CORE Foundation was grateful to be poised to assist the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  New CORE Causes sprouted to address ways to help our community.


  • Manned no contact storage pods in local shopping centers with a force of over 100 volunteers addressing food insecurity
  • Provided over 2000 pantry items for Cornerstones and the SouthLakes Food Pantry
  • Offered bike transportation for Patrick Henry Shelter residents to work
  • Provided 326 PPE Items for Reston Hospital
  • Gifted superhero themed at-home “Recess in a Box” kits to encourage active play for children in local homeless shelters
  • Provided over 5,700 weekend food bags to local elementary students with Helping Hungry Kids
  • Delivered critical meal bags to shut in senior citizens bi weekly
  • Assisting teachers in need of resources through the CK Fund
  • Provided virtual after school activities like stem and college prep services 
  • Offered free mentoring to underserved middle and high school students 
  • Gifted 200 care packages to kids battling cancer 
  • Provided over 4,500 desks to needy kids for distance learning


What started with a conversation by leaders on how to unite our community during COVID-19 evolved into a grassroots movement.  #StrongerTogether is a community action collaboration bringing together charity partners, local businesses, the medical community, and the Greater  Reston Chamber of Commerce to address the needs in our community during this pandemic and beyond.    

In our conversations with other community leaders, it was apparent that many of our local charities were tackling the same issues related to COVID-19. “Pooling our resources and collectively taking action as a team provided our best chances for collective success,” says Taralyn Tharp Kohler, Executive Director of CORE Foundation. “During quarantine, a series of drop off points for multiple charities were created throughout Reston manned by volunteers. This collective effort helped bring unity to our commUNITY.”  

‘No contact’ storage pods were generously donated by UNITS were placed in multiple locations in Reston creating a donation infrastructure for various charities.   Residents participated by dropping off designated requested items benefitting Cornerstones, Reston Hospital Center, and Helping Hungry Kids of Northern Virginia, a CORE Cause.  Items were disseminated to the organizations in need daily providing much needed relief.   During Covid-19, CORE Foundation is also partnering with Cornerstones to bring grocery items to Senior Citizens also known as “Supporting Seniors Sheltering in Place.” 

If you are a business, community non-profit leader or leader with a resource to give or a challenge to overcome, please feel free to reach out to and join the alliance.

We are a village, and together we WILL thrive. Let’s rise and pull together as a collaborative community and be the change.

If you would like to make a donation in response to COVID-19, please consider making a DONATION HERE.