Volunteer Services and Donation Opportunities

Volunteer Services

Volunteers play a crucial role in Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute programs and Volunteer Services ability to improve the lives of those suffering from mental illness. Volunteers embody hope, empowerment, self-responsibility and life fulfillment. Our volunteers learn new skills, make new friends, and make a lasting difference in a person’s life. Become a volunteer today!

Types of volunteers

  • Regular volunteers perform administrative tasks or participate in interactions with individuals on a consistent basis.
  • Group volunteers consist of church, civic, and student groups who come to help with an event such as holiday parties, concerts, social hour or special project.
  • Fundraiser volunteers help identify and raise funds for special needs that NVMHI has.

To become a volunteer you must be at least 18 years old. There is an application process that includes a background check, TB test and drug test. We provide an orientation and on the job training. NVMHI is a tobacco, drug, alcohol free campus.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email an Application to Volunteer Services at (NVMHI.Volunteers@dbhds.virginia.gov)

Frequently asked Questions - volunteering


Volunteer Services relies on supportive friends in the community to bridge the gap between government funding and the hospital’s desire to make our patients’ stay more enjoyable. All donations are used solely for the purpose of comfort and welfare of our patients. You can help by making a contribution in one or more of the following ways:

Cash Donations
Monetary contributions give Volunteer Services the flexibility to use funds where the need is greatest. You are always welcome to designate your gift in honor of a friend or in memory of a loved one. To submit a donation "in honor or memoriam," please include the name of the person you wish to honor/memoriam and the name and address of a family member so that we can acknowledge the gift. Checks should be payable to “Northern Virginia Mental Health” and sent to:

Volunteer Services
Northern Virginia Mental Health
3302 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Be sure to include the name of individual(s) being honored or remembered and the mailing address of those you wish to be notified.

Non-Cash Donations
Non-cash donations are used solely for the comfort and welfare of our patients. Donations may be dropped off in the lobby anytime between 9:00AM-4:00PM daily (except state holidays). For large donations, please call Volunteer Services in advance to make an appointment for dropping off items. Our current non-cash needs include:

Current Non-Cash Donations Needs
Tennis shoes
Men’s jeans
Journals and composition books
Items for Token Store:
Drinks (plastic bottles only)
Coloring books
Items for patients discharge:
hygiene products – Travel Size
(toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, razors, shaving cream)
Shoe laces

Frequently asked Questions - donations

Frequently asked - What to donate