• Empty Bowls fundraiser helps fight hunger in our community.
    Empty Bowls fundraiser will be April 28, 2017.
  • Providing service sorting clothes for shoppers at Women Giving Back.
  • Grantee project on job skills and assistance.
    Grantee project on job skills and assistance.

Empty Bowls – 10th Anniversary

Empty Bowls logo.Help fight hunger in our community at the Giving Circle of HOPE’s 2017 Empty Bowls fundraiser to be held April 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase.

We are seeking donors and sponsors, as well as volunteers.

Food basket centerpieces are needed. Please sign-up now.

We look forward to your participation at this our 10th Anniversary of Empty Bowls.

HOPE in Motion: Giving Circle of HOPE’s Boot Camp

Kick your philanthropic goals into high gear with our Boot Camp, a year-long focus on education and service with a new engagement opportunity every month. Get involved in one day events that will expand your mind and inspire your soul. Join in the fun and see how our investments make a difference in the lives of others!

On March 11, we will participate at “What Can I Do?: Civic Engagement Workshop” hosted by Delegate Ken Plum. See details and sign-up.

In Their Own Words: Educational Program

Formerly incarcerated women from Guest House shared their stories with 72 attendees on January 28 at this program co-sponsored by the Giving Circle of HOPE and the Reston-Herndon American Association of University Women.

Since the 1980s, the increase in nonviolent female offenders in the prison system has been dramatic with a significant portion of those crimes being drug-related. While the national figure for nonviolent offenders re-offending within two years is 70 percent, fewer than 10 percent of women who complete the full program at Guest House re-offend.

Guest House is the only such program in Northern Virginia and has received grant funding from the Giving Circle on seven occasions from 2008 to the present.

Ten Highlights of 2016

“A Million Better Tomorrows” sums up our wish for everyone as we look back at the Giving Circle of HOPE over 2016. It was a year full of grant awards, volunteer opportunities, educational events, and organizational change. Thank you all for your work and support to make our community stronger. Read our latest blog entry called Ten Highlights of 2016 and share your own Giving Circle highlights in the comments.


7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Planning Meeting: Empty Bowls 2017
Location: Cornerstones

What Can I Do? Civic Engagement Workshop,
hosted by Delegate Ken Plum
9:30 a.m. – noon
Location: Hughes Middle School
11401 Ridge Heights Road in Reston

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Book Circle
Location: TBD
Title: Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Social gathering
Location: Not Your Average Joe’s
1845 Fountain Drive in Reston

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Planning Meeting: Empty Bowls 2017
Location: FLORIS UMC

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Empty Bowls 2017 Event
Location: Floris United Methodist Church


Join our dynamic group to make a difference by strategically investing your philanthropic dollars in Northern Virginia and learning about needs in your local community. Members contribute time, talents, and money and collectively decide how to use them to create positive change. We make it easy to be engaged in the community. Each member is valued, welcomed, nurtured, and given opportunities to GIVE, SERVE, LEARN, and LEAD.


Opportunities with our grantees