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Read the latest breaking news and information regarding OP3 as well as interesting news about Corporate Social Responsibility.

OP3 Intern Pens Article

Paulette Zegarra wrote an article for the Virginia International University School of Public and International Affairs on "How to do your best during your internship."

Zavela Honored by Mclean Chamber
Vance Zavela was honored at the annual "Suits and Sneakers" event by the McLean Chamber with its Mark C. Lowham Community Engagement Excellence Award.

Angie Carrera lauded by the Centreville Labor Resource Center
Angie was honored as a "Community Hero" for connecting others to the work of the Labor Resource Center. She was recognized for making connections far beyond her office and for her creative energy and ideas that brought new supporters and raise thee profile of CIF in the community.

OP3 Honored by Northern Virginia Black Chamber (NVBCC)
Partnership Office honored with Outstanding Public Partner Award at NVBCC Gala

Celebrate Partnerships Award Winners Lauded
Business Journal Back Page Photo
Three Fairfax businesses were honored by the County and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) last week, out of more than 50 nominees, for their contributions to the community at the Celebrate Partnerships awards ceremony at the Mason Inn ...more>>

Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized Cao and 11 other public private partners at an awards ceremony on May 21 hosted by George Mason University at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel in Fairfax. “Hundreds of our ... more>>

Making the Case for a Corporate Conscience
The Washington Post

The Business Case for Employee Volunteering

Community Engagement Includes Philanthropy -
by Sup. John Cook
Check out this editorial the value and need for partnerships in our community.

Partner hips DO Make a Difference..
At least according to an editorial in the Connection. Check out their take on OP3!

Celebrate Partnership Awards
When businesses, the County, FCPS and the local nonprofits team up everybody is a winner,” said Patricia Stevens, Executive Director, Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) OP3 and FCPS teamed up to recognize their partners in an award ceremony held at the Mason Inn and Conference Center Monday, May 21. Read more: Connection Newspapers; Fairfax News; Sun Gazette

Financial Fitness Team
The Financial Fitness Team was honored with a Team Excellence Award at a ceremony on March 23 in the Government Center Forum. Retired OP3 team member Ingrid Parris-Hicklin was an integral part of the team. Here is the award winning Fiscal Fitness Team:

Cable & Consumer Services, Verda Johnson-Consumer Specialist; Family Services, Kim Carr-Human Service Worker, Lori Epp-Management Analyst, Kelly Funaro-Human Service Worker, Human Resources, John Kiefman-Administrative Assistant, Lynne Sawyer-Training Specialist; Neighborhood & Community Services, Susan Donovan-Administrative Assistant; Retired, Vera Fessler-Fairfax County, Ingrid Parris-Hicklin-Fairfax County, Linda Hunt-Fairfax County Public Schools.

Vance Zavela Honored
Vance Zavela, OP3 Partnership Developer, was honored by the Asian Amerian Chamber of Commerce as their Volunteer of the year at their Gala on March 16.

WUSA Celebrates Stuff the Bus
Monika Samtani, Channel 9's Transportation Guru, highlighted the success of the STB campaign.

Bus Stuffin' Success
Neighborhood and Community Services and OP3 highlighted by WHLA and the Connection for Stuff the Bus Success >more ...also a mention in the Post for the STB campaign.
Food Insecurity In Fairfax

The Food Providers network was profiled in this Connection article about food insecurity. >>

Give Me Five
FCPS and OP3 reach out to provide businesses with 5 Ways to Give in Fairfax County and the public schools.

OP3 News
OP3 presented with 2011 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award for Northern Virginia. >>

Broadband CNCT Partnership
Business and Community Partnership News from Fairfax County Public Schools highlighted the Broadband CNCT Partnership for providing computer access and broadband connectivity to under served families living in low-income neighborhoods in Fairfax County. >>

Time for ThanksGIVING
Connections Newspapers story on Thanksgiving Day (page 3) describes the increase in requests for emergency assistance including food, rent, utilities, and medical bills and highlights ways that you can contribute to local organizations to help meet these needs. >>

Give to the Max
Give to the Max Day is a massive one-day regional online fundraiser that will unite local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC communities to support nonprofits serving the area on November 9. Residents are encouraged to donate online to local nonprofits as part of the first annual Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington. >>

Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award
Fairfax County OP3 is excited to announce that they have been awarded the 2011 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. The award was presented during the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's 32nd Annual Meeting.>>

Fairfax Community Connections
Fairfax Community Connections is virtual collaboration network of Fairfax County chambers, nonprofits, businesses, and community groups who share the goal of promoting and recognizing community engagement. By linking websites and social media networks, exposure and impact on members and viewers expands and provides a variety of opportunities to engage and learn about critical information and current needs, as well as success stories, throughout the County. >>

School Supplies Success
A new initiative in Fairfax County supporting donated school supplies drives in Fairfax County completed its first successful year. The effort is led by Fairfax County Public Schools, OP3 and Kids R First, a Reston-based non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide donated school supplies to students. >>

Lake Anne Revitalization
Members of OP3 and Visit Fairfax held a discussion on ways to attract more visitors and businesses to Lake Anne. During the meeting, which took place in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, guests discussed things they believe would make Lake Anne more of a destination. >>

Young Professionals Mixer
OP3 and Celebrate Fairfax hosted a young business professionals networking event on the opening night of the Celebrate Fairfax Festival at the Fairfax County Government Center.>>

Local Government Conference
OP3 presented "Partnerships that Produce" at the Transforming Local Government Conference to provide an in depth look at successful government programs.>>

We Stuffed The Bus!
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) partnered with MV Transportation, Inc. and local grocery stores to collect donations of food to prevent those in need from going hungry this winter.>>

OP3 selected as Government Agency of the Year
Congressman Gerald Connolly recognized OP3 in the Congressional Record for leadership and benefit to the community. The award was presented on March 4, 2011 at the Asian American Chamber of Commerce Gala.>>

Fairfax County Stuff the Bus Food Drive Kicks off Martin Luther King Day
Local food pantries need our help in restocking their shelves. Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) are partnering with MV Transportation, Inc. and local grocery stores to collect donations of food to assist the most vulnerable in our community.>>

VivaTysons Magazine Promotes Senior Resources and Capital One Donation
The November-December 2010 issue of VivaTysons Magazine includes County events for older adults and their caregivers (page 19). Capital One donated $25,000 to Fairfax County Park Foundation to build a Liberty Swing at Clemyjontri Park which is one of the first parks to specifically for children in wheelchairs (page 25).>>

MIT Journal Innovation recognizes OP3
The Fall 2010 edition of the journal focuses on Government and Social Innovation at the state and local level. OP3 was selected as a model case study for analyzing how the government can partner with nonprofits and business sectors to foster social innovation. >>

Young Women Engineers in Fairfax Help Local Veterans
Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program launched a partnership to help local veterans with vision impairment. The project channels the talents of Fairfax County's brightest aspiring young women engineers to create a technological solution for the visually impaired. >>

Collect for Kids
The annual "Collect for Kids" backpack drive resulted in nearly 20,000 backpacks collected for Fairfax County students. Backpacks, school supplies and donations were collected through late August and distributed through local nonprofits to school children in need. This represents nearly 50% of the kids deserving of free and reduced priced meals.. more>>