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!)

Share A Haircut: August 1-15, 2017


Share-A-Haircut! During the first two weeks of August (1-15), every time a child, up to age 18, purchases a haircut, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to a child in need. Last year, with the help of this program, Assistance League of Northern Virginia distributed 1,000 free haircut certificates to students in need in our community. Help support this program and our "kids" by taking a child or grandchild to Hair Cuttery during the first two weeks of August, Thank you for your support. 

Join us for our Regular Meeting on September 11, 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, September 11, 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@verizon.net

Help Feed Hungry Kids - Come back on Sep 21, 2017

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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 15,000 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  Lynn Barron at LynnieB517@verizon.net

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

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

Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction -- A Great Success!


Kimberly Suiters, Guest Speaker
Photo by imagesforgood.com/Jared Wood, Photographer

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.

Over 700 Clothing Items Donated by Spine Care Patients to At-Risk Kids


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.

White House Ornament Fundraiser - A Success!


The 2016 White House Ornament

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.

Thank You for the New Books for Children - You Made a Big Difference!


The collection boxes were full to the brim.

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! 

We Tasted and Relaxed at Otium Cellars with our Wine Tasting on October 22

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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!

8th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Ashby Ponds on Nov 12


Cindy Burgess and Karen Amster selling White House Ornaments (Beth Gilbart not pictured)

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! 

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!


Dominion Virginia Power Provides Generous Grant to Weekend Food for Kids

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.  

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The Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield Gives Generous Grant to Weekend Food for Kids

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.

Quadrant Gives Generous Donation for 2016-2017 School Year

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.

The 2016 Tee Off for Tots Charitable Golf Tournament Raises $11,000

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.

Clothing for Kids Program Brings Smiles


Thanks to our New Clothing for Kids program

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!

Please contact Mary Jo Adams at howardadams@verizon.net  for further information.

Resource Development in 2015-2016

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is very grateful to have received the following large donations and grants during our 2016-2017 fiscal year:

  •  Dominion Virginia Power $15,000
  •  Tee off for Tots Charity Golf Tournament $11,000
  •  Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield $9,000
  •  Quadrant $2,500
  •  Jacquemin Family Foundation $1,250
  •  David Eakin $1,000
  •  Morgan Stanley, via Michael Stein $1000
  • American Endowment Fund $500

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.

Dunbarton Helping Hands Ladies Recognized


Assistance League recognizes the Ladies of Dunbarton for their support


They sew, knit and crochet items for our Operation Hugs program.


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.


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

National News

Happenings from our Sep 2016 National Conference in TX




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.



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