President Bush Legacy

Celebrating a Legacy; Looking toward the Future

Volunteer Fairfax joins millions around the world celebrating the life of President George H.W. Bush, founder of Points of Light - the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

From his first day in office, President Bush devoted special attention to citizens who stepped up to help solve our country’s toughest challenges. He created the Daily Point of Light Award to lift up their stories and inspire others to act.

“President Bush embodied the spirit of volunteerism and community service, always putting the needs of his country ahead of his own,” said Steve Mutty, chief executive officer of Volunteer Fairfax. “Thanks to his vision of ‘a thousand points of light,’ volunteerism continues to shine brightly in places like Fairfax County,” Mutty said.

To honor President Bush, you are invited to reignite you commitment to volunteerism by pledging your time and an act of service, click here to pledge!

You can also sign up for a volunteer opportunity locally thru Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerNow! page. Volunteer Fairfax through its programs and its partnership with more than 600 agencies and nonprofits offers hundreds of opportunities to volunteers of all ages.

President Bush said “Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” As part of the Points of Light network, Volunteer Fairfax is honored to carry on President Bush’s mission.

Thank you to everyone who supported Volunteer Fairfax on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27- Thank you for supporting volunteerism!


Tuesday, Nov. 27 is #GivingTuesday, a day to re-focus your holiday spirit on community causes inlcuding Volunteer Fairfax which has been at the heart of volunteerism in our region for more than 40 years. We need your support to reach even more volunteers like the ones in this video who talk about the value of #givingback. To donate please visit our #GivingTuesday Facebook page. Thank you!

If you do not use Facebook, you can also take part and donate here. Volunteer Fairfax is excited to partner once again with The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington for this special day of giving.

Holiday GuideShare your time and talents this holiday season

The holiday season is a time to give back.

Thanks to Volunteer Fairfax’s Handbook for Holiday Heroes and Holiday Guide to Volunteering, you can easily choose from dozens of holiday volunteer opportunities available thanks to our partner agencies and nonprofits conveniently located throughout Northern Virginia. Whether it is making sure children in need have holiday gifts and food or if it’s supporting a holiday tea, you will find opportunities to match your interests, passions and schedule taking place now thru January.

Sharing your time and talents with others is the greatest gift of all. Even an hour of your time can make a big difference to someone in need. The holidays present a perfect time for families, friends, and colleagues to participate in a “giving back” activity. Check out the holiday volunteering webpage or call Volunteer Fairfax at (703) 246-3703 for more information. Sign up soon as these events fill up quickly!

10th Annual Give Together

Give TogetherFamilies with school-age children, join us for Give Together on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, on Monday, January 21. Give Together is a family volunteer event with service projects designed for young people and little hands. This special event is the perfect opportunity to teach children the value of giving back to our community-- while enjoying giving together with family and friends. Give Together is a free event! Please register to reserve so we will expect you.

Registration opens December 17th.

Hundreds Turn out to Make A Difference at VolunteerFest

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More than 450 hale and hearty volunteers gathered at 31 different service projects on Saturday, October 27 to help our area nonprofits. Whether you packed care kits, cleaned yards for hospice patients, helped brain injury survivors paint pumpkins, gleaned apples from an orchard that will be used to keep children from going hungry or pulled invasive plants, your community is grateful for your efforts. You Made A Difference! Enjoy photos on Facebook #VolunteerFest2018. Thank you to Fairfax County’s Channel 16 coming out. And, many thanks to our sponsors AT&T, Deirdre Vo, a Long and Foster Realtor and the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnership. Save the date for our next family service day, Give Together on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, January 21.


Meet Volunteer Fairfax’s New CEO

SteveThe Volunteer Fairfax board of directors has named Steve Mutty as the nonprofit’s new chief executive.

“As Volunteer Fairfax approaches its forty-fifth anniversary, we are excited to have someone with Steve’s experience and vision leading this organization,” said Rick Garza, president of Volunteer Fairfax’s board.

“Steve has an extensive background in nonprofit work, as an executive, as a fundraiser and as a volunteer,” Garza said. “He is truly dedicated to helping others. He exemplifies the ideals of Volunteer Fairfax.”

Mutty recently served as executive director of the Alexandria (Va.) Seaport Foundation, a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth through adult mentoring and project-based learning. Mutty’s broad volunteer experience includes serving as Chairman of the Board of Best Buddies Capital Region, an organization that supports young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has served as a mentor for disabled young adults transitioning to independent living. He also sat on the fundraising event planning committees of Best Buddies International, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-National Capital Area and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Real Estate Games.

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Calling All Youth ...

Have you been searching for how to fulfill your school service hour requirements? Would you like to volunteer, but don’t know where to begin? Volunteer coordinators recognize that taking the initial step is often the toughest part of volunteerism. Check out Volunteer Fairfax’s Directory of Youth Service Opportunities. The directory contains over 100 volunteer agencies, indexed by categories such as region, minimum age, and mission area. The directory also contains a list of other resources, information on grants, and tips on getting started.

Busy and on the go, not looking for a long term commitment, but still want to volunteer?

For many us, finding rewarding and fun volunteer opportunities that fit into our busy lifestyle can be challenging.  

Look no more! Volunteer Fairfax’s Volunteers for Change program was made for you.

VFC is for the suburbanite on the go, who may not have time for a long term volunteer commitment but wants to be involved, make a difference and meet other like-minded volunteers in the process and get to know the community.

In a comprehensive 45 minute info session you'll learn everything you need to get started! These are held twice a month at the Volunteer Fairfax headquarters centrally located in Fairfax City. Click here to view our Community Calendar to find upcoming sessions with sign up links.

Click to listen to a recent podcast to learn more about Volunteers for change.

Opportunities at Volunteer Fairfax
Do you want to be part of the Volunteer Fairfax team? We have several openings ranging from internships to staff positions. For a full rundown of these great opportunities, please visit our career page.

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Inspiring Stories: Northern Virginia Senior Olympics’ Power Couple Living Healthy Longer Together

nvso A month before the 2017 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics began Joyce Tobias emailed friends updating them on her husband Tom, 84, who had just been in a serious cycling accident. Joyce told friends Tom had returned home after a brief hospital stay. “He is fine, but bruised up and has a lot of road rash and a broken rib.” She added, “He definitely won't be riding in the NVSO this year.” BUT! “Definitely won’t” turned to “maybe” and then to “probably” and finally to “definitely will” as the September 10 ride date loomed. It seems time and determination can work together in mysterious ways. On September 10, 2017, Tom and Joyce, dressed in full cycling regalia, stood at Vint Hill, waiting for the starter’s gun at the NVSO 10K, overcoming the odds once again. “Never a dull moment even when you are 84,” says Joyce. For the rest of the Tobias’ story and to read more volunteer profiles, please visit our Celebrating Stories page.