We had four actions in the June 2012! Read about our June 3rd action in Prince William area around Subprime Lending & Foreclosure, our June 11th action in Rt 1/MT Vernon Fairfax County on Youth, our June 17th victory on access to dental care, and June 28th "Aging-Up" Campaign launch in McLean VA. Read more about Summer 2012 Local Action Victories & Updates
Congregation-based community organizing has made some fast, yet influential, friends for Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. Last night, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine met with Virginia clergy and more than 1,000 VOICE members and discussed justice issues in the areas of housing, immigration and health care. The meeting was held at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.
Kaine has met with VOICE representatives on multiple occasions since their first public meeting last fall. Read more about Kaine Listens To VOICE
County leaders announce donations, group vows to seek more, at meeting in Reston.
Faith community members and local leaders met at St. John Neumann Church in Reston on Sunday in support of expanding dental care for low-income adults in the area. Read more about Group Nears Funding Goal For Dental Clinic
VOICE congregations celebrated raising $200,000 to expand dental care for low-income adults in western Fairfax County on Sunday.
VOICE clergy leaders, partners and donors cut the ribbon around a large paper mache tooth to mark a milestone in their fundraising on Sunday. Read more about VOICE Congregations Celebrate Raising $200K
The Rev. Rebecca Messman became an activist in support of low-cost dental care after she heard the story of a man in her community who extracted four of his own molars because he was in pain and had no money to pay for professional dental services.
“That, for me, really made this such a personal issue, and it’s a thing that a lot of people would assume would never happen in our country,” said Messman, associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon. Read more about Fairfax community rallies for dental care
Today V.O.I.C.E. clergy leaders, partners and donors cut the ribbon around a huge papier mache tooth to mark a milestone ─ $200,000 in private funds committed to add a full-time dentist to the Northern VA Dental Clinic in Sterling to serve low-income adults in Western Fairfax County. One hundred fifty people from St. John Neumann Roman Catholic, Trinity Presbyterian (Herndon), Northern VA Hebrew Congregation and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston gathered with food and Latin music to celebrate the hiring of a dentist who will start seeing W. Fairfax patients July 1. V.O.I.C.E.
The western Fairfax County branch of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic was in operation over a year after its opening but understaffed. The facility had space for four dentists to work but because they relied on local dentists volunteering their time, only one dental chair was in use at any given time. Read more about Funding a Full-Time Dentist for Low Income Adults in Western Fairfax County - 2012
VOICE, a local interfaith group, has raised $200,000 to fund a full-time dentist at the western Fairfax County branch of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, low-income dental clinic. Read more about Local Interfaith Group Raises $200,000 for Full-Time Dentist