Volume 06| May 2022

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Happy May! We're so glad you are here! We hope that you find these newsletters to be informative and will reach out to us with any ideas/feedback.

If you are new to FHF, please find an overview here.

Share this newsletter freely. It takes a village to raise a child and we hope that together, we can make it a bit easier!

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May Meeting Notes

May Meeting Recording

Upcoming FHF Meetings:

Please stay tuned as they will resume this fall


We know that based on recent end of the year events, special projects and just the nuances of everyday life, having a much needed break is likely at the top of mind for you. Burnout is a real thing and we want to make sure you and your loved ones are doing ok! 

We have made the decision to postpone the May 18th social event in efforts to allow everyone time to take a breather before jumping into just one more thing (because it's always just "one more thing", let's be honest).

We also wanted to reassure you that we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure we celebrate our volunteers, community partners, the board and the amazing work we were able to do collaboratively this year. We want that social event to be a success and will do whatever is in our power to see that happen.

Your safety and well-being, and making sure we figure out the best way to make this gathering memorable, are our top priorities.

We will send out communication with further details as we iron out details. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and be well!


Families Helping Families Board

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

As national Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we celebrate this community of donors and volunteers... we appreciate you helping honor local teachers!

We are pleased to announce that Albemarle County Rotary Club will be giving Families Helping Families a grant of $1,000 to continue this important work. This grant means that we will continue addressing inequities in our neighborhood schools by engaging volunteers into the next school year.

Big thank you to our local Rotary Club! The motto "Service Above Self" is such a fitting way to conclude this amazing week. After visiting many schools, I'm more convinced than ever that it will take our whole community engaging in service to our education system to help every child thrive.



Heidi Gilman Bennett

Volunteer, Families Helping Families

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"Gnome" Emergency Fund

Gnome emergency funds can be accessed by ACPS counselors/family support workers to fill gaps in community resources by submitting a help request on behalf of their families thru our website.

FHF Help Page

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We have all heard "...you cannot pour from an empty cup."

The physical and emotional demands of day-to-day life nowadays can be exhausting and even lead to burnout.

It's important to maintain your own health and well-being so you can provide the best possible care for yourself and thereby, those around you.

This month, we would like to introduce you to another local self care tool for your toolkit!

How U? A Black MENtal Health Podcast hosted by Daniel Fairley and John Thompson of the City of Charlottesville's Black Male Alliance.

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Positivity Pollen Online Workshops for Youth/Teens


Honor a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day by providing a night of safe shelter to a mom and her child(ren) fleeing an abusive home. 

The Shelter will send a personalized card to those you choose to honor notifying them that this gift helped someone take a step toward a safer life. For each night of safety provided, you’ll be entered to win a $160 gift certificate to the Wool Factory.  

For more information, please visit our website or call (434) 963-4676.


Mark your calendars for the Shelter for Help in Emergency’s Golf Tournament on Monday, June 6 at the Club at Glenmore.  

Highlights of the day will include a Putting Contest, a Hole-in-One Challenge, a 50/50 Raffle, a dinner and awards ceremony, and a Wine Pull! For more information or to register your team, please visit our website.  

Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities are still available!

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Easily Find Your COVID-19 Vaccine Record 

You can use the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Request Portal to easily look up your COVID-19 vaccine record for free. 

You only need to enter a few pieces of information to access your records including: 

  • Name 
  • Birth date 
  • Zip code 

The portal will provide you with your vaccine history and a QR code you can share with health care providers or others who need your vaccine records. You can also print your records or save them to your computer. The portal is free to use. 

**The portal includes only COVID-19 vaccinations entered in the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS). It may not include vaccinations administered outside Virginia or by federal government agencies such as the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more questions about the portal, visit VDH’s FAQs.

Find Your Record


REFOCUS is an enriching experience for military families of all ages.

If your family has served our country as a part of any branch of the US Armed Services, you are welcome!

Sign up below. Hope to see you there!!”


Homeschooling Awareness Month

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Lupus Awareness Month

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National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

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National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Mental Health Awareness Month

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National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Local Events
FHF Invites You To Donate
"We say we're a village, but a lot of us don't even know our neighbors. FHF can help make those relationships visible and effective," said Emily Holmstrom, Agnor-Hurt counselor.

“In the coming year, we’re hoping to raise even more funds to be able to meet an increasing number of requests for emergency needs,” said FHF co-organizer Amanda Alger. “Mental health and transportation are two key needs that come up again and again.”

FHF's fund is managed by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible.