Celebrating Our Volunteers and Supporters

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Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with 92 of our volunteers, supporters and community partners at Old Town Hall in Fairfax City on September 18, 2022.

Guests included Virginia Senator George Barker, City of Fairfax Mayor David Meyer and Councilmembers So Lim, Tom Ross and Jon Stehle, and City of Fairfax mayoral candidate and former Board Member Catherine Read. We also enjoyed connecting with representatives from supporting businesses and organizations, including AlyaSalon, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, United Bank and Allegra Marketing, and with social workers and client service professionals from partner organizations, including Fairfax County, AHC, Inc., Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, ECDC Enterprise Development Group, Friends of Guest House, Lorton Community Action Center, Second Story and United Community and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.

We enjoyed an appetizer buffet with delicacies prepared by our staff, and mojitos and mint juleps served by Michael DeMarco and Josh Alexander of Earp’s Ordinary. Local musicians Daniel Mensh and Sam Whetzel provided entertainment.

During brief remarks, Board President Emily Barnes, Executive Director Lisa Whetzel and Development Director Shannon Bryant thanked our volunteers and supporters for their many contributions that make our programs and services possible. Financial Empowerment Center Director Maria Jose Cantoni was joined by many of our Programs staff to offer a special thanks for supporting our work. Tralonne, who has benefitted from Britepaths’ services, emphasized how meaningful and empowering her work with our volunteers and staff has been.

In Fiscal Year 2022, 443 volunteers donated 5,192 hours of their time to support our work, at a value of $238,615. This meaningful contribution of time and talent, along with grants and generous contributions by hundreds of supporters from our community, helped us serve 8,993 Northern Virginia households, impacting the lives of 12,425 people in those households. We are so grateful to all who are helping our families gain stability and plan and work toward brighter futures.

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Volunteer Appreciation event September 18, 2022