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 23,000 Assistance League members in 120 chapters touch the lives of more than 1 million youth and adults every year, contributing more than 3.2 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 188,608 service hours and has donated $798,754 to the community through our philanthropic programs which help to feed, clothe and educate children.  During 2017-2018, Assistance League of Northern Virginia members touched the lives of over 6,000 children and together with community volunteers contributed a total of 14,801 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 11, 2018, a new Board of Directors of the Assistance League of Northern Virginia was installed for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.



Kathy Jackson



Vice President Membership

Mary Gronlund

Vice President Philanthropy

Lynn Barron

Vice President Resource Development

Karen Amster

Vice President Public Relations

Lesley McKeever


Pat Thompson


Beth Singley

Education Chair

Vernetta Gaiani


Cindy Burgess

Chapter Leadership 2018-2019

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 Ambassador

Nannette Henderson

Hours Chair

Jeanine Boswell


Linda Stephens & Kathy Hennemuth

Operation School Bell – Reading Express Coordinator

Mary Ann Cadin

Operation School Bell – New Clothing for Kids Chair

Jeanne Sclater

Operation School Bell – Weekend Food for Kids Chair

Gail Banks

Operation Hugs Pillow Coordinator

Judy Sutton

White House Ornaments Chair

Cindy Burgess

Grant Writing

Karen Amster

Orientation Chair

Vernetta Gaiani


Kathy Jackson

Facebook/Social Media Coordinator

Amy Crescimanno-Word

Parliamentarian and ByLaws

Darlene Cooke


Susan Hurt

National Assistance League Volunteers in Action

Northern Virginia Chapter

2019 ALNV Making a Difference

Broadcast Interviews Regarding our Programs