Neighborhood and Community Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-4600 | TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Lloyd Tucker, Director

WHAT WE DO

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a broad spectrum of county- and community-based resources and services to help them be safe, be healthy and realize their potential.

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News and Information

Mount Vernon Neighborhood College

March 2, 2022
The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services’ Mount Vernon District Neighborhood College, a free eight-session certificate program, is now open for registration. Sponsored by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck, this unique program is open to Mount Vernon District residents interested in learning about Fairfax County and the Mount Vernon District. Sessions will feature guest speakers, interactive activities, breakout room discussions, networking opportunities and information about advisory boards and other volunteer opportunities. The program is designed to provide each participant with a valuable and enriching experience. Classes will be held virtually on consecutive Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from April 21 to June 9, 2022 via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/MtVernonNeighborhoodCollege. Registration must be received by April 7, 2022. Residents can use Fairfax County’s MyNeighborhood page to confirm in which magisterial district they reside. For more information, please contact Maria Franco-Nativi at 703-704-6700 or Maria.Franco-Nativi@fairfaxcounty.gov .

National Nutrition Month

March 1, 2022
National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. The Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office for Children participate in several programs promoting good nutrition for Fairfax County residents. NCS offers the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program through its Head Start, School Age Child Care (SACC), and NCS Community Center programs. This program helps ensure that children receive healthy meals and snacks while in child care. For children ages 5-18, select NCS Community Centers, Teen Centers, and SACC Centers participate in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months and long vacations when school is not in session. NCS also provides meals for older adults through our Congregate Meal Program, which provides prepared lunches for participants and guests at Senior Centers. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance at the center where you want to be served. The cost of lunch for participants ages 50 to 59 is $8.50 per meal; a meal donation is suggested for participants ages 60 and over. To educate residents on nutrition, the Fairfax County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension offers food, nutrition, and health programs that teach families how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. Finally, the Office for Children promotes nutrition among child care providers through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Family child care providers who have a current Fairfax County child care permit or state license can join this program and receive reimbursement for some of the cost of providing healthy meals and snacks to children in their care. They also receive nutrition education and technical assistance. For additional community food distribution sites outside NCS, including Fairfax County Public Schools grab & go locations, community meal distribution, and food pantries, visit the Fairfax County Food Resources map or the FCPS Food for Students site.

Therapeutic Recreation Services

February 4, 2022
February is International Recreational Therapy Month, which recognizes the role of therapeutic recreation in helping those with physical, developmental, emotional, and/or intellectual disabilities engage in the activities of their choice. NCS is celebrating this month by recognizing our Therapeutic Recreation Services team, which ensures that all Fairfax County residents are able to participate in programs that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. Eligible participants may have developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. The team consists of 10 full-time staff, most of whom are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists credentialed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Supporting our program are 100+ part-time staff who share a passion for providing meaningful, even life-changing support to individuals with varying disabilities. Currently, Therapeutic Recreation Services is offering a mix of in-person and virtual programs. Adult Social Clubs continue in-person programming once a month at various community locations; the wheelchair basketball team practices weekly; and Saturday programs are available for school-age individuals with disabilities at three locations throughout the county. Virtually, we hold programs at no cost via Zoom. These include socialization for adults, interactive sessions for preschoolers, and a monthly cooking class for families. Coming this summer, Therapeutic Recreation Services will once again host our popular Summer Camp programs for ages 5-12 and 13-22. Programming includes special events, art activities, sensory play, games, sports, outdoor play, music activities and more. Staff-to-participant ratios range from 1:2 to 1:5 at each site. You can find more information on our website or register for TRS programs via TRACERS, our centralized electronic system.

About Health & Human Services

This agency is a part of Fairfax County Health & Human Services (HHS). HHS is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.

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