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Still Caring, Always Helping

For the past year, we have been able to deliver $20 grocery gift cards each month to the neediest students and their families at six elementary schools that previously received our Weekend Food for Kids deliveries.   Additionally, we delivered new books to four schools along with hand-made hats, scarves and toiletries.

Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to continue this level of help without the generosity of our friends and supporters.  If you are able to help us, please use our “Donate” button  to make a contribution.  You may alternatively send a check to:  Assistance League of Northern Virginia, P.O. Box 209, Herndon, VA   20172.

White House Christmas Ornament

The official 2021 White House Christmas Ornament commemorates the presidency on Lyndon Baines Johnson.  The price is $22.00 (before shipping).  Proceeds from the sale of these ornaments will support our community based programs.

To purchase an ornament for local pickup or delivery, please click here.  If you are outside the Northern Virginia area, please contact Cindy Burgess at ornament@alnv.org to get shipping information and to find out how to place your order.  The cutoff date for orders is December 11th.

Philanthropic Programs

Operation School Bell®

Weekend Food for Kids

In Northern Virginia, one in six children are at risk for hunger.  To help with this need, the Weekend Food for Kids program provides nonperishable food over the weekend to children who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year.

Operation School Bell®

New Clothing for Kids

Studies show that having the proper clothing promotes educational success through better self-esteem and school attendance.  We provide clothing, shoes, personal grooming products, and haircuts to children from families in need in our community.

Operation School Bell®

Literacy For Kids

Certain first graders identified as at-risk students for falling behind in school participate in our Literacy For Kids program.  Members tutor these children thus helping enhance their language skills and reading comprehension.  We also provide new books to classrooms and children as part of a school summer reading program.

Operation Hugs

Hugs Pillow Program

We reach out to help comfort children undergoing medical procedures at a community clinic that serves low-income families by providing heart-shaped pillows.  These pillows are filled with kid-friendly items.

2019-2020 Statistics


thousand dollars returned to the Northern Virginia community


thousand people served in the Northern Virginia community


thousand hours volunteered

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Christmas in July!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!   Assistance League of Northern Virginia is again selling the White House Ornaments designed each year by the White House Historical Association. President Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, is highlighted on the 2021 Christmas Ornament.  One side of the ornament features a painting of the 1967 Blue Room Christmas tree […]

New Board Sworn In

In mid-June, our chapter gathered at a local restaurant to install our new board members for fiscal year 2021-22.  The outgoing president thanked the 2020-21 board members and recognized several members for their service and dedication. Jeanne Sclater received the Anne Banning Award in recognition of her leadership and creativity in devising new ways to provide essential […]

Fabulous Finds Raffle

Join Assistance League of Northern Virginia for an on-line raffle starting Friday June 4th thru Friday June 11th.  Lots of fabulous items for you to choose from.

Shred Event in Franklin Farm

Please join the Assistance League of Northern Virginia and the Franklin Farm Social Committee for a combined Shred and Food Donation Event.  Bring your  important papers to shred and  food to donate.  The event will be held Sunday, April 25th between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dairy Lou Parking Lot located at 13501 […]

Action Week

Every year at the end of February, the 120 chapters of the Assistance League organization participate in Action Week, an initiative to celebrate the birthday of founder Anne Banning by helping children to grow and know that others care about them.  Each chapter devises its own plan to help children in need.  For many years, our chapter’s Action […]

Thank You – Quilters Unlimited!

We are so grateful to the Quilters Unlimited of McLean, Virginia, for their recent donation of 25 wonderful quilts made by their members!We have packaged the vibrant, colorful, and simply happy quilts with books suitable for very young children and they will be donated in the next week to families at one of the eleven Title I schools we serve.  The […]

January – Still caring, always helping

We are pleased to report that our chapter delivered another 400 $20 grocery gift cards in January to students and their families at six local elementary schools that had received our monthly distribution of weekend food bags. We know this assistance helps some of the most disadvantaged in our community.  One mom was so happy […]

Thank You – No Child Goes Hungry

We are grateful to have received a grant from No Child Goes Hungry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood hunger.  No Child Goes Hungry connects charitable organizations that work to reduce food insecurity on a local level with donors who want to help eliminate childhood hunger. We will use the funds to purchase grocery store gift cards […]

Thank You – RBH Global Wealth Partners

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is very grateful to RBH Global Wealth Partners, Reston, VA., for its recent generous donation of grocery gift cards.  The cards that RBH provided were added to our December distribution that helped needy families at the six schools we had served through our Weekend Food for Kids program and allowed us […]

Home For The Holidays

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is extremely proud to report that we spread some additional holiday happiness in the past few weeks by donating comfort pillows, toiletries, and clothing to families in need, in addition to our monthly distribution of 400 grocery gift cards. We recently distributed more than 300 Hugs Pillows to three of the […]

December Gift Cards

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is pleased to report that we have again provided in both November and December four hundred $20 grocery gift cards to needy families in our community.  The cards were delivered to the six schools that normally would have received our Weekend Food for Kids food bags.  In addition, we were […]

Thank You Wednesday

We want to extend our profound gratitude to all who contributed to Assistance League of Northern Virginia during the GivingTuesday campaign.  To all who made donations, whether big or small, by credit card or by check, please know that your support helps ensure that we will be able to continue our programs that feed, clothe, […]

Assistance League of Northern Virginia Receives the 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is honored to receive the 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit award from Great nonprofits. Take a moment and read the stories left by your fellow volunteers. .

Giving Tuesday – December 2020

Assistance League of Northern Virginia will again participate on December 1, 2020, in GIVING TUESDAY, the annual world-wide effort to encourage giving and celebrate generosity.  We are extremely grateful for all our supporters, as they have allowed us to continue helping those most in need during the pandemic.  We rely on our loyal donors and […]

Thank You – Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt

We are extremely gratified to have been awarded a generous grant from The Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt, Gainesville, VA, in support of our efforts to reduce food insecurity in our community.  In March, we suspended our Weekend Food for Kids program, by which we distributed 1800 bags of nonperishable food each month to needy children […]

White House Christmas Ornaments – 2020

It is that time of year again!   Time to order your White House ornaments. This ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.  The cost is $22 each, plus shipping.  Proceeds from the sale of these ornaments will support our community based programs. To purchase, please contact Cindy Burgess at   ornament@alnv.org  or  info@alnv.org […]

Lynch Creek Farms – Hand-Crafted Wreaths

The holidays are just around the corner and Assistance League of Northern Virginia has a brand new fundraising event to help with your holiday decor. We have teamed up with Lynch Creek Farm to offer gorgeous, hand-crafted wreaths, tabletop trees, garlands and centerpieces. Purchase decorative items for your own home or send lovely gifts to family members and […]

October Gift Cards

Assistance League of Northern Virginia distributed another 400 $20 grocery gift cards in October to families at the six schools that normally would have received our Weekend Food for Kids food bags.  Our contacts at those schools have relayed to us the deep appreciation of the recipient families.  Those expressions of gratitude include one from […]

Redux Extra – Inaugural Issue

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is honored to have been selected as the philanthropic organization featured in the inaugural issue of Redux Extra, a new quarterly magazine that seeks to encourage innovation and philanthropy in the greater Washington area by showcasing the achievements and contributions of businesses and organizations in our community. The four-page article, which begins on page […]

September Gift Card Distribution

Assistance League is extremely happy that we could provide grocery gift cards again in September.  Because schools were mostly closed at the start of this school year, we were unable to launch our Weekend Food for Kids program, by which we typically deliver 1,800 bags of supplemental food to students each month. Instead, we continued […]

Thankful Thursday

Assistance League is grateful for our loyal supporters who have helped us with our monthly Weekend Food for Kids packing events over the years.  In pre-Covid times, today would have been the first food packing of the school year.  Instead, we are remembering fondly the fun times and camaraderie we have enjoyed at those events […]


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