Connect Northern Virginia is a website designed to help YOU connect to community resources whether you’re a business, a nonprofit, a government program, an education organization or an individual seeking services. The goal is that these connections lead us to a stronger and more supportive community.
With Connect Northern Virginia, you can connect to programs and services – All in One Place. You can learn about community initiatives. Use Connect Northern Virginia to discover local events and also post your own events on the calendar. Another popular option is connecting to volunteer opportunities. All of the features are an excellent way to partner throughout your community to become involved or address community needs.
Visit the resources page, for links to easily locate resources created to serve the Northern Virginia region. Connect with these resources based on need, interest and location, including:
Aunt Bertha site providing human services program information;
Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide and Loudoun Cares, for services available to county residents;
Prince William County Action in Community through Service (ACTS);
Live Healthy Fairfax and Live Healthy Loudoun dashboards with online access to data on topics to promote community well-being;
2-1-1 Virginia, Virginia Department of Social Services providing local and statewide human needs services.
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Loudoun County’s grant application process for human service nonprofit organizations kicks off Monday, Dec. 3. Tax-exempt, private, nonprofit organizations that provide human services to Loudoun County residents in identified areas of need identified are eligible to apply for grants. Read more: Nonprofit Grant Funding Applications Open Dec. 3
Salvation Army of Loudoun County representatives called out Christmas greetings to and collected donations from the visitors along the route of the Middleburg Christmas Parade this year. While cold, rainy weather resulted in smaller than typical crowd sizes, this year’s donation buckets felt heavier than previous years’ buckets, stated Ric Humphreys. That was a good sign during a Red Kettle giving season that, so far, has seen fewer donations and fewer volunteers in Loudoun. During the first four days, donations for this year were only 50 percent of 2017. Read more: Loudoun’s Salvation Army Sees Lower Donations Early in Red Kettle Campaign
Loudoun Cares announces that their South Street Nonprofit Center in Leesburg currently has office space available for interested nonprofits. Short-term office leases in a variety of sizes are currently available. Loudoun Cares covers the cost of water and electric for all of its leases. The South Street Nonprofit Center is located at 8 South Street, SW, Leesburg, 20176. Please call Valerie at 703-669-2351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The awards, presented by Governor Northam and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, recognize the outstanding efforts of Virginia’s volunteers. The nomination period ends at 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Honors will be presented in the following categories: Adult Youth Senior Family Faith-Based Organization Educational Institution Community Organization Small Business Corporation This year’s winners will be honored in the spring during an awards ceremony in Richmond. For more information or to nominate a person or group, visit VirginiaService.virginia.gov. If you have questions about the Governor’s Volunteerism Awards, contact VirginiaServiceInfo@dss.virginia.gov. Nomination forms must be submitted online and require two letters of support. Information on last year’s winners can be found at http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/volunteering/governors-volunteerism-awards/.
Reston, VA –This holiday season, be a light in the darkness. The 2018 Alternative Gift Market (AGM) and Craft Fair lets you provide light and hope in your community and around the globe through 30+ participating charities accepting monetary gifts in support of their missions. Local and global non-profits taking part in the AGM offer one time donation opportunities that cover the costs of food, shelter, clothing, education, and other basics for those in need. Examples include $50 for a night of shelter for a woman and two children, $25 for a month of health care coverage for an area child, $30 for warm winter clothing for a local resident, and $15 for school supplies for two Northern Virginia students. Participating local organizations include Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, CASA Fairfax, Cornerstones, Helping Hungry Kids, Kids R First, Medical Care for Children Partnership, Friends of Homeless Animals, Lift Me Up, Young Playwrights, and OAR. Global organizations include Amazon Adopt-a-School Project, BEADS for Education, Global Camps Africa, and Heifer International Projects. In addition to the charitable organizations, the AGM will include two vendors selling fair trade crafts made by artisans in Africa and Central America. Spokesperson Anne Simpson offers more detail on the AGM: “The Alternative Gift Market embodies the concept of ‘better to give than to receive’. Each year we create a one-stop experience for those who want to make donations to charities that help with basic needs and self-sufficiency. Donors can come to our market and speak with representatives of each organization about its mission and programs, then make a donation in a pre-determined amount that corresponds to the cost of a unit of the services they provide. For example, $20 donated to Helping Hungry Kids will provide food for three children over one weekend. Best of all, the market makes it possible to donate in the name of a third party, such as someone on a holiday gift list. With each gift we provide a card that describes how the donation is going to be used as well as a receipt for tax purposes.” The Alternative Gift Market and Craft Fair will take place December 1 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Avenue, Reston VA. While organized and hosted by UUCR, this is a completely secular event. Details and a complete list of requested gifts can be found at http://www.uureston.org/agm. About UUCR For almost 50 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston has been a progressive, vibrant and active congregation serving individuals and families in Reston, Herndon and surrounding areas. UUCR welcomes people of all ages, sexes, races, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, classes, abilities, languages, and cultural backgrounds.
The Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun held its Friendsgiving Dinner on Friday, to raise money for the backpack buddies programs in Loudoun County Public Schools.
The event, held at River Creek Club, is the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. As of Tuesday, the organization’s president and founder, Daniel L. Hampton, said he and his team were still calculating how much was raised. Last year, the fundraiser brought in $100,000.
The Loudoun County Salvation Army today kicked off its Red Kettle fundraising campaign this morning, hoping to collect $95,000 to support its year-round network of community support services.
Bell ringers will be posted at storefronts around the county starting next Friday, urging residents to drop a few bucks in their kettles.
Youth for Tomorrow officially opened its Loudoun County Regional Behavioral Health Office for clinical behavioral services at 19415 Deerfield Avenue in Lansdowne.
The nonprofit organization’s regional office will provide diagnosis and treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, anger, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, aggression, familial and relational issues, among other challenges. Staff includes a licensed clinical psychologist and two licensed clinical social workers. The organization accepts private insurance and Medicaid.
DryHome Roofing and Siding, a Sterling-based roofing company, is accepting nominations through the end of the month for its 15th annual Free Roof for the Holidays program.
The company is looking for a Northern Virginia-based individual, family or nonprofit in need of a free roof. The free roof will be awarded based on nominations DryHome receives from customers and the public. The nomination window ends Nov. 30 and the winner will be announced in early December.
Loudoun Hunger Relief recently picked up the season’s final crop of produce grown at The JK Community Farm, a nonprofit started this year by JK Moving Services to help alleviate hunger in the community.