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Monthly community news for friends and supporters of NVFS March 2017
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Training Futures 20th Anniversay Celebration
Tuesday, April 4

Village of Impact Service Day
Saturday, April 22

Road to Independence Gala
Friday, May 12

25th Annual CARE Awards

NVFS’ CARE Awards honor local companies that prioritize employee well-being, workplace flexibility and giving back to the community. The application for the 2017 CARE Awards will be available on Tuesday, March 21. Read more >>


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NVFS: A Turning Point for a Struggling Family


Sezounde’s story begins with a situation few of us have experienced: Raising two young children (an infant and a toddler) as a single mother with no other family members in the country. Because it was necessary for Sezounde to hire a babysitter while she was at work, she could only afford childcare by working part time. Without a driver’s license – for which she would need driver’s education and therefore need to hire a babysitter for additional hours – her only means of transportation were walking or taking the bus. Her children had health insurance through Medicaid; however, she could not afford it for herself. 

This all began to change in February 2016, when Sezounde enrolled her children in NVFS’ Early Head Start home-based program in Prince William County:

  • Sezounde is now working full time because her NVFS family advocate, Pam, connected her with child care subsidy assistance through the county – meaning Sezounde could now enroll her kids in daycare.
  • Sezounde now has health insurance because she is a full-time employee.
  • Sezounde’s family now has their own transportation: Pam not only helped Sezounde obtain her driver’s license, but connected her with NVFS’ Vehicles for Change program – and in November 2016, Sezounde had her first car. Pam also helped Sezounde obtain two car seats for her children.
  • Sezounde is now training to be a home-aide nurse and anticipates completing the program this July.

With services from Early Head Start and social interactions with their peers at daycare, both of Sezounde’s children are hitting all the right milestones – and she now has the tools with which to build them a brighter future.


Apple Federal Credit Union: Helping Build Brighter Futures Across Northern Virginia
Apple Federal Credit Union

Apple Federal Credit Union (AFCU) has served as a paradigm for corporate investment in our community for nearly a decade. As a part of their extensive community engagement activities, employees have donated thousands of hours by volunteering at NVFS’ Hunger Resource Center, preparing meals at NVFS shelters, and teaching life skills and financial management.

“Working with NVFS has afforded our employees the opportunity to volunteer within their communities an opportunity that has brought a new perspective and meaning to our vision of improving lives and fulfilling dreams,” says Dawn Davis, AFCU’s director of community relations.

We are particularly grateful to have Dawn as our champion. In addition to leading AFCU’s volunteer activities, food drives and school supply drives for NVFS, Dawn volunteers personally – including financial management classes for parents of kids in NVFS’ early childhood programs. She’s currently working to provide skills-based volunteers for NVFS’ job training program, Training Futures.

Thank you from all of us for your generosity of time and talent!


Celebrate a Stronger Northern Virginia: 2017 Road to Independence Gala

2017 Gala

The 2017 Road to Independence Gala is a celebration of the incredible journeys of local families and of the individuals, civic groups and companies who are helping to strengthen the Northern Virginia community. We are thrilled to be honoring Frank Wolf, former U.S. Representative, as the 2017 Legend of Northern Virginia, and Karen Cleveland, president and CEO of Leadership Fairfax, as the 2017 Community Champion.

We cordially invite you to join us at this festive, elegant event on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in celebration of a stronger Northern Virginia community.

  • Purchase an individual ticket
  • See sponsorship opportunities
  • Donate to the silent and/or live auctions

Read more >>  

RSVP: Training Futures 20th Anniversary 


Foster a Love of Learning in Local Children
Christina Gardner, Head Start volunteer

Check out our high-priority volunteer and in-kind donation needs to make an immediate impact in your local community. For more updates throughout the month, follow NVFS on Facebook and/or Twitter to stay up to date on local opportunities to give back. 

  • Head Start Classroom Volunteers: Help young kids learn and play at our Head Start Center! You’ll prepare and lead learn-through-play activities, read to students, decorate the classroom, assist children during activities and help serve breakfast and lunch. More details and opportunities >>
  • Top Item Needs: Diapers, cribs and children’s books are among our most-needed items in our early childhood programs. Visit our full wishlist >> 
Thank you for investing in families and strengthening communities.

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