The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Corporate Social Responsibility Volunteer Fair recently that was hosted by Northwest Federal Credit Union, and co-produced with DATA, the Fairfax County Economic Development Association, and the Greater Reston and Loudoun County Chambers of Commerce.  The Fair showcased 38 local nonprofit organizations, and Assistance League of Northern Virginia was honored to be selected to participate.

The event allowed local nonprofits seeking corporate sponsors to connect with like-minded businesses seeking corporate volunteer outings and individual volunteer opportunities.  After welcoming remarks that discussed the benefits of volunteerism and noted the businesses with social responsibility programs, both groups were able to assess the organizations that best aligned with their missions. Our three members happily spread the word about our programs that address the basic needs of elementary school students by providing food, clothing, and literacy support.  With 150 registrants participating, our members were able to speak with potential business volunteers and with other nonprofit organizations and made many important new connections.

This year, as we celebrate our 20th year of making impactful contributions in our community, we are especially grateful to all the sponsors of this inspiring event for the opportunity to become acquainted with so many socially responsible businesses and inspiring individuals.