All Treats, No Tricks at the Charity Fair

Opportunity Center Director Maria Vasquez charmed Loudoun County Supervisors and employees alike at the Government Center Charity Fair last Friday in Leesburg. She represented INMED as one of the county’s supported programs for its annual workplace giving campaign during the month of November. Maria (pictured here with Leesburg District Supervisor Kristen Umstattd) , explained to passersby how designating INMED Partnerships for Children would help our Opportunity Center reach more children in crisis or facing homelessness right here in Loudoun County.

If you’re a Loudoun County Government employee and would like to designate INMED for your workplace giving, simply enter the following information on your donation form:

INMED Partnerships for Children
EIN # 52-1482339
21630 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 130, Sterling, VA 20166

Our kids will thank you for it!

Hope for Teen Mothers

INMED’s Healthy Families program helps teen mothers cope with the challenges of parenting while equipping them for a successful future. Through intensive case management and mentoring, INMED’s dedicated staff forms close relationships with their young clients, giving them hope and encouragement. This video from a similar INMED program in California tells the poignant story of one teen mother who made it through a difficult time and is now thriving, thanks to INMED.

Thankful Thursday

INMED is thankful for Madison Landry, who attends Stone Bridge High School and has been faithfully volunteering at our Opportunity Center since October 2015. Madison saw volunteering as a way to help underprivileged children improve their school work and grow as individuals. She wasn’t expecting the extent to which she would grow as well. “There are SO many rewarding things about volunteering at INMED,” she says. “I love when I help a student through a word or a math problem, and later they try it themselves and they solve or read it perfectly. It shows that my help is effective and I’m making a difference. I also love hearing that when I consistently tutor a particular student, their overall grades improve.”

The kids look forward to seeing their tutor as well.  “When I walk in, they run up to me and give me a big hug,” she says. “Or they smile and wave through the window and say ‘You’re here!’ INMED is definitely the highlight of my week!”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the OC, please contact Erin Lewis at elewis@inmed.org.

Art Gallery at the OC

Special thanks to Nicole Reed, the art teacher at Guilford Elementary School in Sterling, for adorning the hallways of INMED’s Opportunity Center with outstanding artwork from her students. The Opportunity Center is an art rotation location for Loudoun County Public Schools’  Art Program School Business Partnership program. The display is the second installment from Ms. Reed’s kindergarten through fourth grade students.

The gallery has sparked spirited conversations among INMED’s staff and After-School students. We welcome visitors! Contact mvasquez@inmed.org to schedule a tour.

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Help Wanted

Do you have a heart for children in need? Become a volunteer at INMED’s Opportunity Center in Sterling. No experience necessary. Must have a willingness to play and have fun while being a role model and friend. Flexible hours and meaningful work. Fringe benefits include changing the course of a needy child’s life. Apply today — elewis@inmed.org.

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Give the Gift of Time—Become a Mentor

When you become a mentor through INMED’s program for at-risk youth, you are literally shaping the future.  If you’re looking for something meaningful in your own life, consider sharing your gifts, talents, wisdom and time with a child at INMED’s Opportunity Center. It’s not just a rewarding experience; it can change your life, too. Watch this classic video on INMED’s YouTube channel — and contact Erin Lewis at elewis@inmed.org for more information.

Thankful Thursday

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and INMED is thankful for everyone who has designated INMED as the beneficiary of a percentage of their purchases on Amazon Smile. If you’d like to help INMED by simply shopping for your holiday gift-giving, go to https://smile.amazon.com and type in INMED Partnerships for Children. A portion of your purchase will be donated to our Opportunity Center at no cost to you. It’s just that easy. Plus, you’ll make our kids smile!

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Hispanic Heritage Retrospective

Although Hispanic Heritage Month came to a close on October 15, INMED’s Opportunity Center continues to celebrate the culture and contributions of our Hispanic community in Loudoun. Special thanks to CMJ Rodriguez Photography for taking the photos at our Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the OC. For information on Family Education Classes and upcoming events at the OC, contact cfernandez@inmed.org.

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INMED congratulates Adela Taboada

INMED congratulates Adela Taboada, who was featured in Ashburn Patch this month. Along with husband Victor, Adela owns and operates the Primrose School in Ashburn and Broadlands.  She is an innovative educator and supporter of INMED’s work in Loudoun County. Primrose School even held a fundraiser for INMED a few years ago. To read this excellent interview with an outstanding teacher, visit http://patch.com/virginia/ashburn/3-minutes-park-bench-adela-taboada-primrose-school-ashburn.

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