Lee District RECenter Volunteer
6601 Telegraph Road
Franconia, VA 22310
VOLUNTEER AT LEE DISTRICT RECenter
We love our volunteers here at Lee District and welcome newcomers
throughout the year! Our volunteer program is very strong, and it’s a
great place to meet new people. The staff is very grateful for the help
that is offered by our volunteers and in return, they make it a point
to show their appreciation. If you would like to give back to your
community, learn new skills or just become part of this fun and
dedicated team start the process by applying here!
Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park
The Family Recreation Area in Lee District Park is a unique destination for families including those with special needs. Features include:
- Our Special Harbor, which provides families and children of ALL abilities a place to enjoy water and have fun together. Disabilities vanish amid the Chesapeake setting of the 7,000 sq ft, zero-water-depth sprayground.
- Playground thrills for children of all abilities await at Lee District's fully-accessible Tiki Village play area. The treehouse-themed playground features slides, swings and other equipment specially designed for children ages 5 to 12, including those with special needs.
- A one-of-a-kind treehouse which overlooks a forest and stream valley. Enter from gently-sloping ramps accessible to wheelchairs.
Janet and Rodney Smithr
Lee District RECenter's
2015 Outstanding Volunteers
of the Year
If you have come to Lee District RECenter over the last 8+ years you have been lucky enough to experience Santa and Mrs. Claus, aka Rodney and Janet Smith.
Rodney and Janet's official titles are Fitness Room monitors, but to the patrons of Lee District they are so much more. They are true treasures to the community.
As Fitness Monitors they both go above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to all their regular cleaning duties, Rodney is often seen with a vacuum on his back, cleaning the ceiling vents and inflating all the fitness balls, while Janet is often seen sitting on the floor detailing the machines with a toothbrush. The RECenter does not have a washing machine, so every week they even take the dirty rags home to wash for us. This is all done while keeping smiles on their faces, greeting customers and assisting them in whatever they need.
Besides their time in the fitness room they are always the first to sign up when volunteers are needed for other RECenter activities such as the Soft Play Room; blood drives; delivering collected items to homeless shelters; class registrations; the annual Healthy Strides Expo and reading to our Preschool children. They also assist us every year with our summer concerts and spray ground - setting things up, directing traffic and checking in "Our Special Harbor" spray ground visitors.
As Mr. and Mrs. Claus the Smiths have visited our preschool where they read a Christmas story and take pictures with the kids. They were a huge part of our first and very successful preschool fundraiser called "Donuts with Santa". Our outside building was turned into a winter wonderland and they gave out presents, read stories, took pictures with the children and their families and ate donuts together! Over 100 kids enjoyed their special visit. They also have volunteered for several years at South Run RECenter's Breakfast with Santa.
For all that they do for customers of Lee District RECenter and FCPA they are truly deserving of the Volunteer of the Year Award!
THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ...Free RECenter facility use: *Park Services and *Resource Management volunteers who maintain an average of four hours of service per week or three weekly classes per class session as an Adapted Aquatics assistant, can use ANY RECenter's general facilities free of charge.
Free RECenter classes: *Park Service and *Resource Management volunteers who have served a minimum of 32 hours and maintain an average of eight hours of service per week, or volunteer as an Adapted Aquatics assistant for four weekly classes, per class session are eligible to take one free FCPA Parktakes class per session on a space available basis.
Family Discount Pass: All FCPA volunteers are entitled to purchase a 25-visit pass for their family use to any RECenter at a special county employee rate.
Ten Percent Merchandise Discount: *Park Service, *Resource Management and *Golf volunteers who serve four or more hours each month are entitled to a 10% merchandise discount, some exclusions apply.
Fairfax County Credit Union Membership: Any active FCPA volunteer is entitled to free credit union membership.
*Park Services includes; RECenters, Lakefronts, Turner Farm, and Clemyjontri parks. RMD includes; Nature, History, Farm and garden sites. Golf includes; all FCPA Golf sites.