Recognizing that it is human networks that make things happen, Volunteer Fairfax works closely with a broad array of community organizations to provide leadership and support for the county's community building objectives. This investment in building relationships is central to the Center's core values and mission in the community. A few of our active partnerships are detailed below.
As one of the largest community events in the area, the Festival relies on more than 1,000 volunteers to make the event a smooth-running success.
Connect Northern Virginia
A n easy-to-use and customizable website for the Northern Virginia community offering public and private sector information about a wide range of community issues and resources. Connect Northern Virginia is a partnership between George Mason University, Fairfax County OP3, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and Volunteer Fairfax.
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Volunteer Fairfax's executive director has spoken to the Chamber's nonprofit members on education and awareness issues.
Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action
Volunteer Fairfax is a member of Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, a network of faith communities, community-based organizations, and government agencies that fosters interfaith communication and cooperation to build and strengthen human services resources in Fairfax County.
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Community Services Committee
Volunteer Fairfax assists with community events, including recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the annual Professional Business Clothing Drive. Volunteer Fairfax provides a voice for its nonprofit members, offering advice on educational trainings and events that are of interest to the nonprofit community.
With individuals from the staff and board of directors members LFI alum, Volunteer Fairfax has been very supportive of Leadership Fairfax over the years, returning to coach and mentor LFI and Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) participants.
Metro Coalition of Volunteer Centers/National Network of Volunteer Centers
Volunteer Fairfax is an active member of both the National Network of Volunteer Centers and the local Metropolitan Coalition of Volunteer Centers, a collaborative of the eleven regional volunteer centers representing jurisdictions in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The coalition works together to promote the value of volunteerism in community building and develop a coordinated emergency response effort that includes volunteer mobilization, and coordination of in-kind goods and services.
Northern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administrators (NVAVA)
NVAVA is a professional membership organization for persons committed to the effective involvement of volunteers in community programs and services. Volunteer Fairfax provides information on best practices and professionalism for volunteer administration.
Points of Light Foundation/Hands on Network
Volunteer Fairfax is an affiliate of the Points of Light Foundation/Hands on Network, which is the umbrella organization for hundreds of volunteer centers across the country. Volunteer Fairfax participates in training opportunities provided by the organization, allowing for networking and sharing of best practices with other leading volunteer centers.
South County Nonprofit Leadership Group
A network of nonprofit leaders serving Southern Fairfax County, this group meets every other month to address challenges and opportunities unique to this geographic location.
Venture into Volunteering Senior and Boomer Initiative
Initiated by the Fairfax County Department of Recreation, Volunteer Fairfax provides the connection to nonprofit agencies that serve this population and those who are interested in recruiting mature individuals as volunteers.