Office of Public Private Partnerships October 2017 Newsletter

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April 2018

Mt. Vernon Town Meeting

It’s Volunteer Month! Fairfax County Partner Liasions and Volunteer Coordinators have a message for you!!

OP3 recently hosted a seminar for the Fairfax County Volunteer Coordinators and Partnership Liaisons at the Government Center. Carolyn Berkowitz, incoming CEO of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), gave a powerful presentation on how to work with companies to further corporate responsibility goals. 


MAY 17, 2018
The United Way of the National Capital Area



OP3 in the Community

On March 26th, OP3 and Serving Together hosted the Veterans Housing Connections Forum at the Fairfax County Government Center.  Spearheaded by Christy Kenady from Serving Together and Ingrid Abernathy from OP3, attendees came together to address veterans' housing needs, discover supportive organizations and connect to existing resources. 

There were more than 100 attendees from 52+ organizations, businesses, NOVA county agencies, elected officials, as well as attendees from Maryland and the D.C.

Attendees walked away with valuable information and new networks to better address veterans' housing challenges in the National Capital Region.


Tysons Partnership

Building “America’s next great city” requires a lot more than the brick and mortar, transportations hubs and shopping centers, it requires a “soul” that makes people want to live, work and play there. Enter Tysons Partnership, a collaboration of passionate people who want to make the vision of a vibrant city into a reality. To accomplish this the Partnership has taken an active role in building community and citizenship through collaborative projects for the common good. Entitled “Tysons Care”, it embarked on a series of inclusive events which promotes social responsibility and serves as a cohesive bonding opportunity for residents, members and business community that call Tysons home.
In the past two years the Partnership has operated #Shoes4Kids, which donated more than 1500 pairs of shoes to the Fairfax County Public Schools; sponsored the Tysons 5K which generated more than $75,000 for Food for Others; worked with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and B.F. Saul (now the Doubletree) to provide intensive on-the-job English classes for hospitality workers seeking to improve their skills; ...

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Give & Get Involved

Companies that Care

Training & Resources

Watershed Cleanout with TEDx and Alice Ferguson Foundation
Join TEDxTysons, Tysons Rotary, Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, Earls Kitchen + Bar, and Tysons Partnerships for a Tysons take over and help put litter in its place! This event on April 21 from 9:00-12:00p is a part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation's 30th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.
RSVP required!

MCCP Foundation Celebrating Our Community Champions of Children's Health

Help provide the resources for preventative health for more than 3500 uninsured children in Fairfax County. It's a night filled with delicious fare, signature drinks, a silent and live auction, and mingling with our partners in health.RSVP for the Gala at Country Club of Fairfax today!

Taste of Islam Annual Open House
Join the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center for their annual Taste of Islam on Sunday, April 22 from noon to 5:00p. Food, drinks a talent show, and henna are just of few of the things in store at this community open house.

26th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards, April 27
Tickets are available for the 2018 Volunteer Service Awards on Friday, April 27 at from 8-10 am.  Come hear the amazing and inspiring stories of service from your friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout
Take advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Drop off medications at any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

PRS’ Springtopia: Season of Hope
PRS, Inc., a nonprofit helping those living with serious mental illness or facing life crises, is hosting its first annual Springtopia: Season of Hope at the Hyatt Regency Tysons on May 12 from 6-9:30pm

Free Lightbulbs
Fairfax County is giving away up to five, free LED light bulbs at six Fairfax County libraries in April and May. Bring in up to four of your incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs and exchange them for warm white light ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs . You could cut your utility bill by at least $25 per year by replacing five traditional, incandescent bulbs with LEDs.



Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac operates in the secondary mortgage market and makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. They also operate a unique internship that offers opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

In 2012, Freddie Mac had the foresight to reach for an untapped market for interns – individuals on the autism spectrum.  Originally partnering with Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a nonprofit run for and by autistic individuals, they created a unique 16-week program that proactively places individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into custom roles where they use their STEM skills. Now they accept resumes on their careers website. They then evaluate the applicants, look to match skills to a business need, and place selected candidates in an opportunity within Freddie Mac where they could contribute and grow.  Once an internship has ended, Freddie Mac evaluates their current business needs and may extend the internship or place the intern in a permanent position. 

This program began with four interns in 2012 and, in total, 18 individuals have come through the program. Of those hired, 6 are still employed by Freddie Mac in areas like operations and IT.  Many also use the internship as a springboard to outside  career opportunities in their areas of interest. No doubt, Freddie Mac’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices - including individuals on the autism spectrum - is a win for the disabled community, whose members have so much to offer the workforce.

Because of its commitment to the disabled community, in 2017 Freddie Mac was recognized as one of a select group of large employers which attained a perfect score of 100 points on the Disability Equality Index, a national annual benchmarking tool which offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices.  Great job Freddie Mac in recognizing that talent comes in all forms!

Freddie Mac makes housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. They are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders and taxpayers.





Check out our calendar for more trainings, resources and ways to get involved.

April 23
11th Annual Regional Community Partnership Forum (rescheduled date)
OP3,  Mason, McLean Chamber
Mason Campus, Arlington

April 25
Setting Key Performance Indicators for Business Success
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

April 26
Towards Environmental Resiliency In a Changing World
NOVA Green Festival

Northern Virginia Community College

April 26
YP Series: Advance your Career
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
The Lake House, Reston

April 28
Fairfax County Scam Jam: Avoid Shams and Ruses

AARP and Fairfax County
Fairfax County Government Center

April 30
50+ Employment Expo
Jewish Council for the Aging, Fairfax County, AARP
Fair Oaks Marriott

May 3
Brightest Minds: Richard Rothstein on the Color of Law
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Mt. Vernon Place United

May 8
Volunteer Leadership: The Art of Managing Up AND Down
9:00 to 10:00a
Volunteer Fairfax

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year for graduating high school seniors. Multiple scholarships are available with awards over $200,000 each year to help nearly 80 Northern Virginia students attend the college of their choice. Each scholarship has different selection criteria, allowing opportunities for a diverse range of students.





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