|2018 – A Year of Gratitude|
|LINK served 1781 families (9000+ individuals) during our Thanksgiving and Christmas programs|
|“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ― Edwin Arlington Robinson|
LINK would like to thank everyone who helped create a successful 2018. As the year draws to a close, we reflect on how we were able to assist those in our community. None of this would be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who gave so freely of themselves over and over again! We were able to serve 1781 families with our Holiday programs and 2000+ children were able to receive 4 toys each! Each family received food for their family and $47,680 in grocery gift cards were distributed.
We were able to assist more families with Financial Assistance due to being the recipient of a grant from United Way in Loudoun County. More than 65 families received financial assistance of $18,455 for rent or utilities in both counties.
We were able to serve 1300+ families with our Mobile Food Pantry each month. The Capital Area Food Bank donated more than 66,000 pounds of vegetables, fruit and canned goods which LINK volunteers distributed.
Our regular home deliveries each week (Tuesday – Saturday) served more than 850 families. Volunteers packed the food each night and 2+ volunteers drove the food to the recipient’s homes, along with a grocery gift card.
Thank you for your help in making this a very successful 2018! We could use your help in 2019 too!
Food Deliveries to Clients – LINK delivers Tuesday through Fridays (between 4 pm – 8 pm) and Saturdays (between 1 pm – 4 pm) to families in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. To sign up to help deliver for LINK in January, click here.
School Food Rescue – we rescue food from area schools in Fairfax and Loudoun County. Volunteers are needed to transport the food from the school to the pantry or other locations. To sign up to help, click here.
Wawa Food Harvest – LINK is beginning a new program where we rescue food from Wawa (located in Sterling, off Rte. 606) on Mondays and Thursdays. We are looking for a volunteer to pick up the food between 9 am – 11:30 am. If you can help, please sign up – click here.
Mobile Food Pantry – we need volunteers to help at our Mobile Food Pantry events which are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the rear parking lot at Christ the Redeemer Church from 12 pm – 3 pm. To sign up to help, click here. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.
Simple Gesture – we need volunteers to help unload food that is donated to LINK by “A Simple Gesture” program. The program is every other month on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 11 am at Christ the Redeemer Church. To sign up to help, click here.
Volunteers are the DifferenceIt does take an army of volunteers to make the LINK program a success. We had volunteers of all ages who helped this past year. Businesses, scouting groups, friends, individuals and church groups all came out and helped LINK serve thousands of families this year. Send an email to us if you would like more information on how you can help in 2019.