An avid philanthropist, Albert Scaglione supports NOVACO, Inc., an organization that works to help people without homes and those that have experienced abuse. Aiming to encourage healthier, self-sufficient, and secure individuals, NOVACO offers counseling, childcare and mentoring, as well as substantial assistance with financial management, housing, and education. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, NOVACO operates with the help of numerous volunteers, supporters, and generous donations. NOVACO also puts on events throughout the year to raise funds for its cause. Past events have included rummage sales, training seminars, and festivals. In the upcoming year, NOVACO looks forward to hosting Victory over Violence: A World of Difference Gala, as well as a number of auction events and benefits.

The Good Neighbor program also represents an integral part of NOVACO’s efforts. Assisting single-family households that have overcome abuse, the Good Neighbor program offers donations, tutoring, and counseling to those in need. These individuals benefit from help that can easily be found throughout the local community.

Additionally, the Virginia Individual Development Account (VIDA) program aims to help low-income families build savings through a 2:1 matching program with NOVACO. Teaching individuals about controlling expenses and saving for goals remains a key educational aspect of the program, allowing individuals to become self-sufficient and financially secure. According to one successful program graduate, “I got the confidence I needed and the financial freedom I was looking for. This program gave me a sense that homeownership is possible!”

Major sponsors of NOVACO include Exxon Mobil Corporation, Allstate Insurance Company, Fannie Mae, Giving Circle of HOPE, and the Rotary Club of Vienna, Inc.


Tips for Visiting Art Galleries with Children, Part 2

By Albert Scaglione

Our advice for helping children get the most out of their visit to an art gallery concludes with several additional pointers.

5. View Installation Art Installation art consists of three-dimensional pieces that alter one’s perception of a space. Children tend to enjoy installation art, as it is often more inviting and interesting to them than endless walls of paintings and sculptures. Some installation art is interactive, making it even more appealing to younger viewers. Check to see if your local art gallery collects installation art, and make sure your children get to see it before the end of your visit.

6. Utilize Facilities These days, most art galleries have specific galleries and activities to keep children entertained and interested in art. Try to coordinate your visit with any events your chosen gallery has planned.

7. Attend Child-Oriented Guided Tours To extend the previous tip, many galleries offer guided tours for children and their parents. Such tours are often hosted by tour guides, who engage children’s sense of humor and curiosity by telling them the stories behind the works of art. In addition to guides, some museums have audio tours created specifically for children.

8. Limit Your Visit As much as children enjoy learning, they can only take so much walking around before they become tired and irritable. Remember to map out your visit so you can see a gallery’s highlights in a somewhat short timeframe. Aim for your visit to last three to four hours, and then head home.

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