Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Volunteer Opportunity: Travelers Aid at Reagan National Airport

At CVN's February meet-up, our guest speaker Ann Stretch talked about local volunteer opportunities with Travelers Aid, a non-profit organization that provides information and directions to travelers coming through the airport. While planes get you to your destination and back home, Ann explained that Travelers Aid helps you in between. Some of our volunteers also shared stories in which having some friendly guidance at the airport would have come in handy.

Travelers Aid currently needs volunteers to contribute their enthusiasm, knowledge, and willingness to help others at Reagan National Airport. Volunteers offer hospitality and provide travel and tourist information and directions. For example, volunteers can help travelers get to the Metro, find Internet access, or reach the lost and found. At times, volunteers become "Volunteer Detectives" to help solve travel challenges for visitors to our area.

All volunteers receive classroom and on-the-job training to learn about Travelers Aid resources. Ann also assured us that all volunteers have access to a comprehensive book of information and more experienced volunteers can serve as mentors.

Volunteers shifts are 3 or 4 1/2 hours. During this time, you can help out at one of the airport's information desks or be a mobile guide. Volunteers are permitted to park for free at the airport.

If you're interested in helping make travelers feel at ease and welcome to our area, Travelers Aid would love to hear from you! To get involved, call their office at (703) 417-3975 or send an email to

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