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News and Information
March 24, 2023
March is Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month in Fairfax County. At Neighborhood and Community Services, our mission is to partner with communities, families and individuals to provide opportunities to access a continuum of resources that promote equity and create positive outcomes for people of all ages and abilities. Here is a spotlight on some of the excellent county and NCS programs that support person with disabilities this month and all year round. Explore Programming: Visit TRACERS to see and register for dozens of programs for children through senior adults. NCS’ Therapeutic Recreation has social clubs, sports and fitness, outings and more. The drop-in F.A.N.tastic Times for persons ages 5 -12 with autism and their families is also returning in April. Children with special needs are fully included in all School Age Child Care centers. In addition, SACC programs at Key and Kilmer Centers serve youth, ages 5-21, with multiple types of disabilities, and Therapeutic Recreation Camp offers an affordable and engaging summer camp experience. A Calming Place: Sensory Rooms at Providence, Sully and Lorton Community Centers are person-centered, safe and nurturing environments designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages. Swinging chairs, lights and sound, and interactive touch screens are among the elements that provide a calming sensory environment and may help improve communication and social skills, enhance concentration, focus and memory and promote leisure education. Virtual Learning: NCS has partnered with Arlington and Prince William counties and ServiceSource for the Virtual Center for Active Adults, which brings learning and recreation to people through live, interactive programs in a wide variety of topics. Supporting Seniors: NCS has more than a dozen senior centers for older adults to pursue hobbies, fitness goals, special interests (such as art, music, and technology), friendships and enjoy a wide variety of activities with their peers. Inclusion supports are available. The county also has four Adult Day Health Care locations, where the focus is on engaging participants who need more support mentally, physically and socially. For more information on specific inclusion supports, please visit the NCS website and click the department listings on the left hand menu.
March 22, 2023
It’s spring! For gardeners, that means a new chance for all things growing. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners program is available to help troubleshoot plant issues, guide plant selection, conduct soil tests and help address pest problems. Here’s how to access their free services: Contact the Master Gardener Help Desk, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Phone: 703-324-8556; Email: HelpDesk@FairfaxGardening.org. Please clearly explain your question or problem, and gardeners will conduct any needed research before getting back to you. Attend a plant clinic. See a list of 2023 county plant clinic locations. Plant clinics begin April 15 and run through September. Check out the Fairfax County Master Gardeners website, which has links to articles, a monthly gardening calendar and more. The Fairfax County Master Gardners Association is part of NCS’ Virginia Cooperative Extension program. The Fairfax County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities - Virginia Tech and Virginia State University - to the people of the commonwealth. Please visit the Cooperative Extension website for more information. See this list of county resources for more gardening advice and events.
March 16, 2023
NCS will hold four open hire events in South County: March 23 and 25 and April 13 and 15 at the Gerry Hyland Government Center – Room 505, 8350 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309. Event details: Thursday, March 23, 5 - 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. - noon Thursday, April 13, 5 - 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. - noon Apply and interview on the spot for different positions. Qualified applicants may fill positions at other locations. Please bring multiple copies of your resume. NCS is hiring for the following positions: Community-based Programs and Services, Activity Facilitator Recreation Leader II and Recreation Leader III School Age Child Care Program* (SACC) Day Care Center Teacher 1 and Day Care Center Assistant Teacher See the flyer for more details. For more information about working with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, please visit NCS Jobs.
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