Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a chapter of Assistance League, a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian national volunteer service organization founded in the early 1890’s, that promotes volunteerism through leadership training and education.

Today over 22,000 Assistance League members in 120 chapters touch the lives of more than 1.7 million youth and adults every year, contributing more than 3.3 million service hours and returned $50 million to local communities.  This volunteer-driven organization is bound by a strong central mission to help those in need achieve a better quality of life.

Assistance League of Northern Virginia was organized as a guild in 1999 and chartered as the 113th chapter of Assistance League in 2004.  Since 1999, our all-volunteer chapter has contributed approximately 224,000 service hours and has donated $1,053,000 worth of donations to the community through our philanthropic programs which help to feed, clothe and educate children.  During 2020-2021, Assistance League of Northern Virginia members touched the lives of approximately 8,000 children and together with community volunteers contributed in excess of 9,000 service hours.


Assistance League of Northern Virginia volunteers transforming the lives of children through community programs.

We empower volunteers . . .

  • To identify and meet needs in their communities
  • To strengthen and broaden their talents and skills
  • To make a difference in people’s lives
  • To enjoy fulfilling friendships based on the spirit of giving



Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.



Transforming Lives · Strengthening Community



Commitment – Dedicated to a course of action

Leadership – Willingness to lead and develop leaders

Ethics – Doing the right thing in a reliable way

Accountability – Willingness to accept responsibility

Respect – Treating all with courtesy

Board of Directors

Each chapter of Assistance League has a separate Board of Directors to govern the chapter’s activities.  Positions on the Board of Directors are populated through an election process.  Eligible individuals are selected from the chapter’s membership, and upon a vote of the members, are installed in their positions.

On June 8, 2021, a new Board of Directors of the Assistance League of Northern Virginia was installed for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.



Gina Glenn



Vice President Membership

Jerilyn Woelfel

Vice President Philanthropy

Nancy Treanor

Vice President Resource Development

Kathy Jackson

Public Relations Chair

Lynn Barron


Nannette Henderson


Mary Gronlund

Education Chair

Nancy Spinosa

Strategic Planning Chair

Judy Sutton

Chapter Leadership 2021-2022

In addition to the Board of Directors, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Assistance League is able to meet its goals and objectives through the diligent application of knowledge, skills, and abilities shared by dedicated members in leadership positions.

Membership Committees
Sunshine Chair

Beth Singley

Circle Fund Ambassador

Pam Anwyll

Membership Hours Chair

Deborah Colby


Dorine DiConti

Philanthropy Committees
Operation School Bell – Literacy for Kids Chair


 Literacy for Kids – Book Distribution

Vernetta Gaiani

 Literacy for Kids  – Reading Programs

Mary Ann Cadin, Jerilyn Woelfel

Operation School Bell-Tutoring

Jerilyn Woelfel, Mary Ann Cadin

Operation School Bell – New Clothing for Kids Chair

Dorine DiConti , Pam Anwyll

Operation School Bell – Weekend Food for Kids Chair

Gail Banks and Carrie Sawicki

Operation Hugs Coordinator

Judy Sutton

Resource Development Committees
White House Ornaments Chair

Cindy Burgess

Grant Writing

Pat Thompson


Kathy Jackson

Public Relations Committees


Facebook/Social Media Coordinator

Robin Cotchan



Parliamentarian and ByLaws

Darlene Cooke

National Assistance League Volunteers in Action

Northern Virginia Chapter

2019 ALNV Making a Difference

Overview of 2020 programs

Broadcast Interviews Regarding our Programs