As a business that focuses on community first ALWAYS, we want to let you know that our entire team is still available to help our neighbors in any way. There are silver linings, even during a pandemic – most of all, we love to see our neighborhood coming together for the greater good. We have gathered some resources to help us all expand our reach during these difficult times.
If you would like to help your community:
- Visit the Fairfax County website to connect directly with individual sectors.
- To connect directly with neighbors in your area, consider adding yourself to Nextdoor’s Help Map.
- The Washington Post has gathered a list of ways to help, big and small, for inspiration on how to do your part to flatten the curve.
- Visit your local Joann Fabrics for free supplies and guidance in making face masks for your local hospital and healthcare workers.
- Support your local small business. There are a variety of relief funds available for local businesses and their employees who cannot work. Order a meal to go from your favorite local restaurant (or consider delivering to the health care workers at your local hospital), send flowers from your neighborhood gift shop to someone who needs a smile, or adopt a pet when shelters need help the most!
If YOU need help:
- Food For Others is a local resource for those who need food or emergency supplements.
- Fairfax County Public School students are eligible for a free grab and go breakfast and lunch, along with $2 meals for adults. Pickup locations are available on their website, which also offers a list of community resources based on your location.
- CALL US! Anything from a pharmacy run, to insider tips on where to find TP – we are here to help!
If you’re just going stir crazy...
- Get outside! Great Falls Park, while still following CDC’s social distancing recommendations, are currently offering free admission. Outdoor trails and wildlife preserves such as Burke Lake, Lake Accotink, and Huntley Meadows are still available for hiking and walks, while their visitor centers and restrooms remain closed.
- Have a picnic! Visit Fairfax First for a list of local restaurants, wineries and breweries still offering takeout, as well as kids activity guides to keep the little ones occupied!
- Visit a museum or a garden – virtually, of course! Some of the most famous sites in the world are offering free virtual tours.
- Check out a library book, take an art class, or catch a virtual concert.
While we do encourage you to follow the CDC's current guidelines for social distancing, we also recommend staying active and engaging your mind and your community in any way possible. A sense of community is more important now than ever -we will get through this together!
-The DDA Team