Britepaths

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.
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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 named Non-Profit of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in recognition to our long service to the community. We tailor our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the working poor or those in crisis. Our unique programs equip individuals and families with the tools they need to not only face any crisis situation but also to begin a journey toward lasting independence. Britepaths aims to address the unique needs of those living in poverty or experiencing crisis. Our Financial Literacy and Workforce Development supports help our neighbors Build Resilience, providing tools to help them better manage their money or pursue better-paying jobs. Our Stability programs – Food Bridge and Financial Assistance – help families stay in their homes while they work through a crisis. Through community partnerships, we also offer Supports for Children, including Food4Thought weekend food packs, Back to School and Holiday assistance and Youth Financial Literacy.

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 named Non-Profit of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in recognition to our long service to the community. We tailor our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the working poor or those in crisis. Our unique programs equip individuals and families with the tools they need to not only face any crisis situation but also to begin a journey toward lasting independence. Britepaths aims to address the unique needs of those living in poverty or experiencing crisis. Our Financial Literacy and Workforce Development supports help our neighbors Build Resilience, providing tools to help them better manage their money or pursue better-paying jobs. Our Stability programs – Food Bridge and Financial Assistance – help families stay in their homes while they work through a crisis. Through community partnerships, we also offer Supports for Children, including Food4Thought weekend food packs, Back to School and Holiday assistance and Youth Financial Literacy.

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We hope you'll join us on Thursday for a virtual Town Hall to learn more about the evolution of our Food Bridge and Fina...
04/19/2021
A Town Hall Discussion: Stability Programs through an Equity Lens

We hope you'll join us on Thursday for a virtual Town Hall to learn more about the evolution of our Food Bridge and Financial Assistance Programs and our ongoing efforts to meet our neighbors where they are and serve them in an equitable manner.

Dawn Hyman Fairfax County Government's One Fairfax initiative will join us to shed more light on why disparities continue to persist, and how we all can use our growing understanding and resources more intentionally to bring about real, lasting change in our society.

Free and Open to All! Register at: https://bit.ly/3mKwkH4 to receive the Zoom link. Join our Facebook Event and Share: https://fb.me/e/3qGjdhjgE

with Financial Empowerment Center at South County

Britepaths' Stability Programs Through an Equity Lens

Volunteer Need! Please Share! Britepaths is seeking a Volunteer EBT Coordinator to serve Thursdays throughout the season...
04/19/2021
Volunteer SNAP/EBT Coordinator for Annandale Farmers Market | Britepaths

Volunteer Need! Please Share! Britepaths is seeking a Volunteer EBT Coordinator to serve Thursdays throughout the season at the Annandale Farmers Market, which is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. This unpaid volunteer position in partnership with Freshfarm will support the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program at the Market, assisting community members who receive SNAP benefits to purchase fresh local food. Requires a minimum of 5 hours of work per week: Thursdays, 7:15 am to 12:30 pm from May 6-November 4. Volunteer must be 18 or older and able to provide own transportation to the Market. Apply to [email protected]. Details at: https://britepaths.org/Volunteer-FarmersMarket

#volunteer #farmersmarket #fairfaxcountyfarmersmarkets #annandaleva

Background Information: Would you like to learn about local food systems while helping community members who are struggling have access to fresh local food? Volunteer with Britepaths as our EBT Coordinator! Britepaths is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the EBT Coordinator at the An...

If you're doing pretty well and are starting to feel optimistic about the future, please consider a gift to our Brighter...
04/19/2021

If you're doing pretty well and are starting to feel optimistic about the future, please consider a gift to our Brighter Possibilities campaign to help us give our neighbors who were struggling even before the pandemic support to get through and the tools they need to build brighter futures. britepaths.org/brighter

If you're doing pretty well and are starting to feel optimistic about the future, please consider a gift to our Brighter Possibilities campaign to help us give our neighbors who were struggling even before the pandemic support to get through and the tools they need to build brighter futures. britepaths.org/brighter

Britepaths is hiring! Programs Manager (apply by April 22) and Substitute Adult Basic Education Instructor (open until f...
04/17/2021

Britepaths is hiring! Programs Manager (apply by April 22) and Substitute Adult Basic Education Instructor (open until filled). Details at: britepaths.org/jobs. Please Share!

#job #jobs #nonprofit #nonprofitjobs #fairfaxva #northernvirginia

Britepaths is hiring! Programs Manager (apply by April 22) and Substitute Adult Basic Education Instructor (open until filled). Details at: britepaths.org/jobs. Please Share!

#job #jobs #nonprofit #nonprofitjobs #fairfaxva #northernvirginia

You can see this smile, even with a mask! Our longtime volunteer Anita gave us an iPad she was no longer using and asked...
04/16/2021

You can see this smile, even with a mask! Our longtime volunteer Anita gave us an iPad she was no longer using and asked us to give it to someone who could use it. We learned that it would be a big help for our Financial Mentoring client David and his family. David came by recently to pick it up, and was thrilled to receive it. Thank you, Anita! #payitforward

You can see this smile, even with a mask! Our longtime volunteer Anita gave us an iPad she was no longer using and asked us to give it to someone who could use it. We learned that it would be a big help for our Financial Mentoring client David and his family. David came by recently to pick it up, and was thrilled to receive it. Thank you, Anita! #payitforward

04/15/2021
My goal is economic self-sufficiency

"My goal is economic self-sufficiency," Jackie says. "So I was really focusing a lot on paying down my debt before Covid happened. It's hard because if you want to move up in life in one area, you have to take care of the other situations before moving forward. Situations like this -- it's like a halt or a pause that shifts you off track, and it's helpful when you have services like Britepaths."

Your support for our Brighter Possibilities campaign in April will help Jackie and so many other neighbors who are working diligently to get back on track after the pandemic. Donate at britepaths.org/brighter.

Huge Volunteer need to help our neighbors get vaccinated. Please Share!
04/13/2021
Volunteers Needed for Inova Vaccination Center - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Huge Volunteer need to help our neighbors get vaccinated. Please Share!

Fairfax County has received a request to recruit volunteers to help provide assistance to the Inova Stonebridge COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Alexandria, which provides COVID-19 vaccines predominately for individuals who reside and/or work in Fairfax County. These volunteer tasks require a criminal...

We're so proud of our most recent Avenues to Career Training graduates! On March 26, they each gave presentations on wha...
04/13/2021

We're so proud of our most recent Avenues to Career Training graduates! On March 26, they each gave presentations on what they learned and where they hope to go in their healthcare careers. A big thank you to Fairfax County Housing for once again partnering with Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County to offer this wonderful class, and Computer CORE for helping them expand their computer skills.

We're so proud of our most recent Avenues to Career Training graduates! On March 26, they each gave presentations on what they learned and where they hope to go in their healthcare careers. A big thank you to Fairfax County Housing for once again partnering with Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County to offer this wonderful class, and Computer CORE for helping them expand their computer skills.

Great resource for those who need food assistance or would like to help neighbors in need during this difficult time. Br...
04/12/2021
Moving Toward Food Security: How to Get Help From and Donate to Local Food Pantries - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Great resource for those who need food assistance or would like to help neighbors in need during this difficult time. Britepaths requires a referral from Fairfax County Government Coordinated Services Planning (702-222-0880) to provide food and financial assistance to County residents and those living in the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna. Our pantry is still closed, so financial donations are the most helpful so we can mail grocery store gift cards to families. Follow the Stuff the Bus link on this page, or donate at britepaths.org.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for food in Fairfax County and thousands of people in our community are experiencing food insecurity. For those in need, Fairfax County has many resources available where residents can receive food and donate food to. Get Help Please contact Coordinated S...

We have always been grateful to the staff and volunteers of the Fairfax County Health Department but we would like to no...
04/10/2021

We have always been grateful to the staff and volunteers of the Fairfax County Health Department but we would like to note that they have been absolute ROCK STARS this past year. Thank you for all the ways you've gone above and beyond to help residents during this difficult time.

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer a wealth of resources to NVA residents looking to ...
04/09/2021

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer a wealth of resources to NVA residents looking to improve their finances and career outlooks. Join our LinkedIn Group to receive regular updates on offerings and resources. Please Share! https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9046102/

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer a wealth of resources to NVA residents looking to improve their finances and career outlooks. Join our LinkedIn Group to receive regular updates on offerings and resources. Please Share! https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9046102/

04/08/2021
Community is our heart

Apple Federal Credit Union has supported Britepaths' work for many years in a variety of ways, and they stepped in quickly last year when everything shut down to help us assist community members who were struggling. Apple FCU's Katie Knight says they continue to support our work through our Brighter Possibilities campaign because, "Community has always been at our center. It's our focus. It's our heart."

Please join Apple FCU and our many other supporters in donating to Brighter Possibilities this month to help us ensure all of our neighbors have the resources they need to thrive. Visit britepaths.org/brighter, and please share!

Britepaths is hiring! Programs Manager (apply by April 22) and Substitute Adult Basic Education Instructor (open until f...
04/07/2021

Britepaths is hiring! Programs Manager (apply by April 22) and Substitute Adult Basic Education Instructor (open until filled). Details at: https://britepaths.org/jobs. Please Share!

#job #nonprofitjobs #fairfaxva #northernvirginia

Britepaths is hiring! Programs Manager (apply by April 22) and Substitute Adult Basic Education Instructor (open until filled). Details at: https://britepaths.org/jobs. Please Share!

#job #nonprofitjobs #fairfaxva #northernvirginia

We hope you'll join us on April 22 for our first in a series of Virtual Town Hall meetings. Stability Programs Through a...
04/06/2021
A Town Hall Discussion: Stability Programs through an Equity Lens

We hope you'll join us on April 22 for our first in a series of Virtual Town Hall meetings. Stability Programs Through an Equity Lens We'll discuss the evolution of Britepaths' Food Bridge and Financial Assistance Programs and our ongoing efforts to meet our neighbors where they are and serve them in an equitable manner.

We are honored to be joined by Dawn Hyman of Fairfax County Government's One Fairfax initiative, who will share her perspective on food access in the County and Britepaths' role in our community-wide efforts to ensure residents have equitable access to healthy foods that meet their dietary needs.

Please register via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link to join. This event is Free and All Are Welcome! Please Share!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-town-hall-discussion-stability-programs-through-an-equity-lens-tickets-148196651173

Britepaths' Stability Programs Through an Equity Lens

Volunteer Need! Please Share! Britepaths is seeking a Volunteer EBT Coordinator to serve Thursdays throughout the season...
04/05/2021

Volunteer Need! Please Share! Britepaths is seeking a Volunteer EBT Coordinator to serve Thursdays throughout the season at the Annandale Farmers Market, which is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. This unpaid volunteer position in partnership with Freshfarm will support the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program at the Market, assisting community members who receive SNAP benefits to purchase fresh local food. Requires a minimum of 5 hours of work per week: Thursdays, 7:15 am to 12:30 pm from May 6-November 4. Volunteer must be 18 or older and able to provide own transportation to the Market. Apply to [email protected]. Details at: https://britepaths.org/Volunteer-FarmersMarket

#volunteer #farmersmarket #fairfaxcountyfarmersmarkets #annandaleva

Volunteer Need! Please Share! Britepaths is seeking a Volunteer EBT Coordinator to serve Thursdays throughout the season at the Annandale Farmers Market, which is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. This unpaid volunteer position in partnership with Freshfarm will support the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program at the Market, assisting community members who receive SNAP benefits to purchase fresh local food. Requires a minimum of 5 hours of work per week: Thursdays, 7:15 am to 12:30 pm from May 6-November 4. Volunteer must be 18 or older and able to provide own transportation to the Market. Apply to [email protected]. Details at: https://britepaths.org/Volunteer-FarmersMarket

#volunteer #farmersmarket #fairfaxcountyfarmersmarkets #annandaleva

Still time to register for this Wednesday's session of "Doing Your Own Taxes Is Easier Than You Think." If your income i...
04/05/2021

Still time to register for this Wednesday's session of "Doing Your Own Taxes Is Easier Than You Think." If your income is $72K or less, you can learn how to do your own taxes FOR FREE with the IRS FREE File program. Join us for a free virtual workshop on April 7, from 3 PM - 5 PM. Register at: fecsoco.setmore.com/bookclass or email [email protected]. Hosted by Financial Empowerment Center at South County with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc., and IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, in partnership with Fairfax County Government and United Way of the National Capital Area. Please Share!

See more classes, workshops and opportunities like this at:
https://britepaths.org/news/Virtual
Or Join our LinkedIn Group to get updates: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9046102/

More tax preparation resources:
https://www.getyourrefund.org
https://freefile.intuit.com

#taxseason2021 #taxfiling #FreeFile

Still time to register for this Wednesday's session of "Doing Your Own Taxes Is Easier Than You Think." If your income is $72K or less, you can learn how to do your own taxes FOR FREE with the IRS FREE File program. Join us for a free virtual workshop on April 7, from 3 PM - 5 PM. Register at: fecsoco.setmore.com/bookclass or email [email protected]. Hosted by Financial Empowerment Center at South County with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc., and IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, in partnership with Fairfax County Government and United Way of the National Capital Area. Please Share!

See more classes, workshops and opportunities like this at:
https://britepaths.org/news/Virtual
Or Join our LinkedIn Group to get updates: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9046102/

More tax preparation resources:
https://www.getyourrefund.org
https://freefile.intuit.com

#taxseason2021 #taxfiling #FreeFile

What's Next for Our Families? With YOUR Support, Brighter Possibilities! While many of our neighbors are still strugglin...
04/04/2021

What's Next for Our Families? With YOUR Support, Brighter Possibilities! While many of our neighbors are still struggling to keep their homes and feed their families during the pandemic, others have begun to lift their heads up and wonder "what's next?" Your donation will help us connect families with the supports they need to pursue Brighter Possibilities. Please Give in April and Please Share! britepaths.org/brighter

What's Next for Our Families? With YOUR Support, Brighter Possibilities! While many of our neighbors are still struggling to keep their homes and feed their families during the pandemic, others have begun to lift their heads up and wonder "what's next?" Your donation will help us connect families with the supports they need to pursue Brighter Possibilities. Please Give in April and Please Share! britepaths.org/brighter

We're so proud of Lydine and grateful to the Foundation for Financial Planning for sharing her story, and helping make i...
03/31/2021
Lydine’s Story

We're so proud of Lydine and grateful to the Foundation for Financial Planning for sharing her story, and helping make it possible for Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County to provide Financial Coaching, Mentoring supports and more to neighbors like her so they can succeed.

https://ffpprobono.org/lydines-story/

Thanks to the debt settlement and networking assistance from the staff and CFP® professional volunteers at the Financial Empowerment Center and Britepaths, Lydine has been able to secure a stable…

Creating a Lasting Impression! This free, virtual workshop on Mar. 30, 6p, offers women tools to look and feel their bes...
03/26/2021

Creating a Lasting Impression! This free, virtual workshop on Mar. 30, 6p, offers women tools to look and feel their best when heading into a professional atmosphere. Hosted by Financial Empowerment Center at South County with our partners Suited for Change and Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits. Space Is Limited! Attendees receive a $25 gift card. Register at: https://fecsoco.setmore.com/bookclass, email [email protected] or phone 703.704.6101. Please Share!

Creating a Lasting Impression! This free, virtual workshop on Mar. 30, 6p, offers women tools to look and feel their best when heading into a professional atmosphere. Hosted by Financial Empowerment Center at South County with our partners Suited for Change and Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits. Space Is Limited! Attendees receive a $25 gift card. Register at: https://fecsoco.setmore.com/bookclass, email [email protected] or phone 703.704.6101. Please Share!

Free food for those who need it at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church on Saturday morning. Please Share!
03/26/2021

Free food for those who need it at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church on Saturday morning. Please Share!

The next Grace Ministries at St. Stephen’s Church is scheduled to take place Saturday morning, March 27, 2021, in the church parking lot. If you know of an individual or family in need, please spread the word about this free food distribution event open to all. Currently Grace Ministries is a contactless drive-thru event that usually starts about 7 a.m.

Still time to register for the Unity Virtual “Spring Fling” 5K/1K Run/Walk/Roll! Join us at the virtual kick-off on Marc...
03/25/2021
Unity Virtual “Spring Fling” 5K/1K Run/Walk/Roll

Still time to register for the Unity Virtual “Spring Fling” 5K/1K Run/Walk/Roll! Join us at the virtual kick-off on March 28 at 12:30 p.m. Run, jog, or walk or roll your virtual 5K or 1K anywhere and anytime on the 28th or 29th. Thank you to Unity of Fairfax and Unity Spiritual Center of Springfield for once again choosing us as a beneficiary of their virtual runs!

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unity-virtual-spring-fling-5k1k-runwalkroll-registration-133864717975

Let’s get outside and have some fun!

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3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
22030

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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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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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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!
Thanks for letting us help you Britepaths, what a fabulously great time Jess and I had. Click right here for the full, right-way-flipped video of our two full sets. https://youtu.be/vmenBZmQgeU
Just made my donation! “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
A big thanks to all NAIFA NOVA and NVAHU families and friends who generously donated funds and volunteered to organize, prepare, shop, and deliver groceries and more to those in need within our community yesterday. Happy to make another familiy's life a little brighter! The families who received our services were truly grateful. Thanks to Britepaths for making this possible and doing all you do to help those who need it most. #community #ittakesavillage #bethechange #naifanova #britepaths #familydayofgiving #grateful
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