February 2013

Stuff the Bus 2013 is receiving record donations. To date, there has been more than 10,000 lbs. of food and $3,400 donated!

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Pictured at the Fairfax Walmart is Angie Carrera, OP3; Chairman Sharon Bulova; Chris Garris, Our Daily Bread; Lola Stokes, Walmart


Pictured at the Fair City Mall Shoppers: Supervisor John Cook; Anna Fuentes, student volunteer; and Rudy Henreich, MV Transportation

OP3 Supports 100K Homes

You may have read about Jeans Day in local news, and your company or school wore jeans and donated to "Put the Zip on Homelessness" (160 companies did - raising nearly $14,000). You may attend one of the 50+ faith congregations that hosted meals or overnight guests to Prevent Hypothermia. Then you are part of the Community Challenge to End Homelessness in Fairfax County –and if not you can be. Watch the video about the Challenge and our Blueprint, read about the national 100K Homes campaign, see the before and after pictures of people whose lives changed dramatically because they now have a place to call home. Share these stories through your network.

Ending Homelessness in Fairfax County is realistic! Our goal for 2013 is to find homes for 50 additional people – at an average cost of $25,000 per person housed. Find out more about how you can turn the lights on to move someone from homelessness – to home.


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The Fairfax Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has moved 863 formerly homeless individuals into homes and developed 468 new units of housing toward the 10-Year Plan goals of 2650. Even with this progress, Fairfax County has the second largest homeless population (after DC) in the region. Those experiencing "chronic homelessness" require special attention to gain them permanent housing? Enter the 100K Homes Challenge!



Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care!

Training & Resources

Impact homelessness today.

Give your time –
Volunteers needed to assist in the 100K homes Registry Week. Volunteers will create a registry, by name and photograph, of everyone experiencing homelessness in our area. The personalized stories about these individuals will help us make important decisions about how to prioritize and allocate housing and support resources. Register online or contact Tom Barnett.






The NOVA Coalition, a part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, established partnerships with these local financial institutions to help low income people achieve economic stability.

  • TD Bank, M&T Bank and Wells Fargo, who have helped more than 720 VITA clients open new accounts while donating $50- $100 in start-up funds and fueling up VITA volunteers with lunch and dinner.
  • BB&T, who provided over 250 free credit reports to job seekers attending the 2012 Fairfax Mega Job Fair and Entrepreneurship Expo.

The goal to connect people with low incomes to financial education is an important key to financial survival. Services that help people gain financial independence include personal finance counseling, budget workshops, access to free credit reports and scores, credit repair strategies and opportunities to open bank accounts and learn about the importance of saving.

A "tip of the hat" to our local institutions whose commitment to financial education and, more important, financial literacy makes them standout!





Mclean Chamber
Non-Profit Education Series
February 19
7:30-9:00 am
Microsoft Office Store
Tysons Corner, VA

Catalogue for Philanthropy Applications
Due February 25

How Forward-Thinking Companies are Effectively Communicating CSR Strategies
February 25
7:30 am
Fairfax County Chamber
Tysons, VA

Leadership Fairfax Board of Supervisors Breakfast
March 1
7:00-9:30 am
Waterford, Fair Oaks

NOTE: Grant Center (GRTC) Hours
Monday 10-4;Tuesday 10-4; Wednesday 10-4:30; Thursday 10-4:30

For additional grant and training opportunities, view our calendar




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