Educational Events


Round table discussions with grant recipient organizations.

Past events include:

In Their Own Words

Formerly incarcerated women from Guest House shared their stories with 72 attendees on January 28, 2017 at this program co-sponsored by the Giving Circle of HOPE and the Reston-Herndon American Association of University Women.

Since the 1980s, the increase in nonviolent female offenders in the prison system has been dramatic with a significant portion of those crimes being drug-related. While the national figure for nonviolent offenders re-offending within two years is 70 percent, fewer than 10 percent of women who complete the full program at Guest House re-offend.

Guest House is the only such program in Northern Virginia and has received grant funding from the Giving Circle on seven occasions from 2008 to the present.

The Path Toward Tomorrow: Fairfax County Human Services Needs Assessment and the Giving Circle of HOPE Response

Fairfax County Human Services and the Giving Circle of HOPE hosted three free programs in the summer/fall of 2016. Each covered human service needs in the community discovered during the County’s recent study. Delving deeper, each program highlighted which resources are missing to help struggling residents. See these these resources and additional details.

Human Trafficking: Here, There and Everywhere

A viewing of the documentary Not My Life, depicting the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking on a global scale, followed by discussions from local and global experts on the topic. Held in conjunction with American Association of University Women (AAUW), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the Reston Lion’s Youth Club.

Do More Than Give: Seminar

Co-sponsored with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia with keynote speaker, Leslie Crutchfield, and a panelist of philanthropists.

Human Trafficking in Fairfax County

The director of the Human Trafficking Task Force for Fairfax County brought the training film Do you know Lacy? to discuss this growing problem in our community and described how the Task Force is working to help. Held in conjunction with AAUW and NCNW.

Caregiving: Burden or Blessing?

A panel of experts discussed caregiving from different perspectives and presented resources available from local and government agencies.