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Food For Others

food for othersFairfax County in Virginia ranks as the second wealthiest county in the United States. Ironically, Fairfax County is also an easy place to be poor. Minimum-wage workers here face rents that take 60 percent or more of their pay, forcing families to double up in crowded apartments. Or they live outside the county and must travel for hours to those low-wage jobs. Food, clothes, transportation, and health care? Often, little cash is left for these.

Based on U.S. Census figures, more than 70,000 people are living in poverty in Fairfax County and 30 percent of them are children. But in a wealthy county like Fairfax, where the cost of living is far from average, the national poverty guidelines do not give the real picture. Thousands more families are struggling here even though they do not qualify for federal food assistance.

Food for Others in Fairfax serves these families, providing free emergency food, distributing the USDA monthly food allotments, offering street-corner food deliveries in poor neighborhoods, and providing weekend food for students who receive free or reduced-cost lunches at school. FFO also delivers food in bulk to community partners, such as churches or shelters that have their own clientele.

Food for Others clients are mostly the working poor. Of course the unemployed are served as well, as are people in emergency situations such as illness or domestic violence, but the working poor predominate. FFO now serves up to 600 families every day Monday through Friday, and last year distributed over 2.2 million pounds of free food with a donation value of $3,340,000.

The food comes from many retail donors including grocery stores and farmers markets, as well as from the Capital Area Food Bank, food drives, and harvesting activities. Earlier this month, area Boy Scouts conducted their annual food drive (pictured above), just one of many major contributions to Food for Others food supplies throughout the year.

To carry out this work, Food for Others relies on a broad base of community donations and volunteers. Food for Others efforts are supported financially by hundreds of individual donations and by Fairfax County, by U.S. Community Services Block Grant funds, and by contributions from churches, businesses, and foundations.

This week, Food for Others is providing Thanksgiving food to clients sent by social-service agencies and religious groups, something that has become a tradition. The FFO warehouse distributes hundreds of turkeys and all the other groceries that go into Thanksgiving dinner. And while this week offers special food, Food for Others is committed to its clients not just at the holidays but throughout the year.

Fortunately, community support has kept pace with community need, even during the height of the recent recession. Now in its 22nd year of service, Food for Others is a key pillar supporting Fairfax County’s families in need.



Around Town 11/19-11/25

Around town template (1)Saturday, November 19, 2016

Girls on the Run 5K with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

The Girls on the Run 5K is more than a run, it’s the celebration of a season of work for thousands of local girls who’ve participated in this life changing program. Come run alongside our participants, families, and alumni, or sign up to volunteer and ensure each girl can cross this important finish line.

When: Sat Nov 19 2016 (08:30 AM)
Where: Pfitzner Stadium, 7 Country Complex CT, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles including registration, course management, water stations, finish line, and much more.
Contact: Emily Davis, (703) 273-3153
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Girls on the Run 5K with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

The Girls on the Run 5K is more than a run, its the celebration of a season of work for thousands of local girls who’ve participated in this life changing program. Come run alongside our participants, families, and alumni, or sign up to volunteer and ensure each girl can cross this important finish line.

When: Sun Nov 20 2016 (08:30 AM)
Where: Rosslyn, 1700 N Kent St Arlington, Arlington, VA 22209
Contact: Emily Davis, (703) 273-3153
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EWI Fourth Annual Artisan Marketplace with Empowered Women International, Inc

Come celebrate the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs from our community at the annual Artisan Marketplace event on November 20th. These outstanding women will showcase and sell their culturally inspired art, jewelry, and home decor from all over the world. Shop to your heart’s content for colleagues, family and friends, and discover the journey that brought these women where they are today.

When: Sun Nov 20 2016 (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Volunteer Info: Greet visitors, help entrepreneurs if needed; organize food for volunteers, etc.
Contact: Sita Mahtani, (240) 242-4812
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National Adoption Awareness Month with CASA DC

Blog Photo 2 (1)CASA for Children of DC promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child in the DC foster care system can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

CASA for Children of DC is excited to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month this November and shine the spotlight on adoption in our community and family. National Adoption Day is the Saturday before Thanksgiving and was created as an occasion for courts to finalize adoptions of children in foster care, joining them with their forever families in time for the holidays. Whatever your family’s background, National Adoption Day is a great time to celebrate adoption at home, engage with your the community, and lift up the adoptive, foster, or birth parents in your lives.

The goals of National Adoption Day are:

  • To finalize adoptions from foster care across the country
  • To celebrate and honor families who adopt
  • To increase awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for safe, permanent, and loving homes
  • To grow the alliance among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations

Celebrating our 15th anniversary next year, CASA for Children of DC has played a crucial role in supporting and advocating for over 1,000 children in foster care, with many of them being adopted into loving families each year. CASA Advocates ensure that the child’s placement is right, visiting the family and watching interactions with the child, and then making an informed recommendation to the judge. Advocates get to know their child and serve as the designated advocate in the courtroom.

A foster child spends an average of 4 years in foster care. That’s 4 years too long to wait for a permanent family and the love and affection every child needs. Children in foster care may be moved from family to family many times over during their time in the foster system. This instability can be traumatic and have lasting effects on youth.

Over half the foster children in the D.C. foster care system do not have a CASA volunteer to guide them through what is often a difficult season of life. We want every child who needs a CASA volunteer to have one. You have the opportunity to make a difference by becoming a CASA volunteer or by supporting the CASA for Children of D.C. program. With your help, we can work together to help D.C.’s foster youth find permanent, loving homes.

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7 Questions this Veterans Day

1st Sgt. Jose BarreiroThanksUSA is a national non-profit organization that thanks America’s military by providing need-based scholarships for their children and spouses. In honor of Veterans Day, we spoke with Andrea Barreiro, a ThanksUSA scholarship recipient and Army spouse who is currently studying at Kaplan University.

1. Tell us a little bit about your military family and background.
I have been married to my husband, who just changed out of the Charlie Company 1SG with The Old Guard, for over 16 years now. Our daughters Vivianna (14), Alysia (13) and Catalina (11) keep us very active in sports and their own personal community projects. We have also been raising our niece, Rylin, for the past few years. She keeps us all active and busy, being a 31/2 year old. I have been providing respite care to military families with special needs children for over four years now. I headed down this path after I had worked as a teacher and an assistant director at Kid’s Discovery. I was inspired by my wonderful friend and colleague Brenda Shoemake. She just makes everything sparkle and shows so much love and compassion towards children. I also now work at The Law Office of Michael Kevin Murphy as a legal assistant.

2. How has the ThanksUSA scholarship impacted you and your family?
When I received the phone call informing me that I had been awarded a full scholarship, I was in disbelief. My entire family is so very grateful for this opportunity. Education is so important to me, and I have never taken time out to think about myself. My family’s needs come before mine, so it is nice to have this opportunity. Being able to obtain this degree at Kaplan will not only help my family thrive, but we will be able to give back and have a lasting impact on the community around us. Helping others is such a gratifying experience, and I cannot wait to open our own business in North Carolina. We have already started designing our business plan and the outline for our programs.

3. What are your academic and career goals?
I am currently finishing up my Associate’s in Business Administration, specializing in financials, with Northern Virginia Community College. I just started my Bachelors of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavioral Analysis with Kaplan this week. After my husband retires from the military, we will be moving to Murphy, North Carolina. It is here that my husband and I wish to open our own business. This business will have many facets, such as training local law enforcement and government agencies but will also include a community outreach program to help mentor the youth in the area. We take trips throughout the year to go and speak to children at local high schools.

4. Who inspires you? Do you have a hero?
I have many people that inspire me. My grandmother and grandfather have inspired me to help others and pass along traditions and culture to our children. I am inspired by my children and God son, who travel the path of life and are figuring it out one step at a time. Their perseverance and determination show promise for future generations. I am inspired by my amazing circle of friends who are so selfless, constantly help others, are a voice for those who cannot speak, and are a rock of stability for all of us. These friends, to name a few, are Susan Reynolds, Mindy Brewster, Natasha Harth, Lee and Cameron Dougherty, Shelia Dudley, Trina Phillips, Jody Warshel, Jennifer Magerer, Christine Vance, Ingrid Yee and Alicia Ward. My hero is my husband, Jose. He is always ready to answer the call of service and has always been my rock, my best friend and my love.

5. What other types of activities have you been involved in at school or in your community?
I have recently been inducted into the honor societies Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am also in the honors program at school. I feel it is important to relay to everyone that it’s never too late to accomplish your dreams and goals. I am also fortunate to be an Army Arlington Lady at Arlington National Cemetery. This is a very humbling organization to be part of, and I am proud to honor our fallen soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our country. I also help network with various organizations such as Military Spouse of the Year, Wreaths Across America, Heidi’s Pantry and local Family Readiness Groups that assist our military and their families. My daughter Alysia was recently named Virginia’s Pre-teen National American Miss Volunteer Service Award winner. We are so proud that our whole family volunteers to assist our community members.

6. How does being a scholarship recipient or member of a military family inspire you to give back?
Traveling the world and meeting people of various backgrounds and those who have traveled all walks of life gives you a different perspective on life. All of us have picked up our lives and moved to places with no family or support systems in place. I never judge others but only offer a helping hand. You never know what someone has gone through to get to where they are today. By receiving this scholarship, I am inspired even more to help those in need and those that constantly struggle. I’ve always believed that if you work hard enough, stay focused, and trust that things will work out for the best, they will. We may not know the reason why things end up the way they do, but I feel every day is a lesson that turns us into the person we are meant to become.

7. What would you say to donors and supporters of ThanksUSA?
THANK YOU for believing in us and providing the military children
and spouses with an opportunity to further ourselves. It is an
amazing and generous thing to help others. I truly believe that by affording someone an opportunity, you are creating a lasting impact on many generations to come. I cannot express to you how much this truly means to my family and me. I am looking forward to the future and am excited to help make changes in the world. I truly can never repay your kindness but promise to pay it forward by continuing to help those in need around me and to help inspire our future generations.

Barreiro Family

Around Town: 11/5-11/11

Saturday, November 05, 2016

15th Annual Gala & Auction with HomeAid Northern Virginia

When the weather starts to get cool, come where the jazz is hot, as HomeAid Northern Virginia celebrates its Roaring 15th Anniversary. Come down to the swanky Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Hotel for a night of fun and fundraising. Featuring a speakeasy vibe, this year’s Gala & Auction promises to be the most happening joint in town.

When: Sat Nov 5 2016 (6:30 PM)
Where: Westfields Marriot Washington Dulles, 14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151
Fee – $200 for individuals and $2,000 for an entire table
Contact: Christy Eaton, (703) 283-6320
For more information: click here

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Complete the Circle FOODRaiser with Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread)

Local nonprofits Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) and Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) invite community members to our annual Complete the Circle FOODRaiser. The event is a service project to feed local families in need and an Art for the Sky project by internationally renowned artist Daniel Dancer. More than 1,000 participants are expected to gather to enjoy live music, a family fun festival and be part of the living? Art for the Sky photo that will be surrounded by food donations that participants bring that day. Advance registration is encouraged. Admission is $5 ($10 for XXL event T-shirt), and attendees are encouraged to bring at least three food pantry items or a grocery store gift card that will be distributed to community members in need after the event. Details and registration are available at

When: Sun Nov 6 2016 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM)
Where: South County Middle School, 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079
Fee – $5; $10 for XXL Event T-shirt
Contact: Jennifer Rose, (703) 273-8829
For more information: click here

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Night of Wine, Jazz & Art for a Cause Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network is teaming up with cove to kick off the holidays with an event featuring wine, jazz, and art. A holiday gift market will be held as part of the night’s programming, as well as words from both hosts. Join us for a night of music, mingling, and shopping all in the name of a great cause. This event is free to all attendees and is strictly 21+.

When: Thu Nov 10 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Cove, 829 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee – none
Contact: Annie Lobel, (781) 789-4220
For more information: click here

Samaritan Inns

imageSamaritan Inns has been a part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy since 2004. Founded in 1985 to help homeless and addicted people transform their lives, Samaritan Inns has an impressive record of getting people back on their feet, living in their own homes, sober, and employed.

Last year, Samaritan Inns launched their Women with Children Program at the Clark Inn, the first such program in the District of Columbia. Samaritan Inns landmark Women with Children Program addresses one of the most critically underserved populations in the District of Columbia by providing comprehensive treatment and recovery services to women who are battling substance use disorders and homelessness, while providing care for their children at the same location.

Since substance use affects the entire family unit; healing and recovery must involve the whole family. From this philosophy, Samaritan Inns used their 30 years of experience to create a program designed to preserve and heal the entire family unit.

Celebrate the first birthday of this fantastic program by reading more about Samaritan Inns and hear the story of one of our community members here.

Around Town: 10/22-10/28

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts‘ Integrative Cancer Care Navigation Training

Experience a powerful new paradigm in whole-person care that supports patients on all levels, improving the cancer experience. Developed by Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and taught by renowned experts in integrative cancer care, this program is the nation’s leading professional training in integrative navigation. This fall, Smith Center is offering the training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. Through immersive instruction and experiential learning, gain the knowledge, resources and tools needed to:
-Create a space of safety, compassionate listening, and support for patients and caregivers throughout the cancer continuum
-Increase patients’ knowledge of available resources to better cope with cancer and reduce stress
-Guide patients in the responsible selection and use of appropriate evidence-based complementary therapies for healing and well-being
-Offer patients a deeper level of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support Come explore opportunities for self-care and personal healing, and be inspired to transform the experience of cancer for your patient

When: Sun Oct 23 2016 (09:00 AM)
Where: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fee: $995. Limited scholarships available
Contact: Erin Price, (202) 483-8600
For more information: click here

Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Presents The Capitol Steps

Join Shepherd’s Center for an outrageously funny afternoon of political humor and laugh-out-loud fun. This event features the ever hilarious and always topical humor of the Capitol Steps. Being an election year, we’re sure you will be entertained by Hillary and The Donald. And, maybe Bernie will show up, too. This is the signature fundraiser to support the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, providing services, personal enrichment, volunteer opportunities for adults 50 and over.

When: Sun Oct 23 2016 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Where: Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181
Fee: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (if available)
Contact: Jayne Young, (703) 281-0538
For more information: click here

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LUNAFEST, presented by Girls on the Run – DC

LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. Join Girls on the Run – DC for a fun evening including sips and snacks followed by the showing of the winning films!

When: Wed Oct 26 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068
Fee: $40 online; $50 at the door
Contact: Kelly Makimaa, (832) 443-8909
For more information: click here

7 Questions with DC Bilingual Public Charter School

Daniela Anello-DCBilingualOrganization Name: DC Bilingual Public Charter School
Executive Director: Daniela Anello, Head of School

What motivated you to begin working with your organization?
DC Bilingual is the best bilingual school in the city and it didn’t happen overnight. I joined the DC Bilingual community in 2009 as the school’s first full-time literacy coach and curriculum developer. At that time, test scores were 30% proficient or advanced using the DCCAS state test in reading and 3% in math. After the school’s implementation of a rigorous bilingual literacy teaching model, teacher coaching, and improving its hiring process the school’s scores have dramatically improved.

Please click to view our gains in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) in the 2015-2016 PARCC and CLASS.

This year (2016-2017), we have also been ranked a Tier 1 School. This amazing achievement ranks DCB among the top 10 highest-performing elementary charters in the city and in the top 25% of the District’s 73 tiered charter schools.

DC Bilingual received an overall score of 75.3 — a 13-point gain from our previous score and a clear indication of our continued student-centered, academically-driven teaching approach. (View full report here).
DCPCS awards Tier rankings 1 through 3 based on evaluations of the School Quality Report. This report compiles information on each charter including re-enrollment, attendance, achievement and growth in PARCC and achievement in the PreK assessment, CLASS. Our incredible gains in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) in the 2015-2016 PARCC and CLASS, are directly responsible for our Tier 1 ranking.

What exciting change or innovation is on your mind?
We are a school of continuous improvement. This means we are always working hard to improve our school systems and programmatic offerings. My current projects include overseeing a major building renovation project to provide our students and families with a state-of-the-art learning facility, and designing our internal before and after school program supporting enrichment opportunities for all students and a seamless transition from academic time to after school time.

Who inspires you (in the philanthropy world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?
People who inspire me to work hard and keep a clear vision of what can be made possible, regardless of how difficult it may seem to accomplish are my heroes. My teaching hero is Lucy Calkins. I learned from her what it means to set a high bar for what students can accomplish in their reading lives as writers and devoted readers. She also taught me the power teachers hold in controlling how much students accomplish by believing in students capacity, setting a high bar for student learning and by being life-long readers and writers themselves.

What was your most interesting recent project/partnership?
**Renovation project is by far the most exciting! Very rarely does a school leader get to also decide what they want the building facility to look like for their students, staff and families now and for many years to come. I have really enjoyed dreaming big, and thinking creatively about how to make our school vision and mission come to life in physical spaces.

What is the single greatest challenge that your organization faces (besides finances) and how are you dealing with this challenge?
The greatest challenge I face is making sure that words, actions and decisions are well understood by all stakeholders. In an organization with so many people, in a wide range of roles where decisions must be made quickly, it is important to ensure everyone understands why certain things are decided and the outcome of the decisions. It works best when the communication is clear, and people are working together to to achieve the school mission.

What advice do you have for other people in your position?
Be highly visible and inspirational, communicating the vision and mission of the school relentlessly, while building trusting relationships with adults and students.

What’s next/coming up for you?
My position as Head of School is always changing and growing. In this role I can never think that what we have currently achieved is ‘enough.’ The needs of our students grow daily as does my responsibility to DCB’s students and community. That is what makes this position so rewarding and engaging. While there are repeatable tasks I do each and every day, there is always a newness to what I do each day. To answer, what is next? I will continue to work with our community to continue DCB’s legacy of excellence and make sure we are meeting the needs of our community and students

Around Town: 10/15 – 10/21

Photo by Krista Schlyer for the Anacostia Watershed Society
Photo by Krista Schlyer for the Anacostia Watershed Society

Saturday, October 15, 2016

World of Wheels for CASA with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) invites transportation enthusiasts and families alike to join together for an afternoon of fun that will benefit abused and neglected children in foster care. The non-profit?s 5th annual Pepco World of Wheels for CASA, presented by Council Member Deni Taveras, is a Touch-A-Truck and Family Festival that will take place Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at DeMatha Catholic High School.

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
Where: DeMatha High School, 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Fee – None
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will assist at game and craft booths, the food station and generally ensure the success of the event!
Contact: Kara Bundy, (301) 209-0491
For more information: click here

Festival del Rio Anacostia with Anacostia Watershed Society

The Anacostia Watershed Society is excited to announce the first ever “Festival del Rio Anacostia,” an environmental/cultural festival to connect the Latino community with the Anacostia River and its restoration. Held at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, AWS and their partners will offer free boat rides, fishing, and other recreational activities.

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Fee – None
Contact: Jorge Bogantes Montero, (301) 699-6204 ext 118
For more information: click here

barre3 Class with Girls on the Run – DC

Join GOTR-DC at barre3 on Saturday, October 15th, for special classes, fun giveaways, and snacks. Classes are $25 each and expected to sell out quickly. Don’t miss this great work out combining ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates! You’ll have fun and help empower another young girl.

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Where: barre3 – 14th Street, 1832 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee – $25
Contact: Kelly Makimaa, (832) 4438909-4438909 ext 4438909
For more information: click here

Anacostia Watershed Society‘s Tavern Toast

Tavern Toast is Anacostia Watershed Society’s annual party to thank you for everything you have done to get us closer to a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River! From Earth Day to wetland restoration, membership renewals to native removals, your hard work has benefited everyone in the Anacostia Watershed. Please join AWS for campfires, food, and drinks for an evening of mingling with your friends and neighbors who support the Anacostia River. Let them toast you and your support!

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: George Washington House, 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Fee – None
Contact: Maureen Farrington, (301) 699-6204 ext 117
For more information: click here

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Open Doors to Independence Fundraising Breakfast with Community Lodgings

Enjoy Community Lodgings’ complimentary one-hour breakfast while you hear first-hand the successful story of a former program participant. You will be inspired by their mission to help families lift themselves out of poverty and learn more on how you can partner with Community Lodgings to make sustainable change in the neighborhoods they serve. To register, contact or call 703-549-4407.

When: Thu Oct 20 2016 (08:00 AM – 09:00 AM)
Where: Holiday Inn and Suites, 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fee – None
Contact: Jasmin Witcher, (703) 549-4407

Around Town: 10/8 – 10/14

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Urban Wild: Rock Creek Conservancy Gala

Urban Wild, Rock Creek Conservancy’s Gala, will be held on October 8, 2016 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., overlooking Rock Creek Park. The evening will feature food tastings from guest chefs from some of DC’s finest restaurants in addition to live music and entertainment. Event proceeds will support the ongoing efforts of the Rock Creek Conservancy to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy.

When: Sat Oct 8 2016 (7:00 PM)
Where: Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington DC 20008
Fee – $250 per entry ticket
Contact: Maddie Freburger, (301) 579-3105

Sunday, October 09, 2016

JCADA 5K Event: A Run, A Walk, AWARE with Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Join JCADA?for their 5K Event: A Run, A Walk, AWARE on Sunday, October 9th, at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville! Run or walk with JCADA to promote healthy relationships and help end domestic and dating abuse. Register at Proceeds from the JCADA 5K Event support the critical, life-saving services JCADA provides for the Greater Washington community. JCADA delivers comprehensive services to victims of domestic and dating abuse while simultaneously working to break the cycle of abuse in future generations through community education and prevention initiatives. All of their clinical services are free to ensure fewer barriers to victims seeking help. They invite community members of any age to join them! The JCADA 5K Event will feature a morning of family friendly activities that promote healthy relationships, empowerment and confidence inspired by AWARE, JCADA’s dating abuse prevention initiative.

When: Sun Oct 9 2016 (08:30 AM – 11:00 AM)
Where: Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville, MD 20853
Fee – Early bird: $36; Regular: $40; Kids 10 & under free
Volunteer Info: Registration and course set-up; water station; course clean up.
Contact: Kira Doar, (301) 315-8040
For more information: click here

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall Pre-service Training with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County

Apply now for the CASA Pre-Service Training that begins Tuesday October 11th and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays until Tuesday November 15th. Participants will learn best practices when advocating for a youth in foster care and will continue on their way to becoming a CASA volunteer and making a difference in our Community.

When: Tue Oct 11 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Hyattsville Administrative Building 4310 Gallatin St, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Fee: None
Volunteer Info: Volunteers attend pre-service training in order to prepare to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Must apply and be accepted in order to attend training
Contact: Keyanna McGriff, (301) 209-0491
For more information: click here

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pink & Green Party with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

The Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of NOVA invites you to the Pink & Green Party! Enjoy exciting auction items, a wonderful crowd, delicious culinary creations, premium beverages, and music in a beautiful venue. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men’s-only race, will be joining as the keynote speaker. All funds raised will provide resources for those girls and families who struggle to afford participation in the Girls on the Run program. Help GOTR to ensure that NOVA’s girls grow into strong women.

When: Thu Oct 13 2016 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Where: Davis Estate, 10560 Main Street, Suite 514, McLean, VA 22030
Fee – $99
Contact: Emily Davis, (703) 273-3153
For more information: click here