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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!   




For a list of our scheduled Fundraiser days, scroll down!

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Celebrate Spring and Moms Everywhere!

We will be running May 12th from 8am to 10am and earning money for “Devotion to Children!” Register Here and let us know so that we can all run together!

Are you more interested in the Light the Night one mile walk/run we do in October to earn money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? Scroll down
to register for any of the other runs we are in!


See the first two photos below to see the students at our sister school!

Small Angels: Number 1 is Wilkister, 2 is Josephine, 3 is Clinton, 4 is Lydia, 5 is Isaac, 6 is Kevin

Blessed Hope: Number 1 is Mitchell, 2 is Mary, 3 is Collins, 4 is Reuben, 5 is Peter, 6 is Jacob


Click here to purchase Edudos items!

Edudos has several local volunteers on the ground that go around to their schools to find out what support they need and provide it: food, water tanks, school supplies, even painting classrooms. As of now, they have Saints of Hope Kindergarten, the kindergarten they helped found, and two kindergartens in Nairobi that they support.

Their goal is to provide two meals a day to each child, basic hygiene supplies like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, some over the counter medication and basic first aid kits.

In 2019 we are going to create a relationship with one of the Edudos kindergartens. They will be our sister school. Our kids will all write to each other. We will send them pictures and skype with them. If they don't have the ability to do so, we will make sure that we help them with that. At Common Ground with think, more than anything else, it is important to find just that: Common Ground. With other countries, other cultures, other schools, other kids.

They will be family. They will be part of our village. And like anyone else in our little community, if we can help them, we will.

Twenty five dollars can buy a meal for eighty kids. Fifteen dollars can feed forty eight. Think what your donation could mean to those kids and their families!

We will be offering these lovely cards, aprons and bags pictures below until the 31st. We will also keep this lovely donation button so that you can donate to their cause any time. Each of the items pictured below was handmade to support Edudos' food for kids fund. The "Donation" button goes straight to the nonprofit, helping them purchase clean water for reservoirs in the dry season, school supplies for the children to use, and all the other things these kindergartens desperately need.

Thank you so much for your support! If you have any questions visit this website Or feel free to email LJ Donnell (

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!

Family FUN(draisers)

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When we all come together…

We do amazing things. As a Common Ground village we are strong! When we bring all of our friends and families together INTO that village, we are unstoppable! That’s why we are going to try to host Family Fundraising Nights once a month. We will partner with a restaurant and, for that whole day, if you purchase food from them and let the staff know that you’re there for Common Ground, we will get a percentage of the earnings! So far we have partnered with Cava, On the Border, Pollo Peru, and Honeygrow! If you have a favorite, send them to us and we will reach out to them as well!

Celebrate your birthday, have a happy hour with friends, or come out to eat with us, your Common Ground family! It is guaranteed we will use these nights as cause for grand celebration and a chance to make new friends. JOIN US!!


  • CLICK HERE for our Custom Ink T-Shirt Fundraiser!!

  • On the Border was a TOTAL Success. Special Thanks to all our families who came out to be with us!!

  • POLLO PERU, APRIL — Stay Tuned for a Date!

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5th (All Day) — HONEYGROW (flyer) (RSVP here)

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Come Run With Us!

We know precious little time parents have, and how figuring out how to spend that time can be stressful. We also know that it can be stressful to want to do Good Things for our world and our village but not know where to start.

We decided that running together for causes that are close to our hearts cover a lot of bases! We could do something good for our hearts that was also good for the world around us (and for earning parent hours!). Runners of all skill levels are, of course, welcome (and encouraged!) Liz Badley is a running expert and has a whole bunch of tips and exercises for beginners. See our list of runs that we have signed up for below.


May 12th, 8 AM - 10 AM

Click HERE to register! I am already registered and will be going. All Proceeds go to “Devotion to Children.” You can find out more information on them Here.


October 18th, 5 PM

Click HERE to register for our team! Come join us, this is such a transcendent experience. This is a single mile walk/run, perfect for the whole family!