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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 […]

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  or

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 […]

Still Helping, Always Caring

As a result of closures relating to the coronavirus, Assistance League of Northern Virginia has reshaped its Weekend Food For Kids program to assist the struggling families of the students we serve. We are still helping, always caring. Since April, Assistance League has provided 1031 grocery store gift cards, valued at more than $20,000, for […]

Thank You – ACT for Alexandria

Assistance League of Northern Virginia gratefully acknowledges and thanks ACT for Alexandria for supporting its mission to continue responding to human needs during the current pandemic and economic crisis. In late-May, the nonprofit organization received a grant award from the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund, which was established by ACT and the City of Alexandria to provide […]

Thank You – Griffin Owens

Assistance League of Northern Virginia would like to take this opportunity to recognize Griffin Owens Insurance Group as a “Bronze Star” Sponsor for the Annual Spring Fundraiser that was to be held later this month and subsequently rescheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020.  Assistance League of Northern Virginia is grateful to Griffin Owens for their support that will help […]

Literacy for Kids – Book Fair

Assistance League of Northern Virginia hosted a highly successful Book Fair at one of the eleven elementary schools we serve. Approximately Sixteen Assistance League volunteers helped each of the 630 students, from Pre-K through sixth grade, to find and discover their very own book to take home. These books, spanning a wide variety of topics […]

Thank You – Cecil & Irene Hylton Foundation

We are privileged to have been selected to receive a generous grant from The Cecil & Irene Hylton Foundation in support of our Weekend Food for Kids program. Their grant will allow us to continue to provide weekend food for less-advantaged students enrolled in our program, at a partner school in Prince William County, for […]

Thank You – Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC

Assistance League of Northern Virginia would like to thank Joyce Koons Honda Buick GMC for sponsoring our annual Spring Fundraiser at the ”Diamond Star” level. Over the years, the dealership has strongly supported our community programs that improve the well-being of children in 11 Title I elementary schools in our service area. We are grateful for […]

Thank You – NOVEC Helps

Assistance League of Northern Virginia recognizes NOVEC HELPS as a “Silver Star” sponsor for our annual Spring Luncheon to raise funds for programs that improve the well-being of disadvantaged children in our region. NOVEC is a locally owned electric distribution system headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. Through its Hands Engaged in Local Public Service (HELPS) initiative, NOVEC […]

Thank You — Innovation Health

Assistance League of Northern Virginia gratefully acknowledges Innovation Health as a “Diamond Star” sponsor for our primary fundraiser of the year, set to take place on April 24, 2020, at International Country Club, in Fairfax. The event will include a luncheon, live auction and basket raffle, with proceeds to benefit our organization’s programs that improve […]

Thank You – Panda Stonewall

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is proud to recognize Panda Stonewall, a company dedicated to producing clean energy, as a valued sponsor for our annual Spring Fundraiser, to be held on Friday, April 24, 2020. Debbie Shoffner helped to orchestrate this partnership and we appreciate the management team’s ongoing contributions to our events and programs. […]

Tee Off for Tots selects Assistance League of Northern Virginia as a beneficiary of event.

Assistance League® of Northern Virginia is honored to be one of five Washington, D.C. metropolitan area charities selected to benefit from funds raised through the annual Tee Off for Tots Golf Tournament, Inc. (TOFT) fundraiser. This golf tournament is organized by a group of Morgan Stanley employees who volunteer their time and energy to ensure the […]

Thank You – Jacquemin Family Foundation

Assistance League of Northern Virginia would like to express our sincere appreciation to The Jacquemin Family Foundation for its generous donation. Assistance League, an all-volunteer organization, is grateful for the Foundation’s interest in supporting our mission to transform lives and strengthen our community. Since 2015, the Vienna-based foundation has consistently participated in the Assistance League’s programs, […]

Thank You – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Assistance League receives Difference Makers Grant from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in support of clothing for children. Assistance League of Northern Virginia is pleased to have been selected by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield as a recipient of a Difference Makers Grant.   Lynn Barron and Kathy Jackson accepted a check on behalf […]

Weekend Food For Kids – December

Assistance League of Northern Virginia, along with its partner Dominion Energy, closed out the 2019 year with a fantastic turnout at the December Weekend Food For Kids food packing. Ninety two enthusiastic volunteers, including those from Assistance League, Dominion Energy, the community, and businesses, packed approximately 1600 food bags  that were then distributed to our […]

Thank You – Sandy Spring Bank

We are delighted that Sandy Spring Bank chose to provide a donation to Assistance League of Northern Virginia.   Sandy Spring Bank has a group of enthusiastic volunteers who regularly come to pack food at our Weekend Food for Kids events, so the bank’s leadership is very familiar with the impact this and our other programs […]

Weekend Food For Kids – November

We had another very successful food packing in November and were gratified that 79 volunteers participated in packing 1,610 bags of food that were then delivered to six elementary schools in Northern Virginia.  Our helpers included representatives from our long-time supporters, including our partner, Dominion Energy, as well as Dunn Loring Rotary, Sandy Spring Bank, and […]

Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday IS HERE! Assistance League of Northern Virginia is excited to join people and organizations around the world in this day of giving. Please view our profile to see how your gift strengthens OUR community.  We are most grateful for your support and donation. Assistance League of Northern Virginia, a 501 ( c […]

Build a Child’s Library

On 07 November, Assistance League of Northern Virginia hosted its second, “Build A Child’s Library” event. The Scholastic Literacy Partnership Program and Assistance League of Northern Virginia selected 581 age appropriate books for every student in a school to take home for their very own library. So many smiling, eager, and most appreciative faces of […]

Weekend Food For Kids – October

Once again, Assistance League of Northern Virginia, along with our partner, Dominion Energy, enjoyed another great turnout at our Weekend Food for Kids food packing on October 17. Twenty-three first timers, including George Mason University students, employees from Innovation Health, and Lions International, joined our regular cadre of volunteers, for a total of eighty-seven volunteers […]

White House Christmas Ornaments – For Sale

It is that time of year again!   Time to order your White House ornaments. This year’s ornament is a beautiful helicopter, in tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was the first president to use the helicopter while in office.  The cost is $22 each, plus shipping.  Proceeds from the sale of these ornaments will support our community based […]

Wine Tasting – A Fall Fundraiser

Come  and enjoy   a Fall Wine Tasting  Fundraiser with Assistance League of Northern Virginia.  The cost is only $25 for two glasses of wine and unlimited visits to the hors d’oeuvres table!  We look forward to  sipping wine and enjoying tasty treats with you and your guests at Paradise Springs Winery on Sunday November 3rd. […]

Hugs – Dunbarton Appreciation Tea

Assistance League of Northern Virginia hosted an appreciation tea on October 8th at the Dunbarton Club House, in Bristow, Virginia, to thank the ladies and gentlemen who sew and assemble our Hugs pillows and help make that program such a success. These heart-shaped pillows, which have a pocket that is stuffed with a beanie baby, activity […]

Assistance League Informational Meeting

Assistance League of Northern Virginia held a successful informational meeting on October 9th at the Chantilly Regional Library to explain our programs to interested parties. During the event, our members spoke enthusiastically about our ongoing philanthropic programs. They are our Operation School Bell programs comprised of:  Weekend Food for Kids, Literacy for Kids, and New […]

Thank You – Ono Brewing Company

Assistance League of Northern Virginia was thrilled to be selected for Ono Brewing Company’s Tips to Charity program. Through this initiative, co-owners Cyndi and Scott Hoffman, and their employees, donate 50% of tips to local causes that serve vulnerable communities. Thank you Ono for your generous donation. The funds will be used to purchase essential […]

Thinking of Volunteering – Come to an Informational Meeting

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is sponsoring an information meeting to be held on October 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. Join us to learn about the organization’s children’s programs and how you can help support and expand these activities. Please contact Vernetta Gaiani at if interested […]

Thank You Allstate Foundation

We want to offer our sincerest thanks to The Allstate Foundation, Allstate agency force, and employee volunteers who helped us secure a grant to ensure basic human needs are met in our vulnerable communities. In late spring 2019, sixteen members of Allstate’s regional advisory board, comprised of agency owners, exclusive agents and financial specialists from […]

Dominion Energy – A Lasting Partnership

We are thrilled to announce that our close partnership with Dominion Energy will continue in the coming school year. This lasting partnership has contributed greatly to the success of our primary Operation School Bell program, Weekend Food for Kids. Through this program, we increase food security in our vulnerable communities and give children from low-income […]

Weekend Food For Kids – September Food Packing

As summer winds down, we start to think about back-to-school events.  Assistance League of Northern Virginia invites volunteers from the community and local businesses to join us and our partner, Dominion Energy, to help with our Weekend Food for Kids program.  Each month during the school year we pack and deliver more than 1600 bags of nonperishable food so […]

Share A Haircut

Assistance League – Northern Virginia is pleased to join in celebrating Hair Cuttery’s 45th anniversary and 20 years of giving through its Share A Haircut program.  Through this program, when you bring your child (up to 18 years of age) to any Hair Cuttery for a haircut between August 1 and August 15, Hair Cuttery will donate  a […]

Come Celebrate Summer with Assistance League!

Join us for a BEER & BBQ Bash! Reserve the date of Sunday, August 18, 2019 between 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Ono Brewing Company 4520 Daly Drive, Suite 102 in Chantilly Virginia! Enjoy the Ono Brewing Company’s Tropical Tasting Room, Self-Serve Beer Wall, and Korean & American Barbeque from ODD BBQ!  Did you know that every […]

Assistance League’s Literacy For Kids Program Investing In Summer Reading

At the close of the school year, every first grade student at Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, was presented with a new book to take home thanks to Assistance League of Northern Virginia’s Literacy for Kids program. Students at the school have weekly sessions with our member volunteers who provide assistance with unfamiliar […]

Assistance League Honors Founding Member

At our annual luncheon in June, founding member, Cindy Burgess, was honored for her twenty years of dedicated service to her community through her work with Assistance League of Northern Virginia. Cindy exemplifies that “one person can make a difference, and everyone should try” (J. F. Kennedy). We are proud to have volunteers like Cindy […]

Assistance League Installs New Board

Assistance League of Northern Virginia cannot serve the community without volunteers who generously offer their time and leadership. We congratulate the following Board of Director appointments: Kathy Jackson as President, for a third term; Jeanne Sclater as VP of Philanthropy; Vernetta Gaiani as VP of Membership; Elizabeth Parks as Education Chair; Pat Thompson as Treasurer; […]

Final Food Packing for 2018-2019 School Year!

Assistance League of Northern Virginia, in partnership with Dominion Energy, just held its last food packing of the 2018-2019 school year. We wish to thank Panda Stonewall Energy Station, represented by Debbie Shoffner, who is also a member of our chapter  and a regular volunteer, for graciously sponsoring this event in May. To all our many business and […]

Thanks for coming to our fundraiser!

Assistance League of Northern Virginia Raises Funds to Support Programs for Low-Income Children. Assistance League® of Northern Virginia, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, held its annual Spring Fundraiser on April 26 at the Country Club of Fairfax to raise funds for its programs that serve the needs of low-income children in 11 Title I elementary schools […]

Many Thanks to our Silent Auction Contributors

You’re invited! Please join Assistance League of Northern Virginia‘s annual Spring Fundraiser for a great meal and to bid on a wide variety of goods and services donated by generous businesses owners in our community. Many thanks to the following businesses that will be participating in our silent and live auctions, including: American Girl® Aspen Jewelry Designs […]

March Food Packing

Assistance League of Northern Virginia had another good turnout of 72 volunteers at our March Weekend Food for Kids packing with our partner Dominion Energy. It was great to have Debbie Shoffner of Panda Stonewall with two other employees join us this time. Her company has graciously offered to sponsor our food packing event next […]

Thank You – Geppetto Catering

We want to thank Geppetto Catering for supporting our annual Spring Fundraiser again this year with a live auction donation of a DROP OFF DINNER FOR 12. The set menu includes Maryland crab cakes or fillet of beef, assorted sides, salad and dessert. This package is sure to create a buzz at our event on […]