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VOICE Local Action Updates - May 2012

VOICE is engaged in local actions all across Northern VA. Read more about VOICE Local Action Updates - May 2012

County Leaders Pledge Support for Recreation

In the packed multipurpose room of Bethlehem Baptist Church Monday night, June
11, as 400 parents, students and coaches waited and listened, Supervisors Gerry Hyland and Jeff McKay committed themselves to improving after-school recreation
facilities and transportation to keep the community’s young people productively occupied, nurtured and out of trouble. “This is the most people I’ve seen

Varied Crowd Unites on Demands for Corridor Youth

A huge crowd attended a meeting Monday night on the need for
more recreational amenities for the residents of the Richmond
Highway corridor. Read more about Varied Crowd Unites on Demands for Corridor Youth

Hundreds Push for Better Route 1 Recreation Facilities

Local elected officials say they're largely on board with pleas from the public to enhance recreational opportunities for children along the Route 1 corridor. Hundreds of young athletes, parents and members of the faith community from the Route 1 corridor gathered Monday night at a forum organized by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE. Speakers pushed for the creation of turf fields at local high schools, a multipurpose surface area at the Audubon mobile home park and a new, low-fee recreation center on the corridor. Read more about Hundreds Push for Better Route 1 Recreation Facilities

Fairfax County residents upset over lack of recreational areas

Hundreds of people living in Fairfax County are angry over the condition of their local parks and sports facilities. And to some extent, they say, this is a small part of a much bigger problem effecting hundreds of thousands of people.

Audobon Estates is a large mobile home park off Route 1, but places to play are in short supply. Children play where they can, either on a front step or on a fenced in corner. Clotheslines in yards become part of a makeshift field.

Video coverage available at link below. Read more about Fairfax County residents upset over lack of recreational areas

Manassas children to get greater access to Boys and Girls Club

MANASSAS, Va. -- There may be some children in Georgetown South who want to go to the Boys and Girls Club after school, but can’t because they didn’t have a way to get there.

Now they do. Read more about Manassas children to get greater access to Boys and Girls Club

Improvements for Youth in Murraygate Village - 2011

For years the Boys & Girls Club has been running a satellite program in the working-class, heavily immigrant apartment complex of Murraygate Village along Route 1 in Fairfax County.  They’ve got a tiny space, not enough resources, a big job, but a lot of heart.  Read more about Improvements for Youth in Murraygate Village - 2011

City captures state award for youth project

The city captured the “State Neighborhood Youth Effort of the Year” for its national pilot “1 By Youth” project that took place on April 24 in the Georgetown South neighborhood. Read more about City captures state award for youth project

Zimmerman Pledges Improvements for Pike-to-DHS Bus Service

The county’s top elected official has pledged to solve a snafu that has left some residents of western Columbia Pike with few good options in getting to the county’s relocated Department of Human Services (DHS) headquarters for medical treatment and other services. Read more about Zimmerman Pledges Improvements for Pike-to-DHS Bus Service

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