Office of Public Private Partnerships May 2018 Newsletter

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June 2018

Gratitude Grill
Do you have time on your hands this summer? Spend some of it with us. Volunteer opportunities abound in Fairfax County! Check it out today.


Thanks to the overwhelming support of the local community, Do More 24, the United Way campaign broke all previous records and raised more than $1.55 million for projects throughout our area!

OP3 News

OP3, Diversion First, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, were nominated in the public sector category for the 2018 Northern Virginia Chamber Announces 2018 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards luncheon on June 13.

Vance Zavela was honored by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce at their 2018 Jewel of Asia Gala with a special recognition for his many years of service as Chair of Board of Directors.

Capital Coders

As we prepare the next generation of our workforce for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, companies, like Capital One, are partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and investing in initiatives that help equip all students with the skills they need to succeed.

In 2014 Capital One launched Capital One Coders as part of their Future Edge initiative that commits $150 million over five years in community grants and support efforts to help more Americans get 21st century skills. Capital One Coders is a 10-week coding curriculum for middle school students that teaches them to use MIT University’s App Inventor2 blocks-based programming language to develop apps for mobile devices.

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Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Leadership Fairfax Graduation
LFI and ELI Classes will celebrate their accomplishments with a commencement ceremony at the Reston Town Center Pavilion in Reston on June 13 from 6:00-9:00p There will be a reception followed by a special acknowledgement of our newest alumni. Come congratulate the grads and connect with fellow leaders.

Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) Father's Day Gala
Come to their annual Gala on June 14 at 6:30p celebrating 10 years of impacting fathers and youth in the local community.

Taste of Reston
Join the Reston Chamber of Commerce June 15 - 16 at Reston Town Center for two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, the Family Fun Zone! and the Wine ‘n Dine area. GARAGE PARKING IS FREE FOR THIS EVENT!

TYSONS Summer Soiree
This special event at the Tower Club June 21st at 6:30 spotlights community nonprofits and place makers in our community.

Workhouse Fireworks
The region’s largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show is on June 30 features the Navy’s Jazz Ensemble and a nearly 30-minute fireworks on their newly renovated quad!

Arts in the Park
Come to this FREE family fun day that through live entertainment will forge a connection between kids and parks. Runs Wednesdays and Saturdays through August.




Camerons Chocolates

Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates is a wonderful shop, located in Fairfax, that serves coffee, muffins, and baked goods. Cameron’s Coffee is much more than a business, it’s place that showcases the abilities, not disabilities of its staff.

The business was inspired by Cameron Graham, a young adult with different abilities. Her parents, Jim and Ellen Graham moved by her love of cooking created a place where she and others like her could engage in meaningful, profitable work. They envisioned an environment where people with and without disabilities would work in a cooperative setting. Voila – Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates.

Their motto is “they make chocolate to hire people” - and hire they have. Currently, there are 18 employees with disabilities working together with parallel employees to make delicious chocolates and coffee.

Cameron’s is expanding their offerings by branching out to include sandwiches, smoothies, apple butter, and hand-made jam. Every summer they go berry picking and return to the store to make the berries into jam.  They also feature hand-dipped chocolates made from only the finest Belgian chocolate!

Their desserts and chocolates have been featured all over the area including Bazins on Church and the Wine Vintner in Vienna. Employees get more than a paycheck, they learn kitchen and life skills while doing something meaningful.

The shop is the first for-profit business run by the Graham’s nonprofit – Every1 Can Work. The nonprofit, which envisions even more businesses under its auspices, was created to provide permanent employment opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. So it’s a nonprofit, running a for-profit, to benefit the community. Get it?

Check out the goods at Cameron’s you won’t be disappointed!

Trust us - it will be sweet to indulge and give back at the same time!



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

June 13
Branding and Marketing are NOT the Same, and it Matters.
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

June 18
Made in Fairfax Forum
(discussion on potential of small scale production businesses)
Fairfax County Office of Revitalization
Fairfax County Government Center

June 20
School Safety in the Commonwealth

Communities of Trust

June 21
Working with Volunteers at Every Generation

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Cost $39- $69

June 22
Tax Cuts, Jobs Act, Your Money
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Houlihans Hilton Springfield

June 22
Transparency, Authenticity and Honest Feedback - The Path to True Partnerships

WRAG Summer Nonprofit Learning Series

June 27
Strategic Selling -- How to Land Enterprise Clients

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Catalogue of Philanthropy Announces  Best of Class Nonprofits for 2018-19. The only locally focused guide to giving, the Washington Post says “the Catalogue is required reading for residents interested in making a difference in their communities.”   

Including these Fairfax County partners:

  • ARC of Northern Virginia
  • Food for Others
  • McLean Project for the Arts
  • NOVA Scripts
  • Good Shepherd Housing





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