Volunteer Opportunities Abound Around the County

Interested in lending a helping hand? There’s no shortage of opportunities to do so throughout Fairfax County. Here are just a few areas where you help is needed and welcome:

Older adults and adults with disabilities

  • Grocery shopping — shop for an older adult or accompany them to the grocery store.  Commitment: two hours every other week.
  • Household services — unpack boxes, change light bulbs, paint small areas, straighten cupboards or closets, organize paperwork, write letters.  Commitment: varies.
  • Meals on Wheels — transport meals to older adults or adults with disabilities Monday through Friday close to where you live or work.  Meals are delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The program also needs treasurers, driver coordinators and group coordinators.  Commitment: two hours one time a month and more.
  • Nutritional supplement delivery — pick up and deliver nutritional supplements to an older adult’s home.  Deliveries are made early in the month.  Commitment: a six-month commitment is requested.  Two to three hours per month.
  • Social visits — visit older adults who need company.  Commitment: once or twice a week visits for one to two hours at a time.  A one-year commitment is requested.
  • Staff Vietnamese Bilingual Information Line — provide Vietnamese older adults information about county services.  Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Training offered.  Commitment: one-year, preferred.
  • Transportation — drive older adults to and from medical appointments, pharmacy, bank, library, etc.

Community Ambassador Program

  • Bilingual volunteers are needed to plan seminars and resource fairs that inform older adults of county services.  There is a special need for volunteers who speak Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Laotian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.  Commitment time varies.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities

  • Fairfax Pets on Wheels — visit residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with your pets.  Provide companionship and compassion through pet therapy.  Pet orientation and temperament testing is required.  Commitment: one time weekly or monthly.

Additional volunteer positions with no current vacancies

  • Regional manager assistant — help Volunteer Solutions recruit and train volunteers, track status of new volunteers, collect and enter volunteer hours.  Work in one of four regional county offices. Commitment: volunteer determines time and schedule.  A one-year commitment is encouraged.
  • Office work/computer experience — assist Volunteer Solutions with special projects.  Work includes copying, filing, phone work, and mailings.  Commitment: a one-year commitment is preferred.
  • Long-term care ombudsman – visit a nursing home or assisted living facility resident and advocate for resident rights. Training is offered once a year.  Commitment: a one-year commitment is required.  Four hours during the day, one time weekly.  Visit the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Web page or call 703-324-5861.
  • Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program – help older adults understand Medicare rules, Medigap policies, Medicare HMO plans and long-term care insurance.  Help clients file medical insurance claim forms.  A two-day training is held in April.  Visit the Insurance Counseling Web page for more information.  Commitment: varies.

To volunteer for any of the above positions, complete the online registration, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or e-mail DFSAAAvolunteer@fairfaxcounty.gov.