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Getting to Solutions: A Special Facebook LIVE Event

Why are mediation, dispute resolution training, civic engagement, and restorative justice services so vital to a healthy community? Learn how the FairField Center has been helping people get from conflict to SOLUTIONS since 1982. Meet the team that delivers these services and trains others in alternative dispute resolution skills during this informative LIVE event. No …

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FairField Center Receives Virginia Tourism Grant for Harrisonburg International Festival

HARRISONBURG (November 18, 2020) — FairField Center has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program (RMLP), designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds. More than $1.9 million in matching grant funds …

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FairField Center Welcomes New Board Members

Harrisonburg’s FairField Center recently announced changes to its executive committee officers and new additions to its Board of Directors. The changes highlight the local mediation nonprofit’s commitment to providing leading edge conflict resolution and mediation training services, particularly during the difficult challenges many families, businesses, and public agencies are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Board …

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Mediation Training Dates Announced

FairField offers the training for individuals and businesses seeking Virginia Supreme Court certification to mediate court cases. All FairField coursework and all trainers are certified by the Virginia Supreme Court. Trainees take short courses (4-20 hours each) and engage in observations and co-mediations in order to qualify for state exams. Trainees must have a bachelor’s …

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FairField Center’s International Festival Awarded Virginia Tourism Grant

Funding designated for Harrisonburg International Festival & Community Project. HARRISONBURG (August 20, 2018) Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Community Mediation Center DBA FairField Center has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program grant fund for its Harrisonburg International Festival & Community program. In total VTC awarded more than $890,000 …

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FairField Center Welcomes New Board Member

Harrisonburg’s FairField Center announced a recent addition to its Board of Directors, with Eastern Mennonite University (EMU)’s Travis Pettit coming on as a director. Pettit brings a background in management, organizational development, banking, and marketing to the board. He is currently director of admissions and marketing for all graduate, adult, and seminary programs at EMU. …

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Next Meeting in the Middle Class Set for Aug. 20

Raising a child in different homes can be challenging at times. FairField’s Meeting in the Middle class focuses on co-parenting through separation and divorce. It provides parents and caregivers with the opportunity to think critically about what is best for their child and how they can work together to accomplish it. Some of the topics …

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5 Tips to Help You Say “We Need to Talk”

No one really enjoys having an authentic difficult conversation. At times, just the thought of talking about a tough subject with “the other” can turn a stomach upside down, cause heart palpitations, and make knees wobbly. With those sensations, along with the worry of making things worse, the appeal of putting off the discussion can …

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The Cost of Workplace Conflict is Greater than You Think

According to a 2008 study by CPP Inc.–publishers of the Myers-Briggs Assessment and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument — U.S. employees spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict. This amounts to approximately $359 billion in in paid hours (based on average hourly earnings of $17.95), or the equivalent of 385 million working days. FairField …

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Harrisonburg International Festival Announces Relocation to Downtown

Growth, accessibility, and safety prompt change in venue. HARRISONBURG (July 10, 2018) — The Harrisonburg International Festival Planning Committee announced today that Harrisonburg City Council has approved relocation of the annual event to downtown Harrisonburg. Previously held in Harrisonburg’s Hillandale Park, the festival’s popularity and growth has prompted the relocation. Organizers believe this change in …

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