Volunteer Solutions

Visit Venture into Volunteering and learn about the many opportunities to make a difference in your community. The free event is scheduled for Thursday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean. Sponsored by Fairfax County's Volunteer Solutions, Fairfax County's Park Authority, AARP, The Positive Aging Coalition, RSVP Northern Virginia (Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington). No registration necessary. Contact Jeannine Purdy for more information at 703-704-6075, TTY 711 or Jeannine.Purdy@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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. We update our Urgent Needs list regularly. If you don't see what you are looking for, consider another opportunity or give us a call.

  • The Wakefield Senior Center in Annandale needs a friendly greeter to check-in and interact with participants on Wednesdays from 9:55 a.m.–1:55 p.m. and an experienced Canasta Player to lead a group. They also need certified instructors for classes in Pilates, and Ballroom Dance. Volunteer instructor positions could lead to part-time employment.

  • The Kingstowne Center for Active Adults in Alexandria needs an instructor to teach a class in Mosaic Art or Jewelry Making.

  • Vietnamese Meals on Wheels needs drivers in Falls Church to deliver meals between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Speaking Vietnamese not required.)

  • The Sully Senior Center in Centreville needs a certified personal trainer, preferably with experience working with older adults, for one hour, twice a week.

  • The Herndon Adult Day Health Care Center needs lunch assistants on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and a Piano Player to play classical or music from the 1960s and before for one hour a few times per month during lunch.

  • Meals on Wheels needs substitute drivers for routes throughout the county between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • The Annandale Adult Day Health Care Center in Annandale needs Spanish-speaking social companions Monday-Friday from 3–5 p.m. and a lunch assistant from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • Korean Meals on Wheels needs Korean-speaking volunteers to deliver meals midday on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Centreville, Reston, Fairfax, Annandale and Falls Church.

  • Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive older adults to medical appointments and wellness programs; urgent need in Reston area.

  • The Bailey’s Senior Center in Falls Church needs an office assistant Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to answer phones, greet and check in participants and complete some data entry.

  • The Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean needs an office assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and instructors for the following classes: Book Club, Hot Topics/Current Events, American Sign Language, Knitting/Crocheting, Certified Arthritis Exercise, Ballroom or Square Dance, Basic Guitar, Meditation, Art, English as a Second Language, and Basic Spanish.

  • The Mount Vernon Adult Day Health Care Center in Alexandria needs a front desk assistant on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; a licensed beautician twice a month; a social companion on Mondays from 3-5 p.m.; a volunteer to play the piano and lead a sing-along once or twice a month; and a Spanish-speaking social companion on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-5 p.m.

  • The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria needs a DJ to provide a wide array of music from ballroom to line dancing, Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m., a Ballroom Dance Instructor to teach a class on Thursday afternoons, and an Italian Instructor.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Group Volunteering – The Helping Hands Program provides an excellent opportunity for groups looking for a time-limited community service project. The program occurs every May in honor of Older Americans Month. Volunteers assist older clients with house and yard work including: deep cleaning, organization, decluttering, and yard work. This is a terrific opportunity for work groups, sororities, faith communities and civic groups.

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

  • Insurance Counseling – The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program helps older adults understand and resolve issues with Medicare, Medigap, Medicare HMO Plans, and Long-Term Insurance. Volunteers primarily work in the office. Some volunteers also go to homes of individuals who are unable to come into the office. A two-day training is required. Commitment time varies.

  • Meals on Wheels – Transport meals to older adults or adults with disabilities Monday, Wednesday and Friday, midday. 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.

  • 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 a week visits for one hour 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 IT On-Call – This program delivers much needed computer assistance to residents age 60 and older. Computer savvy volunteers handle simple computer fixes and also teach clients how to use Skype, send emails, use social media, etc. The service is generally delivered at the client’s home. This wonderful service provides flexible hours.

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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