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Community Invited to Celebrate National 'Make a Difference Day'

This was sent to us by Christopher Copley of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax County, VA – Registration opens on September 20 for this year’s VolunteerFest®, to be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed at area nonprofits, schools and parks to complete 31 projects on this county-wide day of service, held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day.” Individuals, families, corporations and civic groups are encouraged to participate.

The 16th annual VolunteerFest® encompasses a variety of volunteer projects, including assembling care packages for troops, entertaining seniors, creating wildlife habitats, painting houses and beautifying libraries inside and out across Fairfax County.

“In this time of economic distress, we should realize that service is a solution to some our toughest challenges and volunteers are needed now more than ever,” says Jeanne Sanders, executive director of Volunteer Fairfax. 

“This year we are expecting to increase the number of volunteers for VolunteerFest® by 50 percent. Volunteers return year after year because of the impact they make on the community. Even if it is just a one-day day event, VolunteerFest® really gives Fairfax County residents an opportunity to meet with a local nonprofit organization to build a relationship and to make a commitment to continue volunteering in their community.”

Over the past 15 years, 17,614 volunteers have donated 56,756 volunteer hours through 862 different VolunteerFest® projects. When calculated at the value of today’s volunteer hour , that is the equivalent of a $1.8 million donation to area nonprofits.

Volunteer Fairfax is building a better community through service. As a respected leader of community volunteerism for more than 34 years, Volunteer Fairfax connects individuals, youth, seniors, families and corporations to volunteer opportunities in the Fairfax County area.

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