We’re putting the spotlight on this year’s nonprofit grant applicants to underscore the difference you can make when you join the Giving Circle.

Discover which applicants were voted by the membership to become our
2016 nonprofit grant partners.

La CocinaLa Cocina Virginia asks for funds for their first free bilingual culinary job training/placement and food assistance program.

Literacy Council of Northern VirginiaLiteracy Council of Northern Virginia seeks funds for the Herndon Family Learning Program.

Postpartum Support Virginia Postpartum Support Group asks for funds to pay for professional grantwriting.

ARC of Northern VirginiaThe ARC of NOVA seeks funds for Transition POINTS (Providing Opportunities, Information, Networking, Transition Support): Early Intervention.

Thrive Arlington THRIVE (Arlington) asks for funds for Emergency Loan Program Feasibility Study.

Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters.BRAWS seeks funds to provide 350 women in shelters with bras that will help them as they work to get back on their feet, gain employment and move themselves and their children to self-sufficiency. Bras are not subsidized by government welfare.

Children's Science Center.The Children’s Science Center seeks funding to train staff and more than 300 program volunteers to enhance the delivery of these programs to English Language Learners (ELL) in the Northern Virginia community; and to develop and implement supporting materials for ELLs across Center programs.

Empowered Women International. Empowered Women International asks for funding for its Training for Success program, a 3 month 60 hour course on the fundamentals of launching a microenterprise, including legal, financial, and marketing aspects and emphasizing financial literacy. They can then participate in The Marketplace, a venue for selling their products.

Fairfax Futures.Fairfax Futures asks for funding to obtain ASQ-3 starter and materials kits for five child care centers that serve infants and toddlers of low to moderate income families. These children may not have access to a regular pediatrician and are at risk for having undetected developmental delays. If these kids aren’t diagnosed until kindergarten, they are starting school with a huge disadvantage.

Herndon Village Network. Herndon Village Network seeks funds for a 2-Year Marketing and Outreach Initiative which will expand the NV Rides Program in the Herndon area. This effort is a direct marketing campaign geared to reach potential volunteer drivers and new members via a quarterly mailing to residents 25 years or older in zip code 20170.

Just Neighbors. Just Neighbors Ministries asks for funds for its immigration clinic & open house at their new location in Annandale. At this clinic JN will provide immigration legal services to 15 families to obtain work authorizations in the U.S. (work permits, green cards and citizenship). In addition, JN will host an open house to show case the new facility and recruit new volunteers.

Aspire. Aspire! seeks funds for their Learning Rocks! Program, which will provide daily afterschool services for 15 hours each week (Monday-Friday) at the Virginia Gardens site during the entire school year.

League of Women Voters.League of Women’s Voters Fairfax asks for funds for Voter Registration and Election Information for Disadvantaged Communities in Fairfax County. LGV wants to expand their outreach and voter education in preparation for the 2017 VA election year which includes elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and 17 members of the House of Delegates.

NAMI. NAMI NOVA seeks funds to support three peer programs (Connection Support Group, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) education class and quarterly Youth Fests) to serve youth & adults living with mental health conditions affecting their ability to work, attend school and/or engage in meaningful relationships.

Service Never Sleeps.Service Never Sleeps asks for funds for an annual fellowship that places millennial employees with local nonprofits to complete skills-based service projects on a part-time basis.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Western Fairfax Christian Ministries seeks funds for its 30th Anniversary Communications Initiative. This includes the creation of a new website, launch of an automated monthly giving program to increase donor loyalty, launch of a “do-it-yourself” kit for hosting food drives and development and training of a “Caring Council” to solicit major gifts.

David H. Lawson Foundation. The David H. Lawson Foundation asks for funds for their Dental Hygiene Education Initiative to educate individuals about dental care and oral hygiene to prevent the occurrence of oral health problems, thereby enhancing their self-image and employment potential.

Fairfax County Appointed Special Advocates.Fairfax CASA asks for funds to recruit, train, and support volunteers to serve as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

OAR. OAR asks for funds to provide courses in employment readiness and employment skills to released individuals who have been incarcerated. Employment is an enormous barrier to success. The courses address anger management, ethics and writing. Skilled volunteers help with resumes, interview skills and applications.

The Reading Connection.The Reading Connection asks for funds to establish a housing partner; recruit, train and conduct background checks for volunteers (25 per site); rent, supplies and books for weekly Read-Aloud programs, and quarterly Reading Family workshop for parents.

SOHO. Space Of Her Own asks for funds for the room renovation portion of its programs. The participating schools for this request are Polk and Patrick Henry Elementary in Alexandria and Hoffman-Boston and Randolph Elementary in Arlington.

Women Giving Back.Women Giving Back asks for funds for transportation project to contract for a bus and driver to pick up shoppers at central locations, take them to the Women Giving Back’s store, and after making their selections to return them to where they got on the bus.

Grants crossroads jobs.Crossroads Jobs Inc. asks for funds so they can hire and pay someone to work in a new position as the part-time Volunteer Manager. The person will recruit, select, train, and organize volunteers who are directly counseling and working with job applicants and potential employers.

Touching your hearts.Touching Heart asks for funds to start Middle and High School Touching Hearts Club at three new schools in Fairfax County. The organization encourages the development of philanthropy in students with fundraising activities and events that generate funds for local nonprofits.

Young adults on the basketball court. KEEN Greater DC asks for funds to provide children with disabilities in the Springfield area the opportunity to exercise, build social skills, increase physical abilities and build self esteem in a safe and welcoming environment.

Friends of Guest House woman and her mentor.Friends of Guest House asks for funds for the Workforce Development Pilot Program: a job advancement initiative tailored to the unique needs of re-entering ex-offenders who are women. This program will be supported by in-kind talent contributions and mentorship.

Children at Encore Stage and Studio.Encore Stage and Studio, Northern Virginia’s leading children’s theatre, asks for funds for a new initiative combining drama and healthy play for children ages 2-5.

Devices to help with hearing.Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People asks for funds for HEAR Español, a pilot program of critically needed services for Latino seniors with hearing loss who have limited English proficiency in order to promote healthy, independent living.

Josh Anderson.Josh Anderson Foundation asks for funds to create a website portal for its Our Minds Matter initiative. Individual schools across Fairfax County have established student clubs that increase teens’ awareness on topics of suicide prevention and mental health. This website portal will allow the clubs to share information and collaborate.