This blog is courtesy of Whitney Richardson, Director of Agency Communications at the Northern Virginia Family Service in Oakton.

National nonprofit organizations have the capacity and brand recognition to reach a broad range of donors across the country. These organizations are critical to the national conversation about issues such as immigration, hunger and economic independence for families in need.

Also critical to supporting these issues and the people impacted by them are local organizations, right here on the ground in Northern Virginia, doing work in your community every day. These organizations will be impacted by funding cuts at the federal, state and local level, and we could lose critical services right here at home. If you feel compelled to address these and other issues, consider the following:

  • If you support the mission of a national organization such as the ACLU, did you know you could support this cause locally through Northern Virginia Family Service's Immigration Legal Services?
  • If you support the mission of Feeding America, did you know you could address the issue of hunger right here in our community by supporting Northern Virginia Family Service's Hunger Resource Center in Manassas?
  • If you support the mission of Goodwill, did you know you could address the issue of workforce development right here in our community by supporting Northern Virginia Family Service’s Training Futures or Escala (NVFS' Hispanic Entrepreneurship Program) programs?​
And these are just a few key examples on how you can make an impact on your local community around issues of personal interest to you. Help us continue to ensure the success of everyone in Northern Virginia by supporting local organizations who are doing critical work in our area.

To learn about NVFS’ services throughout the Northern Virginia region, visit nvfs.org.