Supporting more than 13,000 volunteers who annually give over 47,000 service hours to hundreds of area agencies, nonprofits, and businesses, Volunteer Fairfax is the region’s central resource for community engagement. Now in its 45th year, it mobilizes citizens, corporations, and local governments to meet a wide range of essential needs – and makes it clear that everyone can do their part. RSVP Northern Virginia engages adults ages 55 and older in meaningful service; kids and parents unite for hands-on projects through annual events like Give Together (held on MLK Day) and VolunteerFest; BusinessLink helps businesses meet their corporate social responsibility goals by engaging their employees in giving back. A regional leader in emergency response, Volunteer Fairfax readily deploys volunteer corps in urgent situations. Its 24-hour accessible database regularly has 400 volunteer openings. Won’t you join the team?
Deployed by the county to assist with its COVID-19 response, Volunteer Fairfax also helped its nonprofit partners and volunteers serve the community in new ways. The Emergency Response Team accepted thousands of donated, homemade masks, and thousands of pounds of nonperishable food and hygiene and baby products. Volunteers write cards to isolated individuals in homes and hospitals, and one dedicated student has been collecting and sorting donations at the drop-off center. Participating in "Stuff the Bus" food drives and recruiting 88 translators fluent in 18 languages helps meet the needs of local communities where English is not universally spoken.