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When you think about getting involved with nature, it’s natural to imagine sunshine giving way to lush forests. Instead, the Plant NOVA Trees Coordinators Margaret Fisher and Heidi Allen say that winter is the best time to get out with the trees.

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The seasonal chills encourage us to huddle close to those we care about. As November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, it’s also about the gift of today.

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“So many people know there’s a problem, they want to help, but they don’t know what way will be most effective,” said Oakton Pantry Founder Cathy Jaquette. When Jaquette founded the Pantry at Oakton High School, she built a way for the community to help each other.

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Ronald and Lisa Suddarth are celebrating their 35th anniversary this month in the comfort of their Fairfax home. The home isn’t new–it was built in 1979 and they’ve lived there since 2006–but the comfort is since they’ve ended their four-year stint without heating or air conditioning.

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Fairfax County Police 2nd Lt. Roger Henriquez has been friends with Armstrong Elementary Kindergartener Vivienne (Vivy) since she was 18 months old. Henriquez caught Vivy’s attention while filling in as a crossing guard at the school when they were short-staffed.

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Kevin Koerner is a 23-year-old high school math teacher from Elkton, Md. who is “really good friends” with Colton Higgins, a 9-year-old Springfield resident. Koerner met Higgins and his family for the first time at halftime during the match between Nashville Soccer Club and Austin FC at GEOD…

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Vienna resident Holly Seibold can recall an article she read in early 2015. It was about an organization helping women seek independence from domestic violence by preparing them for job interviews.

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An open heart symbol adorning shirts, charms, and wooden signs is the icon of the Vienna-based Rustic Love organization. What started as a pandemic project to embrace the community has amassed a life of its own and stretched across the county. Now an official 501c3 nonprofit, Rustic Love has…

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Chelsea Hu has been the head of an innovative art non-profit that stretches across the globe in participation and impact, for nearly three years; all of it accomplished while under the age of 18. Hu’s idea was born from an abiding love for art and was conjured up at a leadership camp hosted …