Burke Area Nonprofits: Making Community Work

Burke Area Nonprofits: Making Community Work

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, nonprofit 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 is a community-building, nonprofit 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.


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 (Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education) is a nonprofit 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.

Rotary Club of Burke

The Rotary Club of Burke offers the opportunity to participate with a group of diverse, ethical, business and professional people in activities designed to give back to the community. While their individual contributions are modest, collectively they make a huge difference by supporting local and international efforts to improve lives. They enjoy the social and networking advantages of membership and the opportunity to gain new leadership skills.

They are self-directed and choose activities based on the desires of their members. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at Brion’s Grille, 10621 Braddock Road, Fairfax. For more information, visit www.burkerotary.org or email info@burkerotary.org.

Burke Centre 55ers

The Burke Centre 55ers has been in existence since 1979. At that time, the Burke Conservancy decided to sponsor a club for people 55 and older. We meet the first and third Mondays of each month. If Monday is a holiday, then the meeting will be on the next day (Tuesday). The club meets at the Commons Community Center, 5701 Roberts Parkway, Burke, at 9:30 a.m. We begin with coffee and refreshments, then a short business meeting at 10 a.m. followed by speakers or entertainment. The purpose of the Burke Centre 55ers is to enjoy congenial company, participate in community and charitable projects, and take part in occasional luncheons and trips. You are welcome to visit any meeting and “try it out.” If you have questions call Becky Fial at 703-691-0543 or Sam and Shirley DiBartolo at 703-250-3348.

The Burke Toastmasters Club

The Burke Toastmasters Club is a group of speakers ranging from novice to very experienced dedicated to help everyone become a more confident and better speaker. At our meetings, you will hear some interesting speeches, stories and jokes. Toastmasters International provides a structured program in which speakers of all skill levels can easily track their progress. Visitors are always welcome. The meetings are held on the first, third and fifth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Oaks Community Center, 5708 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. For more information on the club visit www.burketoastmasters.org. Burke Toastmasters is also on Facebook.

Lorton Community Action Center

Lorton Community Action Center, located at 9518 Richmond Highway (behind the Lorton Library) assists more than 200 families each week through our pantry, in addition to ESL, tutoring, emergency rent and other types of assistance for seniors, low-income and military families within southern Fairfax County. LCAC’s thrift store, Lorton’s Attic provides qualifying families vouchers for clothing and other items, and accepts furniture and clothing donations. Please see LCAC’s website, www.LortonAction.org or call,703/339-5161, ext. 140 for more information on how to be involved.

The Well Spouse Association

The Well Spouse Association, a national nonprofit which provides peer support to those caring for a chronically ill or disabled spouse, has free support groups in various northern VA locations. For more info, go to www.wellspouse.org or call 800-838-0879.