Second Jeans Day Helps Put a ZIP on Homelessness
Some of the many Jeans Day 2012 event participants seated at the
Fairfax County Government Center Forum.
This year, more than 155 organizations representing over 10,000 employees joined the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Connections Newspapers, Apple Federal Credit Union and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness on Friday, Dec. 14 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness, giving new meaning to “Going Casual for a Cause.”
Supporters from Senator Mark Warner’s office, civic organizations, Northern Virginia businesses joined by Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public School employees, nonprofit and faith organizations of the Fairfax-Falls Church community and other Northern Virginia chambers of commerce wore jeans to work, meetings and gatherings in exchange for a $5 donation to help end homelessness.
Dec. 14 was officially proclaimed as “Jeans Day” by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on December 4. “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 and CEO Jim Corcoran. “The Chamber and business community are proud to be a part of this powerful initiative, now in its second year.”
“In Fairfax County, it’s easy to forget that there are homeless families here, homeless children in the schools, and that many people who are homeless here are actually working, but don’t make nearly enough money to afford housing,” said The Connection Publisher Mary Kimm. “The Connection is committed to raising awareness of homelessness and the need to provide permanent shelter, and to recognizing the good works of individuals and businesses in Northern Virginia.”
More than 3,000 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 the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Jim Corcoran and Erin Munley; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Chairman Sharon Bulova; Connection Newspapers, Mary Kimm and her staff; Apple Federal Credit Union, Cynthia McAree, staff and tellers at the Apple locations; Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness Governing Board members, Michael O’Reilly, Kathy Albarado, Kathleen Kline Moore, Conrad Egan and Rodney Lusk; nonprofit partner organizations; Fairfax County Public Schools, Jay Garant and Kathi Sheffel; Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs; Fairfax County Office of Public-Private Partnerships; and the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness staff for helping to support and implement Jeans Day 2012.
Additional Jeans Day photos from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the event and how to get involved in the 2013 Jeans Day event, contact Glynda Mayo Hall, Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, at firstname.lastname@example.org .