Fairfax County Jeans Day 2011 – Putting the ZIP on Homelessness
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed October 21 as Jeans Day 2011. Read about the results of this event!
- The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to End Homelessness, Fairfax County agencies, civic organizations, area businesses, nonprofit organizations and other Northern Virginia chambers of commerce for a Northern Virginia wide "Jeans Day 2011." The Chamber requests your community spirit and support by sponsoring a Jeans Day in your workplace or business.
- More than 55 workplaces, accounting for over 1,500 employees, have now registered to participate in Jeans Day 2011 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness.
- On October 21 allow your employees to wear jeans to support the 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Partnership to Prevent and End homelessness.
- The cost to an employee to participate is $5. Each participating business will collect the funds raised and if they choose can match the funds.
- Donations will be donated directly to the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.
- Businesses who wish to participate may register here. Participating businesses will be listed on that site.
What is Jeans Day?
Jeans Day (Denim Day) is an event held across the United States, UK and Australia throughout the year to show support for many “causes” from children’s health and medical to women’s health. Jean Days are held as campaigns and fund raising efforts to support causes, public awareness, organizations, education and national research. In most areas corporations encourage their employees to be involved by paying or donating to wear jeans for a cause. Many times participating corporations match the funds raised by their employees.
Deltek recently hosted a Jeans Day for the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness and matched the funds of their employees raising several thousand dollars to fund organizations that serve the homeless.
“Helping raise funds to use for organizations battling homelessness is a priority for Deltek. We thought the idea was good for three reasons it raises money for worthy causes, it allows our employees to 'dress down' at work, and it is an easy and great way to get all of our employees energized about helping others.” ~ Patrick Smith, vice president of corporate marketing and communication with Deltek
The Jeans Day concept is simple-by convincing enough people to take one small step, together they could reach an incredible goal of awareness, involvement and support.
Where are the Donations Going?
All funds raised go directly to the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. There are many ways you, your business or your community organization can impact homelessness today. No matter what your skills, age or resources, there are ways you can make a difference for people who are homeless. This fund not only supports rapid re-housing activities, but also provides valuable resources that tackle multiple prevention issues. Checks can be made payable to PEH/CFNCR (Partnership to End Homelessness) and mailed to the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 561, Fairfax, VA 22035.
Help Us Make a Difference
More than 1,500 children, women and men face homelessness and the threat of severe temperatures and hunger today in the Fairfax County-Falls Church community. The majority of people without homes in our community are children and working families. Homelessness affects everyone, with social and economic costs to the community, including increased public costs for medical care and education.
Make your Jeans Day a huge success. It's fun and simple to organize.
- Ask people to come to work in their jeans and make a donation of $5. It’s a great way to bring a team, a floor or the whole company together.
- Download Jeans Day flyer and distribute.
- It can help raise the profile of your organization. You can highlight your fundraising in your annual report, on your Web site and in your local paper or trade magazine.
- Staff will think it’s great and for a good cause. The boss will look good for letting you all wear your jeans.
- Create a bit of role reversal and give the boss a 'day off', sponsor him or her to make the coffee or do the photocopying.
- Wearing jeans and having some fun in the office starts the weekend a bit earlier.
- The fun and fundraising don't have to stop at 5 p.m. Make a night of it and hold a happy hour or karaoke night!
- Raising money on Jeans Day helps your company to meet its corporate civic responsibility targets and Put the ZIP on Homelessness.
For more information on the event, contact Glynda Mayo
Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, at firstname.lastname@example.org .