Author: Nicole Acosta

Nonprofit Grant Funding Applications Open Dec. 3

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 Sees Lower Donations Early in Red Kettle Campaign

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

Nonprofit Office Space Available

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 valerie@loudouncares.org for more details.

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer!

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/.

 2018 Northern Virginia Alternative Gift Market to Benefit Local, Global Organizations 

  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.