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 and raffle tickets.
Fundraising for 2021-2022 may be modified to keep everyone safe and healthy and be in compliance with Virginia COVID-19 requirements.
The available funds raised in 2021-2022 will be distributed to the following worthy charities, listed alphbetically, as follows:
Ninety percent (90%) will be 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% ) will be divided equally among the 4th through 6th place charites:
Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department
The Campagna Center
Justice High School Scholarship Fund