To succeed in school, students need the right tools – and even a week’s delay in obtaining them can mean the student falls behind and stays behind. (Imagine trying to complete trigonometry homework – accurately and on time – without a graphing calculator.)
Donate supplies: Help us fill 1,800 backpacks with much-needed school supplies. New backpacks and other supplies can be donated at 13926 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151 on Friday, July 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Donate funds:We’ve already reached 66% of our $18,500 goal to provide 1,800 low-income kids with school supplies. But we need more help. Just $10 meets our goal for each child. We gratefully accept monetary donations throughout the drive; however, those received by July 27 will allow us to take full advantage of below-retail purchasing agreements that increase the impact of your contribution. Click here to make a donation online!
For more information, including a full supply list, click here. Contact Pam Boyle at 571.748.2537 with any questions.
Helping Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma in Big and Small Ways
Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma (PSTT) staff members recently met with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to promote better partnerships with refugee agencies and funding for refugee programs, and to increase communications between NVFS and the senators’ offices regarding refugee-related legislation.
“We want to be able to partner with refugee agencies to address [mental health] issues at the onset of refugees’ arrival into the United States, rather than waiting until they become so bad or fall through the cracks,” stated Alison Burke, PSTT staff member.
The PSTT team also had an opportunity to help clients better acclimate to life in the U.S. with an evening enjoying one of America’s favorite pastimes. The Washington Nationals generously donated 40 tickets to PSTT, and Shake Shack kindly donated burgers, hot dogs, fries and drinks, making the game a great time for clients to socialize, enjoy themselves, and be involved in something that is a huge part of American culture.
Moments of Impact Summer 2016 Issue is Here!
Our biannual newsletter provides client stories, news and gratitude for the efforts of NVFS supporters to improve the lives of Northern Virginia families. Here are a few highlights from our most recent issue:
With the help of Escala, NVFS’ small business program, Octavio started his own electrician school and could send his daughters to college.
Youth Initiatives mentors for at-risk teenage boys rally to collect dress shirts and ties – and show them how to tie a tie for the first time to help them fit in at their first high school Homecoming dance.
Discover Award-Winning Workplaces of Northern Virginia
The CARE Awards celebrate local companies’ outstanding employee engagement and culture, progressive family-friendly policies and deep community impact. Local business leaders will share their insights on creating a “best place to work” at the CARE Awards Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 18.
Lou Maroon Golf Tournament for SERVE
Save the date for the Lou Maroon Golf Tournament benefitting our SERVE Campus on Wednesday, Sep. 14. Teams consist of 4 players and the tournament begins at 12 p.m. at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA.
9 Ways to Help Your Neighbors Today
From food to bicycle donations, from urgent volunteer needs to how to use Amazon Smile for NVFS, discover 9 ways you can help the vulnerable children and families in your community today.
Thank you for investing in families and strengthening communities.
Northern Virginia Family Service 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton VA 22124 571.748.2500
“I’ve sincerely enjoyed the time you’ve spent during the past couple of weeks. I know it’s not always easy or convenient to personally come to my home and work with me on various strategies to assist me in my time of need. Yet you gave so generously your time, knowledge, patience and expertise to assist and speak on my behalf at such a critical time in my life. Your dedication to devote so much time, and keep me informed of a plan of action, has truly helped ease a lot of my concerns as to how I was going to continue paying such high rent. For nearly two years, it had taken a toll on me – being so stressed and many sleepless nights. I am truly grateful for your support to overcome obstacles that I alone could not have done, to rebuild my dreams to find affordable housing and have stability in my life once again.”