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Volunteer Services and Donation Opportunities

Welcome to the NVMHI Volunteer Services Page

Volunteering at NVMHI is a rewarding experience. Our many volunteers help provide services to not only the individuals we serve, but also to our staff. We are fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers. Come make a difference in your community and volunteer with us. Our volunteers learn new skills, make new friends and feel good about what they are doing.

We currently only have volunteer opportunities Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

  • Volunteer Services
  • Donation Opportunities
  • Volunteer Positions Currently Available
  • Volunteer Application Form
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact Information
  • Advisory Council Participates in two yearly Campaign Charitable Drives
  • Volunteer Services

    The Volunteer Services program at NVMHI aims to improve the quality of life for our individuals while they undergo treatment. Using a recovery model, our goal is to empower the individuals we serve by enhancing their stay here at NVMHI and supporting them in their transition to the community.

    NVMHI is located behind Fairfax Hospital off of Gallows Road. We are a 129 bed, state owned and operated behavioral health facility. The individuals we serve are between 18-64 yrs. old. We have utilized community volunteers since the opening of NVMHI in 1968.

    To become a volunteer you must be at least 18 years old. There is an application process that includes a background check, TB test and drug test. We provide an orientation and on the job training. NVMHI is a tobacco, drug and alcohol free campus.

    Types of volunteers:

    Special events at NVMHI may include

    Donation Opportunities

    Donations are accepted at all times and are tax deductible. Please call us if you would like more information.

    We accept:

    Volunteer Positions Currently Available

    Free Time Activities Volunteer

    Volunteers are needed to provide activities to individuals during their free time on weekdays between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. Volunteers will spend time engaging individuals through conversations or playing board games. A fingerprint based criminal history check and drug test will be required prior to volunteering in this position.

    We need a commitment to volunteering for six months for this position.
    If you are interested, please complete a volunteer application form and fax it to 703-207-7434 or mail it to Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.
  • Volunteer Application Form
  • NVMHI is a tobacco free campus.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How old do I have to be to volunteer at NVMHI?


    Volunteers at NVMHI need to be a minimum of 18 years old.

    What’s the first step towards becoming a volunteer?


    The first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the volunteer application. The application can be mailed to Betsy Thompson, 3302 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042 or it can be faxed to her at 703-207-7434. Once the application is received, you will be contacted.

    How frequently do I need to volunteer?


    We prefer regular hours but understand that everyone has busy schedules. With that in mind, we work with each volunteer to create a schedule that works for everyone.

    What is included in the background check and drug testing process?


    The background check is done on site by our security officers. We use an electronic fingerprinting system that is connected to the Virginia State Police. We also conduct the drug testing on site. This drug test is an oral one that takes three minutes. While all volunteers are fingerprinted, only the ones that will have direct contact with our individuals are drug tested.

    How will I learn about the duties I will be performing as a volunteer?


    All of our volunteers go through an orientation program before volunteering. This program provides information about our facility, the volunteer role, policies that relate to volunteering, and provides an opportunity to meet your NVMHI supervisor and take a tour. Also included in the orientation program is the fingerprinting and drug testing processes.

    How frequently do you have an orientation program?


    Currently we have a volunteer orientation program once a month.

    Do you have a pet therapy program?


    NVMHI has partnered with PAL (People Animals Love) for our pet therapy program. You can find out more information about PAL by going to http://www.peopleanimalslove.org.

    Contact Information

    Paula Gaudino
    Director of PSR
    (703) 207-7495

    Betsy Thompson
    Director of Training/Asst. Director of HR
    (703) 207-7201

    Fax: (703) 207-7434

    Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute