Spring Hill RECenter Volunteer
1239 Spring Hill Road
McLean, VA 22102
VOLUNTEER AT SPRING HILL RECenter
Our volunteer program is an
award-winner on the local, national and global level. Spring Hill was
the first RECenter to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute's
internationally acclaimed Roots & Shoots Jr. Volunteer Program. Our
Roots & Shoots was selected as Volunteer Fairfax's 2008 Youth
Volunteer Group of the Year and was awarded the Park Authority's Elly
Doyle Park Service Award for Student Recognition. Spring Hill is also
the first Park Authority RECenter to be declared an Official Certifying
Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. In addition,
Spring Hill's Volunteer program has received recognition from USA
Today's Weekend Magazine's National Make A Difference Day, Jane Goodall
Institute, National Environmental Education Foundation, Character
Counts! and DC Greenfest. If you are looking for the chance to make a
difference, please consider joining our award-winning team.
Marie Duval, French volunteer from Au Pair in America.
Marie is absolutely without a doubt the grrrreatest kid on the planet! She has truly been a great all around volunteer and a stellar representation of how valuable our Au Pair Volunteers are to Spring Hill's Operations. She is a brilliant kid, fluent in English with her Master's degree in International affairs.
Marie's year stay here is up and she is leaving to go home. She wanted to go to an American baseball game before she left and being the die-hard Yankees fan that I am, I took her to a Yankees game on Tuesday and we had the best time as the photo reflects from outside where we ate dinner in Little Italy.
Marie will be SoOoOoO missed; I can't begin to tell you how our staff will miss her weekly presence at Spring Hill. She does it all...from helping to keeping all the machines in the Fitness Room clean, to sanitizing all the equipment in the Dance Studio & Wellness Studio, organizing the lost & found, cleaning out all the lockers in the ladies locker room, collecting the quarters each week from the Ladies Room lockers, transformed the pool deck stainless steel by working to remove the normal rust and mineral deposits that build up over time, helping with so many aspects of landscaping around the grounds and beyond.
Marie is a genuine Rock Star Volunteer and we feel so incredibly blessed to have this wonderful partnership with our Au Pair agencies that refer their incredible staff to volunteer at our RECenter.
Marie has been the total package that showcases how volunteers truly Power our Parks.
Spring Hill RECenter's
2015 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year
By definition, a Superhero is a brave and noble fictional character possessing extraordinary talents and admired for great achievements. At Spring Hill, a Superhero can be summed up in two words; Chiraz Sanwogou, but luckily for us she is very much a real life character. Between working full time and being a student in the UCLA Extension Program, Chiraz never fails to bring her dynamic energy and European flair to any task she tackles at Spring Hill.
Originally from Togo in Africa, Chiraz comes to the Park Authority via Frankfurt, Germany where she has spent much of her life. Among her many indomitable talents, Chiraz's Superpower is her phenomenal talent for mastering linguistics. Chiraz is fluent in six languages including German, English, Spanish, French and two African dialects.
On any given day, Chiraz can be found engaging in a multitude of projects ranging from invasive species removal, native species plantings, Special Events decorating, sanitizing and organizing fitness equipment to providing administration assistance for the Aquatics Director and Fitness Director. In true superhero form, Chiraz has gone above and beyond by volunteering to assist at sister park events around the County including the inaugural Ides of Bark at Grist Mill Park in Alexandria.
Chiraz's diagnostic and problem solving skills are exceptional and has led her to become Spring Hill's staff, "go to girl" when it comes to assembling any product, piece of furniture, or whatever we can throw her way. Her hard work ethic, initiative and attention to detail are unparalleled.Being fluent in so many languages has enabled Chiraz to help save the day by assisting RECenter staff in successfully handling challenging operational situations in serving as a translator with Spring Hill's vast multi-cultured customer base.
In essence, Chiraz is Spring Hill's Wonder Woman. She truly is a Superhero Volunteer who is simply...out of this world!
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.