February Volunteer Highlights
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Celebrate Black History Month
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Head Start Classroom Volunteer
Drive Out Hunger
Senior Money Management Mentor
Help Hungry Families Access Food
Shelter Meals @ Bailey's
Educating children about the rich culture and often-overlooked contributions African Americans make to this country is a key component of the month. Bring this wealth of knowledge to the children enrolled in our Early Head Start and Healthy Families programs. Coordinate a drive to collect books by and about African Americans.
Here are some great books to consider:
• What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld, and Ben Boos
•Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change, by Michelle Cook and Marian Wright Edelman
•In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, by Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator)
•The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
•I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
•Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
•Please, Baby, Please, by Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee and Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
•Baby Dance, by Ann Taylor and Marjorie Van Heerden (Illustrator)
•Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim and LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
•Feast for 10, by Cathryn Falwell
•Pretty Brown Face: Family Celebration, by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
•Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
•Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
•I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow (Illustrator)
•Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
Collected books can be dropped off at:
1. Our Office in Oakton - contact Jamie Johnson, 571.748.2621.
2. Our SERVE campus in Manassas - contact Navara Cannon, 571-748-2536.
Seven super simple ways to show kindness from February 12th - 18th and beyond:
1. Greet your neighbors and stranger alike with a hello and a smile as you pass by them.
2. Lend a couple hands to help load a senior's groceries into their car.
3. Re-post or re-tweet a message that speaks to you on the NVFS Facebook page or Twitter feed.
4. While grocery shopping, buy an extra non-perishable item for our Hunger Resource Center.
5. Contact your local elected officials to advocate for more affordable housing.
6. Help a child complete their homework assignment.
7. Get creative and make greeting cards for NVFS clients and volunteers.
Navara Cannon, 571.748.2536.
Jamie Johnson, 571.748.2621.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, able to maintain confidentiality, submit to a criminal background check and participate in an interpreter training. Contact Jamie Johnson, 571.748.2621.
reet and process clients arriving for food assistance, update their household information, and help them to complete application forms. Volunteers also monitor the food assistance line and return calls to schedule appointments. We currently need volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Must be at least 18 years old and bilingual in Spanish and English. Good customer service skills are also important. No prior experience is needed - all training is provided. Contact Navara Cannon, 571.748.2536.
NVFS Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter needs your help to feed our shelter residents and hypothermia guests’ dinner on weekday evenings, and lunch and dinner on weekends. It can be done in 3 simple steps:
1) Assemble a small group (maximum of 8 people, ages 12 and up) to provide and prepare dishes to serve family-style, donate individual bagged/boxed meals, or donate a catered meal
2) Bring the meal to the shelter
3) Join us in the kitchen to serve your meal to residents; or simply drop it off for our staff to serve!
We serve dinner from 6:00pm to 7:00pm and weekend lunch at 12:30pm. We welcome your donation! Contact Meagan Perkins at 703.820.7621 or email@example.com.