The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce announced that its foundation has selected five local nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County to receive financial grants to support their work.
The Loudoun Chamber Foundation has awarded $2,000 grants to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Crossroads Jobs, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun and the Windy Hill Foundation
The Foundation was established in 2014 to provide financial assistance to area nonprofits that are focused on economic development, education and workforce development, public safety and healthy communities. It is a field-of-interest fund with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.
“The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is committed to investing in our community and investing in those organizations that are focused on the economic, educational and health-related needs of Loudoun’s citizens. These five organizations selected to receive Chamber Foundation grants are providing valuable services that are making a real difference in the lives of Loudoun County’s entrepreneurs and our neediest citizens. The Chamber is proud to support their work and that of many other outstanding nonprofit groups,” said Chamber President Tony Howard.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) was founded in 1947 to serve the poor in Virginia. Now serving only Northern Virginia, the mission of CCDA is to serve the most vulnerable and to strengthen individuals, families, and communities. CCDA serves all in need regardless of race, religion, national origin. In 2007 CCDA opened its Leesburg Regional Office to connect Loudoun residents in crisis situations with services, such food and emergency financial assistance with rent and utilities.
Crossroads Jobs offers free individualized employment services to unemployed and underemployed individuals not served by conventional agencies and job banks. Its mission is to provide job placement services, including job search training and counseling; help applicants find services to sustain them during the process; offer local employers a free source of prescreened applicants; place applicants in permanent marketplace jobs; and help successful applicants remain employed in stable careers.
Since 1955, the Friends of Loudoun Mental Health has been serving residents by providing assistance, awareness and advocacy for a broad range of mental health issues. With no paid staff, the Friends of Loudoun Mental Health is a resource efficient, volunteer driven, community based nonprofit that helps those with mental illnesses by providing assistance for living arrangements, advocating for improved care and resources, and promoting recovery and community awareness.
The Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun — consisting of a business incubator, entrepreneurship programs and the Loudoun Small Business Development Center — works to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem and impact economic development by tapping into the skills, resources and energy of local communities and organizations, including George Mason University. It also offers services, programs and facilities that catalyze and support businesses as they start, launch and grow in scale.
For the past 35 years, the Windy Hill Foundation’s (WHF) mission has been to provide safe and affordable housing to low income families in Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke Counties. WHF currently provides 166 units of affordable rental housing for families, older adults, and persons with disabilities in Middleburg and Brambleton. WHF also offers its 124 residents in Middleburg comprehensive services to help them access resources such as healthcare, education, employment and financial assistance.