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November 2018

first responders day

Literally, a TON of unused medication was turned in during the annual Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout. More than 2200lbs of unwanted and unused prescriptions were dropped off at various County locations on October 27th.

If you missed the event, you can still dispose of your unneeded medication at the drop box in the lobby of the West Springfield District Station (6140 Rolling Road in Springfield). It’s open 24/7, and any unused prescriptions can be dropped off anonymously (pills or liquids only; no pressurized canisters or needles).


OP3 News

The Northern Virginia Leadership Awards are presented annually by Leadership Fairfax to recognize and celebrate individuals
and organizations from all sectors that make Fairfax County and the region a better place to live, learn, work, and play.  

OP3 congratulates this year’s winners and invites you to register and join us on December 7 at the Waterford Fair Oaks to
celebrate and thank them for their impactful positive contributions

Honorees for 2018:

Regional Leadership
Maggie Parker, Comstock Companies Inc.

Corporate Leadership
Custom Ink

Educational Leadership
Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Fairfax County Public Schools

Individual Leadership
Kerrie Wilson, Cornerstones

Trustee Leadership
Major Tyler Corey, Fairfax County Sheriff's Department


STEM Opportunities for Youth Website

Youth in Fairfax County now have a new way to connect with STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) educational and enrichment opportunities in Fairfax County.

STEM Opportunities for Youth is a new Fairfax County sponsored website for youth of all ages to find programs offered by County parks, libraries, community centers, as well as nonprofit organizations and local universities.

It’s a one-stop, easy-to-navigate portal that includes an interactive, searchable map and calendar with links to programs offering youth the chance to learn a new skill or get hands-on experience in STEM.  These extracurricular activities help youth connect to what they are learning in school about math, science, and technology and may inspire their interest in future educational or career choices.

This webpage is especially helpful for families looking to find a program, learn more about STEM or connect their child with an activity or program.


Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Wine and Wonderment 2018
Help make someone’s holiday a bit brighter. Join Britepaths November 15 for an evening of special wines, appetizers, and special awards! All proceeds benefit the holiday program that assists over 800 families in need in Fairfax County. Can't make the event? Check out other ways to help!

Tour De Mount Vernon Bike Ride
** Rescheduled date**
Join Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck for a community bike ride on the new date of November 17th at 8:30 am! Sign up and become a volunteer – let’s ride together and enjoy the treasures of the Mt. Vernon District!

RestON Opportunity Neighborhood
You are invited Wednesday, November 14 at 5:00p at the Reston Association Lake House to reflect ON the last two years of RestON! Hear about the successes of Opportunity Neighborhood in Reston, highlights of the focus for next year, and opportunities to get involved.

RU a Foodie? Check out this Policy Opportunity
The Fairfax Food Council is seeking new members for its Food Literacy Working Group which facilitates collaborative initiatives to develop food literacy and nutrition education programming delivered through programs like FFC gardening and farmers market programming. Interested in learning more?

Survey about Funding our Community Needs
Your feedback is important to set the priorities for the County’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP). These are grant funds allocated by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for local nonprofits and community-based organizations as an investment in programs and services that fill needs across the county. Share your thoughts through the Community Feedback Survey online. The survey helps Fairfax County Leaders identify the needs you see in your community. It will be available until Saturday, December 15, 2018. All responses will be anonymous.

Gifting for Families
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is helping to brighten the holidays for Fairfax children. Check out their website for gifting and donation opportunities. Ho Ho Ho and thank you!








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SOS International LLC (SOSi) is the nation’s leading mid-tier solution provider to the U.S. defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. Founded in 1989, SOSi was established to be the go-to provider of language interpretation and analysis for federal law enforcement.

As the company has scaled more than 25% growth per year, so has its commitment to philanthropy.  SOSi’s heart is local, supporting the military and at-risk communities at all of its global locations.  SOSi’s commitment to community is particularly evident in Fairfax County. Some of the key non-profit organizations SOSi supports are Cornerstones, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Dog Tag Inc., and Ayuda.

During the month of November, SOSi ramps up their USO community support and employees will be packing USO care packages and then in December supporting USO’s Project Elf program where they will donate gifts to military children during the holiday season.

SOSi staff also works closely with Cornerstones in Reston. SOSi provides toiletry care kits, host drives for Thanksgiving meals, and donates books and school supplies to the people Cornerstones supports. In the winter months, SOSi employees even do a coat drive for Cornerstones.  In addition to those efforts, the SOSi team goes to Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) and cooks meals for their visitors.

Harkening back to its roots, SOSi supports Ayuda, and recently contributed funds to support the growth of its language access program into Virginia. Ayuda supports newly arrived immigrants with language and translations services, as well as social and legal services, to help them integrate into the community.

SOSi is also a proud supporter of Dog Tag, Inc., which provides opportunity for veterans, military spouses, and caregivers through a five-month fellowship program, offering an education at Georgetown University and real life work experience. SOSi support includes sponsoring two fellows throughout the program, business coaching by SOSi executives, and in mock-interview events conducted by SOSi’s recruitment team.

In the words of Julian Setian, SOSi President and CEO, “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is part of what it means to be a member of the SOSi familyand I am proud to lead such a generous and passionate group."  We echo those sentiments!  H/T to SOSi and all its generous employees for their work and commitment to Fairfax County.   





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

November 14
Be Bold: Becoming More Aware of Bias and Learn How to Embrace Difference
Reston Chamber of Commerce
Reston Chamber Office

November 15
Transforming Tysons East
Tysons Partnership
Capital One Auditorium

November 19th
State of Children’s Health Legislative Update Breakfast
Medical Care for Children (MCCP)
NOVA Community College Annandale

November 30
How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers
Northern Virginia Chamber of commerce
Ritz Carleton

December 5
Secrets to Successful Meetings
Volunteer Fairfax


Be a Holiday Hero!

During the Holiday Season Volunteer Fairfax hosts a special section on their website where opportunities to be involved are shared with the community. The special holiday handbook includes opportunities available November 1 through January 15, and can include your holiday volunteer needs if you post an opportunity now. VF is particularly interested in ways for families to get involved together.








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