Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government


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June 13, 2003

 

Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government

 

The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs provides a summary of news briefs designed to inform the media about great story ideas in Fairfax County government. The following information gives the background on newsworthy stories as well as contact information. For additional questions on the Future Features service, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Making a Difference – It’s a Piece of Cake
Did you know that 13 million children in America are hungry or at risk of hunger and that one out of every eight children under the age of 12 in the United States often goes to bed hungry? Did you know that every fourth person standing in a soup kitchen line is a child? Fairfax County employees will sponsor a Great American Bake Sale in partnership with Share Our Strength, the national sponsor of the event, to benefit the Fairfax County area food banks. The initiative was begun by Debra Bianchi, deputy director of the Office of Public affairs, as a team building experience that would reach out and give back to the community. By participating in the bake sale as a customer, citizens and employees will make a difference in the lives of children in the Fairfax County community. The Great American Bake Sale will be held on Friday, July 11, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, on the first floor. For more information and directions, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

The Fairfax Fatherhood Collaborative
Fairfax County agencies, Virginia State departments, nonprofit and faith-based organizations and interested citizens have come together to form the Fairfax Fatherhood Collaborative (FFC). The initial focus of the FFC includes identifying and promoting best practice prevention, intervention and mediation strategies that target fathers and fathers-to-be, especially in regard to issues facing non-custodial fathers. Educational efforts are made to generate a common vision and enhanced public perception about fatherhood, strengthening and promoting effective parenting skills, providing alternatives to incarceration for child support arrears and providing supportive services to address employment, mental health, substance abuse and other barriers encountered in meeting parental obligations. For more information call Derwin Overton, 703-246-3033, TTY 711.


 

 

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