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 million youth and adults every year, contributing more than 3.5 million service hours. Volunteers live in the communities they serve, with all funds raised by community chapters staying in those individual communities.  This 100% 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 more than 204,439 service hours and has donated $836,201 to the community through our philanthropic programs which help to feed, clothe and educate children.  During 2018-2019, Assistance League of Northern Virginia members touched the lives of over 8,000 children and together with community volunteers contributed in excess of 16,000 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 10, 2019, a new Board of Directors of the Assistance League of Northern Virginia was installed for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.



Kathy Jackson



Vice President Membership

Vernetta Gaiani

Vice President Philanthropy

Jeanne Sclater

Vice President Resource Development


Vice President Public Relations

Lesley McKeever


Pat Thompson


Beth Singley

Education Chair

Elizabeth Parks


Cindy Burgess

Chapter Leadership 2019-2020

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.

Sunshine Chair

Mary Spence

Circle Fund Ambassador

Nannette Henderson

Hours Chair

Deborah Colby


Nancy Treanor

Operation School Bell – Literacy for Kids Chair

Susan Walper

Operation School Bell – New Clothing for Kids Chair

Linda Stephens

Operation School Bell – Weekend Food for Kids Chair

Gail Banks

Operation Hugs Coordinator

Judy Sutton

White House Ornaments Chair

Cindy Burgess

Grant Writing

Lynn Barron

Orientation Chair

Elizabeth Parks


Kathy Jackson

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

Broadcast Interviews Regarding our Programs