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  October 2016
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Empty Bowls – Oct. 13


Just one $20 ticket to Empty Bowls can cover the purchase cost of 100+ pounds of food for more than 33,000 people faced with food insecurity in western Prince William.

Make a difference by attending Empty Bowls on Thursday, Oct. 13, between 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Manassas Church of the Brethren (10047 Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA 20110).

Enjoy a heartwarming meal of soup, bread and dessert (donated by local restaurants), plus performances by the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir. And you’ll also get to select a handmade, ceramic bowl for you.

Pre-sale tickets are available through Oct. 12. Tickets will also be available at the door.
For more information, visit here or contact Sarah Crosley at 571.

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Good News for BCCS

You may have heard about Fairfax County’s recent purchase of a new site for Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter (BCCS), which is within a mile of the current location. We received new good news from Fairfax County last week: The planned temporary relocation will not be needed – BCCS will move directly from the current site to the new site, projected for completion in 2019. We are excited about this change in plans, which will allow for a much smoother transition with minimal disruption in services to our clients! 

For more details, please see Fairfax County’s website.

We have the Power to Make a Difference Today and Every Day

Make a Difference Day,” a nationwide day of service uniting volunteers from across the country in uniting to improve lives, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year on Saturday, Oct. 22. 

Here at NVFS, we are celebrating with a plethora of service activities for you, our fabulous volunteers, to engage (or re-engage) in volunteering. We are celebrating with a diverse line-up of projects on “Make a Difference Day” and through the entire fall season into the holidays.

Here is your opportunity to find the right fit for you and invite others to join in the fun!  

Make a Difference Day ~ Saturday, Oct. 22

Check out these great “Make a Difference Day” activities:

  • Community Yard Sale at Clock Tower – Falls Church
  • Training Futures Clothing Closet – Arlington
  • SERVE Hunger Resource Center – Manassas
  • SERVE Welcome Building Painting – Manassas
  • Click here for details!
Family-Friendly Fall Projects

Are you a parent looking for volunteer opportunities for your whole family? If so, these are the opportunities for you.

Village of Impact
Engage your whole family in the spirit of volunteerism by joining the Village of Impact, a civic engagement and giving program with opportunities for families with children of all ages to become more informed community advocates together. Membership includes four coordinated service projects and educational events focused on today’s key issues. 

Want to learn more first? Join us for the Village of Impact launch on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 1 – 3 p.m. (no commitment required). RSVP for you and the kids here.  

Here are a few more family-friendly opportunities:

  • Mix Family Fun with the Spirit of Giving on Halloween
  • Knock Out School Service Hours on Columbus Day Service Hours
  • Click here for details!
The Joy of Cooking and Sharing Meals

You don’t have to be a cooking wiz! Anyone can bring joy and homemade cooking to brighten the day for homeless families and adults.

Check these out:

  • Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter – Falls Church
  • Holiday Meals at SERVE – Manassas
  • Click here for details!
Events and Drives

Special events and collection drives are great short-term, one-time opportunities for volunteers with limited time:

  • Empty Bowls
  • Event Photographers
  • Operation Turkey
  • Gifting for Families
  • Click here for details!
Holiday Activities

Get into the holiday spirit of giving – it will be here before we know it. Now is your opportunity to plan ahead:

  • Calling all Holiday Decorators
  • Share the Holiday Spirit and Cheer
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping
  • Give Back While You Shop with Amazon Smile and GoodSearch
  • Click here for details!

Learning Opportunity: NVFS Shares Its Expertise

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month, and NVFS’ Meredith McKeen, Director of Multicultural Center and Youth Initiatives, will be presenting at a Community Connections event about how health care providers can identify and refer their patients for specialized services available in Arlington County. This event is Oct. 31st from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information about this learning opportunity, including ticket cost and registration, can be found online. (Tickets required.)

 Save the Date: CARE Awards Breakfast

On Friday, Nov. 18, more than 300 business, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders will gather to honor 16 companies at the 2016 CARE Awards. Join us at the Fairview Park Marriot in Falls Church for our 24th Annual CARE Awards Breakfast as we celebrate companies in Northern Virginia with outstanding cultures, progressive work-life policies and deep community impact. 

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or advertise in the program, click here

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