Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

The Volunteer Post Newsletter – Current Issue

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Welcome to the 2022 June issue of The Volunteer Post Newsletter, for current and potential volunteers, sponsors and donors interested in supporting children and families in crisis. 

Table of Contents
  • Annual VPS Volunteer Appreciation Event Celebrates Community Partners 
  • Pinwheels for Prevention Sprout Countywide Through Volunteer & Partner Services' Efforts
  • BeFriend-A-Child Mentors and Mentees have a Hoppin’ Good Time at Earth Day Egg Hunt
  • Coming Soon! 2022-2023 School Supply Drive 
  • Volunteer & Partner Services Ramping Up Volunteer Recruitment Efforts

 

2022 VPS Volunteer Appreciation Event Celebrates Community Partners

Volunteer and partner event participantsThanks again to everyone who attended our Volunteer & Partner Services Annual Appreciation event. We could not serve families in our community without your support.

If you couldn't make it, check out this event recap to find out how we honored our volunteers and partners. 

 

 

Pinwheels for Prevention Sprout Countywide Through Volunteer & Partner Services' Efforts

Girl scout and firefighters with pinwheel gardenDuring Child Abuse Prevention Month, so many volunteers joined us in spreading awareness. The community answered the Pinwheel Challenge with gusto! Families, Girl Scout Troops, and other community groups, and county staff dug in and “planted” hundreds of gardens to build awareness about child abuse and neglect. Learn more about what spurred this community effort and see its impact!

 

 

BeFriend-A-Child Mentors and Mentees have a Hoppin’ Good Time at Earth Day Egg Hunt

Befriend-a-Child Sack RaceThe BeFriend-a-Child mentors and mentees could not have been more thrilled with the Earth Day Egg Hunt hosted by the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill. 

Learn more about the activities at this fun event. We are always looking for mentors and sponsors to help make these event happen!   

 

Coming Soon! 2022-2023 School Supply Drive 

VPS School Supply Drive 2022

It is hard to believe that we are even talking about back-to-school when this school year is just ending! However, we want everyone to start thinking about gift cards for school supplies as we will start our annual Back-to-School Drive in July 2022.

We want to ensure all children in need in the community get a backpack and school supplies for the new school year. We are excited to partner with Comfort Cases and Camp Christmas in July again this year for backpacks.

Be on the lookout In July! We will be putting out the call to our donors and sponsors in the local community to help purchase gift cards for the extra supplies our high school students need. Please contact us if you want to donate gift cards for school supplies. Email Francesca Watson for more information. 

 

Volunteer & Partner Services Ramping Up Volunteer Recruitment Efforts

Parenting Class facilitators with childrenOur volunteers and partners are the backbone of the Volunteer & Partner Services Program. We couldn’t do our work supporting children and families in our community without the commitment of each volunteer, donor and sponsor. Believe it or not, we are already planning our work for next school year, and recruiting volunteer mentors, tutors, and facilitators is essential. Check out the opportunities to help make a difference for families with children at-risk of abuse and neglect.

 

 

The Volunteer Post Newsletter is part of the Department of Family Services Volunteer & Partner Services Program (VPS) - managing volunteer programs (Administrative Assistant Program, BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program, Body Safety Program - Speak Up Be Safe, On-Call volunteers, Study Buddy Tutoring Program); recruiting and training volunteers for programs (Father Engagement Program and Parenting Education Programs); and working with partners, sponsors and donors to help in special efforts (Adopt-A-Family Program, Baby box initiative, back-to-school backpacks). Learn more about VPS and how volunteers are making a positive difference.

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