Celebrate Fairfax Recognizes Sheriff’s Community Labor Force with Community Spirit Award
June 8, 2016
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., (CFI) honored the Sheriff’s Community Labor Force with the 2016 James M. Scott Community Spirit Award during a ceremony held at the Fairfax County Government Center on June 7. Named for former Virginia State Delegate Jim Scott, who founded CFI, the award recognizes service that has transformed, guided and supported the success of the organization.
CFI hosts an annual three-day festival that features live concerts, carnival rides, a petting zoo, fireworks, children’s activities, hundreds of vendors and much more. The 35th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival runs from June 10-12, 2016.
Barry Feil is President and CEO of CFI. He cited the preparation work that the Community Labor Force does to make the annual festival a reality. "Since the festival was first launched, the Community Labor Force has provided crews, under the direction of a dedicated team of deputies to perform the physical work that allows the event to occur," said Feil. "Unloading and setting up 7,000 feet of chain-link fence, delivering and setting up hundreds of tables and chairs, installing snow fencing around the Government Center property and surrounding roads, that is just a small part of what the Community Labor Force provides. During the festival, the Community Labor Force performs trash pick-up, assists with any project that is required, and then does it all in reverse at the end of the event. As important as the work is, what makes the Community Labor Force special is the commitment and spirit of collaboration that the Sheriff's Office and the individual deputies provide. They are friends of the organization, part of the CFI family, and this award is only a token of the true appreciation CFI has for them."
The Community Labor Force consists of well-screened offenders who provide necessary services to Fairfax County that otherwise would have been done by county staff or contractors. Inmates volunteer for this assignment and usually work six days per week. Each crew has one deputy and up to five inmates. The crews work more than 50,000 hours per year, saving county taxpayers $1.4 million in labor costs.
Fairfax Sheriff Stacey Kincaid accepted the Community Spirit Award on behalf of the Community Labor Force. "I am very proud of our hard working team of deputies and inmates who, year after year, ensure that the festival is a very clean and safe place for tens of thousands of visitors. I encourage everyone in Fairfax and the surrounding Washington Metropolitan Area to visit the festival and ‘Celebrate Fairfax’ with us."