Fairfax County Needs Meals on Wheels Volunteers


Department of Family Services/ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1104

Contact for News Media: Grace Lynch, Communications Manager
Division of Adult and Aging Services
703-324-5277, TTY 703-449-1186
Grace.Lynch@fairfaxcounty.gov
NR: 14-08
October 27, 2008


Fairfax County Needs Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Fairfax County is recruiting Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver meals to the county’s older residents. Opportunities are available throughout the county and volunteers are matched to programs in or near their own neighborhoods. Volunteers can commit to a weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute schedule. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A valid driver’s license is required and mileage reimbursement is available.

Meals on Wheels is part of Volunteer Solutions, a program of the Department of Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.

“All of our programs help older people ‘age in place’ in their own homes,” said Volunteers Solutions Director Ruth Reagan, LCSW. “Meals on Wheels help older people, who can’t prepare meals for themselves, maintain their health and nutritional status,” she said. “Volunteers also provide a brief but very important social connection,” she added

Volunteer Solutions provides a range of opportunities to help older adults and adults with disabilities in the county including driving to medical appointments, grocery shopping, insurance counseling, Fairfax Pets on Wheels, and friendly visiting. Ms. Reagan emphasized that these opportunities are quite flexible and can be worked around a wide range of volunteer time demands. “You can volunteer with Volunteer Solutions pretty much any time of the day,” she said.

Contact 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-8689 or DFSAAAvolunteer@fairfaxccounty.gov for more information on volunteering for Meals on Wheels and other opportunities with Volunteer Solutions.

For information on Meals on Wheels or other aging, disability and caregiving resources, visit the Department of Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/ or call 703-324-7948; TTY 703-449-8689.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. Call 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.

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