From Humble Beginnings
Volunteer Fairfax has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1974. In just over 40 years, the programs of this volunteer powerhouse expanded substantially to support the needs of a dynamic community.
In the late seventies, Volunteer Fairfax, then known as the Voluntary Action Center of Fairfax County (VAC), referred 211 volunteers to worthy causes in support of the greater Fairfax County community. Fast forward to 2018, Volunteer Fairfax engaged nearly 16,000 volunteers who donated more than 43,000 hours serving more than 600 nonprofits and public agencies, a value of over $1 million dollars added to the community.
Services and programs offered during the first 10 years of the VAC included directly connecting volunteers to public agencies and nonprofits; attorney and/or court-referred opportunities via our Alternative Community Service program; Seniors in Action and a youth volunteer program. Two staff members worked with a handful of office volunteers and the board of directors.
Volunteer Fairfax now has a budget of 1.2 million dollars, a staff of 14, supported by eight administrative volunteers and an actively engaged 9-member board of directors. Volunteer Fairfax encompasses programs that involve all ages and demographics of the community.