Happy Thanksgiving: Beacon provides roofs to veterans; How to start a nonprofit

This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for YOU!

In Fairfax County, businesses change lives, and FCEDA is proud to support them in their efforts.

“It is humbling to witness the commitment and care shown by our Fairfax County businesses in support of organizations and individuals that help lift-up those most vulnerable in our community,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for their efforts to do good – not only during the holidays but every day of the year.”

This Thanksgiving, we would like to make a special shout-out to Herndon-based Beacon, one of the 9 Fortune 500 companies based in Fairfax County and the largest publicly traded distributor of roofing materials and complementary building products in the United States and Canada.

Two weeks ago, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Beacon announced the winners of its annual Beacon of Hope contest, a program awarding U.S. and Canadian Veterans with new roofs. Together with local roofing companies, Beacon will deliver and facilitate roof replacements for 10 veterans at no cost to the award recipients.

“Veterans are important members of our employee team and local communities, so it is our honor to support them beyond their years of service,” said Jonathan Bennett, chief commercial officer at Beacon. “The Beacon of Hope contest ensures they have a safe home secured by a reliable roof. To extend the impact of this program in the veteran community, we are also excited to be replacing the roof on an American Legion Post this year.”

Now in its fourth year, Beacon of Hope reflects Beacon’s values of putting people first and making every day safer. Every year, people from across the U.S. and Canada come together to nominate veterans whose roofs are in dire need of replacement. Beacon takes pride in joining with community and roofing industry partners to help transform veterans’ lives as they regain confidence in the safety of their home, according to Beacon.

To learn more about the contest, including past winners and official contest rules, visit go.becn.com/beaconofhope.

Six steps to starting a nonprofit

Are you thinking of helping the community by starting a nonprofit? FCEDA has made it easy for you to find how to get started. Check out these Six Steps to Starting a Nonprofit in Fairfax County and Where to Turn for Help. Included in the booklet is all the information and links to resources that you need to get started and on the road to success!

Click here for more nonprofit start-up information and resources from the Fairfax County Government.