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Prince William County provides a true differentiator to IMSolutions

In electronics, a true differentiator cannot be easily physically quantified, because it allows for infinite gain at an infinite frequency. However, many businesses in Greater Washington are making that physical realization in Prince William County, by finding a ‘true differentiator’ in the unique advantages it offers.

IMSolutions is one such company, which found Prince William County to be the ideal location to create a unique people-centric business in management consulting. Today, Prince William County has helped IMSolutions truly flourish, growing from under $500,000 in revenue the first few years to around $14 million.

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IMSolutions describes themselves as a management consulting firm, providing innovative and cost-competitive business and program management solutions to clients across the public sector.

Primarily, said Sean Wells, Senior Executive Vice President , IMSolutions, “we assist clients in acquiring mission critical capabilities, to include developing holistic program strategies for successfully implementing technologies to increase efficiency.” The company offers strategic planning and communications, quantitative analysis, knowledge management, integrative logistics support, acquisition support, survey support and more.

Wells said, “This [Prince William County] is home for us.” His father, Cornell Wells Sr., once worked at the Pentagon, and the family moved to Montclair, Virginia when Sean was born. Their business was also born in the area and nearby Marine Corps Base Quantico, was their first customer.

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IMSolutions has made its home in several different locations throughout Prince William County since the company’s inception. The government contractor started in a small office on Main Street in Dumfries and has moved several times, all within the county, as their business experienced growth spurts.

Wells recalled that when his father first started the business, they had only three employees. They now have some 85 employees, which is why they have moved several times throughout Woodbridge and Dumfries. “We outgrew every building that we were in,” said Wells.

About half the customers IMSolutions serves are local. Of those customers, about 25 percent are located in Northern Virginia and Prince William County and the rest are dispersed across the country.

Doing business in Prince William County is ideal for IMSolutions, Wells said, because it provides the best of both worlds — we still garner business from Washington, DC but are far enough away not to be caught in the “contractor beltway” where 32+ top contracting companies do business. Wells added, “Our location allows us to differentiate ourselves from the competition.

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In 2011, the Wells family and the business suffered the great loss their founder and father. “It was so devastating to the business…he was a visionary. Fortunately my mother came behind him. She too is a visionary and leader,” Wells said. Belva Wells wanted to make sure she saw her husband’s vision to fruition and continued to support their local business community and customers.

Wells favorite aspect of their business is the people side. They wanted to create a unique people-centric business model, unlike what you generally find in corporate America. It’s important for people to feel that the company values them. When we make decisions, we make them based on our workforce, not just our revenue,” Wells said.

IMSolutions main provision to the government is services — they are not product- or tool-based. Wells’ personal favorite service is strategic planning and executive coaching. “I love the human aspect of things,” said Wells, who has a background in social work and business. He enjoys figuring out why a business does what it does and where it’s going.

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Wells said Prince William County has charm, is business-friendly and is growing. In regard to its approach to development, he said,The County is decidedly progressive and approaches growth wisely through healthy dialogue and active community engagement, unlike many other communities.”

“With a highly-skilled workforce, top-rated schools, plenty of outstanding recreational amenities and great area hospitals,” he said, “there are just a lot of unique advantages to locating in Prince William County. I wouldn’t think of being anywhere else!

For more information on IMSolutions, visit www.imsolutionsllc.com.

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This is the ultimate get dirty, act out, sacrifice your old clothes event

Good morning Prince William – Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a super fun event at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket. Volunteers will be asked to pretend they are survivors and victims of an airplane crash and a school bus crash so the scouts can practice their first aid skills. This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort.

This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort. Weather promises to be nice to afford the kids the opportunity for additional skill building. Please register for this event at: www.volunteerprincewilliam.org, click volunteer and look under Boy Scouts of America. Teen volunteers need be age 15+, 14 or less must be accompanied by an adult and must turn 12 yrs. old by October 1st. You don’t want to miss this!

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans and their spouses to medical appointments especially in the Woodbridge area. This very special volunteer job also affords the volunteer an additional insurance coverage and a mile stipend. It’s a win-win all the way around. Please call Jan at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1 to learn more.

· SERVE’s annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday, October 13th from 5:30-8pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren. It’s a wonderful meal with a performance by the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir and a hand-made ceramic bowl. Please visit:www.nvfs.org/emptybowls to purchase your tickets.

· Prince William Recycles Day – The Power of Recycling – On October 15 – Volunteers are needed! Come out and see what happens to all those items you put into your recycle bin. Take a tour of the Prince William County Landfill, no REALLY, you will be amazed and might just see some of the resident Bald Eagles flying overhead! There will be fun games and activities. New this year, scarecrow making with a clothing or household goods donation. Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling for scarecrow domain requirements and other details. Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/IAVusryHc0s

· Project Mend a House has several things coming up: October 15 is Fall Fix-it to help a neighbor in need. There is something for everyone who wants to assist! Contact Mr. Abshire at 571-222-5339. There will be free group fitness classes. POISED is aimed at fall prevention for seniors three times per week for 10 weeks through October 14 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30am at Freedom Fitness & Aquatics Center. Please visit www.pmah.org to catch up on many additional activities!

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· Embrace Treatment Foster Care is holding an informational session at Chinn Park Library on October 18th at 6pm. There is an urgent need for foster families to help children that have been removed from their homes. These kids just need a stable and loving environment. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· Come to the Annual Boo Ball to support over 5,500 children in our Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program on Saturday October 22nd, 6:30-12pm. This fun event is a partnership with Volunteer Prince William and the Manassas Moose Lodge. Dinner, dancing and specialty drink for just $35. Please purchase your tickets online at: volunteerprincewilliam.org- it’s about a kid and a toy- Help us make dreams come true!

· Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for stream monitoring volunteers and is holding a FREE NOVA Water Quality Monitoring Certification and Training. Adopt a site of your choosing and monitor 3-4 times per year. Help the Department of Environmental Quality by collecting water quality data – the class is Saturday, October 22 at the Manassas National Battlefield Park HQ, 12521 Lee Hwy., Manassas. For details contact: Veronica at waterquality@pwswcd.org. The District also is in need of a volunteer is also needed to staff a booth at the National Park Service (NPS) Saturday in the Park event on October 22. There are too many great programs to list here! Please visit: www.wpswd.org for much more information.

· Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers for their Fall Festival on Saturday October 22nd from 5-9pm. Fun jobs include games for the kids, actors for the haunted history hike-yikes! And costume contest. Please call (703) 583-6904 to learn more.

· Got Drugs? Take them to a drop off point on October 22 – Drug Take Back Event. Sponsored by NOVANT, SENTARA, and UVA medical systems. Drop off locations include: Novant Health UVA System, PW Medical Center, 8640 Sudley Rd., Manassas; Sentara Lake Ridge, 12825 Minnieville Rd.; Novant Health UVA System, 15225 Heathcoat Blvd., Haymarket.

· Cheers to the Bull Run Street Rods Club for collecting toys at their car show on Saturday October 22nd from 4pm-8pm. Bring a toy and come see cool cars and David from Swirlee’s will give you a small cone for the toy donation! The cars will assemble in the Burger King parking lot on Rt 28 by the Manassas Airport.

· Operation Turkey is right around the corner! This is great opportunity to help those in need with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. The special basics we all love include green beans, sweet potatoes, boxed pie crust, corn, biscuit mix, stuffing, box muffins, pumpkin pie mix, mashed potatoes, gravy packets or jars and of course cranberry sauce. Donations can be made to both ACTS in Dumfries and SERVE in Manassas.

· Piedmont TOPSoccer needs volunteers to work one on one with children with disabilities at their practice sessions on Saturdays through November 5th. Less experienced athletes go 10am-11am and more experienced athletes practice 11am-12 noon, at the Vint Hill gym. No soccer skills needed just a great attitude and big smile! The greatest need for volunteers is the 10-11am time slot. Please contact Beth at: piedmonttopsoccer@comcast.net to learn more.

· The Manassas Christmas Parade is in need of volunteer marshals! Also, there are several levels of sponsorship available. This year’s theme is Believe. Visit www.gmchristmasparade.org for more information or contact Nora at: nora@greenteaminc.com.

· The Greater Washington Heart Walk takes place on November 5th on the National Mall. Help fight heart disease and stroke. Go to www.greaterwashingtonheartwalk.org for information and to register as a walker or volunteer.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Join in on the Pickleball sensation at the Manassas Park Community Center

Football may be the sport everyone is talking about on any given Sunday. But, on any given Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m., the sport were talking about (and playing) is Pickleball.

Stop by the Manassas Park Community Center during these times, and you’ll see a group of dedicated Pickleball players tearing it up. This is a sport whose popularity is skyrocketing-not only here at the Community Center, but everywhere.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-size court with a modified tennis net. It is played with a plastic paddle and a plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball), and is played as doubles or singles.

Pickleball was accidentally invented in the mid-1960s by three families who were actually trying to play badminton, but they could not find the shuttlecock or a full set of racquets. So they combined parts of tennis, parts of badminton, and parts of ping pong, and joked the sport was created with the leftovers of these sports.

This reminded them of pickle boats because pickle boats are manned with the leftovers of other boats. Pickle boats became Pickleball.

Now that you have a little history of the game of Pickleball, you need to try it. Consider joining the Pickleball group that plays every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center.

“Our group plays to have fun; we really aren’t very competitive,” explained Bonnie Ballentine, a retired teacher who has become the unofficial spokesperson for the Pickleball group at the Community Center.

Her friend, and Pickleball teammate, Judy Nevitt, also a retired teacher added, “The game of Pickleball can progress very quickly, but initially, you just want the basics, the strategies will come later.”

Pickleball can be played competitively; in fact, almost every state has a state senior game, and here in Northern Virginia, we have the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics,” explained Ms. Ballentine.

Both ladies pointed out that the Community Center provides paddles which the ladies admitted are good for beginners.

“We encourage all new players to try the beginner’s paddles provided by the Community Center. Our group will also offer our own racquets so that new players can see which they prefer, then we introduce the basics of the game,” Ballentine explained.

Really, the best way to play Pickleball is to get out there and learn as you go,” she added, “The rules are kind of quirky and we find it easier for people to understand the rules if they learn the rules as they progress.”

Pickleball isn’t just about the game. As you play week after week, you build bonds and make new friends.

“We play three times a week—it’s a steady thing. Our group is so nice, and we love playing so much that we even have a back-up plan if we can’t play here at the Community Center, Ballentine shared.

We also get together socially at least four times a year for lunches and to celebrate the holidays,” Ms. Nevitt added.

“We really are a dedicated group,” Ms. Nevitt emphasized, “One of our group members was stiff with arthritis and had a hard time moving when he first started playing. But slowly, he began to progress, and now we tease him that the more he plays, the better he moves.”

“Sometimes, when you look in the gym, depending upon which of our Pickleball players is there, we look like we are held together with Velcro,” Ballentine laughed. “I’ve got bad knees, Judy also has bad knees, but it doesn’t matter because we are staying active and having a great time.”

Nothing stops the Manassas Park Community Center Pickleball group from playing their game!

“We have a good time and we laugh a lot,” agreed Ms. Ballentine and Ms. Nevitt.

“We like to introduce people of all ages to our favorite game,” Ms. Ballentine pointed out, “Once, when we were playing outside, a teenager heard us playing and laughing and came over to see what all the fuss was about. He was there watching a baseball tournament, but ended up playing Pickleball with us!”

You will enjoy it too, just stop by the Manassas Park Community Center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m.  and join the Pickleball enthusiasts who welcome all who want to play their favorite sport. Also check out the guided instructional programs such as Introduction to Pickleball which is currently on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, Va. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This post is written and paid for by Manassas Park Community Center.

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Call to Action: Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers for their Fall Festival

Good morning Prince William – don’t miss SERVE’s annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday October 13th from 5:30-8pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren. It’s a wonderful meal with performance by the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir and a hand-made ceramic bowl. Please visit:www.nvfs.org/emptybowls to purchase your tickets.

· Come to the Annual Boo Ball to support over 5,500 children in our Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program on Saturday October 22nd, 6:30-12pm. This fun event is a partnership with Volunteer Prince William and the Manassas Moose Lodge. Dinner, dancing and specialty drink for just $35. Please purchase your tickets online at: volunteerprincewilliam.org- it’s about a kid and a toy- Help us make dreams come true!

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans and their spouses to medical appointments especially in the Woodbridge area. This very special volunteer job also affords the volunteer an additional insurance coverage and a mile stipend. It’s a win-win all the way around. Please call Jan at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1 to learn more.

· Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers for their Fall Festival on Saturday October 22nd from 5-9pm. Fun jobs include games for the kids, actors for the haunted history hike-yikes! And costume contest. Please call (703) 583-6904 to learn more.

· ACTS needs your help in their food pantry in Dumfries. Shifts are Mondays and Thursdays 9-11:30am and 1-3pm; Tuesdays: 1-3:30 and 5-6:30; Fridays: 9-11:30am. You will need to complete a volunteer application at www.actspwc.org.

· Operation Turkey is right around the corner! This is great opportunity to help those in need with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. The special basics we all love include green beans, sweet potatoes, boxed pie crust, corn, biscuit mix, stuffing, box muffins, pumpkin pie mix, mashed potatoes, gravy packets or jars and of course cranberry sauce. Donations can be made to both ACTS in Dumfries and SERVE in Manassas.

· Prince William Recycles Day – The Power of Recycling – On October 15 come out and see what happens to all those items you put into your recycle bin. Take a tour of the Prince William County Landfill, no REALLY, you will be amazed and might just see some of the resident Bald Eagles flying overhead! There will be fun games and activities. New this year, scarecrow making with a clothing or household goods donation. Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling for scarecrow domain requirements and other details. Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/IAVusryHc0s

· Embrace Treatment Foster Care has an urgent need for foster families to help children that have been removed from their homes. These kids just need a stable and loving environment. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· Cheers to the Bull Run Street Rods Club for collecting toys at their car show on Saturday October 22nd from 4pm-8pm. Bring a toy and come see cool cars and David from Swirlee’s will give you a small cone for the toy donation! The cars will assemble in the Burger King parking lot on Rt 28 by the Manassas Airport.

· Project Mend a House has several things coming up: October 8 & 15 are Community service days for a neighbor in need. There is something for everyone who wants to assist! Contact Mr. Abshire at 571-222-5339. There will be free group fitness classes aimed at fall prevention for seniors three times per week for 10 weeks starting September 26th on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Woodbridge Senior Center on Church Hill Dr. Please visit www.pmah.org to catch up on many additional activities!

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for stream monitoring volunteers and is holding a FREE NOVA Water Quality Monitoring Certification and Training. Adopt a site of your choosing and monitor 3-4 times per year. Help the Department of Environmental Quality by collecting water quality data – the class is Saturday, October 22 at the Manassas National Battlefield Park HQ, 12521 Lee Hwy., Manassas. For details contact: Veronica at waterquality@pwswcd.org.

· Mark your calendars for Saturday October 29th to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a super fun event at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket. Volunteers will be asked to pretend they are survivors and victims of an airplane crash and a school bus crash so the scouts can practice their first aid skills. This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort. Weather promises to be nice to afford the kids the opportunity for additional skill building. Please register for this event at: volunteerprincewilliam.org, click volunteer and look under Boy Scouts of America. Teen volunteers need be age 15+, 14 or less must be accompanied by an adult and must turn 12 yrs. old by October 1st. You don’t want to miss this!

· Piedmont TOPSoccer needs volunteers to work one on one with children with disabilities at their practice sessions on Saturdays through November 5th. Smaller kids go 10am-11am and the older kids practice 11am-12 noon. No soccer skills needed! Please contact Beth at: piedmonttopsoccer@comcast.net to learn more.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

The Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Enter the pumpkin pie eating contest and beer and wine garden at the 34th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

It’s that time of the year again! The 34th Annual Fall Jubilee will be held October 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This highly recognized craft and artisan festival brings out nearly 30,000 people to visit Historic Downtown Manassas each year. Streets become lined with booths featuring unique crafters, non-profits, local community booths, and numerous downtown merchants. There is fun to be had for everyone at the Fall Jubilee!

This year brings back exciting contests introduced last year to the Fall Jubilee. Fall is the season of pumpkin pie and the pie contests are back again! Enter your homemade pumpkin pie into the baking contest or sign up for our pumpkin pie eating contest.

The pumpkin pie eating contest will be broken up into two age groups for children and adults – and there’s a catch, no hands allowed! The Main Stage on Prince William Street will feature music from DarcyDawn & Company and Kitty and the Fat Cats. Underneath the Harris Pavilion attendees can find the community stage featuring local dance troops and musical acts.

This year’s Beer and Wine Garden can be found on the Manassas Museum lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sample beers from Manassas’s own BadWolf Brewing Co. and Heritage Brewing Co and get your wine fix from the new tasting room in downtown Manassas, Aroma.

There will also be loads of fun for the kids including, rides, games, and the Southern States Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins waiting to be decorated. At noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m, there will be a DareDevil Dog Show on the museum lawn! Stop by to see tricks and a chance to meet the rebellious pups.

Parking for the Manassas Fall Jubilee can be found in the free, downtown multi-level parking garage on Main Street and Prince William Street. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Fall Jubilee, and other great Manassas events, go to visitmanassas.org.

This promoted post sponsored by Historic Manassas Inc. 

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Mark your calendars for the annual Boo Ball!

Good morning Prince William – mark your calendars for the Annual Boo Ball to support over 5,500 children in our Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program on Saturday, October 22nd, 6:30-12pm. This fun event is a partnership with Volunteer Prince William and the Manassas Moose Lodge. Dinner, dancing, and specialty drink for just $35. Please purchase your tickets online at: volunteerprincewilliam.org- it’s about a kid and a toy- Help us make dreams come true!

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans and their spouses to medical appointments. This very special volunteer job also affords the volunteer an additional insurance coverage and a mile stipend. It’s a win-win all the way around. Please call Jan at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1 to learn more.

· Historic Manassas needs volunteers on Saturday, October 1st for their Annual Fall Jubilee event. Jobs include manning the beer garden from 10-2 or 2-4pm, pumpkin patch volunteers at the same period, check in at the community stage from 10-1pm or 1-5pm or check in the pumpkin pie contestants from 12-2pm. All super fun jobs – please email Erin at erin@historicmanassasinc.org for more info.

· House of Mercy needs volunteers on Saturday, October 1st for their Campaign to End Hunger event. It’s just 2-hour shifts from 8am-4pm. Volunteers need to be able to lift 50# bags! All for a great cause. Please sign up at: signupgenius.com/go/20f044cada629abfb6-2016. Email Ann at: help@houseofmercyva.org for more info.

· Embrace Treatment Foster Care has an urgent need for foster families to help children that have been removed from their homes. These kids just need a stable and loving environment. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· Piedmont TOPSoccer needs volunteers to work one on one with children with disabilities at their practice sessions on Saturdays through November 5th. Smaller kids go 10am-11am, and the older kids practice 11am-12 noon. No soccer skills needed! They meet at the Vint Hill gym. Please contact Beth at: piedmonttopsoccer@comcast.net to learn more.

· Cheers to the Bull Run Street Rods Club for collecting toys at their car show on Saturday, October 22nd from 4pm-8pm. Bring a toy and come see cool cars and David from Swirlee’s will give you a small cone for the toy donation! The cars will assemble in the Burger King parking lot on Rt 28 by the Manassas Airport.

· Covenant Presbyterian Church, Woodbridge presents Griefshare beginning Thursday nights starting September 29th. This support group brings help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. Contact Helen at 703-408-2064 or via email at: timhelen66@hotmail.com.

· Saved Hands Foundation, a nonprofit helping people learn and enhance work skills has the need for the following volunteers: Grant Writer, Executive Administrative Assistant, and Marketing Director. For position descriptions and more information, please contact Pamela at info@savedhandsfoundation.org and be sure to visit them at www.savedhandfoundation.org.

· Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a super fun event at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket. Volunteers will be asked to pretend they are survivors and victims of an airplane crash and a school bus crash so the Scouts can practice their first aid skills. This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort. The weather promises to be nice to afford the kids the opportunity for additional skill building. Please register for this event at: volunteerprincewilliam.org, click volunteer and look under Boy Scouts of America. Teen volunteers need be age 15+, 14 or less must be accompanied by an adult and must turn 12 yrs. old by October 1st. You don’t want to miss this!

· ACTS needs your help in their food pantry in Dumfries. Shifts are Mondays and Thursdays 9-11:30 am and 1-3pm; Tuesdays: 1-3:30 and 5-6:30; Fridays: 9-11:30 am. You will need to complete a volunteer application at www.actspwc.org. Don’t forget: IWALK for ACTS is Saturday, October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9 am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at:iwalkforacts.com

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their website for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· Project Mend a House has several things coming up: October 8 & 15 are Community service days for a neighbor in need. There is something for everyone who wants to assist! Contact Mr. Abshire at 571-222-5339. There will be free group fitness classes aimed at fall prevention for seniors three times per week for 10 weeks starting September 26th on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 2 pm at the Woodbridge Senior Center on Church Hill Dr. Please visit www.pmah.org to catch up on many additional activities!

· The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recognizes outstanding young people in grades 5-12 for their great volunteer service to the community. Teens will be judged by their initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. Nominations due by November 8th at their website: spirit.prudential.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

The Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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‘Out of Darkness Walk’ to support suicide prevention needs walkers

Good morning Prince William – Consider joining The Out of Darkness Walk to support suicide prevention needs walkers on Sunday, September 18th at the Harris Pavilion. Check-in is 11 am and the walk begins at 12:30 pm. Please register to walk or support one of the many walkers already registered at: afsp.org.

· Join Independence Empowerment Center on Dorsey Circle September 13 at 1 pm for a presentation by attorney Valarie Slater as she discusses Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Also, mark your calendars for the IEC Annual meeting and recognition event on Wednesday, September 28th at Foster’s Grille in Manassas from 4-6pm. Learn about all the accomplishments of the past year and the vision for the future.Valarie Slater as she discusses Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Also, mark your calendars for the IEC Annual meeting and recognition event on Wednesday, September 28th at Foster’s Grille in Manassas from 4-6pm. Come learn about all the accomplishments of the past year and the vision for the future.

· SERVE needs volunteers on Wednesday, September 14 for the Lou Maroon Golf Tournament, hosted by the Manassas and Bull Run Rotary Clubs benefiting the SERVE campus of NVFS. You will be checking in golf teams, running the putting contest, selling raffle tickets, greeting golfers on the course, taking event photos, and more. Get out, get some air, and do some good! Contact Navara for shift information: ncannon@nvfs.org or 571-748-2536.

· Covenant Presbyterian Church, Woodbridge presents Griefshare beginning Thursday nights starting September 29th. This support group brings help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. Contact Helen at 703-408-2064 or via email at: timhelen66@hotmail.com.

· Saved Hands Foundation, a nonprofit helping people learn and enhance work skills has the need for the following volunteers: Grant Writer, Executive Administrative Assistant, and Marketing Director. For position descriptions and more information, please contact Pamela at info@savedhandsfoundation.org and be sure to visit them at www.savedhandfoundation.org.

· Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering Put a lock on it: Protecting Your Online Privacy on Wednesday, September 14, from 7 to 9 pm at the Sudley North Government Center. You must register to attend: email SmartMoney@pwcgov.org or phone 703-792-6287.

· Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a super fun event at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket. Volunteers will be asked to pretend they are survivors and victims of an airplane crash and a school bus crash so the Scouts can practice their first aid skills. This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort. The weather promises to be nice to afford the kids the opportunity for additional skill building. Please register for this event at: volunteerprincewilliam.org, click volunteer and look under Boy Scouts of America. Teen volunteers need be age 15+, 14 or less must be accompanied by an adult and must turn 12 yrs. old by October 1st. You don’t want to miss this!

· ACTS needs your help in their food pantry in Dumfries. Shifts are Mondays and Thursdays 9-11:30 am and 1-3pm; Tuesdays: 1-3:30 and 5-6:30; Fridays: 9-11:30 am. You will need to complete a volunteer application at www.actspwc.org. Don’t forget: WALK for ACTS is Saturday, October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9 am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at iwalkforacts.com.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their website for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· Project Mend a House has several things coming up: October 8 & 15 are Community service days for a neighbor in need. There is something for everyone who wants to assist! Contact Mr. Abshire at 571-222-5339. There will be free group fitness classes aimed at fall prevention for seniors three times per week for 10 weeks starting September 26th on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Woodbridge Senior Center on Church Hill Dr. – an informational workshop will be held at the same location September 19th at 1:00. Please visit www.pmah.org to catch up on many additional activities!

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers in their ReStore during the week and also volunteers to bring lunch to the construction sites Thursday-Saturdays. A sandwich, chips, and a drink go a long way to help home ownership to a deserving family. Please check out their website to sign up for your volunteer shift at:habitatpwc.org

· Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to teach English classes in Manassas and Fairfax on Saturdays. No foreign language skills or teaching experience needed. Training will be provided. Please call (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more- you’ll be so glad you did.

· The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recognizes outstanding young people in grades 5-12 for their great volunteer service to the community. Teens will be judged by their initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. Nominations due by November 8th at their website: spirit.prudential.com.

· Last call for our volunteer management training series! This comprehensive 5 part program will give you all the skills needed to manage your volunteers. The series begins Wednesday, September 14th from 9am-12noon. Topics include Understanding volunteers, recruiting and matching skills, orienting and training, supervision and evaluating for improving results. Please register online for this free program at: volunteerprincewilliam.org/events.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

The Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

How the right in-home care reduces hospital readmissions

Mrs. Dorothy Bologna was born in Manhattan in 1929, in a strong community where she says everybody helped everybody.

But by the time she needed help, she says, “There was nobody left.” Her family had all died or gone to college and moved to areas where they studied. So she moved to the Gainesville area eight years ago to be near her daughter.

All seemed to be going well until Bologna had a fall and ended up in the hospital. Her hospital stay was followed by a stay in Gainesville Rehab for several weeks.

She says they worked on her leg strength. “I wasn’t using them,” Bologna said. “They felt like jelly.

Discharge orders and readmission

For many patients, the trip home from the hospital does not last long. According to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for some common conditions treated in hospitals, as many as one in  patients is readmitted within 30 days of discharge. And according to the New England Journal of Medicine, as many as one in seven patients undergoing major surgeries are readmitted within 30 days. Roughly 80% of hospital readmissions are for patients 65 years of age and older.

Readmission takes a toll on patients, their families and hospitals. Readmission means that patients are sicker. Readmissions cost Medicare alone an estimated $17.5 billion a year. And with the Affordable Care Act, hospitals receive reduced federal funding based on readmission rates.

Dr. J. Douglas Wall, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Novant Health UVA Health System says, “While we don’t have specific statistics on how many people have to return to the hospital because they don’t/can’t follow the discharge orders, it is one of the most common reasons why patients are readmitted to the hospital. Patients sometimes do not understand the orders or don’t fully follow the instructions. They may be unable to carry out all elements of what their discharge follow-up needs to be, whether those are follow-up appointments, instructions, diet modifications, etc.”

Novant Health UVA Health Systems strives to reduce the amount of people who are readmitted to the hospital. That’s why they have been taking the simple but effective step of calling patients post-discharge to check on them. They ensure patients have made their follow-up appointments, see if they have taken their medications and if not, find out what is preventing them from doing so. They ask if there are barriers to obtaining the right medications, either physical or financial, and screen for those prior to patients leaving the hospital.

Wall says asking questions and getting patients to explain their own discharge orders prior to discharge is a “way of helping the patients to drive home with more than a piece of paper.” They aim to solicit their understanding of healthcare and staying well.

Wall says if a patient needs financial help, case managers can determine what type of assistance is available. In some cases, they recommend home health care.

When more is needed

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Providers of home care, Home Instead Senior Care® in Manassas says about one out of every five seniors is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of initially being discharged. A home care provider often can give the kind of assistance needed to ensure patients are following discharge orders by ensuring patients are taking their medications correctly, accompanying them to medical appointments, cooking them healthy meals and more. The results? Not only are patients healthier, they are less likely to be readmitted for the same reason.

Caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care® are not medical providers, but they are fully trained, bonded and insured. Through the practical care they offer, more seniors live at home instead of in nursing facilities and do not face hospital readmission.

In a study of seniors with congestive heart failure (CHF), a common diagnosis resulting in readmission, by providing home services to seniors in Henrico Doctors’ Hospital of Richmond, VA, Home Instead saw a 35-percent improvement upon the hospital’s overall CHF readmissions rate (16.9 percent); 59- and 58-percent improvements over those of its parent company (19.9 percent and 19.8 percent, respectively); and a 97-percent improvement upon national readmission estimates for Medicare enrollees with CHF (24.6 percent.)

Bologna uses caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care®. She says Home Instead has been wonderful to her. “I’m home with great care,” she says. “I’m very blessed.” If Bologna needs something delivered, like her special order walker with handbrakes, a seat and a basket, Home Instead makes sure she gets what she needs on time. Caregivers do light cleaning, offer entertainment and companionship and ensure she is following discharge orders. And caregivers are “great cooks,” Bologna says. “They know how to save leftovers.”

Toni Adams is one of Bologna’s caregivers. Bologna says, “She’s the kind of person who makes you feel better and likes it.”

“I love elderly people,” Adams says. If it’s not in your heart, you might as well not do it.”

What’s one of Bologna’s favorite things about her Home Instead caregivers? “They make you laugh,” she says. “And that’s the best medicine. It’s priceless.”

Bologna has not been readmitted for the same injuries and continues to improve.

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas.

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Pretend survivors and victims of an airplane, school bus crashes needed

Good morning Prince William – Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a super fun event at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket.

Volunteers will be asked to pretend they are survivors and victims of an airplane crash and a school bus crash so the scouts can practice their first aid skills. This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury.

Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort. The weather promises to be nice to afford the kids the opportunity for additional skill building. Please register for this event at: volunteerprincewilliam.org, click volunteer and look under Boy Scouts of America. Teen volunteers need be age 15+, 14 or less must be accompanied by an adult and must turn 12 yrs. old by October 1st. You don’t want to miss this!

· Historic Manassas needs volunteers for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. From 2pm-6pm. Tasks include beer pourer, ID check and ticket takers. Also they are gearing up for the Fall Jubilee event on Saturday October 1st. Two super fun events for volunteers. Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org. For more info.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers in their ReStore during the week and also volunteers to bring lunch to the construction sites Thursday-Saturdays. A sandwich, chips and a drink go a long way to help home ownership to a deserving family. Please check out their website to sign up for your volunteer shift at:habitatpwc.org

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to teach English classes in Manassas and Fairfax on Saturdays. No foreign language skills or teaching experience needed. Training will be provided. Please call (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more- you’ll be so glad you did.

· The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recognizes outstanding young people in grades 5-12 for their great volunteer service to the community. Teens will be judged by their initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. Nominations due by November 8th at their website: spirit.prudential.com.

· The Out of Darkness Walk to support suicide prevention needs walkers on Sunday September 18th at the Harris Pavilion. Check-in is 11am and the walk begins at 12:30pm. Please register to walk or support one of the many walkers already registered at: afsp.org.

· Mark your calendars for the Independence Empowerment Center’s Annual meeting and recognition event on Wednesday September 28th at Foster’s Grille in Manassas from 4-6pm. Come learn about all the accomplishments of the past year and the vision for the future.

· Last call for our volunteer management training series! This comprehensive 5 part program will give you all the skills needed to manage your volunteers. The series begins Wednesday September 14th from 9am-12noon. Topics include Understanding volunteers, recruiting and matching skills, orienting and training, supervision and evaluating for improving results. Please register online for this free program at: volunteerprincewilliam.org/events.

 

· IWALK for ACTS is Saturday October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at:iwalkforacts.com

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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Volunteers needed for National Public Lands Day at Leesylvania State Park

Good morning Prince William – The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recognizes outstanding young people in grades 5-12 for their great volunteer service to the community. Teens will be judged by their initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. Nominations due by November 8th at their website: spirit.prudential.com.

· The Out of Darkness Walk to support suicide prevention needs walkers on Sunday September 18th at the Harris Pavilion. Check-in is 11am and the walk begins at 12:30pm. Please register to walk or support one of the many walkers already registered at: afsp.org.

· Mark your calendars for the Independence Empowerment Center’s Annual meeting and recognition event on Wednesday September 28th at Foster’s Grille in Manassas from 4-6pm. Come learn about all the accomplishments of the past year and the vision for the future.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP needs volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program to 4th grade students throughout the community. The program will teach the kids critical life skills to keep them safe when they are home alone. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day. Training provided! Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly teaching our kids life skills. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

· Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to teach English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dale City. You only need to do one class a week. No foreign language skills or teaching experience needed. Training will be provided. Please call (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more- you’ll be so glad you did.

· We’re pleased to present the volunteer management training series again this fall. This comprehensive 5 part program will give you all the skills needed to manage your volunteers. The series begins Wednesday September 14th from 9am-12noon. Topics include Understanding volunteers, recruiting and matching skills, orienting and training, supervision and evaluating for improving results. Please register online for this free program at: volunteerprincewilliam.org/events.

· Saved Hands Foundation needs office space in the Woodbridge area as they offer their trainings to the homeless and other seeking employment. It’s a great way to help them give a hand up to those in need. Please call (703) 895-6681 for more info.

· BEACON Adult Literacy is looking for volunteers to teach English as well as technology facilitators. Morning classes are 9:30-11:30 and evening classes are 7-9pm. They will give you all the training needed to be successful. Please call Jen at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers in their ReStore during the week and also volunteers to bring lunch to the construction sites Thursday-Saturdays. A sandwich, chips and a drink go a long way to help home ownership to a deserving family. Please check out their website to sign up for your volunteer shift at:habitatpwc.org

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Also they are gearing up for the Fall Jubilee event on Saturday October 1st. Two super fun events for volunteers. Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org. for more info.

· National Public Lands Day is Saturday September 24th at Leesylvania State Park. Volunteers are needed to collect native tree seeds that will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. Wear your closed-toed shoes and all the tools, water and supplies will be provided. Check-in is 9:30-10am. Please register at:Eventbrite.com/e/get-nuts-for-public-lands-tickets-26876603645.

· IWALK for ACTS is Saturday October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at:iwalkforacts.com

· House of Mercy’s 2016 Campaign to End Hunger is Saturday October 1st. Pledge just $20 and come assemble 40,000 meals of pinto beans and rice. Where else can you feed 10 people for each dollar you invest? Call (703) 659-1636 or visit: houseofmercyva.org to learn more.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Local leaders tour Home Instead Manassas, learn importance of in-home care





Local leaders were invited to come and tour Home Senior Care in Manassas

Jack St. Clair, co-owner Home Instead Senior Care Manassas

My name is Jack St. Clair, and I am the owner of Home Instead Senior Care located in Manassas and also the one located in Herndon.

Today, what we did is what we call a “meet a Home Instead Senior Care Senior” where we invited senators and delegates from the State of Virginia to come and meet not only us, my wife and I and our office staff but also our caregivers and their clients for them to see what exactly home care is.

They’re used to seeing nursing homes and assisted living facilities which are brick and mortar buildings, but they’re not used to seeing a facility like ours where we have an administration office in this location serving more than 220 clients in their own homes.

Jacquline St. Clair — co-owner Home Instead Senior Care Manassas

It’s almost like having guests from out of town come in your home, and so, we took what we already have in our office and just spruced it up a bit and took some time, about a month ago, to invite folks to this event knowing that folks are out of session right now.

So we invited in representatives and the local officials. We gave tours today; we showed people our office.

Jack St. Clair

Surveys show that 93% of seniors want to age and die in their own home. So, we are part of the solution to that, and that is by providing much-needed companionship, help, or personal care services to seniors who do want to remain in their own homes.

We have a wide range of clients. We have clients who maybe just need us for a few hours a week, and then we have clients who are actively dying utilizing hospice services who have us come in 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help them age in their own home and eventually pass away in their own home.

We want to be part of that solution. If their wish is to stay in their own home, we want to be able to meet that wish and to be part of that.

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas.

Creating Results’ Prince William County base helped it grow into a national company

  • Creating Results Strategic Marketing
  • Address: 14000 Crown Court Woodbridge, VA 22193
  • Phone: 703-494-7888
  • Website: http://creatingresults.com/

When people think marketing and advertising, many things might come to mind, but Baby Boomers and seniors probably are not in the mix.

That’s precisely what makes Creating Results so special. With verticals in senior living, real estate, hospitality, education, retail, healthcare and 55+ housing, Creating Results is crashing through the traditional walls of marketing and advertising and reinventing the industry to motivate one of the largest demographics with discretionary income.

And they are doing it primarily from their offices in Prince William County.

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It’s About Location

Co-owner Todd Harff said they chose Prince William County because “Prince William County offers a unique mix of ease of doing business as well as the best quality of life in the D.C. Metro area. There is access to cultural activities, good schools, outdoor activities [and] less traffic.”

Harff also said their Woodbridge location is convenient for their team members, who commute from Fairfax, Stafford and Front Royal. And Though they are based in Prince William County, they have customers all across the country, as well as in Mexico and Canada.

Their work knows no geographic bounds. With easy access to three major airports, Harff, who is located in the New England office, has no problem coming to the main office in Woodbridge, nor does anyone on the team have major challenges arranging flights to the other states and countries where Creating Results does business.

Prince William County also has the demographics and verticals that match Harff’s market. About 32,000 seniors live in the county. There are more than 70 senior living communities, including independent living, assisted living, continuing care and more in Prince William, and the residential real estate market is strong.

With state of the art hospitals and healthcare centers like Sentara and Novant UVA Health, Prince William County was the perfect place to set up shop. Prince William County, being a travel destination, has a superb hospitality industry catering to visitors from within the states and overseas.

This all adds up to success for the company seeking to work with these industries. Locally, Creating Results has provided services for the Potomac Health Foundation, Westminster of Lake Ridge, Discover Prince William and Manassas and more.

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It’s About Niche and Growth

It all began with an idea. Creating Results carefully chose their niche in the marketing and advertising world. Many agencies focus on advertising to young people, but Harff wanted to something other than what run-of-the-mill agencies offered.

The Pew Research Center reports there are 74.9 million Boomers (ages 51 to 69) in the U.S., and 50 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 50 by 2017. Yet, this is a largely ignored segment of the population, at least in the advertising world. This is Creating Results’ market, the niche they chose.

“That has proven to be the most important decision in our business,” Harff said.

Harff’s wife, Judy, ran a successful boutique design agency. In 2003, the couple combined forces and began working out of the home with only the two of them and what he called “zero revenue.” Now their revenue is about 4 million per year. They have 12 full-time team members and a variety of freelancers.

In the next five years, they expect to see growth as demand for advertising that caters to Boomers increases. Harff said they plan to grow in a way that makes sense for the requirements of the clients and the team. They feel their niche will give them tremendous opportunity for some time, as younger Baby Boomers are still in the workforce and have different needs from those who just retired.

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It’s About the Tools

Creating Results’ continued growth also relies on data they collect through studies. One study is called “Social Silver Surfers,” which looks at Boomers’ online website and social media preferences.

“We ask, what are they doing and what is working well? What frustrates them? How do they want to interact with companies online and in social media?” said Harff.

Results of these studies are guiding Creating Results into the future.

Another tool the company uses is big data, which they have access to as a Google Partner. Creating Results has the ability to pinpoint people who are likely prospects and find others who are like them through social media and online behaviors. They can produce customized search results based on past behaviors of users.

They have the ability to know what people are doing online. They know what people search for, who their friends are. They can serve up different information on sites based on previous visits. Remarketing, sponsored content, native content – these are all ways to get in front of targeted audiences.

“We like to think of it as being close to prospects, but not creepy,” Harff said.

It’s About Teamwork

For Creating Results, it has been a major challenge, but also a triumph, finding just the right people to help achieve their mission.

“I always recognize it’s good to be lucky, and picking a niche was critical, but so was finding the right people. Lots of people want jobs, but we sort through applicants to find who is aligned with our culture,” Harff said.

“In this regard, our Prince William County location serves us especially well as it affords us immediate access to a highly-educated, highly-skilled, dynamic and innovative workforce,” said Harff.

The average tenure for employees with the company is over eight years.

“People come to work with us and are excited to be part of that team and grow with us,” Harff said.

Creating Results is looking to evolve over the next 10 years and is seeking team members who are excited about helping them do just that. Currently, Creating Results is hiring a Media Marketing Associate and Client Services Director. For more information, visit their website www.creatingresults.com

This promoted post is written by Potomac Local under an agreement with Prince William County Department of Economic Development to showcase business in the region.

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Volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program

Call to Action 

Good morning Prince William – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) needs volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program to 4th-grade students throughout the community. The program will teach the kids critical life skills to keep them safe when they are home alone. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day. Training provided! Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly teaching our kids life skills. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more. 

· Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to teach English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dale City. You only need to do one class a week. No foreign language skills or teaching experience needed. Training will be provided. Please call (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more- you’ll be so glad you did.

· We’re pleased to present the volunteer management training series again this fall. This comprehensive 5 part program will give you all the skills needed to manage your volunteers. The series begins Wednesday September 14th from 9am-12noon. Topics include Understanding volunteers, recruiting and matching skills, orienting and training, supervision and evaluating for improving results. Please register online for this free program at: volunteerprincewilliam.org/events.

· Saved Hands Foundation needs office space in the Woodbridge area as they offer their trainings to the homeless and other seeking employment. It’s a great way to help them give a hand up to those in need. Please call (703) 895-6681 for more info.

· BEACON Adult Literacy is looking for volunteers to teach English as well as technology facilitators. Morning classes are 9:30-11:30 and evening classes are 7-9pm. They will give you all the training needed to be successful. Please call Jen at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers in their ReStore during the week and also volunteers to bring lunch to the construction sites Thursday-Saturdays. A sandwich, chips and a drink go a long way to help home ownership to a deserving family. Please check out their website to sign up for your volunteer shift at:habitatpwc.org

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· National Public Lands Day is Saturday September 24th at Leesylvania State Park. Volunteers are needed to collect native tree seeds that will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. Wear your closed-toed shoes and all the tools, water and supplies will be provided. Check-in is 9:30-10am. Please register at:Eventbrite.com/e/get-nuts-for-public-lands-tickets-26876603645.

· IWALK for ACTS is Saturday October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at:iwalkforacts.com

· House of Mercy’s 2016 Campaign to End Hunger is Saturday October 1st. Pledge just $20 and come assemble 40,000 meals of pinto beans and rice. Where else can you feed 10 people for each dollar you invest? Call (703) 659-1636 or visit: houseofmercyva.org to learn more.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Pride and dedication: What the Olympics mean to us at Manassas Park Parks and Recreation

Manassas Park Community Center

Have you been watching the Olympics in Rio on TV? Have you lost track of just how many gold medals Michael Phelps has won? (To date, he has won 32 gold medals!)

You hear the same type of stories about the Olympic athletes during every Olympics—the sacrifice, the dedication, the perseverance, and the never-ending support of friends, family, and countrymen to enable the Olympic athletes to perform at the highest levels as the world watches.

The official symbol of the Olympics are the five interlocking colored rings, representing the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. So when you hear an announcer exclaim that the world is watching, it is a safe bet that the world IS watching the Olympics!

Watching the Olympics really does get you excited about sports, and the Parks and Recreation staff at the Manassas Park Community Center is excited about the Olympics too. Here’s what some of the staff said when asked what the Olympics means to them:

Sue Jurjevic, Senior Recreation Specialist, says, “I am always impressed by the gifts and talents of the athletes, and I do believe that their commitment to their sport does show when they compete.

Tony Thomas, Recreation Services Supervisor, says, “To me, it means pride and dedication. The amount of pride you feel for your country competing in athletics is exhilarating. And I chose dedication because the athletes train year-round, for almost their entire lives to compete at this level. The Olympics also brings a sense of togetherness. Regardless of cultural differences or political views, most Americans put that to the side and cheer on the athletes representing our country!”

Sarah Barnett, Operations,and Aquatics Manager says, As I have gotten older, I have found that my taste in Olympic sports has broadened to not only Track and Gymnastics but also to Swimming and Diving. This past week, I have been glued to the TV at 8 p.m. to watch the gymnastics and swimming competitions. I made watching the Olympics a family affair and even allowed my young daughters to stay up past their bedtimes to watch. My oldest daughter loves watching swimming while cheering on Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Meanwhile, my youngest is already begging me to put her in Soccer AND gymnastics! I am not surprised that my girls would fall in love with sports by watching the Olympics. I fell in love with Gymnastics as a child by watching the Olympics.”

Amelia Powell, Customer Service Supervisor, says, “I’ve been staying up until midnight watching the Olympics because I am hooked on cheering for our athletes. I love it all and I admire the athletes so much. They work so hard training their whole lives for these games, and it gives me such pride in our country that there is no way I can turn my TV off when the Olympics are on!”

Annette Starr, an Administrative Assistant, says, “Every time the Olympics comes around I love to watch it. It’s like a ‘coffee break’ from all the other things going on in the news. And when I watch it I always come away wanting to try a new sport. Like the first time I saw the rowing team, I wanted to try rowing. And believe it or not, I actually tried running (although not at these outstanding athlete’s levels). Some of the others sports that peaked my interest: bicycling, swimming, volleyball, archery, and (this year) air rifle. Once you try these different sports you realize how talented and hardworking these athletes are. So when I see them up on the stand receiving their well-earned medals, I certainly feel proud and in awe of their accomplishments.”

Maria Bosack, Writer/Content Specialist, says, “One of the girls in my neighborhood was such a good swimmer that her family moved to Florida so she could train with a famous coach in the hopes of making the Olympic team. Every family in our neighborhood was glued to their TV’s when she competed. We screamed so loudly with pure adoration and delight hoping she could hear us! She never won a medal, but to us, that didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered is that she was there, she competed, she persevered, she made it to the Olympics! I will NEVER stop cheering for the American teams in the Olympics.”

What would you say that the Olympics mean to you? 

Would you respond like the Parks and Recreation staff at the community center did? The staff really admired the athletes, were excited to see the intense level of competition and felt proud to be American—and that is exactly what the Olympics guiding principle is a quote by Baron de Coubertin: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Thank you to our U.S. Olympic athletes who have fought hard and have won making us so very proud.

Kids and parents who are exposed to swimming and other sports they have fallen in love with while watching the Olympics will find athletic programs and classes that they can participate in at the Manassas Park Community Center. There are swim lessons, beginner gymnastics classes, sports conditioning, sports leagues including basketball, and so much more. There are athletic programs available for all ages and skill levels, just give us a call for more information!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703.335.8872.


Manassas Park Community Center Fall Program Preview!

How can you find out about the great programs and classes offered at the Manassas Park Community Center?

Well, you can check out the Fall 2016 Manassas Park MOSAIC available August 15! it’s the best way to find out about the fantastic programs offered at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC). Some of our classes and programs are brand new, while others are back by popular demand because they are patron favorites.

Why use the term MOSAIC instead of the word directory?

The word mosaic refers to a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass. The MOSAIC lists all the programs and classes offered at MPCC for all ages. There are sports leagues for kids (ages preschool to teen), swim lessons, American Sign language classes for adults, therapeutic programs, and programs especially for seniors. All of the classes and programs offered combine to produce a large picture (a mosaic) of a community interacting, learning, and having fun at the Community Center.

If you haven’t been to the Manassas Park Community Center, it really is worth the trip. Whether you walk or drive, as you approach the Community Center, you will notice several baseball fields, corn hole structures, basketball hoops, picnic tables, and a dog park. There are colorful, fresh flowers planted outside the main entrance, and there is more than ample parking for all guests.

Once inside, you are immediately greeted by friendly staff members who will direct you to the program you are signed up for. And if you haven’t signed up yet, they will be more than happy to assist you!

Do you like Zumba classes? Our Zumba classes have been so popular, starting in the fall there will be Zumba classes offered for all age levels! Zumba Jr. (ages 4-6) and Zumba Kids (ages 7-11) start 9/9.

What about a cooking class? Even better, a cooking class for kids? Well the MPCC has new cooking classes for school age kids and even preschoolers! Lil Sprouts Cooking Class (ages 3-5) and Lil Sprouts Just a Taste (Kindergarten – 8 years old) start 9/12.

What else is new? We’ll have a ballet class for preschoolers, journaling and breakdance classes for teens, and a co-ed volleyball league and pickleball class for adults and seniors! Be sure to check the MOSAIC on the 15th for more details, cost, dates, and times.

Don’t forget to check out our popular fall special events! Take a look in the MOSAIC (right next to the program index) for the exciting events coming up at the Community Center.

Fall yard sale

The fall yard sale is scheduled on Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm. There is no cost to check out one of the busiest yard sales in the area. Individuals who want to sell their treasures can bring their items to this annual bargain hunter’s paradise. Vendor space is available for only $7 and vendors must pre-register by September 16th. Space goes quickly so be sure to come register at the Manassas Park Community Center as early as next week!

The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00am-3:00 pm. This festival is free to attend, but if you want to reserve a table, it will cost $20.00 per space. Since space for this popular event is limited, please contact Kaitlyn Collier to reserve your space starting next week at K.Collier@manassasparkv.gov. You will find lots of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind arts, crafts, antiques, décor, and jewelry for any budget or style.

Floating Gourd Night

On Friday, October 21 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, there is a truly amazing program that kids always love. It is the Floating Gourd Night! MPCC staff has added some fun to pumpkin picking by creating a pumpkin patch right in the indoor pool. After some swim time, kids can decorate the gourds – talk about some unique and amazing holiday decorations! This event only costs $5 per person.

Trunk or Treat

How does the MPCC celebrate Halloween? Well, come to the Trunk or Treat event on October 31 and you will see ghosts, monsters, superheroes, and princesses’ trick or treating! Decorated vehicles will line the parking lot with their trunks open and hand out candy to all the trick or treaters from 5:30-7:30pm. There is no cost to attend—it’s totally free for both kids and the volunteers who want to hand out candy. It’s a safe and fun where to celebrate Halloween!

As you think about the rich, descriptive word mosaic, you realize that the word more than adequately describes all the amazing programs happening this fall at the Manassas Park Community Center. Be sure to grab your copy of the Manassas Park Community Center Fall 2016 Mosaic on August 15 and sign up for a class!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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Learn the skills needed to manage your volunteers

 Good morning Prince William – You don’t want to miss the next free concert at Battlefield Garden Center this Friday August 19th, 6-10pm. This is a fun family friendly event with moon bounce and activities for the kids, live music by the No Pressure Band and local crafters. Food drinks available for sale that all benefit the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program for needy kid’s right here in our community. Cheers to Battlefield Garden Center for their sponsorship of this wonderful summer concert series. The center is located at 4641 Sudley Road, Catharpin, Va- see you there!

· Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to teach English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dale City. You only need to do one class a week. No foreign language skills or teaching experience needed. Training will be provided. Please call (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more- you’ll be so glad you did.

· We’re pleased to present the volunteer management training series again this fall. This comprehensive 5 part program will give you all the skills needed to manage your volunteers. The series begins Wednesday September 14th from 9am-12noon. Topics include Understanding volunteers, recruiting and matching skills, orienting and training, supervision and evaluating for improving results. Please register online for this free program at: volunteerprincewilliam.org/events.

· Saved Hands Foundation needs office space in the Woodbridge area as they offer their trainings to the homeless and other seeking employment. It’s a great way to help them give a hand up to those in need. Please call (703) 895-6681 for more info.

· BEACON Adult Literacy is looking for volunteers to teach English as well as technology facilitators. Morning classes are 9:30-11:30 and evening classes are 7-9pm. They will give you all the training needed to be successful. Please call Jen at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers in their ReStore during the week and also volunteers to bring lunch to the construction sites Thursday-Saturdays. A sandwich, chips and a drink go a long way to help home ownership to a deserving family. Please check out their website to sign up for your volunteer shift at:habitatpwc.org

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP needs volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program to 4th grade students throughout the community. The program will teach the kids critical life skills to keep them safe when they are home alone. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day. Training provided! Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly teaching our kids life skills. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· National Public Lands Day is Saturday September 24th at Leesylvania State Park. Volunteers are needed to collect native tree seeds that will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. Wear your closed-toed shoes and all the tools, water and supplies will be provided. Check-in is 9:30-10am. Please register at:Eventbrite.com/e/get-nuts-for-public-lands-tickets-26876603645.

· IWALK for ACTS is Saturday October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at:iwalkforacts.com

· House of Mercy’s 2016 Campaign to End Hunger is Saturday October 1st. Pledge just $20 and come assemble 40,000 meals of pinto beans and rice. Where else can you feed 10 people for each dollar you invest? Call (703) 659-1636 or visit: houseofmercyva.org to learn more.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shell

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

More than 30,000 flock to Manassas Farmer’s Market for food, music, demos

The City of Manassas Farmers Market has had quite the season this year!

This season alone, there have been over 30,000 visitors to the markets. The City of Manassas Farmers Market runs three days a week – Tuesdays through August from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion, Thursdays through the beginning of November from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion, and Saturdays through November from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Parking Lot B, better known to many as the water tower lot across from the Train Depot.

The Tuesday night market began three years ago with the attempt to catch the commuters coming home on the VRE. While it is a smaller market, the 10 vendors range in items from produce and hot sauces to clothing and photography.

A big draw at the Tuesday evening markets is the free, live concerts. Each Tuesday, the Harris Pavilion hosts a musician for their special Take Out Tuesday summer concert series. Both events in conjunction with each other have continued to draw people downtown and see all that the City has to offer. The Tuesday evening market runs each summer from June through August.

The Thursday market is the City of Manassas’ one producer-only market. On Thursday’s the 20+ vendors range from delicious fresh herbs, veggies, and fruits to fresh meats and brewed coffee. The Thursday market often hosts groups of young children to introduce them to healthy eating and farming. Schools can contact the market manager to arrange a field trip to the market anytime throughout the market season.

Saturday morning markets have consistently been a favorite of market goers. This year alone they have had just shy of 21,000 visitors to this market.

This year the market acquired two sponsors. Robison & Robison Services, a local HV/AC company, is proudly sponsoring the weekly musical artists that perform. Each Saturday you can find artists ranging from country and bluegrass to a family of fiddlers and a local jazz ensemble.

This year’s second sponsor is Beazer Homes and has allowed the Manassas market to add monthly cooking demonstrations. The market vendors happily donate fresh goods and a local volunteer, Terry Lopez, cooks up a delicious and simple recipe for market attendees to watch and sample.

So far cooking demonstrations have focused on pickled veggies and mushrooms. Two cooking demonstrations are coming up in August – August 20 a teenage chef will be making gazpacho and on August 27 the recipe will focus on fresh peaches from Dodson produce.

Make sure to follow the City of Manassas Farmers Market Facebook page for specials, cooking demonstration schedules, musical performers, and more!

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Saved Hands Foundation needs school supplies for back to school program

Good morning Prince William – Mark your calendars for the next free concert at Battlefield Garden Center on Friday August 19th, 6-10pm. This is a fun family friendly event with moon bounce and activities for the kids, live music by the No Pressure Band and local crafters. Food drinks available for sale that all benefit the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program for needy kid’s right here in our community. Cheers to Battlefield Garden Center for their sponsorship of this wonderful summer concert series. The center is located at 4641 Sudley Road, Catharpin, Va- see you there!

· Saved Hands Foundation needs school supplies for their 3rd Annual Back to School program for needy kids. Please pick up a few extra notebooks, book bags, paper tablets, crayons, pens/pencils, ruler or school paper while you’re out and about and drop them off at the Prince William Free Clinic, 13900 Church Hill Drive Woodbridge on Saturday, August 27th from 9am-12 noon. Many thanks for your support.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP needs volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program to 4th-grade students throughout the community. The program will teach the kids critical life skills to keep them safe when they are home alone. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day. Training provided! Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly helping us with a growing community need as we try to branch out to help dialysis patients. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

· Attention landowners! Semper K9 Assistance Dogs lost their lease and is looking for a new home for both the caretakers and the dogs in training. This super organization just graduated 3 service dogs this week to veterans! Please email them at: info@semperk9.org.to learn more about their needs.

· The Prince William Health District is looking for volunteers to implement a brand new hypertension and diabetes initiative. You don’t need any prior health experience and training is provided. This opportunity has flexible hours and locations. Please email Lesha at: lesha.spencer-brown@vdh.virginia.gov for more info

· Cheers to all the athletes in Rio this month and huge cheers to the Special Olympics athletes! Volunteer coaches or helpers are needed for the fall sports programs starting soon. Please email Peggy at: areacoordinator@pwsova.org for all the specifics. Soccer begins August 21st, Running Club – September 3rd, Bocce – September 8th, Bowling – September 10th, Powerlifting- October 27th- or check out their calendar at: pwsocalendar.azurewebsites.net/client. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to work with this super group of people.

· StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers a number of services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Mark your calendar for Saturday September 16th for the 19th Annual Evening under the Stars to benefit CASA’s advocacy for over 500 abused children. It’s the place to be with all your friends and for a great cause. Please visit their website at: casacis.org for more info and tickets.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Lovejoy: A strong city needs a strong manufacturing base

Importance of Manufacturing To Local Economy

Watching both party’s conventions on television this week as both a City Councilman and concerned Republican, I couldn’t help but reflect on just how lucky we are to live in such a great country. I’m so very proud to play a small role in our representative democracy as a member of the Manassas City Council. We have such a great city.

A large part of what makes our city great is our strong and forward-thinking manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is woven into the very fabric of our local economy: Its importance goes far beyond what happens behind the factory gates.

The jobs that Micron, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Aurora Flight Sciences serve an important role, offering economic opportunity to literally thousands of hard-working, high-skilled, Manassas-area residents. These jobs create upward mobility that broadens and strengthens the middle-class to the benefit of the entire economy and fosters American technology and innovation leadership.

As a member of Council, it is my job to create the best environment for business and economic stability that I can. To achieve economic stability, diversity in the economy is critical.

Although manufacturing is certainly affected by broader economic events, the sector’s internal diversity—supplying consumer goods as well as industrial goods, serving both domestic and external markets— gives it great resiliency, which in turn makes it a critical element to our economic success.

We need to support these companies and others like them and not take their presence here for granted. Other parts of Virginia are not as lucky as we are here in Manassas. More than 130,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the Commonwealth since 2001.

As the nation turns its focus towards the November election, let’s remember to send a message to our lawmakers in Washington that our manufacturers need not just citizen support, but their support as well. A strong city needs a strong manufacturing base, and a strong nation needs the same. The strength or weakness of American manufacturing carries implications for the entire economy, our national security, and the well-being of all Americans.

The Kids Triathlon at the Manassas Park Community Center is Much More Than Just a Race

A triathlon is defined as the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, a triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.

Ask anyone who likes to participate in a triathlon why they like them and they’ll tell you triathlons are great way to stay in shape. As a bonus, you can compare your completion times against other participants and against yourself to attain your personal best time.

On August 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center, kids between the ages of 8 and 12 can participate in the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation triathlon which is held rain or shine!

“Of course if the weather is raining like it did on July 4th, we might have to reconsider,” joked Recreation Services Supervisor, Tony Thomas. “All kidding aside, this triathlon is a great event for kids because it allows kids who have never competed before to get out there and actually compete. For kids who have completed a triathlon, they can compare their times and use this experience for their next triathlon,” he added.

Participants are separated into two groups based on age: the 8 and 9-year-old children form the first group, and the 10-12-year-olds form the second group.

“These groups compete together, which makes everything go smoother,” said Thomas. “The participants begin and end the race at the same place so that their parents and friends can cheer them on at the beginning and again at the end of the race. We have lifeguards in the pool and course marshals set up throughout the course. Plus, we will have lots of volunteers handing out water to keep all the participants hydrated.”

The order of events at this year’s triathlon is swimming, cycling, and running.

“We start in the pool where the younger kids swim one 50-meter lap. The older kids swim two laps or 100 meters. After that they ride their bikes. The younger kids, ages 8 and 9 will ride 1 ½ miles, and the kids ages 10-12 will ride for 3 miles. For the last event the kids will run. Ages 8 and 9 will run ½ mile and ages 10-12 will run 1 mile.

I want to emphasize that if a kid doesn’t finish the race, it isn’t the end of the world,” Thomas pointed out, “We are far more interested in providing safe place for the kids to have fun and to shoot for their personal best than to have an ultra-competitive forum that turns kids off to competitive sports.

“Last year, there was a kid who was really pushing himself to finish the race. He was walking – instead of running – at the end of the race. It was obvious that this kid was really pushing himself, and the other kids ended up cheering him on so that he would actually finish the race,” said Kaitlyn Collier, Special Events Coordinator Assistant.

“It was so great to see because while a triathlon is competitive, the kids came together as a group for this one participant,” she added. “It really was special.”

At the end of the race is an arch donated by Amazing Race Timing. As the participants from both age groups cross the finish line, their times are called.

“We call times for each participant. It usually takes anywhere from 35-120 minutes from start to finish, and the younger kids usually finish last, but they all really want to hear their times,” said Thomas. A participant can ask that their time not be called out loud prior to the start of the triathlon.

“This is our fourth consecutive year hosting the kids triathlon, and we have kids come every year to compete from all over,” said Collier. “Last year, kids came from Virginia Beach, DC, Herndon, and Fairfax.”

Each participant receives a race day bag which contains healthy snacks, a t-shirt, sponsor coupons including free passes to the MPCC and Signal Bay Waterpark. “If it is really hot outside, participants are invited inside the air-conditioned Community Center to cool down,” said Collier.

“Don’t let the word triathlon scare you away; instead, use this experience to have fun and shoot for your personal best,” said Thomas, “That’s what this day is all about, competing, doing your best, having fun and maybe even meeting some new friends.

Last year, the best overall time was 33 minutes. Do you think you can beat that time? Come compete in the Manassas Park Community Center triathlon on Saturday, August 13th at 8:30 am and find out! The registration fee is only $25 and can be done online by clicking here.

For more information and for updates click here to check out the MPCC Triathlon Facebook page. You can also contact Kaitlyn Collier directly at K.Collier@manassasparkva.gov.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This promoted post is paid for by the Manassas Park Community Center.

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Don’t forget Tuesday August 2nd is National Night Out

· Good morning Prince William – Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dale City. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Don’t forget Tuesday August 2nd is National Night Out in Manassas Park from 5-8pm at Signal Hill Park. Volunteer Prince William will be there to share all kinds of volunteer opportunities for you and your family. Great family fun, food, games, entertainment, cool law enforcement activities including K9 demos as well as fire fighters and EMS professionals.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has an urgent need for volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans to their doctors’ appointments. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day. Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly helping us with a growing community need as we try to branch out to help dialysis patients. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic needs lots of volunteers for both administrative and medical duties. Eligibility volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday afternoon and all day Thursday. Data entry volunteers are needed early evenings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are also a number of medical volunteers needed including a Pharmacist or Pharmacy Resident on Tuesday afternoon or helping with medication pick-ups on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday mornings. The clinic continues to need RN’s and LPN’s as well as local partners to assist with Physical Therapy and Podiatry patients. Come be part of the awesome team. Please email Caitlin at: Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

· Prince William County Office of Elections needs Election Officers for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election On November 8th. This is a stipend service day. You need to report by 5am and work until to closing to assure voters a positive experience. You must be a registered voter and attend two training sessions. Please apply online at: pwcgov.org/workatpolls. Sounds like a fun day and receive $125 mad money just in time for your holiday shopping.
· Habitat for Humanity has lots of volunteer opportunities. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers a number of services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

· The PW Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help with the E.coli study of Quantico Creek. Veronica tells me it’s not rocket science but fun science just the same! Please email her at: waterquality@pwswcd.org to learn more.

· The PW Conservation Alliance is sprucing-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on: August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Mark your calendar for Saturday September 16th for the 19th Annual Evening under the Stars to benefit CASA’s advocacy for over 500 abused children. It’s the place to be with all your friends and for a great cause. Please visit their website at: casacis.org for more info and tickets.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.
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