The Food Kits are Assembled… What’s Next?

In partnership with the Stop Hunger Now organization and the West Springfield Rotary Club, on Jan 16, the 8th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service, over 250 NOVA faculty, staff, and students, local K-12 students and community members successfully assembled 24,800 food kits (= 4,133 individuals in need).

The food kits are en route.  The destination will be revealed soon.

Where have the assembled food kits been shipped to in the past years?

2015:

This shipment was being sent through Reach Now International to their partner Fundacion Castillo Del Ray in Panama. Fundacion Castillo Del Ray is a nonprofit organization that provides meals to six elementary schools and one high school throughout Panama. In these schools, Foundation Castillo Del Ray feeds more than 1,500 students on a daily basis. This food also would help the schools to allocate resources to improve their infrastructure, enhance teaching tools and provide clothing for the students.

2014:

This shipment was being sent through Youth Build Haiti Rebuilding Academy (YHRA) in Haiti. The Youth Build Haiti Rebuilding Academy (YHRA) is a five-year initiative designed to improve the livelihood prospects of Haitian youth and mobilize young people in Haiti to play a significant leadership role in rebuilding the earthquake devastated country. The program works alongside IDEJEN (the Initiative for the Development of Young People Outside of School), Haitiâs largest youth-serving NGO. Over the five year period of implementation, the YHRA would reach at least 9,000 young people and engage them in post-earthquake rebuilding projects focused on the rebuilding and building of homes, schools, health clinics, sanitation blocks and green infrastructure. The program includes six months of intensive on site skills training, leadership development and basic education, followed by six months of follow up support as young people seek viable opportunities for employment and self employment. Project activities are delivered out of centers built by YouthBuild and IDEJEN students.

2013:

Your meals would support the work of ORPHANetwork’in Nicaragua

ORPHANetwork‘s mission is to equip orphans and at risk children in developing countries to fully realize their God-given potential. They serve abandoned, abused, and at-risk children in Nicaragua through various infrastructures including: the local church, local school systems, and orphanages.  ORPHANetwork supports 155 feeding programs throughout Nicaragua. Through these programs, almost 18,000 children are nourished each weekday. The communities serve are some of the poorest in Nicaragua and the feeding programs prevent children from becoming “social orphans.” By guaranteeing one nutritious meal to these children each weekday, the probability that they will be able to continue living with their families increases significantly. The programs also serve the community holistically by drawing the children to school, monitoring their health, teaching on health and hygiene, working with pregnant mothers on pre-natal and infant health, providing a space for families to work together and connecting them to the local church. ORPHANetwork additionally supports six orphanages, which are home to over 300 children.

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Your meals would support the work of Salesian Missions in the Philippines

Salesian Missions is a network of 34,000 Priests, Brothers and Sisters around the world who work to enable poor and suffering children to live better lives and build brighter futures. The Salesians of Don Bosco operate 5,000 schools and technical training centers, 23 colleges, 216 clinics and hospitals, 225 orphanages and shelters, and run a wide variety of social and economic development activities throughout the world. In each country, the Salesians combine the aspects of an orphanage, a school, a church, and a children’s recreation center, in addition to varied social programs. The Salesians work to be truly present among the people in their communities on all levels, so they understand the problems facing those they serve and are able to assist in the most effective manner. Across the Southern Philippines, the Salesians of Don Bosco serve needy families who lack sufficient food and money to cover their basic needs. In addition to family support, the Salesians operate several children’s homes, technical training centers and outreach programs. The programs are located across the Southern Philippines in Cebu (9 programs), Eastern Samar (1 program), Iloilo (1 program), Negros (5 programs), Davao (4 programs) and Bukidnon (1 program). This shipment, in particular, would be used primarily to support the victims of Typhoon Bopha which ravaged the area of Davao Oriental. The municipality of Baganga was especially affected. Families lost their homes and livelihoods and this food will be a beacon of hope in a time of great loss.

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8th Annual NOVA SERVES MLK Day of Service: January 16, 2017

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 16th!

Join us for the 8th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service. The service event will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus. This year’s event will consist of assembling 30,000 food kits in partnership with the Stop Hunger Now organization and the West Springfield Rotary Club.

Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime! Help us reach our goal to package 30,000+ meals. Working together we can create a world without hunger.
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*Stop Hunger Now- Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now created its meal-packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. The majority of Stop Hunger Now’s meals supply school lunch programs. Due to the ease of assembly and transport, meals can be shipped to areas in crisis. This process for distribution, through school feeding programs in hunger-stricken regions, is seen as a practical means to end hunger.

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Our registration is filled to capacity. Hope to see you next year!

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50th Anniversary NOVA Day of Service

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Hello NOVA!

As part of NOVA’s 50th Anniversary, and our campus theme of Come Home to Serve…..we are having a packing party for Comfort Cases and you are invited!

Thousands of children in Northern Virginia enter the foster care system each year. Most carry little more than the clothes on their backs. Comfort Cases is on a mission to provide essentials to help these brave children on their journey to find a home.  Comfort Cases would like to request your participation in our Spring Packing Party on May 6th from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Schlesinger Center. Volunteers will assist organizing donated items and preparing cases for distribution.

Please register to attend:
http://goo.gl/forms/RSZ7GJ9xPt

If you can’t make it to the packing party, you can still participate! We are also collecting items to go inside the comfort cases from 4/11 – 5/6/16.

Items can be dropped off at TILT (Bisdorf Building | AA-343), The Women’s Center (Bisdorf Building | AA-331), and The Office of International Students (Bisdorf Building | AA-193).

50Here’s a list of the items needed:
* Back packs, duffle bags or small suitcase
* Stuffed Animals
* Pajamas or athletic pants/shorts & tees
* Hair brush or Comb
* Toothbrush & Toothpaste
* Books
* Travel Size Toiletries
* Activity books & Crayons

Items for children over 10 years old would be especially appreciated.

To learn more about Comfort Cases, go to http://comfortcases.org/.

Thanks so much for your support in this endeavor!

 

CONTACT:
For more information, please contact Kirstin Riddick | kriddick@nvcc.edu

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7th Annual NOVA SERVES MLK Day of Service: January 18, 2016

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 18th! <!

Join us for the 7th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service. The service event will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus. This year’s event will consist of assembling 30,000 food kits in partnership with the Stop Hunger Now organization and the Springfield Rotary Club.

Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime! Help us reach our goal to package 30,000+ meals. Working together we can create a world without hunger.

*Stop Hunger Now- Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now created its meal-packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. The majority of Stop Hunger Now’s meals supply school lunch programs. Due to the ease of assembly and transport, meals can be shipped to areas in crisis. This process for distribution, through school feeding programs in hunger-stricken regions, is seen as a practical means to end hunger.

Registration form can be found at: NOVA Serves_MLK 2016

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6th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service Taking a Day ON!

Over 200 students, faculty, staff, community members and K-12 students expected at the 6th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service!

Click here for a look at our event from the past five years:
6th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service.

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NOVA SERVES MLK Day receives huge response!

Registration for the January 19th NOVA SERVES MLK DAY of Service has closed. We have exceeded capacity for this year’s event!

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NOVA SERVES: Taking a Day On for MLK Day of Service!

NOVA students, faculty, staff and community members are taking a day on on January 19th! In addition to partnering with Stop Hunger Now organization, NOVA’s Campus police have joined forces with us in helping collect canned food and winter coats for local community members in need.

Check out last year’s event at http://youtu.be/2k8yOZ-a0aA

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SAVE THE DATE! Join the movement in giving back in 2015!

IMG_5620Join us for the 6th Annual NOVA SERVES: MLK Day of Service. The service event will take place on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus. This year’s event will consist of assembling 20,000 food kits in partnership with the Stop Hunger Now organization. We will also be accepting canned goods and gently used winter coats to help local community members in need.

Bring canned goods or a winter coat and receive an official NOVA MLK t-shirt!

Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime! Help us reach our goal to package 20,000+ meals. Working together we can create a world without hunger.

To register go to: http://goo.gl/forms/2XhXS4KHTI

*Stop Hunger Now- Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now created its meal-packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. The majority of Stop Hunger Now’s meals supply school lunch programs. Due to the ease of assembly and transport, meals can be shipped to areas in crisis. This process for distribution, through school feeding programs in hunger-stricken regions, is seen as a practical means to end hunger.

NOTE: Faculty and Staff volunteers are needed to help with set-up and registration sign-in. If you are interested please email fvillagrangl@nvcc.edu

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Mark Your Calendars! NOVA SERVES 6th Annual MLK Day of Service

Mark Your Calendars! NOVA SERVES 6th Annual MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 19, 2015

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NOVA Students, Faculty and Staff Take a Day On!

For the 5th year in a row, NOVA students, faculty, staff and community members commemorated MLK Day by taking a day on and not a day off.

Volunteers assembled 21,384 food meal kits in partnership with Stop Hunger Now organization. Working together to end hunger in our lifetime.

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