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Britepaths Britepaths helps families who are struggling help *themselves* to brighter futures. Get involved at: britepaths.org. For 36 years, Britepaths has been providing help and hope to struggling residents of the Fairfax County area.

Similar to a business, we provide a service to the community called social impact. Social impact is the effect an organization's actions have on the wellbeing of the community. Britepaths serves more than 7,000 households in Fairfax County, which is approximately 11.5 percent of the households who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2019, Britepaths was honored to be name

Similar to a business, we provide a service to the community called social impact. Social impact is the effect an organization's actions have on the wellbeing of the community. Britepaths serves more than 7,000 households in Fairfax County, which is approximately 11.5 percent of the households who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2019, Britepaths was honored to be name

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First you exercise, then you feast!  Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua has given participants the chance to burn some calori...
11/20/2021

First you exercise, then you feast! Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua has given participants the chance to burn some calories before indulging in Thanksgiving dinner, for 9 years and this year the holiday tradition is back in person!

The Turkey Trot starts at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving morning. Complete your four-mile run, walk, or trot with your friends and family.

For more information visit: https://fairfaxturkeytrot.com

First you exercise, then you feast! Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua has given participants the chance to burn some calories before indulging in Thanksgiving dinner, for 9 years and this year the holiday tradition is back in person!

The Turkey Trot starts at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving morning. Complete your four-mile run, walk, or trot with your friends and family.

For more information visit: https://fairfaxturkeytrot.com

In the News! Read our monthly Enews to keep up on our work in the community and how you can get involved. Visit: britepa...
11/19/2021

In the News! Read our monthly Enews to keep up on our work in the community and how you can get involved. Visit: britepaths.org/news/monthly-enews-archive

In the News! Read our monthly Enews to keep up on our work in the community and how you can get involved. Visit: britepaths.org/news/monthly-enews-archive

We are so grateful to have been a part of George Mason University  Social Action and Integrative Learning Hunger Banquet...
11/19/2021

We are so grateful to have been a part of George Mason University Social Action and Integrative Learning Hunger Banquet, and for the donations received for our food pantry.

We know poverty is solvable—a problem rooted in injustice, and we must eliminate injustice so we can eliminate poverty. It’s not going to be quick or easy, but it can be done.

Thank you again for inviting us to attend!

We are so grateful to have been a part of George Mason University Social Action and Integrative Learning Hunger Banquet, and for the donations received for our food pantry.

We know poverty is solvable—a problem rooted in injustice, and we must eliminate injustice so we can eliminate poverty. It’s not going to be quick or easy, but it can be done.

Thank you again for inviting us to attend!

We're so grateful to Sun & Moon Yoga Studio for once again making us part of their virtual Thanksgiving celebration! The...
11/18/2021

We're so grateful to Sun & Moon Yoga Studio for once again making us part of their virtual Thanksgiving celebration! They will hold an open Zoom class on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 25, 10a-1:30p, featuring yoga, meditation, gratitude and community. The event is free, but they suggest a donation to Britepaths or the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Register and learn more: https://sunandmoonstudio.cowtinker.com/om/workshops/thanksgiving-gratitude-yoga-open-zoom

We're so grateful to Sun & Moon Yoga Studio for once again making us part of their virtual Thanksgiving celebration! They will hold an open Zoom class on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 25, 10a-1:30p, featuring yoga, meditation, gratitude and community. The event is free, but they suggest a donation to Britepaths or the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Register and learn more: https://sunandmoonstudio.cowtinker.com/om/workshops/thanksgiving-gratitude-yoga-open-zoom

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County will be closed #Thanksgiving week, November 22 through 2...
11/18/2021

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County will be closed #Thanksgiving week, November 22 through 26, to give our staff and volunteers time to recharge and spend time with our families and friends.

*We will not be able to accept donations at the office.* Previously scheduled virtual classes through the Financial Empowerment Center will take place.

We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County will be closed #Thanksgiving week, November 22 through 26, to give our staff and volunteers time to recharge and spend time with our families and friends.

*We will not be able to accept donations at the office.* Previously scheduled virtual classes through the Financial Empowerment Center will take place.

We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Britepaths is Giant Food Oakton's November Beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for 13 more days!We'll receive a $1 ...
11/17/2021

Britepaths is Giant Food Oakton's November Beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for 13 more days!

We'll receive a $1 donation each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased in November at the Oakton Giant, located at 2932 Chain Bridge Road (123 and Hunter Mill). Please Share!

Britepaths is Giant Food Oakton's November Beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for 13 more days!

We'll receive a $1 donation each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased in November at the Oakton Giant, located at 2932 Chain Bridge Road (123 and Hunter Mill). Please Share!

Our Executive Director Lisa Whetzel was recognized this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's virtual Annual...
11/16/2021

Our Executive Director Lisa Whetzel was recognized this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's virtual Annual Celebration for receiving an Honorable Mention for the #EXCELAward, recognizing excellence in nonprofit leadership. We congratulate Lisa, Award Winner Koube Ngaaje of DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing, and fellow finalist Mark Chalfant of Washington Improv Theater. We are grateful to Center for Nonprofit Advancement for this honor, and for all they do to support nonprofits in our community. And a special thank you to award sponsor GRF CPAs & Advisors.

Stay tuned for an educational video series featuring the Winner and Honorable Mentions! https://britepaths.org/news/whetzel-excel

Our Executive Director Lisa Whetzel was recognized this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's virtual Annual Celebration for receiving an Honorable Mention for the #EXCELAward, recognizing excellence in nonprofit leadership. We congratulate Lisa, Award Winner Koube Ngaaje of DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing, and fellow finalist Mark Chalfant of Washington Improv Theater. We are grateful to Center for Nonprofit Advancement for this honor, and for all they do to support nonprofits in our community. And a special thank you to award sponsor GRF CPAs & Advisors.

Stay tuned for an educational video series featuring the Winner and Honorable Mentions! https://britepaths.org/news/whetzel-excel

Our supporters are SO generous! 🤩 We put out the word on Thursday that our Pantry was bare, and All of these amazing don...
11/15/2021

Our supporters are SO generous! 🤩 We put out the word on Thursday that our Pantry was bare, and All of these amazing donations arrived from Amazon today. Thank You to all who are donating and spreading the word!

If you'd like to help too, get more info and Amazon Wish List link here: britepaths.org/news/pantry-reopening-21.

Our supporters are SO generous! 🤩 We put out the word on Thursday that our Pantry was bare, and All of these amazing donations arrived from Amazon today. Thank You to all who are donating and spreading the word!

If you'd like to help too, get more info and Amazon Wish List link here: britepaths.org/news/pantry-reopening-21.

Make the holidays brighter for a child near you. Support Britepaths’ Holiday Program to help local families who are stru...
11/14/2021

Make the holidays brighter for a child near you. Support Britepaths’ Holiday Program to help local families who are struggling enjoy festive holiday meals and gifts for their children. Donate and Learn More at: britepaths.org/our-programs/holiday-program.

Make the holidays brighter for a child near you. Support Britepaths’ Holiday Program to help local families who are struggling enjoy festive holiday meals and gifts for their children. Donate and Learn More at: britepaths.org/our-programs/holiday-program.

Happy #WorldKindnessDay! Our supporters inspire us with their kindness every day. But a special shout-out to this suppor...
11/13/2021

Happy #WorldKindnessDay! Our supporters inspire us with their kindness every day. But a special shout-out to this supporter, who heard about our empty Pantry on Thursday and got right on to our Amazon Wish List so that these donations greeted us on Friday. The boxes made us smile, too. We're so grateful for our kind and caring community.

(Click here if you'd like to help stock our pantry too. britepaths.org/news/pantry-reopening-21)

Happy #WorldKindnessDay! Our supporters inspire us with their kindness every day. But a special shout-out to this supporter, who heard about our empty Pantry on Thursday and got right on to our Amazon Wish List so that these donations greeted us on Friday. The boxes made us smile, too. We're so grateful for our kind and caring community.

(Click here if you'd like to help stock our pantry too. britepaths.org/news/pantry-reopening-21)

11/13/2021

More than 1,000 residents experiencing homelessness face the risk of hypothermia this winter. Help us ensure that no one must sleep outside during the winter months. Learn more about the Fairfax County Hypothermia Prevention Program: https://bit.ly/Fairfax-Hypothermia-Program

A big thank you to Anytime Fitness at Twinbrooke Shopping Center in Fairfax for once again holding a Food Drive to help ...
11/12/2021

A big thank you to Anytime Fitness at Twinbrooke Shopping Center in Fairfax for once again holding a Food Drive to help stock our Emergency Pantry! We are so grateful for their many years of support. (And a special shout-out to Rob, our "cereal" supporter) 🤩

Run, Walk, Trot, all the way to registration online! Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua is having a flash sale through midnig...
11/12/2021

Run, Walk, Trot, all the way to registration online! Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua is having a flash sale through midnight, 11/12! Enter coupon code FBFLASH for $5 off registration. Proceeds benefit the Britepaths families we serve.

Register Here: fairfaxturkeytrot.com

Run, Walk, Trot, all the way to registration online! Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua is having a flash sale through midnight, 11/12! Enter coupon code FBFLASH for $5 off registration. Proceeds benefit the Britepaths families we serve.

Register Here: fairfaxturkeytrot.com

How It Started/How It's Going... We had 4 families pick up Emergency Food from our Pantry today, and now our shelves are...
11/11/2021

How It Started/How It's Going... We had 4 families pick up Emergency Food from our Pantry today, and now our shelves are bare! If you'd like to help fill it up, click here to see details and Amazon Wish List link: https://bit.ly/BritepathsDonateFood. Our friends at The Providence Fairfax are also collecting through Nov. 19.

As luck would have it, this week's Connection Newspapers includes an article about this great need. We are grateful to reporter Bonnie Hobbs and the Connection for helping us get out the word! http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2021/nov/11/families-working-hard-struggling-make-ends-meet/

How It Started/How It's Going... We had 4 families pick up Emergency Food from our Pantry today, and now our shelves are bare! If you'd like to help fill it up, click here to see details and Amazon Wish List link: https://bit.ly/BritepathsDonateFood. Our friends at The Providence Fairfax are also collecting through Nov. 19.

As luck would have it, this week's Connection Newspapers includes an article about this great need. We are grateful to reporter Bonnie Hobbs and the Connection for helping us get out the word! http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2021/nov/11/families-working-hard-struggling-make-ends-meet/

On this day and every day, we are grateful to all who have served and are serving our country. Thank you. #VeteransDay
11/11/2021

On this day and every day, we are grateful to all who have served and are serving our country. Thank you. #VeteransDay

On this day and every day, we are grateful to all who have served and are serving our country. Thank you. #VeteransDay

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer free Financial Coaching, Mentoring and more for No...
11/11/2021
Americans have never been in so much debt

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer free Financial Coaching, Mentoring and more for Northern Virginia residents struggling with debt and financial setbacks. Services are virtual during the pandemic. Visit britepaths.org/news/Virtual to get started.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/09/economy/fed-household-debt-inflation/index.html

United Way of the National Capital Area Fairfax County Government Northern Virginia Housing Expo

American households are carrying record amounts of debt as home and auto prices surge, Covid infections continue to fall and people get out their credit cards again.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets (@fairfaxfarmmarkets) is taking over the Farmers Market Coalition Instagram account today...
11/09/2021

Fairfax County Farmers Markets (@fairfaxfarmmarkets) is taking over the Farmers Market Coalition Instagram account today, and Britepaths' partnership to introduce SNAP/EBT benefits to the Thursday Annandale Markets is featured in the Stories. We love this partnership with the Markets and Fairfax County Park Authority to bring fresh, healthy food to Fairfax County residents facing food insecurity. We also offer Our Daily Veggies vouchers to our clients to spend at participating farm stands at each of the County's markets.

Britepaths is a member of the Fairfax Food Council and has been working with the County and other nonprofits to expand food access and access to healthier foods for many years.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets (@fairfaxfarmmarkets) is taking over the Farmers Market Coalition Instagram account today, and Britepaths' partnership to introduce SNAP/EBT benefits to the Thursday Annandale Markets is featured in the Stories. We love this partnership with the Markets and Fairfax County Park Authority to bring fresh, healthy food to Fairfax County residents facing food insecurity. We also offer Our Daily Veggies vouchers to our clients to spend at participating farm stands at each of the County's markets.

Britepaths is a member of the Fairfax Food Council and has been working with the County and other nonprofits to expand food access and access to healthier foods for many years.

On October 25, Mt. Vernon High School students in the MANUP Mentoring Program sponsored by Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omeg...
11/09/2021

On October 25, Mt. Vernon High School students in the MANUP Mentoring Program sponsored by Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Fairfax, heard from Tee Carty, a volunteer Financial Coach with the Financial Empowerment Center at South County.

Coach Carty spoke to 80+ students on the importance of personal finance and financial planning at a young age. The interactive orientation included participation from students on topics of debt, budgeting, saving for short-term, mid-term, and long-term financial goals, and the understanding of aspects to ensuring financial freedom in preparing for retirement at a young age.

In addition, Coach Carty covered the importance of understanding your bills and paying your expenses on time. He went in-depth on being prepared for unexpected expenses, controlling spending and reducing financial stress. He emphasized that students could increase their confidence financially by creating a plan to achieve their personal and financial goals.

On October 25, Mt. Vernon High School students in the MANUP Mentoring Program sponsored by Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Fairfax, heard from Tee Carty, a volunteer Financial Coach with the Financial Empowerment Center at South County.

Coach Carty spoke to 80+ students on the importance of personal finance and financial planning at a young age. The interactive orientation included participation from students on topics of debt, budgeting, saving for short-term, mid-term, and long-term financial goals, and the understanding of aspects to ensuring financial freedom in preparing for retirement at a young age.

In addition, Coach Carty covered the importance of understanding your bills and paying your expenses on time. He went in-depth on being prepared for unexpected expenses, controlling spending and reducing financial stress. He emphasized that students could increase their confidence financially by creating a plan to achieve their personal and financial goals.

Great insights and advice from our wonderful Financial Literacy volunteer Dennis Elias, CFP in eMoneyAdvisor LLC. And a ...
11/08/2021
How to Start Pro Bono Financial Planning - eMoney Advisor

Great insights and advice from our wonderful Financial Literacy volunteer Dennis Elias, CFP in eMoneyAdvisor LLC. And a big thank you to our grantor Foundation for Financial Planning for helping us bring financial education to more Northern Virginia residents, through funding and guiding local Certified Financial Planners to volunteer with us.

https://emoneyadvisor.com/blog/how-to-start-pro-bono-financial-planning/

There are countless people in the U.S. living paycheck to paycheck, becoming overwhelmed with debt—or worse—whose lives could be completely changed with a little financial guidance. Financial professionals have the planning knowledge, experience, and capacity to help, but pro bono planning isn.....

A HUGE Congratulations to Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing, for being named ...
11/05/2021

A HUGE Congratulations to Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing, for being named the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's 2021 EXCEL Award winner. We are also proud of our Executive Director Lisa Paine Whetzel, who along with Mark Chalfant of Washington Improv Theater, received Honorable Mention! Join us in celebrating at the Center's virtual Annual Celebration breakfast on the morning of Nov. 16. https://www.nonprofitadvancement.org/competition-events/annual-celebration/

After an extensive application and interview process, the Center is excited to announce that the 2021 EXCEL Award Winner is Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing.

We would also like to congratulate our Honorable Mentions: Mark Chalfant, Artistic and Executive Director at Washington Improv Theater and Lisa Whetzel, Executive Director at Britepaths.

Don’t miss the chance to meet this year’s award recipients at our Annual Celebration. Register below!

https://www.nonprofitadvancement.org/competition-events/annual-celebration/

“I have been trying to show my three daughters the importance of appreciating what we have and enjoying life to the full...
11/04/2021

“I have been trying to show my three daughters the importance of appreciating what we have and enjoying life to the fullest. But during the holidays, it was hard to get them presents. Even if they did not expect too much, like any child they wanted special presents. I am so lucky to be in a community that is so caring and helpful and giving to my children.” -- Laura, former Britepaths Holiday assistance recipient

Can you help make the holidays brighter for children and their families in our community who are struggling? Donate to Britepaths' Holiday Program. britepaths.org/our-programs/holiday-program

“I have been trying to show my three daughters the importance of appreciating what we have and enjoying life to the fullest. But during the holidays, it was hard to get them presents. Even if they did not expect too much, like any child they wanted special presents. I am so lucky to be in a community that is so caring and helpful and giving to my children.” -- Laura, former Britepaths Holiday assistance recipient

Can you help make the holidays brighter for children and their families in our community who are struggling? Donate to Britepaths' Holiday Program. britepaths.org/our-programs/holiday-program

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Fairfax, VA
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Tuesday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm

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For 36 years, Britepaths has helped struggling families in the Fairfax County area THRIVE!

Over the years, we have changed our name, expanded our services and grown our staff, volunteer base, partnerships and number of families served. But our founding concept that community members who have means and determination can work together to help our struggling neighbors succeed remains the same.

Britepaths began in 1984 as a homeless shelter that rotated among several local congregations – many of which still support our work. When Fairfax County opened a shelter, we started a soup kitchen for the homeless. In 1986, we were named “Our Daily Bread,” and in 1989 we became an independent non-profit. We rebranded as Britepaths in 2016 to better reflect our evolving mission.

As the cost of housing in Fairfax County rose sharply through the 1990s and 2000s, we shifted our focus to helping the working poor who had a place to live but were struggling to pay for all their necessities. In response, we offered emergency food, financial assistance and seasonal assistance, and eventually launched a Financial Literacy program.

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Registered yet? Tomorrow is the last day to register online for the 9th annual Fairfax Turkey Trot 4-miler. Onsite registration will be available during packet pickup and on race morning. Register today to guarantee your shirt! Proceeds benefit Britepaths
Final days to fill the Britepaths pantry! Support Britepaths and working Fairfax families in need. Not only is Rob the most consistent member of Anytime Fitness Fairfax (over 1,000 visits since opening in 2017!), he's a committed supporter of Britepaths! 5 years and counting! Thanks Rob! Who's with Rob? Anyone can stop by Anytime Fitness Fairfax during staffed hours to drop off a pantry item (most needed item list included). Staffed hours: Mon-Thurs 12-7 Friday 12-5 Saturday 10-1
Our friend and #VFPartner Britepaths is serving families all the time. While its lovely to see families being supported, it means the shelves get barer! If you'd like to help fill it up, click here to see details and Amazon Wish List link: https://bit.ly/BritepathsDonateFood The before and after👇
If you are looking for a turkey trot race that is a runners dream please consider Fairfax Turkey Trot proceeds benefit Britepaths sign up here.
It's pantry drive time again! Let's help out our friends at Britepaths and fill their pantry back up! Stop by the Anytime Fitness in Fairfax during staffed hours and drop off anything on the list. Let's make this a banner year! Staffed hours: Mon - Thur 12:00 - 7:00 Fri 12:00 - 5:00 Sat 10:00 - 1:00
Congratulations to 2021 EXCEL Award winner, Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), and honorable mentions, Mark Chalfant (Washington Improv Theater) and Lisa Whetzel (Britepaths ). GRF is pleased to sponsor the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's EXCEL Award which recognizes outstanding nonprofit leadership. We look forward to this year's Annual Celebration on November 16 featuring GRF President and Managing Partner, Jackie Cardello. #nonprofitleadership #excellence #nonprofits #awards2021
After an extensive application and interview process, the Center is excited to announce that the 2021 EXCEL Award Winner is Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing. We would also like to congratulate our Honorable Mentions: Mark Chalfant, Artistic and Executive Director at Washington Improv Theater and Lisa Whetzel, Executive Director at Britepaths. Don’t miss the chance to meet this year’s award recipients at our Annual Celebration. Register below! https://www.nonprofitadvancement.org/competition-events/annual-celebration/
📣 BIG Announcement! Please join us in congratulating our bold and dedicated leader, Koube Ngaaje, who received the 2021 #EXCEL Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement! We know this work takes determination, innovation, optimism, and positivity and our congrats go out to the finalists Mark Chalfant of Washington Improv Theater and Lisa Whetzel of Britepaths.
We know it doesn't feel much like fall yet but turkey day is right around the corner..... Register today and trot with us on Thanksgiving day!!! For the 9th year running, Northern Virginia's BEST four miler is the perfect way to earn that turkey dinner and support the community. Proceeds benefit Britepaths.
Friends, Mark your calendar and register today for the 9th annual Fairfax Turkey Trot 4 miler held on Thanksgiving morning. Individual registration is $35/person through Nov 1. Race participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Earn your dinner and support those in need. Proceeds benefit Britepaths.
Thank you to everyone helped us round up for Britepaths Back to School program! 📚✏️ Thanks to you, we raised $2,000 for Daniel’s Run Elementary School back in July! We couldn’t have been happier to lend a hand!🖐🏽 . . . #britepathsffx #backtoachool #donation #roundup #helpfulhardwarefolks #mylocalace #shopsmall #shoplocal #aceistheplace #notjustahardwarestore #fairfaxcity #nova
Loved plugging my Britepaths pals last night on my show with the great Sol Roots, check out the link below at about 13:45 in, I will also be plugging you guys again with Jess at our live gig this Saturday. Keep up the great work!