Community Engagement


Community Engagement Initiative Continues in February with Leadership Institute

The Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative (“CEI”) continues with a half-day “Leadership Institute,” scheduled for Saturday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Kings Park Library in Burke. The “Leadership Institute” is back by popular demand after last year’s first-of-its-kind event in Fairfax County. The program drew more than 60 community leaders to learn the “ins and outs” of HOA management, fiduciary responsibility and organizational building.

This year’s Leadership Institute will draw on that programming and add some new sessions. Developed by the Braddock Office and county staff, the Institute is targeted for those who are, or wish to be, officers and directors of civic and homeowners’ associations, PTA’s, scout troops, community pools, and community-based volunteer and non-profit organizations.

Current and future community leaders who attend the workshop will learn about emergency planning, public safety, environmental stewardship, fiduciary roles and responsibilities and how to identify and leverage the assets in your community. A complete agenda will appear in February’s Beacon. Spots are limited, so we encourage those who aspire to effective community and organizational leadership to contact Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300 to sign up today.

Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolution, Get Involved and Volunteer

AARP Tax-Aide is a free, national, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service for low to moderate income and elderly citizens. The program is currently in need of volunteers to electronically complete and file federal and state income tax forms for the 2011 tax season.

The group welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and offers a free five-day training using IRS computers and software. Volunteers become IRS Certified Tax Counselors after completing the training and passing the IRS examination. Training sessions will be held in Annandale, Centreville and Alexandria in January 2011. For more information: www.aarp.org/taxaide.

The Fairfax AAA Volunteer Solutions needs volunteers to drive older adults and adults with disabilities to medical appointments. There also is a need for a Bosnian-English speaker in the South County area to be a friendly visitor. Call the Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406, or e-mail DFSAAAvolunteer@fairfaxcounty.gov, or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.

The Meals on Wheels program needs drivers, especially in the McLean and Tysons areas. Drivers are also needed in Annandale, Falls Church, Lorton and Mt. Vernon. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday, generally between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Volunteers may choose to drive weekly, biweekly, monthly, or be a substitute. For more information, call the Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406; TTY 711, e-mail DFSAAAvolunteer@ fairfaxcounty.gov, or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.


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