Volume 13 | March 2023

Thank you for taking the time to subscribe and actually read our monthly newsletter. Like us -- you clearly have a passion for doing what you can to make Albemarle County the best and ideal place for students and families.

If you are new to Families Helping Families, check out our explainer video below for deets on the organization.

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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February Notes/Recording

Video details - YouTube Studio

Upcoming FHF Meetings:

Recurring Zoom Link

(Canceled: see you next month!) Friday, March 17, 2023: 2-3 pm

Friday, April 28, 2023: 2-3 pm


*Reminder if you know of any projects taking place to support ACPS families, let us know, and we are happy to list them on our “Give Help” page.

Give Help Page

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

Heart and Soul Fitness

Located in the heart of Charlottesville, VA, Heart and Soul Fitness is dedicated to provide community wellness education and physical exercise opportunities for individuals who desire to live a healthier lifestyle, regardless of age and fitness level. Heart and Soul Fitness exist to inspire greater awareness towards health and wellness. Our goal is to make exercise rewarding, exciting and a natural part of an individual’s daily routine. Heart and Soul Fitness believes healthy individuals lead to a healthier more vibrant community.

More Info

The school-based, early prevention and intervention Family Support Program is excited to be adding a full-time position to the team! This program provides direct support and services to children and families, serving children in grades kindergarten – 12th, in Albemarle County Schools. The application can be accessed HERE

More Info

The Shelter for Help in Emergency has an opportunity for local youth to collaborate with the Shelter’s prevention program – please share with any students you think may be interested!

The Shelter provides intervention and prevention resources to survivors of intimate partner violence and their loved ones in Charlottesville and surrounding areas.

The Shelter’s prevention program is recruiting middle and high school students in Charlottesville/Albemarle (ages 13 and up) who would be interested in making a video about consent in friendships. It is free to participate; students will learn filmmaking skills thanks to a partnership with Lighthouse Studios and can gain community service hours for school.

To fill out the interest form:

  1. Go to Positivity Pollen
  2. Select “View + Points”
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Don't forget to click ‘Submit’.

Women's History Month

March 1 - 31st

How to recognize Women's History Month

  • Share some Women's History Month stories.
  • Watch a documentary about women's rights.
  • Highlight the women in your life
  • Add new-to-you women hosted podcasts to your queue.
  • Watch TED Talks by women leaders.
  • Support as many women owned businesses as possible.

Global Recycling Day

March 18th

The best way to celebrate Global Recycling Day is to make recycling a habit. That means, before throwing anything in the trash, take that extra step to check if it is recyclable, reusable, or compostable instead.

World Water Day

March 22nd

Some suggestions to reduce your water use include:

  • Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth
  • Using the half flush on the toilet instead of the full when possible
  • Taking 2 minute showers 
  • Making sure your dishwasher is full before turning it on
  • Being aware of leaking taps and toilets

(Child Fund.org)

“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.”

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.

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