Fundraising for 2020-2021 Charities 

Charitable organizations and community projects voted upon by the Lake Barcroft Woman's Club membership are the focus of its annual fundraising activities. Charitable contributions are given to tax-exempt organizations in Northern Virginia that are completely benevolent or philanthropic in nature or to a Lake Barcroft community project.

The Lake Barcroft Woman's Club organizes a highly anticipated House Tour event fundraiser each year. On the first Sunday of May, several homeowners generously open their beautiful and sometimes, recently remodeled, houses for touring by Lake Barcroft residents and their guests. Funds are raised through the purchase of event tickets which are available from every Club member. 

House Tour for Lake Barcroft Residents & Friends

⁠The Little Houses mark the houses that are on the House Tour.

The available funds raised from House Tour 2020-2021 ticket purchases will be distributed to the following worthy charities as follows:

Ninety percent (90%) will be distributed evenly among the following top three selected charities:

⁠     Bailey's Crossroads Fire Department

The Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department is vital to our lives here in Lake Barcroft, especially as we become an older community. The Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and paramedics are on call 24 hours a day.  The department services Falls Church, Arlington, Annandale, and Fairfax.  The department responds to more than 4,000 emergency calls a year, and the life support trucks are the most advanced equipment of their kind. 

For years, the Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department has taught Water Safety and Rescue to our Lake Barcroft lifeguards, has led our LBWC-sponsored annual July 4th and Halloween Parades, and has provided ambulance service on the evening of the July 4th Fire Works.

In 2003, the Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department purchased the Pierce Fire Truck with monies from contributions. That truck was dedicated as “the Margaret Finley truck,” in appreciation for this longstanding LBWC member who had helped the department with fund raising for many years. The truck is staffed with a trained paramedic and two trained EMTs.

In 2003, that truck cost a little over $350,000. Maintenance, repairs, and upgrades can cost up to $200,000. That truck and others that were purchased in 2003 need to be replaced.  The only way these trucks can be purchased is by monies raised from contributions, and new trucks now cost upwards of $600,000.

    Culmore Clinic

The Culmore Clinic is a non-profit healthcare clinic serving low-income adults in the Bailey’s Crossroads community. It provides basic medical services, diagnostic testing, health counseling, mental health services, and specialty care three days a week. The Clinic works directly to alleviate health disparities, offering low-cost services to patients who would not otherwise have access to any kind of medical care.

The clinic is supported by a diverse group of interfaith volunteers, healthcare providers, and donors. Volunteers founded The Culmore Clinic in 2007, and it is still significantly volunteer-run, which allows more resources to go toward patient care.

In 2019, the Clinic moved its facilities to the First Christian Church on Leesburg Pike which allows for a permanent office space and a larger facility to serve more patients. This move increased physical therapy visits considerably and doubled the preventive screening from the prior year. (The clinic had 1,610 patient visits in 2018.) 

      Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library

Libraries lead to literacy, and literacy improves life on every level. Libraries provide community support and services on many levels:  ESL, Reading is Fundamental and GED classes, safe space after school for kids to study, and community engagement programs.

Friends of the Library supports all of these learning-based missions. Library funding is usually the first line item cut when municipalities create an annual budget, and Friends Groups donations often help make up the shortfalls. 

In the past year, the Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library has provided funding for the foreign title publications, the New York Times, supplies for assorted programs, the rug for the Story Time Program, staff appreciation, and the 3-D printer.

Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library is in our backyard and supports the Lake Barcroft community and the underserved areas around us.

The remaining ten percent (10% ) will be divided equally among the 4th through 6th place charites:

⁠     Justice High School Scholarship Fund

⁠     Literacy Council

     Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

Photos by George McLennan.