NVFS History NVFS was established in 1924 by volunteers in Alexandria who noticed that children in their community had no coats and their families had no coal to heat their homes. They addressed those basic, but critically important needs. Over 85 years later, NVFS continues to address the needs of many communities in our region with a wide range of programs that adapt and respond to current day needs.
NVFS Volunteers NVFS volunteers are very diverse and come from all walks of life:
Last year over 1,500 volunteers donated over 53,447 hours at a value of $1.2 million
NVFS Clients Nearly 60% of the families we serve make less than $20,000 each year. 42% of the nearly 33,000 clients served each year are children.
What’s Under the NVFS Umbrella? NVFS meets the needs of the community in 5 key service initiatives:
Child & Youth Services
Safe & Stable Housing
Children & Youth Services To provide services and interventions that support the healthy development of children from birth through early adulthood Early Head Start & Head Start Child Abuse Prevention Violence Prevention Mentoring Foster and Respite Care Volunteers read to and play with young children, mentor at-risk youth and lead recreational and educational activities.
Emergency Assistance To provide one-time, short-term or temporary assistance that helps families to maintain self sufficiency Food & Shelter Utility & Rental Assistance Homelessness Prevention Vehicle Loans & Repairs Financial Literacy Volunteers sort and assemble food packages, screen clients, and prepare and serve meals.
Safe & Stable Housing To provide a continuum of housing services, including case management, life skills and financial literacy education, designed to assist families with achieving permanent, safe, and affordable housing Transitional Housing Affordable Rents Housing Counseling Rapid Rehousing Options Life Skills Support Volunteers teach budgeting, lead life skills classes, and landscape and paint homes.
Workforce Development To provide training, mentoring and case management that enable clients to enter into or advance within the workforce, increasing wages and supporting their long term self-sufficiency and educational advancement Career Advancement Trade & Office Skill Training Job Development Continuing Education English Literacy Volunteers support teachers with classroom lessons, assist with resume writing and interview preparation, and teach basic computer and job skills.
Health Access To give clients access to comprehensive and holistic health care which includes free or reduced cost medical, dental, medication and mental health services Adult & Child Health Links Oral Health Access Prescription Assistance Multicultural Mental Health Therapeutic Groups Volunteers field phone calls and in-person requests for health care and counseling support, log medication data and submit medication refill requests.
Clock Tower Thrift Shops When you shop or volunteer at the Clock Tower Thrift Shops, not only do you find great gently used merchandise at affordable prices (up to 70% below retail), but 100% of the revenue generated from purchases helps support NVFS programs and services. Falls Church Clock Tower 2860 Annandale Road (703) 237 – 1910 Centreville Clock Tower 6031 Centreville Crest Lane (703) 803 – 3337 Open 7 days a week! Volunteers sort and organize donations, merchandise shopping area, and assist with customer purchases.
Donation Drives NVFS relies on generous support from the community to help ensure our most vulnerable families can access valuable resources throughout the year. Annual Drives:
- Operation Turkey - Gifting for Families
Swimsuits for Summer Camp
Cleaning supplies & paper products
Bed linens, blankets & bath towels
Diapers, wipes & formula
Volunteers coordinate donation drives for their offices, schools, civic groups, faith communities , sports teams and neighborhoods.
Annual Fundraising Events Strikes for SERVE Bowl-a-thon Manassas, VA – March NVFS Road to Independence Gala Tysons Corner, VA – May NVFS Golf Tournament Northern VA – August Help the Homeless Walkathon Northern VA & DC July - November CARE Awards Fairfax, VA November Empty Bowls Manassas, VA – October Volunteers plan, publicize, setup and help run events.
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Thank You! Thank you for completing the NVFS Volunteer Orientation! We hope you choose to volunteer with us and would enjoy scheduling a time to meet to discuss your interests. To sign-up for a meeting time, please visit our registration page