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Stronger Today, Brighter Tomorrow! Celebrating 40 Years

Throughout 2024 Britepaths will celebrate 40 years of service to our community, and we hope you will be a part of the festivities!
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Moving Forward Together: FY 2023 Impact Report

Moving Forward Together! Read Britepaths' Fiscal Year 2023 Impact Report
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Media Release: Fairfax Nonprofit Britepaths Seeking Donations to Help Fairfax County Area Families Put Food On the Table This Holiday Season

Britepaths is seeking support from the community to provide meal assistance to 265 Fairfax County area families during the holiday season.
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Media Release: Britepaths’ Back to School Program Seeks Donations to Provide Supplies and Backpacks to 2,500 Fairfax Area Students

Donations will help Britepaths purchase backpacks and supplies for students in the FCPS Fairfax HS and Justice HS Pyramids
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In the News: “Financial training invests in newcomers”

Arlington Catholic Herald highlighted Britepaths' partnership with Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington to help newcomers to the U.S. understand our financial system.
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Forging a Brighter Path at Artful Living: Forward

We had a wonderful evening at Artful Living: Forward on April 27, 2023. View video and photos and learn more about the event.
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Artful Living: Forward Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners and all the artists who participated in our Juried Art Show at Artful Living: Forward on April 27, 2023.
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Artful Living: Forward Auction

Many thanks to all who joined us at Artful Living: Forward on Thursday, April 27. Photos and information about the event coming soon!
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Media Release: “Artful Living” Event to Benefit Northern Virginia Families Working Toward Self-Sufficiency

Britepaths invites the community to Artful Living: Forward on April 27, 2023, a celebration of art and community to benefit the families it serves.
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Fairfax Turkey Trot Donates $27,600 to Britepaths

Britepaths is grateful to the Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua for donating significant funds from their 2022 Thanksgiving Day race.
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FY 2022 Impact Report

Britepaths is pleased to share our FY22 Impact Report.
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Support Our Emergency Pantry

Britepaths has a great need for donations of food and supplies to stock our Emergency Pantry.
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Wine & Wonderment to Help Families for the Holidays

Thank you to all who joined us at Wine & Wonderment on Nov. 9, 2022 to help local families in our Holiday Program.
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Britepaths Seeks Donations to Provide Holiday Assistance to Local Families

Media Release: Britepaths seeks donations to provide holiday assistance to local families.
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Offering a Brighter Path to Better-Paying Jobs

Britepaths' ACT-IT certification training programs are featured in the Fall 2022 issue of NOVA Chamber's The Business Voice.
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NOVA Chamber: “On the Heels of the Pandemic: Inflation-Induced Hunger”

NOVA Chamber article examines the effects of inflation on Northern Virginia workers, quoting Britepaths' Executive Director.
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SNAP at the Farmers Markets

Britepaths is helping SNAP/EBT users maximize their benefits to shop for fresh produce at the Annandale Farmers Market on Thursdays through Nov. 4.
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A Financial Mentor Can Guide You On Your Journey to Financial Independence

Stressed out about money? Working with a Britepaths volunteer Financial Mentor might be for you.
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A Delightful Evening to Help Our Families at Artful Living: Connected

We had a lovely evening at Artful Living: Connected on May 19, 2022. View video and photos and learn more about the event.
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Important Information for Virginia Medicaid Users

Watch this brief video from our community partner Anthem HealthKeepers Plus. también en español
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Saving for Retirement

Are you saving -- or saving enough -- for retirement? Britepaths and FECSoCo can help you get started.
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Fairfax Turkey Trot Raises $26K to Help Britepaths’ Families

A big thank you to the organizers, sponsors and participants of the Fairfax Turkey Trot for donating proceeds from their Thanksgiving 2021 four-miler to help our families.
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Thanks to YOU!

We're grateful to all who supported our work in 2021. Look back with us in a special video.
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FECSoCo on Fairfax County’s Consumer Connection

On December 20, the Financial Empowerment Center at South County was featured on Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch's Consumer Connections program.
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Grateful to our 2021 Pantry Supporters!

Britepaths is so grateful to everyone who has been donating to help stock our Emergency Pantry. See photos and how you can help!
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Giving Tuesday on Fox 5 DC

Shannon Bryant had a great discussion with Fox 5 DC on #GivingTuesday about Britepaths' work to help Northern Virginia families.
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Lisa Whetzel Finalist for The Center 2021 EXCEL Award

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement named Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Whetzel a Finalist for its 2021 Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award.
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Connecting With Our Friends at Grateful!

It was such a joy to connect with our friends in person again at Grateful on October 24, 2021!
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2020 Impact Report

Britepaths is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Impact Report.
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The Greek and The Freak at Party for a Cause

Thank you to all who joined us on September 11, 2021 for The Greek and The Freak at Party for a Cause to benefit our families!
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Falling Behind on Your Bills? Help is Available!

Some tips and resources for taking control of financial setbacks you or someone you know may be experiencing during the pandemic.
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Closet Grant Supports Weekend Food for Kids

Britepaths is grateful to The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc. for providing a $3,500 grant our Food4Thought program.
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FECSoCo on El Zol Radio

Britepaths' Maria Jose Cantoni, Director of the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo), was interviewed on May 23, 2021 by Maria Esther Caceres, Community Affairs Director of WLZL-El Zol 107.9.
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Virtual Town Hall Meetings

In the spring of 2021, Britepaths hosted two virtual Town Hall meetings to examine our service delivery through an equity lens. Below are the videos of those discussions.  Town Hall…
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Vienna Little League and Giant Team Up to Help Hungry Families

Britepaths is so grateful to Vienna Little League (VLL) and Giant Food in Oakton for teaming up to donate $5,000 in gift cards to help our families!
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Mindful Presence in Uncertain Times

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“How do we choose to go on? What do we choose to do before we start the engine and go on again?” Thanks to Annie Moyer of Sun & Moon Yoga…
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ITServe Laptop Donation Helps Our Clients Bridge Digital Divide

Britepaths is grateful to the DMV Chapter of ITServe Alliance for donating laptops to help our clients bridge the digital divide.
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Struggling With Finances Due to the Pandemic?

  Read and Share the LinkedIn Article article Are you struggling to pay your bills and rent? Britepaths and FECSoCo can Martha Borowski, AFC®, Financial Coach and Trainer Since…
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DWCNV Holiday Drive Feeds Our Families in January

DWCNV’s Jane Barker (left) delivered the donations to our Programs Director Christina Garris on Jan. 5, 2021 A BIG Thank You to the generous members of the Democratic Women of…
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*Virtual* Stuff the Bus for Britepaths

Britepaths is a proud partner of Fairfax County for Stuff the Bus Food Drives, which were held most recently from January 30 through February 6, 2021. We are grateful to…
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Fairfax Turkey Trot Raises $7k to Help Britepaths’ Families

The Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua went virtual for Thanksgiving 2020, and was very different from previous years, but the giving spirit of the participants stayed strong! We are so…
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Celebrate MLK’s Legacy with the Budget Bean Game

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021, we developed a family friendly activity to highlight Dr. King’s advocacy for economic justice. In our video, Britepaths and the Financial…
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Free Virtual Financial Counseling at the NOVA Housing Expo

Britepaths and FECSoCo are glad to partner with the Northern Virginia Housing Expo for inviting us to offer free and confidential Financial Coaching sessions as part of the 2021 Virtual Expo.
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A Year Like No Other

Watch Video As we come to the end of this most unusual and difficult year, Britepaths’ staff and Board of Directors offer our heartfelt gratitude for your support. Your generosity has…
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COVID-19 Grants Provide Vital Supports for Our Struggling Neighbors

  Your Support is Helping Neighbors Like Ms. P Get Back On Their Feet. Click Here to see more photos, videos and thank yous from our families. Thanks to the support of our…
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Project Community Connect with United Way NCA

Watch Britepaths and United Way NCA on NBC4 The United Way of the National Capital Area supports numerous efforts throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to help community members overcome…
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Party for a Cause with Houk Robinson Duo

Watch the Concert On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Britepaths Board President May Shallal and her husband Scott Shannon hosted Party for a Cause to benefit Britepaths. The evening featured a…
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Happy Anniversary to the FECSoCo!

The Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo) opened its doors to the public in July 2017 in what is now known as the Gerry Hyland Government Center in the…
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We Stand Together

June 9, 2020: Britepaths’ Staff and Board of Directors stand together in shared pain, we strive together for a brighter tomorrow. For everyone.   Update: June 19, 2020: From all…
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5 Tips to Help You Ace a Job Interview

Hearing that you’ve scored a job interview can be one of the most gratifying things in the world. However, this also means that you’ll have to face the big interview.…
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Helping Others from the Front Steps

Local photographer Janet Sifers enters her wonderful photography in our Artful Living art show each year. Since we had to cancel this year’s April 23 event due to the coronavirus pandemic,…
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Adjust. Give.

Britepaths’ Board of Directors and Staff are so grateful to all who supported our Adjust. Give. campaign! View a message from our Executive Director, Lisa Whetzel. Adjust. Give. Amid so…
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Appreciating Our Amazing Volunteers!

All of us at Britepaths appreciate our volunteers and supporters Every Day! But we held a special celebration on February 27 and enjoyed spending time with long-time and new volunteers…
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Stuff the Bus Winter 2020

In the News! READ the Fairfax Connection article Britepaths is grateful to everyone who helped us Stuff the Bus on February 8 at Walmart in Fairfax City to help local families…
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Holiday Cheer at Wine and Wonderment

What a delightful evening to kick off the holidays and help our families! Britepaths’ Wine and Wonderment event on November 20 at 2941 Restaurant was our last big celebration of…
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Op-Ed: Helping Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Read the Op-EdConnection Newspapers, November 21, 2019 “The tax credit didn’t allow me to work any less hard…But it allowed me to make purchases that I could never have afforded…
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Let’s Feed Some Kids!

We’re so grateful to No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) for donating $1,000 to our Food4Thought Program Partner School Frost Middle School in Fairfax to help them provide weekend food packs…
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Charity Wine Dinner at The Wine House

A big thank you to The Wine House for choosing Britepaths to be the beneficiary of their 11th Annual Charity Wine Dinner on October 3! Our Executive Director Lisa Whetzel,…
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The 19th Street Band at JV’s

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We are so grateful to JV’s Restaurant and Live Music Room, The 19th Street Band, and everyone who came out to enjoy the show and support Britepaths on October 10! We…
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Non-Profit of the Year!

Britepaths was honored to be named Non-Profit of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the Greater Washington Good Business Awards on June 7, 2019. Read the…
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A Joyful Evening to Help Our Families at Artful Living: Thrive

What a wonderful evening! Britepaths is grateful to all who joined us at and supported Artful Living: Thrive on May 2, 2019 to celebrate our 35th Anniversary and help our…
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Fairfax Woman: Celebrating 35 Years of Helping Families Thrive

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, Britepaths’ leadership team is featured in the March-April 2019 issue of Fairfax Woman Magazine. Read the Article. Read the Flip Snack version. In the…
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Celebrating Our Volunteers

Featured in the March 20 Fairfax Connection! Read the Article  On the evening of February 28, 2019, Britepaths was ALIVE with volunteers and supporters who joined us to celebrate their…
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Thank You for Helping Us Stuff the Bus!

It’s always exciting to see the community come together each year at our Stuff the Bus Food Drive! Our 2019 drive was Saturday, February 16 at the Walmart in Fairfax…
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Virginia Report: Britepaths

Building Resilience, Stabilizing Families and Seasonal Supports. Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Whetzel sat down recently with Delegate Ken Plum to discuss our work in the community on his Virginia Report,…
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Open House

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Open House on Tuesday, December 4 to unveil our new office in Fairfax! We are grateful to the Central Fairfax Chamber…
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Thank You for Giving Instead!

The event was imaginary, but the need is real. We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters who donated to Britepaths’ Give Instead Gala on October 18, 2018! We are overwhelmed…
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Britepaths Has Moved!

A big thanks to volunteers from Acumen Solutions who helped us pack up on September 27 for the move! Britepaths Has Moved! Effective October 2018, we are no longer at 4080…
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TEGNA Foundation Grant Provides Weekend Food for Kids in Need

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Britepaths is honored have been awarded a $5,000 grant from the TEGNA Foundation and WUSA9 to benefit our Food4Thought program in 2018. We are one of seven non-profits in the…
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Grand Opening of the Financial Empowerment Center at South County

View Photos Video: Karan’s Story In the News: Mt. Vernon Gazette On Friday, June 8, 2018, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) with its partners Fairfax County…
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Partnerships Increase Our Financial Literacy Outreach

Partnering up to share personal finance knowledge! Britepaths partnered on May 1, 2018 with Doug Keegan of Edelman Financial, who serves on the the pro-bono committee of the Financial Planning…
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Community Foundation Grant Supports Financial Assistance Program

We are honored and grateful to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for awarding a $10,000 grant to Britepaths’ Financial Assistance Program for 2018. This will enable us to help more…
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“We Would Literally Not Survive.” Britepaths Client Talks to The Washington Post

This article appeared in the A Section of the Washington Post on February 15, 2018. We are proud of our client Cathy, who told her very personal story to Post…
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News Article: The Gift of Food Security

The November-December 2017 issue of Fairfax Woman Magazine turns the spotlight on Britepaths’ Food Bridge Program. In times of crisis, families who are struggling can turn to Britepaths’ Food Bridge…
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Britepaths Partners to Open Financial Empowerment Center at South County

In July 2017, Britepaths began working with the United Way of the National Capital Area and Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services to establish a new Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)…
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Your Need to Know: Fairfax Food Council

On July 28, 2017, Britepaths’ Programs Director Christina Garris and Fairfax Food Council (FFC) Project Coordinator Terri Siggins talked about the work of the FFC with “Your Need to Know”…
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News Article: Reliable Rides

The July-August issue of Fairfax Woman Magazine highlights Britepaths’ Financial Assistance Program, focusing on our “Reliable Rides” car repair assistance fund. For most of us, when our car breaks down,…
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News Article: Collect for Kids

The May-June 2017 issue of Fairfax Woman Magazine features Britepaths’ Collect for Kids Back to School Program. Britepaths is part of the County-wide Collect for Kids partnership to help ensure…
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Welcome to Britepaths!

View Photos from the Britepaths Launch Event On the evening of Thursday, July 21, Our Daily Bread’s Board and Staff gathered with supporters, public officials, community partners and a host…
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Upcoming Events

40th Anniversary Gala

September 20, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
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