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November 2015


Chairman Sharon Bulova looks on as a Fairfax County preschooler tries on a new pair of shoes. Firefighters and Friends gave awawy more than 1000 pairs of shoes and coats to kids in need. Operation Warm provided the coats and OP3 partner Focus North America gave the shoes, valued at more than $50,000.


OP3 Continues Focus on Workforce Development

The Dulles Society for Human Resources Management hosted an October workshop on the "Business Case for Recruiting and Retaining Older Workers." Lylie Fisher of IONA Senior Services moderated a panel that included representatives from Mason; MITRE; and AARP. 62 HR professionals attended.
OP3 is facilitating the Employment Readiness Pilot work group with staff from 7 nonprofit organizations and 2 county agencies. They are developing a common curriculum to improve their clients' success applying for and maintaining entry level jobs. Participating organizations will take turns hosting the program beginning in 2016.


Serving Together, was founded in 2011 by Mental Health Association to help veterans, active military service members, and their families connect with essential community resources, such as military benefits, financial assistance, and employment opportunities. Thanks to initial funding from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia , Serving Together has expanded their services Northern Virginia in 2014.
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Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Blanket and Coat Drive for Syrian Refugees
Fairfax County is collecting clean, gently used blankets and coats for the refugee families of Syria and Iraq impacted by the violence of civil war and ISIL. Last year, nearly 18,000 blankets were collected and shipped to assist these families. This year's regional collection, from November 7 to December 5, has been expanded to include coats of all sizes (infants through adults).

Holiday Heroes
Volunteer Fairfax's Handbook for Holiday Heroes helps you locate a holiday project to participate in. Check out their nonprofits needs and wishes or list one of your own!

Ways to Give in Fairfax
OP3 continues it's holiday tradition featuring Ways to Give to Fairfax County affiliated nonprofits. Look for it in the Connection and our posters in local businesses starting soon!

VITA Tax Preparers
Join the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program 2016 to help low-income families prepare their tax returns or assist as greeter, screener, translator and/or IT support. VITA provides free tax preparation for eligible taxpayers who made less than $54,000 in 2015. Volunteers needed througout Northern Virginia.







attFairfax County youth will gain valuable experience with emerging technologies by designing and creating assistive-living devices for military veterans thanks, in part, to a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS).

The contribution, which is part of AT&T Aspire, will enhance the technology programs offered at Fairfax County’s six Computer Clubhouses, including upgrading 3D design and printing technology and introducing virtual reality technology.

Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia and U.S. Army Veteran, said the contribution meets two goals: improving students’ science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) skills, while helping those who served the state and nation in the military.

“AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs,” said Apruzzese. “This project will equip Fairfax County youth with important STEM skills and the chance to help local veterans who need assistive-living devices.”

Thanks to AT&T for recognizing and rewarding Fairfax County Computer Clubhouse programs!


Center for Nonprofit Advancement "Advancement in Management" award for outstanding achievements by nonprofits in organizational management. Applications due January 22. $20,000 cash grant awarded to the winner.

November 18
Social Advertising: Part of the FCEDA's Marketing Communications Strategies and Tactics workshop series
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Tysons Corner

November 20
Tysons Funding Summit: How Growing & Emerging Businesses Can Access Capital
Gannett Conference Center, Tysons

December 3rd
Booze Allen Hamilton Nonprofit Speaker Series:  Not Your Mother’s Oldsmobile: The new role of nonprofit boards and how to make them work for you
8:30a-12:30p, or via webcast
8283 Greensboro Dr, McLean, VA









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