Get Engaged, Improve your Community! Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Grants Available


If you have an idea or project to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood, Fairfax County is now offering up to $5,000 in matching grants to make your community a better place to live. These grants are available to neighborhood, civic or non-profit groups, pool and homeowner’s associations and Neighborhood Watch groups through the Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program (NEPP). Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m., and additional information about groups or projects eligible for funding can be found online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cex/nepp/.

Communities have received money to repair or expand playgrounds, put up community signs, plant community gardens, and build paths, bridges and outdoor pavilions to help connect neighbors and neighborhoods. The partnership program’s goals include: Promoting healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhoods and enhancing neighborhood appearance.
In Braddock District, both Danbury Forest and Kings Park were successful NEPP awardees. Because this is a matching grant program, organizations must contribute either cash; in-kind donations; discounts on goods or services; and/or sweat equity. Eligible projects also must include at least 25 percent volunteer labor as part of their match. There are two remaining information sessions at which staff will explain how to apply:

Thursday, September 15, 6:00 p.m.: Falls Church Human Services Building, Suite 305, 6245 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church or Thursday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. at the McLean Government Center Community Room, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean.

For more information about the program, information sessions, or application process, contact Rachel Robinson, Fairfax County Department of Administration for Human Services, at 703-324-5639.
Look for other ways to volunteer and get engaged in your community on page 5 of this Braddock Beacon.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound

Save the Date: VolunteerFest set for October 22
Again this year, we will be offering local citizens the chance to participate in VolunteerFest which is held annually by Volunteer Fairfax. Last year in the Braddock District we hosted a number of events, including a very large packing day at Lake Braddock Secondary School for deployed American troops. Packing Day will be just one event that will be occurring again this year along with several others.

Registration for projects begins on September 19 and can be done at http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/volunteerfest.php.
If you have any further questions about VolunteerFest, call Lindsey Smith in Supervisor Cook’s office at 703-425-9300.

Help Your Local Library
Annually, individual and corporate volunteers donate over 150,000 hours of work to the library. You too can join our elite corps of dedicated volunteers! You can make a big difference in the quality of library service in your community by sharing your time and talent. You can find openings for libraries county-wide by following this link: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/volunteer/voljobopenings.htm.

At libraries close to home, both Burke and Kings Park are looking for help in cultivating their gardens. At Kings Park, Adopt-A-Shelf volunteers are also needed. For a description of all volunteer positions available, please visit: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/volunteer/volposdesc.htm, and for a list of the volunteer contact at each library, please see: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/volunteer/coords.htm

Assist your Neighborhood Park
Did you know you could adopt your local park? The Adopt-A-Park program is a cooperative venture between the Fairfax County Park Authority and interested community organizations and citizens. Groups or individuals assume the maintenance responsibility for designated park areas or facilities. Areas within parks may include flower beds, playgrounds, stream valleys, trees and other points of interest.

The program fosters a sense of pride and ownership in park facilities in the county. Often entire neighborhoods or communities enjoy lending a hand for maintenance of the playgrounds in their nearby parks, or the trails in a nearby stream valley park. This cooperative venture benefits all users of the park system and allows the Park Authority to leverage its resources throughout the system; expanding the recreational benefits enjoyed by the citizens of the county.

For more information or to find an application, visit: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/volunteer/adopt.htm

The Shepherd Center Could Use Your Help to Continue to Provide Valuable Services

The Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield provides social and educational opportunities as well as services for older adults in Annandale and Springfield. Programs include bi-monthly Lunch N’ Life luncheons featuring speakers or entertainment, a variety of classes and workshops through Adventures in Learning and field trips and outings to various sites in the Metropolitan Washington Area.

Services provided include Hand Helpers, Friendly Callers and Transportation to medical appointments and for grocery shopping. Volunteers are encouraged to participate as drivers in the: hand helpers or friendly callers programs, or to provide assistance in their office. To arrange for services of to volunteer, please call the Shepherd’s Center office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 703-941-1419 or e-mail shepherscas@vacoxmail.com


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