Heading into 2022, many of us are feeling a mixture of hope and fatigue. We are excited to turn the page to a new year, but may feel worn down from life’s challenges. A global pandemic, shorter days, so many virtual events, winter weather and the ‘comedown’ from the holiday season have made some community members feel burnt out. We are looking for connection, seeking meaning and hoping to build positive community spirit. So how can we meet those needs? Volunteer!
There are so many ways to volunteer to impact our local community. There are opportunities for every personality style, time commitment and age group. Make 2022 your best year yet and break out of your rut — volunteer for a cause that matters to you and make a difference in our community. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Martin Luther King Weekend of Service
Kickstart your commitment to volunteer in 2022 with the Martin Luther King weekend of service Thursday, January 13- Monday, January 17. With special opportunities for seniors and children, this weekend will have something for everyone to connect and serve. "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
For information and to register for the various activities Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service: 2022 Schedule - Volunteer Fairfax
Want to get out of the house? Meet new people? Make a big difference in the lives of your neighbors? NV Rides is a great opportunity to provide rides for seniors in the Northern VA region. There is no minimum commitment or set schedule. You can drive when you have time- as much or as little as you wish. Volunteer transportation is vital to the social and health needs of seniors in our community- volunteer and feel the joy of connection. To learn more and to sign up- visit nvrides.org.
Feed the Hungry — Jam the J-Trolley
Let's help food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens to keep their shelves stocked in our community. In collaboration with the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Volunteer Fairfax will host a Jam the J-Trolley Food Drive between 10am-noon on Monday, January 17. Contactless drop-off will be available in the J’s parking lot located at 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. To learn more and see the most requested food items, visit: https://www.volunteerfairfax.org/events/2022sch-martin-luther-king-jr-weekend-of-service/
Fill your cup with meaning this year — give your time in 2022 to feel positive energy and connection to your neighbors.