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Common Ground Sweatshirt Fundraiser

All Proceeds Go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for our Light the night walk on October 12, 2018


As you know, Common Ground is participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk on October 12th at the Reston Town Center.

We are selling these awesome hoodies for $40 through Custom Ink, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to LLS! So get your Common Ground hoodie to stay cozy this fall!

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!   

Project Linus

October 6th, 2018 Common Ground will have our No-Sew Blanket Creation Day! We will be making as many blankets as we can for our local Chapter of Project Linus!

Project Linus is a nation-wide organization whose goal is to "provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans." Being in the hospital is a frightening and often painful experience for children who have to go through it. We at Common Ground want to extend them the love of our community through blankets hand made by our parents and children.

Project Linus provides many patterns for blankets, but we will be focusing on the "No Sew" Blanket. This pattern is available in the office as well.

From now until Friday, October 5th we will be collecting fleece fabric. We ask that each piece of fleece will be 1 1/2 yards long and wide and be brightly colored and fun!

We will also be having kiddos in all of our classes writing heartfelt letters to those kids who will be receiving the blankets. This will help our children feel closer to the blanket's recipient and let that child-in-need know that they are not alone.

If you are planning to be here for our No-Sew Blanket Creation Day on October 6th please sign up here
For more information 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!

Light Up The Night Mile Walk

As part of Common Ground's mission and commitment to give back to our community, we are proud to announce that we are participating the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's “Light the Night” walk in Reston Town Center on October 12th, 2018. We invite you to join us by:

- joining our team and walking with us!

- making a donation

- Sharing our special fundraising page on social media!

- setting a goal and fundraising yourself! (It's easy and Miss Liz is an expert fundraiser!)

- There will also be a special edition Common Ground Light the Night T-shirt we will sell to raise more funds and wear to the event!

We chose the LTN event because of the reputable charity, the location, and the accessibility for all ages and fitness levels. Please feel free to call or email LJ Donnell to ask any questions and join us for the fun on October 12, 2018!

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!

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

Thanksgiving Boxes

Get excited everyone! We will be working with Cornerstones all holiday season. Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization for our Reston neighbors that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.

Our first charity drive with them will be THANKSGIVING BOXES! Stay tuned for more info coming in October!