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March 2014

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Thanks to SAP for their generous donation of 10 Lenovo laptops for the Fairfax County Clubhouses STEM teams. Pictured: Theresa Benincasa, OP3; Janet Hubbell, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services


Congratulations to Angie Carrera, OP3, who was honored by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Business Citizen of the Year at their recent gala.




March is
Embrace Aging Month

Fairfax County projects a dramatic increase in its older population. By 2030, the county expects the 50 and over population to increase by 40 percent and the over 70 population by 88 percent.

During the 2013 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging hosted community forums to hear residents ideas on housing & transportation; easy access to services and healthy lifestyles; and community engagement. OP3, along with business and nonprofit partners, contributed to the development of 50+ Action Plan which will be a road map for policy and actions to make Fairfax County a great place to live, work, play AND grow older with grace and vibrance. One of the first action items is the May 30th Employment Expo for those over 50 co-hosted by the Jewish Council on Aging, AARP, and SkillSource. More info to come...

Volunteer Solutions

Volunteer Solutions is a program within the Adult and Aging Division of the Department of Family Services' and is a partnership with the Health Department and Neighborhood and Community Services. Volunteer Solutions' mission is to mobilize & connect volunteers with meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults & adults with disabilities in our community. The mission is implemented by acknowledging and recognizing the value of volunteerism; supporting volunteers so they can support others; partnering with other professionals to maximize resources and anticipating volunteer trends & the future needs of those we serve.

Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care!

Training & Resources

Fairfax County Restoration Partnership Seeks Sponsors
for their Environmental Film Festival at Cinema Arts Theatre April 20-24. The "Green Inspirations" film festival will showcase short films on the environment and group discussion opportunities. This is a unique opportunity that will involve the whole community!

Funding for Domestic Violence Legal Fellowship
Domestic Violence Network is seeking funding to support a legal fellowship position that will assist families needing legal aid. They have support from George Mason Law School and Legal Services of Northern Virginia, but more is needed. Donations are needed by April 14 so the position can begin in September 2014.

Fairfax County Internships Available.
Do you know a college student looking for experience and work this summer? Visit the FC internships opportunity page for more information on County opportunities!





Graceful Care is dedicated to providing non-medical assistance and companionship to seniors. Since 1994, Graceful Care has been a leader in graceful aging -- helping seniors in our community who need help to live active and productive lives while aging "gracefully in place". As Fairfax County undertakes its 50+ Initiative which will plan ahead for the aging of Ffx Co's population, companies like Graceful Care will be models to emulate. A few of their notable accomplishments include:

  • Key partner developing and promoting the "village movements" in Reston and Herndon.
  • Creating a new annual event in Herndon called Grandparents' Day, to accompany the AARP Classic Car Show. All the proceeds from this family fun day are donated to the nursing program at George Mason University for needy student scholarships.
  • Establishing the Alzheimer's Walk in Reston and providing teams who raised thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer's Association.

Graceful Care is also a financial contributor to the Insight Memory Care Center, as well as Capital Caring, Fellowship Square, FISH, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Cornerstones, and the Giving Circle of Hope. And their employees do more -- they organize and conduct a Fall Memory Screenings at the Herndon/Reston Senior Center; provide free backup rides for the Shepherd's Center and FISH; and many devote 5 volunteer hours per week to provide free counseling.

Their actions are not unnoticed either! They have been lauded with many awards including the Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Award 2012 and the AARP Community Partner Award 2012 and 2013.

H/T to Graceful Care for being ahead of their time!

Fairfax Chamber Nonprofit Roundtable - Nonprofit Capacity Building
March 20
Tysons Corner

Social Media and Digital Messaging
March 21
Sponsored by United Way
Gallery Place, DC

Summit for Disaster Resiliency
March 25
Mount Olive Baptist Church

Congressman Moran's Non Profit Workshop
March 26 (Rescheduled)

Boomers and Older Adults Venture into Volunteering
March 27
Frying Pan Park

Building Nonprofit Sustainability and Proposal Writing Basics
April 23
Fairfax Government Center




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