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Common Ground Gives Back

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Hi!  My name is LJ and I am the Outreach Coordinator for Common Ground!  It's my job to find charities and organizations who need help in the Reston area, partner with them, and connect our families directly to them to help!  Below, you will find opportunities to fulfill your required volunteer hours!   

Thanksgiving Boxes

Cornerstones Thanksgiving Food Drive benefits our Reston Neighbors who would not otherwise have a Thanksgiving Dinner on their table. Common Ground believes that every family should have support inside and outside our walls, so we are participating this year!

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Interested families please sign up by clicking here to be responsible for a Thanksgiving box!

Once you are signed up you will collect the box from our office the first week of November.

You will purchase these items: (the list of items) and place them in the box

Feel free to decorate the box and place a personalized letter in them! We want these families to share in all the love we can give them.

Return it to us by the 14th of November so we can have them delivered to Cornerstones to be sorted and delivered.

If you are interested in more parent hours and want to help us deliver these boxes to cornerstones please email LJ Donnell for more information:

5K With Santa


On December 2nd at 8:30 AM Common Ground Childcare will be participating in the 5k Run with Santa! BRACE YOURSELVES FOR WINTER FUN! There’s a costume contest for the runners! There is a fun run for kids at 9:30 AM before the awards ceremony! There will even be free high resolution photos of the race available for download after the race. It promises to be an amazing time.

We have signed up as a a team for this event so when you register, be sure to search for “Common Ground Childcare.” We plan on having cool Common Ground Childcare jingle SWAG for our team members too!



It is the season of giving! Every year Cornerstones does a Gifts for Kids gift collection. Since Common Ground has love and support to spare, we are going to be setting up a holiday gift snowflake wall!! Each large and lovely snowflake will have a child’s name on it along with a gift that would make them smile. We are encouraging parents to take a child’s Holiday wishes into their charge. It is a great way to earn parent hours and make the world that much brighter.

Look for the snowflakes to be adorning the office windows on DECEMBER 3RD!

Habitat For Humanity

Common Ground is working with St. Anne's Episcopal Church and other members of the Interfaith Coalition to help build homes for families in need through Habitat for Humanity!

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. Healthy families in a strong community is what we strive for here at Common Ground so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for our families to spread that love (and earn parent hours at the same time!)

Our local group gathers once a month, alternating Wednesdays and Saturdays. The next date will be on a Wednesday near the end of September. The houses they are currently working on are in Lorton and Springfield, which are about a half hour down Fairfax County Parkway from the school. We can always organize carpools from the school if desired!

If this is a way you and your family would like to give back, please email LJ Donnell. She will add you to their informational email. This email provides detailed info on each project along with a link to sign up for specific dates if you are interested. You only have to sign up for the dates that work for you!

For more information on Habitat for Humanity, here is an informational video! You can also visit

Cool Green Bags

"A Simple Gesture" is an amazing local grocery drive that happens every other month. It provides non-perishable food to area pantries to support our neighbors in Northern Virginia.

What really makes it amazing is how "simple" the gesture really is.

You sign up, a "cool, green bag" is delivered right to your house. On this bag there is a laminated tag telling you the foods that are in the highest demand along with the six times a year that the bag should be placed out on your door.

Every time you shop you can just pick up a couple of extra items and store them in the bag by the door (or you can buy it all in one trip!)

10 days before pick-up you receive a reminder email. You also receive a reminder email 1-2 days before as well. If you're like me, this is the crucial step. Double reminders are key in our busy worlds!

On the pickup day, just make sure your bag is outside your front door by 8:30 AM. The rest will be done by pick-up and sorting volunteers!

If you want to be a Green Bag Filler, Collector, or Sorter Volunteer, the signup for any of these is the most simple of all!!

Step One: Go to

Step Two: Fill out your First and last name, your email and phone (and whether or not you'd like texting involved in your notifications!)

Step Three: Check all the boxes that apply to you! "I would like to share food with my neighbors." "I would like to drive to pick up bags every other month" "I would like to help sort the food at the Pantry on pick-up day." "I would like to help with additional support"

You can sign up online or in the office with LJ Donnell. The next pickup day is October 6th so sign up now!