NVFS Insider
Monthly news for friends and supporters of NVFS Aug. 2016
In this issue:
  • How a Family Connects to Essential Resources and Thrives Through NVFS

  • How to Feed Those in Need During Anti-Hunger Month
  • Thank You to Our Back-to-School Heroes!

  • NVFS’ Healthy Families Program Expands to Reston

  • 2 Events to Support SERVE This Fall

  • Top Volunteer Needs at SERVE

  • 5 Critical Items Needed in Northern Virginia

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How a Family Connects to Essential Resources and Thrives Through NVFS

Ada, mother of three boys, has successfully secured full-time, benefitted employment near her home, thanks to a journey made possible by connections to essential resources through NVFS.

It has only been a few years since Ada was attending an alternative high school and dependent on her then-husband’s low income. Her initial appointment with NVFS, for low-cost dental assistance, would eventually connect Ada not only with a dentist but also – thanks to the comprehensive, integrated nature of NVFS services – emergency food supplies, professional job training and mental health counseling.

Ada has turned her life around, and now says, “I can give to the community what I once received.”

How to Feed Those in Need During Anti-Hunger Month

Want to help the hungry, get your creative engineering on, and maybe even win prizes? September is Anti-Hunger Month, and NVFS is holding a “Canstruction” competition! NVFS provides food assistance for more than 700 families each month, in addition to its 92 shelter residents at SERVE, and we need your help!

Step 1: Collect canned and boxed foods.

Step 2: “Canstruct”! There are prizes in 3 categories: Most Creative, Most Popular and Tallest. 

Step 3: Take a photo of your creation and email it with your name(s) to Victoria Marcos at vmarcos@nvfs.org. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.

Step 4: Deliver your donations to either of the NVFS locations listed here.

Thank You to Our Back-to-School Heroes!

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare more than 1,800 vulnerable students in the Northern Virginia community to go back to school. Every dollar and every pack of pencils made a difference for these students as they strive to do well in school.

NVFS’ Healthy Families Program Expands to Reston

The Healthy Families team in Reston just became the newest part of the NVFS family! We welcome these wonderful new staff as well as the opportunity to serve nearly 130 more vulnerable families every year. Healthy Families works with families with children pre-birth up to age 4, promoting positive and responsive parenting, child health and development, school readiness and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.


2 Events to Support SERVE This Fall

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 14 for the Lou Maroon Golf Tournament benefitting our SERVE Campus. Teams comprise four players, and the tournament begins at 12 p.m. at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA.


Help NVFS eradicate hunger and fill the Empty Bowls of those less fortunate on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. Join us at Manassas Church of the Brethren for an evening of soup, bread and dessert from local restaurants, and performances by the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir as we help fight local hunger.


Top Volunteer Needs at SERVE

Make a difference at SERVE in Manassas! Here are three ways you can help:

1. Recover food from local businesses and deliver it to those in need. Every day in Northern Virginia, food goes to waste while families go hungry. You can help! Food Recovery Drivers are needed weekday mornings, especially Mondays, to transport donations from local stores/restaurants to SERVE’s Hunger Resource Center. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Drivers must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license. Teens can ride with drivers to assist.

2. Serve a holiday meal. The holiday season is right around the corner! Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Meals may be brought in or prepared onsite. Please note that volunteers must supply all ingredients. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

3. Help a homeless individual find – and keep a job. Transportation is one of the biggest barriers to employment for the homeless. You can help solve this problem by being a Shelter Services Driver. Volunteers are needed weekdays to drive clients in the SERVE passenger van to jobs, interviews and important appointments. Training is provided! Drivers must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license. 

For more information, please contact Navara Cannon at 571.748.2536.

5 Critical Items Needed in Northern Virginia

From bicycles to baby cribs, see 5 much-needed items among Northern Virginia’s vulnerable families.


Thank you for investing in families and strengthening communities.

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