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Newcomers and the Community Guide; Get to Know Area Non-profits

Vienna

Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC)

AHC, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing, operates in Vienna to provide quality homes for low- and moderate-income families. AHC Also offers services for residents and homeownership opportunities. www.ahcinc.org/index.html.

Northern Virginia Family Service

NVFS addresses the needs of many communities in our region by providing services like foster care and multicultural human services. See extensive volunteer opportunities on their website. 703-385-3267 or http://www.nvfs.org/.

Committee for Helping Others (CHO)

CHO is a Vienna organization committed to providing simple, loving charity to those in need. CHO is currently seeking volunteer drivers for their furniture and transportation programs. Their 14th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road. 703-281-7614 or http://www.cho-va.com.

Alternative House

Alternative House is a housing service with programs like Assisting Young Mothers and, in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Homeless Youth Initiative, which provides safe transitional housing to homeless students. Volunteer opportunities include drivers, event hosts, food drive organizers and tutors. 703-242-6474 or http://familypassfairfax.org/.

The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna

SCOV is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing opportunities for adults (50-plus) to seek rewarding lives and to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. In 2012 SCOV provided services and programs to more than 3,000 older adults and was voted the Best Nonprofit of the Year by the Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers at SCOV serve as medical drivers, companion drivers, friendly callers and visitors, health and wellness counselors, fundraisers and grant writers. 703-281-5088, director@scov.org or www.scov.org.

Family PASS

Family PASS strives to step in before families lose their housing by providing rental subsidies, extensive case management and other assistance including education, job training, child care, food, transportation, health care, help with children’s issues and counseling. Volunteer opportunities include drivers, event hosts, food drive organizers and tutors. 703-242-6474 or http://familypassfairfax.org/.

So Others Might Eat

SOME is a 40-plus-year-old Washington, D.C. based organization with church partnerships throughout Northern Virginia and a storage facility in Vienna. SOME works to meet the immediate daily needs of needy adults and children with food, clothing and health care, with the goal of breaking the cycle of homelessness by offering services such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. www.some.org/‎.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The Vienna Branch of AAUW represent a diverse cross-section of Vienna and Oakton area women working together to promote equity and education for women. The organizations holds educational talks, monthly meetings and does work on projects to contribute to the community.

AFCEA Educational Foundation

AFCEA provides educational scholarships and continuing education and training programs for people in the hard sciences disciplines related to the Department of Defense. http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/.

Rotary Club of Vienna

The Rotary Foundation, Vienna Chapter was founded in 1965, and during the past year, Vienna Rotary donated $168,000 to local schools, nonprofits and the Town of Vienna. The chapter works to support local efforts like festival ViVa! Vienna! and holds programs like the “New Generations” program, Interact, which focuses on helping youth ages 12-18 develop good character. 703-255-4742 or http://www.rotary.org/en/Pages/ridefault.aspx.

Optimist Club of Greater Vienna

The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna is an all volunteer, community service organization. Members donate their time, energy and funds to serve the youth of the greater Vienna community including students at James Madison High School, George Marshall High School, Oakton High School, all schools in their school pyramid, local Scout Troops, sports teams and youth groups. Their website provides an overview of the Optimists’ many activities. http://www.optimistclubofgreatervienna.org.

The Vienna Host Lions Club

The 42 members of the local chapter of the world’s largest service club do service projects in the spirit of their motto, “We Serve.” They collect eyeglasses and hearing aids and prepare them for those who need them, fundraise with “White Cane Days” to donate to 13 organizations which help the blind, and they sell Christmas trees and participate in holiday bazaars to raise funds for hearing, youth, welfare, and safety and civic organizations. See where the money goes and how you can help online. 630-571-5466 or http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/viennahostlionsva/index.php.

McLean

Children's Trust Fund (CTFund)

CTFund is a completely youth-run organization dedicated to helping malnourished and impoverished children in developing countries achieve a healthy and happy start to life. CTFund staff is composed solely of teenagers who are passionate about changing the lives of children around the world who are not as fortunate as they are. http://www.ctfund.org/.

McLean Community Foundation

The MCF provides grants to schools, other nonprofits and organizations like the volunteer fire department. MCF is currently seeking donations. http://www.mcleancommunityfoundation.org.

McLean Rotary Club

MRC sponsors several youth initiatives and Stop Hunger Now events. Members will get involved in their communities and share their time and experience with young people. www.mcleanrotary.org.

Junior League of Northern Virginia

JLNV is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLNV’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. 703-442-4163 or http://www.jlnv.org.

SHARE of McLean

SoM seeks donations of grocery gift cards and more. Checks and gift cards can be sent to: Holiday Celebration, Share, Inc. PO Box 210, McLean, VA 22101. 703-284-2179. www.SHAREofMcLean.org.

Great Falls

Celebrate Great Falls

Hosts annual events such as the Christmas Tree Lighting and a Fourth of July Parade, and raises funds for the three local elementary schools. Celebrate Great Falls is currently looking for volunteers to help with general tasks, events and marketing. 571-293-0474, www.celebrategreatfalls.org or info@CelebrateGreatFalls.org.

Great Falls Rotary Club and Foundation

The newly founded organization has plans in the works to fund scholarships and currently is looking for volunteers to offer whatever combination of time, talent or resources works for them. http://www.rotarygreatfalls.org/.

Friends of Colvin Run Mill

Friends of Colvin Run Mill is dedicated to assisting the Fairfax County Park Authority in enhancing the Colvin Run Mill Historic Site and its educational programs. The restored Colvin Run Mill, a working example of 19th century water powered grist milling technology, serves as an educational focal point for visitors, children and families. 703-759-2771 or http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/.

Friends of the Great Falls Library

A group of book-lovers that raises money to expand programs for children and outreach at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. 703-757-8560, 202-429-3806 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/gf/.

Great Falls Ecumenical Council

The Great Falls Ecumenical Council has members from all the churches in Great Falls. The group supports Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, the Good Shepherd alliance housing for the homeless, Pedals for Progress in April, after-graduation parties for local high schools, Camp Fraser and a 5K walk/run and blood drive on July 4. It also sponsors blood drives throughout the year. The council hosts ecumenical worship services at Thanksgiving, on Good Friday, a sunrise service at Great Falls National Park on Easter Sunday and a January ecumenical service. 703-759-6068.

Great Falls Optimist Club

A group of men and women committed to programs that educate youth and help them expand their horizons and avoid pitfalls as they mature. The Optimists sponsor the "Just Say No" program and an oratorical contest as well as the Adeler Jewelers Children’s Festival. They sponsor boys and girls softball and baseball teams and Operation Smile. 703-938-5858.

Great Falls Trailblazers

The Trailblazers support development and maintenance of trails, both stonedust and natural surface, in Great Falls. They monitor development to ensure compliance with the trails designated in Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan trails map and actively work to complete trails on Georgetown Pike and Walker Road. They meet monthly at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday, except August and December, at the Old Schoolhouse in Great Falls. 703-759-2059 or http://www.geocities.com/greatfallstrails/.

Great Falls Woman’s Club

This diverse group makes things happen in the community and looks to residents to join in. For the last two years, the club has raised thousands of dollars with a Casino Night Gala and fundraiser to support construction of a new fire station for professional and volunteer firefighters and paramedics in Great Falls. While they perform community service, raise money and award women’s scholarships, members of the Great Falls Woman’s Club have programs that foster camaraderie within the club. Membership includes many former Great Falls Newcomers. 703-757-6234.

Friends and Newcomers of Great Falls

Newcomers of Great Falls helps new residents of Great Falls and its school district meet each other and assimilate into the community. The nonprofit organization offers more than 300 members a variety of activities and programs along with opportunities for leadership, community service and support to local charitable and civic organizations. The Newcomers provide financial support for such community charities as Camp Fraser, Lift Me Up and the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department. 703-757-7962 or http://www.gffnva.org/.

The Turner Farm Team

A group of community volunteers who raise money and public support for a public park that was once a dairy farm at Georgetown Pike and Springvale Road. The Turner Farm team is a liaison with the Fairfax County Park Authority and supports community efforts to build a picnic pavilion, a tot lot, equestrian features and an astronomy observatory at The Turner Farm. 703-406-2487 or e-mailmamacow@cox.net.

Traveling Players Ensemble

Traveling Players Ensemble is a not-for-profit professional theatre company in the Washington, D.C. area, dedicated to bringing great theatre into the great outdoors through a thriving summer camp and year-round acting classes and workshops. Volunteer opportunities include working in the office, assisting with costume and set construction and helping with special events. 703-987-1712 or http://www.travelingplayers.org/about/mission/.

Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC)

GFSC is bringing the growing senior population together with stimulating monthly programs and activities on wide-ranging topics that enrich their cultural, social and educational interests. Membership is $10 a year and provides voting rights, giving voice to the direction of the center. Contact Linda Fernald, communications chair, at linda.fernald1@verizon.net or 703-759-3721.

Reston

Reston Environmental Action (REACT)

Is a non-profit organization of residents working within their neighborhood or building to increase green habits. Everyone one is welcome to attend the REACT annual meeting, with guest speaker Erin Trager discussing offshore wind power in Virginia, on Wednesday, October 2nd at Walker Center Nature House at 7:30 p.m. To encourage recycling, eco-friendly yard and garden care, greener transportation or energy conservation, email info@restonenvironmentalaction.org or call 703-620-0151.

Sweet Virginia Foundation, Inc.

Sweet Virginia Foundation is Northern Virginia's charitable beekeeping cooperative whose mission is to promote urban/suburban beekeeping and provide educational and volunteer opportunities for adults and children. Sweet Virginia uses the fine honey it produces from local honeybee colonies to raise funds for local charities dedicated to serving the needs of those most vulnerable in our local community. Supported organizations include Homestretch, Fairfax CASA, The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, Fairfax Families4Kids and several more small scale, DC area non-profits focused on serving the most vulnerable among us. A tax-deductible donation of $95 receives a gift of a single-jar gift of select honey and $150 for a two-jar gift set. 703-627-5086, brandy@sweetvirginia.com or www.sweetvirginia.com.

Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith)

Reston Interfaith helps those that are homeless and struggling in Northern Virginia to build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, child care, food or financial assistance. Programs and services include the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Emergency Food Pantry, Hypothermia Prevention Program and the Thanksgiving Food Drive. 571-323-9555 or www.cornerstonesva.org/.

Dulles Corridor Rail Association

Advocates for business when it comes to Metrorail development along the Toll Road, with an emphasis on Herndon and Reston area development. www.dullescorridorrail.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Foundation

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc. is established to promote multi-cultural activities and serve as a mechanism through which concerned individuals can support enhanced social, educational, health and wellness services within the community; currently seeking donations. www.mlkculturalfoundation.org.

Herndon-Reston FISH

FISH: Friendly Immediate Sympathetic Help. A volunteer, non-sectarian, non-profit dedicated to helping local residents through short-term crises. Seeking general volunteers or monetary donations. 336 Victory Drive, Herndon, 703-391-0105 or http://herndonrestonfish.org.

Committee for Helping Others (CHO)

An organization committed to providing simple, loving charity to those in need in Reston and Vienna. Currently seeking volunteer drivers for their furniture and transportation programs. The 14th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road. 703-281-7614 or http://www.cho-va.com.

Herndon

Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith)

Reston Interfaith helps those that are homeless and struggling in Northern Virginia to build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, child care, food or financial assistance. Programs and services include the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Emergency Food Pantry, Hypothermia Prevention Program and the Thanksgiving Food Drive. 571-323-9555 or www.cornerstonesva.org/.

Council for the Arts of Herndon

The Council for the Arts of Herndon is the Town of Herndon’s officially designated local arts agency. CAH is a private, not-for-profit charitable organization supported by citizens, businesses and the public sector including the Town of Herndon and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. www.herndonarts.org.

Herndon-Reston FISH

FISH stands for “Friendly Immediate Sympathetic Help.” The volunteer, non-sectarian non-profit is dedicated to helping local residents through short-term crises. Currently FISH is eeking general volunteers or monetary donations. http://herndonrestonfish.org.

Touching Heart

Touching Heart is an organization that encourages children to help others by creating a wishlist for a child in one of the orphanages or foster care center affiliated with the organization and asking friends and family to donate to the wish list. The children who receive the gift respond with a letter or sometimes a painting or handmade gift and the two learn about each other and the joy of sharing this way. Teenagers and children that volunteer and help run the organization participate in leadership programs. 703-901-7355 or

The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic

Last year, 139 community volunteers—nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians—gave more than 1,300 hours of their time to see patients. jsfreeclinic.org.

Shelter House

Shelter House was formed in 1981 when several ecumenical groups came together to better serve Fairfax County's low-income population; Shelter House follows the Housing First model, with the main priority to re-house every family that begins one of their six unique housing programs. Currently Shelter House is seeking monetary, item and time donations. http://www.shelterhouse.org/.

LINK: Link Against Hunger

LINK provides emergency food assistance by request on a daily basis and hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. The organization is comprised of 14 member churches serving Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. LINK needs contributions of food, coats and holiday toys for children, plus volunteers. More than 4,000 adults and children have signed up for help with Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. 703-437-1776 or www.linkagainsthunger.org.

Northern Virginia Technology Council

A not-for-profit that functions similarly to a chamber of commerce for tech companies, providing resources and networking opportunities for tech businesses; offices are in Herndon, Reston, Chantilly and Centreville. www.nvtc.org.

Burke

Deeper Missions

An aid and mission travel organization that aims to implement sustainability projects, such as clean energy, safe water and sanitation in developing nations. Locally, volunteer opportunities include helping design graphics, social media management and fundraiser writing, in addition to being part of a travel team. http://deepermissions.org.

Lions Club

The Burke Lions, formed in 1967, hold two big annual fundraising events, including selling food at the Burke Centre Fall Festival and Christmas tree sales at Cardinal Forest Plaza, all proceeds of which benefit charities. The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Those with questions should call Lion Stephen Pawlow to enjoy a free dinner and to find out what the group is about. 703-764-9656 or www.burkelions.org.

Moms Club of BURKE

The MOMS Offering Moms Support (MOMS) Club is an international, non-profit organization that provides support for mothers. The Burke group provides forums on topics of interest for moms (child care, tea, coffee and baked goods provided) as well as during-the-day playdates and socializing activities. www.burkemomsnorth.org and https://sites.google.com/site/burkesouthmoms/.

Burke CARES
Burke CARES is a community-building, non-profit organization incorporated in 1997 and composed entirely of volunteers that serves the members of Burke Centre and the larger Burke community by helping community members with resources to come to the aid of community members who need those resources. Burke CARES is determined to help create a community of residents aware of each other's needs and helping to meet those needs.

http://BurkeCARES.tripod.com/index.html.

Celebration Singers

Celebration Singers is a performance-oriented and service-based community singing group that endeavors, through its presence and visibility in Prince William County, to enhance the county’s image throughout Northern Virginia, and to provide members and audiences with a rewarding and enjoyable experience through seasonal concerts. Ticket proceeds also provide support for charitable organizations local to Northern Virginia. www.celebrationsingersva.org/‎.

GIVE

GIVE (Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education) is a non-profit organization founded and operated by high school students, which works towards promoting leadership of youth through volunteering time for a free tutoring program for children. Last year, GIVE ran 11 centers in both libraries and community centers, and is looking forward to expanding further this year with more support. The GIVE center at Richard Byrd Library, which has served over 1,000 students, has over 100 students and 60 tutors that meet every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. www.giveyouth.org.

Friends of the Burke Centre Library

The library maintains an association of persons and organizations interested in supporting and advocating for public library services. Members work together to host several large book sales throughout the year, advocate for all libraries to receive adequate funding, host guest speakers such as historians, publishers and authors, and support the Fairfax Library Foundation with the annual Fall for the Book Festival. bcfriendsbooks@yahoo.com.

Fairfax

Lamb Center

A day center for the homeless, currently seeking donations and general volunteers. 703-691-3178 or www.thelambcenter.org.

Fairfax City Area FISH (Friendly Immediate Sympathetic Help)

Working with the Office of Coordinated Services Planning and Fairfax County Department of Human Services, FISH helps local citizens who are in temporary need of life's basic necessities such as food, clothing and financial assistance for rent, mortgage payments, utilities and medical treatments. FISH also provides limited transportation for doctor appointments and food delivery. 703-222-0880 or http://fairfaxfish.org/.

Comfort for America's Uniformed Services (CAUSE)

Ensures that recuperating service members have opportunities for recreation and social interaction and receive concrete signs of appreciation for all that they have done. 703-591-4968 or cause-usa.org.

Food for Others

The non-profit provides a safety net for people who suddenly face unforeseen emergencies such as a family illness or the loss of a job or a spouse. 703-207-9173 or www.foodforothers.org.

Our Daily Bread

The Holiday Program helps those in need with food for the holidays and gifts for their children, making last year's holiday season brighter for approximately 3,000 families. For more information on their holiday programs, including how to sponsor a family, go to www.odbfairfax.com/holiday.

Fairfax Families for Kids

Fairfax Families4Kids gives youth ages 12 to 21, currently living in foster care or out of foster care, the opportunity to participate in group and individual mentoring, and spend quality time in the community engaged in regularly scheduled, structured group activities. Sample group activities include: chess tournaments, bowling, basketball camps, fitness and dance classes, badminton, horseback riding, 5-K walks, etc. The youth also participate in community service projects such as: packing school backpacks for children in Haiti, sending boxes to soldiers, raising money for the homeless, etc. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fairfaxfamilies4kids.htm.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Fairfax Area

Aims to help youth become confident, civic-minded, responsible adults through programs focused on education/career development, health and life skills, leadership, the arts, sports and recreation, and mentoring. http://www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/.

FACETS

FACETS helps parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in the Fairfax area. FACETS is always in need of volunteers, and offers a variety of one-time and ongoing opportunities, including a monthly Youth Volunteer Night. 703-865-4251 or http://facetscares.org/.

Kurdish Human Rights Watch

KHRW began in 1989 with the mission to enable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, asylee newcomers and homeless individuals to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence through direct assistance and capacity-building. http://www.khrw.org/.

Pathway Homes

Established in 1980, Pathways focuses on providing housing and support services to individuals with serious mental illnesses, with the mission to help these individuals reach their full potential and lead stable lives. They offer both in-home programs, semi-independent houses and assisted living facilities. http://www.pathwayhomes.org/.

Fairfax Station

National Capital Food Bank

A group of food banks serving all of Northern Virginia seek monetary donations and general volunteers. 703-541-3063 or www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

Lorton Community Action Center

Operates the Act ll Thrift Shop at 9506 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Sales from the shop generate funds for LCAC and clients also shop there. LCAC is seeking monetary donations, volunteers and collecting gift cards and food baskets for Thanksgiving, gifts and food baskets for Christmas, and warm coats. 703-339-8611 or www.lortonaction.org.

Lorton Community Action Center

The organization seeks to aid low-income families and individuals in southeast Fairfax by providing basic needs, as well as informational resources. http://www.lortonaction.org/index.php.

South County Cares

South County Church congregation members and south county area community members work together on local and international projects like National Night Out, Operation Christmas Child, and local and international aid efforts. www.southcountycares.org.

Springfield

GIVE

GIVE (Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education) is a non-profit organization founded and operated by high school students, which works towards promoting leadership of youth through volunteering time for a free tutoring program for children. Last year, GIVE ran 11 centers in both libraries and community centers, and is looking forward to expanding further this year with more support. The GIVE center at Richard Byrd Library, which has served over 1,000 students, has over 100 students and 60 tutors that meet every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. www.giveyouth.org.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO)

Open to receive donations at 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Provides food and financial assistance to those in short-term emergencies, and provides clothing and household goods to low income families. ECHO is constantly seeking donations and volunteers. 703-569-9160 or www.echo-inc.org.

South County Cares

South County Church congregation members and south county area community members work together on local and international projects like National Night Out, Operation Christmas Child, and local and international aid efforts. www.southcountycares.org.

National Capital Food Bank

A group of food banks serving all of Northern Virginia seek monetary donations and general volunteers. 703-541-3063 or www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

Northern Virginia Family Services

Offers employments and job training, health care, housing, mental health, foster care and home visitations to new parents. 703-385-3267 or www.nvfs.org.

Alexandria

ACT for Alexandria

ACT for Alexandria is a community foundation that serves as a catalyst for increasing charitable investment and community engagement locally. 703-739-7778 or www.actforalexandria.org.

Alexandria Community Services Board

The Alexandria Community Services Board (CSB) is a group of 16 volunteers appointed by Alexandria City Council, which oversees the use of public funds to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services through the Department of Community and Human Services. www.alexandriava.gov/mhmrsa.

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. offers shelter to homeless people and works in coordination with public agencies, businesses and community groups to give homeless people the support, shelter, counseling and employment training they need to regain self-sufficiency. 703-525-7177 or www.aachhomeless.org.

Carpenter's Shelter

As the largest homeless shelter in Northern Virginia, Carpenter’s Shelter serves over 1,000 homeless and formerly homeless children and adults each year. Carpenter’s Shelter’s care offers continuous services, aiding the chronically homeless and shelter residents through their transition back into independent living. Ninety percent of those who complete the Carpenter’s Shelter program never return to homelessness again. 703 548-7500 or www.carpentersshelter.org.

The Campagna Center

The center operates programs that support children in Alexandria by providing services that allow them to arrive at school ready to learn and ensure they are academically successful at each grade level. Programs include Alexandria Head Start, Early Head Start, full-day preschool The Campagna Early Learning Center, extended-day preschools program Afternoon Adventures, before- and after- school tutoring/child care Campagna Kids, tutoring and mentoring with Building Better Futures and education programs for immigrants and refugee families with the New Neighbors program. 703-549-0111 or www.campagnacenter.org.

Center for Alexandria's Children

The CAC is a public-private partnership based on the Children’s Advocacy Center Model, which has been shown to improve outcomes for families and victims of abuse. The center provides services for victims and their families and coordinates the response between victims and nonprofits aiming to serve them. 703-838-4381 or www.centerforalexandriaschildren.org.

Child and Family Network Centers

Provides free and fully accredited preschool education for children living in poverty in Northern Virginia, including free family support, literacy, job training, and health programs to the parents of students. Currently, Child and Family Network Centers serve nearly 200 children and their families each year at six program sites throughout Alexandria and Arlington. 703-836-0214 or www.cfnc-online.org.

Community Lodgings, Inc.

Community Lodgings’ mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through transition-in-place housing, affordable housing and youth education programs. 703-549-4407 or http://communitylodgings.org/.

Computer C.O.R.E.

Helps low-income adults acquire the technological and life skills they need to pursue their career aspirations; tuition is free, and accordingly, donations are needed. 703-931-7346 or www.computercore.org.

Hopkins House

The mission of Hopkins House is to provide quality educational programs and opportunities to children, youths and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve their full intellectual, economic and social potential. 703-549-8072 or www.hopkinshouse.org.

Northern Virginia Family Services

Offers employments and job training, health care, housing, mental health, foster care and home visitations to new parents. 703-385-3267 or www.nvfs.org.

Volunteer Alexandria

Aims to offer comprehensive human services to the entire Alexandria community; services include volunteer recruitment and placement, court-referred community service placement, community awareness events and volunteer management training. 703-836-2176 or http://volunteeralexandria.org.

Friends of Guest House

Offers structure, supervision, support and assistance to female ex-offenders who sincerely want to improve their lives and break the cycle of incarceration. Friends of Guest House offers the only program for women of its kind in Northern Virginia, and receives countless inquiries every year. http://friendsofguesthouse.org/.

Mount Vernon

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Fairfax Area

Aims to help youth become confident, civic-minded, responsible adults through programs focused on education/career development, health and life skills, leadership, the arts, sports and recreation, and mentoring. http://www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/.

Mount Vernon Recreation Center

A fitness center with a 25-meter heated indoor pool with poolside spa, a beach area with play features, locker rooms with showers and sauna, Fitness Center with Cybex VR2 equipment, pro shop items for sale, dance room, multi-purpose rooms and a year-round 200 foot by 85 foot indoor ice arena. 703-768-3224 or http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/mvrec.htm.

Christian Relief Services

Incorporated in 1985, in Virginia, through partnership with 14 agencies, Christian Relief Services offers up to 24 months of transitional housing, case management and supportive services for homeless people. Around the country, operates the affordable housing units. http://www.christianrelief.org/.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services

The goal of Good Shepherd, created in 1974, is to help bring an end to homelessness while promoting the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals with programs in counseling, grant services and housing location assistance. http://www.goodhousing.org/.

New Hope Housing

In 1978, New Hope opened the first homeless shelter in Fairfax County. New Hope Housing is the oldest and largest provider of shelter to the homeless of Northern Virginia. Its mission is to provide both shelter and the tools to build a better life. http://www.newhopehousing.org/.

United Community Ministries

Founded in 1969 as a grassroots movement to assist low-income families and individuals living along the Route One Corridor, UCM provides four different housing programs as well as a Workforce Development Center to help prepare people for moving forward with their jobs.703-768-7106 or http://www.ucmagency.org/.

Progreso Literacy and Citizenship Center

(Progreso), based in Alexandria, has agreed to integrate Progreso’s programs with United Community Ministry’s services. Progreso is the leading provider of English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship classes, and other immigration services in Southeast Fairfax County. In order to maintain and expand these services, UCM will combine with them with its ongoing employment and adult education courses. The transition process, which will be relatively seamless to clients, will be finalized in September 2013.

Mount Vernon Rotary Club

The club works to provide educational scholarships, educate the next generation to motivate them to pursue world peace, and to simply care about human needs and be willing to take steps to help meet them. http://localrotaryclub.com/MountVernonVirginiarotaryclub.

Centre View North

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

A food pantry at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly (near Backyard Grill and Bar); the food bank is currently seeking donations. Western Fairfax Christian Ministries also connects sponsors with families who need assistance. 703-988-9656, ext. 105. 703-988-9656.

National Capital Food Bank

A group of food banks serving all of Northern Virginia seek monetary donations and general volunteers. 703-541-3063 or www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

Northern Virginia Family Services

Offers employments and job training, health care, housing, mental health, foster care and home visitations to new parents. 703-385-3267 or www.nvfs.org.

Friends of Guest House

Offers structure, supervision, support and assistance to female ex-offenders who sincerely want to improve their lives and break the cycle of incarceration. Friends of Guest House offers the only program for women of its kind in Northern Virginia, and receives countless inquiries every year. http://friendsofguesthouse.org/.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Fairfax Area

Aims to help youth become confident, civic-minded, responsible adults through programs focused on education/career development, health and life skills, leadership, the arts, sports and recreation, and mentoring. http://www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/.

Centre View South

Friends of Historic Centreville

A recently formed 501 3c non-profit dedicated to historic preservation and educating the public about the history and historic resources of western Fairfax. The Friends are particularly interested in working with the Fairfax County Park Authority to make the new Historic Centreville Park a success.

National Capital Food Bank

A group of food banks serving all of Northern Virginia seek monetary donations and general volunteers. 703-541-3063 or www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

Northern Virginia Family Services

Offers employments and job training, health care, housing, mental health, foster care and home visitations to new parents. 703-385-3267 or www.nvfs.org.

Friends of Guest House

Offers structure, supervision, support and assistance to female ex-offenders who sincerely want to improve their lives and break the cycle of incarceration. Friends of Guest House offers the only program for women of its kind in Northern Virginia, and receives countless inquiries every year. http://friendsofguesthouse.org/.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Fairfax Area

Aims to help youth become confident, civic-minded, responsible adults through programs focused on education/career development, health and life skills, leadership, the arts, sports and recreation, and mentoring. http://www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/.

Arlington

Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs

AMEN provides one-time, same-day emergency financial assistance to Arlington residents facing a financial crisis, and also has programs to help prevent homelessness. 703-558-0035 or www.emergencyneeds.org.

Doorways for Women and Families

Provides services to help women out of domestic violence and homelessness toward safe and stable lives. 703-504-9400 or www.doorwaysva.org.

The Arlington Food Assistance Center

Provides supplemental food assistance to Arlington County residents, on average serving 3,500 adults and 1,500 children a week. The center is at 2708 South Nelson Street, Arlington. 703-845-8486 or http://www.afac.org/.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

Helps families obtain affordable housing and connects them with groups of volunteers who contribute time and/or talent to help build homes; volunteers and monetary donations are needed. 703-521-9890.

Arlington Free Clinic

Provides medical care for low-income, uninsured adults in Arlington, 703-979-1425, 2921 11th St. South Arlington. www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org.

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. offers shelter to homeless people and works in coordination with public agencies, businesses and community groups to give homeless people the support, shelter, counseling and employment training they need to regain self-sufficiency. 703-525-7177 or www.aachhomeless.org.

A-SPAN

Provides services for Arlington's street homeless. Their mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington's most vulnerable populations. 703-820-4357 or HYPERLINK "http://www.a-span.org/" http://www.a-span.org/.

Potomac

Manna Food Center

Manna Food Center, the main food bank in Montgomery County, strives to eliminate hunger through food distribution, education and advocacy. Manna has distributed more than 43 million pounds of food to more than 2.7 million individuals. Manna provided food to 5 percent of Montgomery County residents this past year. 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 301-424-1130 or www.mannafood.org.

Mercy Health Clinic

Mercy Health Clinic is a free, community-based volunteer organization providing quality healthcare to uninsured, low-income residents of Montgomery County. The clinic, located in Gaithersburg, depends on the expertise of volunteers, healthcare professionals and support from community partners to provide quality care to those in need. The clinic is staffed with medical professionals including family practice physicians, cardiologists, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, nurse assistants, translators and behavioral health counselors. 7 Metropolitan Court, Suite 1, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, www.mercyhealthclinic.org.

Interfaith Works

Interfaith Works provides shelter, food, and clothing to low-income and homeless neighbors. 114 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850, , www.iworksmc.org.

Potomac Community Resources

Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR) provides therapeutic, recreational, social and respite care programs for teens and adults with developmental differences, as well as information about community resources for families. 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD 20854, 301-365-0561 or http://pcr-inc.org/.

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), a community-based nonprofit organization, is a leading provider of permanent housing, intermediate housing, emergency shelter and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. MCCH programs serve 1,600 men, women and children each year. 600-B East Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-217-0314 or www.mcch.net.

Shepherd’s Table

Shepherd's Table is a non-profit organization in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations and individual donors. Shepherd’s Table provides help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, medical support, clothing and other assistance. 8210 Dixon Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-585-6463 or www.shepherdstable.org.

Fisher House

The Fisher House program supports members of the military and their families when they travel great distances for specialized medical care. Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and Veterans medical centers, including Walter Reed in Bethesda. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times. Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 888-294-8560 or www.fisherhouse.org.

Friends in Action

Founded by Interfaith Works (formerly Community Ministry of Montgomery County) in 1986, Friends in Action recruits and trains a network of people from all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Volunteer mentoring teams are linked for one year in a supportive relationship to a needy family in their community. The goal of the program is to help the family identify their strengths and develop attainable and manageable goals that guide them toward financial independence and personal well being. 114 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850, 301-762-8682 or www.iworksmc.org/friends-in-action.