March 2016 Newsletter – Crossroads Jobs Helps Dulles South Food Pantry Support Guest Self-Sufficiency Goals

crossroads-jobDSFP has partnered with job placement organization Crossroads Jobs to provide job counseling services to its guests.

To date, Crossroads has assisted nearly 200 people in regaining control of their situations by finding jobs that help them earn living wages in Loudoun County. The only job placement service of its type in the county, Crossroads provides a comprehensive process for candidates—from orientation to job placement.

“Crossroads offers concrete steps individuals can take to lead them on the path to independence,” said Charlene Jones, president, DSFP. “Our organizations complement each other in extending support to Pantry guests.”

Read our full blog on Crossroads. View more information on Crossroads.

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All Hands on Deck

Tod LarsonVolunteer Spotlight: We are grateful for Tod Larson. Tod serves on the pantry Board and has had an amazing impact on the pantry. He has submitted grants, served on our budget committee, led training sessions, attended local community meetings, set up a new fridge and hauled an old fridge to the dump, met with donors and found 4 used laptops for the pantry to use. If that is not enough, he is also one of our main IT people that keeps our technology running. Thank you Tod!

Volunteer Needs: We are looking for people with experience in social work or counseling who can help our guests become more self-sufficient. If you think you can help, please contact info@dsfp.org. Please see the volunteer tab on our website or the volunteer button at the bottom of this newsletter for current volunteer opportunities and the volunteer training schedule. Check back often as new positions are added regularly!

Food Drive Stars: Thanks to Arcola ES, Arcola UMC Music Ministry, Boy Scout Pack 2010, Cedar Run Community Church, Dominion Center for Behavioral Health, DSMPC Preschool, Fifi’s Creative Kids Center, Gateway Community Church, Girl Scout Troop 5962, Jamie A. & Taylor S. from Stone Hill MS, Kelly’s Boot Camp, Liberty ES, Little River ES, STG, Inc., and Young Men’s Service League. They raised over 2792 lbs and $525 last month.

Make A Difference

We are thankful for all the individuals and organizations that donated to the pantry this month. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please click on the DONATE button on the right side of this page.

Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to our business sponsors!

Platinum: Giant, Harris Teeter
Gold: Food Lion, Ross Dress for Less
Silver:
One Hundred Women Strong, Cardinal Bank, CEW Project & Development Services, SFMC Inc., Van Metre & Walmart.

View the list of our faith and community sponsors.

Board Highlights

We are thankful to have the Mobile Hope Bus come to the pantry each month on the third Wednesday from 6:15-7pm to assist our guests. Mobile Hope offers a wide range of services including medical and dental care referrals, clothing, and housing referrals. For more information on Mobile Hope and the services it provides, please see their website at www.mobilehopeloudoun.org.

The Pantry is low on:

  • Canned Chicken & Other Protein
  • Canned Plain Tomato Sauce
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Jelly
  • Small Bags of Rice

Coupons – Leave unexpired coupons and clippings in a plastic bag at any of our drop off locations. We can use these!

Please consider dropping these items off at one of our many drop off locations such as the South Riding Giant, South Riding Town Hall, Dulles South Multipurpose Center, Stone Ridge Carver Center or during pantry drop off hours.

How YOU Are Helping

In January 2016, the pantry

  • Received 143 guest visits at 2 distributions
  • Served 391 family members from 90 households
  • Distributed 11,602 pounds of food
  • Had 106 Volunteers serve over 619 hours

Save-the-Date

April 2, 8am: Board Meeting – Public Comment 8am-8:15am

April 2, 10am: New Volunteer Orientation

April 11, 11am & 7:45pm: New Volunteer Orientation

May 7: “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor” (LYNFYN) Food Drive

March 21, 8am: Board Meeting – Public Comment 8am-8:15am

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