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September 2018

first responders day
First Responders Day: Tysons brought Fairfax County Fire, Police, Sheriff and Emergency Management departments out for an educational and fun community event at Tysons Corner Center. Pictured: Fairfax County Police Pilot Andrew Wiseman with the Fairfax1 helicopter.

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We are falling for all the opportunities this season brings. Thanks to Apple Federal Credit Union, Visit Fairfax and all the Fairfax County breweries for collecting Backpacks for FCPS kids during August. Their (and your) generosity brought in more than 100 backpacks for kids in need!

Fall is also Disaster Preparedness Month. Fairfax County's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has just launched its Business Emergency Operations Council (BEOC) to enhance coordination and collaboration between businesses,with a presence in Fairfax County, and local government officials during emergencies. If you are interested click on the link and sign up!


Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program employed by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering. The program serves the needs of children and adults with autism, Down syndrome or a cognitive impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, that may cause them to chronically wander and not find their way back home. Ultimately, it provides a timely response to save lives and reduce potential injuries. It also offers peace of mind for the caregivers of those people with a cognitive condition.

Project Lifesaver clients wear a wrist or ankle band that emits a silent radio frequency. When caregivers notify the Sheriff ’s Office that their loved one is missing, specially-trained Sheriff’s deputies respond to the area and conduct a search with state-of-the-art locating equipment. More>>

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Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Lord Fairfax Charity Ride September 22
Lord Fairfax, the 14th Baron of Cameron, will lead a motorcycle ride to benefit four local charities, Fairfax Mason Research Fund, The Lamb Center, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver, and Bethlehem Baptist Church Community Support Program. The 2018 Ride is an extension of Fairfax County’s 275th Anniversary celebration. The ride will consist of a one, two, or four-day ride route that will generally follow the boundary of the original Northern Neck Land Grant

Recovery Resource Open House
"Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover" Come to a National Recovery Month open house September 27 from 3:00 to 6:00p with representatives from community providers and information sessions on dealing with addiction.

Tysons Tailgate Hosted by the Tysons Partnership
Don’t miss Tysons’ largest outdoor party of the year at  Valo Park September 27 from 5:00p-8:00p benefitting Second Story! Enjoy live music, beer and wine tents, tailgate snacks, lawn games, fun raffle prizes, and an opportunity to help our neighbors in need.

Out of the Darkness Walk - September 29
Let's change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to the tragic loss of life by raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. The 2018 Walk begins at the Veterans Amphitheater in front Fairfax City Hall. Learn more and sign up here

Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest
September 29-30 is designed for families with elementary & Pre-K aged children. Enjoy exciting, interactive and education programs, entertainment and activities. Plus, admission is totally free!

Green Thumb Challenge
If your program features a youth garden, Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company want to help it thrive! To enter schools and youth groups (including afterschool programs) are encouraged to submit chronicles September 30of their garden projects to win a $500 prize.

Virtual Mentors for NVFS
Looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity but don’t have a lot of time? Be a Virtual Mentor at Northern Virginia Family Service’s Training Futures! Virtual mentors support the business skills the trainee learns via email! Interested  in learning more? Email jhalowich@nvfs.org


karins florist

Karin’s Florist, a stalwart of the Fairfax community, is passionate about giving back.  From the very beginning, founder Bill Dukas instilled a community spirit into the business that is carried on by his daughter, Maris Angolia. His motto, “If you take care of your community, they will take care of you”, still rings true today.  

Through “Karin’s Gives Back”, their 7 year old charitable donation program, their floral artistry can be found on tables at events of more than 100 nonprofits in Fairfax County. They also give back and promote awareness for organizations such as the Wish You Well Foundation, Inova Health Foundation, Wolf Trap Foundation, Jill’s House, Leukemia Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.  In 2016, in honor of their 60th Anniversary, they initiated a program to allow brides and wedding hosts to donate a portion of their product bill to one of four incredible local organizations.  Most recently, they have introduced a children’s floral product line and are working with local children’s organizations to give back a portion of the proceeds to them.

Cheers to this local small business with a great big heart!


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

September 12
Technology for Your Nonprofit: Choosing the Right Tools
Grant Space
10:00 - 12:00p
Foundation Center Northeast
Washington, DC

September 13
Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (Innovation Breakfast Series)
8:00 - 10:30a
Valo Park
Mclean, VA

September 13
Reframing the Story: Investment in Black Men And Boys is Vital to Whole Community Health
Grant Space
2:00 – 3:30p

September 20
Key Strategies to Measure the Impact of Your Organization
Grant Space
2:00 - 3:30p

October 2
Turning Volunteers into Donors
Volunteer Fairfax
2:00 – 3:30 p
Location:  Junior Achievement’s Finance Park
Fairfax, VA  (Located behind Frost Middle School) 

October 11
Fairfax County Small Business Forum
Fairfax County
8:30a – 2:30p
Fairfax County Government Center

October 11
Ins & Outs of Development and Construction: Nonprofits & Places of Worship

Fairfax County Land Development Services
7:00p – 8:00p
Fairfax County Government Center

September 14
Social Media Week Fairfax
From the kitchen to distant shores, Social Media Week Fairfax has something for everyone! Look for keynote conversations from Food Network and National Geographic!







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