Supporting the Community When It’s Needed Most

Volunteer Fairfax is the designated lead agency for recruitment and deployment of affiliated and spontaneous volunteers as well as the management of spontaneous volunteers during an emergency. Volunteer Fairfax continues to fulfill its mission by mobilizing people and resources to meet community need through involvement in Fairfax County and Regional Emergency Response and Recovery functions.

Volunteer Fairfax’s Role:

  • Manages donations and spontaneous volunteers during an emergency and activates a Volunteer Reception Center when called upon to do so by the Fairfax County Department of Emergency Management and Security (DEMS) and/or the City of Fairfax Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
  • Serves as a connection between county government and nonprofits throughout recovery efforts.
  • Serves as a voice for volunteer management and training on disaster and emergency-based committees and councils.
  • Works with volunteer centers of the National Capital Area to further strengthen mutual aid compacts and communications planning.

Have questions about our Emergency Response program? Inquiries can be sent to

We encourage you to also explore our website and our volunteer opportunity database VolunteerNow! for additional ways to support our community.