February 21st, 5-7 pm -- Battle of the DAD BANDS
Join us at Fry's Spring Beach Club on February 21st from 5-7 pm to raise money for refugee children to attend summer camp. Last year, we were able to send 27 refugee children to summer camp; we hope to do the same this year. Please help us by joining our awesome evening that will include deciding which "dad band" has the sweetest tunes and chowing down on delicious food donated by Sticks and Better World Baking, beer and wine donated by Champion Brewery & Early Mountain Vineyards.
Plus, we'll be writing letters to our to our elected officials demanding that they find solutions to the gun violence that plagues our schools and communities.
It would be hugely helpful (and exciting!) if you could let us know if you're coming, either by responding to this email or by RSVPing on the Facebook event here-- thank you!
Wednesday, August 16th @ 7:00 pm
Talking to your kids about #Charlottesville.
Join us at the Belmont Arts Collective for a panel discussion with local psychologists and educators about how to talk to our children honestly and appropriately about what happened during the weekend of August 11th, 12th and 13th and about race and politics in our country.
September 6, 4:30-6:30
Lets kick the school year off right with a benefit for the Women's Initiative, a local non-profit who provides therapy and support for families in stress. Please come back and check-out location and further details!
Save the dates for the rest of the semester!
Find out about our next event here or visit our Facebook page to stay updated!
Co-founders Kristin Clarens (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amanda Sovik-Johnston (email@example.com)
More coming soon!
Hammers & Homes!
FIA joined forces on a beautiful May evening and welcomed area families to come together to build toolboxes for Habitat's new homeowners in Charlottesville.
FIA gathered for a Multicultural Feast to raise money for the White Helmets, an organization that is working to rescue families from the violence in Syria.
Through the feast and celebration of cultures, FIA's hope was to provide area families with a positive opportunity to discuss loving and protecting our neighbors.
There was food, drinks, story-telling, dance and prayer from various cultural and religious organizations.
FIA invited families to gather at Washington Park in celebration of Earth Day.
The purpose of this event was to learn about Appalachian Voices' efforts to increase solar power reliance in Virginia while kids roasted marshmallows in their own personal solar ovens!
FIA through an incredible event at the Virginia Discovery Museum in downtown Charlottesville that was in anticipation of April's Science March in Washington, D.C..
Families joined together to hear from scholars at an area organization focusing on transparent and reproducible science while the kids experienced the Museum's Star Lab planetarium show.
Market Street Market generously donated food for the evening!
Proceeds from this event went toward providing financial assistance for children to participate in the Museum's science programs.
FIA joined forces on a chilly spring night to eat local BBQ at Bellair Farm and start seeds for the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC).
Despite the weather being rather blustery, kids (and parents) got their hands dirty planting seeds that will eventually be transplanted into the urban garden plots run by the UACC and Farmer Todd.
If you see big, beautiful gardens downtown off of Monticello Ave, some of those seedlings were started by our FIA kids.
Best of all: the food grown at these plots is lovingly tended to by Farmer Todd and his team of local neighbors who care about having access to fresh, healthy, local veggies.
FIA had an overwhelming turnout at Random Row Brewery to enjoy dinner (tamales) prepared by little FIA hands at Mas Tapas earlier in the week.
The event supported Sin Barreras' familiy emergency fund, which was established to help Charlottesville families affected by immigration enforcement actions.
The second event for FIA, families came together at Fry's Spring Beach Club to dance the night away, enjoy delicious food from Stix Kebab Shop and raise money to help Charlottesville refugee kids go to area summer camps.
This event was a huge success!
In early February, Families in Action was created via a Facebook Group in order to reach local families interested in making a difference in our community through volunteerism and fundraising.
The first meeting of interest was held at Firefly and it set into motion what we now know to be our wildly successful group of parents and their kids.
Check out our local press love!