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Monthly community news for friends and supporters of NVFS May 2017
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Uptown Alley Fundraiser for SERVE
Through Wednesday, May 31

Do More 24 Day of Giving
Thursday, June 8

Yard Sale Benefiting the Community
Saturday, June 10

CARE Awards Breakfast
Friday, Nov. 17

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NVFS.org Relaunches With New Look, New Features


New NVFS Website

We’re excited to share our newly launched website! Check out the updated design and cool features showing how NVFS is making an impact in your community, including:

  • an official blog
  • search functions for services and volunteer opportunities
  • infographics
  • stories
  • videos
  • and more! 

Go to nvfs.org >>


Developing Strong Mental Health in Our Children
Developing Strong Mental Health in Our Children

Every child deserves a loving, nurturing environment from which they can grow and develop. Achieving mental well-being is not always straightforward, and not every family is equipped to appropriately meet the individual needs of their children.

NVFS is a resource for children and their parents to ensure our youngest neighbors are developing a strong mental health foundation. We asked NVFS Head Start mental health coordinator Diana Bermudez, Ph.D., LPC to share insights on assessing childhood mental health, the importance of the family dynamic and how NVFS supports local families in improving early childhood mental health development. Read more >>


NVFS Gala: Paving the Road to Independence
2017 Road to Independence Gala

From left to right: NVFS President & CEO Stephanie Berkowitz, 2017 Community Champion Karen Cleveland, 2017 Legend of Northern Virginia Frank Wolf and U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.)

More than $600,000 was raised at NVFS 2017 Road to Independence Gala to help lift families out of poverty and create a stronger, more vibrant Northern Virginia community for all. For highlights from this inspirational evening, along with featured video and photos, click here >>

Thanks to the generosity and support of our partners, donors and volunteers, we will continue to connect families and individuals with the resources they need to establish their well-being and realize their full potential. 

A special thanks for the 2017 Gala’s success goes to our sponsors, including:

Silver Sponsors

  • Marjie & Steve Alloy
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Peterson Family Foundation
  • John & Nina Toups

Centerpiece Sponsors

  • Maryann Hirsch & Jim Oliver
  • My-Chau & Thong Nguyen
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Coffee & Dessert Sponsors

  • CustomInk
  • ICF
  • Transurban

Leadership Sponsors

  • Accenture Federal Services
  • Access Point Public Affairs
  • BB&T / BB&T Insurance Services
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Leadership Fairfax, Inc.
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

See all 2017 Gala sponsors >>


NVFS in the News


Darrell Dixon, HRC Manager, and children

From The Washington Post: The staff at NVFS’ Hunger Resource Center feel like a family — because half of them are members of the same family. Meet Hunger Resource Center manager Darrell Dixon and his children. Read more >>

From The Washington Post: Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan auctioned off his trademark camo hat and tan suit to benefit the Redskins Charitable Foundation and NVFS. Read more >>

From the NBCC Foundation: Lyda E. Holguin Palacios, a doctoral intern at NVFS’ Multicultural Center, was named as one of 23 doctoral counseling students to the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program. Read more >>

Check out more in our new Media Center >>


Help Us Build a Stronger Community
Volunteering at Head Start

Make an immediate impact in your local community: Volunteer or donate much-needed items! Follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter to stay up to date on local opportunities to give back. 

Volunteer! Our top volunteer needs include summer camp / children’s activities leaders, shelter passenger drivers and Amharic interpreters. We have opportunities for individuals, groups and businesses to get involved. Search our new database >>

Top Item Needs: During the summer months, our Hunger Resource Center at SERVE is especially in need of donations as it serves as a resource for families who during the school year rely on free and reduced lunch. Visit our wishlist >>


Thank you for investing in families and strengthening communities.

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