Stafford County government's dedicated volunteers play a crucial role in achieving Stafford's mission of serving the public. Last year, their service saved Stafford County more than half a million dollars. They perform many tasks for general government, public safety and the courts.
"While our volunteer program is approaching its pre-COVID strength, we always welcome new volunteers," said County Administrator Randal Vosburg. "The women and men who serve as our volunteers represent our community's very best character and spirit of service. We are very grateful for them."
Last year, the group's 169 volunteers served for a combined 14,000 hours for a total savings of $545,020.00 in full-time staff costs, including benefits. These figures are determined by taking the volunteer rate ($39.95 with benefits) that is dictated by the state's Bureau of Labor Statistics and multiplying that by the total number of volunteer hours.
The volunteers operate out of the Citizens Assistance Office in the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center. Volunteers are often the first person visitors see. They staff the reception desk, answer phones and provide ombudsman services in the Government Center. They help with data entry support, traffic and transportation services for the Sheriff's Office, and clerical and reception support at the Circuit and District courts and other offices. Currently, there are 169 volunteers on the roster.
The Citizens Assistance Office works hard to keep volunteers engaged, arranging special events and publishing a monthly volunteer newsletter. New volunteers are welcome at all times. Interested individuals may call the Citizens Assistance Office at (540) 658-4518 or visit www.staffordcountyva.gov/volunteer for more information.