On March 1, Jack Zegeer welcomed a full room of elected officials, business, education, nonprofit, government and other community leaders to NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. Zegeer led with an eye-opening story of a student he had been working with for nearly two years whom he only recently found out had been homeless for much of that time.
As Loudoun Campus financial aid manager and a member of the group responsible for overseeing the Loudoun Lifeline, Loudoun Campus’ student emergency aid program funded solely by faculty and staff donations, Zegeer is uniquely positioned to see some faces of need in Loudoun County. That is why when the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier sought NOVA’s input in the development of its new “Faces of Loudoun” Campaign, the Campus was happy to host the campaign’s kickoff.
Faces of Loudoun is a program designed, through highlighted stories of people in Loudoun with real-life need, to encourage residents to recognize the need for charitable giving and volunteer efforts. It is an answer to a recent study conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy that showed that Loudoun residents donate less of their income – under 2 percent – to local charities. That is just over a full percentage point less than the national average of 3 percent. This despite the fact that Loudoun County is currently ranked the highest median household income in the United States. The campaign will roll out over the next 12 to 24 months and will have a social media presence and a traveling exhibit highlighting stories and images of people in Loudoun County who have benefited from charitable giving and services.
For more information on this program go to www.endtheneed.org. For more information on the Loudoun Lifeline student emergency fund, please email Loudoun Campus and Community Relations Specialist Tatyana Schum at firstname.lastname@example.org.