Region 4 Initiatives


Neighborhood Colleges - Building a Strong Community

A unique six- to eight -week community leadership program to learn how to work with other residents and local government to strengthen your neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. The Neighborhood College features engaging, hands-on activities to help improve your organizational and problem-solving skills. It is tailored to specific needs and challenges in local communities in Fairfax County. Through a combination of lectures, group discussions, and field work, participants will learn:

  • How to identify and access Fairfax County resources
  • How to influence the decision-making process
  • Local demographics
  • Cultural competency
  • How to build community partnerships
  • How to operate effectively as a local leader

The Regional Director and Regional Community Developer plan and implement this project with partners in the community. This valuable course is free to community residents. For more information call 703-324-5285.

 

Springfield Exchange - A Human Services Community Lunch Series

Region 4 coordinates a free and open to the community luncheon held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Springfield. This event takes place every other month at the same location and same time. We invite presenters to talk and discuss issues that are of interest and need in our community. It is mostly attended by service providers from community and faith-based organizations. Participants are encouraged to share program materials at the resource table and to network with other representatives from other agencies and community-based organizations. Feedback from participants guides the planning for these presentations.

The brown-bag luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A flyer is mailed approximately two weeks before the event, which specifies the topic, organizations, and presenters. Announcements are also made to county employees via the county’s internal NewsLink system. To confirm or to add your name to the mailing list, please, call 703-324-5285.

 

Central Fairfax Forum (CFF) – Building Our community One Piece at a Time

CFF is a coalition of nonprofit human services organizations, government agencies, and other interested groups in the central Fairfax County community. We meet on the fourth Monday of March, June, September, and December.

Our Mission:
To serve as a catalyst to help the community focus on specific issues by bringing together different groups and individuals to search for strategies to address concerns and unmet needs.

Goals:
Build understanding and cooperation among members and the community we serve. Bring together schools, neighborhoods associations, businesses, faith- and community-based organizations, and police to work together toward common goals. Educate, train, and advocate for the changing needs of the diverse central Fairfax County Human Services Region 4. Increase participation of diverse community organizations involved in meeting the basic needs of central Fairfax County residents.

Activities and Accomplishments:
Training and targeting volunteers and staff from community and faith based organizations such as “Dealing with Difficult Behaviors”, “Dynamics of Culture”, “Emergency Housing”, Immigration”, “Growing your Money”, etc.

For more information, please call 703-324-5285.

 

Collaborative projects with other regions

Region 4 participates in collaborative projects with staff from other regional offices, other county agencies, and community- and faith-based organizations on various initiatives such as the Region 4 Cross County Team, Western Fairfax Community Day, Yorkville Community Day, Yorkville Community Coalition, Sully District and Fair Oaks District Police, Chantilly and Westfield Schools, community coalitions, and other events in the community:

  • Chantilly Mews Community Day
  • Robinson High School Black History Program
  • Faith community project with the Lamb Center
  • Community civic associations
  • Mott Community Center Youth Day
  • Robinson High School Ethics Day
  • United Community Ministry (UCM) Training
  • McLean Community Connections

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