OPEH On Target Event - Giving Back to Get People Home

"Businesses have a huge stake in preventing and ending homelessness....This [developing new business partnerships] is an important piece of us being able to prevent and end homelessness. It builds upon our existing partnerships with nonprofits and faith groups. This was a missing piece and that's why this partnership is so exciting."
~ Dean Klein, Director, Office to Prevent and End Homelessness 

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness hosted Giving Back to Get People Home, sponsored by Target, was held at the Fairfax County Government Center Forum on August 21. Nearly 200 people, including elected officials, business leaders, nine local partner nonprofits, Fairfax County staff persons, Target team members and volunteers participated in this exciting event that truly showed the power of partnership and collaboration.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross help open the event by acknowledging the collaborative progress the community has made in the first year since the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) and Governing Board were established and began implementing the 10-Year Plan. Shortly afterwards, volunteers sorted and packed care packages for homeless individuals and families consisting of toiletries and household items that Target and other groups donated. The final count was 214 baskets of cleaning supplies and 248 reusable bags of personal items so that nearly 500 homeless persons and their families will be able to move toward independence. In the previous days, local nonprofit and OPEH staff gathered at various Target locations in Fairfax County to shop for items to be sorted and assembled for the event.

With FACETS Assistant Director of Development Amy Marlow’s leadership, Target stepped up and held a strong role and commitment towards sponsoring the event. Media coverage included WPGC 95.5 FM, Washington Post and Fairfax Times, Reston Patch and Falls Church News-Press.

This event was the first county wide effort that in the end raised public awareness and allowed the volunteers to walk away with a great experience and a sense of community dedication. Additional photo images can be viewed at On Target flickr photo gallery.




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