NVFS Healthy Families Arlington Receives Grant from Target

Oakton, Va., Sept. 22, 2005— Northern Virginia Family Service is pleased to announce that its Healthy Families Arlington (HFA) program recently received a $1,500 grant from Target to help support family group socialization activities.

“We are grateful to Target for its donation to Healthy Families Arlington, which will help us provide group socializations, such as early literacy workshops, holiday parties and family picnics, to many local families. These are an important part of HFA’s parent education efforts, providing peer-support and sharing, opportunities for parent-child socialization and information on topics such as parents reading to their children,” said NVFS President and CEO Mary Agee.

Healthy Families Arlington, an NVFS program, is a voluntary home visiting program, which supports new parents and their young children during a child’s most rapid and significant phase of development. Started in 1997, the program improves parenting, encourages child health and development and prevents child abuse and neglect. Affiliated with Healthy Families America, a national initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, the program is a public/private partnership funded at the local and state level.

This grant is part of the ongoing support Target provides to local communities throughout the country. Every week Target gives more than $2 million to strengthen families and communities across the nation, with a focus on education, the arts, social services and other vital community partnerships.