Neighborhood and Community Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-4600 | TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Chris Leonard, Director

WHAT WE DO

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a broad spectrum of county- and community-based resources and services to help them be safe, be healthy and realize their potential.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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9:00AM, Tuesday, October 20, 9-10 a.m.  Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial…

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9:00AM, Tuesday, October 20, 9-10 a.m. Please join this informational session…

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10:15AM, Tuesday, October 20, 10:15-11:15 a.m.  Low impact with moderate…

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10:30AM, Tuesday, October 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Guest Presenter! Learn about…

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11:00AM, Join us for safe and seated exercise to strengthen muscles and improve…

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11:45AM, Tuesday, October 20, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Join us for fun, fitness …

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12:00PM, Get competitive and get a mental workout in this fun game where you…

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12:00PM, Tuesday, October 20, Noon-1 p.m.  A program aimed to engage and…

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1:00PM, Tuesday, October 20, 1-1:45 p.m. Set up a chair without arms on the…

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1:15PM, It's time to play the Family Feud! Bring your competitive spirit to…

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1:15PM, Tuesday, October 20, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Join us to play Family Feud!…

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1:45PM, Tuesday, October 20, 1:45-2:15 p.m.  Learn and practice in relaxation…

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2:00PM, Bring a snack and we'll chat about the pumpkin patch. Direct link to…

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2:30PM, Tuesday, October 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  An energetic cardio dance class…

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2:30PM, Tuesday, October 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Sheila Epstein, director, and…

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9:00AM, Wednesday, October 21, 9-10 a.m. Four-Part Limited Series! Join us…

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9:00AM, Wednesday, October 21, 9-10 a.m.  This is a low impact exercise form…

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10:30AM, Wednesday, October 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A strength, balance and…

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10:30AM, Wednesday, October 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Join us for music and…

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11:00AM, Joe is an experienced program assistant with our Adult Day Health Care…

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12:00PM, What brings us together? Common Bonds - those things that make us…

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12:00PM, Wednesday, October 21, Noon-1 p.m.  Topic: Meet our interns A social…

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1:15PM, Wednesday, October 21, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Test your knowledge and skills…

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1:15PM, Wednesday, October 21, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  New Program! Stretching…

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2:00PM, It’s time for some virtual B-I-N-G-O! Bring your own card or email us…

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2:00PM, Caregiving during normal times is an intense and all-consuming task.…

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2:30PM, Wednesday, October 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m. This is a beginner and…

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2:30PM, Wednesday, October 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m. New Program! Full body…

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9:00AM, Thursday, October 22, 9-10 a.m. New Program! Want to expand your…

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9:00AM, Thursday, October 22, 9-10 a.m.  Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial…

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10:15AM, Thursday, October 22, 10:15-11:15 a.m.  Low impact with moderate…

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10:30AM, Thursday, October 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest Presenter! Judith Macon…

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11:45AM, Thursday, October 22, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Topic: Breast Cancer…

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12:00PM, Thursday, October 22, Noon-1 p.m.  A program aimed to engage and…

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1:15PM, Thursday, October 22, 1:15-2:15 p.m.   Featured Artist! Are you ready…

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1:15PM, Thursday, October 22, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Limited Series! Seated yoga class…

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2:30PM, Thursday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  An energetic cardio dance class…

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2:30PM, Thursday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.   Expand your German learning…

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9:00AM, Friday, October 23, 9-10 a.m.  Relax and strengthen your mind and body…

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9:00AM, Friday, October 23, 9-10 a.m. New Program! Experience being a judge or…

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10:30AM, Friday, October 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Expand your music interest by…

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10:30AM, Friday, October 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A strength, balance and fitness…

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12:00PM, Friday, October 23, Noon-1 p.m.  Topic: Flu Shot Discussion  Guest…

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1:15PM, Friday, October 23, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Beginner level conversation and…

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1:15PM, Friday, October 23, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Fun and energetic fitness class!…

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2:30PM, Friday, October 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Special Art Presentation! We have…

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9:00AM, Monday, October 26, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Available by appointment only…

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2:00PM, Friday October 30, 2-3 p.m. Join Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third…

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9:00AM, Monday, November 2, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Available by appointment only…

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9:00AM, Monday, November 9, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Available by appointment only…

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6:00PM, Join the Fairfax Athletic Council for their October meeting, which will…

News and Information

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October 14, 2020
Fairfax County’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool is an allocation of funds earmarked by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to be administered to local nonprofits and community-based organizations as an investment in programs and services that strengthen the county’s ability to fill the human services needs of its residents. To determine how these funds should be allocated, Fairfax County, with significant community input, establishes categories that are reflective of the needs residents feel are most important in their communities. In preparation for the next funding cycle, we are seeking your insight on our current category areas: Financial Stability Food and Nutrition Health Housing Literacy/Educational Development/Attainment Positive Behaviors and Healthy Relationships Support/Community/Social Networks As we gather feedback from the community, your input is important. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and opinions by taking the Community Feedback Survey online . The survey will be available until Friday, October 30, 2020. All responses will be anonymous.

Gathering STEAM

October 13, 2020
Sam Ettaro interviews Pier Penic, Education Specialist for the Smithsonian. In a new partnership, the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and Fairfax County Public Schools have teamed up to offer Gathering STEAM, an asynchronous course for students in grades 7-12. Each course explores a topic in science, technology, engineering, arts, or math and engages students in an entertaining television show format.  Gathering STEAM is an authorized afterschool program and is currently available through three Fairfax County public schools and on NCS Connects, the county’s virtual platform for youth and teens. Each course includes a 30-minute video and a complete lesson plan with 5-8 follow-up activities. While live sessions are offered on occasion, the short courses are designed for students to walk through lessons on their own. The weekly series is hosted and produced by Sam Ettaro, Clubhouse Coordinator at the Gum Springs Community Center Clubhouse in Alexandria and one of several Information Technology Educators for NCS. The pilot episode features a discussion about a collaboration between the Clubhouse Network and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Guest Pier Penic, K-12 Education Specialist for the Smithsonian, talks about the “Peace Warriors for the Arts” project, inviting involvement from students.  Penic explains, “Peace Warriors for the Arts is an opportunity for teen clubhouse members around the world to use all aspects of technology to explore, educate and create a platform for global understanding through an African lens. Not only are they learning about a global culture, but they will have the opportunity to work with team leaders and mentors. Also, teen members can select three or more art projects to complete during the school year.” Web TV interviews such as the one with Penic are used as the foundation for the activities laid out in Gathering STEAM. In this case, students start by watching the interview and learning more about the museum, then move on to activities where they explore African culture through the lens of artistic expression. Previous course topics include careers in filmmaking featuring an interview with the Chairman of the Board for the Stan Lee Foundation, and an exploration of the Red Sea. New episodes are available every Thursday. Interested in Gathering STEAM? We’re looking for more partner schools! FCPS schools and students may contact settaro@fcpsschools.net to request the Google Classroom link.

Community Center Re-Opening

October 9, 2020
NCS Community Centers will re-open to the public for limited use beginning on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. As space is limited, reservations are required and must be made in advance. Additionally, participants must sign a liability waiver. Centers will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. for self-directed activities, technical support, and the Parent Connect program only. Organized sports/team play and group activities will not be allowed at this time. Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult; those who are at least 9 years old may attend an appointment time alone. Participant safety is our first priority, and all CDC safety protocols will be followed. These include temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival, frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, and a requirement to wear masks. Individuals must maintain six feet of social distance from others at all times, or 10 feet for fitness activities. Any participant that is symptomatic in any way, refuses to take the health screening, or refuses to sign the liability waiver will be denied access and asked to re-schedule their reservation. To make your reservation to visit an NCS Community Center, call your local center. More information, including center locations and FAQs, are available on our NCS Community Center Re-Opening 2020 website. We hope to see you soon!

About Health & Human Services

This agency is a part of Fairfax County Health & Human Services (HHS). HHS is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.

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