WE PUT HOPE IN ACTION
Our grants support promising programs that serve our community's most vulnerable members.
Potential grantees must meet a reasonable set of eligibility criteria, but as of 2021, are spared a laborious grant application and review process. Instead, we rely on the insights of our
highly motivated and informed members to nominate local nonprofits to receive our collective quarterly giving. This ensures that dollars are well spent
and that we’re always creating opportunities between our grantees and other funding sources.
DULLES SOUTH FOOD PANTRY
The Dulles South Food Pantry (DSFP) is a multifaith food pantry located in Loudoun County. The Pantry provides nutritious food, personal supplies and other services to those in need in Dulles South and the surrounding area regardless of income, faith, or other criteria, and strives to promote self-sufficiency. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, DSFP has seen a steady rise in number of guests served, up to about 1000 individuals monthly.
Herndon-Reston FISH is a nonsectarian organization which provides Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help to Herndon and Reston residents in short-term financial crises. FISH helps low-income families avoid eviction, keep utilities on, and finance immediate medical needs. FISH has taken on new roles and responsibilities in 2020: it was selected by Fairfax County to be a conduit for a major new federally financed program to aid residents in our communities who find themselves in financial distress as a result of Covid-19.
Culmore Clinic serves low-income adults in the Bailey’s Crossroads community, where almost 60% of residents are uninsured and 97% represent an immigrant population. Supported by a diverse group of interfaith volunteers, healthcare providers, and donors, Culmore Clinic offers compassionate medical care, counseling services, and specialty referrals. The clinic works to alleviate health disparities, offering low-cost services to patients who would not otherwise have access to any kind of medical care.
Aspire celebrates 25 years of serving at-risk children and low-income immigrant families, almost all of whom receive free or reduced-fare lunch at school. Through a daily academic program in which more than 90% of students improve their reading instructional levels year-over-year, Aspire forges strong partnerships with schools and families by connecting the child’s daily experience: at school, after school and at home.
La Cocina’s Culinary Career Readiness, Job Placement and Food Assistance Program, provides unemployed low-income members in Northern Virginia with a bilingual certified job training program that transforms unemployment into full employment in a very short period of time. During their culinary training students prepare healthy meals that are donated to homeless shelters and families in low-income housing
THE JOSH ANDERSON FOUNDATION
The Josh Anderson Foundation was founded in 2012 and has reached close to 90,000 students in 80 schools. JAF provides adolescents with mental health education, resources and support so they never turn to suicide. Their signature program, Our Minds Matter, is a student-led movement that educates and trains students to build awareness of mental health resources and build social connections among peers.
BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women in Shelters) began as a collection drive for three local shelters and has since evolved into a mission to bring dignity and empowerment to women and girls in crisis by providing over two million menstrual supplies and undergarments since 2015. BRAWS serves low-income women and girls in shelters, ex-offenders re-entering society and girls who need menstrual supplies to attend school.
STROKE COMEBACK CENTER
SCC addresses the critical need for affordable, ongoing communication, cognition and fitness services for stroke survivors after insurance reimbursement ends. SCC’s nationally recognized, innovative model ensures 90% experience improved speaking, comprehension, writing and/or reading skills; 88% achieve improve in language, cognitive function and ability to interact with others.
TOGETHER WE BAKE
Together We Bake serves low-income women facing barriers to employment due to homelessness, incarceration, domestic violence and/or mental and substance abuse. Founded in 2012, TWB's mission is to help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills and invaluable hands-on experience which will allow them to find sustainable employment and move toward self-sufficiency.
FAIRFAX COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA)
CASA's mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected
children referred by the county’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court through the promotion and support of quality volunteers. They recruit, train and supervise highly qualified and committed citizens to provide a strong advocate for each child under the Court’s protection.
THE CHRIS ATWOOD FOUNDATION
The Chris Atwood Foundation is dedicated to overdose prevention and recovery from substance use disorders. Founded in 2013, the CAF’s mission is to save lives from opioid overdose, support recovery from substance use disorder and defeat the stigma of this disease. They have trained over 4,500 individuals through their program, ROPE (Reverse Overdose, Prevent, Educate) and offer classes throughout Northern Virginia.
GIVING TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Since 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE has awarded 159 grants to 66 local nonprofits selected, reviewed and voted on by the membership.
All donations contributed at quarterly meetings are immediately awarded to the nonprofit selected by majority vote.
BREAK THE CYCLE ENDOWMENT FUND
We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year's fund...Rosie Riveters & She Rocks the World!
Rosie Riveters provides a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their goal is to equip and empower girls to be strong, confident and competent in the fields of STEM through hands-on projects and mentorship programs.
By sharing relevant, stimulating content, conducting hands-on experiments and introducing role models from various fields, Rosie Riveters strives to encourage girls to engage with STEM and see possibilities for their future careers.
She Rocks the World has the vision to create a global network of girl thought leaders, supporting each other, by fearlessly using their own voices to positively impact our world.
What makes this program different is that the experiences are created by teenage girls for teenage girls. Their approach is to increase a girl’s emotional intelligence through experiences and connections. When teenage girls are exposed to positive, supportive, yet challenging environments they will step out of their comfort zone, take risks, explore and thrive.