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November 2014

  Firefighters Coat and Shoe Drive

Late October brought only treats as Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue along with the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships, Operation Warm and FOCUS North America distributed more than 2,500 pairs of new athletic shoes and coats to local Fairfax kids in need! (Pictured Captain Willie Bailey, Fairfax County Fire Department; Nick Chakos, Focus NA, Erin McMullin, Operation Warm)

Children from all over Fairfax County and Alexandria, including those from our homeless shelters, foster care/adoption programs and more than 60 schools benefitted. Hair Cuttery was in on the “give” by donating more than 4,400 coupons for free haircuts.

Great teamwork as the total value of the donations reached more than $150,000




Awards for OP3

OP3 was honored by the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce’s (NVBCC) as the Outstanding Public Partner at their annual Gala. According to Gaea Honeycutt, co-founder, the award recognizes how OP3 connects NVBCC to the community as well as to other chambers and community partners.

Continuing the compliments, Vance Zavela was honored by the McLean Chamber with its Mark C. Lowham Community Engagement Excellence Award. Angie Carrera was lauded by Centreville Immigrant Forum for partnership development in Western Fairfax County. Karen Fuentes will receive a Fairfax County Outstanding Performance Award for leading development of the new Volunteer Management System.


Community Foundation supports Veterans

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports military veterans and their families through its Military Personnel and Their Families Fund – which has granted more than $300,000 to local nonprofit organizations since 2010. In June of 2014, the Foundation released "Supporting Our Region's Veterans," a report that assessed the demographics and network of support services available for post-9/11 war veterans, transitioning service members, and military families in the Northern Virginia region. The basic findings of this study indicated that although veterans in our area are well supported at the macro-level with access to a wide variety of government and nonprofit services, they find services to be overly complex and sometimes difficult to access.

Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care!

Training & Resources

Scouting for Food November 8th
On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 8, please place non-perishable food by your front door in the bag provided by the Boy Scouts. They pick up and deliver to your local food pantry!

Fairfax Fire Department Toy and Coat Drive
December through December 11
Donations for toys and coats for underprivileged children are being accepted by the Fairfax County Fire Department. Your donation could bring a toy, coat or bike to a kid this holiday season.

Go Native
If you are finalizing that winter planting, download a coupon for 50% off a native tree courtesy of Fairfax County Restoration Project (FCRP) and Cravens Nursery. And get $20 off for each subsequent tree. And check out The Guide to Native Plants for Northern Virginia.


Super Service Challenge
No ice bucket needed! If your company has teamed up to volunteer and support a non-profit from 9/1-11/30/14, check out Super Service Challenge for a chance to receive matching funds.






Embassy Suites Partners with the Springfield Community
Since its opening in 2013, Embassy Suites Springfield has been a great community partner. One of its partnerships with nonprofit MVLE developed a new internship program for transitioning service members and military veterans. MVLE provides meaningful employment and community support services for individuals with disabilities and military veterans.

Embassy Suites and MVLE have developed and implemented a four-month paid internship program for veterans. The first intern will complete his rotation this fall and they are currently recruiting for the next intern. The internship exposes the candidate to a variety of management positions in the hospitality industry and teaches valuable workplace skills that can also transfer to other industries. As the veteran further refines current military skills like teamwork, problem solving, and task management, he or she also develops new skills that build upon their previous experience.

Thanks to Embassy Suites for their work to grow the community!


November 13
What's Your Spin. Marketing Your Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer Fairfax

November 18
Motivating Millenials: How to Activate Young People to take Action for Your Cause
Foundation Center

November 19
Veteran-Owned Businesses - Opportunities and Resources
Fairfax County EDA's Procurement Academy 2014-2015
Tysons Corner

November 19
Introduction to Corporate Giving
Foundation Center
Washington, DC

Check out the OP3 calendar and Connect Northern Virginia for more!







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