Third Jeans Day Turns $5 Into Over $60,000
Some of the many Jeans Day 2013 event participants. This photo is from IntelliDyne.
Jeans Day 2013 engaged over 212 businesses; county agencies; public school employees; civic, faith and community based organizations; community leaders and individuals in its third annual awareness campaign and fundraiser. Our goal was to partner with the Fairfax-Falls Church community and raise $25,000 to meet the Philip L. Graham Fund Challenge for a $25,000 match and together we did it! We raised over $60,000!
These funds will ensure persons in the Fairfax-Falls Church community are able to access appropriate affordable housing and services needed to keep them in their homes. Specifically, this year's funds will support the most vulnerable, those people who are chronically homeless, through the 100,000 Homes Campaign. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has joined this national movement of communities working together to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the individuals and families who are most the vulnerable and chronically homeless by July 2014. We will house 150 individuals over 3 years serving 50 each year.
This support is vital to ending homelessness in Fairfax County and Falls Church. The contributions collected will make a difference for the more than 3,000 children, women and men facing homelessness and the threat of severe temperatures and hunger today in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. We look forward to you joining us in our continued efforts to end homelessness in our community by 2018 and our next Jeans Day 2014.
For more information on the event and how to get involved in the 2014 Jeans Day event, contact Glynda Mayo Hall with the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.