Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most nonprofits and agencies supported by the Volunteers for Change are not able to engage volunteers at this time. We are hopeful that as the region reopens, volunteer needs will reemerge. Orientations will restart once more opportunities become readily available for individuals desiring to give back to our communities. Please visit our COVID response page and look for needs from nonprofits around us. Check out our #GoodConnectsUs social media campaign and share the good things, both big and small, that you are finding to do to support your community. Then get your friends and family to join in and make a difference, too!
Sometimes volunteering happens on a whim. Volunteers for Change (VFC) provides flexible weekend and evening volunteer opportunities for busy adults with a desire to serve. This program is perfect for people who are employed full time, going to school, or caring for family. It is also a great way to volunteer as a family!
VFC’s interactive calendar offers over 50 opportunities each month which are shared with VFC members electronically bi-weekly. Service projects are as diverse as packing emergency food kits for families in crisis, ushering at special event venues, playing games with under-served children living in a shelter, removing invasive plants in gardens or parks and so much more.
How to Join Volunteers for Change
No formal training is required. We simply ask that any interested volunteer attend a one-time, 45 minute orientation. These orientations are held twice a month in central Fairfax (usually the 1st Sunday at 3:30 PM and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 PM). At the orientation, you will meet the VFC coordinator who will answer all your questions. Following orientation, you will receive a monthly newsletter sharing all upcoming opportunities. You may choose to work with children or seniors, help the homeless or the hungry, or assist with park or building renovations. There will be ongoing options, as well as one-time special events.
If you are seeking volunteer service for any court related need (including at the recommendation of an attorney), check out our Alternative Community Service Program, as VFC opportunities are often not able to fulfill this need.