The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness have partnered to facilitate Jeans Day 2011: Putting the ZIP on Homelessnesson Friday, October 21. On Jeans Day 2011, businesses in Northern Virginia will allow employees to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 contribution to End Homelessness.
About 20 companies and organizations have already signed up to participate in Jeans Day 2011. They include:
- Balance Interactive
- Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
- NEVIN Communications
- First Virginia Community Bank
- Sport and Spine Rehab
- Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C.
- laura b creative
- Reston Association
- City of Fairfax Regional Library
- Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Helios HR
- Jorge Scientific Corporation
- CPS Professional Services
- Chess Consulting LLC
- AOC Key Solutions, Inc.
- E.nopi Math Reading Writing
- Virginia Commerce Bank
- Steve Gladis Leadership
â€œWeâ€™re proud to partner with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness to provide an opportunity for businesses and their employees to participate in the work to end homelessness that has already been so successful in our community,â€ said Jim Corcoran, president & CEO of the Fairfax Chamber. â€œOur businesses step up every day to support our community in many ways, but weâ€™re especially excited about this opportunity because itâ€™s a chance for employees to get involved directly.â€
â€œWe are extremely fortunate to have the support of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and so many of our businesses participating in Jeans Day 2011,â€ said Michael Oâ€™Reilly, Chairman Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to End Homelessness. â€œThis is a great way to raise the awareness of homelessness in our community and for all of us to help those who are really struggling. We look forward to making more and more partnerships within our business community as we work toward our shared goal of preventing and ending homelessness!â€
â€œJeans Day is a great opportunity for employees working in Fairfax County to get involved in the fight to prevent and end homelessness in an innovative and fun way,â€ said Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. â€œWe have it within our power to end homelessness as we know it in Fairfax County, and Jeans Day is just one of many great ways we are doing just that.â€
More than 1,500 children, women and men face homelessness and the threat of severe temperatures and hunger today in the Fairfax County-Falls Church community. The majority of people without homes in our community are children and working families. Homelessness affects everyone, with social and economic costs to the community, including increased public costs for medical care and education.
Interested companies can register to participate in the initiative any time between now and October 20, and can do so at http://jeansday2011.eventbrite.com.