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Maximizing Impact on Hunger Relief with Healthy Cooking Demos

Hunger Resource Center Maximizes Impact on Hunger Relief With Healthy Cooking Demos

Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) SERVE Campus is bringing healthy eating demonstrations and education to the Hunger Resource Center (HRC) in an effort to educate the public on the benefits of nutritional meals. The HRC serves nearly 600 families in Prince William County each month, granting them access to affordable food, nutritional workshops, SNAP benefits enrollment assistance, and now healthy cooking demos every other Wednesday.

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Volunteers Supporting Our Shelters
Christy Prietsch facilitates Stress Management groups for shelter guests

Thank you to Christy Prietsch for her commitment to volunteering monthly at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter (BCCS). Christy facilitates stress management groups for shelter guests. Participants found Christy’s previous group session on Aug. 17 so helpful that they requested she return to conduct an enhanced stress management session. Thank you, Christy, for teaching shelter guests how to cope with stress and improve their lives!

We were thrilled this month to also have Audi and Rolls Royce volunteers’ support at the HRC, and Occoquan Bible Church and U.S. Marine Corp volunteers help out at the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center.

Special Thanks to Samantha Fenn and “The Mad Scientists”
ATCC Volunteers' Dedication to SERVE and the HRC

Thank you to Samantha Fenn and “The Mad Scientists” who volunteer every month at the HRC; they show no signs of slowing down! The group has been volunteering at the HRC for nearly a year, and they always arrive eager and ready to serve.  

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Our Top Volunteer Needs

Food Recovery
Manassas, Va.

Food Assistance
Manassas, Va.

Children’s Activities Specialist
Manassas, Va.

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Bailey’s Crossroads to Transition Operations from NVFS to New Hope Housing
BCCS Changes Operations from NVFS to New Hope Housing

NVFS and BCCS would like to thank the dedicated BCCS volunteers and donors, past and present, for their commitment to serving those faced with homelessness in the Northern Virginia community and to NVFS. On Oct. 1, BCCS will be under new operation by New Hope Housing.

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering at BCCS this fall can contact admin@newhopehousing.org for more information.

For more information on this transition, please view our press release.

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Events & Opportunities at NVFS

Lou Maroon
Golf Tournament
Wednesday, Sept. 13
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Empty Bowls: A Concert to SERVE Our Community
Sunday, Oct. 22
2 – 5 p.m.

CARE Awards
Friday, Nov. 17
7 a.m.

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Sen. Tim Kaine Visits Multicultural Center
Sen. Kaine speaks with NVFS Multicultural Center staff and clients

NVFS was honored to welcome U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and his team to our Multicultural Center on Friday, Sept. 1. They met and mingled with staff and clients and also prepared welcome bags equipped with food and toiletries for the center’s clients. We are grateful for Sen. Kaine’s dedication to the Northern Virginia community.

For more information on the Multicultural Center, please visit our website.


Top Donation Needs

NVFS is happy to accept donations of all kinds; however, this month’s top donation needs are as follows:

Hilda Barg: Household goods and kitchen cookware; bedding; new undergarments (underwear, undershirts and socks) for men, women and children; gift cards to grocery stores (e.g. Walmart, Target, Harris Teeter) 

BCCS: Gallons of milk, snacks for bagged lunches (e.g., chips, crackers, fruit, granola bars, etc.)

SERVE: Toilet paper, paper plates, paper towels, transportation vouchers, gift cards, diapers and wipes

If you wish to donate other items, a complete wishlist can be found here.

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Northern Virginia Family Service
10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100, Oakton VA 22124

Karen Horowitz (Director): 571.748.2626
Navara Cannon (Prince William County): 571.748.2536
Jamie Johnson (All other counties): 571.748.2621
Meagan Perkins (Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter): 703.820.7621
Everette Thorby
(Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center): 571.748.2674


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