Since 1971, the men and women of the Centerville Moose lodge have achieved many milestones in giving, some more great than others. We always strive to do more each year. We are constantly re-evaluating the needs of our charity and the needs of others so our members can make a lasting difference in the lives we touch. In the last year we have affected these and other organizations with our volunteering and giving:
The Ronald McDonald Houses. They have two houses in the DC metro area: one in Washington DC and one in Northern Virginia.
Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Children’s National Medical Center where family members can spend a quiet moment during stressful times that accompany a child’s medical care.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital that provides on the spot medical care for thousands of under-served children in the District.
And Outreach programs that support individuals and organizations that help children and young adults reach their full potential.
With all the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC do, they do it with out any government funding. Their services would not be possible with out the generosity of the business community, philanthropic groups and foundations, the local McDonald family restaurants, and people just like you.
Mooseheart child city and school is a residential childcare facility, located on a 1,000-acre campus west of Chicago. The Child City is a home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school. Dedicated in July 1913 by the Moose fraternal organization, Mooseheart cares for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons, to care for them. Some have lost one or both parents; others are living in environments that are simply not conducive to healthy growth and development. Whatever the reason, the men and women of the Moose, through unparalleled generosity and volunteerism, furnish the resources necessary to care for children in need. The Moose fraternity provides children with a wholesome home-like environment and the best possible training and education.
American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
The American Red Cross performed this humanitarian effort gallantly this year by providing help to the earthquake stricken victims of Haiti. Their efforts have been instrumental in saving and comforting many in the aftermath of the quake. We support their efforts in helping the hurt and suffering of this terrible tragedy.
Virginia Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The program gives Virginia's athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self-discovery for everyone. The organization’s goal is to open the heart and mind of every Virginian to the value and ability of persons with intellectual disabilities.
The City of Fairfax Fire Department
The City of Fairfax Fire Department is a combination department comprised of City career employees and volunteer members of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department Inc. Together, their members provide primary fire suppression and emergency medical service to the City of Fairfax proper and a fourteen square mile area of Fairfax County that immediately surrounds the City of Fairfax, as well as the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. They operate five tactical companies that respond from two fire stations. These companies maintain a high operational tempo due to an urban service area that generates roughly 11,000 emergency vehicle responses each year. If it was not for their heroic work each and everyday, people would loose their lives and loved ones. We are thankful for all their hard work!
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board was established to provide Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Alcohol and Drug Services, as well as specialized services in Prevention and Early Intervention for individuals and families. They provide leadership to ensure the integration of the principles of resilience, recovery and self-determination in the development and provision of services. They maintain accountability by ensuring that continuous system improvement is anchored in best practice, outcome and effectiveness measurement, and the efficient use of resources. Their goal is to provide timely, individualized, quality services when and where they need them, in addition to active support, resulting in acceptance in the community.
As a public support network, they provide services which assist, improve and maximize the potential of individuals affected by these conditions and strengthen their capacity for living self-determined, productive and valued lives within our community.
Clean Fairfax - Adopt A Spot
Clean Fairfax Council began as a litter control task force in 1978, established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to implement an anti-litter campaign. In 1985, the organization became a private nonprofit.
Funding for the program comes from statewide taxes provided by manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of 15 product categories. As a recipient of a non-competitive state grant, Clean Fairfax Council educates the citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia on litter prevention and control, supports the county recycling program, discourages graffiti, promotes sustainability and provides environmental education to residents, businesses and students.
Clean Fairfax Council has thousands of volunteers who work together each year to make Fairfax County a cleaner place to live. This is accomplished by spring and fall cleanup programs. Public information is distributed through the Council office and much of this information is translated into several foreign languages. The Council participates in many outreach opportunities which include Fall for Fairfax, Celebrate Fairfax, and Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration. The Council produces the annual Earth Day/Arbor Day event held the Saturday after Earth Day. The Council is a founding member of the Virginia Council for Litter Prevention and Recycling.
Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment.
Located in Randleman, NC, Victory Junction is built upon 84 beautiful acres donated by Richard and Lynda Petty. Themed around NASCAR racing, the camp is echoes the sights, sounds, and feel of a real racetrack! Victory Junction has 42 buildings and program areas, such as Adam's Race Shop, Goody's Body Shop (medical center), the Hendrick Motorsports Fuel Stop (dining hall), the Silver Theater, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Water Park, the Michael Waltrip Operation Marathon Sportscenter, Kurt Busch Superdome, Jimmie Johnson Victory Lanes (bowling alley) and Jessie's Horse Power Garage (stables and riding arena), there is no shortage of fun and empowering activities!
To date, Victory Junction has changed the lives of more than 10,000 children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses and their families.
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread has a mission that identifies and addresses the unmet fundamental needs of Fairfax area residents and empowers the community to help our neighbors maintain self-sufficiency. They have a long-standing history of helping disadvantaged families in Fairfax County. Our Daily Bread began in 1984 as a temporary homeless shelter that rotated among several churches in the area. When Fairfax County opened a shelter in Reston, the interfaith effort shifted its focus to feeding the homeless, opening a soup kitchen staffed by volunteers from the various participating organizations. As circumstances in Fairfax County changed, the soup kitchen closed and gave way to volunteers making and delivering food to not just homeless families but began delivering supplemental groceries each week to needy families. While many organizations and programs are developed to assist the homeless, Our Daily Bread recognized a need that was going unmet—serving those families who, while not homeless, were in financial crisis and in danger of “falling through the cracks.” Today, the families they help are likely to be members of the working poor often juggling multiple jobs, as well as the elderly and disabled. More than half of those we serve are children.
Massey Cancer Center
The Virginia Commonwealth University’s “Massey Cancer Center” is one of just 65 centers out of 1500 nationwide. The center has been designated by the National Cancer Institute to help lead the charge in fighting cancer. As one of the centers of excellence in cancer research, they develop and have treatments available for its patients here in Virginia. They collaborate with leading cancer centers across the country and ensure the people of Virginia have the best treatments close to home. Massey is also one of the best models of public-private partnerships in Virginia. The center has more than 50 percent of their funding coming from private philanthropy. They are very appreciative of all the support their community gives. They are committed to helping prevent, control, and eventually cure cancer.
Fairfax Police Youth Club
Our community service continues with giving support to the Fairfax Police Youth Club. The Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of leadership, sportsmanship, and physical fitness, while encouraging and providing opportunities for all youth to participate in a variety of sporting events including basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer just to name a few. They also participate in some of Virginia’s Special Olympics events so youth with intellectual disabilities have a chance to participate and grow as well. They are celebrating over 45 years of service and dedication to the youth of Fairfax this year!