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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is The Campagna Center

What Is The Campagna Center?camparna_center_logo

Founded in 1945, The Campagna Center operates high-quality programs that support children in Alexandria by providing services that allow them to arrive at school ready to learn and ensure they are academically successful at each grade level.  The agency provides services to adults and families in areas related to education and self-sufficiency.  The agency reaches over 1,700 children and families through its various program options.

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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is the Parent Leadership Training Institute

What Is The Parent Leadership Training Institute?parent_leadership_training_institute_logo

The PLTI program is a two-generation strategy to bolster parental involvement while promoting the lifelong health, safety and learning of children. Parents apply to attend a 20-week program. If selected, family supports such as child care, meals and transportation are provided. Each class mentors the next class, creating a pyramid effect of community caring and a developing coalition of parents.  

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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Carpenter’s Shelter

What Is Carpenter’s Shelter?carpenter's_shelter_logo

Carpenter’s Shelter partners with the city of Alexandria and the greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to eliminate homelessness through respect, responsibility and results. Through its many programs, they advocate self-reliance through education and provide programs and services as needed.

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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Friends of Guest House

What Is Friends of Guest House?



The only program of its kind in Northern Virginia, Friends of Guest House has offered structure,supervision, support and assistance to women who sincerely want to improve their lives and break the cycle of incarceration for over 35 years. Residents receive the physical and emotional tools they need to begin a new life through self-sufficiency, and leave with hope and a brighter future.

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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is The Reading Connection

What Is The Reading Connection? the_reading_connection_logo

The Reading Connection (TRC) reads to kids and gives them books to instill the love of reading in them.  A love of reading can make all the difference between academic success or failure.  Last year they served 1,500 children and distributed 9,096 books.  TRC’s vision is that every child in the program will be regular and passionate readers. 

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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Empowered Women International (EWI)

empowered_women_international_logoWhat Is EWI?

Empowered Women International, now in its tenth year of operation, trains, mentors and connects refugee, immigrant and low-income women to give them tools to launch their own business in the creative or artistic sector. Upon graduation from the intensive, four-month business program, the women have incorporated their businesses, completed a business and marketing plan, and have properly priced their creative product or service.

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Chairman of the Board

Someone told me 20 years ago that if you want something done, ask a busy person. No one, I’ve decided, is busier than a nonprofit executive director, and this posting is a shout-out to them by way of my whining about how much work they have asked me to do.

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Helping out in a Hypothermia Shelter

When the temperature gets down in the 30’s, that normally means flannel blankets and nerdy pajamas. For the homeless, sometimes it means sleeping in a church.

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Rebuilding Together Alexandria - Dedicate to Insulate

Help insulate a low-income family’s home and save them up to 30% off their next utility bill.
By Jane Hess Collins

AmeriCorps members Dorothy Shepard and Ryan Baesten, assigned to Rebuilding Together Alexandria, stayed warm by hauling these heavy bags to dozens of apartments.
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