In Our Community
Cox Farms grew up in Centreville, VA, and we are proud to call northern Virginia home. Our local neighbors and those throughout the Washington, D.C. region are an integral part of our farm and our community. Every day we take pause to appreciate the diversity and energy unique to the region. We also understand the challenges many families, schools, and organizations face. We have seen generations grow alongside us, and we consider helping our neighbors to be an important responsibility that we take seriously. Through Partnerships and additional Community Support Programs, we hope to provide local families and organizations with resources and activities that lead to healthier, happier communities, from the Washington monument to our Hayride Start and beyond.
When Westfield High School opened in 2000, Cox Farms began its partnership with the local school by providing product donations and supporting school publications. We are proud to have a formal partnership with the Chantilly, VA high school. Here are some ways this partnership benefits the school and local families.
- Fundraising Initiatives
Cox Farms provides support for Westfield’s fundraising efforts. For a mulch day fundraiser, we provided a large box truck and driver to haul material. We also support school activities by purchasing program advertisements and allowing the Theatre Boosters to use our property to promote their upcoming shows.
- Positive After-School Activity
Cox Farms supports fun and safe opportunities for high school students to spend time with friends. We have provided scores of students with thousands of dollars in free tickets to enjoy our Fields of Fear attraction, which brings a night of bonfires, good food, and haunts.
- Product Donations
Cox Farms donates a variety of items to help Westfield High School stay sharp and under budget. From providing tasty summer produce for the Bulldog BBQ to kick off the school year to decorating the stage with plants and flowers for graduation ceremonies, we're proud to contribute all year long. We also support school organizations with donations, such as pumpkins to support the school’s “Best Buddies” program.
Northern Virginia Family Service is a nonprofit community service organization dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. NVFS in provides case management, safe housing, counseling, medical and dental access, child care and development, affordable loans, foster and respite care and job training. SERVE is NVFS's Manassas campus, which includes a large emergency shelter, food distribution and many other services.
Cox Farms is proud to support the critically important work of NVFS. The amount of hope and wide range of programs NVFS provides to families is outstanding, and we are honored to help NVFS in its mission. Throughout the year, we partner with NVFS. From the March Bowlathon through Holiday SERVE in December, Cox Farms is happy to be involved. As our relationship with NVFS grows, we continue to find ways to help the organization.
- Tips for Tots! In lieu of Christmas tree tips, each winter we accept donations to purchase thousand of dollars in gift cards and supplies for local children and families living in NVFS’ SERVE shelter.
- Each March, we sponsor up to five employee teams in the Strikes for SERVE bowlathon – raising over $3,000 for the program each year. We have also donated hundreds of Fall Festival tickets to NVFS clients. Other support includes food and product donations, and even starter plants and seeds for their Head Start garden!
Winter "Adopt a Family" Fund
Since 2011, Cox Farms has accepted donations in lieu of tips during Christmas tree season at the Corner Market. Cox Farms matches all donations, which lets us double our impact. During our brief season (just over 3 weeks long), we raise thousands of dollars to support local children and families struggling with poverty and homelessness during the holidays.
In our first "Adopt a Family" campaign in December 2011, we raised more than $7000 between donations and Cox Farms matching funds! We were able to:
Adopt several families through Our Daily Bread's Holiday Program, providing gifts, grocery gift cards, a holiday meal and seasonal treats (including our famous kettle corn, of course!) for dozens of people in our community.
Donate $3000 in holiday gift cards for children and teens residing in NVFS's SERVE Shelter.
In 2012, we raised more than $8600! We were determined to make an even bigger difference. With these funds, we:
"Adopted" six large families in our area, providing $4500 in gifts, gift cards, jackets, food, grocery gift cards and more for 36 local children and their parents.
Donated $3500 in gift cards to SERVE, ensuring that each and every child residing in the shelter received holiday gifts, in addition to providing resources for SERVE's "Emergency Fund," which goes to address the immediate and basic needs of the neediest families who turn to SERVE for assistance.
In 2013, we raised a whopping $10,200 in donations and matching funds. At the start of the season, we set an ambitious goal: to provide holiday gifts for 100 local kids. We did that, and a lot more!
$5000 donation ("Wish Granter" level sponsorship) to the Holiday Program at Our Daily Bread, providing gifts or gift cards for up to 100 families (200 children!) in our community.
$4000 donation to NVFS/SERVE's Re-Housing Fund to support their commitment to re-house 50 families in 100 days that winter. The Re-Housing Fund provides assistance in the form of first-month rent and security deposits for families transitioning from the shelter to more stable housing. What better Christmas gift than a stable home for the holidays?
$1200 in donations to SERVE's "Welcome Home Baskets" initiative, providing household essentials and everyday necessities for those families making the move from the shelter into their new home.
Reduced Admission Initiative
Cox Farms is currently focused on our “Reduced Admission Initiative,” with the goal of providing kids in need the opportunity to enjoy our Fall Festival. We are also committed to providing financial and in-kind contributions, depending on the request.
Reduced Admission Initiative
Cox Farms welcomes requests for discounted and free admission as well as requests for donations for eligible groups in the DC Metro area. Cox Farms has always supported schools and local organizations that are underserved and underfunded. Eric Cox’s sister was a Fairfax County Head Start teacher for 30 years, and well before the farm formalized support programs, we welcomed Head Start classes and other underfunded groups to visit the farm for reduced or free admission.
Learn more about eligibility and request support.
- Since 2007, our Reduced Admission Initiative has enabled over 14,000 kids to attend the Fall Festival
- Schools in the region are now able to visit the Fall Festival annually, that would otherwise not be able to do so.
- From decorative classroom pumpkins to gift certificate raffle prizes for a Parent Teacher Association fundraiser, we do our best to support local schools and organizations.