e-Pathfinder | February 2023

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"I would like to express my utmost appreciation for Britepaths. The assistance that my family receives helps us in so many ways. I came to Britepaths overwhelmed by my financial situation. The food assistance and mentoring program has changed my life, and my family's life, in ways I cannot fully explain. I am grateful for Britepaths."

Ms. C and her family are receiving support through our Food Bridge program while she works in our Financial Mentoring program to improve their financial outlook. She wrote this note to thank the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia for the grocery store gift cards her family received last month.

This is a wonderful expression of the gratitude we hear from so many of our clients throughout the year. We extend this appreciation to you for providing the support we need to change lives like Ms. C's. Thank You!

Artful Living: Forward

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Artful Living: Forward

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Country Club of Fairfax

VIP Reception 6:45-7:30 pm

Event 7:30-10 pm

Call for Art!

Submissions due 3.6.23

Guidelines; Submit Art

Sponsors Needed

Event Planning Volunteers Needed

Questions? Contact Sidney Arrington at events@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829

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Stuff the Bus

What a wonderful day to help our neighbors! We are grateful to everyone who donated to our Stuff the Bus Food Drive at Walmart Fairfax on Saturday, February 11. We raised 1,154.20 pounds of food and supplies, $910 in gift cards and $236.78 in cash to stock up our pantry so we can help local families in crisis.

A huge thank you to our 30 wonderful volunteers for all their great work, Walmart Fairfax for hosting us, and Fairfax County and MV Transportation (Fastran) for sponsoring the drives.

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Thanks to reporter Bonnie Hobbs of the Fairfax Connection for covering our Stuff the Bus Drive! Read the Article

Fairfax Turkey Trot

A big thank you to the Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua and event sponsors for donating $27,600 to help our families! A few of the organizers visited us on February 3 to present us with a check for the proceeds from the Thanksgiving Day race: $24,500. Event sponsors donated an additional total of $3,100.

The November 24, 2022 race marked the 10th year for this fun, family-friendly four-miler in the Mantua neighborhood of Fairfax, with a record 1,204 finishers. The organizers first selected Britepaths to receive proceeds from the race in 2016. We are so honored that they have continued to support our work for the past seven years, contributing a total of more than $113,000!

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In the photo: Britepaths’ Brenda Hernandez, Mila Cobos, Wendy Asmen and Abra Kurt and Turkey Trot organizers Hank Levi, Jill Levi and Marcia Nystrom.

Job Opportunities

Britepaths is hiring for two full-time positions. Visit our Job Opportunities page for details and job descriptions.

  • Community Develpment Manager in our Fairfax Office
  • Workforce Development Manager at the Financial Empowerment Center in Alexandria

Virtual Resources

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 Coaching, Small Business Consulting, Food Entrepreneurship Consulting and Tax Preparation Consulting. Financial and Workforce Coaching are also available in Spanish.

View the full listing of offerings on our Virtual Resources page. Please share with anyone you know who might benefit. Join our LinkedIn Group to receive updates on offerings and services. Click Here to read/subscribe to the FECSoCo Monthly Enews.

Free Tax Filing Assistance: Community members meeting certain income requirements may qualify for free in-person tax filing assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program or to file their own taxes for free through IRS Free File. Click Here for details and links.

Class/Workshop Highlights:

  • Free Budgeting Classes, morning and evening options
  • Pulling and Understanding Credit Reports
  • Small Business Workshops in English and Spanish
  • Personal Finance and Career Building Workshops in English & Spanish
  • Free Legal Advice for consumer law issues in English & Spanish
  • Tax Debt Relief Clinic


Britepaths has many Volunteer needs! Visit our Volunteer Page to view the full listing. Contact Sidney Arrington at volunteer@britepaths.org to learn more.

New! Food Pantry Organizers, Mar. 3

Our greatest current needs: Event Planning Committee for Artful Living and Network Up Career Mentors

Great group projects: Food4Thought Packs, Food/Gift Card Drives and Food Bridge Supporters

Shout-Outs & Thanks

Britepaths Volunteer Receives Award

Join us in congratulating Marcio Silveira, who was recently named Planner of the Year by the Financial Planning Association of the the National Capital Area at their 2023 Outstanding Achievement Award ceremony. Our Financial Empowerment Director Maria Jose Cantoni was there to cheer him on. Marcio has served as a volunteer Financial Coach with us since 2013, and we are so grateful for his service and dedication to helping our neighbors plan for brighter futures.

American Rescue Plan Act Grants

Britepaths is grateful to Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax for each awarding $50,000 to our organization from the American Rescue Act's Sustainability Grant for Human Services Safety Net Nonprofits to mitigate some of the financial burdens imposed by the pandemic. We received funding from Fairfax County in November, and recently received funding from the City of Fairfax. We appreciate their ongoing support for our work in the community. Read the City's news release.

Donations and Grants

Thank you to the following supporters for their generous donations in the past month:

Maria Jose Cantoni and Marcio Silviera

Maria Jose Cantoni and Marcio Silveira

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Thanks to the amazing volunteers who helped us complete our quarterly Pantry Inventory on January 27! They did a great job, and finished in record time.

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