Helping Build Brighter Futures Across Northern Virginia for Nearly 10 Years
Apple Federal Credit Union (AFCU) has served as a paradigm for corporate investment in NVFS for nearly a decade. Employees have donated thousands of hours by volunteering at NVFS’ Hunger Resource Center, preparing meals at NVFS shelters, providing life skills and financial management classes and supporting NVFS’ Training Futures workforce development program. AFCU also conducts food drives, supports NVFS’ CARE Awards and is one of the oldest contributors to NVFS’ Back-to-School drive that provides children with essential school supplies. Most recently, AFCU volunteered at SERVE Shelter’s Music Bridge DMV event in partnership with local musicians to bring the gift of music to our guests by providing refreshments, snacks, table linens and centerpieces and acting as servers for our guests throughout the mini concert.
We are particularly grateful to have Dawn Davis as our champion. In addition to leading AFCU’s volunteer activities and drives, Dawn finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer personally — including financial management classes for parents of kids in NVFS’ early childhood programs. She’s currently working to expand the reach of NVFS even further by providing skills-based volunteers for Training Futures trainees.
Davis says, “Apple strives to be an ‘Employer of Choice’ among its employees and understands the need for strong workforce development, which means strong, qualified candidates. Our Apple leadership enjoys being an email mentor to the students going through the program; helping develop communications skills and techniques that will lead them to better opportunities.”
AFCU’s partnership with NVFS and support of our programs is creating a community where the idea of working together to achieve more becomes a company standard, and AFCU exhibits just that by allowing their employees to utilize work hours to volunteer with other organizations such as NVFS.
“There is not a cause that is untouched by NVFS. From Healthy Families, to the Hunger Resource Center to the Emergency Shelters; if there is a need, NVFS provides a way to meet that need,” said Davis.
NVFS is thankful for AFCU’s continued support and shared vision to continue to uplift those in our community through dedicated service and partnership.
“AFCU’s commitment to this vision has also afforded me to integrate my position as Director of Community Relations with my personal commitment to community service and outreach. We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to achieving more in the future,” says Dawn.
"Working with NVFS has afforded our employees with the opportunity to volunteer within their communities; an opportunity that has brought a new perspective and meaning to our vision of improving lives and fulfilling dreams," says Dawn Davis, AFCU's director of community relations.