Office of Public Private Partnerships May 2018 Newsletter

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May 2018

Gratitude Grill

The Cabot Gratitude Grill pulled into Fairfax County on April 19 to thank volunteers for their hard work in our community. Close to 300 people enjoyed a great meal courtesy of Cabot. The Cabot Farmers’ Gratitude Grille is is a full service traveling kitchen where chefs prepare healthy delicious meals to feed hungry volunteers. #volunteerrising


United Way of the National Capital Area’s Do More 24 event will be held this year from noon on Thursday, May 17 until noon on Friday, May 18. Prescheduled Giving opens on Tuesday, May 1. Do More 24 is the largest 24-hour online fundraiser in the National Capital Area. This event allows anyone to be a philanthropist and build a better community.

OP3 in the Community

OP3 is pleased to be a nominee in the Public Sector category for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  The award recognizes a DC metro government entity for “outstanding and visionary contributions to the community, and excellence collaborating with businesses, nonprofits, and other government organizations.”  We are in good company with other Fairfax nominees Diversion First Stakeholder Group and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Winners will be announced on June 13 at the OCCA luncheon Nova Chamber.  

OP3 participated in the Prepared Awareness Weekend at Gum Springs Community Center along with county agencies, community organizations, FCPS and INOVA.  This event helps residents prepare for sudden emergencies, both natural and man-made, with fun activities for all ages and take home resources.  Find out how your family or business can stay informed and be Ready Fairfax.

Last week, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Team battled 3 separate fires in a four hour time frame. While there was major property damage, there was no loss of life. County Executive Bryan Hill thanked the Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Red Cross and other regional partners for working together to provide shelter and other resources to those impacted.  Western Fairfax Christian Ministries is now receiving monetary donations and gift cards to assist those affected by the fires. As further needs are identified by the response team, OP3 will reach out to our partners.  

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

More than 1200 Virginians died in 2017 from an opioid overdose, including fentanyl and heroin, and in the first three months of 2018 the death toll increased more than 30%. At the same time emergency departments reported more than 10,000 visits for opioid and heroin overdoses. Like most of the country, Fairfax County has seen a great uptick in the abuse of prescription drugs, which has made the Operation Medicine Cabinet Clean out partnerships (OMCC) so important. For the 9th year, Fairfax County government, police, grocers and pharmacies have teamed up to host a safe drop off day for unused and expired medications. This year more than 3500lbs were turned back in the annual collection day held on April 28th – a 36% increase.

Fairfax County now has places to drop off drugs in between annual collections. Now people can use the medicine disposal drop box located at the Fairfax County Police Station in Springfield or any of 20 public controlled substance disposal locations. Drug disposal packets are also available at multiple locations around the metro area. This partnership, started in 2009 by OP3, the Fairfax County Police, Community Services Board, Health Department and the Department of Public Works is key to making disposal convenient, confidential and safe. And, at the end of the day the medicine is safely transported to the COVANTA incinerator where they are destroyed, avoiding harmful contamination of soil and water.

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Training & Resources

Accessibility Resource FairThe SkillSource Center in Annandale is hosting an Accessibility Resource Fair May 18 11:00a-1:30p to help people with disabilities navigate their way to employment.  Attendees will learn about: available accessibility options; assistance programs; find out about employment and support programs; and meet service providers from agencies that serve people with all types of disabilities.

Bike to Work Day May 18
Join thousands of others on May 18 for the annual Bike to Work Day. Join the growing movement hosted by Commuter Connections and the Washington Areal Bicyclist Association. There are  more than 100 pit stops in D.C., MD, and VA. Be one of the first 20K registrants and receive a free T-shirt, refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a new bicycle.

Apply for the NVFS Care Awards
For more than 25 years, the CARE Awards have recognized family friendly policies and progressive companies moving the needle to make Northern Virginia a better place for everyone to work, live and play. Applications are due May 31.   And, new this year, Northern Virginia Family Service Kicks off its CARE Awards Process with its First Virtual Week of Service to Promote Corporate Social Responsibility.

Celebrate Fairfax
The 37th annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival comes to the Government Center June 8 – 10. Check out concerts, carnival rides, VIP experiences, crafts brew and local wines, family programming and nightly fireworks! Over 120 performances, including Good Charlotte, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and Cracker.

This year Celebrate Fairfax! is partnering with OP3 , the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and the American Heart Association to save lives. New CPR and AED techniques will be highlighted by special promotions including flash mobs, exhibits and demonstrations.

Taste of Reston June 16 & 17
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Reston, Northern Virginia's largest outdoor food festival features 2 days of samplings from the region's eateries, live music, beer and wine gardens, and much more. Taste of Reston is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and has been voted “Northern Virginia's Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine.



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In Fairfax County, Dominion Energy’s presence is felt, not only in the homes that they serve, but in the communities where so many of their employees live and work.  Dominion Energy volunteers work alongside Assistance League of Northern Virginia (ALNV) volunteers to pack, load, and distribute over 15,000 bags of non-perishable food items annually to food insecure families at area schools as part of a “Weekend Food for Kids” (WFFK) program.  In 2015, Dominion Energy was presented with the National Operation School Bell® Award of this.  At neighboring Oak Hill Elementary School, regional Dominion Energy employees have participated in a lunch buddy mentoring program since 2011 referred to as “Oakie Pals.”

Another collaboration between Dominion Energy and the educational community is their support of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s Finance Park.  As the home to the utilities “storefront” at Finance Park, Dominion Energy helps reach over 14,000 8th grade students who learn what it takes to power a home and how those costs play a role in their ability to be financially successfully in the future.  Dominion employees also volunteer at J.A. leading students through interactive budgeting exercises in Finance Park.

Dominion Energy sponsored environmental education initiatives like Project Plant It! , a collaborative effort with The National Arbor Day Foundation to teach students about the importance of trees; builds outdoor classrooms like those Graham Road and Franklin Sherman Elementary; and supports Envirothon, a competitive environmental stewardship event involving student teams throughout Fairfax County and across the region; provides grants to install an array of photovoltaic solar panels on Rachel Carson Middle School. 

Finally, Dominion Energy is proud to partner with both George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Community College to help further their reach to post-high school/adult learners with partnerships like GMU’s SURE (STEAM Undergraduates for Renewable Energy), and Northern Virginia Community College’s Engineering and Technician Pipeline initiative. 

Dominion Energy knows that investing in top-quality educational programs creates tomorrow’s great leaders.


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

May 9
Corporate and Community Leaders Employment Summit: Expanding the Talent Pipeline for People with Disabilities

The ARC of Northern Virginia
Lockheed Martin, Arlington

May 10
Innovation Breakfast Series – Changing the Frame on Green Energy

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
8 am - 10:30 am
Valo Park

May 14
Board Leadership Training: Making Good Decisions for Your Organization

Tysons Chamber of Commerce

May 22
Understanding and Dealing with Trauma to Build Community Resilience

Northern Virginia Health Foundation
Waterford, Springfield

May 23
Business Education Series: Transforming Office IT in 2018 - Necessary Infrastructure and Budget to Help You, Not Burn You

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

June 13
Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Ritz Carlton - Tysons

Looking for an Intern this Summer?
The Northern Virginia Educating Youth through Employment (EYE) program is a summer initiative that recruits, screens and matches youth ages 18-24. The EYE program will do the recruitment, pre-screening, and job readiness training for you, at minimal cost to your company. Find out how you can save both time and money by hiring a young worker through the EYE program here.




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