The numbers are impressive: 22,893 volunteers, 82,891 hours, and 900 local nonprofits. These reflect the reach of Volunteer Fairfax, the region's central resource for community engagement. Now celebrating 40 years of service, it mobilizes citizens, corporations, and local governments to meet the community's most essential needs by bringing person-power to local nonprofits. At any given time, as many as 400 volunteer openings are active in the 24-hour database. So Volunteer Fairfax works to broadcast opportunities, and to make clear that anyone can serve: kids and parents unite for hands-on service activities through Give Together (held on Martin Luther King, Jr Day); adults 55 and older apply their years of experience through RSVP Northern Virginia; BusinessLink connects with area businesses to offer consulting and employee service events; and the annual VolunteerFest engages some 800 volunteers at 35 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. Won’t you join the team?

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+); All

Population(s) Served: Not applicable

Schools They Work In: Volunteer Fairfax has strong relationships with Fairfax County Public Schools (197 total).

  • Unique Volunteer Connections:  
    In 2015, we received inquiries from 12,693 individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. With returning volunteer, this resulted in 77,369 unique volunteer connections.
  • Visitors to the Volunteer Fairfax website in 2015:  
    184,650 visits, from 113,818 unique visitors
  • Volunteers for Change flexible volunteering program:  
    In 2015, 61 agencies were served monthly by Volunteers for Change members completing 793 projects.
  • Value of Volunteer Hours:  
    In 2015, 22,893 volunteers gave a total of 82,891 service hours through Volunteer Fairfax program - a donation of $2,063,986 worth of service.

Awards & Recognition

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
2011 – Marine Corps Commendation for continuing support for the Toys for Tots Campaign
2010 - America’s Adopt-A-Soldier Citation for our BusinessLink program
2009 - Named the most popular nonprofit by Northern Virginia Magazine.
2008 - Shelter House Citation for Volunteers for Change program
2006 - Fairfax County Library Foundation “Star” Award,
2002 - Points of Light Foundation Volunteer Center Community Excellence Award
2000 - Leadership Fairfax Community Trustee Award/nonprofit.


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Volunteer Fairfax is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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