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News and Information
October 10, 2018
There is much more to “community” just a map of streets and houses or just a group of people that happen to live in the same geographic area. In Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), we know that community is a collection of people, experiences, opportunities and resources that come together to enable EVERYONE – regardless of age, ability or background – to achieve their potential. That’s why Community Days are so important to us. Here are 3 ways NCS Community Day Events bring out the best in Fairfax County neighborhoods: Build Fellowship and Engagement. First and foremost, Community Days provide a golden opportunity for neighbors to get to know one another and interact with each other around common interests and efforts. Strong, safe communities are achieved when neighbors recognize and engage with each other in a welcoming atmosphere of fellowship – and that’s what Community Days aim to achieve. Discover Opportunities. Community Days also bring residents of the neighborhood together with local community- and county-based organizations who provide resources, services, programs and more to enhance the welfare and well-being of individuals and families within the community. Come and see what your community can offer you and your family! Celebrate Diversity. Fairfax County communities are made up of individuals and families from a broad spectrum of social, cultural and professional backgrounds, and this is a source of great strength within our communities. Whether it’s sharing a talent or skill with others or simply enjoying a cultural performance by some of your neighbors, Community Days celebrate diversity and offer interactive experiences so that others may gain understanding and appreciation for the beauty, art and culture from around the world that has become a part of our community. BONUS: They’re FREE! After all, who can say “No” to an afternoon of FREE, family-friendly fun and entertainment!?! Upcoming Community Day Events October 20, 2018 Providence Community Center (Fairfax) Southgate Community Center (Reston) October 27, 2018 Bailey’s Community Center (Falls Church) Ox Hill Baptist Church (Chantilly) November 3, 2018 Little River Glen Senior Center (Fairfax)
April 3, 2018
Fairfax County was announced as one of four national recipients of a partnership grant aimed at developing some of the nation’s first Outcomes Rate Cards—an innovative “pay-for-performance” approach to social contracting and financing which incentivizes the achievement of desired outcomes. As a recipient of this unique partnership opportunity, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services will work closely with the organization at the forefront of this new approach, Social Finance, in the implementation of this new funding model for social programs. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with and benefit from the expertise of Social Finance in developing and implementing this new financing model for programs funded through the Partners in Prevention Fund,” said Jesse Ellis, Prevention Manager with the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. “By creating and implementing Outcomes Rate Cards to incentivize desired outcomes, we expect not only to see enhanced efficiency in our funding of these programs, but also improved outcomes in the lives of whom these programs affect.” The Partners in Prevention Fund provides seed funding to non-government organizations to provide 11 specifically-defined social programs designed to meet existing needs throughout the county. The partnership will initially focus on the development of Outcomes Rate Cards for two of these programs – Strengthening Families: For Parents and Youth 10-14 and Families Reunite. Strengthening Families is an evidence-based program aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, improving parent-child relationships, and preventing risky behavior (such as substance use) among children. Families Reunite serves reunifying families, who are at increased risk for academic problems, gang involvement, substance use, and mental health problems. The Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition is supported by a 2016 award from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) – a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Social Finance was awarded funding as part of SIF’s Round 2 Pay for Success Grants Competition, which seeks to build the pipeline of Pay for Success projects for local governments. ### About Social Finance Social Finance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress. Social Finance is committed to using Pay for Success to tackle complex social challenges, facilitate greater access to services for vulnerable populations, and direct capital to evidence-based social programs – all with the goal of measurably improving the lives of people most in need. Social Finance has deep experience in the design and implementation of Pay for Success projects, from early-stage feasibility assessment, to project development and capital formation, to post-launch performance management and investment support. Social Finance’s sister organization, Social Finance UK, pioneered the first social impact bond in the world. About the Corporation for National and Community Service The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
July 19, 2018
It’s no fun being sick. Through years of experience, most adults understand that dealing with pain, discomfort, fatigue, frailties and fear can be among life’s most daunting challenges. When it comes to children, those challenges can be compounded with limited understanding and a difficulty to express the thoughts and emotions that are, no doubt, swirling inside. For more than two decades, a group of volunteer older adults at the Lincolnia Senior Center have made it their mission to bring smiles to the faces and comfort to the hearts of thousands of young patients at local hospitals by using their talents to create handcrafted dolls. Far from being just another toy in the toy box, the dolls serve as a valuable tool to teach young patients about their medical procedures, communicate how they feel, engage their creativity and provide a reassuring cuddle when things get a little overwhelming. “In the more than 20 years that this group has been active, they have created and donated more than 40,000 dolls to local hospitals,” said Karen Albers, Director of the Lincolnia Senior Center. “It is truly a wonder to be able to witness the loving generosity and care that goes into each doll as well as the smiles that, for however brief or long a moment, provide a break from the discomfort and fear they may be experiencing.” The Lincolnia Dollmakers have been enthusiastically supported by the Annandale Women’s Club and the Lincolnia Advisory Council – providing materials, work and storage space, sewing machines and financial support. The support has enabled older adults from across the county to participate, sometimes remotely, in whatever capacity they are able – whether it is crocheting hair strands to be assembled later or crafting the handmade clothing that goes on each doll. “Projects and programs such as this one are what Fairfax County Senior Centers are all about,” said Albers. “They bring older adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds together to engage with each other; to utilize, enhance and pass along their knowledge and talents; and to have meaningful and fulfilling experiences as they touch the lives of those around them in the communities they know and love.” How can you help? The Lincolnia Dollmakers are always looking for new dollmakers or community organizations who wish to participate in supporting this effort for years to come. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned sewer or a beginner – learning is half the fun! If you are interested in participating or supporting the Lincolnia Dollmakers, please contact the Lincolnia Senior Center at 703-914-0330, TTY 711.
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This is agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.