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Have a skill to share or need a skill? Check out VF's new Pro bono Pinboard where you can post needs and services. Check out the details on their website.
National "Prepareathon" Day September 30th
Check out this video "It Started Like Any Other Day" and learn ways to stay safe!
Work the Polls!
Election volunteers needed for the mid-term elections in November. Find out more!
Walk with Cornerstones to End Homelessness
3rd annual Reston Town Center Help the Homeless Walk is October 2.
NCS Robotics Teams Need Coaches!
What: Youth, ages 6 to 18, preparing for an awesome VEX Robotic Competition experience, need caring adults to work side-by-side with them. Head coaches and assistant coaches are needed to help teams plan, build, and operate robots in preparation for local and regional robotics competitions. Coaches work with youth to inspire self-confidence, develop project planning and problem solving skills, as well as hands-on appreciation of science and technology.
When: Teams meet after school and evenings from October 2014 through March 2015. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.
Where: 10 Fairfax County locations.
What is VEX Robotics? VEX is specifically tailored to bring the magic of robotics competition into the classroom. Robotics is an engaging way to integrate all facets of STEM education and head-to-head competition is a natural way to capture students' attention. During the excitement that comes with building and competing with their robots, students will be having too much fun to realize they're learning important STEM concepts and life skills! This year's game is VEX Robotics Competition Skyrise. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, aim to build the most innovative robots possible and work together to obtain the most points possible. In addition to just having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills. Find Skyrise Rules and Information here.
Responsiblities: A Head Coach and Assistant Coach will work with a team of four to ten students, guiding the team through planning, designing, testing and competition phases. Neighborhood and Community Services staff is on site to assist coaches with team management.
Requirements: Applicants for Head Coach should possess technical and/or engineering background (knowledge of robotics or design is welcome). Applicants for Assistant Coach should have experience working with youth and managing projects or teams. Engineering/technical background is welcome but not required.
Volunteer Leave Possible? Depending on an employee’s schedule, coaching might be eligible for a Fairfax County employee to use volunteer activity leave. Note that supervisor’s approval is required (request form). Not a County employee? Check with your organization about the possiblity to mentor on company time. Many companies offer "leave" to give back to the community though volunteering.
Important Dates: Deadline is September 15, 2014. For more information about the VEX Robotics teams in Fairfax County, including locations and information sessions see: http://www.fairfaxrobotics.com/. Questions about volunteering for the VEX Robotics program should be directed to Angie Carrera at 803-324-5371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfax County’s Children, Youth and Families (CYF)
Division of the Department of Family Services, needs friendly, administrative volunteers, 1- 3 days/week, for 3-5 hour shifts between 9am -5pm (Mon-Fri). Duties include customer interaction or office work. The position entails providing light administrative support in the Fairfax, Annandale and Alexandria offices. Contact Krissa Slone, at 703-324-7751 or Krissa.Slone@fairfaxcounty.gov.
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Have a Community Project?
Each year, Leadership Fairfax solicits community service projects from local non-profits for our Emerging Leaders Institute and Honors College Connects teams to work on. Interested non-profits who would like to find out more about these projects are invited to call Moniek at 703.752.7504. Proposals will be accepted in August 2013.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Volunteers Income Tax Assistance program needs your help in getting the word out about their services. If you know an individual or family who worked in 2012 and made less than $51,000, they may qualify for help in preparing their federal taxes.
Organized by Fairfax County Department of Family Services, the NOVA CASH Coalition is dedicated to helping local families avoid the costly service most organizations charge to prepare and file taxes. With the help of dedicated IRS certified volunteers, low-income families throughout Northern Virginia received over $7 million in federal refunds last tax season.Every tax season, hundreds of volunteers in the Northern Virginia area find great satisfaction in helping low income families file their federal and state tax returns.
Fairfax Falls Church Community Partnership on Ending Homlessness
Build on the success of Jeans Day by committing to end chronic homelessness. Your commitment, no matter how large or small, makes a difference. For example in addition to donating needed funds you can tweet/post/mail to your social network, host an event, write your representative, contact your church. Every little bit goes a long way to ending homelessness in Fairfax County. Commit today to helping this cause!
Looking for other ways to give back to the community? Look no further: Ways to Give.