Assistance League of Northern Virginia volunteer members met on June 12 to install the new Board of Officers for 2017-2018. We look forward to another year serving children at-risk in our community.
* President, Kathy Jackson * VP Membership, Mary Gronlund * VP Philanthropy, Lynn Barron * VP Resource Development, Karen Amster * Secretary, Susan Wickman * Treasurer, Pat Thompson * PR Chair, Susan Hurt * Education Chair, Mary Spence
Assistance League of Northern Virginia is participating in Do More 24, a fundraising event for local nonprofit powered by the United Way of the National Capital Area. Today, JUNE 8 is the single day to donate online for this event. Please consider donating whatever amount you wish to help get supplemental food to kids on weekends, and provide appropriate school clothing to help kids succeed. Proceeds will benefit our Operation School Bell programs which touch the lives of over 6,000 children living in poverty in Northern Virginia. Click below to donate NOW and learn how your donation of $24, $48 or more will transform lives and strengthen community.
A big thank you to those who joined us at our annual Spring Luncheon with Silent and Live Auctions on April 28, 2017. We exceeded our fundraising goal to support our Operation School Bell and Operation Hugs programs! All attendees enjoyed our Guest Speaker Kimberly Suiters, 7 on Your Side Consumer Investigator and Weekend Evening News Anchor.
Read the article in the Fairfax County Times, titled Tolling the Bell for Poverty, to find out more about this event.
We had a great school year serving the children who need our help with supplemental weekend food at six Title I schools in Northern Virginia.
We want to give a special thanks to the many volunteers from Dominion Resources, Assistance League of Northern Virginia and the community who helped us during the 2016-2017 school year. With their help, we packed and distributed over 14,000 food bags during the school year. We take a break when school is not in session over the summer.
We will start our food packings again on September 21, 2017. So mark your calendars now. We will meet at the same place and time: Packing location: 3072 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171 in space donated by Dominion Virginia Power.
We start packing at 10 am and with the help of volunteers, we will finish packing by 11:30. Then the food is delivered directly to 6 Title I elementary schools in Northern Virginia to feed kids who lack food resources at home on the weekends. No pre-registration required -- just show up! Food packing questions? Contact Jeanne Sclater at email@example.com or Lynn Barron at LynnieB517@verizon.net
We appreciate all of you who dined at Not Your Average Joe's in Reston during the months of March and April, and mentioned Assistance League of Northern Virginia.
We raised over $500 from the manager who donated 15% of the cost of your meal to our organization. Thank you for your support.
We would like to thank Spine Care of Manassas for their generous donation of clothing to our New Clothing for Kids program. The chiropractic center held a Patient Appreciation Day on November 17 and collected 67 hats, 102 pairs of gloves, 6 winter coats, 7 scarves, 373 pairs of socks, 60 underwear, 51 shirts and 36 pairs of pants for children in need. In addition, patients donated $250 to benefit children served by our Operation School Bell programs.
Assistance League of Northern Virginia is grateful for this timely donation which will help families who do not have the means to purchase new clothing for their children. With the help of social workers and counselors at three Title I recipient schools in Manassas, we will ensure the articles of clothing reach those most in need before the holidays. We appreciate the caring and commitment in action of Dr. Lincoln German and his staff and are grateful to the patients of Spine Care of Manassas for their generosity.
We have sold out our stock of 600 White House Holiday Ornaments! Thanks to all who made purchases to help fund our Operation School Bell philanthropic programs.
Your purchase of one ornament for $22 helps us feed one child for the weekend. You have made it possible to feed 600 children for a weekend.
Thank You! And we hope to hear from you again next year.
Our Book Drive for Children successfully concluded on October 26th. Assistance League of Northern Virginia collected over 1200 books for Make A Difference Day 2016, the nation's largest day of community service, by holding a CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE. We achieved this impressive total with the support of Eagle Scout, Xander Day, who organized and performed in a musical benefit concert where the price of admission was a new book. Numerous other individuals generously donated to the book drive.
The donated books will be distributed to children who may not have a book to call their own. We are Making a Difference - One Book at a Time! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
It was a perfect fall day for Assistance League of Northern Virginia's FALL FUNDRAISING EVENT - WINE TASTING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Thank you to those who joined us in the countryside for a fundraiser to benefit programs which feed, clothe and educate children in need in Northern Virginia. We hope to see you again next year!
Thank you to all who purchased White House Ornaments at Ashby Ponds in Ashburn at the 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar.. Our our all-volunteer nonprofit sells these beautiful keepsake ornaments each year as a fundraising activity to support our philanthropic programs.
Cindy Burgess (left), WHO Committee Chairman, Beth Gilbart (not in picture), member volunteer and Karen Amster (right), Public Relations Chairman, selling White House Ornaments at the 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Ashby Ponds in 2015. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament support our Operation School Bell and Operation Hugs programs. THANK YOU ASHBY PONDS FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT!
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 on June 8th 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. We congratulate the award winner, Kids R First.
Thank you, Christine Slattery, Principal, Garfield Elementary, for nominating our organization for this prestigious award.
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Dominion Virginia Power once again! Assistance League of Northern Virginia has again received a generous grant of $15,000 from Dominion Virginia Power to support the Weekend Food For Kids program for the 2016-2017 School Year.
We offer a heartfelt thank you to the Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield for their generous grant of $9,000 The funds will support our Weekend Food for Kids program that provides over 1600 bags of food monthly to children who are food insecure in 6 Title I elementary schools in Northern Virginia. The Dunn Loring- Merrifield Rotary has been a generous supporter of this program since 2013.
We gratefully acknowledge a generous donation of $2,000 from Quadrant-Staffing on April 25th, 2016. Quadrant's gift will significantly support our 2016-17 Operation School Bell® programs which feed, clothe and educate those in need in our community.
We would like to recognize Quadrant's president, Caitlin Vargas Cissel, for reaching out to our nonprofit for the second time during the 2015-16 school year. Since February, 2015, Quadrant has donated $5,500 in support of our community-based children's programs.
Headquartered in Reston, Quadrant provides Healthcare and Information Technology staffing solutions for organizations in the Healthcare, Medical, Dental, Information Technology, HR and Government contract sectors.
Assistance League of Northern Virginia is honored to be one of the six local charities selected to benefit from funds raised at the Tee Off for Tots event which took place in the fall, 2016. The event, sponsored by Morgan Stanley Charitable Foundation, raised $11,000 for our nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the generous donation which will enable our chapter to continue to meet the challenging needs of at-risk children in our community. Since 2011, this annual tournament has raised ov $50,000 to support Assistance League of Northern Virginia's WEEKEND FOOD FOR KIDS program.
We thank the Tee Off for Tots Foundation for its continuing support.
Northern Virginia Assistant League (ALNV) volunteers have helped the children pick out new spring school clothes and shoes in the past. There are always many smiling faces!
Lynbrook Elementary, Providence Elementary, Dogwood Elementary and Garfield Elementary schools elected to participate in our shoe coupon program in lieu of a shopping event again this year, 2015-2016. Coupons provided by Northern Virginia Assistant League were given out by the school counselors to over 450 needy students. Also, we are providing new clothing to stock the school clothing closets at Yorkshire, Sudley and Timber Lane Elementary schools. Uniforms were ordered for for delivery to Patrick Henry and our "Patrick Henry Uniform Closet" was a success in its first year of operation.
New Clothing for Infants: In 2015 - 16, Jeanne Sclater of Assistance League Northern Virginia delivered to InovaCares Clinic in Falls Church 32 beautiful layettes containing handmade afghans (donated by Lullaby Stitchers at the Viginian Retirement Community), baby hats and educational material. Additionally, 261 knitted hats for toddlers and other clothing items were also delivered.
Just a note - the average age of the Virginian ladies is 96 . . . and still going strong! We send our greatest appreciation to all of these ladies for their endless support.
Additionally, in May 2016 toiletry deliveries were made to three schools: Lynbrook, Garfield and to Pine Spring. We packed 466 toiletry kits for the schools following our regular meeting in May.
In the 2015-2016 school year, 2193 children were helped by Assistance League's Clothing for Kids Program. Way to go, Assistance League of Northern Virginia! AND WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN FOR THE 2016-2017 YEAR . . .. Assistance League is making a difference!
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Assistance League of Northern Virginia is very grateful to have received the following large donations and grants during our 2016-2017 fiscal year:
With the help of these corporations and groups we have been able to continue our mission of clothing, feeding, educating and nurturing those in need in our community. 89% of what we spend goes to our Programs!
A big thank you goes to Evy Duff for completing these grant applications!! Contact Linda Shilts, President, at ALNorthernVA@gmail.com, for further information.
The Assistance League of Northern Virginia recognize the ladies of the Helping Hands Group of Dunbarton.
These delightful ladies have been working in collaboration with our chapter since 2005 to sew the heart-shaped pillows that we stuff with Beanie Babies and other small items. The group also collects Beanie Babies, and some members knit baby hats and baby afghans which they also generously donate. All of these items are delivered by our chapter to the children's section of the Sexual Assault and Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Inova Cares pediatric clinic in Falls Church, Va. The items provide comfort and diversion for these young patients who are undergoing medical examinations and treatment, sometimes after traumatic events.
We give a big thank you to these ladies who continue to demonstrate their caring for the youngest members of our community. 754 of these pillows were given out during the 2015-2016 year alone.
For further information please contact our Coordinations Kathy Jackson and Karen Craft.
Each year Assistance League National Conference provides the opportunity for chapter members from around the country to gather for networking and educational development.
This year's National Assistance League Annual Conference was held September 14th through 18th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. Visit our National website to learn more about our commitment to helping those in need in our communities through 120 chapters nationwide.