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 FY20, 13,879 engaged individuals contributed 541,302 hours of service in Northern Virginia.
- Value to the Community:
In FY20, service through Volunteer Fairfax was worth $1,175,455 to area nonprofits and communities.
- Agencies Served:
In FY20, 650 nonprofits and agencies engaged in Volunteer Fairfax services.
- Website Visitors:
In FY20, the www.volunteerfairfax.org website had 116,511 unique visitors.
- Volunteer Management Training:
Since the start of COVID-19, 1,108 participants have attended 41 online, free training sessions for nonprofit volunteer managers.
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
2017 – L. Burwell Gunn Citizenship Award from FVCBank
2015 - Golden Gavel Award for Nonprofits by the Fairfax Law Foundation
2015 - Finalist for the Fairfax Chamber Corporate Citizenship Award, Partnership category
2014 - Finalist for Fairfax Chamber Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards; Partnership Award
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