FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NON-PROFIT VOLUNTEERS Getting the right people who will give you their best

Fear not! Volunteers can be very effective, if you understand them and choose the right approach. There are some big misconceptions, however, and they need to be corrected if you’re going to get the most out of your uncompensated help. Below are five big myths about volunteers commonly accepted by non-profits, and they stand in the way of success.

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June Stay Connected Newsletter for Connect Northern Virginia

Welcome to Connect Northern Virginia’s Stay Connected newsletter!

Connect Northern Virginia can help you easily identify with and connect to community resources and services – All in One Place. We believe helping connect businesses, nonprofits, local governments, educational organizations and individuals seeking services or wanting to get involved will lead to stronger and more supportive communities.

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Sonabank Creates Community Believers Program to Support Nonprofits

Sonabank Creates Community Believers Program to Support Nonprofits
“Nonprofit organizations are improving the quality of life for individuals and families in our communities.”

The Community Believers initiative evolved from Sonabank’s desire to build and maintain strong partnerships with nonprofits in communities, such as Northern Virginia, where the bank is located.

“As a result of that in-depth research, we developed the Community Believers program of financial products, tools and resources to demonstrate that we understand their world and we support what they are doing” said Joe A. Shearin, CEO of Sonabank.

With no fee to enroll, nonprofits will receive many benefits, such as a dedicated Website and Exclusive Resources: At CommunityBelievers.com, participants can post volunteer positions and event calendar details, access a members-only directory to collaborate with other nonprofits and share information, cross-promote volunteer opportunities with Sonabank employees, request use of Sonabank conference rooms for meetings during banking hours, meet with consulting and human resources professionals at Sonabank, and more.

In addition to the benefits and services listed above, Sonabank’s local offices will select a “Nonprofit of the Month” to feature in various ways at the branch, providing an opportunity to connect the nonprofit with the bank’s employees and customers.

Read more about benefits to nonprofits with Community Believers

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Franklin Park Arts Center Kicks Off 10th Season of Summer Events

June 15, 2018
By Christian Thompson

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a decade since the Franklin Park Arts Center officially opened the doors.

How things have changed since then! Back in those days, the world at-large was still in the throes of the Great Recession, MySpace still boasted more members than the scrappy upstart Facebook, and a little-known Senator from Illinois had yet to break down racial barriers to become the country’s first African American president.

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Volunteer Opportunities Available for the PRS Hotline

PRS CrisisLink has recently relocated our call center from Arlington, Virginia to Oakton, Virginia!

PRS CrisisLink is a regional telephone hotline and textline-for individuals facing serious life challenges and suicidal thoughts.  Last year, PRS CrisisLink handled nearly 34,000 crisis calls and 5,600 crisis text conversations from the Northern Virginia region.  CrisisLink’s hotline and textline numbers did not change and are still available 24/7/365

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Downtown McLean Planning Study Launches with June 4 Community Workshop

Fairfax County is launching its planning study for downtown McLean with three community wMcLean Community Business Center study logo.orkshops in June.

The first meeting will take place on Monday, June 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria of McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean. Residents who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP. Childcare will be available for children age five and older; make a reservation by Friday, June 1, by contacting Amy Ordonez at 703-787-4962, TTY 711, or by email.

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It’s Official: Lovettsville Changes Name to Capitalsville

A day after the Washington Capitals won their way into the Stanley Cup Final, the Town of Lovettsville changed its name to honor them.

The Town Council last night voted unanimously to change the 182-year-old town’s name to Capitalsville for the duration of the team’s time in the final round against the Vegas Golden Knights. To get the word out, Mayor Bob Zoldos had some fun with a press release, referring to the town as Capitalsville on eight separate occasions.

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Health Department Offers Tick Bite Prevention Tips in New Music Video

MC Bugg-Z is back, and this time he’s using his rhymes to target Lyme.

In an effort to educate the public about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, the Health Department has released the music video “Tick Check 1-2.” The three-minute song, written and performed by Environmental Health Specialist Andy Lima (aka “MC Bugg-Z”), details ways to avoid ticks, particularly blacklegged ticks which can spread Lyme disease. Lima was also behind the catchy “Zika 101” rap in 2016.

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