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Doubling Down with a Delicious Donation

Longtime UMFS donor and Leadership Coach Nancy Eberhardt knows that children, teens, and families served by UMFS are well cared for. “I have a lot of trust in the employees, and I really believe in the leadership,” she said.

So when an opportunity to support frontline staff during the coronavirus crisis presented itself, Nancy gladly doubled down with a $1,000 gift to purchase meals from local restaurants for staff at UMFS Leland House in Fairfax. 

“They deserve to get the love and care they need during this difficult situation,” Nancy said of the direct-care workers at the short-term crisis stabilization home for youth.  

Leland House Program Director Marie Thomas said the meals were thoughtful treat. “We fed about 15 staff for six consecutive Fridays,” Marie said. “Nancy’s donation also allowed us to support local restaurants. It really shows just how thoughtful people are, and it certainly lifted our spirits.”

UMFS Volunteer Coordinator Kate Ockerman called the gift “an amazing example of generosity.” Kate helped coordinate the meals, and Major Gifts and Campaign Manager Katie Moore worked with Nancy to arrange the donation. It was a true collaborative effort. 

I can’t imagine what some of the staff are contending with right now,” Nancy saidacknowledging the difficulties of work-life balance during times of crisis. “It’s nice to provide at least one guarantee for them that they don’t have to worry about themselves.”

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