Volume 05 | April 2022
Happy April! 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!

Upcoming FHF Meetings:
May 10, 2022 05:30 PM

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
Families Helping Families on NBC29's Community Conversations
"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 believes that every child deserves a great teacher! So, we're partnering with parent groups to ensure that all Albemarle County Public School teachers are celebrated during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6). 

Check out the coverage on NBC29's Community Conversation

Our focus is on
1) helping schools without active PTOs
2) helping parent groups who are struggling post-pandemic
3) celebrating teachers in non-traditional programs and substitutes.
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.
Celebrate Earth Day at Ix Art Park with a free screening of 2040, a thrifted-fashion show, sustainable vendor showcase, food, drinks and more.
Free General Admission Ages 14+

Stepping Stone Cville is now accepting clothing and gear donations. Here is a list of items they accept.

Our Spring Session of REFOCUS is just around the corner. Here is a list of the exciting and enriching offerings that will be begin April 25, 2022.

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!!”

Governor Glenn Youngkin has designated April 2022 as the Month of the Military Child.

Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school, home, and community life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience and perseverance.

Their contributions to schools and communities also include unique and valuable perspectives on learning, friendships, and growing up to assist schools in planning for Month of the Military Child celebrations, the VDOE developed resources that are available on VDOE's Military Families webpage.

The VDOE encourages schools to use these materials and ideas while planning Month of the Military Child activities throughout April.

The VDOE also encourages schools to share their “Purple Up!” and “Month of the Military Child” photos by using the hashtag #PurpleUpVirginia and tag @VDOE_SESS. Photos and/or descriptions of the activities can also be sent to Dan Dunham, VDOE Military Student and Family Specialist, for sharing with the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
Microvolunteer Day April 15th
Earth Day April 22nd
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.