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October 2018

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Earlier this month the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Hispanic Chamber commerce reinforced their collaboration by signing an expanded Memorandum of Understanding. This created a partnership now known as the Multi-Cultural Chambers Alliance, committed to the growth and development of diversely-owned businesses in the region. 

Pictured: Michel Zajur, Founder and President, Virginia Hispanic Chamber, Corey Holeman, Chairman, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, and Cindy Shao, President and CEO, Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

Did you know?

Fairfax County was one of the first local governments to establish an office focused on public private partnerships, a model that has been cited as a best practice by International City County Management Association (ICMA) and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

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OP3 News
OP3 has been making impactful community connections and partnerships that leverage resources for 10 years!  In FY 2018 we responded to 192 requests for assistance – coming from county agencies, nonprofit, philanthropic, and educational organizations, and businesses small and large throughout the region.  Highlights of our work this Fall gives a good picture of the ways that OP3 connects the public and private sectors to address community needs. OP3 facilitated these connections in September:
  • Apple Federal Credit Union will host Volunteer Fairfax’s Board Retreat.
  • County agencies will promote job opportunities through the Virginia Hispanic Chamber TrabajaVa.
  • Northrop Grumman’s Disability Partnership Manager will lead an inclusive hiring workshop for county and school HR professionals.
  • Community volunteers and local businesses will support the Tour De Mt Vernon Bike Ride.
  • An corporate proposal writer provided probono expertise to prepare 2 grant applications.
  • Graduate interns were matched with local nonprofits. 
We look forward to continuing to make impactful connections in new ways!
Inclusion Drives Innovation in the Workplace

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. The business community is becoming increasingly aware that having an inclusive strategy for hiring people with disabilities isn't just the right thing to do; it also gives businesses a competitive edge and enhances an organization's reputation as an employer of choice. Increasing employment opportunities for people in Fairfax County with different abilities is a priority of the Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN), a citizen-led initiative of the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board.

As one of the county's largest employers, Fairfax County government has also committed to becoming a more inclusive workplace for employees with physical and developmental disabilities. The Fairfax County Department of Human Resources has partnered with WIN, the Community Services Board, the Disability Services Board, and OP3 to host a training event on October 22 with the Theme "Inclusion Drives Innovation" to provide inspiration, tools, and resources for Fairfax County and FCPS HR Managers, supervisors, and training coordinators to learn how to expand inclusive hiring and create a supportive environment. The keynote speaker is Bob Vetere, Disability Partnership Manager from Northrop Grumman and a member of the MetroDC Business Leaders Network – companies with demonstrated success as inclusive employers.


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Training & Resources

Volunteer Fairfax VolunteerFest
A regional day of community service that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers at project sites across the region. It will run October 20 - 28, and culminate in projects, Saturday, October 27, National Make a Difference Day.  Register today!

Leadership Fairfax 30th Anniversary Celebration
Help LFI celebrate its anniversary October 25 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health! Enjoy TEDx-like talks from 21st Century Innovators, networking, music, signature cocktails, food, and a silent auction. All proceeds go towards LFI's mission of service and leadership development.

Join the Peleton for the Tour de Mt. Vernon Oct. 27
Learn more about the hidden gems in "south county" including Ft. Hunt Park, Mt. Vernon Grist Mill, and Frank Lloyd Wrights's Pope Leighy House, from your bike. Ride 17 or 32 miles followed by a lunch! If you don't bike- come volunteer!!

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout October 27
In conjunction with DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, you can drop off unwanted medications any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Drug take back programs are important because they are a safe method for disposing of prescription drugs and are organized and closely monitored by local, state, and federal government agencies

Arc of Northern Virginia Gala
The Arc of Northern Virginia Goes Hollywood Gala November 3 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The Gala helps to raise important funds that make possible programs, services, and advocacy education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

4th Annual "Shark Tank" Assistive Technology Challenge.
The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee invites all FCPS high school students to develop an innovative device or app that will have a positive impact in the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, or their caregivers.  This Challenge looks for opportunities to bring ideas into the real world – students can fine-tune marketing pitch skills, carry out a business plan, as well as build their college resume and possibly win a cash prize







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As a leading global professional services company, not only does Accenture spread their objective of #MakingADifference globally, they also focus their “community commitment” locally. One of their largest service events is their upcoming 11th Annual Day of Service!  With the theme of #MakingADifference, they marshal more than 2,000 employees to volunteer at nearly 100 sites across the DMV, including 40 in Virginia,  to work with parks, food pantries, dog shelters, nonprofits and many other organizations. (See the 2017 video.)  This company wide initiative allows employees to choose something they are passionate about and spend the day “doing good.” Says Metro DC Office Managing Director, Marty Rodgers, “the Day of Service is an example of Accenture on its best day.” And, in recognition of their good work, they  received the Northern Virginia Chamber 2018 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award in the large business category.

Another impressive community event that Accenture sponsors is their Hour of Code, a Computer Science Education event, held during Computer Science Education Week, which encourages kids to learn how to code. Accenture works with local schools in the D.C area to teach coding. Last year, 450 of their people volunteered at 50 schools across the region.

Learn more about Accenture and their portfolio of good work on their website and social media channels.

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Tysons Partnership

Help our local elementary students step into success this school year by donating a new pair of shoes to #Shoes4Kids donation drive. We are collecting new athletic shoes in sizes 9 toddler – 8 youth to benefit local elementary schools. Our goal is to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to local elementary schools, and we need your help!

Shoes must be donated by October29 12:00pm.


Check out our calendar for more trainings, resources and ways to get involved.

October 11
Fairfax County Small Business Forum
Fairfax County
8:30a – 2:30p
Fairfax County Government Center

October 11
Ins & Outs of Development and Construction: Nonprofits & Places of Worship

Fairfax County Land Development Services
7:00p – 8:00p
Fairfax County Government Center

October 11
BRIGHTEST MINDS | How philanthropy & business are growing the economy of Northeast Ohio
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Meyer Foundation
Washington DC

October 23
Creating Sustainable Funding from Individual Donors: A Proven Model

November 1
Volunteer Leadership: The Art of Managing Up AND Down
12:00noon - 1:30p

October 18 (rescheduled)
Social Media Week Fairfax
From the kitchen to distant shores, Social Media Week Fairfax has something for everyone! Look for keynote conversations from Food Network and National Geographic!







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