Community Engagement in the Braddock District

Get Engaged, Improve your Community! Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Grants Available
September 2011 - 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. This section also includes the following articles:

            Volunteer Opportunities Abound
            The Shepherd Center Could use your help to continue to Provide Valuable Services

Supervisor Cook Set to Launch Citizen Governance Initiative
June 2011 -As a follow-on to my Community Engagement Initiative (CEI), I intend to launch a “Citizen Governance” Initiative.  The CEI was about empowering individuals to work together to improve their own neighborhoods. In this model, government facilitates change, but does not impose it.

Community Engagement Rolls on with an Environmental Leadership Institute
April 2011 - As part of his continuing Community Engagement Initiative, Supervisor Cook invites interested current or future community leaders and volunteers to participate in a day of information and sharing on the environment designed to empower neighborhoods to improve appearance, interaction, openness and sustainability.

Community Engagement Initiative Continues with Second Leadership Institute
February 2011 - 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 2:30 p.m. at the Kings Park Library in Burke.

Community Engagement Initiative Continues in February with Leadership Institute
January 2011 - 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; Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolution, Get Involved and Volunteer

Inspirational Community Engagement Reports Ring in the Holiday Season
December 2010 - Since I came into office almost two years ago, I have made increasing citizen involvement my number one priority. I believe that starts with engaged communities and connected neighborhoods. Whether it be serving as a neighborhood watch or emergency response volunteer, helping in the schools, or visiting a senior who finds it hard to get out of the house, we all have something to offer.

Community Engagement Town Hall to Focus on Neighbors with Disabilities 
November 2010 - Supervisor Cook is extending the reach of his on-going Community Engagement Initiative. Emphasizing the themes of citizen participation, leadership training and outreach that made the Community Engagement Initiative so successful, this expanded effort, “Engaging People with Disabilities,” will focus on connecting community leaders with our neighbors with disabilities, so that they can participate more fully in community life.

Get Engaged in Your Community and Help the Environment at the Same Time 
November 2010 - Volunteer opportunities with the Artistic Rain Barrel Program, Removing Invasive Plants from Fairfax County Parks,  a Stream Monitoring Workshop at Accotink Creek and by building Your Own Composter

Braddock District Sponsors Packing Day to Support Deployed Troops
October 2010 - Working with VolunteerFest® and America’s Adopt A Soldier, Supervisor Cook will be sponsoring a Packing Day on October 23 at Lake Braddock Secondary School. This event is part of a larger campaign, Challenge America 2010, which has a goal of sending a care package to every deployed service man and woman by the end of November.

VolunteerFest® is Fast Approaching, Get Engaged and Help Your Community
October 2010 - Join Volunteer Fairfax at VolunteerFest®, on Saturday, October 23 for its 16th annual Fairfax area day of service. VolunteerFest® is a region-wide day of community service held in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. VolunteerFest® mobilizes hundreds of volunteers to help nonprofits accomplish tasks that they would not have the time, resources or ability to do on their own.

Volunteers with Green Thumbs Use Their Fridays to Beautify Kings Park Library 
October 2010 - For almost 20 years, a loyal cadre of Braddock residents have worked tirelessly to improve and enhance the outside environment at the Kings Park Library. These volunteers are members of the Friends of the Library, and its coordinator, Norene Gerstner, serves as the Friends’ Garden Chair. Gerstner, who has been planting, pruning, weeding and mulching at the library for 14 years, is a Master Gardener and hosts a free weekly plant clinic from 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays at the Library between May and September.

Community Engagement: Community Cleanup Days this Spring
April 2010 - Clean Fairfax Council and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District encourage Fairfax County residents and homeowner associations to coordinate a community “Cleanup for Spring!” Organized clean up days are a great way get engaged, to meet your neighbors and improve your neighborhood at the same time.

Braddock District Neighborhood Colleges Set to Begin March 1 
February 2010 - Phase two of my Community Engagement Initiative begins next month with two Neighborhood Colleges. Neighborhood College is ideal for those who want to make a difference but aren’t sure where to start. Graduates use this program to help their neighbors, become involved in local issues, take on leadership roles in their communities and volunteer. Students learn about local government, meet elected officials and leaders, meet community-based organizations, see how to build partnerships and consensus and learn effective participation and leadership skills, including engaging diverse communities.

Volunteer in Your Community
February 2010 - Community Engagement Tip of the Month: Mentor in the Fairfax Public Schools: Are you a caring, responsible adult who is interested in giving time to a student?  Are you willing to encourage that child to develop his/her strengths and capabilities? Can you take the time to be a role model, a friend, a guide, a listener, motivator and advocate for that child? If you answered yes to these questions, then MentorWorks needs you!

Community Engagement Initiative Continues with January 23rd Leadership Institute
January 2010 - The Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative (“CEI”) continues with an all-day “Leadership Institute” scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at the Woods Community Center in Burke Centre. The “Leadership Institute” is a first-of-its-kind event in Fairfax County. Developed with a team that included myself, county officials, representatives from Volunteer Fairfax and the Braddock District Council, 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.

Volunteer in Your Community
January 2010 - Community Engagement Tip of the Month: Help Pack 100 Care Boxes for our Troops this Saturday: Join Little River Glen Senior Center (4001 Barker Court) on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1 p.m as they try to meet their goal of packing and shipping 100 boxes. In conjunction with the America’s Adopt a Soldier program, Packing Day is a way to support our troops as we gather and pack donated items as care packages that are then sent to Service members overseas.

Become an Active Partner in Your Community Through Neighborhood College and the Leadership Institute 
December 2009 - The Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative seeks to foster stronger connections between people and their communities, strengthen our neighborhoods and help improve the quality of life in the Braddock District. Below, you will find information on two programs that will teach you how to step forward and make a difference in your community. If you would like to sign up and join us for one or both of these educational opportunities or are just looking for more information contact the office at 703-425-9300 or

Community Engagement Begins by Reaching out to Your Neighbor
November 2009 - Last month I launched the Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative - a multi-faceted effort that encourages people to get more connected to each other and their communities, and strengthens community organizations through leadership training, support and connections.

Getting Involved with the Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative 
November 2009 - Have you ever wanted to become more involved with your neighbors, local businesses and organizations in your community? Have you ever wondered how Fairfax County Government works, or how the Dillon rule affects Fairfax County and other Counties in Virginia? If so, Fairfax County Government has two exciting opportunities for you: Leadership Institute and Neighborhood College!

Supervisor Cook Launches Community Engagement Initiative 
October 2009 - It has been said that you don’t need to move in order to live in a better neighborhood.  This statement reflects the power that individuals possess to effect positive change in their communities. As our lives have become busier and more complex and our society more diverse, we have lost some of our connections to one another, leaving us more isolated as individuals and our communities less connected than they once were. However, the Kings Park Neighborhood Initiative, which I launched as civic association president to increase civic engagement and pursue innovative approaches to property maintenance issues, proved that a desire for strong communities is very much alive. It just requires a bit of encouragement and direction.

Make a Difference In Your Community By Becoming Involved 
October 2009 - October 24th Marks the 15th Annual VolunteerFest: Sign Up Now to Volunteer! Volunteer Fairfax is now accepting volunteer registrations for its 15th annual VolunteerFest®, to be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Hundreds of volunteers are needed at area nonprofits, schools and parks to complete 35 projects on this county-wide day of service. Individuals, families, corporations and civic groups are encouraged to participate.

Help Strengthen Your Neighborhood 
June 2009 - Summer is upon us. For civic and homeowners’ associations, this often means “down” time as many organizations do not meet during the summer and instead use the time to plan for the upcoming year. If your organization is one of those (or even if it isn’t), I’d like to propose some ideas for your “summer planning.”

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