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Our Daily Bread Celebrates 30 Years

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova holds the artwork she created for the event.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova holds the artwork she created for the event. Photo Contributed

Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread (ODB) invites the public to its 30th anniversary celebration. An evening of art and performances, “Do You See What I See?” will be held Friday, May 2, from 7-10 p.m., at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy. in Fairfax.

It’s in cooperation with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. The fun includes a juried art show and contest, as well as live music and dance performances, plus storytelling. And attendees will be part of a painting created by artist Nathan Jalani Taylor as the evening unfolds. Artwork will be for sale, and wine and appetizers will be provided by Fairfax’s Dolce Vita Restaurant.

Admission is $50/person, tickets are at www.ODBFairfax.org or at the event. Proceeds will benefit ODB’s programs to provide financial education, emergency food, financial aid and seasonal assistance to working, Fairfax County families struggling to make ends meet.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating 30 years of neighbors helping neighbors with this unique evening of art, wine and community that offers us an opportunity to look at the world around us with a different lens,” said ODB Executive Director Lisa Whetzel. “We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate the past and look forward to our next 30 years of providing help and hope to our struggling neighbors.”

The theme of the artwork and performances is: “Our community is filled with people we see every day and yet we do not know their challenges or their stories. Art is a way to illustrate, illuminate and share our experiences through many different lenses. What do you think they see? What do you see?”

Our Daily Bread began in 1984 as a homeless shelter rotating among a group of churches in Fairfax County and became an independent nonprofit in 1989. Its mission later evolved into a food program, adding financial assistance, financial education and holiday and backpack assistance in the intervening years. And it still helps people who have homes, but are living paycheck-to-paycheck and are just a crisis away from becoming homeless. The goal is to bring them to financial self-sufficiency.

ODB relies on funding and volunteer support from the Fairfax community so it can continue helping others. For more information, go to www.ODBFairfax.org.