Braddock Community Events for December
The Giving Season: During the month of December there are a number of
Charitable Organizations that Could Use Your Help
As we prepare for the holiday season it is important to remember there are those in Fairfax County who could use our support. The Office of Public, Private Partnership has begun its 12 ways of giving campaign by offering suggestions of organizations that you may donate to. Below are a few suggestions as well as additional organizations.
To make a difference in the life of a child, consider BeFriend-A Child, a volunteer mentoring program.
Through mentoring, BeFriend-A-Child hopes to reduce some of the child abuse and neglect “risk factors”, like social isolation, lack of support, and family stress; and to enhance various “protective factors” like positive self-esteem, good social skills, hobbies, interests, and good peer relationships. BeFriend-A-Child can also help encourage youth (with strong parental involvement) to make healthy life decisions and to achieve their potential.
Children from ages 5 to 12 are matched one-on-one with volunteers who are trained to serve as mentors and friends. In addition to spending one-on-one time together, the mentors and children participate in monthly educational and social group activities, such as the holiday party, performing arts workshop, hayride, tour of the Washington Post, and community services project. Mentors agree to spend a minimum of eight hours a month and at least twice a month for one year with their mentees.
To get more information or to request an application, please contact Andrea Stephenson from the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7072 or check out this website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/childrenyouth/befriendachild.htm
Holiday Drive with Facets
Interested in volunteering to help with the Holiday Drives? FACETS needs people to help receive, sort, transport, and assist in distributing donations; help children pick out gifts for their siblings; assist with activities at holiday events; and wrap gifts. If you would like to volunteer your time please download the Holiday Drives flyer or contact Stacy Boden at 703-352-3268 or sboden@FacetsCares.org.
Holiday Cheer to Ill Children
For the 26th year in a row, the Fairfax County Police Department Motorcycle Squad is working collaboratively with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Fairfax City Police, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, and the Town of Vienna Police to collect and distribute toys for sick children, as well as local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House.
Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy, game or book at any Fairfax County Police station before Monday, December 10. These items bring joy and smiles to the many children who are critically ill and unable to be home for the holidays. Donations are also being accepted at the Fairfax County Police Headquarters at 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.
The motorcycle officers’ “Santa’s Ride” collection will take place on December 11; distribution of gifts will take place at Inova Fairfax Hospital on December 12 and Georgetown Hospital on December 13.
Share the holiday spirit with children and adults by donating gifts for the holidays to FACETS.
Please drop off your holiday gift donations by December 14, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Donations will be accepted at FACETS’ main office, 10640 Page Avenue, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. Please do not wrap gifts. To sign up to donate, please complete and return the form on the flyer or complete the online Holiday Drives form. Gifts for teens are especially needed.
Please also consider donating gifts cards (of $10 or $15) to stores such as Target, Walmart, Kmart, Old Navy, Payless Shoe Source, Kohl’s, The Children’s Place, Macy’s, and Best Buy. Please contact Melissa Edwards at 703-865-4251 or medwards@FacetsCares.org to sign up to volunteer or for more information.
Suggested items for children ($10 in value)
toys (preferably not requiring batteries;
please include batteries if needed)
Christmas stockings (empty)
Suggested items for adults
($15 in value)
body lotion/spa items
Winter Outerwear Drive to benefit ECHO
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce will run its winter outerwear campaign to benefit ECHO until Wednesday, December 14. The Braddock District Office, located at 9002 Burke Lake Road in Burke is a drop-off location. Please bring new winter hats, scarves and gloves for all ages and new children’s coats, as well as gently used blankets.
Donate Library Books
If you would like to donate to the Fairfax County Public Library they are now accepting donations through Amazon. You may go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html/002-9627810-1915264?id=2P3AKWX1F9FO and purchase a book that will enter circulation at one of the Fairfax County Libraries.
Give the Gift of Trees
Looking for something special for a loved one, friend or client this holiday season? How about giving a gift that will show the recipient your appreciation while doing something positive for Fairfax County’s environment? ReForest Fairfax allows you to do that by giving the gift of trees. For each gift you buy, Fairfax ReLeaf (a local organization dedicated to restoring Fairfax County’s tree canopy) will plant five seedlings in your recipient’s honor. A personalized card and certificate will be sent to your recipient informing them of the gift, and they can even check the online map to see where in the county their trees are planted. All proceeds from your purchase go towards Fairfax ReLeaf’s tree planting efforts. To place an order or learn more about the program, please visit http://www.fcrpp3.org/reforestfairfax/
Ombudsman Program Recruits Volunteers for Spring Training
Would you like to help residents of nursing and assisted living facilities advocate for their rights, resolve conflicts and improve their quality of life? The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to commit four hours a week for one year. Volunteers set their own schedules and receive training and support. Visits usually occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Apply now for the spring 2013 training. Application forms can be found on the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program website www.FairfaxCounty.Gov/LTCOmbudsman You can also call 703-324-5861 or 703-324-5422; TTY 703-449-1186 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to the Elderly and Disabled
This holiday season, Life Circle Alliances is partnering with Fairfax County’s Division of Adult and Aging Services/Fairfax Area Agency on Aging to purchase holiday gift cards for older adults and adults with disabilities who are clients of the County.To donate to the holiday gift card fund, please go to http://www.lifecirclealliances.org/donate.htm and follow the instructions on the website for donating.
Adopt a Family for Christmas
A Way Forward will be helping the Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) adopt families for the holidays. A Way Forward helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence transition to safe and independent living by providing assistance for emergency services such as temporary housing, transportation, food and other basic life needs They are accepting monetary donations which will then be used to purchase gifts and goods that one family will need during the winter months and beyond. In order to get an idea for how large a family or what type of family you can support, please contact Vanessa Cullers at email@example.com or 703-324-2842. You may also make a monetary donation through their website at http://www.awayforward.org/
Toys for Tots
Support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. The program has been collecting toys since 1991 and has distributed over 64.5 million toys since then to children in need.
Local Toys for Tots Drop-Off Location:
Glory Days Grill: Jim Rafferty
11/07 - 12/18
11:30 AM thru Midnight
9526 Old Keene Mill Rd. , Burke, Virginia, 22015
Help a Burke Family Displaced by a Fire
Neighbors and friends of a family who lost many of their possessions in a Burke fire have set up a fund to help their neighbors.
Checks can be sent to Burke & Herbert Bank, 9516 Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke, VA 22015. The bank asks that donors put “Help Manet Road” and account number 211008906 on checks. Donors can call the bank at 703-684-1655 and ask for the branch manager if they have questions. Questions can also be sent to the neighbors responsible for setting up the fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.