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Jane Hess Collins

Jane Hess Collins

Jane Hess Collins is a managing partner of Get Out and Give Back, LLC, and an accredited life coach and member of the International Coaching Federation. She is also a television host for Fairfax Public Access and a freelance writer. Jane created the "Get Out and Give Back" newspaper column in January 2005 to inspire others to find their community service passion and make it an active part of their life.

Articles By Jane Hess Collins

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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK/ Soaring with Luke's Wings
Nov 16,2011

The thought of asking anyone for money–aside from my parents when I was 11 years old–has always terrified me. What better way to address that fear head-on than to help with the Luke’s Wings Second Annual Homecoming Gala on, of course, Veterans’ Day? Luke’s Wings dreams big and executes bigger. It’s an anti- bureaucratic

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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK/The Women's Collective
Oct 19,2011

Robin was lovely, with black hair, ebony skin and fingernails that alternated between purple and leopard print. She broke away from her two friends when she saw our white The Women’s Collective (TWC) van parked on the corner of H and 8th Street and asked for an AIDS test right there on the spot. A friend had told her the day before that he had been HIV

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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK/Lucky Days for Lucky Dogs
Aug 24,2011

"Who rescued whom?" many rescue dog owners ask themselves. Pictured here is Sandye Blalock with her rescue Springer Spaniel Princess Grace, who now rules the house. Animal adoption used to be a handmade sign reading "Free to Good Home" next to a box overflowing with puppies and a desperate looking dad


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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK/Homeless Soccermania
Jul 06,2011

I took a soccer class in college nearly, well, never mind, but it was before soccer really caught on in the United States. I was terrible then and I am terrible now. And I know I’m terrible now because my husband Mike and I played soccer last Thursday evening with the Arlington Tigers, the team of homeless

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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK/ Father's Day without Sorrow
Jun 18,2011

My Dad passed away a week before Christmas in 2007, and this is the first year I can walk past a rack of Father’s Day cards without getting weepy. Most of you don’t know my Dad but I wish you had. Knowing him would have brightened your life. There would be no Get Out and Give Back if it weren’t for Dad’s example.

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Alexandrians Raise $100K during Spring2ACTion
May 16,2011

Alexandrians, otherwise known as the most generous online-giving citizens in the country, once again did not disappoint during the Spring2ACTion challenge between May 5 – 7. Spring2ACTion, an online fundraising initiative of ACT for Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria during the Spring for Alexandria event


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Rollin’ Down the River
May 10,2011

When I signed up my husband and me up for Alexandria’s fourth annual Day of Service on May 6, I scrolled through the online options and applied to distribute posters throughout the city. It was arguably the easiest project available, and I psyched myself up for an afternoon of leisurely driving around town, stapling posters to telephone poles

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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK / So Far So Good
May 10,2011

In last month’s column I vowed to be a crazy volunteer, and what a ride it’s been. After only a month it’s like starring in my own reality show that no one watches but me, with equal parts “Top Chef” when we made dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, “What Not to Wear” during a visit to Suited for Change, and “Survivor” in general. Here’s a snippet of



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