Northrop Grumman Business Engagement Event
“We are fortunate to have a business community that gets it! The participation of so many businesses at the Northrop Grumman business engagement event demonstrates that our local businesses understand what it takes to build great communities – it is done by working together.”
~ Catherine Hudgins, Hunter Mill District Supervisor and Governing Board Member of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness
More than 50 business and community leaders responded to an invitation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Northrop Grumman to attend the second business engagement event organized by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. The event was held at Northrop Grumman’s Dulles Corner facility in Herndon on Nov. 30, 2010. Business and community leaders were joined by elected officials, members of the Governing Board of the community partnership and staff from the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) to:
- Discuss strategies to prevent and end homelessness.
- Find out how businesses and their employees can make an impact.
- Talk about dynamics of engaging the entire community.
Members of the Governing Board shared why they decided to get involved and have remained committed to the goal of ending homelessness in 10 years. Along with Chairman Bulova and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Hudgins,Governing Board member and Vice President of Full Spectrum Initiatives, Defense Systems Division with Northrop Grumman Dan “Fig” Leaf shared a touching personal experience with a homeless family overseas. All Governing Board members encouraged the attending businesses to join the community partnership in support of the 10-Year Plan.
More than 1,500 children, women and men are faced with homelessness each day in our community and many are just one paycheck away from homelessness. “You may be surprised to learn that my family has always actively volunteered and in the past we served food to hundreds of homeless people every night in our hometown,” said Rafael, a former homeless client. “We never thought that we would be the ones needing food or shelter, but when we were, FACETS was there to help.” Rafael was introduced by FACET’s Executive Director Amanda Andere. During his presentation he shared how grateful he and his family were to FACETS, OPEH and the entire community partnership for helping them get back on their feet.
In the spirit of the holiday season, many of participants made financial donations and commitments of engagement. Many also offered to:
- Supply in-kind goods and services to nonprofits serving the most vulnerable of our neighbors.
- Provide financial assistance to enhance the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) program.
- Volunteer their time and talents to help local nonprofits.
- Educate their employees and companies to raise awareness and understanding on issues such as limited availability of affordable housing.
Special thanks to Chairman Bulova, Northrop Grumman, the Governing Board Business Engagement Committee, OPEH staff and all the guests for helping make this event such a success.
The Governing Board Business Engagement Committee plans to host four events in 2011. Learn more about how to get engaged and support the 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.