As 2017 comes to a close, we at NVFS can’t help but reflect on the past 12 months and the impact we have made in our community together. With the tremendous help of our partners and volunteers, we as a community have been able to uplift our neighbors to new milestones.
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do if it weren’t for our volunteers who show up every day with a passion and heart for service. Lending a helping hand through volunteerism goes a long way in the lives of those in need. NVFS is proud of the strides our clients have made with your help. And you can see the impact you’re making, too.
“Because of NVFS… I’m helping to get these young people off to a strong start with a good sense of their own capabilities.” – Christina Gardner, NVFS volunteer at Head Start
Because of NVFS… 35,000 individuals and families in Northern Virginia are able to achieve self-sufficiency, 98 percent of Head Start children are ready to begin kindergarten, 7,200 families a year receive food assistance through NVFS’ Hunger Resource Center and more.
Because of NVFS, Northern Virginia is becoming a better place for everyone, at every stage of his or her life, to be given the opportunity to contribute to a thriving community.
“Because of NVFS… I found direction and purpose in my life and learned the importance of perseverance,” said Mario, a teen on the verge of abandoning his goals.
Through NVFS’ Intervention, Prevention and Education (IPE) Program, Mario worked one-on-one with a counselor to rebuild a sense of self-worth and achievement. Mario later found purpose in joining the step team at his school and worked tirelessly to ensure his grades were high enough to remain on the team.
To learn how you get involved with (or find new ways to get involved with) NVFS to help enrich, shape and transform the lives of our neighbors here in Northern Virginia, check out our list of available volunteer opportunities.