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January 2017

communities of trust

Fairfax County has created a partnership of diverse citizens focused on building positive relationships between public safety agencies and Fairfax County communities. In two years they have made great strides in the community - learn more at the County website or on Facebook


Moose the social media star

Have you met Moose? Moose is an Fairfax County Police bomb sniffing dog and a social media star. He's got personality plus! Follow Moose's adventures on Twitter and learn more about how FCPD keeps us safe.



Happy New Year and Cheers to New Partnerships! With your help in 2016 OP3 engaged more than 150 businesses, and offered grant research assistance to more than 240 nonprofits and individuals. Three of our partnerships, Workhouse Brewfest, 50+ Shark Tank Assistive Technology Challenge and the Innovation Coalition were great successes and will continue to build in 2017. So THANKS for all your help and support. All of us at OP3 look forward to many happy partnerships in 2017.

Speaking of 2017 - Martin Luther King Day is January 16th. It’s not only a holiday, it’s a national day of service and chance to give back to your community. If you have some time to give there are organizations that want your help. Some opportunities include Park Habitat Restoration, serving as a Community Lunch Volunteer and helping many projects in Reston.

Or if being a community volunteer is your 2017 resolution. Then be sure to check out Fairfax County’s and Volunteer Fairfax’s volunteer websites for great opportunities!





phones down

The PhonesDownTouchdown campaign is a partnership among Transurban - operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, VDOT, the Virginia State Police, AAA, the Fairfax County Police, and star quarterback Kirk Cousins who created four videos to raise awareness of and help prevent distracted driving. So far 443 people have signed the pledge to not drive distracted, the campaign has garnered 3.6 million impressions on social media, and the initiative has been featured on eight parenting blogs!

There are many cases in Fairfax County in which someone we know has been affected by distracted driving.   From the national perspective, more than 2.5 million people are involved in road accidents each year, and of these 1.6 million involve a cell phone.  As the operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, Transurban is committed to the safety of area drivers and the Northern Virginia Community. In addition to operating the Express Lanes, Transurban strives to be a long-term partner to the government. 

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Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Stuff the Bus
Fill the pantries after the holidays for those in need. Help Fairfax County and local nonprofits restock food pantries. Visit Stuff the Bus in your neighborhood and donate today. This week - McLean Giant and Mt. Vernon Shoppers Food Warehouse

2017 Reston MLK Birthday Celebration Community Service Projects
Joint he national day of service on Monday, January 15. Projects include making bag lunches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, sorting and organizing items from The Closet and several other projects at Southgate Community Center. There will also be several outdoor projects such as cleaning up the natural areas, pathways, and hardscape surrounding the area, weather permitting. More info and other volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteer Management Boot Camp 101 LITE Webinar
Volunteer Fairfax invites you to sharpen your volunteer management skills at Volunteer Management Boot Camp 101 Lite on Thursday, January 12 at 9:00a, now offered as a webinar!  It will include program planning, recruitment and supervision. More info and registration

2017 Regional Nonprofit Forum
SAVE THE DATE! Hold Tuesday, March 21 for the nonprofit forum at George Mason University for an all day discussion on Leveraging Collective Capacity: How Businesses and Nonprofits Can Impact Communities. More info shortly...


Sundog Productions

Sundog Productions, a brainchild of CAS Shiver, is a 30 year old, made in America, “fashion factory” located in the heart of Fairfax that specializes in green and sustainable solutions. Its 40,000 square foot plant makes 1.2 million screened and specialty tye-dyed t-shirts annually for companies like Disney, Joe’s Crab Shack, Grateful Dead and Fairfax County. 

What makes them special and unique is their commitment to the community, environment, and innovation. Their “factory” is a repurposed Verizon parking garage, most of their ink is made from seaweed and is certified 100% organic. By using solar panels and specially designed green energy to power their entire production process they avoid 80 tons of Co2 production a year and reduce their carbon footprint by 40%.

Sundog employees are part of and give back to the community.  Many of the employees are Fairfax County natives who have all been together for more than 30 years. Their 50+ employees include 10-15 people who are from the Fairfax County Detention Center’s Alternative Incarceration Branch (AIB) and local women’s shelters. These offenders and victims are not only given a position, but they learn a marketable skill.  And, many stay with Sundog after their AIB work is done.  In keeping with their name, Sundog offers Animal Shelters across the country a 15% discount on all work.

And they continue to innovate. Sundog houses 4 ‘start up’ companies that are incubating and growing their business in Fairfax.  They only purchase used equipment – keeping it out of landfills. They have projects to reuse their ‘gray’ water and have reprogrammed many of their commercial washing machines to become “smart” technology. These machines recognize the type and size of each load and adjust the water and heat accordingly to not only save energy, but water as well.

For their commitment to Fairfax County residents and the environment, we salute Sundog Productions as January’s Company that Cares. {Check out our gallery of photos}




January 12
Philanthropy Blueprint 2017
Discussion around the topics of Blueprint 2017 and how local philanthropies are reacting to these trends.

January 17
Building an Innovation District in Northern Virginia
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
8:00 - 10:30a
Tegna Headquarters

January 18
Innovative Leadership Featuring Dr. Steve Gladis
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

January 24 (or February 15)
How to Apply to 2017 Greater Washington Catalog for Philanthropy

February 1
Mapping Economic Opportunities
Northern Virgini
a Chamber of Commerce
Fairview Park Marriott






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