Honors College Connects has worked with dozens of nonprofits in the Northern Virginia area
Over more than 10 years, Honors College Connects has worked with nonprofits throughout the region. Some of our most recent partners include A Farm Less Ordinary, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, the INOVA Forensic Assessment Consultant Team (FACT), Public Art Reston, and Bridle Paths.
Spring 2021 Partnerships
The student team working with A Farm Less Ordinary is dedicated to developing a process outlining the experience of volunteers on the farm. Over the semester, the students will develop a journey map to explore the process of recruiting, training, maintaining and developing volunteers within the organization. From these insights, the students can then help A Farm Less Ordinary retain well trained volunteers who share their passion for inclusive service.
Building upon the work of Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, the student team will explore the different needs, interests, and age groups within the deaf and hard of hearing community. With this broadened perspective, the student team will blueprint new ways to engage the deaf and hard of hearing community through social media platforms that are useful to their needs.
Building upon the well established relationship between the Honors College and the INOVA FACT Department, the student team will brainstorm ways the FACT Department can best outline their services to provide resources to potential patients. Taking the project a step further, the team will then consider how INOVA FACT can present these resources in a way that responds to the consideration for people in LGBTQ+ population. This exploration will allow the INOVA FACT Department to expand the inclusivity of their services to better serve the community of Northern Virginia.
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 partnerships
Working with Public Art Reston, the HCC student team of 2019 created a survey to track local engagement and interaction with their art displays. Through insights collected from the survey, Public Art Reston was able to quantify their impact in the community and use the data for grant applications to fund future projects.
The 2020 HCC student team developed a process for training and certifying forensic nurses who provide services for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. This team worked with the INOVA FACT Department to ensure the curriculum was to standard with the 2020 SANE guidelines necessary to achieve the forensic nurse’s certification. Through this collaborative project, HCC increased the number of SANE certified nurses in Virginia in order to best address the needs of our community.
The HCC students and Bridle Paths united around the mission of updating and polish the existing marketing materials that share the services of the therapeutic riding organization. Through the work of the student teams developed new outreach materials that organized the services of the nonprofits in a way that increased Bridle Path’s presence within the community. These new materials brought together new customers, potential donors, and greater sense of community support.