Britepaths

Britepaths Britepaths serves working families in the Fairfax County area of Virginia. Our programs aim to Stabilize, Build Resilience and offer Seasonal Supports.
In 2019, Britepaths will celebrate 35 years of providing help and hope to struggling residents in the Fairfax County area. We tailor our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the working poor or those in crisis. We are a dedicated leader in developing sustainable solutions meeting the challenges of low-income working families through emergency assistance, financial education, workforce development and one-on-one mentoring.

With the commitment of skilled volunteers and the expertise of our professional staff, Britepaths coordinates customized financial literacy programs that have an 80% success rate in increasing clients’ financial stability. We provide basic-needs services to stave off a crisis and prevent homelessness, and work to guide our families on the path to true financial self-sufficiency. Learn more and get involved at: http://britepaths.org We welcome your comments. Unconstructive comments will be deleted.

Mission: Britepaths provides our Fairfax County area neighbors in need with short-term safety-net services and empowers them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency.

So wonderful to see the "Our Daily Veggie" vouchers being used by families to purchase fresh foods from our farmers mark...
07/11/2019

So wonderful to see the "Our Daily Veggie" vouchers being used by families to purchase fresh foods from our farmers market partner vendors! Here we have Neighborhood Health Clients touring Mount Vernon Farmers Market with a special stop at Ochoa Produce for watermelon and an explanation of how to use Britepaths "Our Daily Veggie" vouchers to purchase produce.
Virginia Cooperative Extension demonstrated how to make a yummy peach fennel salad. Thank you to Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture for helping to organize the event with a grant from Northern Virginia Health Foundation.

Enjoying Mount Vernon Farmers Market with Neighborhood Health Clients. Clients toured the market with a special stop at Ochoa Produce for watermelon and an explanation of how to use Britepaths "Our Daily Veggie" vouchers to purchase produce. Virginia Cooperative Extension demonstrated how to make a yummy peach fennel salad that was amazing. Thank you to Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture for helping to organize the event with a grant from Northern Virginia Health Foundation.

And the backpacks have started coming in! Thanks to those who have already donated a backpack or made a donation to cove...
07/11/2019
Back to School | Britepaths

And the backpacks have started coming in! Thanks to those who have already donated a backpack or made a donation to cover the cost of school supplies!
We are collecting donations and backpacks through August 16! For more details please visit our website at britepaths.org/our-programs/back-school. Or Donate here.

Britepaths' Collect for Kids Back to School Program harnesses community resources to provide school supplies, backpacks and calculators to local students in need.

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County are honored to be a part of Congressional Black Caucus F...
07/09/2019

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County are honored to be a part of Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Summer Financial Literacy Workshop series. We had a great first session on June 28, focusing on Building Wealth, Eliminating Debt and Reducing Costs of Living. Looking forward to the next session, Investing With Little Money, on July 26. This wonderful partnership was made possible through our longstanding partnership with the Foundation for Financial Planning. Learn more at: https://britepaths.org/CBCF-FinLitSeries19

Thank you to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for having Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County be a part of your Financial Literacy workshops series for your summer interns and fellow. Last night our financial literacy volunteer and coach Tee Carty was a featured guess speaker along with Aaron Goldfarb with Triangle Financial Independence, Raleigh, NC.
Our host Dr. Menna Demessie, Vice President of Policy Analysis and Research and Dr. Tiffany Howard, Senior Research Fellow, were awesome.
The interns enjoyed the evening and we were glad to have provided them with valuable information. We look forward to next month.

Another reason we #CollectForKids is to support our local teachers! Did you know that teachers often purchase school sup...
07/08/2019
94 Percent of U.S. Teachers Spend Their Own Money on School Supplies, Survey Finds

Another reason we #CollectForKids is to support our local teachers! Did you know that teachers often purchase school supplies out of their own pockets, especially in schools where parents can't afford to send in supplies at the start of school?
Donate in honor of your favorite teacher today at britepaths.org so we can purchase supplies at a steep discount for our partner schools in need. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/us/teachers-school-supplies.html?fbclid=IwAR2mrBn-phKhEW2RH6Y0rvn7FMGfXcbQcA8FgvWvk1XaOkl6pK-uGTCYWgM

On average, teachers who reported using their own money for the classroom spent $479 each during the school year, according to a Department of Education survey.

Thanks to AlyaSalon, one of our backpack collections sites, for running this special promotion to benefit our Back to Sc...
07/08/2019

Thanks to AlyaSalon, one of our backpack collections sites, for running this special promotion to benefit our Back to School campaign!
To learn more about the campaign, visit britepaths.org!
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Our neighbors are so generous! Britepaths is grateful to everyone who came out to Walmart Fairfax in Fairfax City on Jun...
07/08/2019
Stuffing the Bus for Britepaths’ Food Pantry

Our neighbors are so generous! Britepaths is grateful to everyone who came out to Walmart Fairfax in Fairfax City on June 29 to support our Stuff the Bus Food Drive, sponsored by Fairfax County Government. We received $1,500 in cash and gift cards and 906.7 pounds of food and pantry supplies to help us provide food assistance to local families in crisis. Thank you to reporter Bonnie Hobbs of Connection Newspapers for the great article on the event. And a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped make it all HAPPEN!

The community lent a much-needed hand, last Saturday, June 29, during the Stuff the Bus food drive for nonprofit Britepaths at the Walmart in Fairfax City.

Can You Help Us Collect for Kids? A huge thank you to the following groups which are serving as backpack collection site...
07/08/2019

Can You Help Us Collect for Kids? A huge thank you to the following groups which are serving as backpack collection sites for our Back to School campaign: AlyaSalon, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Chef's Cafe, Cinema Arts Theatre, Cox Farms, Flooring America-Fairfax, all Freedom Bank of Virginia branches, Gathering Grounds Cafe, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Quest Diagnostics, STEM EXCEL, Sugar Mama's Fairfax, Sun & Moon Yoga - Fairfax, and University Mall Theatres.
Britepaths is working to help 2,500+ local students in need go back to school with everything they need to succeed. We're collecting funds to purchase supplies at a steep discount along with new backpacks and scientific calculators through August 16.
Visit britepaths.org to Donate and get wish list links.
Please Help if you can and Please Share! Thank you!
#NeighborsHelpingKids #CollectForKids

Our Neighbors are SO Generous! A HUGE Thank You to all who donated to fund Our Daily Veggies vouchers! In addition to th...
07/03/2019

Our Neighbors are SO Generous! A HUGE Thank You to all who donated to fund Our Daily Veggies vouchers! In addition to the $1,555 raised here on Facebook, we received $1,385 in checks and online donations for a ***Grand Total of $2,940***!

This is short of our $5,000 total need, but YOUR support is freeing up nearly $3,000 for emergency food assistance, while helping our families enjoy fresh fruits, veggies and protein -- and supporting local farmers. It's a win-win-win! We're so grateful.

Friends, we need your help! Britepaths' Our Daily Veggies vouchers help our families enjoy fresh fruits, veggies and proteins during the farmers market season, while also supporting local farmers. This is our 10th year offering this support, and our clients are always so excited to shop at the markets.

Usually, we receive grants to fund the vouchers, but none came through this year. Can YOU help? Just $10 will fund one voucher. Any amount will make a big difference! We need to reach $5,000 to meet the needs of the community.

We have already sent out vouchers. Your support will help us reserve our Food funds to serve families in crisis. Please Donate and Please Share! Thank you!

Learn more about the Program at: https://britepaths.org/our-daily-veggies

A very poignant multimedia essay on the toll being broke takes on people mentally and the challenges faced trying to nav...
07/02/2019
Economic Hardship Reporting Project

A very poignant multimedia essay on the toll being broke takes on people mentally and the challenges faced trying to navigate the grocery store. This is why our food support program is so important to our struggling families who are working with our financial coaches to gain control of their finances. If we can provide them with food and grocery gift cards to purchase healthy foods, they can use their limited funds to pay their rent and bills.

"The difference between being broke and being poor isn't a number. It's a bright light at the end of the tunnel. It's a direction. It's flow and movement and space to think."

EHRP contributor Erynn Brook tragically describes the (big) difference between being broke and being poor in this striking multimedia essay we co-published with Longreads last year (with illustrations by Emily Flake).

Can You Help Us Collect for Kids? Britepaths is working to help 2,500+ local students in need go back to school with eve...
07/01/2019
2,500 Kids Need Our Help!

Can You Help Us Collect for Kids? Britepaths is working to help 2,500+ local students in need go back to school with everything they need to succeed. We're collecting funds to purchase supplies at a steep discount along with new backpacks and scientific calculators through August 16. Click on this email or visit britepaths.org to Donate, get wish list links, see backpack drop-off sites and more. Please Help if you can and Please Share! Thank you!

Wow! Best Stuff the Bus ever! Thank you to the amazing support of our families during the summer when our pantry is ofte...
07/01/2019

Wow! Best Stuff the Bus ever! Thank you to the amazing support of our families during the summer when our pantry is often bare! We received over $1500 in cash and gift cards and just over 900 pounds of much needed food items.
Thanks to the volunteers, Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Police Department volunteers, Fairfax Community Connections, our Fasttran drivers and Walmart Fairfax! Great team effort! When we work together, our families thrive! #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors #FoodPantry #FoodInsecurity

Thank you to the Capital Horn Club for the amazing benefit concert! And to long time Food Bridge supporters Vienna Bapti...
07/01/2019

Thank you to the Capital Horn Club for the amazing benefit concert! And to long time Food Bridge supporters Vienna Baptist Church for hosting the event! Generous attendees donated $503! Volunteer and Seasonal Programs Manager Joanne Walton spoke about the need in Fairfax County for financial empowerment classes and coaching. #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors

Can you help us finish strong?! With checks and web site donations, we've raised $2,410 to support Our Daily Veggies vou...
06/30/2019

Can you help us finish strong?! With checks and web site donations, we've raised $2,410 to support Our Daily Veggies vouchers! That's about half the $5,000 we're spending this season to help our families purchase fresh fruits and veggies at local farmers markets. Your donation will help us reserve our Food Bridge funds for emergency food for families in crisis. Please donate and share! And a Huge Thank You to all who have donated. 😍🍊🍓🍒🍅🍆🥑🥦

Friends, we need your help! Britepaths' Our Daily Veggies vouchers help our families enjoy fresh fruits, veggies and proteins during the farmers market season, while also supporting local farmers. This is our 10th year offering this support, and our clients are always so excited to shop at the markets.

Usually, we receive grants to fund the vouchers, but none came through this year. Can YOU help? Just $10 will fund one voucher. Any amount will make a big difference! We need to reach $5,000 to meet the needs of the community.

We have already sent out vouchers. Your support will help us reserve our Food funds to serve families in crisis. Please Donate and Please Share! Thank you!

Learn more about the Program at: https://britepaths.org/our-daily-veggies

Our awesome volunteers are standing by ready to help -- including our wonderful Fairfax County Police Department officer...
06/29/2019

Our awesome volunteers are standing by ready to help -- including our wonderful Fairfax County Police Department officers and employees. ♥️

Come out TODAY and help Britepaths Stuff the Bus! 11a-4p at Walmart Fairfax on Lee Hwy in Fairfax City! -- with Fairfax Community Connections

Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break! Britepaths is honored to have been invited to be part of Fairfax County's NEW *Summe...
06/27/2019

Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break! Britepaths is honored to have been invited to be part of Fairfax County's NEW *Summer* Stuff the Bus food drive to stock local pantries at a time when donations often run low.

Britepaths' Stuff the Bus Food Drive will be held this Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart Fairfax on Lee Hwy in Fairfax City. Please come out and help us stuff the Fastran Bus to help us do more for our families!

Thank you to Fairfax County Government the Office of Public Private Partnerships (Fairfax Community Connections), MV Transportation and Walmart Fairfax for making this possible!

Photo credit: Bonnie Hobbs, Connection Newspapers, taken at our Winter Stuff the Bus in February.

Learn More about Stuff the Bus at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/stuff-the-bus

Visit http://britepaths.org to Learn More about Britepaths' work to help struggling families in the Fairfax County area stay in their homes while they work toward self-sufficiency.

A BIG Thank You to Freedom Bank of Virginia for once again collecting backpacks for our Collect for Kids Back to School ...
06/26/2019

A BIG Thank You to Freedom Bank of Virginia for once again collecting backpacks for our Collect for Kids Back to School Program. Just one of the many ways they help our families each year! Our goal is to help 2,500+ students in need start the new school year off with everything they need to succeed! More info on how You can help at: https://britepaths.org/our-programs/back-school. And more collection sites coming soon!

Freedom Bank’s four sales offices and mortgage division are excited to serve as collection sites for Britepaths Collect for Kids back to school drive from July 1 to August 16. Please visit one of our locations to drop off your donation of backpacks (new only please) or calculators (new or gently used TI 30Xa Solar School Edition OR TI-84). We look forward to helping local students kick off their school year with the supplies they need for a successful year. Thank you for your support!

Our supporters are amazing! In addition to the $1,530 here, we have had $860 in online and check donations for Our Daily...
06/25/2019

Our supporters are amazing! In addition to the $1,530 here, we have had $860 in online and check donations for Our Daily Veggies since we put out the word -- ****we've raised $2,390!**** Almost half way to the total need of $5,000!!!! YOU are our grantors! Can you help us reach our goal so we can focus our existing Food Bridge funds on helping families in crisis? Donations also welcome using our Donate button at britepaths.org or mail check to Britepaths, 3959 Pender Dr., Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Mention "ODV" in the donor comments/memo line. Thank You for helping our families THRIVE!

Friends, we need your help! Britepaths' Our Daily Veggies vouchers help our families enjoy fresh fruits, veggies and proteins during the farmers market season, while also supporting local farmers. This is our 10th year offering this support, and our clients are always so excited to shop at the markets.

Usually, we receive grants to fund the vouchers, but none came through this year. Can YOU help? Just $10 will fund one voucher. Any amount will make a big difference! We need to reach $5,000 to meet the needs of the community.

We have already sent out vouchers. Your support will help us reserve our Food funds to serve families in crisis. Please Donate and Please Share! Thank you!

Learn more about the Program at: https://britepaths.org/our-daily-veggies

Another successful pantry weighing in the books! Thanks to the many volunteers who took time out of their summer vacatio...
06/24/2019

Another successful pantry weighing in the books! Thanks to the many volunteers who took time out of their summer vacations to help us check all of the expiration dates!
We even had two volunteers on an exchange program from Ireland help us out! #VolunteersRock

Thank You, Office Volunteers! In June, we are shining our Volunteer Spotlight on our outstanding Office Volunteers! Many...
06/22/2019

Thank You, Office Volunteers! In June, we are shining our Volunteer Spotlight on our outstanding Office Volunteers! Many of them have been volunteering with us for several years. A heartfelt thank you to Jamie, Bill, Jean, Anita, Elizabeth, Soraya, Dave and Ellen for your dedication and for sharing your time and talents with us. Your invaluable assistance frees up our staff to do so much more to assist our families.
#VolunteersRock

Did you make it over to the new Nothing Bundt Cakes Fair Lakes today? Our Director of Development D'Ivonne Holman and ou...
06/21/2019

Did you make it over to the new Nothing Bundt Cakes Fair Lakes today? Our Director of Development D'Ivonne Holman and our new Community Relations Manager Khalil Dixon (first week on the job!) stopped in to say hi, and picked up some cakes of their own. Thank you to all who came out to support us today for our 20% day, and a huge thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for helping Britepaths' families as part of their Grand Opening festivities!

#Britepaths35AndThriving #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors

A heart wrenching op-ed article about the limits and stigma associated with using SNAP benefits from the perspective of ...
06/21/2019
Parenting in Poverty

A heart wrenching op-ed article about the limits and stigma associated with using SNAP benefits from the perspective of a mom who grew up in extreme poverty who is trying desperately to reverse the cycle for her own family.
This is why we provide toiletries, paper products and a grocery gift card to our families along with their food so they are able to stretch their benefits further and use their limited funds to pay their bills.
We will be collecting these items at our Summer Stuff the Bus for Britepaths event next Saturday at the Walmart Fairfax from 11 am to 4 pm and need your support to keep the pantry full this summer!
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/well/family/parenting-in-poverty.html?fbclid=IwAR1Oyti-mbqvccLnJgKDvbbyPS1JAfQqr_ySw7nD8uMRdHzacNbt1kOiyRM

I am far too familiar with the seemingly endless array of indignities and flavors of shame that come with living in poverty.

We are thankful to Fairfax County Government Neighborhood and Community Services for running a Stuff the Bus campaign th...
06/21/2019
Stuff the Bus | Neighborhood and Community Services

We are thankful to Fairfax County Government Neighborhood and Community Services for running a Stuff the Bus campaign this summer! As you know, hunger doesn't take a break during the summer, and many pantries run out of food during this time!
Here are the events for this Saturday, June 22 at the following locations:
Vienna Giant
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
359 Maple Avenue East, Vienna
Benefiting Committee for Helping Others

Elden Street Safeway
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
413 Elden Street, Herndon
Benefiting LINK

Here's the link to the full list: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/stuff-the-bus

Fairfax County, Virginia - Help us feed Fairfax families! Stuff the Bus is a public-private partnership effort to provide needed assistance to local food pantries providing critical food supplies to local individuals and families in need.

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3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
22030

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00

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(703) 273-8829

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