About Us

Our Mission

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is an all volunteer nonprofit organization that feeds, clothes and educates children in need in our community.

We empower volunteers . . .

  • To identify and meet needs in their communities
  • To strengthen and broaden their talents and skills
  • To make a difference in people's lives
  • To enjoy fulfilling friendships based on the spirit of giving

Building on Our History

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a chapter of Assistance League, a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian national volunteer service organization founded in the early 1890's, that promotes volunteerism through leadership training and education. Today over 25,000 Assistance League members in 120 chapters touch the lives of more than 1 million youth and adults every year, contributing more than 3.2 million service hours. Volunteers live in the communities they serve, with all funds raised by community chapters staying in those individual communities.  This 100% volunteer-driven organization is bound by a strong central mission to help those in need achieve a better quality of life. Each year approximately 50 members of Assistance League of Northern Virginia implement its mission. 

Assistance League of Northern Virginia was organized as a guild in 1999 and chartered as the 113 chapter of Assistance League in 2004. Since 1999, members of the Northern Virginnia Assistance League and community volunteers have contributed more than 157,563 service hours and has donated $634,419 to our community through our philanthropic programs.

During the 2015-2016 year Assistance League of Northern Virginia members touched the lives of over 6,000 individuals - elementary school children, newborn infants, as well as sick and abused children.  Through fundraising efforts and grant awards, members raised over $98,649 and collected in-kind donations valued at  $7,893  to support our philanthropic programs. Members and community volunteers contributed approximately 12,247* hours of service, giving over $287,805* in volunteer hours back to the community for this year. 

*Based on the US Department of Labor, the value of a volunteer hour in Virginia is estimated to be $23.50 for the fiscal year ending 31 May 2016.  

Philanthropic Programs

Operation Hugs

* Heart-Shaped Pillows

Members reach out to provide a measure of comfort to sick children and those undergoing medical procedures at the Inova Cares Clinic for Children which servers low income families.  This program also assists victims of childhood sexual assault and abuse in support of the Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consulation Team (FACT) at Inova Fairfax Hospital.   Assistance League members delivered 754 heart-shaped pillows filled with toys and educational items, and an additional 88 toys to comfort these your patients in 2015-2016.  Since 1999, Assistance League of Northern Virginia has distributed over 9,204 pillows..  

Operation School Bell®

* Weekend Food for Kids

In Northern Virginia one in six children is at risk for hunger.  Started in 2010, this program provides nutritious, non-perishable food over the weekend to children who often receive free or reduced price meals during the week.  

For the 2015-2016 school year, Assistance League of Northern Virginia, together with Dominion Virginia Power volunteers, as well as various community volunteers, contributed 1,796 hours to perform a variety of functions in the food purchasing, packing and delivery process to our five Title-One schools.  Assistance League of Northern Virginia provided 13,556 bags of food to hungry children in Northern Virginia. 

* New Clothing for Kids

Statistics show that having the proper clothing promotes educational success through better self-esteem and school attendance.  Clothing, shoes and personal grooming products are provided to children from families with extreme need.  For the school year 2015-2016, our Chapter clothed  or provided shoes to 814 children, provided grooming products for 466 and haircuts for 400 children in our community.  

In addition, Northern Virginia Assistance League furnished knitted baby afghans, clothing and hats to the low-income mothers of 293 infants and toddlers served by a local hospital clinic.   These handmade items are made and donated to Assistance League by members of Dunbarton Oaks, The Virginian and various other individuals. These wonderful ladies spent a total of 4,203 hours making these items during the 2015-2016 year.  Our organization also donated 220 sweat suits, T-shirt and undergarments to women served by a school-based family center.

* Literacy

Members continue their work to enhance the language arts and literacy skills of early elementary students.  In 2004 Assistance League of Northern Virginnia incorporated Reading Express, a books-on-tape home reading program, into the curriculum for all first grade students identified as at-risk at Providence Elementary School.  The Chapter purchased tape recorders, recorded books, and prepared materials to support this reading program. In 2008 the chapter was awarded the Partners in Education Blue Ribbon Award for Reading, Writing, and Speaking by Fairfax County Schools.

For the 2015-2016 school year, members gave 510 tutoring sessions enhancing language skills and reading comprehension of these at-risk students at Providence Elementary School in Fairfax, and provided new books to the students to encourage additional reading outside of the school.

Chapter Management and Fundraising

Assistance League of Northern Virginia adheres to the rigorous guidelines and policies established by Assistance League and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For the 2015-2016 year, a total of 88.5% was spent on program services. We provide education to our members in addition to administrative expenses.   Contributions to Assistance League, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible.

The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools Honored Assistance League of Northern Virginia

On June 8, 2016, we were honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award at the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Honors awards gala at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, the philanthropic arm of the school system, sponsored the red carpet event which celebrates the incredible contributions of FCPS educators and those who support them. This year's community engagement awards were presented along with FCPS most prominent employee awards by Superintendent Karen K. Garza.

Each of the nominated nonprofits and finalists provide valuable programs and services to FCPS students and schools. The 5 finalists were selected from twenty-four nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award. 

Looking Ahead

In 2015-2017 we will sustain and continue to grow our Operation School Bell Clothing for Kids, Reading Express and Weekend Food for Kids programs, as well as our Operations HUGS programs.

Contact us at Assistance League of Northern Virginia, PO Box 209, Herndon, VA 20172-0209.

One of Our Founding Members Honored


On June 9, 2014 we honored one of the founding members of our Assistance League of Northern Virginia, Joan Walsh.  Joan has served in so many capacities in our organization.  She is an example of caring and commitment in action, working for those at risk in our community.  Joan has moved out of the area and we will sorely miss her.

THANK YOU Joan, for all you have done!

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