Essentials for Education
We work with local school counselors, social workers and parent liaisons to provide critical tools for education in Herndon and Reston. The often-overlooked needs which many of us take for granted, i.e. desks and headsets for distance learning. When we see a need we work to quickly and efficiently meet that need by procuring the needed items then we mobilize our volunteers to deliver those items to enhance the educational experience and keep kids motivated to stay in school. Learn more
Woodworking with a Purpose
The mission of Woodworking with Purpose is to serve God and our community through gifting desks and other furniture to assist children and their families in order to build a better community.
Desks for Distance
D4D is a movement started by Woodgrove High School Junior, Colby Samide, who combined his love of woodworking with a passion to help his peers in need. With COVID-19 causing online learning from home, Colby became frustrated working from his own dining room table which motivated him to then build his own custom desk. Observing that many local students did not have resources to build their own desks, Colby so he took action. Within a month of launching his idea, 111 desks were built and distributed with more on the way. Colby was interviewed by local news outlets, Lester Holt, and Ellen. Learn more…
We use our creativity and connection with the community to help the youth develop their unique blend of talents in a positive way through events, camps, and projects. Our projects include: FCPS Digital Music Course, Repairing South Gate Community Center Outdoor Courts, Free enrollment for Kids at Summer Camp. There most recent program addresses the need for student mentoring and positivity during COVID-19. Get Involved: Have you ever wanted to be a part of something that could make a significant difference in your community? Read more…
Off The Charts Club
Off The Charts Club develops the caring spirit of youth to aid and empower their peers battling cancer. This 703-area movement with national reach aims to alleviate the stress of sick children’s medical charts and help them realize a childhood filled with “off the charts” positive experiences. Founded by a 9-year-old who dared to believe there are no age or size requirements for helping others, Off The Charts Club utilizes athletics, literacy, arts, and activities to foster youth leadership skills and promote the value of community service.Learn more…
Helping Hungry Kinds of Northern Virginia
HHK was established in 2009 to provide weekend food bags to Reston elementary school children who often go hungry on weekends. This program was further expanded to provide in-school snack bars to those children often too hungry to focus on their school work. Each weekly bag contains non-perishable items including milk, oatmeal, fruit cups and other items sufficient to provide 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 snacks to each child. Additionally, HHK also provides over 50,000 snacks each school year. During COVID-19, HHK has provided 350 bags weekly to needy families.
Radford University SigEp Brothers By the Wayside
RU SigEp Brothers by the Wayside is an organization that supports those in need when facing life changing events due to an unforeseen illness or other tragic and unexpected events. This organization supports an extended family of men who all believe in the practice of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love. The organization hosts a variety of charitable events such as “A Radford Day of Service” which is an annual service project that includes clean up and construction projects conducted in memory of a fallen brother who passed too soon in life. Read more…
The CK Fund
The CK Fund stands for Community Kindness. This CORE Cause is focused on providing new opportunities, funding and programs to help young people and their families in the areas of school, sports and security. Through various fundraisers and youth programs The CK Fund targets specific needs in the community. The CK Fund is dedicated to helping young people in Northern Virginia through the mantra, “little by little, a little becomes a lot”. Learn more
Ultimate Teen Tool Kit
The Ultimate Teen Tool Kit (UTTK) is committed to the creation and distribution of tools for teens to manage stress, cultivate mental and emotional well-being and learn accessible tools to nourish the care of the whole self. Through two platforms, website and APP, we will offer free resources in the form of videos and audio recordings. This program grew out of Beloved Yoga’s Ultimate Teen Tool Kit series. We offered a 10 week series as part of Southgate Community Center Teen Leadership Camp and offer 4-6 week series programs at Beloved Yoga since 2018. We believe it is time to make the UTTK accessible directly to teens. Your tax deductible donation will help us provide free these resources to anyone who needs them. Learn more…
Here at ChalkBox our mission is to supplement students’ needs by bringing back important aspects of normal schooling lost during this era of virtual learning. We targeted hands-on activities and experiences as a critical component of schooling for developing students and peer mentorship and career development for older students. Our program follows a very unique model that allows us to execute all program interactions in a safe and socially distant manner. Learn more…
Friends of Homes for the Missing Middle
Homes for the Missing Middle was founded by Susan Soffer, a retired architect, to address concerns that a rising number of middle-class Americans are finding that home ownership is unaffordable. Our mission is to make a difference in quality of life for middle-income people of every age, gender, race, and class by making middle-income home ownership possible in the tri-state area (NJ, NY, CT). Learn more…
Swim Team Dads
With many miles riding our bikes, running the trails, or in the pool, we find further friendship in fitness. We regularly have fitness or activity-based challenges in order to keep our bodies and minds in shape. We plan to use these challenges to raise money for our chosen causes. We understand that adapting new fitness habits is difficult and often times fails. Our focus is to not just change habits but to have fun and raise funds while participating, so that it continues to be a part of who we are and our community. We strongly believe that if you practice healthy habits, you will be able to obtain a healthy lifestyle. For more info visit their site here.
Friends of Fairfax Falcons
The Friends of Fairfax Falcons supports the Fairfax Falcons Paralympic Sports Team. This group provides a variety of adapted sports experiences to youth with physical disabilities in the Northern Virginia / DC metro area. Through adaptive sports, athletes improve physical fitness, communication skills, self-esteem, and build life-long friendships.
The Friends of Fairfax Falcons is dedicated to raising awareness of the program and identifying financial support to offset the high cost of participating in adaptive sports. The cost of a single basketball chair is over $2500. Our teams have to travel to play, often putting in over 1500 miles per year. We have over 50 families from across the DMV who have become a community supporting each other through our children’s medical needs and successes.
Founded in 2018, Reston Pride is a local grassroots Northern Virginia 501(c)3 charitable organization that is focused on a truly inclusive Reston through engagement. We serve to provide quality cultural education and resources about LGBTQIA+ history and culture to the greater Reston community through a variety of family-friendly educational programs and events. Learn more…
Reston Sprint Triathlon
The Reston Sprint Triathlon is the largest triathlon in Virginia. The race hosts 1000 athletes annually and has raised over $350,000 for Cornerstones since the race was founded in 2007. Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. For more info click here.
Amy’s Amigos: Youth Making A Difference
Amy’s Amigos Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon benefits the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation. Amy’s Amigos have raised over $75,000 for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation since the race was founded in 2011. The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation is an all-volunteer organization founded by families, friends, and physicians of children with brain tumors. Their mission is to raise funds for pediatric scientific research, to heighten public awareness of this devastating disease, and to improve prognosis and quality of life for those that are affected. For more info visit their site here.
Friends of Lake Anne
Reston’s Lake Anne is a treasure, and the Friends of Lake Anne are passionate about ensuring it remains a vibrant community hub.
Lake Anne Village Center is the original village center of Reston, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. FOLA promotes education about the historical and architectural significance of the Lake Anne historic district’s public areas, as well as providing financial support for restoration and maintenance of the sculptural, fountain, landscape and architectural elements in the public Plaza. Learn more…
Radford Rugby Alumni Association
Since its inception in the mid 1980’s, the Radford Men’s Club Rugby team has been an integral part of the university’s club sports program. Beyond sports performance, the Radford Men’s Club Rugby team focuses on developing well-rounded student leaders by promoting academic success and the importance of making a positive impact in the community.In order to continue its legacy of success, the Radford Men’s Club Rugby team strives to attract and retain promising student leaders. To assist with this effort, The Men’s Rugby Alumni Association at Radford University has established the Men’s Club Rugby Scholarship. The Men’s Club Rugby Scholarship will enhance the program’s ability to recruit, retain and reward student-athletes who will respectfully and proudly represent Radford University and make a positive impact in their communities. radfordrugbyalumni.org.
Park West Families 4 Families
The leadership of this CORE Cause, Christopher Cook, President,and Jay Butterworth, Treasurer, is focused on their group’s mission of “Helping families in need in our community” of Mount Pleasant, SC. After learning about CORE Foundation from their friends’ group, Swim Team Dads, Chis and Jay reached CORE for help.
Park West Families 4 Families in Mount Pleasant, SC, chooses their beneficiary families on a case by case basis. They consider families that have had a recent impact on a family in their community. F4F also donates to other 501(c)3 public charities such as ALS Foundation.
F4F hosts multiple “fun-raising” events throughout the year that involve community participation.