Reston Area Nonprofits: Making Community Work

Reston Area Nonprofits: Making Community Work

Reston Citizens Association RCA

Reston Citizens Association is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, founded in 1967. RCA promotes and protects Reston's founding principles in the political arena by serving as a non-partisan forum for all residents and as an advocate for the community with county and state government.

Useful Services Exchange USE One of the most inviting groups in Reston was established in 1975 and has helped hundreds of members since then. Members of Reston Useful Services Exchange, simply known as USE, perform services for each other for USE credit or debit hours, rather than for direct payment. Composed of an international, intergenerational population, members chip in $10 a year (or $20 for an entire family) annually to join in this neighbor-to-neighbor exchange. Need a trip to the doctor? A ceiling-high light bulb replaced? A child transported to a school activity? A friend to hold your hand during a health crisis? USE does it all—and even offers a "Just Ask" category for something not on the services list. or 703-873-7578

Rescue Reston

Rescue Reston is a grassroots organization comprising community volunteers who oppose redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course into residential housing or any site development other than a golf course or comparable open space. Whether you golf or just enjoy the outdoors, learn more about Rescue Reston at or

Reston Environmental Action REACT

Reston Environmental Action is a nonprofit organization of residents working to make adopting green habits more convenient. We organize both neighborhood and Reston-wide projects. To encourage recycling, eco-friendly yard and garden care, greener transportation or energy conservation or to learn more about us, call 703-620-0151 or email

Sweet Virginia Foundation, Inc.

Sweet Virginia Foundation is a Northern Virginia nonprofit whose mission is to provide hands-on honey bee education to elementary school students. Over the past two years, their programs have reached more than 10,000 children. In recognition of National Honey Bee Day 2016, the foundation is launching a digital curriculum about honey bees that will be available to students and educators nationwide. Adults may become volunteer “Sweet Virginia Ambassadors” by following instructions on the organization’s website., 844-827-9338 or

Cornerstones formerly Reston Interfaith

Cornerstones 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

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. 703-716-5750.

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. or 703-626-0056

Herndon-Reston FISH

FISH: Friendly Immediate Sympathetic Help. A volunteer, non-sectarian, nonprofit dedicated to helping local residents through short-term crises. Seeking general volunteers or monetary donations. Profits from The Bargain Loft, a thrift store located at 336 Victory Drive, Herndon support FISH. 571-267-2980 (assistance line) or

Committee for Helping Others CHO

CHO is an organization committed to providing “simple, loving charity” to those in need in Vienna, Dunn Loring, and Merrifield. CHO is currently seeking volunteer drivers for their furniture and transportation programs. 703-281-7614 or

Assistance League of Northern Virginia

An all-volunteer organization that clothes, feeds, educates and nurtures those in need. Working through six elementary schools and Inova Fairfax Hospital, Assistance League touches the lives of some of the most needy in Northern Virginia. The schools involved include Dogwood Elementary in Reston, Lynbrook Elementary and Garfield Elementary in Springfield, Cora Kelly Elementary in Alexandria and Pine Spring Elementary in Falls Church. Volunteers and donors are always needed. Contact or

Nova Labs

Nova Labs ( is an independent, member-supported makerspace in Reston. We have daily (nightly) hands-on programs on everything from cybersecurity to woodworking, and literally everything in between (Arduino, robotics (and FIRST robotics teams), 3d-printing, crafting, sewing, metalworking ,welding, and much more). Our activities open to the public are scheduled at See our webpage for an ongoing series of updates on activities and progress.