Special thank you to all the Turkey Trot participants over the years.  Your support has benefited the following Local Beneficiaries:






Arlington Food Assistance Center


Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is dedicated to providing supplemental groceries to Arlington residents who cannot afford to purchase sufficient food to meet their basic needs. It complements the work of AACH, Doorways, the Arlington County Department of Human Services, Arlington churches, and other social service agencies by providing groceries to families and individuals referred by those organizations.  For more information or to get involved, contact Jolie Smith at ~ Read more about AFAC.






Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN)


A-SPAN’s vision is to end homelessness in Arlington County. Founded in 1988 by a few concerned residents, A-SPAN helps to secure permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for our homeless neighbors in Arlington, including many veterans, through community outreach and relationship built on trust and respect. For more information or to get involved, contact Scott Miller at Learn more about A-SPAN.




Arlington Thrive


Arlington Thrive delivers same-day emergency funds to our neighbors in crisis, so they can be secure in their jobs, health, and homes and thrive in a caring community. We provide “just enough emergency financial assistance at just the right time” to Arlington residents who are in a financial crisis and by doing so, help to prevent more serious consequences such as eviction from a home or job loss due to an untreated illness. We are the only organization in Arlington which provides same-day emergency financial assistance. Our vision is an Arlington community where all have homes, are financially stable, and thrive. For more information, contact Shandra Niswander, Director of Development at  Read more about Arlington Thrive.




Bridges to Independence (formerly AACH)



Bridges to Independence does more than offer shelter to homeless people, it provides them with a foundation to rebuild their lives. Created in 1985 by concerned citizens of Arlington and Alexandria, Bridges to Independence works in coordination with public agencies, businesses and community groups to give homeless people the support, shelter, counseling and employment training they need to regain self-sufficiency. For more information or to get involved, contact Melanie Farrell at   Read more about Bridges to Independence





OAR - Offender Aid and Restoration


OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church believes in second chances. OAR works on behalf of the community in (1) Reentry: supporting men and women returning to our community from incarceration and (2) Community Service: offering alternative sentencing options for youth and adults.  The Reentry support begins pre-release, as OAR offers courses and case management inside the Arlington County Detention Facility, as well as other local correctional facilities.  OAR continues to work with men and women post-release by providing the following assistance:  emergency services (such as food, clothing, transportation, and housing referrals), employment services (such as resume building,  practicing interview skills, and searching for and applying for jobs online), and intensive case management. Our most intensive program has a low 10% recidivism rate compared to the national 54%.  In Community Service, OAR ensures that adults and youth who have been court-ordered to complete their community service hours do so successfully.  This program keeps people out of incarceration to begin with, and also strengthens our community by providing over $3 million of volunteer time to our local nonprofit partners. Our participants have a 90% success rate of completion.  For more information or to get involved, contact Heather Pritchett at  Learn more about OAR.




Young Life South Arlington


Young Life South Arlington is a nonprofit organization that reaches out to teenagers and pre-teens through Club meetings, camps and volunteering by building meaningful relationships, going where the kids are, winning the right to be heard, providing experiences that are fun, adventurous and life-changing, loving the children regardless of their responses, helping young people to develop the skills and attitudes to reach their full potential. Young Life South Arlington started serving kids from Washington-Lee and later some kids from Kenmore and Swanson Middle in 2002 and is currently impacting over 250 high school and middle school adolescents in Kenmore Middle School, Wakefield High School, TC Williams High School, Washington & Lee High School and NOVA Community College.  For more information or to get involved, contact Area Director, Ashley Davenport at





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