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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Family Services, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: The Koinonia Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit organization providing both short-term emergency assistance and self-sufficiency services to the citizens of the Greater Kingstowne/Franconia area. We provide emergency assistance with food, clothing and a financial safety net. We encourage self-sufficiency by offering counseling and education to break the cycle of poverty.

Target demographics: Individuals and families who are in need of emergency assistance.

Programs: Emergency relief servicesthe emergency relief services (ers) is at the core of koinonia's mission. Koinonia, on an everyday basis, helps individuals and families overcome short-term obstacles in their lives. Koinonia provides life-saving and life-changing assistance that keeps poverty at bay in the lives of our clients and ultimately stablizes our community. Ers operates a food pantry and provides basic food products on a monthly basis. Ers also operates a clothing closet where clients are encouraged to select clothing and household items in an effort to help relieve money otherwise spent on clothing and/or household items. Finally ers offers financial assistance to cover needed rental or utility need, or prescription drugs; and a self-sufficiency plan created by both the client and koinonia staff in which goals are identified and a timeline is arranged.

seasonal programskoinonia's seasonal programs (sp) provide additional support for individuals participating in ers. Sp alleviates the financial burden of seasonal holidays, and other special times throughout the year. Sp will provide summer camp scholarships for school-age children, back-to-school supplies to include clothing and shoes, holiday food, and holiday and birthday gifts for children.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I had the most horrible experience with the people at this organization. Their mission statement is to treat people with dignity. That's far from what they did. In fact, I left there humiliated after the receptionist was rude to me in front of other people in the waiting room and yelled at me. She was very condescending and hostile. When I spoke with the Social Worker about my experience and behavior, she was sorry I "felt that way" . If you are at a low point, or need assistance or depressed, definitely don't go to this place. Despite it being listed nowhere on their website or anywhere on the internet, the receptionist scolded me that "we don't take walk-ins and we don't do same day appointments". I explained to her that I was not aware of that and she flippantly said well you should have known that because that's been our policy for a long time. Well, again, that policy is not listed ANYWHERE! She treated me like I was beneath her, despite the fact that I have donated funds to their organization in the past and didn't need an appointment for them to take my check donation. These people showed no compassion or kindness. Just mean. Beware. I will never be returning or recommending anyone to go there and I also shared this experience with some agencies in our county. They were not surprised.

Debbie49

Donor

Rating: 5

Koinonia is a wonderful organization with a strong volunteer corps of 60 plus people, working weekly to provide emergency food, financial and clothing assistance to the neediest in the Franconia community of Fairfax County. A great example of a group of people doing much with limited space and resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Koinonia serves an amazing number of people in the Springfield/Alexandria region of Northern Virginia. It has a very small staff and a large number of volunteers to provide financial and clothing. It uses its resources very efficiently and effectively, never judging and providing efficient care with what resources it has.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The gratitude that shines in the eyes of persons receiving food, clothing, or other assistance from Koinonia constantly underlines the value and necessity of Koinonia to our community. Koinonia serves the Franconia neighborhood of Fairfax County just outside Alexandria, Virginia. Many families in our neighborhood struggle day by day to meet their needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Middle class families, small businesses, and church congregations that comprise the neighborhood feel for them and routinely channel generous donations of food, clothing, and other gifts through Koinonia, which serves as the intersection between need and neighborly support. Scores of dedicated residents regularly volunteer their service to ensure that needs are met. Volunteers love what they do and are well led by an excellent executive director, assisted by an effective staff of a social worker and office manager. In my volunteer work with Koinonia, I particularly enjoy working with these many big-hearted persons all of whom are motivated by caring and concern. I admire them and am proud of them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Koinonia has served the Fairfax County, Alexandria, Lee District and Franconia communities for over 40 years with remarkable success. It has been a joy to work with and for the organization over the last 10 years. Our strong faith community supports the outreach and services provided to those who need loving, caring support in times of personal hardship and economic uncertainty.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Koinonia Foundation, Inc. is a wonderful organization. I first heard about it 8 years ago when joining a local church. I volunteered whenever I could for several years before joining the Board of Directors in 2011. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, I appreciate that Koinonia provides assistance at a hands-on level to those who are in need in our community. Our services keep families and individuals from being hungry, provide warm clothing during the winter months and cool clothing in the summer, help clients to avoid having their utilities impacted when their financial resources are low, and allow them to stay in their homes during months when rent is due, but resourcs are not there. For anyone who cares about their neighbors as themselves, Koinonia is the organization who puts that care and concern into action.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, volunteer, and donor, I have joined Koinonia in its important mission to provide emergency relief services in the Franconia/Kingstowne area of Fairfax County. Koinonia has a strong relationship with Christian churches in the area, with the local government, and with residents in its service area. Koinonia is proud to be a well-organized, effective, community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that meets the immediate needs of people in distress while also encouraging those same people to become self-sufficient. Supporting Koinonia yields tangible impact because we target our resources to people who really need assistance.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years but have been involved as a donor and volunteer for about 14 years. It never ceases to amaze me what Koinonia accomplishes each day in our community for those in need with such a small budget and limited space. They have 3 basic services that they provide to needy families in our community of Greater Kingstowne / Franconia: food, clothing, and a financial safety net in the form of rent, utilities and prescripton drug assistance. They are the only organization of their kind in our area and have proven to meet the needs year after year! Koinonia also has seasonal programs for youth in the summer, school supply drives, and holiday programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas with food and toys distributed. I hope to serve with this organization for many years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Koinonia supports families in need in the Springfield/Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The workers and volunteers are supportive, knowledgeable and always quick to assist those in need with food, clothing or other assistance as needed.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

Koinonia supports our community so our JROTC class works hard to support Koinonia. Last year we held several events (fundraisers, food drive) and this year we are working on a coat drive already. Everything donated is greatly appreciated and the staff and volunteers are so hard working and kind. For last year's food drive the volunteers came in specifically to process and prepare the items we delivered. My students remarked later about how organized everything was and how well managed Koinonia is.

pruetta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Koinonia Foundation provides assistance and support programs for families in need in our local community in Fairfax County, Virginia. Koinonia reaches an amazing number of people in our community with such a small budget. The small staff and huge team of volunteers provide services with such caring and compassion, never passing judgment, and doing the best with everything they have. I am happy to volunteer for and donate to this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had the joyful experience of working with Koinonia to present a free soccer camp for underprivileged children this summer. They helped us reach a number of children on our neighborhood. While participating in this specialized effort we also saw the wonderful everyday impact this organization has on the poor in our community. Our church routinely supports them through donations of goods which brings the wonderful experience of sharing to our congregation.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a wonderfully run organization serving the needs of members of my community. They welcome all who come through their doors and do a great job of trying to serve every and all

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with how much Koinonia is able to do with their limited space-- they are able to help so many individuals and families in need because they have such an amazing group of volunteers who bring so much love and care to the job. For example, I think we gave out some 120 backpacks for students starting school-- each student got a new set of clothes, and I know the volunteers had fun picking out the perfect outfits and backpacks for each kid! All in all, I have had so much fun volunteering with Koinonia!