Giving Back
Overview

Caring Communities in Northern Virginia

A commitment to community service runs deep in Northern Virginia, where tens of thousands of volunteers give their time, talent and treasure each year to help make their communities the best for everyone.

With nonprofits and foundations dating back to the 1970s, Northern Virginia has a long tradition of looking out for every community member and contributing the resources to make life better for everyone. Major foundations like The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Greater Washington Community Foundation and United Way of the National Capital Area are administering grants, programming and more to nonprofits in Northern Virginia while volunteer organizations partner with nonprofits to secure and coordinate individual and corporate volunteers.

Share Your Time for a Good Cause

Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes people and resources to meet regional community needs with its variety of programs, special events and services. Volunteer Fairfax has engaged nearly 14,000 volunteers in 2019 who donated more than 54,000 hours to serve 650 nonprofits and public agencies. Additional volunteer organizations connect residents with nonprofits based on volunteers’ talents and passions, including Loudoun Cares, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.

Since 2007, Women Giving Back has supported women and children in crisis and built their confidence and self-esteem by providing quality clothing at no cost. Volunteers can help sort clothes, assist clients and watch clients’ children while they shop. Youth volunteers can get involved by hosting snack pack drive and toiletry drives.

Residents can also volunteer through the United Way of the National Capital Area, Northern Virginia Family Service and more organizations.

Contribute Toward Community Improvement

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia helps grow philanthropy to respond to need, seed innovation and lead and convene the community. In 2019, the Community Foundation awarded more than $5.4 million in grants and scholarships and now reports $77 million in managed philanthropic assets.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation works closely with individuals, families, and businesses to match donor intent with community opportunity to create deeper local impact in Northern Virginia. In 2019, the Community Foundation administered 5,347 grants to 2,778 grantee organizations, bringing its total community investment to $1.2 billion since 1973.

Headquartered in Alexandria, the United Way is one of the world’s largest privately-funded charitable organizations. The United Way of the National Capital Area tackling complex, interconnected issues like school graduation, poverty, and poor health through its five-year Community Commitment Plan.

Leveraging Companies’ Scale for Impact

Northern Virginia corporate partners frequently partner with local nonprofits to drive impact where communities most need it. In recent years, Jersey Mikes provided more than 88,000 meals to children and families through its partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank.

Volunteer Fairfax hosts the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Roundtable of Northern Virginia, a group of 120+ engaged business leaders representing companies of all sizes. The Roundtable meets quarterly to discuss and share best practices and trending issues in employee volunteering and corporate social responsibility. These free events offer the opportunity for peer-to-peer networking in a solicitation-free environment.