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Kristyn Burr

Director of Events

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HomeAid Northern Virginia
Director of Events 

Who We Are:
HomeAid Northern Virginia (HomeAid/HANV) is a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2001 as the philanthropic arm of the Northern Virginia building industry and serves as a local chapter of HomeAid America. HomeAid believes everyone is deserving of dignity and hope, and for individuals and families struggling with the uncertainty of finding a place to sleep at night and access to programs that support getting back on their feet, the security that comes with having a roof over one’s head and access to critical wraparound services will allow them to focus on the issues that caused them to become homeless in the first place. In our twenty-year history, HomeAid Northern Virginia has made a difference in the lives of over 196,000 individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who would otherwise be homeless in Northern Virginia and beyond. HomeAid makes the right match between our partners in the homebuilding industry who donate time, labor, materials, and expertise and nonprofit renovation and build needs—and manages these construction projects to reduce the financial and staff time burden on nonprofits so that they can focus on direct interventions with clients experiencing homelessness. Our work makes the entire system of safety net nonprofits more sustainable.

Through HomeAid’s Program, the core of our mission, HANV builds and renovates housing and programmatic facilities at a 30-100% savings thanks to the generosity of our professional Builder Captains and Trade Partners. To ensure everyone involved benefits from working with us, HomeAid manages the entire project from beginning to end. From the initial pairing of non-profit and professional building industry partners to handling building and county codes, to architecture and monitoring construction timeline and communication between all parties involved, and everything in between, HomeAid is there to make sure the projects finish on time and well under budget in most cases. This savings enables the service providers to improve and expand their facilities while focusing their limited resources on critical programming and wraparound services necessary to help clients become self-sufficient and move beyond homelessness and trauma.

Summary of Position:
The Director of Events is responsible for the successful implementation of all of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s signature fundraising events. This position will contribute to HomeAid’s overall success by creating meaningful events that foster strong community relations, increase revenue, create donor loyalty and acquire new supporters to engage with our mission. The Director of Events must be able to manage committees and work with volunteers to produce quality events that advance our brand as well as donor involvement. The person will also have a strong analytical background in collecting data, reporting methodologies and producing event budgets.

Event Coordination and Planning:

  • Work with Executive Director and CEO in developing the strategy and overseeing the execution of HomeAid’s four fundraising events which include GolfAid, Builders and Friends BBQ, Annual Golf Tournament and Gala & Auction.
  • Work with committees to create agendas, prepare materials, procure donations, create event marketing and secure sponsorships.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to provide on-site support during events.
  • Manage day of logistics which include but is not limited signage placement, bands, auction, registration, raffle as well as work with on-site event staff.
  • Develop budget and oversee financial reporting both internally and externally.
  • Manage, prepare and schedule all marketing and promotion of HomeAid events.
  • Negotiate with venues, consultants and vendors to secure the best rates.
  • Inform and update staff and committee members throughout the event cycle.
  • Create and maintain registration, sponsorship, procurement and advertising reports.
  • Oversee all post-event coordination including debrief meetings, recognition of key volunteers, financial reporting and data transfer on event platforms.
  • Manage all thank you letters and donor acknowledgements related to events.
  • Coordinate and assist with any logistics needed for third-party events throughout the year.
  • Applying metrics to event outcomes allowing us to analyze and make changes as need.
  • Other event responsibilities may be assigned.
  • Interview, hire, and supervise Event Intern (one each spring, fall, summer).

Local Travel:

  • Attend all HomeAid, third party, and other events as needed.
  • Other local travel to pick up event related item.
  • Site visits and other meetings as need.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Understanding and passion for HomeAid’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum five years’ experience in managing events or fundraising activities.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and occasional weekends due to the nature of our events.
  • Highly organized, and able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with attention to detail.
  • Must be comfortable with and proficient in delegation of tasks to both staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; must be proficient and concise.
  • Experience leading/managing volunteers and board members
  • Highly organized, intuitive and detail oriented.
  • A team player with a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and DonorPerfect or similar fundraising database.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Constant Contact, and EventGives or similar event software.
  • Must demonstrate initiative, superb attitude, and dedication to serving all stakeholders.
  • Must be able to lift over 25 pounds.

Compensation and Benefits:

We offer insured benefits of Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance at no cost to the employee (family members can be added to the plan); and retirement plan. We offer a flexible work environment including a 37.5 hour work week, Paid-Time-Off, and professional development opportunities.

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys a fast-paced work environment, is able to manage multiple projects at one time, and wants to work at a small nonprofit. HomeAid provides a unique opportunity for someone to play a direct role in helping us serve the thousands of homeless families and individuals in Northern Virginia while working in a fun, exciting and supportive environment.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to info@homeaidnova.org. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Press Release: Builders for Babies

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia Kicks Off Diaper Drive for Nonprofits and Families in Need

Fairfax County, Va. – May 16, 2022 – HomeAid Northern Virginia, the Virginia chapter of HomeAid America and the philanthropic arm of Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) will collect diapers for local nonprofits now through June 19th. The diaper drive is part of the annual “Builders for Babies Drive”.

The cost of disposable diapers is nearly $1,000 a year per child which is a huge expense for families already struggling to make ends meet. It can mean the difference between parents trying to stretch supplies by leaving diapers on their babies too long or reusing diapers, leading to painful diaper rash and discomfort.

“Volunteerism and collection drives often surge around the winter holidays, and with feedback from our non-profit partners, we are shifting our annual Builders for Babies diaper and wipes drive to the weeks between Mother’s Day (May 8th) and Father’s Day (June 19th). This change will ensure that we align with a time when our partners are both in critical need of supplies and when they have the capacity to store them,” said Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia Executive Director & CEO.

This type of donation is critical because diapers and wipes cannot be purchased using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Diapers can be bought with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) however, the funds are typically insufficient to buy diapers and pay other expenses.

Individuals, organizations and groups are encouraged to organize and host a diaper drive in order to help keep our tiniest Virginia residents safe and dry. If you would like to host a drive and need a collection box, flyer or more information to get started please contact Georgeanne Harter at 703.953.3525 or gharter@homeaidnova.org

Participating companies and individuals can also schedule a time to drop off donations at 3684 Centerview Drive, Suite 110B Chantilly, VA 20151 or send diapers/wipes directly to the HomeAid Northern Virginia office through the Amazon wish list. All donations collected will be distributed to HomeAid Northern Virginia’s nonprofit partners that focus on alleviating poverty and ending homelessness.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HANV brings together local non-profit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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Press Release: Pathforward

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia Helps local Nonprofit Empower People from the Streets to Stability with a $127,108 Construction Project

Arlington, VA. – April 14, 2022 –HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed a construction project at Sibert House, a garden style apartment building owned by PathForward giving the permanent-supportive housing property a major upgrade.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captains Van Metre Homes and Toll Brothers, and 22 trade partners completed a long-anticipated buildout project at Sibert House. This property gives Arlington County a housing solution for its most vulnerable – those experiencing homelessness. The house, provides housing for chronically homeless individuals and veterans with significant needs and barriers to housing. The 5,184 square foot buildout included a common room where residents can gather; an office for the onsite life skills coach, where staff can offer supportive programs and services to help residents stay in housing, laundry facilities and a kitchenette. The project will complement an outdoor pergola, exterior paint, and landscaping previously done by HomeAid’s partner, Touchstone Custom Homes which has been a source of great comfort and respite to the residents at Sibert House.

With rising rates of food insecurity and the lingering impact of COVID, a stable home environment has never been so important. This project directly supports individuals who face significant barriers to government support and housing, including lack of rental history, poor credit history or lack of established credit, legal issues, criminal backgrounds, poor health or chronic medical conditions, mental illness, substance use disorder, and little to no income. The new programming space will allow consistent access to life skills classes, acquiring equitable healthcare, and applying for benefits like Medicare and Medicaid, SNAP and WIC, among others.

HomeAid’s partnership with Van Metre and Tolls Brothers saved PathForward $127,108 in labor, time and expertise all of which were generously donated. This type of donation from HomeAid’s builders and trade partners, allows nonprofits like PathForward to funnel their limited resources into programs that support clients working to get back on their feet.

About PathForward

PathForward’s mission is to transform lives by delivering housing solutions and pathways to stability. Since PathForward’s initial supportive housing program began in 2007, they have successfully helped 400 people get into an apartment of his or her own, and 96 percent remain in housing five years after placement with the ongoing support that case managers provide.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HANV brings together local non-profit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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Press Release: House of Mercy

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Thanks to HomeAid Northern Virginia and Merritt Construction, House of Mercy Expanded Their Thrift Store and Pantry to Serve the Growing Number of People in Need

Manassas, Va. – February 24, 2022 –HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed a construction project at House of Mercy, a nonprofit working to provide food and clothing to those in need in our community.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captain Merritt Construction, and nine trade partners renovated the thrift store and expanded the pantry at House of Mercy.

The goal of the project was to give staff and volunteers a suitable space to operate programs and better serve those seeking assistance. Merritt Construction started by building out a room where donors can drop off donations in an organized manner. An indoor walkway was also created linking the Donation Center directly to the thrift store so volunteers will no longer have to walk outside to get from one space to another. The hallway will be especially important during inclement weather and extreme heat to keep volunteers safe and operations running smoothly. The Food Pantry at House of Mercy, which serves 1,850 individuals each month was expanded to shelve more food donations. New interior lighting, paint and an expansion of the breakroom/kitchen area made the project complete and ready to adequately serve more people.

The Food Pantry and Thrift Store are open to anyone who needs assistance. The programs give people the autonomy to shop and select items to provide clothing and healthy and nutritious meal options to their families. “House of Mercy is uniquely set-up to serve anyone despite where they live,” says Jessica Root, Executive Director at House of Mercy. “Ninety-three percent of our clients live in Prince William County, but we welcome anyone regardless of where they reside. We never want people to have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.”

HomeAid’s partnership with Merritt Construction saved House of Mercy $87,000 in labor, time and expertise. Merritt Construction and nine trade partners donated sixty percent of the project, while HomeAid contributed 20% of the expenses to help fill the cost gaps. This type of donation from homebuilders and trade partners allows nonprofits like House of Mercy to funnel their limited resources into programs that support clients working to get back on their feet. “The nonprofits we serve continue to face challenges in regards to space and structural safety,” says Kristyn Burr, Executive Director and CEO of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “Luckily, thanks to donors like Merritt Construction we are able to step up to help create solutions that have lasting effects on our community.”

On February 24th HomeAid Northern Virginia hosted an open house for volunteers, staff and construction partners to celebrate the completion of the project and tour the facility.

About House of Mercy  

House of Mercy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides food, clothing, education and prayer to those in need in our community. They work with over 450 families per month through our food pantry and thrift store to help with basic needs.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HANV brings together local nonprofit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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