Organizations that serve people are receiving support from a new non-profit — The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William.
Based out of Manassas, the association is made up of human services providers, including non-profits, faith-based organizations and agencies.
It offers training, educational and networking opportunities, and help with technology.
“What we’re designed to do is to really create a way for all of these people to communicate with each other, to coordinate their services and their efforts together, and then to collaborate meaningfully and strategically,” Executive Director Chelsi Conaway explained.
The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William extends from the Coalition for Human Services, which served the community for 30 years ago. The coalition partnered with the county to learn what service providers need to work together.
“After that listening session, which lasted about a year, it was determined that we needed to scrap the coalition and disband it, and create the alliance,” Conaway said.
Becoming members of the alliance, serving as volunteers, and partnering with it to create programs are a few ways individuals and organizations can get involved.
They can also make a donation to the association or to the Prince William Area Disaster Fund, which is a partnership between the alliance, Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.
“What people can do is if you are an organization, a family, a business, a faith-based group — you can actually donate money into this fund and then that money gets distributed to community groups that are serving people that have been hardest hit by the shutdowns that came as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic,” Conaway said.
You can learn more about the Prince William Area Disaster Fund, make a donation, or apply for funds on the alliance’s website.