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: 87.2% of what we spend goes to our Philanthropic Programs!)

Dine at Joe's and Raise Money for Assistance League of Northern Virginia

Every MONDAY throughout the month of MARCH 2018, Not Your Average Joe's in Reston will donate 15% of your bill to Assistance League® of Northern Virginia. When you check in at the restaurant, MENTION THE NAME OF OUR NONPROFIT, i.e. Assistance League® of Northern Virginia, and the server will take care of the rest! There's no better way to enjoy a great meal while helping to improve your community. Valid: March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th. Make A Reservation! Thank you for your support. Fundraiser contact, Karen Amster: karenamster@aol.com

Not Your Average Joe's
1845 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Spring Fundraising Luncheon, April 27, 2018. Everyone is Invited!


We are pleased to announce our primary fundraiser of the year, set to take place at the Country Club of Fairfax on April 27, 2018. Tony Perkins, accomplished journalist and radio personality, will be our keynote speaker. The program includes a luncheon and silent and live auctions. The ticket is  $65.  Join our mailing list to receive your invitation(s) in March.

Please click the link below to read an article about this upcoming event on page 5 of the Vienna Patch newspaper.

Next Regular Meeting on March 19, 2018 - Interested Volunteers Welcome!

Want to join a dynamic group of community members to volunteer in our Northern Virginia community?  To find out more about our philanthropic programs that assist children from low-income households, come to our regular meeting on Monday, March19, 2018. 

We meet at 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!

Help Feed Hungry Kids - Join Us on March 15, 2018

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Join us on March 15, 2018, 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

Help A Child Learn to Love Reading


This year we are launching our LEGACY OF LITERACY program sponsored by National Assistance League. Thank you for purchasing a book from our Amazon wish list. We now have  over 600 books!  Your donation will benefit (29) 3rd grade classrooms in Northern Virginia. 

Thank you for helping us enrich the lives of children through books.

Super Star Sponsor for Spring Luncheon - Quadrant, Inc.


We gratefully recognize Quadrant, Inc. as a Super Star sponsor for our annual Spring Fundraiser to be held on April 27th at the Country Club of Fairfax in Fairfax, VA. Quadrant's $6,000 sponsorship will support our Weekend Food for Kids program, providing one month's worth of food for low-income children in six recipient schools. Over the past three years, Caitlin Vargas-Cissel, president of Quadrant Inc., has donated over $20,000 to our signature program. "We are happy to help," said Vargas-Cissel. "Childhood hunger is a serious issue in our affluent community, and it's our corporate social responsibility to do everything we can to help. We need to do more for these kids."

Quadrant also made a generous end of year donation of $3,000 to help us purchase items to pack 740 individual bags of weekend food for children in three Title I schools in Fairfax County for one month in 2018. Thank you, Quadrant, for your generous outreach to our organization. Quadrant's support is making a tremendous difference in the lives of underprivileged children in our communities. We are eager to share more exciting news about our partnership with this philanthropic-minded company. Stay tuned!
Headquartered in Reston, Quadrant Inc. is a provider of Healthcare & IT staffing services to commercial and government clients in the DC.

To learn about corporate sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Assistance League of Northern Virginia, contact Karen Amster: karenamster@aol.com

Joyce Koons Dealership is Gold Star Sponsor for Spring Luncheon

Assistance League of Northern Virginia gratefully recognizes Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC for sponsoring its annual Spring Fundraiser at the Gold Star level ($1,000). The philanthropic dealership has strongly supported Operation School Bell which feeds, clothes and educates children in need in two Title I schools in Manassas as well as nine additional schools in Northern Virginia. We are grateful for the organization's continued support which will enable us to provide supplemental food for 250 children for one weekend during the school year. THANK YOU, JOYCE KOONS HONDA BUICK GMC, FOR YOUR GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP.
Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC is a Honda, Buick and GMC dealer in Manassas, VA serving Alexandria, Chantilly, and Fairfax, VA. The dealership has a long history of supporting organizations that help children and families.

NOVEC Signs On as Bronze Level Sponsor for Spring Luncheon

Assistance League of Northern Virginia recognizes NOVEC, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, as a Bronze Star Sponsor ($250) for its annual Spring Fundraiser, a luncheon and silent auction, to be held on April 27, 2018 at the Country Club of Fairfax. This is NOVEC's first time supporting our nonprofit's primary fundraiser of the year, and we are grateful for the organization's help. The funds donated will buy 50 pairs of sweatpants or sweatshirts for disadvantaged children in our service area. THANK YOU, NOVEC.
NOVEC is a locally owned electric distribution system headquartered in Manassas, Virginia.

Golfers Tee Off to Defeat Childhood Hunger


Assistance League® of Northern Virginia is honored to be one of six DC metro area charities selected to benefit from funds raised at Tee Off for Tots Tournament for Children's Charities. This event is run by a group of Morgan Stanley employees who donate their time and talent to insure its success every year. Since 1993, the event has raised more than $760,000 and provided services to disadvantaged children in our community. The 2017 Tee Off for Tots event 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 children living with food insecurity. Since 2011, this annual tournament has raised $61,500 to support our primary Operation School Bell® program, Weekend Food for Kids. We are grateful for the funding we receive from event sponsors and participants.

The 2018 Tee Off for Tots Golf Tournament will take place in the fall. For more information, contact TOFT VP, Treasurer Carrie Philips:Carrie.Philips@morganstanley.com

Innovation Health Donates to Weekend Food for Kids


We gratefully acknowledge receipt of a donation of $1,500 from Innovation Health in Falls Church. Innovation Heath has a long-standing business partnership with Pine Spring Elementary, one of six Title I schools benefiting from our signature Operation School Bell® program, Weekend Food for Kids. The funds will be used to provide supplemental food to children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals on school days but who lack access to food in the home on weekends. This generous donation will enable us to continue to feed vulnerable children in the Pine Springs community, so they may come to school on Mondays ready to learn. We thank Innovation Health for supporting our mission to transform the lives of children. 

Rosenthal Jaguar Supports Programs to Help Children At-Risk


We would like to recognize Rosenthal Jaguar Land Rover of Tysons for its generous donation of $2,000 to our signature Operation School Bell program, Weekend Food for Kids. This end-of-year donation will be used to purchase weekend food for 500 children who live in poverty in Fairfax County. We are grateful for the dealership's outreach to our organization and would like to give special thanks to General Manager Ogun Yilmazer for this meaningful contribution. Jaguar supports local and global communities through its Global Corporate Social Responsibility program. 

Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt Awards Grant

On Tuesday, November 14th, members of our chapter were delighted to attend a grant award ceremony at Heritage Hunt, an over 55 community in Gainesville, Virginia. There are so many worthy charities in our region, and Assistance League of Northern Virginia is grateful to be one of thirteen nonprofits to benefit from the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt's grant program this year. Vice President of Philanthropy Lynn Barron, accompanied by President Kathy Jackson, accepted the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt's generous gift of $1,920 in support of our Weekend Food for Kids program. This critical program supports food insecure children in 6 Title I schools in our region. The funds will enable us to purchase a month's worth of food to fill the 480 bags that we deliver to Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas every month during the school year.

Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield Continues Support

We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield for its generous grant award from the Rotary Advised Funds. The Rotary's donation of $5,000 to our Weekend Food for Kids program will enable us to transform the lives of many children in need. The Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary has been a strong supporter of our program since 2013, and the funds will support our efforts to provide supplemental food to children at Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church where over half of the student population lives with food insecurity. We are privileged and grateful to receive support from this community leadership organization. We are also grateful to recognize longtime Rotarians, Virginia Hottel and David Eakin, for their individual donations to our weekend food program. These dedicated Rotarians have provided volunteer and financial support for years, and we are so appreciative of their generous contributions. 

White House Ornament 2017 - Help Us Sell Out


Thank you to all who purchased the White House Ornament in 2017.  Missed getting your ornament?  We have a few left.   The 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.

Price Now:  $16 per ornament, plus shipping for mail orders.

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

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

Fall Fundraiser at Paradise Springs Winery Is a Big Success!


Assistance League of Northern Virginia hosted its Fall Fundraising Event: A Wine Social at Paradise Springs Winery on Sunday, 11/5. Tucked away in the quaint little town of Clifton, the private barn, wine bar and patio provided the perfect setting and cozy ambience for our members and supporters to socialize while savoring the premier wines of the vineyard. Our fundraising event attracted 94 wine enthusiasts from all over the region who came out to support our children's programs.
Ticketed guests were treated to appetizing hors d'oeuvres and desserts prepared by Assistance League of Northern Virginia member volunteers. Guests who purchased opportunity tickets vied to win one of the three gourmet gift baskets. Shout out to our Education chair, Mary Spence, for assembling the baskets with items donated by our member volunteers and to Karen Amster, VP Resource Development, for organizing this lovely event.
We are grateful to Paradise Springs Winery for generously donating the private barn for us to host our wine social. Fabulous venue to host a party!


Wine pourers Linda Shilts and Frank Spence


Enjoying the wines


Community Supporters Help Weekend Food for Kids Program

We would like to give SPECIAL thanks to the very generous donations from Intelsat in McLean and Lauren Danoff along with family and friends. Intelsat continues to donate 150 bogs of food each month for the Weekend Food For Kids (WFFK) program. Lauren, her family and friends contribute around 50 bags several times a year. With these very generous donations, our WFFK program will continue to be a success for the 2017-18 school year!

Our thanks also to The Association of Energy Engineers, National Capital Chapter (AEE-NCC), for the donation of 500 LED, 60 watt equivalent, bulbs for needy families at three Title I schools. Mike Barancewicz, from the Energy Engineers group, with the help of John Kehoe of Dominion Energy Virginia, coordinated the delivery to the October Weekend Food For Kids (WFFK) packing event at Dominion Energy in Herndon. The lightbulbs were delivered to the three schools along with their regular weekend food bags. The eight Energy Engineers helped pack the 1500 food bags that are delivered to six Title I schools every month.

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.

TeraThink Employees Donate Kids Clothing & School Supplies

Shout out to our friends at TeraThink in Reston for collecting children's clothing and school supplies during the company picnic on Saturday, October 7th held at The Pavilions of Turkey Run in McLean. The donated items will be delivered to vulnerable children in our community through our Operation School Bell® New Clothing for Kids program. Thank you, TeraThink, for helping us to provide children with the essentials they need to be successful in school. We appreciate your support.

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

Assistance League of Northern Virginia Recognized by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)

The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools has chosen Assistance League of Northern Virginia as a finalist for the 2017 FCPS Community Partner of the Year award.
This award recognizes businesses and non-profits for "above-and-beyond leadership and social responsibility within the FCPS school system". Each of the five nominated finalists provide valuable programs and service to support FCPS students and schools.

Assistance League of Northern Virginia President and 3 Members Attend National AL Conference


L-R: Lynn, Linda, Kathy and Carol

President Kathy Jackson,  past President Linda Shilts, VP Philanthropy Lynn Barron, and Website Administrator Carol Tether attended the National Assistance League conference in San Francisco the week of September 17th, joining over nine hundred others from chapters across the country. Being able to network with others from various chapters and attend many excellent presentations and discussions, they learned such things as how to improve leadership skills, acquire and better manage resources for our many programs, develop new programs and measure the outcomes from existing programs.  Linda was asked to do a presentation on one of our major programs, Weekend Food for Kids, so that others could learn from our chapter's great success.

In addition, our chapter was one of six chapters (out of 60+ applicants) chosen as finalists in the "rate this grant application" competition/seminar. We derived much valuable information from the representatives of three foundations that provide funding to philanthropic organizations. It was an extremely valuable and enjoyable learning experience for all!

Watch our interview on Comcast Newsmakers!


Click here for further information. (Word Document 2007, 44KB)

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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