Each and every day, Northern Virginia Family Service responds to the diverse needs of our region. Our needs are evolving as we respond to the impact of recent events on the families in our community. We ask for your partnership in supporting the needs of the diverse populations we serve. Click here to learn more.
Call to Take Action Today: We Want to Hear From You!
We value your feedback! Please tell us what you think by completing this brief survey about your volunteer experience. The survey closes on Friday, February 10th at 11:59pm.
Kindness Starts With One.
One person, one act, one place. With one goal in mind: to make our world a better place. And, every single one of us can join in.
This year Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated from Feb. 12 – 18. We invite you to join NVFS during this week (and any other week, for that matter) to spread kindness across our Northern Virginia community.
Click here for seven super simple ways to show kindness with just a few minutes of your time.
Celebrate African American History and Culture this Month
February is Black History Month celebrating the rich culture of African Americans and their invaluable, yet often overlooked, contributions to this country. Education about the culture and contributions is the key component because education is where the removal of biases and stereotypes starts. And that is where you can help NVFS.
Coordinate a book drive to collect books by and about African Americans, particularly those tailored to children. This is a great way to honor this rich history and culture while expanding the minds of children enrolled in our Early Childhood and Healthy Families programs. The more that children from multicultural backgrounds see people like themselves in the books they read, the greater it impacts growth and development. Book drives are easy to do and will put smiles on children’s faces. Click here for some great titles!
Homeless Services: Volunteer Spotlight
As the adage goes, the quickest way to one’s heart is through their stomach. Food brings us together, and helps us show each other we care. At our NVFS shelters, volunteers show they care by sharing home-cooked meals. No matter where you find yourself, there’s just something about a home-cooked meal that brings people comfort. Here are a couple of our stand-out meals groups:
BCCS – Providence Presbyterian Church is one of the most committed community partners at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter in Falls Church. Every month it provides a fresh, home-cooked dinner for homeless clients; plus, during Hypothermia Prevention season, church members make bag lunches twice a month. That’s 1,150 meals over the course of a year. Thank you to Providence Presbyterian and all of our generous mealtime community partners!
SERVE – Beulah Baptist Church’sstandard menu of chicken and ham dinners with veggies, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls and dessert, have been warming the bellies of our residents one Saturday every month for years. The church has often step in when other groups cancel and graciously provided Thanksgiving dinner last year! Thank you to Beulah and fellow mealtime partners for bringing warmth and comfort to homeless families!
We are happy to work with groups (families, churches, businesses, etc.) and can help you plan your visit. For information on preparing a meal at BCCS, contact Meagan Perkins, 703.820.7621 ext. 216. For information on preparing a meal at SERVE, contact Navara Cannon, 571.748.2536.
Volunteer Opportunities of the Month
Help young children thrive in their learning environment. Click here to find out how you can help.
Interpreters are urgently needed, especially for Farsi/Dari, Arabic, Mongolian, French, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). Click here to find out how you can help.
Help us drive out hunger and stop food waste. Click here to find out how you can help.
Help hungry families access food assistance.Click here to find out how you can help.
Mentor seniors with their finances so they can live independently.Click here to find out how you can help.
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“I wanted to thank you for everything. I can’t tell you how much the kids are finally happy. It was the first night for all of us to sleep. We are sending you big hugs and telling you thank you for everything you’ve done for us.”
– Program for Survivors of Torture and Trauma client