Neighborhood and Community Services

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12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Lloyd Tucker
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 continuum of county- and community-based resources that promote equity and create positive outcomes for people of all ages and abilities.

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Digital Inclusion Week is Oct. 2-6, 2023

September 29, 2023
The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is joining with Cox Communications and other Fairfax County agencies to offer greater digital access and opportunities as part of Digital Inclusion Week 2023. Digital Inclusion Week 2023 (Oct. 2-6, 2023) will feature Tech Days at many NCS Community and Senior Centers. See the schedule below. At these events, residents may learn about and register for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides discounted wireless services to households that qualify. The ACP is a federal program, offered through the Federal Communications Commission, that ensures households can afford broadband and Internet for work, school, health care access and more. Approximately 85% of eligible county families are not signed up. This benefit provides a discount of up to $30 monthly. Schedule of NCS Tech Days/Digital Inclusion Week Oct. 2 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.): Cathy Hudgins Community Center at Southgate Oct. 3 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.): Hollin Hall Senior Center, Kingstowne Center for Active Adults and Mount Vernon Adult Day Health Care Center Oct. 3 (4-7 p.m.): Lorton Community Center Oct. 4 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.): Bailey’s Community Center, James Lee Community Center and  Lincolnia Senior Center/Lincolnia Adult Day Health Care Center Oct. 4 (4-7 p.m.): Hybla Valley Community Center and Gum Springs Community Center  Oct. 4 (5-8 p.m.): Willston Community Center and Kingsley Commons Oct. 5 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.): Herndon Senior Center and Adult Day Health Center, Lewinsville Senior and Adult Day Health Care and Pimmit Hills Senior Center  Oct. 5 (4-7 p.m.): Providence (Jim Scott) Community Center and Yorkville Community Technology Program Oct. 6 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.): Little River Glen Senior and Adult Day Health Care Center and Burke/West Springfield Center Without Walls/Pinn Community Center Oct. 6 (3-6 p.m.): Mott Community Center In addition to the ACP Events, NCS offers of digital resources to the community including:  Free Internet Access: All NCS community, senior and teen centers offer free Wi-Fi access.   NCS is currently adding free internet access to parking lots for all of its community centers so that the public can access free Wi-Fi when the building is not open. Find free Wi-Fi access through you at Fairfax County Wi-Fi Locations.  Technology Classes - NCS' Technology Programs promote increased technology access and education throughout the community with an emphasis on digital literacy in underserved communities. This includes enhanced academic support and digital literacy both in an after school program setting for children and teens,as well as in designed classes and workshops for adults. For more information, visit NCS Technology Programs.  Other county events marking Digital Inclusion Week include a Digital Equity Summit on Thursday, Oct. 5 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), activities at Fairfax County Public Libraries, events hosted by the Minority Tech Foundation at the WISH Center at Hybla Valley Community Center, and online course on Zoom and email through ServiceSource and the Virtual Center for Active Adults (VCAA). For more information, visit Promoting Digital Equity to Build Connected Communities.
Older woman helps a student at through Grandinvolve
September 27, 2023
The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is pleased to announce it will assume administrative and programing responsibilities for GrandInvolve, a non-profit organization that places older adults as volunteers in Title I schools, effective Nov. 1, 2023. GrandInvolve was founded by Dorothy Keenan in 2014, originating from Fairfax County’s 50+ Initiatives. The program’s pilot at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield proved to be a success; the pilot program has since expanded to 24 Title I elementary schools in Fairfax County. The program fosters intergenerational relationships, providing support to students and teachers, and improving the quality of life for older adult volunteers. “We are honored that GrandInvolve has been designated as a program of Neighborhood and Community Services,” Keenan said. “This has been a long-held goal of GrandInvolve. By transitioning the GrandInvolve volunteer program into Neighborhood and Community Services, the program will benefit from the agency’s strong community connections and volunteer recruitment and coordination experience needed to train and manage hundreds of volunteers. Through the leveraging of NCS resources, the GrandInvolve program will get the much-needed infrastructure to expand to all 41 Title I schools in Fairfax County.” Said NCS Director Lloyd Tucker: “We are excited to continue the award-wining work begun by Dorothy and look forward to expanding the GrandInvolve volunteer program to all Title I schools in the county. By continuing and expanding the program, we will honor GrandInvolve’s mission of supporting the education of our most vulnerable populations and reducing ageism by fostering intergenerational relationships." Acting Grandinvolve Director Michele Duell said she is proud of the volunteers and humbled by the collaboration with county partners. “We sincerely thank all of them for helping us to change the world, one child at a time,” she said. For more information about the GrandInvolve program, please email NCS-Volunteers@fairfaxcounty.gov  
VRPS AWARDS 2023
September 14, 2023
The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services earned honors in three categories at the 2023 Virginia Recreation and Park and Society’s annual conference in Williamsburg, Va., this week. The annual awards presentation honors exemplary members, volunteers, and agencies of the parks and recreation community for achievements during the previous calendar year.         NCS was recognized with awards in the following categories: Best New Facility (Brick & Mortar): Lorton Community Center In 2022, NCS opened the doors to the new Lorton Community Center, marking the completion of a facility that was 46 years in the making. The 30,000-sf facility is home to a comprehensive range of services including the Lorton Senior Center, Lorton Teen Center, food pantry, a School Age Child Care Center, a sport court, a sensory room and multiple multipurpose rooms. Along with the co-located library and park, the new community center brings a much-needed collection of resources to the underserved Route 1 corridor in Fairfax County. Best New Health & Wellness Initiative: Sully Community Center Health & Wellness Partnerships Co-nomination with Fairfax County Park Authority When it opened in 2022, the Sully Community Center became the first Fairfax County recreation facility to offer a holistic approach to health and wellness – all under one roof. NCS partnered with the Health Department, the Fairfax County Park Authority, and several community organizations to ensure the center could offer affordable access to medical services, health and wellness programming, and nutritional foods for community members of all ages and abilities. The center serves as a model for how government agencies and partners can work collaboratively to reduce barriers to access for critical health and wellness services. Most Creative Marketing Piece: SACC 2022-23 Curriculum Guide (“A Walk in the Wild”) The School Age Child Care program’s curriculum guide communicates a curriculum theme and framework for all 144 SACC sites throughout Fairfax County. A school year curriculum team works to develop thematic and content for the annual publication. The 2022-23 publication – designed by NCS Communications Specialist Nancy McDonough – was themed “A Walk in the Wild.” Vibrant and engaging photos and graphics were paired with the text to create a visually appealing publication that was used by thousands of staff members and SACC families. The guide is critical in ensuring that all 144 sites take a consistent approach to their lesson plans and family communication. “I am tremendously proud of the recreational and educational services that NCS provides to the Fairfax County community,” said NCS Director Lloyd Tucker. “Our staff works hard to improve the well-being of the community with high-quality programs, services and facilities. We are humbled that this work has been further recognized by our peers across Virginia.” About Virginia Recreation & Park Society The Virginia Recreation and Park Society is a private, nonprofit professional organization, founded in 1953 and incorporated in 1956. Its purpose is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia, into one body. Members work together to promote and improve the profession in all its diversity. VRPS is state affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association. About Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services partners 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. More than 25 community, senior and teen centers offer community spaces, technology, inclusive support services, camps and programs for all ages and abilities. In addition, School Age Child Care (SACC) provides care for children in kindergarten-sixth grade before school, after school, during spring/winter break and during summer break (Camp Fairfax). For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs. 

Upcoming Events

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10:00AM, The Providence Community Center will be renamed in honor of former…
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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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