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Fairfax County Job Opportunity – Access & Functional Needs

October 6, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Emergency Preparedness


Access and Functional Needs Specialist
(Emergency Management Specialist II)

The Access and Functional Needs Specialist will coordinate the agencies’ emergency preparedness efforts for persons with access and functional needs and disabilities. Access and functional needs emergency planning initiatives include, but is not limited to, emergency transportation, emergency sheltering, outreach projects, medical needs registry and developing liaisons with access and function needs support groups.

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Navigating the Caregiver’s Maze . . . Aug 29th

August 4, 2015 in Community Events, Community News



Navigating the Caregiver’s Maze: Finding Support and Planning for Your Caregiving Journey

Every day, family caregivers go above and beyond to help their loved ones remain at home; however, most caregivers need additional support. Caregivers are often left feeling overwhelmed, confused or even guilty because of the stress involved with caring for an older parent or loved one.

If you are a caregiver in need of support, AARP Virginia and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC) invite you to a special event featuring retired Major General Antonio Taguba and others who will discuss the challenges facing caregivers and their families. This event is your opportunity to learn about local resources that are available to help you take care of your parents, your loved ones, and yourself!

Navigating the Caregiver’s Maze:
Finding Support and Planning for Your Caregiving Journey

Saturday, August 29
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fairfax County Government Center 
Board Auditorium
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Reserve your seat today online or by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300.

Speakers include:

  • Antonio M. Taguba, Major General, U.S. Army Retired, AARP Community Ambassador
  • Ben de Guzman, National Managing Coordinator of the Diverse Elders Coalition
  • Sharon Lynn, Director, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
  • Veronica Li, Author of Confucius Says
  • Leo Duran, family caregiver

Local representatives from these organizations will be on-site to answer questions and provide information:

  • Alzheimer’s Association® National Capital Area Chapter
  • Fairfax County Services for Older Adults
  • Fairfax County Adult Day Health Center
  • InovaCares for Seniors – PACE®
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons

Download our flyer to share with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues or other caregivers you may know.  All are welcome to join us at the free community event! 

For more information, visit http://states.aarp.org/aug29/

Reserve your seat today online or by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300.



See pictures from Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB)’s reception for ADA

July 30, 2015 in Community News



The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB)’s reception recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Held at Fairfax County Government Center, on July 28th


NVRC Receives Award from Fairfax County

June 11, 2015 in Community News, NVRC Announcements


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NVRC was among 66 organizations to be honored by Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at their annual Partner Recognition Ceremony on May 21st.  NCS recognized outstanding individuals and organizations who assisted NCS in fulfilling its mission “to bring people and resources together to strengthen the well-being of individuals and communities.” 

During the presentation, NVRC was honored for having “been a valuable partner to the South County Senior Center.  Through collaborative efforts, seniors of South County Senior Center have received valuable information and services.  NVRC provides on-going educational sessions and consultation at the Center.  The ‘I Can’t Hear You!’ program offered by NVRC is one of the highest attended at the center.  The program reduces the stigma of hearing loss and encourages participants to implement strategies that reduce frustration and social isolation.”

Bonnie O’Leary, NVRC’s Outreach Manager who developed the “I Can’t Hear You!” program and whose focus is Fairfax County, accepted the award for NVRC from NCS Agency Director, Chris Leonard.

Bonnie O’Leary, NVRC’s Outreach Manager who developed the “I Can’t Hear You!” program and whose focus is Fairfax County, accepted the award for NVRC from NCS Agency Director, Chris Leonard.


Fall Classes for Fairfax Co. CERT Training

July 30, 2013 in Community Events, Emergency Preparedness

certlogoFall Classes for Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Fairfax County is offering three CERT Basic training classes in the FALL. Two identical classes will be conducted at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy (4600 West Ox Road). The first class is held on Mondays, beginning  Sept 9th, and the second on Wednesdays, beginning  Sept 11th.  Each class will have eight (8) sessions, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There is a good mix classroom instruction with practice drills and exercises to enhance skill learning. These class utilizing the fire academy training facilities and instructors.

A third CERT class will be conducted in the community at the Great Springfield Volunteer Fire Station 22 (7011 Backlick Road) beginning on Wednesday Sept 11th. This class has eight (8) sessions, 7:00pm to 9:30 pm.  The classroom instruction is the same as the Academy classes, but the class size and hands-on instruction is limited by the available facilities.

CERT Basic training does not require any special physical strength or agility. Safety and preparedness is stressed throughout the course of instruction. This training is FREE. The CERT program furnishes personal protective equipment for the training that the students retain upon completion of the class.

People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the preparedness and safety of the community.

You can enroll in any of these three classes by going to the Fairfax County CERT website: www.fairfaxcountyCERT.com. Register as a new volunteer and when confirmed you can login and register for CERT class 73, 74 or 75.

For further information contact the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator’s Office, 703-246-3926.

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