Community Partnership ~ Our Challenge, Your Impact
Threats of severe temperatures and lack of affordable housing — that is what more than 1,000 children, women and men face today. Homelessness is a real problem in the Fairfax County-Falls Church community.
- Learn more about homelessness in our community.
Homelessness affects all of us, with social and economic costs to the community, including increased public costs for medical care and education.
- Find out about the real cost of 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. Here are some suggestions:
We look forward to you joining us in our continued efforts to end homelessness in our community by 2018.
Share your talents. When you wish to donate goods and services, find out what service providers and people who are homeless could really use. Consider giving clothing that individuals could wear to a job interview, home furnishings that could help a family transition into permanent housing, age-appropriate learning materials for children entering their local school system. Call permanent housing organizations and other homeless service agencies for their respective wish lists, and encourage your family and community to help make those wishes come true.Your organization also can provide in-kind:
- Loaned executives.
- Professional services.
- Sponsorship of a business leader/community engagement event.
- Professional development opportunities for staff.
- Training for nonprofit partners.
For details on how to share your talents and help us end homelessness, contact Glynda Mayo Hall, Partnership Development Manager, with OPEH.
Your time is invaluable. Encourage your employees, colleagues and friends to volunteer. Dedicate time and ideas to programs within your community and neighboring areas. We recommend:
- Training homeless individuals for employment.
- Working at a nearby housing organization.
- Registering people who are homeless to vote.
- Organizing or participating in fundraising drives for local service agencies.
- Incorporating your skills to aid in efforts of housing first programs or supportive housing programs.
- Recruiting others to join your efforts.
Visit our nonprofit partner organizations’ websites for specific volunteer opportunities helping people experiencing homelessness or use Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerNow! search engine to find other local opportunities that fit your skills and interests. For general questions, email OPEH.
Find solutions together. Talk to your family, friends, colleagues and community about the causes and solutions to homelessness. Discuss how you can work on related issues such as paying living wages, providing education, accessing health care, stopping domestic violence and increasing the availability of affordable housing.
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