2024 Social AND Good Projects

In May, S4G Brought Comfort & Relief to Those Struggling with Serious Mental Illness 

S4G members gathered together to hear from representatives from The Wellness Circle Crisis Stabilization Unit (WCCSU) and The Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation (NVMHF). Members also wrote notes of encouragement to Wellness Circle clients and staff. Here are May’s impressive results, totaling $5,049:

In April, S4G Helped Combat Childhood Hunger

In April S4G partnered with Food For Neighbors (FFN) to collect 646 pounds of food and toiletries for the food pantry at Luther Jackson Middle School. S4G’s in-kind donation was the largest received during FFN’s April 27 Red Bag event. S4G also provided $2,830 in financial donations so FFN can purchase grocery gift cards for the most vulnerable teens for when they would otherwise go hungry. On National Volunteer Day on April 27, 15 S4G volunteers participated in FFN’s Red Bag Program’s food sort, which in total across nine operational areas collected 25,800 pounds of food and toiletries from 1,969 participating households!

In March, S4G Created Book Bags for Summer Reading Program Targeting Title I, Pre-K Students

S4G raised $4,076 in financial donations to help the Assistance League of Northern Virginia (ALNV) supply 375 Pre-K children in need with a book bag and three books that they can keep and read over the summer. Using our donations, ALNV was able to purchase the books in bulk at a significant discount. S4G members assembled the book bags at a social event, where they also learned about ALNV's efforts to meet the basic needs of students at nine Title I schools in our community. The evening ended with a member book swap. 

In February, S4G Hosted An Incredible Evening + Provided Supplies and Enrichment for Underserved Students!

S4G raised over $5,000 to support the Belong!'s after-school mentoring program.  Financial donations will be used to support field trips and enrichment opportunities and in-kind donations provided educational resources and games for Belong!'s growing program.

The project culminated in an engaging Build & Learn event with dinner, craft activities, the creation of a mural that reflects the value of Belong!'s program, and quality time spent with the students and mentors!

In January, S4G Provided Essential Supplies to At-Risk Babies!

S4G raised $4,570 to support the Jennifer Bush Lawson Foundation’s Nursery Project (JBLF). Financial donations will be used by JBLF to purchase: car seats to ensure at-risk babies leave the hospital and travel safely; and pack-n-plays to support safe sleep. In-kind donations created breastfeeding kits to support a healthy breastfeeding relationship. Each gift to new moms and babies was accompanied by a note of encouragement written by S4G members.