Supervisor McKay on Volunteers

Volunteers make Fairfax County a great place to live and work. Our strong culture of volunteerism builds social capital, strengthens our community, and improves our quality of life. 

Fairfax County has many volunteer opportunities ranging from service on one of its boards, authorities, or commissions to one-time events such as community clean-ups.

I’m proud of our Lee District volunteers and always look forward to the events that honor them.  Celebrate Fairfax’s Lord and Lady Fairfax event in early June is one of my favorites. The tradition of honoring the Lords and Ladies Fairfax began in 1984 to recognize outstanding County citizens. Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors select two people from their districts who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service. Past honorees are a Who’s Who of Lee District citizens.  This year, Kyle Talente is my Lord Fairfax, honored for his many years of service to the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) and Route One revitalization.  My Lady Fairfax is Samantha Underwood, a fourth grader and the creator of Kids Sending Smiles, an organization of school children that raises money for those in need.

Then there’s Volunteer Fairfax’s Service Awards.  Suzette Kern is Lee District’s Community Champion—Suzette represents our district on the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and also chairs my citizen budget committee. 

Looking for a way to get involved? Here are some resources:

Fairfax County boards and commissions

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bacs/

These are the advisory bodies to the County’s Board of Supervisors.

(I have vacancies on the Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation and the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board so please contact me if you’re interested.)

Volunteer Fairfax

http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/

Volunteer Fairfax matches skills and interests of volunteers to the needs of local nonprofit organizations for both one-time and ongoing volunteer projects.

Clean Fairfax Council

http://www.cleanfairfax.org/Clean Fairfax encourages environmental stewardship and sustainability in Fairfax County.  It works to reduce littering and supports community clean-ups and adopt-a-spots.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animal/volunteers.htm

(Note that while volunteer activities will start up again this summer, you can still foster a pet now).

I’m looking forward to seeing you on the volunteer circuit.