Registration is now open for the 21st Annual VolunteerFest, which will take place on Oct 24, 2015. Click here to see a list of projects and to register to participate!
VolunteerFest is a region-wide day of community service held in conjunction with national Make A Difference Day, October 24th. VolunteerFest mobilizes hundreds of volunteers to help nonprofits and government agencies accomplish tasks that they would not have the time or resources to do on their own. Organizations can submit project proposals to have volunteers transform their space, their client experience, or their staff's morale! Registration is now open and will close October 22, 2015.
How to Apply: Submit a project proposal, starting August 10, 2015. Instructions on how to upload a proposal are available here. Additional information regarding the role agencies play in Volunteerfest is available here.
Deadline: All applications are due September 10th, 2015
Who can participate? 501(c)(3) nonprofits and government agencies in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties, Virginia and the cities of Fairfax, Alexandria, and Falls Church, Virginia). All participating agencies must be a Partner or Associate member of Volunteer Fairfax.
Project Location: All project locations must be in Northern Virginia area (Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties, Virginia and the cities of Fairfax, Alexandria, and Falls Church, Virginia).
Project Ideas: Past VolunteerFest projects include: painting at a community center, sorting clothing at a thrift store, serving meals at a shelter, pulling weeds and invasive vines at parks, and tutoring at a local library.
Time Period: Duration of the projects should be two to four hours long.
Number of Volunteers: Projects must have a minimum of 5 volunteers. There is no maximum number of volunteers set by Volunteer Fairfax.
Age Range: Each nonprofit must determine their own minimum age (with or without an adult present). You may also determine whether or not the project is appropriate for families.
Multiple project submissions: If submitting multiple projects (or two separate shifts for the same project), please submit a separate project proposal form for each project and each location.
The project coordinator must attend one of the Orientation Meetings: A representative from your organization must be present at your project site(s) for the duration of the projects on October 24 – this should be someone who is familiar with the project and who can keep volunteers busy and safe. (if this person did not attend the Orientation Meeting, he/she must participate in an orientation over the phone).
Have questions? Contact Jessica Warren today!
A couple things to consider for projects:
Identify projects that are meaningful and will keep volunteers busy throughout the designated time period.
Consider projects that are appropriatefor potential volunteers. How can your project be completed by families? Will projects appeal to many kinds of volunteers? Are there bathroom facilities on-site or nearby? Is there enough parking for volunteers?
Safety first! Have a first-aid kit for each site or alert local fire and rescue teams. Visit all sites. Check for possible hazards. Compare the site to the project proposal – is it realistic? How many volunteers will it take to complete the project? What’s the minimum and maximum number of volunteers that can participate? Is the site appropriate for families?
Break the project(s) into tasks that can be accomplished by volunteers with a broad range of skills and abilities. What needs to be done first, then next, etc? (Example: Creating an ice-cream social includes planning the event, purchasing materials, inviting guests, planning games and prizes, decorating….)
Consider all materials and/or tools the project requires. Do you have enough rakes, shovels, dirt, mulch, plants, paint, brushes, rollers, drop clothes, and/or wheelbarrows for project completion? If you need additional materials for your project, start now to ask area businesses and stores for in-kind donations.