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During the current emergency, Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the other members of the Metro Coalition of Volunteer Centers requests that all prospective volunteers contact their local volunteer center by phone or website, or call
1-800-VOLUNTEER, to be connected to the volunteer center nearest where you live. Please do not go to the scene of the disaster since that could slow you down or hinder rescue operations. We urge everyone to attend to the needs of your families and neighbors first and
follow instructions of your local emergency management agency.
40 Years of Impact!
On May 6, our 40th anniversary year concludes.
We have enjoyed celebrating with you through service,
welcoming you at events, sharing stories
through the VF Stories Project and
even put together a video!
Help us launch into the next 40 years of service.
Click to find out more.
Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors heard on iHeart Radio
Volunteer Fairfax welcomed RSVP and Volunteer Solutions to iHeart Media to chat about volunteer opportunities for Boomers and members of the Greatest Generation. In studio, Angela Starling hosted Nadia Trznadel of RSVP Northern Virginia and Theresa Brown from Volunteer Solutions, a program of the Fairfax County Council on Aging.
Here is a recap on information that was shared: May is a busy month for the 55+ generation! National Senior Corp Week is May 16-20 presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information on this national program visit nationalservice.gov . Local activities are also being organized. RSVP Northern Virginia will host a recognition and recruitment event on May 17. For information on this event email email@example.com. Volunteer Solutions is partnering with area agencies, including RSVP, to celebrate National Older Americans Month through beautification projects every Friday in May. Volunteers will team up to assist local citizens who are unable to perform certain house and yard tasks. For information and to get involved contact Theresa Brown or call 703-327-5419. For senior volunteering activities in Montgomery County, check out montgomeryserves.org. In DC, Family Matters of Greater Washington coordinates service options for seniors. Visit familymattersdc.org to connect.
Senior Competitions are coming soon! In Washington DC the Golden Olympics take place May 2-13. The Maryland Senior Olympics will take place in August/September. And, in Northern Virginia, the annual Senior Olympics are scheduled for September 10-21. Information for athletes and volunteers is available at nsga.com and nvso.us. To volunteer for the NVSO, you may also contact Nadia Trznadel directly at 703-403-5360.
Finally, Fairfax County Government shares 50+ Reasons May is a Good Month to be 50+ Years Old through the Creative Aging Festival. Activities and locations are throughout the area. See list.
It’s a busy May. Get out there!
Stories for 40 Years—In Celebration of
40th Anniversary of Serving the Community
Storm Jonas: Volunteer Fairfax Serves During Stormy Weather
Temps over the December holidays were unseasonably mild. 2015 was going out like a lamb. Then came January and suddenly it was winter! Storm Jonas was on the way. Fierce and cold and snowy white. Advance weather reports warned people to prepare and stay safe. During the height of the storm, a call came in to Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center from a concerned citizen. The caller's mother was in the hospital and the end was near. Volunteer Fairfax staff sprang into action locating a volunteer with a 4-wheel drive. Read more…
Volunteer Fairfax 2015 Annual Report
Volunteer Fairfax is pleased to debut our 2015 Annual Report, a brief synopsis, about the year that was. In this report, we share highlights, financial statistics, and acknowledgement of our sponsors, board and staff. We invite you view it here.
The 24th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards
Friday, April 8, a Great Success!
The room was festive with blue and silver balloons when nearly 500 attendees gathered for our very special event. We enjoyed recognizing a record number of nominated shining stars! We had the honor of bestowing a Point of Light Award. We announced the volunteer who won an Alaskan Cruise courtesy of Cabot Creamery. And, we proudly debuted a retrospective video celebrating the conclusion of Volunteer Fairfax’s 40th anniversary year. Our sincere thanks goes to Fairfax County Channel 16 Media Team for producing this meaningful presentation. There are so many others to thank! So for more Volunteer Service Awards recap, photos, videos and a list of award recipients click here…
Connecting Resources to Community Need: Kudos to the Freddie Mac Community Crew
Approximately thirty Freddie Mac volunteers recently participated in the Freddie Mac SERVE Community Day at JC Nalle Community School in Washington, DC. Families in the community were invited for a day of financial education and some family fun! Adults had the opportunity to discuss their credit reports with credit counselors and attend a financial fitness workshop while their children participated in educational financial activities. Parents and kids also enjoyed some fun carnival games with prizes! Kids bounced in the moon bounce and zoomed down inflatable slides and everyone was treated to a complimentary lunch. The DJ kept the music going and some folks just had to bust a move! See photos.