Today, I had an amazing meeting with the Community Relations Officer at Quantico Marine Base! If you're familiar with my story then you are aware of my Army background. Veterans embrace a concept of family rather than that of working relationships and regardless to any branch, I adore how we support one another and take care of our communities. I look forward to the wonderful service-based relationship...family ties we create and look forward to adding value to the lives of others alongside those stationed at Quantico Marine Base.
This Memorial Day we chose to celebrate our Fallen Service Members and community servants with a twist. Two extremely active non-profits came together to have an ultimate water gun fight! Diversity, togetherness and service to others brought us together to pour into one another, in the name of summer fun, so that we can recharge, refuel and refocus on our mission: helping others!
What's Up Prince William captured our Director's Duel and cookout festivities...check it out!
Adam of iEdit_Projects brought his drone out to capture part II of our Director's Duel...yes I was victorious...check it out!
Director's Duel (click)
We did it! On August 10, 2016, the Lake Ridge Rotary Club sponsored our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, hosted by The Prince William County Chamber of Commerce! The entire day was filled with a million emotions. I feared a small turnout, but would have still been completely appreciative of anyone who decided to take time out of their schedule to come down and support our event. We had well over 45 guests to attend our ceremony. Our office was filled with laughter, words of encouragement, delicious food provided by The Blue Arbor Café, Firebirds, and Not Your Average Joes. Honorable Gerald Connolly, Delegate Richard Anderson and Chairman Gerald Wittman sent representatives, Occoquan District Supervisor Mrs. Ruth Anderson, Occoquan Mayor Elizabeth Quist, Occoquan Events and Community Development Director Mrs. Donna Brown, The Lake Ridge and Woodbridge Rotary Club, Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, Woodbridge High School JROTC leadership, Omega Psi Phi Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Game 7 RIders and King's Knights Motor Club, The Law Offices of Sheyna Nicole Burt, PLC and Stratford University were all in attendance. What's Up Woodbridge even conducted an interview (in front of EVERYONE...SO NERVOUS). This was by far one of the best nights of my life. The Town of Occoquan gave us a warm welcoming! I am more than excited, eager and ready to rebuild and strengthen my community!
Check out the interview conducted by What's Up Woodbridge
T.G.N.C.K. formed March 4, 2015 in The Commonwealth of Virginia. Since then, we have adopted a local homeless shelter, distributed hygiene bags to the homeless, hosted a clothing drive for women and children's, and last but not least applied for tax-exempt recognition solidifying our 501(c)3 status.
Initially, when strategizing and brainstorming, we did not anticipate an entire year having passed by before we submitted the necessary documents to obtain tax-exemption. Despite the time gap, we continued to press forward, advancing our vision and mission within the Northern Virginia area. We have gained amazing contacts within the Prince William County public service community and with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB).
We look forward to growing before your very eyes as well as having you assist and/or support us in the community. Our website will reflect every community outreach initiative we coordinate. Be sure to visit us frequently and to let your family, peers, and colleagues know about us.
This is just the beginning!