Patti Cooksey is an energetic volunteer, board member and volunteer coordinator.  For 11 years she served as the volunteer coordinator and a board member at Family Pass, an organization that works with families who are at risk of homelessness in Fairfax County.  She now continues supporting vulnerable individuals and families at Shelter House as their volunteer coordinator.  She also run the food pantry housed in St. Mark Catholic Church and in this role, collects food, stocks shelves, fills orders for families and oversees a robust delivery system of volunteers.

As if this work doesn’t keep her busy enough, Mrs. Cooksey also leads many additional efforts to support families in-need in Fairfax County including partnering with local business and volunteers to collect back-to-school backpacks for school-aged children, coordinating Thanksgiving baskets and partnering with Vale Club and other local businesses to support holiday gift drives.  Patti Cooksey is the “go-to” person for any need of a Family Pass client.  Through these efforts and more, Patti Cooksey has made a direct impact on the lives of many in the community.  As Outreach Program chair for the Vale Club, an active women’s social group, she has organized so many additional projects to support organizations like Helping Hungry Kids, The Soldier Project, and food and furniture donations delivery for Family Pass and Shelter House.

She is a seemingly tireless volunteer who also serves as a Project Advisor on the S4G Steering Committee and through donations in 2023, S4G supporting organizations such as the Community for Helping Others, Northern Virginia Community College Food Pantry, Helping Hungry Kids, Fairfax Diapers, Stop Child Abuse Now, and Insight Memory Care.  Not only does Mrs. Cooksey give so generously of her time, but she is an inspiration to others through her infectious spirit and passion for service. 

“I am pleased to recognize Patti Cooksey as this year’s Sully District Champion.  Patti is that exceptional volunteer that truly makes a difference in the community and inspires others.  She has touched the lives of many underserved and at-risk families in the community through her tireless volunteer efforts.  Patti’s dedication to serving community members in need helps to make the Sully District and Fairfax County a great place for all people to live and thrive.”

Supervisor Kathy L. Smith