Category Archives: Announcements

Thank you Best Runners

You may think we close up shop on the weekend, here’s a taste of the AWESOMENESS of last Saturday at our INMED Opportunity Center. Best Runners, a local running club, came and talked about health and nutrition, donated $1500 to our summer camp program and delivered 2 truckloads of food for over 50 families! And we are doing it again next Saturday for another 50! Can you feel the love?!

Jennifer Lassiter Smith to Lead INMED’s U.S. Programs

STERLING, VA (June 11, 2019): INMED Partnerships for Children is pleased to announce that Jennifer Lassiter Smith has joined our team as Director of U.S. Programs. In this new role, she will expand the type and reach of INMED’s services for children and families, including children with autism, in Loudoun County and beyond.

Smith also serves as the CEO of the Paxton Trust, where she has developed programs for children in need and has partnered with other nonprofits to develop new programs serving children in Loudoun. Previously, Smith was the Executive Director of The Arc of Loudoun, leading the organization to its home on the Paxton Campus. As founder of many of The Arc’s programs, including The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center and the ALLY (A Life Like Yours) Advocacy Center, Smith has provided education, opportunities and advocacy for people with disabilities and those who love them.

An experienced expert in strategic planning, program development and fundraising, Smith is the brainchild behind Paxton’s wildly popular Shocktober haunted house event. She has a J.D. degree from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and a B.A. degree from San Diego State University.

“Jennifer’s complementary experience serving children with special needs and brilliant ability to cultivate diverse and highly successful partnerships will be a great asset to our efforts to expand outreach and support for our programs,” said Dr. Linda Pfeiffer, founder and CEO of INMED Partnerships for Children.

In addition to its local programs for disadvantaged children and families at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling, INMED has worked in more than 100 countries to create pathways for disadvantaged children and families to achieve well-being and self-reliance. Through multisector partnerships, INMED’s programs in climate-smart agriculture and aquaponics, maternal and child health, and economic development have transformed the lives of millions of children and their families globally since 1986. Smith will be bringing some of INMED’s successful international initiatives to INMED’s U.S. operations.

For more information and ways to become involved, please visit https://inmed.org and https://opportunitycenter.us.

Community Foundation Celebrates 20 Years; Nonprofits Receive Platinum Achievement Awards

Leesburg, VA – June 10, 2019 – The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties celebrated its 20th anniversary with a spring garden party and awards ceremony on Sunday, June 2. Current and past Board members, fund holders, and community partners gathered at the home of Community Foundation Board member, Connie Moore, in celebration of the milestone.

Board Chair Tracey White emceed the event, highlighting the Community Foundation’s growth in the past twenty years. “As we reach our 20th anniversary, it’s only fitting that we’ve also surpassed several important organizational milestones recently,” White remarked. “We now have almost 70 funds and more than six million dollars in community-based assets. And, for the first time, we granted out more than one million dollars last year.”

Also recognized during the event were the winners of the Community Foundation’s inaugural Platinum Achievement Awards. Through a competitive application process, three nonprofits demonstrating significant internal achievements were selected by a review committee to be named winners of the Platinum Achievement Awards and to receive a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation. Funding for the grants was provided by donations made to the Community Foundation’s Faces of Loudoun Grantmaking Fund, established when the Faces of Loudoun community service campaign was launched in 2017.

Read the full press release…