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Welcome to Fairfax County Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Fairfax County. Volunteerism is critical for the success of many county programs, and will likely be an extremely rewarding experience for you. We have a wide selection of volunteer opportunities that will allow you to serve different groups and ages of people, from children to veterans, and choose from many types of activities, from working at a desk to being active outdoors.

Please search this site to find opportunities that interest you and suit your talents and skills.

» Register in the System

  1. 1. Click on Register to Volunteer Now
  2. 2. Create a Username and password
  3. 3. Complete the blue-colored sections to finish your initial registration
  4. 4. For first time logins, you are only required to update fields with * in front of them. Many additional fields are available and can be updated at a later time.
  5. 5. MAKE SURE YOU CLICK "SAVE CHANGES" AT THE TOP OR BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN IN ORDER FOR YOUR UPDATES TO SAVE.
  6. 6. Once you complete your "Profile", search for an opportunity of interest and "Apply" for that opportunity.


Register to Volunteer Now

» Search for Opportunities

To search for open volunteer positions, please click the box "SEARCH OPPORTUNITIES" below and follow the directions.
You will be offered the choice to do a "quick search," a search by "location" or a "detailed search."

Quick Search:

  1. 1. If you know what you are searching for enter a descriptive keyword. Example: "library" or "election"
  2. 2. To see a list of all opportunities in the system, leave the form blank and select "search". Search Icon

Search by Location:

  1. If you wish to only volunteer in a certain geographic area, view the map on the left and select the district you prefer.

Detailed Search:

  1. If you know the area of concentration you are interested in, check all boxes that apply. Note that adding more details to the search will focus the answers and limit the responses.


Search Opportunities

» Log In

  1. 1. Enter your Username and Password at the top of the home page
  2. 2. Click the "Log in" button
  3. 3. You will be taken to your Volunteer Profile


Log In

» Apply for Opportunities

  1. 1. Search for an opportunity that interests you and suits your talents and skills
  2. 2. Read the opportunity description
  3. 3. Click on the "Apply" button at the top of the opportunity description


Search Opportunities

Question Mark IconFrequently Asked Questions

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Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator of the program for which you are currently volunteering. If you are unsure who to contact, please e-mail VMSHelp@fairfaxcounty.gov for assistance.

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Click on "My Profile" to view and make changes to your profile. Use this section of your volunteer account to:
-Change your password (temporary passwords must be changed the first time you login.)
-Change/Update your contact information
-Input your language skills

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-After logging into your profile, click on the "Opps I'm Assigned To" selection in the menu to the left of your screen.
-Additional opportunities like trainings will be found in your volunteer "Log Book".

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The Log Book is the easiest way to view all of your service hours. Your log book will default to showing all entries for the last year. To view all of your information, make sure you adjust the start date on the top of the screen. Please check with your volunteer coordinator regarding how they handle the recording of hours. Some will ask you to enter volunteer hours in the "Report Service/Hours" section of your account, others will enter it for you.

Question Mark IconFrequently Asked Questions for Volunteer Groups

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Please contact the volunteer coordinator responsible for the group opportunity. They will be able to help you remove the group leader section from your personal profile.

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Group leaders should apply for group opportunities without being logged in to their personal account. When you apply for a group opportunity, you will go to a screen that will allow you to establish a user name and password for your group.