April - Education Can Change a Life
Impact of COVID: According to a recent survey, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on many Dreamers’ financial well-being. Many have lost jobs or had their work hours reduced. The percentage of students who work fell from 70 percent before the start of the pandemic to 43 percent after; 83 percent have an immediate family member who was laid off or whose hours were cut due to COVID-19.
May - Supporting Our Minds Matter
During Mental Health Awareness MonthNeed: We've all seen the impact on our families, friends and community on the state of mental health for children, teens and young adults. To raise visibility on the issue, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia convened the first Shape of the Region conference on mental health and released research designed to address the "need for accessible, affordable treatment in the midst of collective trauma". Click Here to read CFNoVA's report "Finding Our Way Back to Mental Health".
June - Creating Special Spaces for Families at
Embry Rucker Shelter
Then members met to beautify the indoor and outdoor family spaces at the Shelter. On the playground, members could be found removing old rubber tiles to power wash the basketball court, cleaning up the playground to make the most of limited pay area, and building an outside storage bin and sand table to fill with toys. Inside, members did a spring cleaning and installed a new cubby system for art and crafts supplies; crated a library with books, games and puzzles for all ages; and added a carpet and pillows to the common area.
The "Good" did not end there! In addition to providing items to beautify the indoor and outdoor space, the project sponsored much needed tools and supplies to maintain the Shelter and support the residents. The team also has plans to work with children at the Shelter to create a mural to welcome future residents.