Thank you, Lake Barcroft community and Woman's Club members for opening your hearts and wallets in support of six local charities! We know that you have many choices to give to those in need. So the Woman's Club especially appreciates your choosing to give to the charities selected by its membership.
So much behind-the-scenes work -- the club’s website, the solicitation for and receipt of the 104 raffle prizes from the 68 donors, and the work of many logistical volunteers -- brought together two fundraisers this year: the October 2021 Two-Person Marathon and the April 2022 Raffle Prizes and Cash Donations fundraiser.
Heartfelt thanks go to VP-Fundraising Jennifer Beggs and her helpers: LBWC members Jenny Alvarez, Merri Brown, Alice Edmondson, Charlotte Flounders, Linda Haake, Carol Knowles, Debbie Ladwig, Debra Lee, Wanda Martinson, Mary Jane McCall, Randa Mendenhall, Peggy Morrison, Angela Pan, Jan Rasgus, Peggy Sauer, Holly Schneider, Carol Tether, and Kathy Utgoff, and LB residents Bob Williams and Anny Wong for their time and talent to help bring the two fundraisers to fruition!
The result of this year's fundraising success was largely because of YOU! You came and helped raise a spectacular $14,000! The Board also added $3,000 for the charities from its cash reserve and unspent funds budgeted for events that were canceled due to the pandemic.
Ninety percent (90%) was distributed evenly among the following top three selected charities:
Haven of Northern Virginia
Haven of Northern Virginia is a non-profit, non-sectarian community organization of well-trained volunteers who offer individual and group support for losses of a spouse, other partner, parent, sibling, or friend due to suicide, COVID-19, or other causes. They offer one day workshops in Summer and Winter and presentations to the community on various topics involving grief. They also provide trained speakers for community groups, civic groups or other private and public organizations. Haven’s services are free; they depend entirely on community donations. Haven is planning to restart in-person services after over a year of pandemic-required virtual activities. They need to have the furnace, roof, and air conditioner checked for safety and overall condition, deal with a pest infestation caused by the absence of in-person operation, and replace carpeting and some furniture to assist clients. In addition, they need office supplies. Haven’s support services are needed more than ever right now, due to COVID-related deaths and the isolation of the survivors. Haven is receiving many requests for much needed help and in-person services and financial contributions will enable Haven to provide more help to more people.
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
Each year the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia's (LCNV) English classes benefit hundreds of immigrant adults who cannot speak or read English above the 6-grade level. They are our neighbors, parents of our children’s classmates, and workers who manicure our lawns. They hail from 95 different countries, and over half live in abject poverty, defined as $25,100 or less to support a family of four. Their lack of English keeps them from advancing at work and limits their children’s achievement. With headquarters at Annandale Road and Rt. 50, this nonprofit offers courses both online and in-person at convenient times for working adults. Classes, staffed by qualified teachers with extensive volunteer support, are kept small to expedite learning. Regular fundraising and hard-won grants underwrite the lowest tuition among academic institutions in the region and fund scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay. Due to its transparent ethical business practices and powerful impact on learning, Parade Magazine has recognized LCNV as an Outstanding Charity in Virginia. A Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guide Star (their highest rating) is a further testament to its business practices. Please help LCNV fund its programs.
New Hope Housing
The mission of New Hope Housing is to end homelessness in Northern Virginia by providing shelter, housing, and the tools to build a better life for homeless men and women. Begun as an all-volunteer organization in 1977 serving eight guests in the first Fairfax County shelter, New Hope Housing is now a regional agency serving up to 350 people daily. NHH serves Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria, and Falls Church including six shelter programs, eight supportive housing programs, case management, prevention services, job assistance, and more.The Bailey’s Shelter in Falls Church is about 1.5 miles from Lake Barcroft and an integral part of our local community.A donation from Lake Barcroft Woman’s Club would be applied as funding for the NHH Employment Assistance Scholarship (EAS) program. The scholarships cover one-time expenses for training, certifications (such as Home Health Care Aide, HVAC), required work clothing, and transportation. This type of assistance is essential in helping shelter guests and homeless individuals obtain meaningful employment above minimum wage, hopefully with a path to a career. The EAS can help a formerly homeless person chart a new future.
The remaining ten percent (10% ) was divided equally among the 4th through 6th place charities:
Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department
The Campagna Center
Justice High School Scholarship Fund