WISH LIST: $100: recruitment and training of one bilingual Hispanic volunteer; $500: rakes and shovels to clean six local parks; $1000: an online directory to connect teens to nearby opportunities
Here are some interesting numbers: 12,676 volunteers, 68,000 hours, and 900 local non-profits. These reflect the reach of Volunteer Fairfax, the area's central resource for community engagement. Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes citizens, corporations, and local governments to meet the community's most essential needs by bringing person power to local non-profits where demand for services has risen exponentially. At any given time, as many as 400 volunteer opportunities are active in the 24-hour database. So Volunteer Fairfax works not only to broadcast opportunities, but to make clear that anyone can join the team: "Intégrate" (Spanish for "integrate yourself") mobilizes bilingual Hispanic volunteers; Global Youth Service Day gets kids excited about initiating change; BusinessLink connects with area businesses to offer consulting and employee service events; and the annual VolunteerFest engages over 800 volunteers at 36 sites in a single day. A recognized leader in emergency response, Volunteer Fairfax also stands ready to deploy volunteers corps to solve problems where and when they emerge. From new volunteers to established non-profits, your support for Volunteer Fairfax goes a long way.