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!)

White House Ornament Now on Sale


Need a hostess gift or present for someone who has everything?  Purchase a White House Holiday Ornament!  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.

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 food and clothing 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

Kick off the charitable season with an end-of-year donation on Giving Tuesday, Nov 28!


The giving season is just around the corner. After celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones and taking advantage of the many Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, consider donating some of the money you saved to your favorite charity on Giving Tuesday, November 28. This year, Assistance League of Northern Virginia, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will participate in this national movement to raise awareness and funds for its Operation School Bell programs which feed, clothe and educate over 6,000 children in Northern Virginia. With your help, we can continue to bring critical programs including, Weekend Food for Kids, New Clothing for Kids and Reading Express to children in need.  We CAN make a difference for these kids!

OR go ahead and donate TODAY.  End-of-year gifts are gratefully accepted on this global day of giving or anytime.  Click the link below to DONATE.


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


Holiday Luncheon Planned for December 11, 2017

******** Holiday Luncheon Replaces the Regular Meeting in December ********

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 holiday luncheon/meeting will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017, at Cantina d'Italia, 150 Elden ST, Suite 185, Herndon, VA.

For more information on joining Assistance League of Northern Virginia, contact Mary Gronlund at gronbiz@aol.com.  For luncheon reservations and menu options, contact Linda Canan Stephens at lcstephens4@gmail.com.

Help Feed Hungry Kids - Join Us on December 14, 2017

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Join us on December 14, 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

Community Support Helps Make this Food Packing Happen

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.

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.

We sincerely thank Christine Slattery, Principal of Garfield Elementary school and Janet Dougherty, School Counselor at Garfield Elementary for nominating our organization for this distinguished award.

The award will be presented to the winner during the Superintendent's Luncheon held on Monday, November 20th at 11:30 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

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!

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

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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