Family Services Volunteer Opportunities

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Programs serving
Children, Teens and Families

Programs serving
Adults Age 60 and Older and Adults with Disabilities Age 18 and Older

TTY 703-449-1186

Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
TTY 703-324-5706

Programs Serving All Age Groups

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.

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Read our newsletter, Volunteer Connections.  Get more information on the Children, Youth and Families Division Volunteer and Partner Services Program.

Adopt a Family Program: The Adopt a family program was created to help families not only during the holidays but all year round. Our Partners include, faith-based organizations, businesses, girls scouts and other civic group along with other community organizations that help our families by providing food, clothing, toys during the holidays and other essentials in times of need. Last year we supported over 165 families and over 350 children. If you, your family or organization would like to know how you can help please call: 703-324-7751; TTY 703-222-9452

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.

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.

Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®: is a body safety program which empowers children to protect themselves from sexual abuse in addition to physical abuse and bullying. This program is taught in the schools and other agencies to help teach children how to listen to their body, and the importance of telling someone they trust if they are being hurt. If you are interested in becoming a GTBT trained facilitator please call 703-324-7459; TTY 703-222-9452 (If you are a school, day care center or an organization that is interested in hosting this program please call)

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.

Mentoring Opportunities: The BeFriend-A-Child program has been serving children at risk for over 30 years. Mentors are matched with children who are in need of support and guidance. The one-to-one relationship is supported by doing recreational and educational group activities, as well as in-service training. If you would be interested in becoming a mentor please call: 703-324-7072; 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 and are able to facilitate classes with parents or children. If you are interested in becoming a trained facilitator call 703-324-7871; TTY 703-222-9452

Volunteer Administrative Program: Volunteers work 1-3 days per week for 4 hour shifts (very flexible schedules) supporting the Foster Care program along with other CYF programs. Volunteers greet and assist clients, answer phones, file, scan, computer tasks in addition to helping with other light admin duties. There are opportunities in the Fairfax, Annandale and Reston office. If you are interested in becoming an administrative volunteer please call: 703-324-7751; TTY 703-222-9452

Community Partners

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.

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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.

Volunteer Solutions has a complete list of opportunities. Register online to start the process to volunteer now.

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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.

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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.


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