e-Pathfinder | February 2022
"Many nights I was praying, ‘Please let my car start so I can pick up my daughter and make it back home safe.’ My daughter asked, ‘Mommy is the car gonna start today?’ I would say, ‘I don’t know baby, we gonna see once I put my key in’ lol.

"This is like ‘Christmas in February’ for us. I almost started crying on the phone with Ms. Ro from Coordinated Services Planning." -- Melissa

We are so glad that when Melissa turned to us, we were able to help her get the vital car repairs she needed so she and her daughter have safe, reliable transportation. Our Reliable Rides financial assistance program is the only car repair assistance program in Fairfax County, and one of the few available in Northern Virginia.

When our Financial Programs Manager Diana Ortega received the request from Coordinated Services Planning to help Melissa with her car repair, she worked with J.J. Auto Repair to fund the repair at a discount and worked out a payment plan with Melissa so she can help cover some of the costs.

Artful Living: May 19, 2022
SAVE THE DATE! We are looking forward to connecting with our community once again at Artful Living: Connected!

Thursday, May 19, 2022
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Country Club of Fairfax

Get Involved!
We are seeking:
  • Art Submissions (due 4.24)
  • Sponsors
  • Event Planning Committee Members
Click Here for Details

Questions? Contact Sidney Arrington at events@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829.
New Website!
We were excited to launch our new website on February 9! Technology changes necessitated the update, and also offered an opportunity to freshen our look and make it easier than ever for community members to get help or get involved.

A big thank you to Design TLC for the design and construction of the new site, AGH Strategies for migrating our database system and our pro bono IT provider Macro Systems LLC for assisting with the launch.
Image by Design TLC

Seeking IT Company Partnerships
Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County are seeking partnerships with IT companies in Northern Virginia and the DMV who might be interested in hiring interns or entry-level employees from diverse backgrounds with IT and cloud computing certifications.

Our first AWS re/Start cohort recently concluded and received their Certified Cloud Practitioner certification. We have a Google IT/CompTIA A+ cohort underway, and our next AWS re/Start cohort will begin in March.

Click Here for flyer. Visit our Avenues to Career Training page to learn about our program. Contact Sally Meyer at 703.273.8829.
In January, we met with Robin Mugaas of Executive 1 Holding Company, which recruits employees for our long-time supporter HumanTouch, LLC. She expressed interest in considering clients in our Avenues to Career Training IT training programs for relevant job openings.
Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer a variety of free virtual services and workshops. Services include free and confidential Financial Coaching, Workforce/Job Readiness Consulting, Small Business Consulting and Tax Preparation Consulting.

Please share our Virtual Resources page with anyone you know who might benefit. Join our LinkedIn Group to receive updates on offerings and services.
  • Tax Preparation Assistance for Qualified Northern Virginia Residents Click Here
  • Get That Job! Workshop Series, Mar. 1, 8 & 15 English; Spanish
  • Avenues to Career Training Healthcare Info Session, Mar. 9, 16 or 23 Click Here
  • How to Avoid Scams, with Fairfax County's Consumer Affairs, Mar. 10 Click Here
  • Credit Report Review Clinic, Mar. 17 Click Here
Special Thanks!
Fairfax Turkey Trot: Britepaths is so grateful to the organizers, sponsors and participants of the Fairfax Turkey Trot four-miler Thanksgiving Day race in Mantua. They raised more than $26,000 to provide help and hope to our families at a time when the need is so great. A special thank you to sponsors, Moms of Mantua, Anne and Sarah Harrington of Long & Foster Real Estate, Ballston Local, Merrifield Orthodontics, Fairfax Dental Group and RIBA Construction, LLC. Read More

Food Bridge Supporter:

Thank you to the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia for once again making us part of their Holiday Giving drive! They donated $3,330 in funds and grocery store gift cards that satisfied both food deliveries to our families in January! We have a great need for Food Bridge Supporters this year. Click Here to learn more.

Food Pantry:

"Souper Bowl" Food Drive: A big thank you to the organizers and supporters of Hugo the Gargoyle Little Free Library's "Souper Bowl" Food Drive in the Old Lee Hills neighborhood of Fairfax City. So many generous community members got involved, with Twins Ace Hardware Fairfax and Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company also running drives. The Rams beat the Bengals for the most items donated (307 to 259), but our families are the big winners! On February 22, we received the final donations of food and supplies for our pantry, valued at more than $1,000! We received 362 pounds from Hugo the Gargoyle, 196 pounds from Twins Ace and 24 pounds from Chubby Squirrel. Thanks to all who donated! Read the Connection Article.

Social4Good: A huge thank you to Social4Good for selecting Britepaths as their local nonprofit to support for January 2022. Angie Delboy (pictured) is a member of Britepaths' Board of Directors and Social4Good. They organized a drive and filled our pantry with $2,000 worth of toiletries! 

Young Men's Service League: We're grateful to the Young Men's Service League of Vienna-Oakton for conducting our quarterly pantry inventory in January.

Food4Thought Supporters

Thank you to many generous groups who provided Food4Thought weekend food packs to our partner schools!

Jane Barker of Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia delivered donations for our Food Bridge families in January.
Stephanie McCarthy and Janet Jaworski at the Hugo the Gargoyle Little Free Library, where they organized their "Souper Bowl" Food Drive. Photo by Bonnie Hobbs, Connection Newspapers
Board Member Angie Delboy delivering some of the wonderful supplies Social4Good members donated.
Iota Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. assembling Food4Thought packs.
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.