Coronavirus Updates and Information
• Fairfax County Coronavirus Website fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/
• Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive county updates
• Health Department phone line for questions: 703-267-3511 (9:30 am to 9:00pm weekdays; 9:30 am to 5:00pm on weekends)
If you are in need of help
To make it easier for those in need to find food resources, the County has developed a searchable map that includes food distribution sites throughout the County, including Fairfax County Public Schools locations, community meal distribution sites, food pantries, and other related services.
See additional information at fcps.edu/news/
Call the Fairfax County Office of Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays. CSP specialists are ready to listen and assist you by providing access and referrals to both County and community-based resources. CSP specialists can help you find information and solutions for your needs, such as emergency food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, employment, financial assistance, and other essentials.
Spiritual Support by Phone Now Available for Older Adults
April 20, 2020
Fears about the coronavirus (COVID-19) can take an emotional toll on people. You may be feeling scared, overwhelmed and in need of comfort. To provide support during these unique times, the Fairfax County Spiritual Support Team is now offering spiritual support by telephone for adults aged 60 and over in our community.
If you would like to speak with a member of the team, call 703-324-5185 and leave your name and telephone number. Your personal information will be protected. A team member will return your call and speak with you for up to 30 minutes to hear your concerns and help you find peace and comfort in these challenging times. If there is a need for supports beyond spiritual comfort, you will be connected to county resources.
The program is available Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.
The Spiritual Response Team is comprised of members of the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps and ordained clergy and faith leaders from various religions throughout the county. These individuals work to provide care and spiritual support to community members during and after an emergency or disaster. They are sensitive to all faith traditions and provide appropriate and sensitive spiritual care to all persons in need, irrespective of their religious or nonreligious identity. They do not proselytize, and they do not provide mental health services.
Grocery Shopping & Pharmacy Pick-up Service for Seniors
Fairfax County Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Program has launched a free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service for residents who are 60 years old and older and who require assistance. The service is provided to seniors at private residences by volunteers who have completed background checks. To request shopping and pharmacy pick-up, or to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance to obtain food, contact the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource line at 703-324-7948. Grocery Shopping & Pharmacy Pick-up Service for Older Adults
Other Fairfax County Mental Health Resources
Call 9-1-1 if a situation is immediately life-threatening and ask for a crisis intervention trained officer.
For emergency mental health services 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, call 703-573-5679, TTY 711. The Fairfax Detoxification Center can be also be reached 24/7 at 703-502-7000, TTY 711. The address of Merrifield Center is 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax. If possible, please call ahead to Emergency Services to see if you can be seen via telehealth services – phone or video.
Take a brief confidential mental health screening, which is also available in Spanish, for results, recommendations and key resources.
If it is not an emergency situation, but you or someone you care about needs mental health services, call our Entry & Referral Services during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 703-383-8500, TTY 711. Staff can take calls in English and Spanish and can access interpreters for other languages when needed.
Youth and adults can also come in person, without prior appointment, to Entry & Referral Services at the CSB’s Merrifield Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be screened for services.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, in partnership with PRS CrisisLink, offers a suicide prevention text line in Fairfax. Anyone can text “CONNECT” to 855-11, and a PRS CrisisLink volunteer will respond within minutes. You can also call 703-527-4077 any time, 24/7.
Making Home a Safer Place for Domestic Violence Survivors
The following are resources Fairfax County residents can use if they are experiencing violence in the home, instances of which may increase during this time of stress:
- Call Fairfax County’s Domestic & Sexual Violence hotline: 703-360-7273, TTY 711, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If it is not safe to talk, text LOVEIS to 22522 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Chat with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
- If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1
Fairfax County is encouraging monetary contributions and grocery gift card donations to community-based organization partners. For a list of these groups, please visit www.fcps.edu/news
Blood Donations: It is important that healthy individuals continue to donate blood because there is a critical shortage. Please visit inovablood.org for more information. You can also schedule a donation through the American Red Cross.
Britepaths serves families throughout Fairfax County with food and other essential expenses. At this time they are only accepting on-line monetary donations. britepaths.org
Cornerstones Food Pantry/Assistance Services, 11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 120, Reston, VA 20190, 571-323-1410
Cornerstones anticipates a higher than usual demand for services from under-resourced families, especially when children are out of school and in need of meals typically covered by school meal programs. Donations can be made at the pantry, located at 11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 120 in Reston. If you do not want to enter the building, call 571-323-1410 and a staff member may be able to assist you outside.
• Gift cards for grocery stores, gas stations and fast food restaurants
• Cooking oil
• Clorox wipes
• Bleach and other disinfectants
• Spray bottles
• Paper towels
Visit cornerstonesva.org/services for more information.
Food for Others
Located in the Merrifield area at 2938 Prosperity Avenue in Fairfax, Food for Others typically distributes food to more than 2,000 local families each week. They are experiencing an increased demand for food in the current crisis. Donate items from their Amazon wish list and or volunteer in person if you are healthy. foodforothers.org
Homestretch supports families transitioning out of homelessness. Families in the Homestretch program, all of whom are homeless, are the first to lose their jobs in a downturn, and often are also caring for young children home from school. Homestretch needs support now more than ever to assist these families in their quest to stabilize and rebuild their lives. At this time, the greatest need is for monetary gifts, or gift cards to groceries or stores such as Target. homestretchva.org
Second Story transforms the lives of children, youth and their families by providing safe havens and opportunities for them to grow and thrive. They continue to provide support to the youth in their residential programs and their Family Resource Centers remain open, distributing food and meeting other emergency needs. For their Immediate COVID-19 needs, use this link: second-story.org
SHARE of McLean
Local McLean/Great Falls/Pimmit Hills food pantry, SHARE, is currently providing grab-and-go boxes to its clients and those facing emergency needs. SHARE’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. SHARE is operating out of the parking lot at McLean Baptist Church, located at 1367 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Donations of food and personal care items are critically needed and can be left in the outside donation boxes. For large donations, contact email@example.com to arrange a drop-off time. SHARE has indicated that its current needs change daily but at this time, the highest needs are:
• Peanut butter (small jars)
• Tomato sauce/pasta sauce
• Ramen noodles
• Toilet paper
SHARE asks that glass jars/bottles and expired items are not donated. For more information, visit: shareofmclean.org
Fairfax County Neighbor to Neighbor Program
The Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Program is simple – neighbors helping neighbors. During normal times, the initiative aims to provide support to neighbors, especially older adults, to live well and remain independent within their communities. Neighbors can join to form a volunteer group that offers support with rides, shopping trips and other activities. At this unique time of COVID-19, the Fairfax County N2N Coordinator can help concerned communities, HOAs, and Civic Associations organize opportunities for neighbors to provide volunteer services such as grocery deliveries and friendly check-in phone calls to those most vulnerable in their neighborhood. Community leaders can contact the coordinator by phone, or email to receive guidance to help put together this important effort for their neighborhoods.
Contact the Neighbor-to-Neighbor/Village Coordinator, Rhiannon Duck, at 703-246-8962 or visit fairfaxcounty.gov/health/neighbor for more information.
Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps serves as the official volunteer organization of the Fairfax County Health District (which serves Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church and all Towns located within the County). Sign up at https://vvhs.vamrc.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or assistance with the application process.
Volunteer Fairfax serves as one clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in the County. Visit https://www.volunteerfairfax.org/ and click the “Volunteer Now” button. Under Project Description search “covid” to find ways to volunteer, including from home/online.
Fairfax County Volunteer Management System (VMS)
The Fairfax County Volunteer Management System maintains a database of all volunteer opportunities with County agencies and programs.
Donate Sewn Cloth Mask Coverings
The Fairfax County Health Department is asking for donations of of sewn cloth face coverings to project the most vulnerable within our community. These coverings will be used by non-profit providers and the low-income client households they serve.
For more information, including a pattern, please visit: Donations Needed: Cloth Face Coverings
Inova Health Foundation has created a webpage highlighting needs for supplies and donations as well as other ideas to help the healthcare community
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. During times of emergency, monetary donations are an efficient way to meet needs in the community. Visit their website for more information.