LINK, Inc. is a non-profit, 501C3 charity that exists to provide emergency food to people in need in the Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. The all-volunteer staff members at LINK believe in the power of selfless service and the importance of providing people in crisis with unconditional love. Click here to watch a video that explains LINK's mission.
“There is a special time for everything. There is a time for everything that happens under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLV)
Not only do seasons have their purpose, but times of our lives have a purpose too. There will be times when we will laugh, love others and have peace. There will also be times when we will cry, mourn and grieve, and have to deal with unrest. Fall is a time when LINK begins to plan for our upcoming Holiday Program. We have many opportunities for volunteers to be involved.
Thank you to the following individuals/groups/businesses that have helped LINK –
Schools – McLean High School donated food from its Food pantry to LINK.
Churches - St. Mathew Episcopal Church chose supporting LINK by working in the pantry for its outreach activity for its Mission Possible summer camp; Women's Ministry at Word of Life International Church (Ashburn) donated rice to LINK this summer; Catholic Charities moved this summer and donated their excess food to LINK to help make the moving process more manageable; St. Joseph Catholic Church collected so much food that they filled two different large vehicles for LINK.
Area Businesses - The PRD Group Ltd chose LINK as a charitable organization to donate funds to help provide families with food items; Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation collected 19,388 pounds in food and donations (nearly 10 tons) for LINK! Circadian Realty Group worked with Generosity Feeds to bag over 15,000 packaged soup mixes for LINK – the youth from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church helped move the soup to the LINK pantry
Scouts & Youth – GS troop 1255 collected unwanted fruit and delivered 26 loaves of homemade banana bread to the pantry; National Capital Swim Club (Claude Moore) collected food during a swim meet this summer; Shaun and Shannon, area youth, reached out during the summer to help organize food at the LINK pantry; BSA Troop 1154 (Ashburn) collected food this summer during their regular meetings
Loudoun County Thrift Store for LAWS collected old books that were unsold and donated them to the LINK Mobile Food Pantry for families with children to take home.
Farmer’s Markets - Herndon Farmer's Market – food is collected at the end of the Market day and a lot of the produce is distributed to Herndon Harbor House. The two coordinators report that the residents begin lining up well before the appointed hour. Over 130 seniors at Harbor House receive weekly bakery products year round and produce in season; Cascades Farmer’s Market - we distribute the leftover produce to Cascade Village, Kendrick Court, and F.A.I.T.H., Reston Bible Church, William Watters House, as well as to LINK recipients. Various groups, individuals and churches (Community Lutheran Church youth) have helped transport the weekly food collections.
Want to get involved? LINK has several ways you can help –
RESCUE THE FOOD – pick up food that would’ve been thrown away at local elementary schools and bring it to LINK, Embry Rucker Shelter, low income apartment complexes, and other locations. Pickups are during school hours and takes about 1 hour. We pick up food from area elementary schools –
Holiday Program – Hundreds of volunteers will be needed for the 2013 Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday programs. Volunteers are needed to help pick up food from schools and businesses, sort food, escort clients, deliver food to homebound clients, and more. We will also need donations of food, gently used winter clothing, and new toys for newborns – 16 years of age. Volunteers as young as 10 years of age (with parents) are welcomed. Our dates for 2014 will be November 15 and December 13. We will need help the week preceding these two dates.
LINK will need to collect close to 100,000 pounds of food, more than 2000 gently used winter coats & clothing items, more than 4000 new toys, and monetary donations to provide more than $47,000 in grocery gift cards to families who will register for the Holiday Program. If your school, church, scouting group, civic group, business, or neighbors would like to run a drive for LINK, please contact us! You can email – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Registration for Clients Needing Assistance for the Holiday Program will take place –
Mobile Food Pantry – 2nd Tuesday of each month, 1 – 4 pm, Christ the Redeemer Church rear parking lot. Volunteers are needed to help sort food and assist clients. Would love to have bilingual volunteers too! Children are welcome with their parents. Event takes place regardless of weather. This event has distributed more than 174,000 pounds of free food since Sept. 2013.
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Floris United Methodist Bakery Drop-Offs - LINK is now providing bakery goods and some produce Saturday evenings to Floris United Methodist Church for distribution following the Spanish-language service. Volunteers pick up the food items around 5:30 from the Incoming Table at the pantry and drop the off at FUMC. To sign up to help - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044EA9A7292-floris.
Top Food Needs – Here is a list of our top food needs – Dried soups (like ramen noodles), Canned Chicken, Boxed Meal Helpers (like Hamburger Helper), Canned Fruit, Tomato Products, Cleaning products, Laundry detergent, Feminine products, and Toiletries.
For other volunteer opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check our SignUpGenius link below –