Northern Virginia Family Service and Lockheed Martin Partner to Help Families in Need During the Holidays

The Manassas branch of Lockheed Martin collected food and funds to support NVFS’ SERVE Campus.

(Oakton, Va. – Nov. 21, 2017) Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is the vehicle by which everyone in the community has the ability to rally around and ensure that everyone in this community thrives. Through its wraparound service model and myriad locations across Northern Virginia, NVFS is creating a stronger and more vibrant community for everyone.

NVFS is able to increase its impact through the support of the community — including corporate partners such as Lockheed Martin. For the past several years, Lockheed Martin’s Manassas branch has supported NVFS’ SERVE Campus with a food and donation drive at its annual Chili Cook-Off. This year, employees collected the equivalent of 8,633.5 pounds of food, which can provide meals for nearly 1,800 families of four, through collection boxes and online donations. Employees also raised an additional $1,124, including a match from the Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation, toward NVFS’ Keeping Our Promise to SERVE capital campaign.

“When people see the value in their community, they see the value in our services and really want to get involved,” shares Navara Cannon, community and volunteer engagement specialist for NVFS’ SERVE Campus. “It’s been fun to see how the employees at Lockheed Martin engage with us and each other, through different competitions and challenges, to help benefit their local community.”

The Manassas branch supports NVFS’ SERVE Campus throughout the year as well, including its Project MENU campaign, which raised nearly $16,000 this past spring; back-to-school supply drives; and volunteer assistance in NVFS’ Hunger Resource Center. Employees also participate in NVFS’ Strikes for Stronger Families Bowl-a-thon, which takes place annually in March, including food drives and online fundraising.

“What I enjoy most about our holiday support for NVFS’ SERVE Campus is knowing I am helping my local community — not because it’s the holiday season, but because the need is greater while kids are out of school and it’s the right thing to do,” states Pierre Cannon, EPM at Lockheed Martin RMS in Manassas.

To learn more about NVFS’ programs and how you can get involved, visit


About Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS):
NVFS’ ( breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. We provide the essential building blocks for financial, emotional and physical well-being, serving as leaders and innovators for the Northern Virginia community. Every year, we empower 34,000 individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. With these essential resources, our community is better equipped for future success and engagement among all of our neighbors.

About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Manassas facility is part of the Rotary and Mission Systems business area.