Author: Srikrishna Dammalapati

Backpack Buddies Friendsgiving Supports Students in Need

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.

Bells Will Be Ringing to Help Loudouners

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 Opens Lansdowne Office

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 Accepting Nominations to Gift a Free Roof

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.

Faces of Loudoun: Meet Bobbi – Area Nonprofits Helped My Suffering Child

I was in my mid 30s and pregnant with my first child when I went in for an echocardiogram. I knew something was wrong the minute they put me in a conference room after the procedure. Then five people walked in to talk to me. My son, they told me, had severe heart defects and would be facing serious health issues. Ryan was born on March 14 and immediately underwent open-heart surgery the next day. He had a second operation six months later and a third at the age of 3.

Firefighters, Mobile Hope Hold Annual Coat Drive

The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Firefighters Association are collecting new or gently used and clean coats, scarves, winter hats, gloves and mittens.
They are asking that the donated items be dropped off at any fire and rescue station in the county between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays through the end of the month. Donated items can also be dropped off at the administration building at 801 Sycolin Road Suite 200 in Leesburg.

Volunteers Are Golden at Hospital Rummage Sale

For bargain hunters and collectors, the annual Inova Hospital Ladies Board Rummage sale is a can’t-miss event. And for the 500 or so volunteers who make the event happen every year, it’s a homecoming of sorts, a chance to catch up with friends and have a blast while working for a great cause.

This year, the board honored three women who have each volunteered for 50 or more years. These longtime volunteers earned the inaugural Golden Apron awards, a nod to the familiar blue aprons that all volunteers wear for the sale and for the weeklong sale prep that started Monday.

Loudoun Human Services Network Recognizes Charitable Standouts

The Loudoun Human Services Network on Friday put the spotlight on some of the most impactful volunteers, nonprofit professionals, and philanthropic businesses in the county.

Keynote speaker Lynn Tadlock, deputy executive director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, said that despite Loudoun’s wealth, its nonprofits may face a growing challenge—in large part because of government tax policy.

Martínez Honored for Community Service

Community crusader for social justice and interfaith understanding Priscilla Martínez was presented with the Ann Robinson Social Justice Award at the third annual Loudoun Falls for Social Justice celebration Tuesday, Oct 23.

The annual Ann Robinson Social Justice Award is given to unsung heroes who work to improve the lives of others, intervene to redress injustices, and promote empowerment and inclusivity. It is named after longtime Leesburg resident Ann Robinson, who worked to promote the power of diversity and inclusion until her death in 2016.