Becoming an Advocate with Cornerstones is simple!
At Cornerstones, our mission is to ensure that everyone living and working in our community has stability, empowerment, and hope to thrive in our community. Through our advocacy efforts, we support neighborhood, local, state, federal, and private sector policies that:
- Build and Preserve Affordable Housing
- Invest in Connected and Resilient Children, Youth and Families
- Create Good Jobs and Economic Security
- Advance Systems Change to Undo Racial and Social Inequity
Get Involved – Opportunities to Learn,
Engage, and Take Action
Proposed FY2024 Budgets for Fairfax and Loudoun County
Fairfax and Loudoun counties have released their FY 2024 proposed budgets. Both localities are accepting public comments on what should be included in their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
- Click here to learn more about Fairfax County’s Budget
- Click here to learn more about Loudoun County’s Budget
Our advocacy team has taken action by…
- Delivering in-person and written testimony to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on the proposed budget
- Signing up to speak at the Fairfax County Public Hearings on the FY24 Budget
Share your comments with the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties on what should be included in their FY24 budgets. Participate in a public meeting or submit written or video testimony via email.
Email written or video testimony to email@example.com
Click here to view a schedule of upcoming Budget Town Hall Meetings in Fairfax county by district.
Share your comments at the public hearings on April 11-13 at 12000 Government Center Parkway. To sign up to speak, call 703-324-3151 or complete this online form.
Email your comments to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-777-0115.
Our Advocacy Platform
Build and Preserve Affordable Homes
We support legislation and budget investments to keep all our neighbors in safe, stable, affordable homes.
Invest in Connected and Resilient Children, Youth, and Families
We support legislation and budget investments to help children and families build resiliency and stay connected to strong communities. We support legislation and investments to eliminate barriers to school success, strengthen school-community-family partnerships, and help our youngest learners.
Create Good Jobs and Economic Security
We support legislation and budget investments to create pathways to career success, pay our workers a living wage, and allow our workers to care for themselves and their families if they are sick or unable to work.
Advance Systems Change to Undo Racial and Social Inequities
We support legislation and budget investments to undo the damage done by decades of racial and social inequity. We support criminal justice reforms and strong community relationships. We support civic engagement, leadership and action in community building, policy making, and elections.
Advocacy in Action: Our Work to Create Meaningful, Enduring Change in our Community
Cornerstones Advocates in Richmond:
2023 Day for All People
Last January, advocates from our Advocacy Committee, staff, Board of Directors, and community traveled to Richmond to join Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy for their 2023 Day for All People. We met with nine of our state Senators and Delegates to ask for investments in:
- affordable housing and protections for vulnerable tenants,
- resources for students and their families, including community mental health supports and access to early education,
- living wages and paid leave for our workforce, and
- solutions to the “benefits cliff” to help working families continue to access the resources and support they need to thrive.
Kerrie Wilson, our CEO, co-led a discussion on affordable housing with workshop participants. In addition, we had the opportunity to observe the Senate’s daily proceedings, including Senator Rouse’s inauguration and a shout-out for Cornerstones from Senator Boysko!
Our Advocacy Committee
Our Advocacy Committee members participate in monthly meetings to develop our advocacy strategies and opportunities for action.
Many thanks to our committee members. Want to get involved or learn more? Email email@example.com
- Andy Lacher (Chair)
- Debra Allen
- Karen Courtney
- Brian Funaki
- Sara Leonard
- Davood Sedaghatfar
- Gillian Sescoe
- Stephen Smith Cobbs
- Hannah Townsend
- Tracey White
- Sarah Casey
- Amanda Caughran
- Meredith Hovan
- Margaret Anne Lara
- Erin Loadholtz
- Sarah Newman
- Kerrie Wilson
- Chuck Lefton
- Amy Joyce
- Roberta Gosling