Department of Family Services – Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,

2022 Venture into Volunteering Fair

Venture into Volunteering Banner

You are invited to a special, 3-day, virtual event, on October 12, 13, and 14, 2022, with welcoming remarks by Chairman Jeff McKay. More than two dozen non-profit organizations and Fairfax County agencies will share how they incorporate volunteers into service, and all will be available to answer questions.

The volunteer fair will be held via Zoom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
You can join at any time during the presentations. 

The daily fair schedule is below. 

No pre-registration is necessary. Simply choose which sessions you would like to attend, use the Zoom link to join the virtual event and enter the passcode: venture22!

Join the Venture into Volunteering Fair

Zoom Link for Venture into Volunteering Fair

Passcode: venture22!

Or join by telephone: 

  • 602-333-0032
  • 888-270-9936 (Toll Free)
  • Conference Code: 114531

For technical assistance please contact or call 703-324-5406.

If you are unable to attend a particular session, or have questions after the event, feel free to reach out to that organization directly. 

We hope you won't miss this opportunity to learn about local ways to volunteer!

If you have questions about this event, or need reasonable accommodations, please contact or call 703-324-5406.

The organizations with * are listed in the Fairfax County Volunteer Management System (VMS) at It's a one-stop, centralized database.

 For information and tips on how to navigate VMS learn more here.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

10:30 a.m. Welcome 

Jeff McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

10:30 a.m.

Fairfax County Public Library*

703-324-3100, TTY 711

We build community and promote literacies through programming, community spaces, technologies, and collections of educational and recreational resources.

Contact: Erin Chernisky,

11 a.m. Fairfax Pets on Wheels*


Trained volunteers and their approved pets provide pet therapy services to the long term care facilities of Fairfax County.


11:30 a.m. Fairfax County Office of Elections*

703-324-4735, TTY 711  

Committed to providing each citizen of Fairfax County with the opportunity to exercise his or her right to vote in an efficient and equitable manner.

Contact: Kurt Mochenhaupt, 

11:45 a.m. FACETS


Mission – Opening Doors for People in Need

FACETS volunteers support families and individuals in many ways, including afterschool homework help, food distributions, administrative support, and much more!  There are opportunities for individuals, youth, and groups at locations across the county. 

Contact: Suzanne Hough, CVA,

12 p.m. Cornerstones


Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. 

Contact: Saira Sufi,

12:30 p.m.

Fairfax County, Area Agency on Aging, Volunteer Solutions*


Fairfax County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)*

703-324-5406, TTY 711

Connecting volunteers with meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers. In one-on-one or group settings. 





VITA, a national program sponsored by the IRS, provides free income tax service for families with annual incomes of $60,000 or less. Each tax season, VITA volunteers all over the country prepare federal and state tax returns. We will provide free IRS certification training for volunteers who want to help with taxes in 2023. Greeters and interpreters (including ASL) are needed, too. Contact: James Do,

1:00 p.m. Food for Others


To obtain and distribute free food to the hungry of Northern Virginia and to support food programs of other community-based organizations.

Contact: Shannon White,

1:30 p.m. Fairfax County Park Authority*

Mission: To enrich the quality of life for all members of the community members through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences and promotes healthy lifestyles. Volunteers are representatives of both the agency and the site where they serve. They contribute to the physical and mental well-being of county residents and enhancements of quality of life. 


Yasmin Shafiq, FCPA Central Volunteer Liaison -

Duston Meyers, Resource Management Division Liaison (Nature Centers, Lakefronts, Historic Sites) -

Beth Gallagher, Park Services Division Liaison (Rec. Centers, Summer Entertainment Series, Swim League Programs) -

Julie Tahan, Park Operations Division Liaison (Unmanned Parks) -

John Mandell, Golf Division Liaison -

2:00 p.m.  ElderLink/Respite Care

703-324-5374, TTY 711

Mission - to coordinate the care of older adults maximizing independence and safety in the home and to support family caregivers in their caregiving role and assist them in maintaining their own health and well-being.

Contact: Kristin Martin,

2:15 p.m. Fairfax CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)


Mission - Fairfax CASA volunteers advocate for newborn babies to young adults (0-21) with open abuse and neglect cases in Fairfax County. With an advocate like you, these children have a powerful voice in their corner. 

Contact: Alexis Shield,

2:30 p.m. Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program* 

703-324-5861, TTY 711

Mission - to advocate for the highest quality of life and care for recipients of long-term care services. 

Contact: Camden Doran,

Thursday, Oct. 13

10:30 a.m.  Welcome

Jeff McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

10:30 a.m. 

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services*

703-324-5713, TTY 711

At NCS, we seek to create volunteer opportunities  that not only fulfill an existing need, but also provide an enriching experience for those who chose to serve. We have a wide variety of service opportunities, including coaches, instructors, receptionists, chaperones, activity facilitators, mentors, office aides, event helpers and more! 

Contact: Hadyn Kihm,

11 a.m. Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)


ACCA provides early childhood education, food and rental assistance, furniture and other services to needy families in the Annandale/Bailey's Crossroads area.


11:30 a.m. Fairfax County Children, Youth and Families (Volunteer & Partner Services)* 

703-324-7751, TTY 711

Mission -to engage volunteers and build partnerships to support families with children who are at risk of abuse, neglect or placed in foster care. The program builds volunteer capacity in the division, implements programs, and directs activities that promote positive relationships within the community. 


Tiffani Peguese, Befriend Mentoring,

Emily Swenson, Befriend Mentoring,

Arrika Watkins, Study Buddy,

Francesca Lovitt, Body Safety,

12 p.m.  Computer Core


Computer skills instruction for adults.

Mission: to prepare underserved adults in Virginia to realize career aspirations with foundational digital and professional skills. 

Contact: Donna James, Executive Director,

12:30 p.m.  Fairfax County Department of Emergency Management and Security* 

571-350-1000, TTY 711

Mission- To protect the lives, environment and property of Fairfax County residents from emergencies and disasters by leading and coordinating the county's emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. 

The volunteers help Department of Emergency Management and Security (DEMS) staff educate the public in emergency management and disaster preparedness. Volunteers also play a role in situational awareness and other disaster response activities, such as spontaneous volunteers and donations management. 

Contact: Courtney Arroyo, Community Engagement Manager 

Complete an application.

1 p.m.  Domestic and Sexual Violence Services - Department of Family Services

703-324-5730, TTY 711

Mission – To offer compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.

Contact: Tanisha Cox,

1:30 p.m.  Fairfax County Police - Auxiliary Police Officer Program*

703-246-3337, TTY 711

Mission: to make a difference in the community and to represent the police department in a positive manner.

2 p.m. OAR of Northern Virginia


Mission: to rebuild lives and create a safer community with opportunities, alternatives, and resources for justice-involved individuals and their families. 

Contact: Jamie Milloy,

2:30 p.m.  Fellowship Square


Fellowship Square proudly provides low-income seniors (aged 62 and older) with affordable, quality housing and supportive services in its properties in Reston and Woodbridge, Virginia and in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Learn how you can be involved. 

Contact: Diane Beatley,

Friday, Oct. 14

10:30 a.m. Welcome

Jeff McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors 

10:30 a.m.



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Contact: Amber Sultane, 

10:45 a.m. 

Fairfax County CERT*





Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (*






Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program to make communities safer, more prepared, and more resilient in recovery after incidents. It’s a partnership between the Federal and Fairfax County governments, managed by the Fire and Rescue Department. The training prepares people to help themselves, their families, and their communities during major disasters when first responders can be delayed. The CERT motto is to “Do the greatest good for the greatest number."

Operational volunteers are trained to the same standards as career personnel and are involved in all aspects of fire and rescue services: staffing ambulances and fire suppression vehicles in emergencies, serving as EMTs and paramedics, participating in domestic and international urban search and rescue, providing public service, and encouraging fire prevention activities. Administrative Volunteers are very active in fundraising, community relations, and business operations.

Contact: Jeff Katz, 

11:00 a.m. RSVP/Volunteer Fairfax


RSVP connects individuals aged 55 and older to community volunteer opportunities in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia, that match their interests and skills. Volunteer Fairfax connects individuals, youth, seniors, families, and corporations to volunteer opportunities throughout Fairfax County. 


Karen Coon, Volunteer Specialist,

Stacey Iden, RSVP-Northern Virginia Program Manager, 

11:30 a.m. Village Programs

703-246-8962, TTY 711

The Village model involves neighbors joining together to form a volunteer group that offers support and access to services for their older neighbors. They can be part of a neighborhood association, another community group or completely independent. 

Fairfax Village in the City

Herndon Village Network

Lake Barcroft Village

Mount Vernon at Home

Reston Useful Services Exchange

Reston for a Lifetime

Spring Hill Community

Village Drive Village

12:00 p.m. Insight Memory Care

703-204-4664, TTY 711

Our mission is to provide specialized care, support, and education for individuals in all stages of memory or cognitive impairment, their care partners, and the community. 

Contact: Jessica Peters,

12:30 p.m. Shepherd Center(s) in Northern Virginia

Assisting older adults to age in place through services, companionship, community.

Shepherd's Center of Northern Virginia serving Oakton, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Dunn Loring

Shepherd's Center of Annandale Springfield serving Annandale, Springfield, and parts of Alexandria

Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke

Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke (South County Office)

Shepherd's Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church

Shepherd's Center of Western Fairfax County

1:00 p.m. Rebuilding Together


RT-AFF makes critical home repairs and accessibility modifications at no charge for homeowners on a limited income. 


1:30 p.m.  NV Rides


In partnership with Fairfax County, Jewish Council on Aging and the Pozez JCC, NV Rides is the volunteer transportation network of Northern VA. NV Rides recruits volunteer drivers to provide rides to seniors and adults living with disabilities throughout the Northern VA region. We provide flexible volunteer driving opportunities to adults looking to make a difference for older adults in our community. Join us to experience the joy and connection of volunteer driving with NV Rides. 

Contact: Emily Braley,

2:00 p.m. GrandInvolve

The GrandInvolve program brings older adults into Fairfax County’s Title I Elementary Schools to volunteer in individual classrooms, offering their skills and talents to work directly with students. Volunteers support the education of our most vulnerable populations while reducing ageism by growing intergenerational relationships between our youngest and oldest community members and increasing intercultural understanding.

Contact - Dorothy Keenan,

2:30 p.m. Britepaths


Mission - Britepaths' services stablize low-wealth working families, build resilience through financial empowerment and workforce development, and provide supports for children. 

Contact- Sidney Arrington,

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