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?
COVID-19 Update: 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.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Schools They Work In: Volunteer Fairfax has a strong relationship with the Fairfax County Public School system (197 schools).
In FY22, 9,571 engaged individuals contributed 20,865 hours of service.
- Food Collection:
In FY22, VF was a leading organizer and participant of Stuff the Bus campaigns that collected 22 tons of groceries for local food pantries.
- Community Service Events:
In FY22, our annual VolunteerFest engaged 1,050 participants in 33 projects for nine nonprofits; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service engaged 1,660 volunteers in projects for 40 agency partners.
- COVID-19 Response:
In FY22, VF collected 14,345 small masks for toddlers and young elementary school children.
- Volunteer Management Training:
In FY22, VF presented 31 webinars training 1,332 nonprofit and public agency professionals on how to maximize the effectiveness of their volunteer programs.
Awards & Recognition
2018 – Nominated for Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award for Nonprofit of the Year
2018 – Twenty-one Volunteer Fairfax volunteers were recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award
- 2023 MLK. Weekend of Service
Thu Feb 9 2023, The Connection Newspapers
Celebrates volunteerism through Volunteer Fairfax in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "beloved community."
- Prince George's County Public Schools Host Back-to-School Drive
Sat Aug 20 2022, NBC Washington News
Volunteer Fairfax helped PG County Public Schools fill 10,000 backpacks for elementary and high school students.
- "We Love You:" Thousands of Valentine's Day cards delivered to Inova hospital workers
Tue Feb 9 2021, WJLA local channel 7
Volunteer Fairfax delivered nearly 10,000 Valentine's Day cards made by local children and families to Inova hospital workers.
- How to Connect and Engage with Your Volunteers Remotely
Tue Apr 7 2020, Leading in Times of Hyper Change
The Director of Communications discusses the steps Volunteer Fairfax is taking to pivot to remote volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam visits Volunteer Fairfax
Mon Mar 9 2020, The Connection Newspapers & Online
Governor Northam toured the Volunteer Fairfax offices and met with the Executive Director, staff, Board members and volunteers on February 2
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