Author: Srikrishna Dammalapati

Faces of Loudoun: Lakshmi’s Story, Childhood Memories Sparked Lifelong Drive to Serve.

Some of my earliest memories are of my first return to my birthplace in India. My parents moved back there for 2½ years when I was in third grade. Clean, fresh water was scarce, as was food. Beggars in tatters walked past my home every day—many with arms and legs missing. It was a searing, transformative experience that stays with me always. My family isn’t wealthy, but, even at that age, I understood I had a lot to be grateful for. As a result, I have always sought a way to use my blessings in service to others.

Girls Run to Life Lessons

A nationwide initiative has found its way onto Loudoun County’s tracks and fields, and is giving girls the opportunity to run and pick up a few life lessons along the way.

Girls on the Run is a nationwide nonprofit organization that seeks to empower young girls to live a joyful, healthy and confident life. Groups meet twice weekly in small groups, where running is used to inspire and motivate, and a curriculum led by coaches teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games.

Best Workplaces for Commuters

Since 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, has designated 57 Fairfax County employers as “Best Workplaces for Commuters.” Employers located in Fairfax County who offer commuting options to employees may be recognized as one of the “Best Workplaces for Commuters” (BWC) by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). The BWC designation acknowledges employers who have excelled in implementing green commuter programs such as ride-sharing, transit benefits, biking and walking, teleworking, alternate work schedules and other strategies. These types of commuter programs improve mobility by reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles on the roads.

Changing Your Non-profit’s Lifestyle. Realize Your Full Potential by Embracing “Strategic Living”

Non-profit leaders often say they understand the importance of strategic planning to support and advance their organizations’ missions.

Do they really, though? Knowing they should be engaging in strategic planning is a good start, but let’s be honest. The concept is very misunderstood. “Planning” suggests a clear beginning and end. For many non-profits, the process effectively ends with some form of static plan that doesn’t facilitate coordinated action and, as a result, doesn’t deliver the desired outcomes. These organizations aren’t undertaking an on-going, dynamic process that produces the results their communities need, and progressively builds toward their visions for the future. They’re putting great ideas on paper, but they’re not “living the dream.” If they want to be at their sustainable best, however, non-profits need to go beyond strategic planning and adopt a “strategic lifestyle.”

Fairfax County Contributes to D.C. Region’s Ranking as the Second Most Walkable Metro Area in the Nation

Places like Tysons and Reston Town Center contribute to making the Washington, D.C. region the second most walkable metropolitan area in the nation, just behind New York City. This finding comes from research by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis of the George Washington University School of Business.

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