Neighborhood and Community Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-4600 | TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Sarah Allen, Acting 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, March 9, 9-10 a.m.  Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art…

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10:15AM, Tuesday, March 9, 10:15-11:15 a.m.  Low impact with moderate…

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10:30AM, Tuesday, March 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Limited series! Alzheimer’s…

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11:45AM, Tuesday, March 9, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Gentlemen's Health will be…

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12:00PM, Tuesday, March 9, Noon-1 p.m.  Guest presenter! A program aimed to…

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1:00PM, Tuesday, March 9, 1-1:45 p.m. Set up a chair without arms on the…

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1:15PM, Tuesday, March 9, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Join us to play Women’s History…

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1:45PM, Tuesday, March 9, 1:45-2:15 p.m.  Learn and practice relaxation…

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2:30PM, Tuesday, March 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  An energetic cardio dance class that…

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2:30PM, Tuesday, March 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Sheila Epstein, director, and…

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

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

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10:30AM, Wednesday, March 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Topic: Favorite Women…

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12:00PM, Wednesday, March 10, Noon-1 p.m.  A social time with friends, have…

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1:15PM, Wednesday, March 10, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Test your knowledge and skills!…

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1:15PM, Wednesday, March 10, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Stretching promotes flexibility…

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2:30PM, Wednesday, March 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. This is an intermediate/basic…

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2:30PM, Wednesday, March 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Full body invigorating low impact…

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9:00AM, Thursday, March 11, 9-10 a.m. New day! Please join this informational…

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9:00AM, Thursday, March 11, 9-10 a.m.  Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial…

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

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10:30AM, Thursday, March 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest presenter Katie Strong  MS…

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11:45AM, Thursday, March 11, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Ladies Health will be…

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12:00PM, Thursday, March 11, Noon-1 p.m.  Please note: Caregiver Lunch Bunch…

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1:15PM, Thursday, March 11, 1:15-2:15 p.m. No registration required! Yoga and…

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1:15PM, Thursday, March 11, 1:15-2:15 p.m.   Guest performer! Are you ready to…

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2:30PM, Thursday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m.   Expand your German learning…

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2:30PM, Thursday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Instructor Celia will lead Dance…

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9:00AM, Friday, March 12, 9-10 a.m.  Relax and strengthen your mind and body. …

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10:30AM, Friday, March 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Kevin and Travis as we…

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10:30AM, Friday, March 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A strength, balance and fitness…

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12:00PM, Friday, March 12, Noon-1 p.m.  Topic: St. Patrick's Day!  Join us as…

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1:15PM, Friday, March 12, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Beginner level conversation and…

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1:15PM, Friday, March 12, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Fun and energetic fitness class!…

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2:30PM, Friday, March 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Create your own spring ‘sock’ bunny…

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7:00PM, Friday, March 12, 7-7:45 p.m. Featured Artists! Classical Music with…

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9:00AM, Monday, March 15, 9-10 a.m. Special presentation! The Fairfax County…

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9:00AM, Friday, March 19, 9-10 a.m. Special presentation for Mandarin speakers…

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10:30AM, Thursday, April 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest presentation for Spanish…

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6:00PM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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11:00AM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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11:00AM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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6:00PM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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11:00AM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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2:00PM, 2021 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

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6:30PM, Personal Finance Workshop: Borrowing and Dealing with Debt

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11:00AM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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11:00AM, 2021 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

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6:30PM, Resume, Cover Letter & Job Search Tips

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1:00PM, Preparation for a Medical Certification Program

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6:30PM, Polishing Your Interview Skills

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9:00AM, Every day, hundreds of local residents lose their hard-earned money to…

News and Information

Virtual Scam Jam 2021 Flyer

March 3, 2021
Every day, hundreds of local residents lose their hard-earned money to a variety of fraud schemes. In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity! To strike back against scammers, AARP and the Fairfax Silver Shield Task Force are bringing together top experts and law enforcement officials to present at a free informational virtual Scam Jam on Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will be hosted on Zoom. The keynote speaker is Susan Hogan, consumer investigative reporter for NBC News4; her remarks will focus on how individuals can outsmart scammers. Presenters and exhibitors will discuss scams targeting Virginians, such as internet, telephone and mail fraud, COVID-19 vaccination schemes and the latest identity theft shams. Registration is required at http://bit.ly/FfxScamJam.

International Recreational Therapy Month

February 19, 2021
February is International Recreational Therapy Month. You may be wondering, “What is a recreational therapist, anyway?” The answer is simple: Recreational therapists utilize recreation in creative ways to help improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. In Fairfax County, Therapeutic Recreation Services (within the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services) supports the philosophy that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in the leisure programs and activities of their choice. These activities help county residents with physical, developmental, emotional, and/or intellectual disabilities engage in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. “We empower individuals to participate in programs that best meet their needs, even as they age or their interests and needs change,” says Program Manager Sandi Dalhoff. “Ultimately, providing this autonomy and choice helps to decrease isolation while increasing socialization and independence. It’s nice to say that we’re part of an agency that supports the whole community.” NCS Therapeutic Recreation Services consists of 10 full-time staff, most of whom are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists credentialed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Supporting our programs are 100+ part-time staff who share a passion for providing meaningful, even life-changing support to individuals with varying disabilities. Of being a recreational therapist, Program Manager Sydney Solomon says, “My favorite aspect about therapeutic recreation is being able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The opportunities have been endless, and seeing participants do something they never thought possible prior to our programs is the most rewarding part of my job.” Prior to COVID-19, these programs included in-person adult social clubs, playgroups, swim safety, sports/fitness, and more. Now, Therapeutic Recreation has moved to a virtual platform, hosting a variety of programs via Zoom. These include: Preschool Learn & Play, 25-minute interactive sessions designed for children ages 2-5 with or without delays/disabilities (with a parent/caregiver available to co-lead). Register: https://bit.ly/PSLearnPlay. Youth Social, a program for school-age participants with disabilities (ages 6-21) full of fun and friends. Register: https://bit.ly/NCSYouthSocial. Tone It Up Tuesday, a virtual fitness program that gives adults with disabilities the chance to engage in a wide array of fitness and movement activities. Register: https://bit.ly/NCSTIUT. Adult Social Clubs, a virtual version of our traditional social clubs where adults with disabilities can socialize, have fun, and expand their leisure horizons. To register, contact NCS-TRACERS@fairfaxcounty.gov. In addition to these programs, Therapeutic Recreation practices can be seen throughout the entire agency. NCS as a whole strives to ensure inclusion is practiced throughout all its services. This means taking proactive approaches to ensure the programming provided at all NCS centers is inclusive of individuals of all abilities, from older adults to youth to preschoolers. Beyond these programs, Neighborhood and Community Services provides a unique therapeutic resource – the Sensory Room at Providence Community Center in Fairfax. This relaxing and calming environment offers a variety of sights, sounds and interactive elements that promote stress-free engagement and physical and intellectual development for people of all ages. Sensory Room participant and Vienna resident Poornima says, “I started taking my son to the Sensory Room at Providence when he was 16 months old. … The features of the room provided numerous opportunities for self-exploration and growth. My son has benefitted greatly from his experience in different programs at the Sensory Room and at 30 months still enjoys its different features.” The Sensory Room is currently offering 1:1 sessions during set time slots Monday through Friday. To receive more information and to schedule an appointment, contact the Providence Community Center front desk at 703-865-0520. Thank you to the entire NCS Therapeutic Recreation Services team for all you do to enhance the lives of Fairfax County residents! Visit the NCS website for more information on Therapeutic Recreation Services.

OFC Grapevine Newsletter January/February 2021 Edition Now Available

February 16, 2021
The Office for Children’s Grapevine newsletter for staff and friends is here. This issue includes articles about OFC staff serving on the Transition Team, Early Childhood Educators exploring the benefits of outdoor play during virtual book chats, CLASS Going virtual to support positive educator-child interactions and more. Read our current issue here.

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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