Family Services Volunteer Opportunities
Our volunteer programs offer you a chance to make a difference in your community.
We are an organization where our diversity is our strength. We welcome volunteers from all cultural backgrounds to help us meet the needs of the diverse community we serve in Fairfax County. We look forward to discussing opportunities with you!
Last year, our volunteers contributed more than 123,000 hours in programs that reach out to children at risk, teens in foster care, low-income families, adults with disabilities, and older adults.
Some of our volunteers work directly with those we serve. They may spend a Saturday afternoon with a child in need; mentor a teen who is "aging out" of foster care; or deliver meals to homebound older adults.
Others like to work "behind the scenes," helping with special mailings or providing clerical assistance at one of our busy offices.
Regardless of how you choose to share your talents, as a Department of Family Services volunteer, you will ...
- Meet new people and gain new skills.
- Have your choice of short- or long-term projects - whatever fits your schedule.
- Receive training, ongoing support and guidance.
- Meet other volunteers at monthly social activities (for some programs).
Learn more about your community.
Read our newsletter, Volunteer Connections.
Mentoring Opportunities: Adult volunteers provide companionship and guidance to children 5 - 12 who have been, or are at risk of being abused or neglected. Mentors are also needed for older youth in foster care. Call 703-324-7639; TTY 703-222-9452.
Family Resource Centers: Volunteers help families and children in neighborhood centers. Positions include program assistants, tutors, small group facilitators and child care providers. Call 703-324-7871; TTY 703-222-9452.
Foster Parenting: Foster parents provide shelter, support and care for children who have been temporarily removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Foster parents receive training, ongoing support, and a monthly stipend to help cover the child’s expenses. Call 703-324-7639; TTY 703-222-9452.
Parenting Education: Volunteers facilitate group classes that teach parenting skills to help strengthen and promote healthy family relationships. Facilitators receive training to work with the families in the groups. Find out more about the Parenting Education Program. To volunteer call 703-324-7871; TTY 703-222-9452.
Head Start: Volunteers read to young children (age 0 to 5); help teachers with administrative preparations; chaperone field trips; and more. To apply, call 703-324-8290; TTY 711.
Child Care Provider Services: The Office for Children issues permits to Fairfax County residents who want to provide child care in their homes. Volunteers assist with making phone calls, completing surveys, and other administrative tasks. Volunteers may also be asked to staff information tables at community events. To find out more, call 703-324-8100, TTY 711.
Support for Older Youth: There are over 150 young adults who are about to "age out" of the foster care system and need your support. You can change a life by offering career advice, guidance, internship opportunities - or by simply being a friend. Call 703-324-7924, TTY 711 to find out more.
CASA – Volunteers help represent children in court who have been abused or neglected. They work closely with social workers, attorneys, treatment providers, and others involved in helping the child.
Volunteer Emergency Families for Children (VEFC) – This program works with volunteer families willing to provide short-term emergency and respite care and provide a temporary home and shelter for children in crisis.
703-324-5406 • TTY 703-449-1186
Volunteers can choose from a variety of activities, close to home or work, that match their schedules and interests, such as driving people to appointments, delivering meals, helping with grocery shopping, and much more.
703-324-5730 • TTY 703-324-5706 OFW&DSVS Volunteer Positions
Hotline: Staff a 24-hour crisis hotline, offering support, information and referrals to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Administrative Support: Perform light administrative tasks at one of our locations throughout the county.
Support Group Facilitators: Assist trained staff in facilitating support groups for children and adults on topics related to domestic and sexual violence.
Hospital and Court Accompaniment: Provide a supportive presence to those undergoing a sexual assault or domestic violence examination and/or attempting to navigate the court system when fi ling a petition or returning for testimony.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance: Volunteers help prepare tax returns from January to April, greet customers and coordinate sites. Free training is provided by the IRS. Members of local businesses and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate. For more information call 703-533-5471; TTY 711.