Open House

You are cordially invited ...

Volunteer Fairfax will be showing off its new digs at 10700 Page Avenue, Suite 101, in Fairfax City, during an open house, Thursday, Jan. 31, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 7).

We are excited to share our new headquarters with you, a space that enables Volunteer Fairfax to more effectively serve the community.

Our grand opening celebration will feature a ribbon cutting, remarks by local dignitaries, tours of our new space and light refreshments. You will also have the opportunity to meet our staff and office volunteers and learn more about what our programs are accomplishing in 2019.

You can find directions to our new headquarters here. To RSVP, please click here.

Volunteering! A New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping

 

New Years

Happy New Year and thank you for your interest in volunteering! At Volunteer Fairfax we strive to make it easy for you to engage. There are so many ways to serve! Check out some of the following options which will help you keep your resolution to volunteer:

  • Volunteers For Change - The flexible volunteer program for busy adults.

  • RSVP - The program especially designed for volunteers age 55+

  • BoardLink - A leadership opportunity for those with passion and experience.

  • Volunteer Now! - Looking for the right volunteer opportunity for YOU … search our online local database of opportunities.

  • Support for our Furloughed Neighbors


    As many families in our area are being heavily impacted by the government shutdown, scores of non-profits and local agencies are offering varying levels of assistance. We at Volunteer Fairfax have compiled a list of Support for our Furloughed Neighbors.

    If you know of any assistance not listed below, or if your organization wishes to include any provisions for federal employees, government contractors and others who provide services to the government, please email us so it may be included. This list will be updated as content is available. Check out our Facebook page for additional information.

    27th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards

    Award

    Volunteer Fairfax is pleased to announce that nominations are now OPEN for the 2019 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. Every day our community is served by dedicated volunteers. Each year we have the opportunity to honor them at the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards, a community-wide celebration of volunteerism. Honor your outstanding volunteer by nominating them today. Deadline is February 8. Mark your calendar for the celebration on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Waterford at Springfield.

    Agency Volunteer Fairfax Info Session - Feb. 7

    Learn how your nonprofit or public agency can use Volunteer Fairfax programs and services to leverage your volunteer resources in the community. Join us Thursday, February 7 from 9 - 9:30 am for a webinar where we'll review the playbook. You will hear more about the membership benefits or Partner, Associate and Registered membership. Great for people new to Volunteer Fairfax or if you just need a refresher!

    This is a free webinar open to all. After registration, we will send you the dial-in infromation the day before the event! Click here to register or contact Susan Sanow with any questions.


    Upcoming Volunteer Management Training Webinars

    February 7 @ 9 to 9:30 am - Volunteer Fairfax Agency Info Session

    February 19 @ 8:30 to 9:30 am - Volunteer Management Boot Camp LITE

    March 14 @ noon to 1:30 pm - The Accidental Volunteer Manager

    Volunteers for Change Valentine's Challenge

    Volunteer Fairfax’s Volunteers for Change Program will hold it's Annual Valentine’s Challenge on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in honor of MLK Day! Volunteers will create up to 5000 Valentine cards for children and teens in foster care or who have recently aged out and are in college. The event is now full. To find additional service opportunities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., please click here.

    10th Annual Give Together

    Give TogetherFamilies with school-age children, join us for Give Together on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, on Monday, January 21. Give Together is a family volunteer event with service projects designed for young people and little hands. This special event is the perfect opportunity to teach children the value of giving back to our community-- while enjoying giving together with family and friends. Give Together is a free event!


    This event is now full. Click here for more volunteer opportunities happening on the MLK Day weekend.


    President Bush Legacy

    Celebrating a Legacy; Looking toward the Future


    Volunteer Fairfax joins millions around the world celebrating the life of President George H.W. Bush, founder of Points of Light - the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

    From his first day in office, President Bush devoted special attention to citizens who stepped up to help solve our country’s toughest challenges. He created the Daily Point of Light Award to lift up their stories and inspire others to act.

    “President Bush embodied the spirit of volunteerism and community service, always putting the needs of his country ahead of his own,” said Steve Mutty, chief executive officer of Volunteer Fairfax. “Thanks to his vision of ‘a thousand points of light,’ volunteerism continues to shine brightly in places like Fairfax County,” Mutty said.

    To honor President Bush, you are invited to reignite you commitment to volunteerism by pledging your time and an act of service, click here to pledge!

    You can also sign up for a volunteer opportunity locally thru Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerNow! page. Volunteer Fairfax through its programs and its partnership with more than 600 agencies and nonprofits offers hundreds of opportunities to volunteers of all ages.

    President Bush said “Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” As part of the Points of Light network, Volunteer Fairfax is honored to carry on President Bush’s mission.

     


    Meet Volunteer Fairfax’s New CEO

    SteveThe Volunteer Fairfax board of directors has named Steve Mutty as the nonprofit’s new chief executive.

    “As Volunteer Fairfax approaches its forty-fifth anniversary, we are excited to have someone with Steve’s experience and vision leading this organization,” said Rick Garza, president of Volunteer Fairfax’s board.

    “Steve has an extensive background in nonprofit work, as an executive, as a fundraiser and as a volunteer,” Garza said. “He is truly dedicated to helping others. He exemplifies the ideals of Volunteer Fairfax.”

    Mutty recently served as executive director of the Alexandria (Va.) Seaport Foundation, a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth through adult mentoring and project-based learning. Mutty’s broad volunteer experience includes serving as Chairman of the Board of Best Buddies Capital Region, an organization that supports young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has served as a mentor for disabled young adults transitioning to independent living. He also sat on the fundraising event planning committees of Best Buddies International, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-National Capital Area and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Real Estate Games.

    To read complete announcement please click here.

    Our Programs

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    Agency log-in is now under the Nonprofits tab


    Calling All Youth ...


    Have you been searching for how to fulfill your school service hour requirements? Would you like to volunteer, but don’t know where to begin? Volunteer coordinators recognize that taking the initial step is often the toughest part of volunteerism. Check out Volunteer Fairfax’s Directory of Youth Service Opportunities. The directory contains over 100 volunteer agencies, indexed by categories such as region, minimum age, and mission area. The directory also contains a list of other resources, information on grants, and tips on getting started.

    Busy and on the go, not looking for a long term commitment, but still want to volunteer?


    For many us, finding rewarding and fun volunteer opportunities that fit into our busy lifestyle can be challenging.  

    Look no more! Volunteer Fairfax’s Volunteers for Change program was made for you.

    VFC is for the suburbanite on the go, who may not have time for a long term volunteer commitment but wants to be involved, make a difference and meet other like-minded volunteers in the process and get to know the community.

    In a comprehensive 45 minute info session you'll learn everything you need to get started! These are held twice a month at the Volunteer Fairfax headquarters centrally located in Fairfax City. Click here to view our Community Calendar to find upcoming sessions with sign up links.

    Click to listen to a recent podcast to learn more about Volunteers for change.

    Opportunities at Volunteer Fairfax
    Do you want to be part of the Volunteer Fairfax team? We have several openings ranging from internships to staff positions. For a full rundown of these great opportunities, please visit our career page.


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    Inspiring Stories: Northern Virginia Senior Olympics’ Power Couple Living Healthy Longer Together

    nvso A month before the 2017 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics began Joyce Tobias emailed friends updating them on her husband Tom, 84, who had just been in a serious cycling accident. Joyce told friends Tom had returned home after a brief hospital stay. “He is fine, but bruised up and has a lot of road rash and a broken rib.” She added, “He definitely won't be riding in the NVSO this year.” BUT! “Definitely won’t” turned to “maybe” and then to “probably” and finally to “definitely will” as the September 10 ride date loomed. It seems time and determination can work together in mysterious ways. On September 10, 2017, Tom and Joyce, dressed in full cycling regalia, stood at Vint Hill, waiting for the starter’s gun at the NVSO 10K, overcoming the odds once again. “Never a dull moment even when you are 84,” says Joyce. For the rest of the Tobias’ story and to read more volunteer profiles, please visit our Celebrating Stories page.