Best of Arlington 2015

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Arlington Food Assistance Center Voted Sun Gazette’s 2015 Best of Arlington Best Nonprofit and Best Boss Winner


Charles Meng, Arlington Food Assistance Center COMMUNITY EVENT/FESTIVAL


Natalie Roy


Arlington Food Assistance Center 2708 S. Nelson St. Arlington, VA 22206 703-845-8486 |

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The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) works to alleviate hunger in Arlington County. AFAC is the only organization in Arlington devoted solely to providing dignified access to nutritious, supplemental groceries – free of charge – for our neighbors in need. In doing so, AFAC makes it possible for vulnerable families in our community to devote their limited resources to financial obligations such as housing, utilities, medication and transportation. AFAC is currently serving more than 2,200 families each week at 18 distribution sites throughout the County. For more information regarding access to food, or ways to support our mission, please visit our website.



Doorways for Women and Families

PO Box 100185 | Arlington, VA 22210 703-504-9200 |

Since 1978, Doorways for Women and Families has offered a pathway out of domestic violence and family homelessness for women and families in our community. Doorways’ comprehensive approach provides safe shelter and housing, life-changing support services, and community advocacy, resulting in new beginnings for thousands of parents and their children. Doorways range of emergency and ongoing services help women, men and children recover from trauma while developing the skills needed for long-term safety and stability. Every year, with the support of our community, Doorways helps more than 2,000 people impacted by domestic violence and homelessness. PLACE OF WORSHIP

Clarendon United Methodist Church PUBLIC SERVANT

Walter Tejada, County Board

And we thank the Sun Gazette voters for recognizing our great leadership by voting AFAC Executive Director, Charlie Meng, Best Boss!

There are many titles you can have in life, but it has truly been one of my greatest privileges to be called “Coach” - to be a part of a kid’s life and to be a part of the Arlington community. Thank you, my swim and dive family, for what you have done to encourage and support me over the years and for allowing me to be your Coach.


As grateful as I am to receive this award and to have our efforts recognized, it is only because of my stellar assistant coaches, every swimmer and diver, all the cheering/timing/officiating parents, and our supportive school administration that this was possible. So, I share this award with everyone who has spent time as part of our family. YOU are all the best of the best.


Join our efforts to feed our neighbors in need! Visit us online at

Kristina Dorville - Best Coach Over the last ten years, I have had the honor of being the Head Swim Coach at Washington-Lee High School. In that time, things have changed - we have built a program from 35 kids to almost 100, we have a new facility, won a District title (or three!), broken most of the school records, and tripled our numbers of kids at States. But what I am most intensely proud of is the swim and dive family that we have created. We may be known for being loud, we may be intense, we may wear silly socks – but we stick together when things are tough, we support one another, and we always try to have fun.


With the help of our community, AFAC distributes over 80,000 pounds of healthy food to more than 2,200 families in-need each week.


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