Sheriff's Office Honors Jail Volunteers

April 14, 2014

Sheriff Kincaid presents award to James Kennedy, a volunteer with OAR-Fairfax.

"You are rock stars in my book," said Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid, at a spring luncheon to recognize the 370 active volunteers who work in the Adult Detention Center. "People may forget who you are and what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

Kincaid told the crowd that she, too, had been a volunteer with the Sheriff's Office. In the summer before her senior year of college, she was an intern in the inmate programs office. She performed administrative tasks and counseled inmates. "I volunteered in search of a job for when I graduated. All of you, to whom we are paying tribute today, are not in search of a job. You come to the jail week after week, year after year, to make a difference. And what an incredible difference you have made."

The Sheriff's Office gave special recognition to two volunteers in specific program areas. James Kennedy, from the nonprofit Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources, contributed 153 hours last year. Richard Olson, from the Chaplain's Office, contributed 360 hours.

Sheriff's Office volunteers provide inmate programs that include employability and workplace skills, financial planning, responsible parenting, anger management, impact of crime awareness, alcohol and drug addiction recovery, educational advancement and spirituality. In 2013, these volunteers contributed more than 8,000 hours and presented 5,400 classes.

Learn more about volunteering with the Sheriff's Office or email your questions to

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