June 2012

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Young Professionals Mixer at Celebrate Fairfax Creates Connections

Nearly 100 young professionals from twelve local chamber and civic groups connected with each other and local nonprofit groups at the pre-Fairfax Fair event held at the Fairfax County Government Center on June 8. Scheduled right before the Flavor Flav concert, the attendees met, mingled and connected on the Government Center patio.

Nearly 70% of the attendees indicated they would like to continue the connection with the groups they met and interacted. Our thanks to our partners Volunteer Fairfax and Celebrate Fairfax for making this happen!

Look for more connecting opportunitie coming in "Fall for Fairfax".

Fairfax County Definitely Has an App for That! Connecting Local Business with Local Residents

When Visit Fairfax, Fairfax County’s official destination marketing organization, launched its brand Connect with America, the idea was to connect visitors with the County’s tourism and hospitality community.  “Our mission is to work with the local hospitality community to showcase Fairfax County as a premier destination for business and recreational travelers as well as for our own local citizens,” says Barry Biggar, President and CEO of Visit Fairfax. Read More>>

Give & Get Involved Companies that Care! Training & Resources

Homestretch is currently in need of volunteers and items. If you have time to volunteer they are seeking an ESOL tutor, an ESOL Class Assistant and an Employment Center Assistant. E-mail Lauren for more information. All require a minimal amount of time, but would give so much! They are also looking for donations of grocery store gift cards, new or gently used vacuums and new or gently used lamps. If you have it in your hearts and wallets to help, contact Nan with a photo or a description of the item.

Or to make it easy, you can simply donate funds to the organization by visiting their "donate now" (http://www.homestretch-inc.org/Donate-Now) page.

Homestretch is a nonprofit organization that offers hope and help to families in the throes of homelessness. In its 22nd year it doesn't just offer services, it teaches its participants how to become self-sufficient and stand on their own. To accomplish this, Homestretch offers on site a series of services that, when taken together, surround the families with such a holistic array of care that it is possible for the families to make dramatic transformations in their lives.

Some facts about Homestretch: Since 1990, Homestretch has assisted over 1,000 families and 2,000 children. | Of those families entering Homestretch, 83% complete the program and successfully transition into permanent housing. | Recent tracking demonstrates that after two years of having left the program, 93% of graduates remain stable, housed and employed.




Tim Barber, owner of Barber D.M.E. Supply Group, made a one-year commitment tovolunteer as a mentor for the Foster Care and Adoption Unit BeFriend-A-Child (BAC). Three years later not only is he still mentoring, but he has been actively involved supporting the organization both with his time and resources. According to BAC, "He is a unique individual that only comes once in a life time. He is caring. He is a gentle giant. Tim is about business, taking responsibility for everything."

BAC provides mentors to children who have been abused or neglected or are at risk. BAC also exposes mentors and mentees to monthly social, cultural, and educational activities.

In addition to being a mentor, D.M.E. Supply Group has provided funding to help BAC cover the annual membership to the "Most Valuable Kids" organization (MVK). MVK provides nonprofit organizations and their clients with tickets to live sporting and entertainment events such as professional basketball and football games. This generous gift has enabled more than 300 children in foster care to enjoy fun outings and friendship with an adult mentor.

A "tip of the hat" to D.M.E. Supply group and owner Tim Barber!

Congressman Moran's Nonprofit Grant Workshop
Monday, July 9, 2012
National Rural Electric Cooperative, Arlington

Raising the Bar on Your Board's Financial I.Q.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Volunteer Fairfax

CSR on a Shoe String Budget
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

For additional training opportunities, view our calendar

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