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Assistance League of Northern Virginia

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Food, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Literacy, Nutrition, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Transform the lives of children through community programs that feed, clothe and educate students.

Results: Since our inception in 1999 we have contributed more than 214,885 service hours and returned $938,684 worth of donations back to our community through our programs

Target demographics: efforts address elementary school students in the areas of food, clothing and literacy. We have partnerships with 11 Title 1 schools in Fairfax and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria

Direct beneficiaries per year: Helped more than 7,600 students by providing 11,300 food bags from September thru February, when schools closed, and 2200 grocery store gift cards ($20 each) since March;772 new clothing items & 350 pairs of shoes; tutored 110 students and donated 2,410 new books; and delivered 800 Hugs pillows.

Geographic areas served: 11 Title 1 schools in Fairfax and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria.

Programs: Weekend Food for Kids, by which we deliver 1,800 bags of food to students every month in the school year; New Clothing for Kids, by which we provide clothing, shoes, and toiletries; Literacy for Kids, by which we tutor first graders on-on-one and donate new books to students to take home, and Operation hugs, by which we provide heart-shaped pillows to children undergoing medical treatment at inova cares clinic.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Northern Virginia has been making a difference in your community for the last twenty years transforming the lives of children through our community based programs. Our philanthropic programs provide food, clothing and tutoring to children in Title I elementary schools in Fairfax and Prince William counties and the City of Alexandria. Our biggest program is in partnership with Dominion Energy to provide around 1800 food bags to children on the weekends. With the closing of the schools due to the pandemic, we now purchase grocery gift cards and collaborate with the school counselors in their distribution.
My desire to find a tutoring opportunity brought me to Assistance League of Northern Virginia. I have tutored, one-on-one, first graders to improve their reading comprehension and language development. Book fairs held at several schools have been most successful. Watching the smiles of the children select and share their books with each other has been most gratifying. And then, they get to take them home.
I am continually impressed with the enthusiasm, competence and dedication of the people of this organization who have chosen to give of their time to give back to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Northern VA is a wonderful, 100% all-volunteer organization that supports elementary school children who are in dire need in our community with food, new clothing and books. It's amazing to learn just how many families are suffering in our area from basic needs which impacts their learning and attendance at school! I have been a volunteer with this charitable organization for several years and know how dedicated the members are in serving so many children and making a huge impact on their lives. You should see the smiles on the faces of these children when they receive their very own, first new book or article of new clothing. We hear time and time again from school counselors and principals how very grateful these families are for the services provided. It's a pleasure to serve with these enthusiastic and committed members!

1 Linda Canan S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Assistance League of Northern VA for almost 5 years and have been so impressed by the dedication, caring and generosity of our members. The ALNV has touched and bettered so many lives of elementary students by providing food, clothing, shoes, books, tutoring but also compassion and love. The looks on the children’s faces is priceless.
I am also happy to be associated with an organization that has been able to continue impacting our schools by thinking outside the box during the Covid pandemic. We have adjusted our WFFK (weekend food for kids) program by providing GIANT gift cards in lieu of the weekend food packages that we are unable to provide while the schools are closed. We are also providing books and toiletries to families. We are anxious to provide much needed clothing and shoes as soon as the schools allow us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The commitment from our members is impressive. Even during the pandemic they are always looking for ways to help our children in low income schools.
They offer assistance with food, literacy and clothing. The Weekend Food For Kids program to ensure the children have food on the weekend. The children and families love the Build a Child’s Library program and book fair of donated books. I extremely enjoy tutoring first graders. Members are amazing, creative and dedicated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a small but highly effective organization that has been doing amazing work in this area for more than 15 years. In normal times, it provided needed food to students on weekends and provided new clothes and shoes, grooming aids, and one--on-one reading help to students at 11 schools in Northern Virginia. It also provides hand-made baby blankets and hats to new mothers, and pillows stuffed with a small stuffed animal and activity books to comfort pediatric patients at a clinic. ALNV members have been laudably creative in finding new ways to help those most in need during the pandemic. Assistance League, a national organization, is one of the best philanthropic organizations you’ve never heard of.
Marilyn

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Northern Virginia has been active for many years in working to meet the needs of local children through relationships with multiple elementary schools. Currently Assistance League works with schools in Fairfax and Prince William Counties as well as Manassas.

The organization's key Weekend Food For Kids program has provided supplemental food for children in food insecure families, providing important nutrition when schools are not open. In the last school year, the organization was able to expand this program with key support from community volunteers and local businesses. Multiple businesses provide volunteers that have participated in the food packing events. Assistance League of Northern Virginia has not been able to continue the typical distribution of Weekend Food for Kids due to Covid-19, but has been able to continue to help families with food assistance through the distribution of grocery gift cards.

Assistance League members have also provided individual assistance to develop reading skills for first grade students at two local elementary schools. The children participating in these programs have looked forward to the opportunity to meet with the volunteers for help and encouragement, and the experience is rewarding for volunteers as well.

Assistance League members are always ready to work together to support and expand our programs. The membership is collaborative and engaged, and there are many additional opportunities for community members to join us in improving the lives of local children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League is a wonderful way to give back to our community. I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to help children enhance their reading and language arts skills through our tutoring program. Spending time with a child one on one and watching that child gain confidence in their abilities is so gratifying. It is also so fun to watch children picking out their very own book during our book distribution fairs. They are thrilled when we tell them they can put their name in the book since so many of these children have no books of their own. I also really enjoy the camaraderie of this group and look forward to our meetings and social events.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the greatest rewards of volunteering has been with the ALNV. Even though I have only been a member since 2018, I am always amazed at the dedication, work ethic, and support this chapter in Northern Virginia has given to children in over 11 schools. If you visit our website, you will see the various programs that have been given to Title I students. Even with the current pandemic, our members are still finding alternative ways to reach these children.
It is my pleasure and honor to be a small part of this organization.
Nancy T.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League is a National and local non-profit organization made up of volunteers committed to improving local communities through hands on improvements and innovative philanthropic programs.
As stated, in the overview, we have diverse opportunities to serve our community of children in need. Assistance League of Northern Virginia members are a heart warming group of dedicated women who are unceasingly working to raise funds to support the Weekend Food for Kids, donate books to children programs (many their first books of their own), news clothes & shoes programs, and much more. One of my favorite programs is the one on one tutoring to first graders who need extra help in reading, at two of our schools. In this time of Covid, we are working overtime to make plans to continue our mission and make them work with all of the restrictions we face.
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, take a look at ALNV. We have a great group of women with bigs hearts who care for their communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Northern Virginia helps elementary students In Title 1/low income schools. Our programs offer assistance with food, literacy and clothing. Our Weekend Food For Kids program provides over 1800 bags of food each month to studentS to ensure they have food on the weekend. It is by far THE most organized volunteer event that I have ever experienced. Our members and volunteers from our community are awesome! I absolutely LOVE our Build a Child’s Library program. Our members go to one of the school’s we assist and set up a “book fair” with Scholastic books. Each student gets to select the book of their choice to bring home to start their very own home library. The members of ALNV are truly amazing. I would love for you to join our chapter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found the Northern Virginia Assistance League to be rewarding, satisfying and fun while benefitting those we serve. The original Founder Ann Banning's philosophy "To act as a friend at any and all times to men, and women and children in need of care, guidance and assistance, spiritually, materially and physically." Today Assistance League is a National Nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. In 2011 the Assistance League of Northern Virginia touched the lives of 9,750 individuals; elementary school children,newborn infants, and victims of sexual and physical abuse. Philanthropic Programs include: Operation School Bell- Weekend Food For Kids-New Clothing for Kids-Literacy-Pillows Program- Assault Survivor Kits-and our Lullaby Program. www.northernvirginia.assistanceleague.org