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Good Hands for Food Packing

Our final food packing of this school year was a triple success.  As usual, we packed 1680 bags of non-perishable food and delivered them to six elementary schools in Fairfax and Prince William Counties.  We also provided 70 grocery gift cards to a school in Alexandria.  Our packing team included our own members and employees […]

Fun is Brewing!

We are pleased to announce that Sam Hardman, the Hardman Real Estate Team, and Samson Properties have selected Assistance League of Northern Virginia to benefit from a community event scheduled for mid-June.  Please join us at the Eavesdrop Brewery, 7223 Centreville Rd. Manassas, VA, 20111, on Sunday, June 11th, between 1 and 4 pm for a fun time.  Sample Eavesdrop’s beers crafted […]

A Splendid Affair

Our recent Literary Luncheon at the Springfield Golf & Country Club was a FABULOUS success!  While checking in, guests were able to see samples of our major programs and view a short video showcasing our efforts.  After a fine lunch, we presented the Operation School Bell Award to Gabriel Vargas, President of Quadrant, Inc., Reston, for Quadrant’s […]

Come to the Fair!

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is honored to be selected again by the Franklin Farm Foundation to receive the proceeds from the Silent Auction that will be part of the Marketplace and Community Fair.  On Saturday, May 13, local artists, craftspeople, and small businesses will be available from 11 am to to 4 pm at the […]

Scouts Honor Earth Day!

Our triple-header Earth Day celebration got off to a great start with cars lined up at 10 am in the Franklin Farm parking lot and drivers ready to have their important papers shredded, drop off athletic shoes for our Got-Sneakers Campaign, and donate nonperishable food for the Community of Faith Food Pantry in Franklin Farm. […]

Triple Play!

April is National Volunteer Month and we celebrated in a big way!  At our monthly food packing, more than 50 volunteers, including our members and Dominion employees, gathered to pack 1680 bags of nonperishable food that were delivered to students at 6 Title 1 elementary schools in the area to sustain them when school-provided meals […]

It’s Spring and the flowers, trees, and our membership are in full-bloom!

We are thrilled to report that we have recruited 15 new members since September.  As a relatively small chapter, adding that many members to our previous base of about 50 members is phenomenal and bodes well for our hopes to expand our efforts.  During National Volunteer month in April, nine of our new members attended […]

A Giant impact is in the BAAAG!

Once again, a Giant Store has selected Assistance League of Northern Virginia to benefit from its programs to address food insecurity where shoppers live and work.  Giant has two programs that help reduce hunger locally, and our chapter has benefited from both of them.  We appreciate the recognition that the Giant organization has afforded us, through […]


We have the perfect way to celebrate EARTH DAY, this Saturday, April 22.  Join us at our semi-annual Shred Event, from 10 am to 1 pm, in the Dairy Lou parking lot at 13501 Franklin Farm Road, Herndon.  Bring your important papers to shred; donate your gently used sneakers for our GotSneakers campaign, so the shoes […]


Time is running out to reserve seats at our luminous Literary Luncheon & Fundraiser on Sunday, April 30.  Of course, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch with your friends at the lovely Springfield Country Club.  In addition, the two award-winning authors, Sean McFate and Judith Pearson, will discuss their books, will be interviewed in a ‘fireside […]

Shining Stars

Assistance League of Northern Virginia was greatly honored to be one of the four finalists nominated for special recognition in the Not-For-Profit category by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.  At its Stars over Dulles Gala, the Chamber honored and celebrated the best leaders in the community.  A total of 12 awards were given to businesses, individuals, […]

Bundles of Joy

Fourteen of our members met recently to package toiletries and baby items.  We packed 200 toiletry bags that were distributed to 5th and 6th grade students at two schools in connection with their hygiene lessons.  The toiletry kits contained a washcloth, comb, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush.  We enjoyed the challenge of getting all those items […]

The Plot Thickens!

We can now reveal additional details about our fabulous Literary Luncheon & Fundraiser on Sunday, April 30, at the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.  The event will feature two award-winning authors discussing their writings and answering questions from attendees.  Judith Pearson has written a fantastic spy tale: “The Wolves at the […]

Books and Bliss

Through our Literacy for Kids Program, we provide one-on-one reading tutoring at several schools each week and donate new books to students at selected schools.  We recently held a “Build-a-Child’s Library” book fair at a Title 1 school in Manassas for 580 students in Pre-K through 5th grade.  Each student was allowed to select a […]

Time for a Power Lunch!

We are thankful that NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) has agreed to be a sponsor for our Literary Luncheon & Fundraiser on April 30 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.  NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, has a long tradition of supporting nonprofit organizations and giving back to the community.  […]

Buy a bag and be a GIANT help

We are THRILLED to be recognized again by Giant Food for our work to reduce hunger in our community. Through our Weekend Food for Kids program we distribute 1680 bags of nonperishable food each month to students at six schools and grocery gift cards to a seventh school during the school year.  All seven schools […]

Essential Help

We held another successful food-packing and clothing delivery this month.  As part of our Weekend Food for Kids program, we delivered 1680 bags of nonperishable food to 6 elementary schools in Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and grocery gift cards to a school in Alexandria.  In addition, we distributed 330 items of clothing to 7 […]


Assistance League of Northern Virginia is again partnering with the Franklin Farm Social Committee for a combined Paper-Shred, Sneaker Collection, and Food-Donation Event on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 1 pm., in the Dairy Lou Parking Lot at 13501 Franklin Farm Road, Herndon.  This event will yield triple bonuses.  April 22 is Earth Day and just a […]

A Winning Team

We want to recognize the Girls Varsity Basketball Team at Virginia Academy, Ashburn, for collecting more than 100 pairs of athletic shoes and donating them to us for our GotSneakers fundraising campaign.  Even more impressive is that they collected the shoes while practicing for the post-season playoffs.  That practice really paid off!  The Team recently became […]


We are excited to announce that Dominion Energy-Virginia has agreed to be a sponsor for Assistance League of Northern Virginia’s Literary Luncheon & Fundraiser on April 30, 2023.  Dominion has supported Assistance League and our programs for more than ten years and is an essential partner in our Weekend Food for Kids program.  We are gratified and […]

Good Clean Fun

Assistance League of Northern Virginia has provided toiletry items to students at selected elementary schools for many years.  Since the pandemic, we have expanded that effort and provide toiletry kits to older students at several schools. The kits contain a hair brush and comb, soap, shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, and deodorant.  In January, our members […]

A Fabulous Food-Filled February

Our dedicated members joined employees of Dominion Energy and friends from Sandy Spring Bank and RBH Global Wealth to pack bags of nonperishable food for delivery to six schools in Fairfax and Prince William counties this month.  In just over an hour, thanks in part to the lively background music that accompanies this effort, we […]

Packing Some Help!

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is honored to be recognized again by Giant Food for our efforts to combat hunger in the area. Through our Weekend Food for Kids program, each month we distribute 1680 bags of food and grocery gift cards to elementary school students and families in Fairfax County, Prince William County, and […]

Hugs and Healthiness

Fifteen of our dedicated members gathered recently to pack nearly 300 Bedtime Hugs Pillows for kindergartners at 3 local elementary schools and 50 toiletry kits for a school in Alexandria. Each Hugs Pillow held a Beanie Baby, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a copy of The Hug Book. The teachers and the kiddos were very excited […]

Plant a seed – help them read!

Are you interested in making a difference for local children?  Assistance League of Northern Virginia is looking for additional members to help support the food, clothing and literacy programs we offer at several Title 1 elementary schools throughout the area.  We will be starting an additional reading program at an elementary school in Reston in the […]

Packing Some Love

Twenty of our dedicated members gathered recently to assemble toiletries and layettes for elementary students and new mothers.  The toiletries were packaged in “Hygiene Kits” that will be provided to older students at three schools in connection with lessons they will receive regarding the proper use of the items in the packets.  Members packed more […]

Full Tummies, Warm Bodies, Happy Hearts

We were happy to kick off our first food packing of the new year with Dominion Energy-Virginia, our partner in our Weekend Food for Kids program. RBH Global Wealth and Sandy Spring Bank staff joined us again and we welcomed friends from Quadrant Inc., Reston, a long-time supporter of our programs, especially our food program. […]

Literary Lunch

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is excited to announce we have scheduled our first fundraiser luncheon in four years.  After such a long wait, you know it will be BIG. On Sunday, April 30, we are hosting A LITERARY LUNCHEON & FUNDRAISER, at which two award-winning authors – Sean McFate and Judith Pearson — will […]

Shoe Biz

In early 2022, we began a partnership with, which compensates nonprofit organizations for the new and gently worn athletic shoes they collect.  We have a new section on our website that describes this fund-raising effort in detail. The amount we receive depends on the brand, quality, style, and condition of the shoes.  Shoes in good […]

School might be out, but we’re not!

We did not distribute our monthly Weekend Food for Kids food bags in December because schools were not in session during the latter part of the month and school administrators could not provide the weekly food bags to students then.  Instead, we delivered to families at the seven schools we serve 496 $25 grocery gift […]

Bags for Food

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is honored to be selected again as the beneficiary of a program to combat hunger in our community by Giant Food. During the month of January, as part of Giant Food’s Community Bag Program, our chapter will receive $1 for each purchase of a $2.50 reusable grocery bag at the […]

Holiday Happiness

We recently held our annual holiday luncheon, a special event at which we reconnect with members, enjoy a meal together, and also hear from representatives from schools we serve regarding our programs.  This year, thanks to our multi-tasking member, Dorine, all attendees received a swag bag containing tasty munchies and a holiday ornament, and three […]

Holiday Treats and Hugs For All

We recently hosted a Thank-You Breakfast to recognize the Dunbarton Hugs Team, in Bristow, for the many ways they have supported our chapter over the years.  Ten Assistance League members provided a delectable assortment of foods for the 17 members of the Hugs Team who attended.  For more than 15 years, residents of the Dunbarton […]

Packing in the Warmth

We held our third food-packing event of the school year last month. We could not accomplish our Weekend Food for Kids (WFFK) Program without the substantial support we receive from Dominion Energy Virginia. That support includes using the facilities where we pack the food bags, all the dedicated employees who help with the packing, especially […]

Good Hands

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is extremely grateful to Christine Angles, an Allstate agency owner, exclusive agent, and personal financial representative, for again helping our chapter obtain funding from the Allstate Foundation.  Christine and Allstate have supported our chapter in several ways over the years.  Allstate twice held food-packing events that each provided 500 bags […]

Thankful Thoughts

During this season of gratitude, we are thankful for the many friends and supporters who donated to our chapter during our Giving Tuesday campaign.  We came very close to achieving what we thought was an ambitious goal and we are extremely grateful to all who contributed.  That support encourages us to continue our efforts to […]

Grateful Giving

Assistance League of Northern Virginia was privileged to again receive a generous grant from The Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt to fund our Weekend Food for Kids Program.  The Giving Circle is a nonprofit organization through which residents of the Heritage Hunt community in Gainesville pool their individual contributions to help charitable organizations in Prince William […]


Poverty is all around us, if we take the time to see it.  Sizable numbers of struggling families live in our community, despite the wealth of Northern Virginia.  Our programs help students at public schools and their families in Fairfax and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria where between 60% and 95% of students qualify […]


Since the founding of our chapter about 20 years ago, Assistance League of Northern Virginia has recognized how critical reading proficiency is for a child’s academic achievement.  Our Literacy for Kids Program, therefore, takes a two-track approach to help students develop strong reading comprehension skills.  We provide one-on-one reading tutoring at several schools each week […]


Rising prices affect us all.  The students and their families whom we serve have felt that impact most acutely.  Increasing numbers of students need our help and we can only serve a small percentage of those students.  Moreover, the costs we incur to provide our services have also increased. Our philanthropic programs provide 1680 bags […]

Ready for the Holidays?

Assistance League of Northern Virginia has two wonderful ways to set the mood during the holidays.  Order fresh, live arrangements from Lynch Creek Farms and purchase this year’s Gingerbread-themed White House Historical Association ornament from us, so your home will be filled with the wonderful aromas we associate with the season. Whether you need wreaths, table […]

Giving Tuesday

Assistance League of Northern Virginia will join other charitable organizations throughout the world that are participating in GIVING TUESDAY, on November 29.  Giving Tuesday is an annual international effort to promote generosity.  Started in 2012 as a day to disconnect from the end-of-the-year-purchasing frenzy and instead focus on doing good in local communities, Giving Tuesday […]