Need a Coat?
Cornerstones, in partnership with the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, is once again operating the Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet for 2019-2020. It operates from the community room at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor's Office, at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190, on the following schedule:
November 14, 2019 – March 14, 2020 (Closed on Fairfax County holidays)
• Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
• Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The closet will be closed from Saturday, February 22 through Saturday, February 29.
In addition to coats, hats, gloves and scarves are also available. Coats in child and adult sizes, including extra-large sizes, are available.
Have a Coat to Donate?
New and gently used, clean winter coats for men, women and children, as well as new winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves may be donated at the following times and locations:
• Monday, October 21 through Thursday, November 7: Coats and other winter items may be delivered to Cornerstones’ main office, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, VA 20190, between 9 AM and 4:45 PM Monday through Friday.
• Thursday, November 14 through Thursday, January 17, 2020: Coats and other winter items may be delivered to the community room of the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190, during the closet’s operating hours (see schedule above).
Please note that coats sized for young children, teens and larger men (XXL and up) are especially in demand throughout the winter season.
Questions about volunteering at the Winter Coat Closet? Contact Morgan Grant, Community Resource Coordinator, at 571-323-3674.
Questions about donating coats? Contact Nate King, Donations and Drives Coordinator, at 571-323-9569
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The Hypothermia Prevention Program is a partnership among Fairfax County government, adult shelters, and various faith, volunteer and civic organizations. Individuals in need of shelter during this time should contact the nearest adult shelter to make arrangements forshelter in one of the hypothermia shelter sites. Emergency shelters that serve single adults activate a "no-turn-away" (NTA) policy by providing overflow space at the current shelter facilities.
For families with children:
During business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact: Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880; TTY711.
A CSP representative will conduct an interview with thefamily to determine eligibility for shelter or other emergency services andmake the necessary referrals.
After business hours:
After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.
Click here for phone numbers and addresses for year-round shelters for both families with children and for adults without children.
If you see someone at night who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk of hypothermia, call the county's non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131 (TTY 711).
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From mid-April to December, Fairfax County's farmers markets come to life with a feast for the senses. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, freshly baked bread and pastries are available, along with cheeses, fresh eggs, meats and other foods. Some vendors also carry gardening plants of all sizes.
All products sold are produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County so you can be assured that the produce you purchase at Park Authority Farmers Markets is fresh, locally-grown and consistently good. Stop by and shop at your local Farmers Market today!
Four Farmers Market locations accept SNAP/EBT cards for payment of goods: McCutcheon/Mount Vernon, Lorton, Herndon and Reston. Thanks to the Virginia Fresh Match Program, select markets match up to $20 per market visit for FREE fruits and veggies!
More information online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets/ or call 703-642-0128, TTY 711.
In addition to the Fairfax County farmers markets, Capital Area Food Bank offers a farmers market-style food distribution of fresh produce at Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road in Reston. Schedule is every 2nd Saturday year-round from 10 a.m. to noon.
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2020 Open Enrollment runs from November 1 to December 15
4 key dates regarding health insurance enrollment for 2020
· Nov 1, 2019: Open Enrollment Period Starts
· Dec 15, 2019: Last day to enroll for coverage starting January 1, 2020
· Jan 1, 2018: Health coverage starts, if premium paid.
· Jan 31, 2018: Open Enrollment ends.
Apply online, by phone, or in-person
You can learn about and apply for health coverage several ways:
You can apply for Medicaid and FAMIS any time
The Marketplace will tell you whether you qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS. If you qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS, your coverage can begin immediately.
Get health coverage in 4 steps
1. Create an account. Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace and select Virginia to begin. Provide some basic information to setup an account. You will need an e-mail address to setup an account on healthcare.gov. If you do not have an email address you can apply for coverage by calling 1-800-318-2596 or contacting an enrollment assister.
2. Fill out the online application. You'll provide information about you and your family, like income, household size, current health coverage information, and more. This will help the health insurance marketplace identify options that meet your needs.
3. Compare your options. You'll be able to see all the options you qualify for, including private insurance plans and free and low-cost coverage through Virginia's Medicaid program and Family Access to Medicaid Insurance Security (FAMIS) program.
4. Enroll. After you choose a plan, you need to contact your chosen insurance company to pay your first premium by the due date and complete your enrollment. If you have any questions, there's plenty of help at HealthCare.gov and throughout Virginia.
For more information and assistance in applying, visit:
NVFS Enrollment Assistance
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CommonHelp is the Commonwealth of Virginia's fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Energy Assistance and Child Care. Through a single online site, you can find out what assistance you might be eligible for and submit one application saving you time and effort.
The website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Fairfax County to find out if they might be able to get:
If you already know you are eligible for services, a Virginia Commonhelp account will allow you to quickly and easily:
Check and renew benefits
Link your account to a specific case
Report changes to your account
Update your account information
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