Volunteer Opportunities

Stafford County Department of Social Services welcomes involvement from individuals, businesses, churches and organizations who would like to make an impact in the community. There are several ways to become a community partner throughout the year.

Backpacks and Back-To-School Supplies For Children In Need:
Stafford County Department of Social Services collaborates with community partners during the month of August to provide backpacks and back-to-school supplies for children and families in need. Community partners are needed to collect backpacks and school supplies for boys and girls in elementary, middle and high school. A generic list of school supplies by grade level is available to make collection efforts easier for those interested in partnering with us.

Holiday Assistance For Children,Seniors and Disabled Individuals In Need:
For over 25 years Stafford County Department of Social Services has partnered with individuals, businesses, churches and community organizations to provide food and gifts to thousands of eligible children, seniors and disabled individuals in Stafford County. Community sponsors are needed to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets as well as holiday gifts for children and individuals in need. Sponsors can specify the number of children and/or individuals they wish to “adopt” by completing a Community Sponsor form and can choose the type of holiday assistance they want to provide. Stafford DSS also welcomes financial assistance and/or gift card donations (Walmart/Target/Weis) to help fulfill wish lists.

Easter Baskets For Children In Need:
With the help of generous community partners, Stafford County Department of Social Services provides Easter baskets for children in need. Each spring, individuals, businesses, churches and community organizations are needed to collect items and assemble Easter baskets for children in foster care and those in need. Baskets can be geared towards toddlers, pre-k, elementary and/or middle school age boys and girls and include items such as coloring books, sidewalk chalk, crayons, markers, notepads, bubbles, candy and stuffed animals. Stafford DSS will be collecting Easter Baskets through Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 

Annual Golf Classic For Kids:
For the past eight years, Stafford County Department of Social Services has hosted a golf tournament at Augustine Golf Club to benefit children and families served by Social Services. Proceeds from the event support our special welfare fund and holiday program for children and families in need. The special welfare fund is used to address emergency needs that cannot be funded by federal, state or local appropriations. These funds provide an annual trip to Kings Dominion for children in foster care, as well as cover expenses related to special formula for infants, emergency food for families and the elderly, prescriptions for those not on Medicare or Medicaid and other emergency needs for children and families at high risk of abuse, neglect or foster care placement. Community sponsors and golfers are needed for this fun community fundraising event each year. This year's tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Registration forms will be available online early Spring 2018.

If interested in becoming a community partner for any of the above programs, please contact Dana Petto, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (540) 658-8730 or via email at dana.petto@dss.virginia.gov.