Jeans Day Event Raises Funds to Help Put a Zip on Homelessness

Some of the many Jeans Day 2011 event participants seated at Fairfax County Government Center Public Forum.

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in partnership with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce gave new meaning to the term “casual Friday” when it sponsored Jeans Day 2011 on Oct. 21.

Northern Virginia businesses joined by Fairfax County Government agencies, civic, faith and nonprofit organizations and other Northern Virginia chambers of commerce allowed employees to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to end homelessness.

Hundreds of employees from over 50 Fairfax County agencies, departments and offices participated in the event. Several agencies also had host groups. More than 100 workplaces, accounting for over 1,500 employees, across the region encouraged their employees to wear their jeans and donate to a worthy cause. View participant list and know that more are being added!

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Anthony Griffin, County Executive, proud participants of Jeans Day 2011.  

County and local business leadership gathered with Fairfax County employee participants at the Government Center’s Public Forum on Jeans Day 2011 for a photo opportunity and brief program acknowledging county employees for their participation, their support and the opportunity to proudly wear jeans. "Jeans Day was a fun opportunity to raise money and public awareness to help those who are less fortunate and who struggle to put a roof over their head," said County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, who had not worn jeans in 35 years. "Housing first is the most effective proven solution to preventing homelessness, and Jeans Day has the potential to raise awareness in a manner similar to the color pink for supporting the cure for breast cancer."

Oct. 21 was officially proclaimed as "Jeans Day" by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. "Jeans Day was a great opportunity for employees working in Fairfax County to get involved in the fight to prevent and end homelessness in an innovative and fun way," said Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. "We have it within our power to end homelessness as we know it in Fairfax County, and Jeans Day is just one of many great ways we are doing just that."   

"Jeans Day is an especially vibrant example of the meaningful impact we make when businesses, nonprofits and government come together to raise awareness about an important issue and take action to help prevent it," said Fairfax Chamber President & CEO Jim Corcoran. "The Chamber and business community are proud to be a part of this powerful initiative."  

View YouTube video of Jeans Day 2011 program at Government Center Public Forum, recorded by Channel 16.

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.  

Special thanks to Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Jim Corcoran and Erin Munley; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Chairman Sharon Bulova; Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, Michael O’Reilly and Kathy Albarado; Office of the County Executive, Anthony H. Griffin; Office of the Deputy County Executive, Pat Harrison; Deltek; Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs; and the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness staff for helping to support and implement Jeans Day 2011. 

View List of Jeans Day 2011 Participants

For more information on the event and how to get involved in the 2012 Jeans Day event, contact Glynda Mayo Hall,
Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, at

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