Volunteer Solutions

Fairfax County's Volunteer Solutions' Helping Hands

In honor of Older Americans Month, Volunteer Solutions' Helping Hands Program will link volunteers to help older adults throughout the county maintain their homes. Assignments include deep house cleaning, decluttering and organizing the home, and yard work. This volunteer opportunity is ideal for individuals as well as for civic groups, sororities, faith groups, youth groups, friends and families. Call Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 711.

Urgent Needs!  Call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or Register Now!

Volunteer Solutions provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in Fairfax County.

  • The Wakefield Senior Center in Annandale needs an experienced canasta player and Spanish-speaking interpreters, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. They also need certified instructors for classes in Dance, Zumba Gold, and Pilates. Volunteer instructor positions could lead to part time employment.

  • The Sully Senior Center in Chantilly needs a certified personal trainer, preferably with experience working with older adults, for one hour two days per week.

  • Meals on Wheels needs drivers in Franconia, Reston, McLean and Falls Church.

  • The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria needs a DJ to provide a wide array of music from ballroom to line dancing, Wednesdays 2?4 p.m.

  • Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive older adults to medical appointments and wellness programs.

  • The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria needs a trip planner and a ballroom dance instructor to teach basic ballroom dance on Thursday afternoons.

  • The Herndon Senior Center needs a volunteer knitting instructor to assist with an existing knitting class on Thursday mornings.

  • The Herndon Harbor Adult Day Health Care Center needs two volunteer lunch assistants to set up, serve and clean up lunch for 20 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

  • The Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean needs a certified volunteer Zumba Instructor to teach a class on Friday afternoons.

  • The Little River Glen Senior Center in Fairfax needs help with special events.

  • The Mount Vernon Adult Day Health Care Center in Alexandria needs social companions for participants on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and front desk volunteers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Respite Care volunteers give family caregivers of a frail older adult a well-deserved break so they can go shopping, attend a doctor's appointment or just have coffee with a friend. Volunteers visit and oversee the safety of the older adult for a few hours each month. Support and training are provided. Contact Kristin Martin at 703-324-7577, TTY 711, or Kristin.Martin@fairfaxcounty.gov.

More Volunteer Opportunities Helping Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or Register Now!

Adult Day Health Care and Senior Centers – Visit centers to assist with fitness activities, arts and crafts, meal time, entertainment and much more.

Grocery Shopping – Shop for an older adult or accompany them to the grocery store.  Commitment: two hours every other week.

Household Services – Unpack boxes, change light bulbs, paint small areas, straighten cupboards or closets, organize paperwork, write letters.  Commitment: varies.

Meals on Wheels    – Transport meals to older adults or adults with disabilities Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Program also needs driver coordinators and group coordinators. Commitment: two hours/month and longer. Volunteer opportunities are available near where you work or live. Employee groups are welcome to share a delivery commitment. Check us out on YouTube now!

Nutritional Supplement Delivery – Pick up and deliver nutritional supplements to an older adult’s home.  Deliveries are made early in the month.  Commitment: a six-month commitment is requested.  Two to three hours per month.

Caregiver Respite – Respite volunteers give family caregivers of older adults, who can’t be left alone, a well-earned break. Volunteers are matched with families in or near their own neighborhoods. Volunteers receive training and support.

Regional Volunteer Office Managers – Help Volunteer Solutions recruit and train volunteers, track status of new volunteers, collect and enter volunteer hours.  Must be highly skilled with computers, data entry, records management, phone etiquette, communication (both oral and written).  Must be able to volunteer in the office, use county database, and maintain confidentiality.  Commitment: 10-15 hours per week.

Senior Centers   - provide assistance to program managers or offer activity programming

Social Visits – Visit older adults who need company.  Commitment: once or twice a week visits for one to two hours at a time.  A one-year commitment is requested.

Transportation – Drive older adults to and from medical appointments, pharmacy, bank, library, grocery shopping etc.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Community Ambassador Program

Bilingual volunteers are needed to plan seminars and resource fairs that inform older adults of county services.  There is a special need for volunteers who speak Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Laotian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.  Commitment time varies.

Volunteer Opportunities in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Fairfax Pets on Wheels – Visit residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with your pets.  Provide companionship and compassion through pet therapy.  Pet orientation and temperament testing is required.  Commitment: one time weekly or monthly.

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – Advocate for the rights and quality of life of residents in nursing and assisted living facilities.

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