Hundreds of residents are gearing up to volunteer next weekend at nonprofits across Fairfax County for the 18th annual VolunteerFest.
VolunteerFest is a regional day of community service sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day on Saturday. For one full day, volunteers will help out at area elementary schools, food banks and beyond.
According to a news release, almost 1,400 community and corporate volunteers participated in last year’s event. Volunteer projects in the past have included creating care packages for troops, painting homes in the area and more.
Several area parks are participating in VolunteerFest through the Invasive Management Area (IMA) program, including Nottoway and Dunn Loring parks where volunteers will help remove invasive plants.
Residents can sign up to volunteer for one of the Invasive Manaement Area cleanups by contacting IMA coordinator Erin Stockschlaeder by phone 703-324-8681 or email Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Providence District is also hosting a food drive to benefit Food for Others for the event. Donations can be dropped of at Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth's office or at Hunter Mill Country Day School.
Volunteer shifts will last anywhere from two to four hours, according to the website. The age range and tasks for each event will vary by organization. Each project also has a minimum number of volunteers needed, but can accommodate more than specified.
To sign up for an event, residents can visit the VolunteerFest opportunities page.