e-Pathfinder | June 2022
Ms. M and her family are going through a stressful time. She came in last Wednesday to pick up food and supplies from our Emergency Pantry, and we also gave her grocery store gift cards and Our Daily Veggies vouchers to help make sure she and her kids have fresh healthy foods while they get back on their feet.

She is so grateful for this support, and we are grateful to all of you for making this assistance possible.

We are providing emergency food assistance to many more families right now and need our community's help to keep our Pantry stocked. Can you help? Click Here to learn how to drop off donations or order through our Amazon Wish List.

We are also in great need of groups to support our Food Bridge families, who receive grocery store gift cards twice per month while they work in our Resilience programs toward financial self-sufficiency. Click Here to learn more.

You can also help feed our families in July through Giant Food's Bloomin' 4 Good program. Purchase a Bloomin' 4 Good bouquet at Giant University Mall in Fairfax July 1-31 and a portion of the proceeds goes to our Food Bridge Program. Click Here to learn more.
Help Our Kids Go Back to School!
Britepaths is collecting funds and new backpacks this summer to provide 2,500 school supply kits and 700 backpacks to students in need in the Fairfax HS and Justice HS pyramids. Can You Help Our Kids?

Thank You to Our Sponsors! Godman Power Group, Inc. and Twins Ace Hardware

Round up at the register & drop off backpacks at Twins Ace Hardware Fairfax July 11-31!
See our Back to School Page for Details

Contact Sidney Arrington at 703.273.8829 with questions.
Rental Assistance is a "Lifeline" for Landlord and Tenant
A Fairfax County landlord recently wrote to thank us for providing rental assistance for his tenant, who he said had been hard-hit by the pandemic. She had been hospitalized with Covid and had also lost her job.

He said, “Your generous help has provided her with a lifeline, not only in concrete terms, but also in terms of peace of mind, dignity and hope. Your organization helped not only her, but also me, as I own only one rental property and, as a retiree, very much rely on that income.”

The landlord also thanked Fairfax County for making this assistance possible, and we share his gratitude. The additional pandemic assistance they have provided for the past two years, and their continued support through the Consolidated Community Funding Pool and other grants and partnerships are helping us make a real difference in the community. Thank you to Fairfax County leaders and employees!
Volunteers in the News
Congratulations to our volunteer financial mentor and instructor Erica James, who was named one of InvestmentNews' 40 Under 40! We are so grateful to her for giving of her time, energy and knowledge to help our families on their journeys to brighter futures. Read the Article
We were also excited to see our wonderful Financial Mentor Deidra Reid on an episode of Wheel of Fortune in May! The Fairfax County Times profiled her and highlighted her work for Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center. Read the Article

In 2019, Deidra mentored our client Eva, an empty-nester who suddenly needed to care for her grandson. Deidra noted in the article that Eva has now adopted him, and we're so happy for them. Click Here to hear from Eva how Deidra's mentoring and supports from Britepaths helped her get a handle on her finances so she could raise her grandson.
Deidra Reid with Eva and her grandson in 2019
Personal Finance, Workforce Supports & More at FECSoCo
Britepaths partners with United Way of the National Capital Area and Fairfax County to offer a variety of free virtual services and workshops through the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo). Services include free and confidential Financial Coaching, Workforce/Job Readiness Consulting, Small Business Consulting and Tax Preparation Consulting. 

NEW: We're excited to introduce a new virtual workshop in partnership with MainStreet Bank! Understanding Small Business Loans, June 30, 6-7p. View Flyer

ACT-IT Fall Classes: Our free IT training in AWS re/Start and Google IT/Comp TIA++ start soon. Interest Surveys are due by the end of July. Click Here for details.

Click Here to see more Services, Classes & Workshops
Click Here to read/subscribe to the FECSoCo Monthly Enews
Congratulations to our Avenues to Career Training Healthcare graduates! They spent eight weeks exploring potential healthcare careers, learning terminology, refining their computer skills and getting help with their next steps to pursue training and apprenticeships on their paths to their new careers. We celebrated them on June 3 and enjoyed their presentations on what they've learned and what they hope to do next. We're grateful to our partners Fairfax County Housing and Computer CORE.
Job Opportunity
Britepaths currently has a job opening. Open until filled. Please share to help us spread the word!

Bookkeeper Assistant, part-time, flexible hours, some virtual work possible. Based at Fairfax office. Assists our Finance Director and Financial Programs Manager.

Click Here for Job Description
Special Thanks!
Donations and Grants

A big thank you to Arlington Community Federal Credit Union for providing a $10,000 grant to support our work in the community. Community Impact Manager Megan Niewold joined us today to present the check, and we had a great discussion about our shared goals for helping community members improve their financial outlooks through financial education and workforce development.

Thank you to the following organizations for generous donations or grants:

Emergency Pantry Donations

Thank you to the employees of Coverent in McLean for donating 112 pounds of greatly needed food and supplies. Jeff Leoung (pictured at right with our summer intern Litzy Morales) delivered the donations on June 6.

Longtime supporter and Financial Empowerment volunteer Ken Kozloff heard that our pantry supplies were running low, so he went to the store, filled up his car, and delivered 137 pounds of our most-needed food and supplies. He's pictured at right. Thank you for all you do for our families, Ken!
Megan Niewold of Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (center) with Britepaths' Shannon Bryant and Lisa Whetzel, June 23
Jeff Leoung of Coverent, with our summer intern Litzy Morales, delivered Pantry donations on June 6.
Ken Kozloff delivers Pantry donations on May 25.
Our Mission is to provide our neighbors in need with short-term safety-net services and empower them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency.