The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation chose Northern Virginia Family Service among six other organizations that will receive $25,000 in matching funds on Giving Tuesday, which is December 3. The Washington Nationals hold a 50/50 raffle at every home game, with half of the proceeds going to the winning raffle ticket buyer and a half to the Dream Foundation.
According to alextimes.com, “NVFS was founded in 1924, the same year the Senators claimed Washington’s only other World Series title, and is celebrating its 95th anniversary. It provides an array of services to 42,000 individuals and families in Northern Virginia, including in Alexandria.”
NVFS Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Berkowitz said, “We have 571 people come to us that represent about 1,400 actual people in the City of Alexandria. So if there’s the resident of the City of Alexandria and they’re hungry and they come to our food distribution center, we provide food for them. Our job is not just to provide the food, but to find out what caused that hunger and to work with them on their journey to mitigate those root causes.”
As per alextimes.com, “NVFS has a Healthy Families team on the ground in Alexandria. “They are providing abuse and neglect services, prenatal through early childhood. And they are physically located in the City of Alexandria,” Berkowitz said. “We also have staff that is co-located in the Alexandria [City] Public Schools. … We’ll partner with the health department and with the court system. We’ll partner with ACT for Alexandria. We’ll partner with Carpenter’s Shelter.”