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At work in your community . . .

Our SignSince its inception in March 2008, The Joe 15 Team has strived to immediately become a positive presence in our community. Our members have quickly and actively answered the call for help whenever it has been needed. We adopted the highway in front of Northern Virginia Community College where Joe was a student. Four times a year, you’ll see our members out there helping the environment.

Voluntary ActionThe Joe 15 Team is on the registry of the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) of Prince William County. We appreciate a long term relationship working collaboratively with the VAC.

Our first event in June of 2008 was to provide “victims” for a mock airplane crash at the Manassas Municipal Airport as part of their emergency preparedness drill. Some of our volunteers also participated at the Prince William County Hospital.

ServeIn April 2008, The Joe 15 Team organized its first Annual Spring Food Drive for S.E.R.V.E of Manassas that raised over 1,500 pounds of food for homeless families in our community. We also regularly provide children’s services and supervise craft activities for this organization such as when parents are attending required meetings. We are planning to adopt a room at the shelter that is dedicated to Joseph’s memory.

The FairmontAlmost from the beginning, our volunteers began working with The Fairmont! It started with some “Balloon Volleyball” that now is a monthly event. This was followed by twice monthly “Wii Nights” and evening walks with the residents of the Fairmont community. In June, our young adults dressed up for a Father-Daughter Dance that was enjoyed by our team as much as it was by the folks who live at the Fairmont.

American GreetingsThrough an arrangement with American Greetings, The Joe 15 Team creates specialty cards that are donated to organizations like The Fairmont and the Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center. We make and deliver approximately 100 cards every month.Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

In July, The Joe 15 Team has sponsored its’ first athletic team - - - a group of 10 to 12 year old Manassas area basketball players coached by three of our members. Go Joe 15 Team! We also have provided volunteers for several “Jump Works Night” activities.

American Red CrossWhile Joseph was in the hospital, “our kids” donated 40 units of blood. The Joe 15 Team will carry on this tradition with annual Blood Drives that will be held each year.

Church of the BrethernWe are working with the Manassas Church of the Brethren for our First Annual Blood Drive on July 12, 2008 with a goal of not fewer than 50 units of blood. The Church also provides us with a meeting place for our monthly meetings in its community center that offers a place for some awesome basketball as well as a kitchen - - - and the loving support of its pastors, staff and congregation.

Stonewall Jackson High SchoolJoe graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School (SJHS), so it is fitting that we continue to honor his memory through activities at this school. One of these was in support of Tom Costis, a teacher at SJHS, whose 8-year old son, Matthew, is fighting brain cancer. The Joe 15 Team provided support for the Caring for Costis 5K run/walk sponsored by SJHS to raise funds for Matthew’s medical and other expenses.

Memorial RockThe Joe 15 Team also has created a Memorial Stone for Joseph near the scoreboard end zone of the football field at Stonewall Jackson. This memorial was organized by a group of SJHS students who got things going before the rest of The Joe 15 Team added their names.

Our future plans for your community . . .

We’ve made a great start, but The Joe 15 Team intends to grow and move forward. We need your help, your hands, and your dedication to making a difference in your community no matter what your age or where your community is located.

Here in Manassas, we’re laying a foundation that we hope will extend to The Joe 15 Team clubs in our public and private high schools and middle schools. We also are looking for more ways to serve the community in the future.

In addition, we will expand our involvement with the Victims of Violent Crime as well as with the National Criminal Justice Association, whose 2008 theme is: No More Victims - Standing Up to Violent Crime.

. . . We’ve lit the candles that our members will take into the darkness to light the way for a better and safer community for all of our children in the future.

In July 2008, the Joseph (Joe) C. Page Memorial Scholarship was established under the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Fund (NVCCEF) in Joe's memory. He was second year student at NOVA at the time of his death.

Under this fund, two scholarships of $1,500 each are to be awarded annually. Awardees are required to have an exceptional record of community service to receive serious consideration for a scholarship.

. . . We’ve lit the candles that our members will take into the darkness to light the way for a better and safer community for all of our children in the future.