JLNV Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May marks Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa,… Read More

21 Things to Celebrate About Women’s History Month

The concept of Women’s History Month began in 1981 when Congress passed Public Law 97-28, authorizing and requesting then President Reagan to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” After petitions from the National Women’s History Project, Congress then passed Public Law 100-9 in 1987, which declared March as “Women’s History… Read More

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month began Sept. 15 in the United States, and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988… Read More

Helping Northern Virginia Through a Pandemic

Recent data have highlighted both the personal and economic toll COVID-19 has taken on the United States, with deaths surpassing 150,000 and the gross domestic product (GDP) falling by a record 33%. In Northern Virginia, statistics from the Virginia Department of Health have noted a steady drop-off in cases since the region’s peak on May 31, but the coronavirus has… Read More

Celebrating Not Just Independence, But Equality, This July

This Fourth of July will likely be different than many Independence Day celebrations before it — not only because of COVID-19 protocols, but the growing dialogue around what it means to have independence in America, with consideration given to not just freedom, but also equality. On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the language of… Read More

Did You Know….June is National Hunger Awareness Month?

According to No Kid Hungry, one in seven children in the United States lives with hunger, and more than 11 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes. Food insecurity means “those families don’t have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life.” That can translate to smaller-than-needed portions or… Read More