At the start of National Volunteer Month, Assistance League of Northern Virginia recognized ALL member volunteers who have had such a profound impact on students and families in their community since founding as a guild in 1999 and as a chapter in 2004. Everyone is encouraged to choose a cause and volunteer! Feel the empowerment of knowing you’re making a difference in people’s lives.
The chapter’s programs have evolved over the past 22 years, but the caring and commitment of members has remained steadfast. Currently, through the philanthropic programs they provide: nonperishable food to students; new clothing and toiletries, literacy support through individualized tutoring and the donation of new books; Hugs pillows to comfort young children who need help coping; and Baby/Layette Bundles that contain hand-made baby blankets and hats, onesies, and other items for new mothers. Despite the chapter’s small size and limited budget, they’ve touched the lives of more than 8000 students and families in recent years, and managed to continue providing essential help during the pandemic. The ripple effects from 2 decades of helping the most vulnerable is incalculable.