For families who struggle monthly to make rental payments or buy groceries, purchasing back-to-school supplies can be quite a stretch. So Kids R First steps in. Participating Fairfax and Loudoun County schools submit custom orders; supplies are purchased wholesale from corporate partners; volunteers unload trucks and sort bulk orders to fill backpacks and school kits for 32,000 kids at 110 schools – all by the first bell. Each child receives a dozen grade-appropriate items required by their school, eliminating waste and reassuring students that they are ready for class. Education can be the road out of poverty, and Kids R First is determined to ensure that all students can participate fully in their educational experiences. Thanks to leadership and support from dedicated volunteers, faith-based groups, and community and corporate partners, 98% of all donations go to support kids in need.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; The communities of:; Alexandria, VA; Annandale, VA; Ashburn, VA; Centerville, VA; Chantilly, VA; Falls Church, VA; Fort Belvoir, VA; Herndon. VA; Leesburg, VA; Manassas, VA; Reston, VA; South Riding, VA; Springfield, VA; Sterling, VA; Woodbridge, VA; Laurel, MD
Population(s) Served: Students
Schools They Work In: Fairfax County, VA; Alexandria, VA; Hybla Valley Elementary; Mount Vernon Woods Elementary; Riverside Elementary; Weyanoke Elementary; Woodley Hills Elementary; Annandale, VA; Graham Road Elementary; Timber Lane Elementary; Westgate Elementary; Westlawn Elementary; Centreville, VA; Bull Run Elementary; Centre Ridge Elementary; Centreville Elementary; Colin Powell Elementary; Deer Park Elementary; Liberty Middle; London Towne Elementary; Mountain View ALC; Mountain View High; Stone Middle; Virginia Run Elementary; Chantilly, VA; Chantilly High; Franklin Middle; Greenbriar East Elementary; Lee's Corner Elementary; Rocky Run Middle; Westfield High; Greenbriar West Elementary; Falls Church, VA; Falls Church High (Second Story) ; Graham Road Elementary; Timber Lane Elementary; Westgate Elementary; Westlawn Elementary; Falls Church High; Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Belvoir Primary Elementary; Fort Belvoir Upper Elementary; Herndon, VA; Clearview Elementary; Dranesville Elementary; Hutchison Elementary; McNair Primary Elementary; McNair Upper Elementary; Reston, VA; Hunters Woods Elementary; Langston Hughes Middle; Sunrise Valley Elementary; Terraset Elementary; Springfield, VA; Lynbrook Elementary; Loudoun County; Ashburn, VA; Blue Ridge Middle; Briar Woods High; Dominion Trail Elementary; Stone Bridge High; Leesburg, VA; Frederick Douglass Elementary; Heritage High; Leesburg Elementary; Simpson Middle; South Riding, VA; Hutchison Farm Elementary; Sterling, VA; Countryside Elementary; Dominion High; Forest Grove Elementary; Guilford Elementary; Meadowland Elementary; Park View High; Rolling Ridge Elementary; Seneca Ridge Middle; Sterling Elementary; Sterling Middle; Sully Elementary; Prince George's County, MD; Laurel Elementary; Dwight David Eisenhower Middle; Laurel High
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Awards & Recognition
2017-2018: Best Non-Profits by the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy
2016: Outstanding Community Partner by Fairfax County Public Schools
2013-2014: Best Non-Profits by the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy
2012: "Most Influential Women of Virginia" by Virginia Lawyers Media
2011: Citizen of the Year by Fairfax County, Times Community Newspaper
2011 Summer: Reston Association Publication, p. 26-28
2008: "Visionaries In Our Midst" by Allison Silberberg features chapter on Kids R First (book).
2005: Best of Reston Award
2005: Martin Luther King Jr Award, Community of Reston
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