The Volunteer Service Awards (VSA) serve as a community-wide celebration of volunteerism. Each year, Volunteer Fairfax honors the commitment of volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners who tirelessly contribute to the betterment of Fairfax County as well as the greater Northern Virginia region. These individuals are nominated by community members, local nonprofits, and government agencies for their unwavering dedication to the community.


Event Supporters

Demonstrate your commitment to volunteerism by supporting the Volunteer Service Awards. Reach out to Saherah Khan, Director of Corporate Relations & Development at 703.338.2395 or via email at for more information.


Rising Star

Reserved for an individual who has emerged as a young leader that serves and advocates for a cause important to them and/or has recently become known for their outstanding volunteer service for a local cause or nonprofit.  

Volunteer Manager

Reserved for a volunteer management professional who showed innovation and leadership in volunteer recruitment, training, programming, and/or retention, whose work significantly and tangibly impacted the success of their organization. 

Volunteer of the Year

Presented to a volunteer whose individual service demonstrated significant impact towards achieving at least one nonprofit or agency’s goals. Special consideration given to nominees who also inspired others to engage in serving their community. 

Executive Leader of the Year

Presented to aexecutive for outstanding corporate leadership in the areas of volunteerism and civic engagement in the community during the past year. Special consideration will be given to applicants that embody the spirit of collaboration with other organizations in their corporate social responsibility efforts

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Volunteer Fairfax Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who, over the course of at least 15 years, has made significant contributions to Fairfax County through extraordinary service to the community. The nominee’s career of service should demonstrate tangible contributions and community impact.

Volunteer Program of the Year

Presented to nonprofit or Fairfax County Government agency for outstanding and visionary contributions to the community through its volunteer program during the past year. This award recognizes a volunteer program that has extraordinary community impact in the local region. 

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year

Presented to small, mid-size and large business with a presence within Northern Virginia for outstanding contributions during the past year to the community. The company has been a longtime advocate for the community and has a reputation for excellence in corporate social responsibility efforts. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose corporate social responsibility initiatives include employee incentives to participate in community engagement (i.e. paid volunteer leave, organized team or company days of service, matching donation policies).  

  • Large business – more than 500 employees
  • Mid-Size business – between 101-500 employees
  • Small business – 100 or less employees

Nominations Accepted Until March 8, 2024

To view the eligibility guidelines and begin an application:



Q. When will the awards be presented?

A. The Volunteer Service Awards will be presented in person on May 9th. Additional details to follow.

Q. Can I self-nominate or can we nominate our own company/organization?

A. Absolutely! Using the link at the top of this page, submit your application by March 8th.

Q. I have a question that I do not see answered here. Who should I contact?

A. Please email with any questions you have and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.