The Child Development Center is in need of new containers of Play-Doh.  For the health and safety of the children, play-doh can no longer be shared and we are hoping to provide each child with their own play-doh.
  • Play-doh can be purchased directly from our Amazon Wishlist
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Dorothea Tyree, Child Development Center

Child Development Center at Mason – Letters and Cards

  • Volunteers are needed to help write cards/draw pictures of hope and encouragement for the kids (ages 3-5). Cards and letters can be mailed directly to the Child Development Center (Address: Child Development Center, 4402 University Drive, MSN 5C2, Fairfax, VA 22030)
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Dorothea Tyree, Child Development Center

Freeminds Book Club  

  • During COVID-19, we are seeking volunteers to create worksheets filled with fun, educational activities that our members can do while quarantined in their cells. If you are interested in creating lockdown worksheets, please contact emily@freemindsbookclub.org for more information. We send out worksheets to our members bi-weekly, so we are always looking for fresh ideas, activities and writing prompts.
  • Sample Worksheets
  • Mason Project Coordinator: David Corwin, Women and Gender Studies

Mask Making – to support Million Mask Challenge 

  • Looking for volunteers to sew masks to be donated to local area hospitals, medical facilities, first responders, and much more.
  • For more information about the different projects that need support, visit: https://millionmaskchallenge.com/
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Lisa Snyder, The LEAD Office

Movement Matters: kid-friendly physical activity videos for shelter children

  • Stay-at-home orders can be especially tricky for energetic young bodies that need to constantly be on the move. You can help! Experienced yoga instructors, dance teachers, personal trainers, and preschool and PE teachers are encouraged to record and submit kid-friendly videos to get our shelter children moving throughout the day. Videos should be no longer 10-15 minutes. Simply record and send a video link to volunteer@nvfs.org. We will even add the best of these to our YouTube channel for the whole community.
  • Yoga instructors, dance teachers, personal trainers, preschool and PE teachers can record a 10-15 minute video for kid-friendly activities
  • Record video (10-15 minutes)
  • Send video link to volunteer@nvfs.org
  • Please contact Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.org for questions or more information.
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Taylor Campbell, New Student and Family Programs and Services

The Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse & Gardens Program

  • Join Greenhouse & Gardens staff at the Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse, the Innovation Food Forest, or the Potomac Heights Garden where you’ll prepare garden beds for planting, sow seeds, pull weeds, turn the compost, and take home some fresh herbs! Our sites produce delicious and nutritious food and our hydroponically-grown microgreens are served at numerous campus dining locations by Mason Dining (Sodexo). Your work helps us feed #MasonNation and keeps our sites beautiful.
  • Create a free account on our Sustainable Sign Ups portal and sign-up to volunteer!
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After you create an account on the Sustainable Sign Ups Portal, please be sure to ALSO RSVP via the 9/11 Day of Service website
  • Masks and social distancing are required for the safety and well-being of Greenhouse & Gardens staff and fellow volunteers.
  • No prior experience is needed and all tools/equipment will be provided.
  • Expert onsite support will be provided by Greenhouse & Gardens staff to ensure your experience is amazing.
  • Details about all volunteer opportunities, including the location of the three sites, can be found on our Sustainable Sign Ups portal.
  • There are a limited number of spaces available, and volunteers will be selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis, depending on the time of registration.
  • Mason Project Coordinators: Ben Auger, Education/Outreach Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, and Doni Nolan, Greenhouse & Gardens Program Manager, Office of Sustainability.

Post-it Note Project: #masonlove

  • Share the messages of hope and positivity around campus. Using post-it notes and the #masonlove, write a message of hope and post on campus. Snap a pic and share via social media.
  • Supplies needed: post-it notes and markers
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Lisa Snyder, LEAD Office

Prince William County ACTS Drive

  • For more information, visit: https://www.actspwc.org/services/food-assistance#Donations
  • Non-perishable food items: Breakfast items cereal, oatmeal, grits, Peanut butter and jelly, Canned or dry, beans, Honey, Canned vegetables, Canned fruit, Canned meats (tuna, chicken), Whole-grain pasta, Canned tomato sauce, Brown Rice, Milk, Cooking oil, Canned soup, Coffee
  • Perishable food items:, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fruit, and Vegetables
  • General items: Pull-ups and diapers size 5/6, Soap, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Wipes, Shampoo, Toilet Paper, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap. Feminine Hygiene Products
  • If you would prefer to deliver food items in person, they can delivered Monday-Friday between 9:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:00pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Samantha Greenberg, New Student and Family Programs and Services and Dorothea Tyree, Child Development Center

Rock Painting

  • In your neighborhoods, on campus, or areas outside, paint rocks, write a message of hope or encouragement for others to see.  Hide the rocks around your community to brighten someones day
  • Volunteers must provide their own rocks, paint, paint brushes, mod podge, and other items needed to paint rocks
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Kristen Wright, Civic Engagement/Office of the Provost

Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program 

  • https://transcription.si.edu/tips
  • Volunteers can:  transcribe, review transcriptions, or edit text in the full process.
  • The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program engages the public in making its collections more accessible. Digital volunteers transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and preserve these valuable assets for future generations
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Jonathan Carmona, International Programs and Services

Social Justice, Advocacy, and Activism: Write Your Local/State Representatives and/or Leaders

  • Volunteers will have an opportunity to write or contact their local/state leaders to help make positive social change in our communities.  
  • There are many ways to connect with our local/state leaders, here is just one way to get started:
  • Google – “Representatives,” click on the state tab that relates to you, 
  • Type in your zip code 
  • Click on the name of your representative, this will take you to their website 
  • Scroll through their website to learn more about them and the legislation they have supported or not supported 
  • Decide on an issue that you want to bring to their attention 
  • Either-send them an email, write them a letter, send them a postcard, sent them a tweet, or post on their social media pages 
  • Your actions are your choice.
  • We will also host a Zoom Room on Friday, September 11th from 10:00am-11:00am for participants who want to engage and connect with another around this work.  The Zoom Room facilitator will be Kristen Wright, Director of Civic Engagement/Office of the Provost.  In order to receive the Zoom Room link, you must register for this service project online.
  • Mason Project Coordinators: Kristen Wright, Civic Engagement/Office of the Provost and Dorothea Tyree, Child Development Center

Sunrise Senior Living 

  • Residents are still in quarantine and have to stay in rooms per CDC regulations. They are looking for painted pocks, painted flower pots with flowers, outdoor flower boxes, and wreaths. Looking for volunteers who are able to help with these things and deliver directly to the facility.
  • We are also looking for volunteers who would be interested in singing or playing a musical instrument outside (following safety guidelines of social distance) of the facility for the residents
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Nadia Daghistani, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Women Giving Back Drive 

  • We are in need of volunteers to purchase and make toiletry kits.  Toiletry kits can be delivered directly to Women Giving Back. Please call (703) 554-9386 or email info@womengivingback.org to arrange a time to drop off items.
  • We are also in need of toiletries, diapers size 5-6, new underwear for women and children, feminine hygiene products, and laundry detergent. Link to Amazon Wishlist
  • At Women Giving Back, funding is essential to carry out our mission. Your generosity and support are critical in making a difference in our community! We believe all women and children should have access to the resources they need to succeed. This global pandemic continues to evolve and impact all of our lives in ways none of us could have imagined, but as always, Women Giving Back is here to provide critical essentials to those we serve. We are doing our very best to feed and support our many vulnerable families and individuals during this very unprecedented time. We are operating a food pantry drive-thru every Saturday to provide food, diapers, formula, toiletries and other essentials to all in need. We have distributed over 43,000 lbsof food since March and our drive thru line continues to grow. We cannot do our work without our amazing WGB family — donors, staff, volunteers, referral partners and supporters and we need your support now more than ever as we get through this crisis. For more ways to donate, visit: https://womengivingback.org/donate/
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Julia Michals from Women Giving Back

Save the date!

• The 9th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service will take place on Friday, September 10, 2021
• More information regarding the 2021 Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service will be available in early August