Welcome to Assistance League of Northern Virginia

  • Assistance League of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that feeds, clothes and educates children in need in our community.   (NOTE: 87.8% of what we spend goes to our Philanthropic Programs!)

Join us for our Regular Meeting on October 16, 2017

Do you want to become a part of a dynamic group of women who help those in need in our community? Then please come join us!  

Our next regular meeting will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017,  at the Sully Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA. Social will begin at 9:30 am, meeting at 10:00 am.  All are welcome.  There is no need to pre-register. Just show up!  

Questions?   Contact Mary Gronlund at gronbiz@aol.com

Help Feed Hungry Kids - Join Us on Oct 19, 2017

2016 WFFK Brown bagging Dom and AL.jpg

Join us on October 19, 2017, to help pack 1500 food bags for children who are food insecure on the weekends.   Packing location:  3072 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171 in space donated by Dominion Virginia Energy.  

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  Lynn Barron at LynnieB517@verizon.net

We would like to thank the Airline Pilots Association, International for their very generous donation of 100 bags of food for our September Weekend Food For Kids (WFFK) kickoff packing event on September 21st. Their bags were included in the delivery to one of the six recipient Title I schools.

Join Us for Our Wine Social/Fundraiser Nov 5


White House Ornament Now on Sale


Continue the tradition or start a new one!  The White House Holiday ornament, designed by the White House Historical Association to honor past presidents, is now on sale.  

The Official 2017 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served as the thirty-second president of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and his remarkable journey to restore the faith of the American people. The eagle cartouche emblazoned on the speaker's stand at President Roosevelt's first inauguration is the inspiration for the main element of the 2017 ornament. The shape of the ornament is reminiscent of the silhouette of a tabletop radio used to listen to the president's reassuring Fireside Chats.

Cost per ornament $22, plus shipping for mail orders.

Proceeds from the sale of this ornament support Assistance League of Northern Virginia's children's programs.

To purchase, contact Cindy Burgess: burgessgl@verizon.net.

If paying by check, please remit payment to:
Assistance League of Northern Virginia, P.O. Box 209, Herndon, VA 20172

Rotary Club of Vienna Makes Generous Grant


At the Rotary Club of Vienna's luncheon on Wednesday, August 23, Shellie Abel, a former Assistance League of Northern Virginia member and current Rotary member, presented our president Kathy Jackson, a generous check for $2,000 from the Rotary Club of Vienna, Va Foundation. This check will help us continue our Weekend Food for Kids program for the new school year of 2017-2018. Many thanks to our friends at the Rotary Club of Vienna!

Thank You to Dominion Virginia Energy

We would like to recognize Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation for selecting Assistance League® of Northern Virginia to receive a grant of $10,000 in support of our Weekend Food for Kids program. This generous grant will enable us to continue food distribution to 1,500 children in need in six Title I schools we serve in Fairfax and Prince William counties and the City of Alexandria. Since 2012, Dominion Energy has donated more than $100,000 in grants to our philanthropic program. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR DOMINION ENERGY'S FINANCIAL AND HANDS-ON SUPPORT. In 2015, Assistance League presented Dominion Energy with the National Operation School Bell® Award in recognition of their outstanding philanthropic and volunteer support of the Weekend Food for Kids program.

To learn more about this and other Operation School Bell programs, contact VP Resource Development Karen Amster: karenamster@aol.com or VP Philanthropic Programs Lynn Barron: Lynnieb517@verizon.net

Share A Haircut: August 1-15, 2017, A Success!


We received 1,800 coupons for free hair cuts for students from the Ratner Corporation/Hair Cuttery.  The students will truly appreciate getting a new cut for school. Thank you for your support. 

Welcome to the New Board


L to R: Mary Spence, Lynn Barron, Kathy Jackson, Mary Gronlund, Karen Amster, Pat Thompson, Susan Wickman, Susan Hurt

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

Thank you to those who donated to Do More 24 on June 8!

DO MORE 24 2016

Fairfax County Public Schools Recognize Assistance League of Northern Virginia


Pat Thompson, Garfield Principal Christine
Slattery, Counselor Janet Dougherty, and
Mary Jo Adams at the Honors Ceremony


Pine Spring Principal, Armando Peri, with
Deputy Fairfax County Public School Superintendent
Dr. Steven Lockard and Pat Thompson

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. 

Watch our interview on Comcast Newsmakers!


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Clothing for Kids Program Brings Smiles


Thanks to our New Clothing for Kids program

Northern Virginia Assistant League (ALNV) volunteers provide new clothing and shoe coupons to outfit students for school. There are always many smiling faces!

It may seem like a small thing, but students who have to share shoes with siblings or wear shoes that don't fit, really enjoy getting new shoes with the Payless Shoe coupons given to families at Lynbrook, Providence, Dogwood, and Garfield, Elementary schools in Fairfax County as well as to famlies at Loch Lomond and Yorkshire Elementary schools in Prince William County.  Northern Virginia Assistance League gave 480 shoe coupons to school counselors for use in 2016-17.

We also are providing new clothing for 965 children to stock the school clothing closets at Yorkshire, Sudley and Timber Lane Elementary schools.  Uniforms were ordered for for delivery to Patrick Henry.

New Clothing for Infants: In 2016 - 17,  Assistance League Northern Virginia volunteers delivered to InovaCares Clinic in Falls Church 56 beautiful layette bundles containing handmade afghans (donated by Lullaby Stitchers at the Viginian Retirement Community), baby hats, clothing and books. Additionally, 386 knitted hats and receiving blankets were delivered to InovaCares.  

Additionally, in May 2017 toiletry deliveries were made to three schools: Lynbrook, Garfield and to Pine Spring. We packed 425 toiletry kits for the schools following our regular meeting in May. 

In the 2016-2017 school year, 3262 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 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR . . .. Assistance League is making a difference!

Dunbarton Helping Hands Ladies Recognized


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 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.  760 of these pillows were given out during the 2016-2017 year alone.

For further information please contact our Coordinator, Karen Craft.


Our members assembling over 200 of these pillows at a workshop following a Regular Meeting

National News

2017 National Conference in San Francisco




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 will be held September 18th through 21st at the Hilton in San Francisco.  Visit our National website to learn more about our commitment to helping those in need in our communities through 120 chapters nationwide.



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