Volume 02 | January 1 2022
Hello and Happy New Year, Friends! We hope that you will find these to be informative and will reach out to us with any ideas/feedback.

If you are new to FHF, please find an overview here. We have representation at all ACPS schools except for WAHS. To volunteer, click here.

Feel free to share this newsletter. It takes a village to raise a child and we hope that together, we can make it a bit easier!
Upcoming Zoom Meeting
Our monthly meeting is TONIGHT, January 11, 2022: 5:30- 6:30 pm.

Click here for the zoom link. We'll use this same link for the rest of the year.

All are welcome!

We'll use this same link for the rest of the year.

Save the Date!
Feb 8, 2022 05:30 PM
Mar 8, 2022 05:30 PM
Apr 12, 2022 05:30 PM
May 10, 2022 05:30 PM
Jun 14, 2022 05:30 PM
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
Families Helping Families on the Scene
Big thanks to Come As You Are (CAYA) for the awesome event they hosted Saturday, December 18th at the Jefferson School. This event was an opportunity for community members to claim 2 gifts for each respective child. Several children also left that night with free bikes!

Seeing the tables piled high with gifts for kiddos including school aged children and teenagers; several donated bikes and snacks galore, was heartwarming.

The diverse group of Santas and helpers were all on point and brought many of smiles to the guest's faces.

FHFs was on hand to offer up yummy snacks that were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all.
FHF Board Members Khalilah, Angie and Amanda were all smiles during the successful event!
FHF Board Members Camelia (Super Mom) and the Santa formerly known as Amanda pose here with the kiddos, in front of the firetruck
Shout out to Trail Life VA 1025 for bringing out their phenomenal troop to assist...they definitely understood the assignment and took their job seriously!
"Gnome" Emergency Fund
Thanks again to ACPS mom Sarah Harris who made these adorable gnomes, auctioned them off on Instagram and raised $900 for the FHF emergency fund!!!!

These funds can be accessed by ACPS counselors/family support workers by submitting a help request on behalf of their families thru our website.

Launch of FHF Holiday Giving Campaign
"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.

“This holiday season marks FHF’s one-year anniversary. 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.

Business Updates
We are in the process of setting up 501(c)(3)! The process will take a few months but we are excited to begin this next phase. The best part is that we will move our funds in house and have a quicker response time for families in need. Amanda and I are hoping to assemble a Board of Directors and will be electing members soon as we need to vote on using funds to set up the 501(c)(3). I'll provide more of an update at our next meeting.

~ Angie Brement/Treasurer nominee
Community Needs
Bunk beds continue to be a highly requested item for the ACPS families. If you know of a resource that can assist in this regard, please email FHF.
Community Chatter
In light of the recent snow, we encourage everyone to prepare their homes and families for the potential impacts of winter weather. Check on your neighbors, fill your prescriptions, and prepare your home for potential power outages.

From Albemarle County Fire Department :


Drive Smart

◾ Avoid going out if you can. 

◾ Keep distance between you and the car in front of you. 

◾ Remember, it takes longer to slow down on icy roads. 

◾ Don’t drive distracted. 

◾ Avoid slamming on your brakes. 

Stay Warm, Safely 

◾ Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like a furnace, fireplace, woodstove, or portable space heater. 

◾ Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around fireplaces and space heaters. 

◾ Never use your oven to heat your home. 

◾ Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

◾ Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.  

Generator Safety 

◾ Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside and away from all doors, windows, and vent openings. 

◾ Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open. 

◾ Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building. 

Stay Informed

Follow official social channels for accurate information. Some examples are: 

Region Ten Prevention is offering a two-hour overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences, the impact these have on our brains, and resiliency. If you are interested in attending one of these virtual trainings, please register through the links below:

January 13th: Register here
March 15th: Register here