Braddock District Community Corner


 Supervisor Cook in the Community

On July 3rd, Supervisor Cook was proud to participate in the Fairfax celebration of America’s Independence. The day began with him riding through the streets of Fairfax in the annual parade. Later that evening, the Supervisor, along with his family, enjoyed a concert by the City of Fairfax Band and fireworks at Fairfax High School.

On July 4th, Supervisor Cook took part in the Kings Park Independence Day Celebration. This event included a parade through the streets of Kings Park as well as a concert by the Kings Park Band. In between these two events, the Supervisor was pleased to help dedicate the wonderful new playground equipment in the park.

On July 7th and 21st, Supervisor Cook took part in two separate “Meet the Management” events at the Burke Centre and Rolling Road VRE stations. These gave riders a chance to talk with the VRE leaders about how their commute was and to ask questions about how it might be made even better. Supervisor Cook is a member of the VRE Operations Board.

On July 22nd, Supervisor Cook was a guest at the “Lunch n’ Life” series at Burke Presbyterian Church. The guest speakers were the VA Task Force team that went to Haiti and assisted with the after effects of the earthquake that occurred earlier this year.

As pictured above, Supervisor Cook joins Senator Dick Saslaw, School Board Representative Tessie Wilson, Park Authority Board Member Winnie Shapiro, KPCA President Kayleen Fitzgerald at the dedication ceremony of the King’s Park Park playground.

 

Save the Date: Braddock Packing Day, October 23rd

Today, our Military personnel are deployed throughout the world providing critical support and security to our Nation. They need to know they have the support of their Families and Community at home. As a small token of our appreciation, Supervisor Cook is asking that folks from all over Fairfax County consider joining him in an ongoing project called Challenge America 2010, supported by America’s Adopt A Soldier.
In conjunction with VolunteerFest, we are asking members of the community to come together on Saturday, October 23rd at Lake Braddock Secondary School to help us achieve our goal of packing and shipping 1000 boxes to service members abroad.

We can make this happen if we all dedicate ourselves to raising awareness for this event and encouraging each other to get involved. Individually, you can help by:
        1.Giving a few hours of your time on Saturday, October 23rd at Lake Braddock Secondary School to address and pack “Care Packages” for our service members. If you would like to volunteer your time and help us out at this event please contact Lindsey Smith of our office at 703-425-9300.
        2.Donating items. A list of suggested items includes: Socks, DVDs, CDs/CD players, Liquid body soap, Toiletries (tooth brushes, toothpaste), Snacks (Hard candy, crackers), Handheld Games, Coffee, Gatorade, Sun Block, Paper, pens, pencils, envelopes, batteries, foot powder and many others. These items can be dropped off at a number of locations as of yet to be determined, but to begin, my office will serve as the first drop-off location and is ready to accept donated items.
        3.Donating funds. The cost to mail a box is $10.70 and the cost of the contents of one box is approximately $20.00. You can make your check payable to America’s Adopt A Soldier and they can be mailed to America’s Adopt A Soldier at P.O. Box 1049, Springfield VA 22151.

 

Save the Date: Oak Hill Open House, Saturday October 16

This years program runs from Noon until 5 P.M., with the opening ceremony scheduled for 12:30 P.M. Featured speakers will include Maddy McCoy, John Browne and Dennis Howard.

Together, McCoy and Browne will present what is known of a now-lost African American community that developed in the late 1800s on former Oak Hill land on Braddock Road. Springfield resident and author, Dennis Howard recounts his family’s passage from slavery in Culpeper, Virginia, to becoming land owners and proprietors of a blacksmith shop on Little River Turnpike, to their contributions in developing our community.

 

Ideas to Help Build A Strong Community

Let’s keep the Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative going strong! Consider implementing one or more of these ideas to help build better connections between neighbors in your community.

•Conduct a membership drive for your Homeowners Association or Civic
Association to engage those who have not traditionally participated

•Organize an annual social gathering to welcome new neighbors

•Organize a community blood drive to benefit your local hospital

•Coordinate a volunteer drive to benefit a local mentoring organization

•Organize a food drive to benefit a local food bank

•Form a neighborhood watch group

•Volunteer and/or donate at a local homeless shelter

•Create a ‘check on your neighbors’ campaign. Organize a group of people who will periodically check on those who may be vulnerable and need assistance

•Organize a group to volunteer to deliver Meals-on-Wheels in your neighborhood

•Volunteer at your local neighborhood school

•Volunteer/Adopt a local fire station or police station

•Conduct a fundraiser or book drive for your local library

•Volunteer or have the community adopt a Senior Center or a Senior Assisted Living Center

 

Braddock Neighborhood News: Improving the Quality of Care for Loved Ones with Long-Term Needs

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Donna Goldbranson from Specially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC) and Karen Brown from Brain Injury Services, Inc. to discuss how each of us can assist in improving the standards and availability of care for loved ones and neighbors with long-term needs.

On the program, Donna Goldbranson shares with viewers how SPARC provides independent living skills training and community involvement and vocational opportunities for people with life-long disabilities. Karen Brown shares with viewers how Brain Injury Services provides case management, independent living skills training, care and social skills training to those living with the challenges of brain injury.

While our government provides some forms of support, many of those in need of long-term care are served by local non-profit organizations and neighbors willing to offer a helping hand. Each local resident willing to assist local non-profits such as Brain Injury Services and SPARC can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need and they are always in need of more.

If you are interested in learning about the work that these non-profits do in our community, please tune in to BNN on Fridays and Sundays at 5 p.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 16. You can also watch online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/asx/supervisor_cook.asx.
To help our neighbors in need, you can contact SPARC at 703-338-6185 or at www.sparcontheweb.org or Brain Injury Services at 703-451-8881 or at www.braininjurysvcs.org.


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