Fairfax County Volunteer Solutions

Volunteer Solutions is a partnership program of Fairfax County Virginia's Department of Family Services, Health Department, and Neighborhood and Community Services.

Mission: We mobilize and connect volunteers with meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities.

06/03/2020
Maturing Living: Clubs, Friends & Community

Maturing Living: Clubs, Friends & Community

The episode explores how Fairfax County residents are building interesting, fun and supportive social networks during retirement. These groups are often offs...

May is Older Americans month and Volunteer Solutions staff and volunteers usually take on a variety of Helping Hands pro...
05/29/2020

May is Older Americans month and Volunteer Solutions staff and volunteers usually take on a variety of Helping Hands projects to help people organize, declutter, and clean up their indoor and outdoor spaces. This year, we can’t do this due to the pandemic. However, it doesn’t stop us from reminiscing about our special volunteers. Our Helping Hands volunteers “roll up their sleeves” and take on less-than-glamorous work with smiles on their faces, in order to improve the lives of others. Thank you to the hundreds of people who’ve participated in this endeavor over many years!

Although our volunteer roles have been limited during this pandemic, it doesn't prevent us from giving a big "shout out"...
05/26/2020

Although our volunteer roles have been limited during this pandemic, it doesn't prevent us from giving a big "shout out" to our wonderful volunteers. Frank Lee, a previous Star Award winner, has brightened many people's lives in the past 8 years by driving them to medical appointments, taking them grocery shopping and by delivering meals via Meals on Wheels. His warm smile and friendly personality have lifted many spirits along the way. Thank you, Frank, for making a difference in our communities!

Fairfax County Government
05/25/2020

Fairfax County Government

We honor the memories of those who gave their lives for us this and every Memorial Day.

Free Trial Trap - Scam Slam Audio Series
05/14/2020
Free Trial Trap - Scam Slam Audio Series

Free Trial Trap - Scam Slam Audio Series

Hi, I’m Martin Bailey, representing AARP Virginia and the Senior Medicare Patrol on Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Task Force. Our motto is that the best way to avoid a scam is to know about what’s g

05/08/2020
Fairfax County Volunteer Solutions: Make Your Mark 2020

May is Older Americans Month (OAM) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) invites you to share your stories about the ways older Americans are supported and valued in your community. Follow ACL on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation and access resources all month long. Use the hashtags #OAM2020 and #ConnectCreateContribute when posting to social media so everyone can be inspired by your stories during OAM.

Volunteer Solutions created this Make Your Mark video in honor of Older Americans Month and the volunteers who impact their communities.

05/07/2020
Fairfax County 50+

Fairfax County 50+

Channel 16's latest Mature Living episode explores how county residents are building interesting, fun and supportive social networks during retirement. These groups reflect a wide range of interests such as photography, genealogy, investment and public service. Tune in for a lively discussion about Clubs, Friends & Community at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/mature-living.

Please be aware that there are phishing emails impersonating Zoom. Cyber attackers have noticed the popularity of video ...
05/05/2020

Please be aware that there are phishing emails impersonating Zoom.

Cyber attackers have noticed the popularity of video conferencing and moved to capitalize on it by using known brands as a lure for malware, and also for credential phishing. There are emails that welcome users to their new Zoom account and requests for them to activate their account. There are also emails that claim that the user has missed a scheduled Zoom conference meeting (seen here). The phony link then phishes for user credentials.

Kim Moden was nominated by Volunteer Solutions for Volunteer Fairfax's Benchmark 500 award. She has delivered Meals on W...
04/30/2020

Kim Moden was nominated by Volunteer Solutions for Volunteer Fairfax's Benchmark 500 award. She has delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 years! Congratulations, and thank you, Kim, for all you have done to brighten the lives of others in your community!

Scam Slam Audio Series: Personal Loan Scams
04/29/2020
Scam Slam Audio Series: Personal Loan Scams

Scam Slam Audio Series: Personal Loan Scams

Hi, I’m Martin Bailey. I represent AARP Virginia and the Senior Medicare Patrol on Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Task Force. Our motto is that the best way to avoid a scam is to know about the scams

National Volunteer Week is coming to a close, but our heartfelt gratitude for our volunteers is year-round! These are tr...
04/25/2020

National Volunteer Week is coming to a close, but our heartfelt gratitude for our volunteers is year-round! These are trying times. We hope that you are extending the same kindness to yourselves that you do towards others. Please stay home if you can and practice self-care that will bring you comfort and peace.

Our Volunteer Partner Award usually goes to one group, annually. However, this year, we are giving it to two groups, who...
04/25/2020

Our Volunteer Partner Award usually goes to one group, annually. However, this year, we are giving it to two groups, who have joined together to serve our population. In 2018, St. John Neumann Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – Great Falls Ward partnered with each other and created an annual Interfaith Day of Service. The two congregations collected donated supplies and financial support for: first aid kits, radios, flashlights, water, whistles, blankets and more. Then, 62 volunteers assembled 250 emergency preparedness kits. In 2019, 80 volunteers (across the age spectrum) put together 600 (!) care packages, draw-string bags filled with life’s essentials in them and fun items, as well. They also wrote uplifting messages on cards.

In addition to these acts of kindness, both congregations are active in supporting other needs in the county. St John Neumann is a Meals on Wheels delivery drop off site and both congregations provide support to homeless individuals and families, and more. Thank you very much to our Star Partners!

Meet our invaluable, long-serving volunteer, John Peterson, driver coordinator and driver for the Fairfax Meals on Wheel...
04/25/2020

Meet our invaluable, long-serving volunteer, John Peterson, driver coordinator and driver for the Fairfax Meals on Wheels (MOW) routes. He is the Star Award recipient for Region 4 (Fairfax). "John is always willing to do what is needed and is my go-to person for anything related to the program. He includes humor in the driving schedules, which is also greatly appreciated. I couldn’t do what I do without him.”- Melynda Waldenga, Nutrition unit social worker

More high praise- “John is an excellent volunteer driver coordinator for MOW. He is always willing to help at a moment’s notice and with any related activity. He is a model volunteer and we’re fortunate to have him on board the Fairfax MOW leadership team.” - Beth Ann Margetta, Nutrition unit supervisor. We are all thankful to John for being very dedicated to helping meal recipients, fellow MOW volunteers and county staff in whatever way he can!

National Volunteer Week is a good time to acknowledge how our volunteers have adapted to current challenges. Due to soci...
04/24/2020

National Volunteer Week is a good time to acknowledge how our volunteers have adapted to current challenges. Due to social distancing restrictions, Volunteer Solutions had to halt most of our volunteer roles and make adjustments. Many are now virtual social visitors, calling vulnerable adults to decrease social isolation and do well-being checks. These virtual check-ins are also happening in some of the long term care facilities since visitors are not allowed.

Meals on Wheels volunteer leaders have also been behind-the-scenes, helping with the coordination of the route meal deliveries (currently being done by county employees.)

When we look back on this COVID-19 time, let’s remember that people showed the best of themselves, too. We might be physically apart, but it hasn’t stopped people from unifying in order to help one another.
#LocalLight

Introducing our Region 3 (Reston/Herndon) Star Award recipient, Susan Harpe. Susan is a long-serving, passionate Meals o...
04/23/2020

Introducing our Region 3 (Reston/Herndon) Star Award recipient, Susan Harpe. Susan is a long-serving, passionate Meals on Wheels (MOW) driver. She is committed, reliable, consistent, and makes a positive impact on the people she meets. She has demonstrated that she adapts easily to change and has seen various changes over the 12 years she’s been with MOW. It brings her joy to connect with others and to help isolated people. Thank you, Susan, for your commitment and dedication to others!

Introducing the Region 1 (Alexandria) Volunteer Solutions Star Award winners. "Linda and Wayne are a very positive coupl...
04/23/2020

Introducing the Region 1 (Alexandria) Volunteer Solutions Star Award winners. "Linda and Wayne are a very positive couple, and truly enjoy serving the less fortunate! Whether delivering meals in stifling heat and humidity, bone-chilling cold, or wind-blown rain, our conversation after their route is done is always uplifting. There's never a negative vibe from them regardless of what they just endured. They're more focused on the good being accomplished and not the direct impact on them.”- Carter Barrett, volunteer driver coordinator for the Mount Vernon Meals on Wheels program

Wayne and Linda have been engaged in several volunteer opportunities for Fairfax County and our larger community. Their work with the Meals on Wheels program has been one important way they serve individuals and families aging in place in their homes. Thank you for the kindness you show towards others!

04/22/2020
Thank you Volunteer Solutions volunteers!

Since we’re unable to celebrate our volunteers in person this year, we made this video to show our Volunteer Solutions volunteers how much they are appreciated!

Introducing the 2020 Region 2 (Annandale, Falls Church) Star Volunteer Award recipient, the legendary Mary Lee Di Spirit...
04/21/2020

Introducing the 2020 Region 2 (Annandale, Falls Church) Star Volunteer Award recipient, the legendary Mary Lee Di Spirito. She co-founded the Annandale Meals on Wheels (MOW) program for Fairfax County in 1982 and has served continuously in multiple capacities since then! In collaboration with Volunteer Solutions, she recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who deliver meals for the Bailey's Crossroads MOW route. She performs at least three roles (driver coordinator, group coordinator, and meal deliverer). She is fiercely dedicated to our county's older adults and particularly those on the Bailey's MOW route.

Mary Lee's direct impact is incalculable. She has been pivotal in ensuring that hundreds (likely thousands) of people have received meals in the past 4 decades! Thank you, Mary Lee, for your dedication! She's pictured here educating potential volunteers on MOW at one of our Venture into Volunteering Fairs.

Today is bittersweet for the Volunteer Solutions team. We had big plans to host our beloved volunteers at our annual rec...
04/21/2020

Today is bittersweet for the Volunteer Solutions team. We had big plans to host our beloved volunteers at our annual recognition luncheon. Those of you who had planned to come and are reading this, please know that we are thinking of you and hoping you are safe and healthy. We are so thankful to ALL of our volunteers for improving the lives of others in their communities! We were also going to give speeches and pass out Star Awards. Be on the lookout for posts about the recipients throughout this week. 😊🏆

Are you feeling scared, overwhelmed and in need of comfort?  The Fairfax County Spiritual Support Team is now offering s...
04/20/2020

Are you feeling scared, overwhelmed and in need of comfort? The Fairfax County Spiritual Support Team is now offering spiritual support by telephone for adults aged 60 and over in our community.

If you would like to speak with a member of the team, call 703-324-5185 and leave your name and telephone number. Your personal information will be protected. A team member will return your call and speak with you for up to 30 minutes to hear your concerns and help you find peace and comfort in these challenging times. If there is a need for supports beyond spiritual comfort, you will be connected to county resources.

The program is available Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.

The Spiritual Response Team is comprised of members of the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps and ordained clergy and faith leaders from various religions throughout the county. These individuals work to provide care and spiritual support to community members during and after an emergency or disaster. They are sensitive to all faith traditions and provide appropriate and sensitive spiritual care to all persons in need, irrespective of their religious or nonreligious identity. They do not proselytize, and they do not provide mental health services.

Fairfax County 50+
04/20/2020

Fairfax County 50+

National Volunteer Week falls on April 19-25 and the Department of Family Services wants to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who work with us to help community members age in place, remain safe, and thrive in nurturing environments.

DFS volunteers teach parenting classes, mentor children, drive older adults to grocery stores, provide Medicare and tax counseling, and much more!

In 2019, 4,585 DFS volunteers provided 49,073 hours of service valued at $5,087,241.

Thank you to all our volunteers!

Fairfax County Government
04/18/2020

Fairfax County Government

AVOID grocery shopping during peak hours.

INSTEAD, use delivery or curbside pickup options. If you need to go to a grocery store, maintain a distance of six feet w/ other shoppers in the aisles or checkout line. Use disinfecting wipes to clean cart handles and refrigerator doors.

During a time of uncertainty, it is comforting to see our Fairfax community step up and look after one another. Voluntee...
04/16/2020

During a time of uncertainty, it is comforting to see our Fairfax community step up and look after one another. Volunteer Solutions and Neighborhood & Community Services jumped at the opportunity when Girl Scout Troops 3173 (Service Unit 56-1) and 6509 (Service Unit 56-4) reached out looking for ways to virtually volunteer. These dedicated girls did not let a pandemic stop them from bringing joy to community residents who are facing social isolation. From their homes, they created over 800 greeting cards in a matter of days for our older adults and adults with disabilities! With the help of Neighborhood and Community Services, the cards will be delivered to our clients. Thank you to our Girl Scouts for pitching in to brighten someone’s day and reminding them that others are thinking of them!

Fairfax County Department of Family Services
04/15/2020

Fairfax County Department of Family Services

Quarantining at home should mean that your shelter-in-place is a safe space. Unfortunately, that's not the case for everyone. 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲. They can help you find creative ways to stay safe, take care of yourself, and take care of those who need you. 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝟮𝟰 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟳 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸.
--𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ 24-hour Hotline 𝟳𝟬𝟯-𝟯𝟲𝟬-𝟳𝟮𝟳𝟯.
--Not safe to call? 𝗧𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗜𝗦 to 𝟮𝟮𝟱𝟮𝟮 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or chat online in English or Spanish at 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗛𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲.𝗼𝗿𝗴.
--Chat with the National Sexual Violence Hotline at 𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗡.𝗼𝗿𝗴.
--In immediate danger? 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝟵𝟭𝟭.
𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲: https://bit.ly/2X7XLjz
#FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #SafeAtHome

Stay connected with DFS:
Facebook @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices

Scam Slam Audio: Stimulus Fraud
04/13/2020
Scam Slam Audio: Stimulus Fraud

Scam Slam Audio: Stimulus Fraud

Scam Slam Audio: Stimulus Package Fraud Hi, I’m Martin Bailey. I represent AARP Virginia and the Senior Medicare Patrol on Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Task Force. In the last two Scam Slams, I ta

This is a special "shout out" to all of the Fairfax Pets on Wheels volunteers for sharing their furry family members wit...
04/08/2020

This is a special "shout out" to all of the Fairfax Pets on Wheels volunteers for sharing their furry family members with others over the years! You all know how much comfort and joy animals can bring. Here's Teddy, who is a great and loyal telework buddy. His gentle snoring becomes soothing background noise. We hope your pets are helping to bring some level of calm during this challenging time.

Senior Store Hours
04/07/2020
Senior Store Hours

Senior Store Hours

Mapping application used for locating stores with senior store hours supporting the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes searching tool to help with locating a store close to an address or specific location. Store information includes: store name, address, contact phone number, senior sto...

Fairfax County 50+
04/06/2020

Fairfax County 50+

One of the latest scams taking advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic alleges your Social Security benefits will be suspended because of the Social Security Administration’s recent office closures. This is not true!

Martin Bailey of the county's Silver Shield Task Force and AARP explains how the scam works on this episode of Scam Slams Audio Alerts. Tune in at https://soundcloud.com/fairfaxcounty/scam-slam-audio-social-security-and-coronavirus-scams?in=fairfaxcounty/sets/scam-slam-audio-series.

Bailey advises if you get any correspondence regarding SSA benefit cutoffs, to NOT respond and then report the scam to Social Security at https://oig.ssa.gov/.

The Department of Family Services needs Body Safety Program instructors to teach safety tips to elementary students. If ...
04/01/2020
Body Safety Program for Volunteers | Family Services

The Department of Family Services needs Body Safety Program instructors to teach safety tips to elementary students. If you are available during the day, feel comfortable in a classroom, and enjoy working with and empowering children, this opportunity is for you! They are recruiting volunteers now for the summer in community centers, and the 2020-2021 school year! Facilitators are trained. Visit bit.ly/BodySafetyProgram or contact Francesca Watson at [email protected] or 703-324-7459.

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12011 Government Center Pkwy Suite 708
Fairfax, VA
22035

For information on how to reach this location using public transportation, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com 703-339-7200; TTY 703-339-1608 or www.wmata.com 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(703) 324-5406

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