Some of the charities supported by the club are listed below. Charities are chosen because they support goals important to our members, with charities that are local to Fairfax County preferred. In addition to cash donations, members volunteer time and in-kind items, like clothing and food and household items.
FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services) touches and improves the lives of thousands of families and individuals every year. FACETS opens doors by helping people meet their emergency shelter, food and medical needs; helps them gain safe, sustainable, permanent housing; and works with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.
Freedom Petals’ mission is to “bring smiles, petal by petal” to our wounded military personnel from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom Petals delivers re-purposed flower arrangements to the veterans undergoing treatment or rehabilitation at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and to the veterans and their families residing at Mologne House and Fisher House. Freedom Petals is awaiting authorization to begin delivering flower arrangements to the veterans at the new DeWitt BRAC Hospital at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia.
Kate's Place is a supported affordable housing option for Fairfax County families who have experienced frequent and prolonged homelessness, who have no other housing options, and who would benefit from supportive services to stabilize their housing. Some of these services, such as job search assistance, computer literacy, and after school tutoring programs can be provided at the shelter immediately adjacent to Kate’s Place.
Meals on Wheels helps the elderly and disabled individuals continue to live independently in Fairfax County and the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax. The program provides meals and supplements to older adults and to those with disabilities who cannot shop for or prepare their own meals or have no one available to prepare meals for them.
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, a coalition of volunteers from 35 area churches, has assisted homeless and low-income families and individuals in the Centreville, Chantilly and Fair Oaks areas since 1987. WFCM has developed and implemented several modes of assistance, including a food pantry, thrift store, emergency financial assistance, homeless education, a backpack program, seasonal food baskets, a transportation service and a furniture ministry.
Teen Shelters and Programs for Children
Alternative House provides an emergency refuge for abused and homeless teenagers and also has several programs to help teenage mothers and other disadvantaged teens. It staffs a 24 hour hotline and runs a teen center and has a street outreach program plus youth initiatives to help students in 4th, 5thand 6th grade achieve personal success and give back to the community. It has a new program focused on providing safe, reliable housing and support for homeless teens so that they can finish school and get their diplomas. WFCWC donates to Alternative House and provides dinner for the shelter residents one night a month.
Fairfax CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
ensures that children who are victims of abuse and neglect are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Fairfax CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as special advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court.
Foundations is a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls on probation through the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The program serves up to 12 girls between the ages of 13 and 17, and the average stay is between seven and nine months. Residents learn healthy boundaries, personal accountability and effective coping strategies through the therapeutic process and participation in a structured behavior-management program, so they can successfully return to their homes and communities and build healthy, productive futures. WFCWC provides school supplies and Christmas gifts in addition to birthday cakes and cards throughout the year.
HOBY seeks out, recognizes and rewards leadership potential in high school sophomores by giving them the opportunity to build their leadership skills during a 3-day
seminar. These students have the unique opportunity to create a “ripple effect” from their HOBY experience by utilizing the remaining time in their high school career to lead others and lay the foundation for a strong future. HOBY challenges students not on what to think, but how to think. WFCWC donates funds to cover the cost of lodging, food and training materials for an area sophomore attending the annual HOBY Virginia Leadership Seminar.
Our Neighbor's Child is a nonprofit, community-based organization that started out in 1992 by a few neighbors who rounded up enough new toys to supply 31 area children in low-income families with gifts for the holidays. Over the years, additional volunteers, businesses, churches, schools and organizations have pitched in, and ONC has grown to serve the holiday needs of more than 2,000 children in low-income families in the Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton and Fairfax areas.
Parks and Community Together (PACT) provides children living in homeless shelters and transitional housing free summer camp opportunities. WFCWC’s annual donation covers the cost of one child to attend a Fairfax County Park Authority summer day camp for one week.
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV) partners with 43 organizations in communities across Virginia and with other like-minded statewide child advocacy groups. PCAV champions policies and programs that help parents and caregivers excel at the important job of raising and nurturing children; provides professionals in the prevention field with training and up-to-date research that helps them do their jobs more effectively; and educates legislators, policymakers and other community leaders on best practices that protect children and give them brighter futures.