Assistance League® of Northern Virginia

Meeting the basic needs of children in low-income schools we serve

Celebrating 20 Years

We continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary of community service with a series of monthly wish lists. As we head into June we’re thinking about many children who may not even have their own toothbrush or toothpaste; much less a proper bedtime routine to provide that little additional comfort at the end of the day. Your generosity can change this reality for many young children and help them get the supplies and learning they need to get an early start on a healthy bedtime routine. By visiting, you’ll be able to select and send books and toothbrushes that we’ll then deliver to kindergarten-aged children at the Title 1 schools we serve as part of our Bedtime Hugs program. To make sure it gets to the right place in a timely fashion, please remember to select Assistance League of Northern Virginia as the shipping address! Thank you for your invaluable contribution to a child’s healthy journey.


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Help feed hearts by filling carts!

It’s May and that means another month of our 20th anniversary year! Each month, we curate another Amazon wishlist to help address a specific need of the children of our community. This month, we’re helping address food insecurity by providing families with those basic cooking necessities needed to create those simple, yet important, meals that brings families closer together. To help address food insecurity in our community, visit our wishlist, pick a few items, remember to select Assistance League of Northern Virginia, and hit that buy button!

Got Sneakers (you’re not using)? Send them our way!

For more than two years, we’ve been collecting new and gently used athletic shoes as a fundraising program in partnership with, which compensates nonprofit organizations based on the quality and condition of the sneakers they collect.  Gently worn and new shoes are provided to people who could not otherwise afford quality sneakers.  Shoes that are not suitable for reuse are recycled into paving materials for resurfacing playgrounds and running tracks, and are kept out of landfills.

We encourage businesses and organizations to collect sneakers for us. We have many donation collection points throughout the area, including businesses and individuals.  For more info on the on the types of athletic shoes we can accept and where you can drop off your sneakers, check our Got Sneakers activity page.\

Assist Kids and Assistance League

Do you want to make a difference for local children?  ALNV is looking for new members! We offer many opportunities to use your special skills and to develop new ones, while also making new friends among our dedicated team of caring volunteers.  Our community endeavors include many hands-on events, but we also need members to help with behind-the-scenes activities, such as website maintenance and support, writing grant applications, news releases, and letters to supporters, graphic design, and photography, to name just a few.

Our membership includes retired and working individuals, women and men, who all share a commitment to helping students and their families in the communities where we live.

Applying is easy, just click the link to Become a Member today!

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Bedtime Books

Assistance League of Northern Virginia has been helping to meet the basic needs of underserved children in our community for two decades.  As part of our ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, we are focusing this month’s wish list on books to include in the colorful Hugs Bedtime pillows that are distributed to kindergarten students at the low-income schools […]

Two honored, Thousands impacted

Our chapter recently honored two members with National Assistance League awards that are named after the organization’s founders. Cindy Burgess received the Anne Banning Leadership Award, and Lynn Barron received the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award. Cindy has been a member of Assistance League of Northern Virginia since its formation as a guild in 1999 and […]

Sweet Dreams

Can you imagine having to share a toothbrush with your brother or sister?  Or not being able to brush regularly because your family can’t afford toothpaste?  Sadly, children in low-income families are often in need of toothbrushes and toothpaste because their families lack resources to provide these basic items that are essential for good oral […]


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