NVFS Insider
A monthly newsletter for friends and supporters of NVFS March 2016
In this issue:
  • Panel Discussion: The Business Case for a “Best Place to Work”
  • Celebrate the Successes of the Vulnerable Families You’ve Helped
  • Healthy Families Gives New Parents Knowledge and Encouragement
  • Spring2ACTion: Double Your Donation on April 20
  • 7 Simple Ways to Help Your Neighbors 
  • Record-Breaking Strikes for SERVE Bowl-a-thon
  • SERVE Open House: Tuesday, March 29

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Panel Discussion: The Business Case for a “Best Place to Work”

Do you love where you work, from the culture to the benefits? Or do you want to learn how to create a culture-driven environment? Join a panel of inspiring business leaders on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. to learn how their companies are creating award-winning cultures that play a direct role in their companies’ financial success. Plus, learn more about the CARE Awards and how your company can gain recognition for its exemplary policies. This panel event has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

Celebrate the Successes of the Vulnerable Families You’ve Helped

Last year, Northern Virginia Family Service helped more than 34,000 families and individuals access the services they needed to become stable and self-sufficient. Join us at the Road to Independence Gala on Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate their incredible journeys and the individuals, community groups and companies of Northern Virginia who provide such generous support.


Healthy Families Gives New Parents Knowledge and Encouragement

Nina and Avhi enrolled in NVFS’ Healthy Families program when their daughter, Maya, was 3 months old. At the time, only Avhi was working, and neither Nina nor Avhi had any childcare experience. When their Healthy Families family support worker first visited them, Maya was spending most of her day in a car seat and as a result was developing an exaggeratedly oval head shape.

With each visit from the family support worker, Nina and Avhi learned how to better interact with their daughter. The positive results gave Nina and Avhi the confidence they needed as first-time parents.

Over time, Maya’s head resumed a normal shape. Maya now has a medical provider, and her immunizations are up to date. Periodic screenings show that she is developing well in all critical areas.

As a result of all of the support and encouragement provided by her family support worker, Nina has also taken driving classes and has successfully obtained her driver’s license, further increasing her family’s opportunities.

Spring2ACTion: Double Your Donation on April 20

What more can we do to help the vulnerable families of Alexandria – like Nina and Avhi’s? Healthy Families Alexandria, a program of NVFS, is participating in Spring2ACTion on Wednesday, April 20! Thank you to Healthy Kids in Alexandria, Rita Susswein Gottesman Fund and Mason Hirst Foundation for providing a total of $6,100 in matching grants to double your donation! Your support will give children like Maya and parents like Nina and Avhi the best possible start for a bright future. Eager to give? Starting this Sunday, you can donate early and still earn matching funds.

7 Simple Ways to Help Your Neighbors

From pillows to peanut butter to aviation tools, our programs need your help to provide food, shelter and support throughout the Northern Virginia community. Here are 7 ways you can immediately help your neighbors to improve their lives and family circumstances.


Record Funds Raised Through Strikes for SERVE Bowl-a-Thon

Thank you to all of our generous Strikes for SERVE supporters! More than $57,500 was raised for the SERVE Campus, thanks to team members’ stellar fundraising and our wonderful sponsors and donors. It was a great afternoon of bowling, prizes and music courtesy of DJ Earl. Check out award winners and event photos here.

SERVE Open House: Tuesday, March 29

Join us for a SERVE Open House on Tuesday, March 29, at 4 p.m. Take a tour, learn about SERVE’s shelter, Hunger Resource Center and other programs, and see how you can get involved. Light refreshments served. Contact: Pam Ryan, 571.748.2531.

Thank you for investing in families and strengthening communities.

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