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Building Hope Newsletter, September 2022

Executive Director & CEO Corner

HomeAid Northern Virginia started when two like-minded builders got together to solve a problem in our region. A local shelter for teenagers needed building repairs so they could safely house teens and transition them to permanent housing. For many years after that, HomeAid exclusively worked with shelters serving those experiencing homelessness. As our communities’ needs have changed over the last 20 years and our nonprofits have adapted, so have we. First, our geographic region has expanded to 10 counties and municipalities: Fairfax, Loudoun, Frederick, Prince William, and Fauquier County, as well as Fairfax City, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, and D.C. That’s almost 2,500 square miles of land where HomeAid and our Builder Captains are volunteering which means if you have spent any time driving around the national capital region you’ve likely seen one of our over 160 projects. Second, we have broadened our scope of work to include nonprofits providing preventative services. That means we’re working on food pantries, which have evolved from being a supplementary source of some essentials to being a necessity for many food insecure families. We’re renovating after-school spaces, so teens have somewhere safe to go and grow. We’re building playhouses and playgrounds, giving kids the gift of play. We’re expanding thrift “retail” stores, where families can select quality clothing, shoes, accessories, and housewares at no- or low cost.

This approach of meeting people where they are, listening to the experts who work with these clients day in and day out, and not limiting ourselves geographically has led HomeAid to a far more holistic approach of helping those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

I mention all of this because it’s essential as an organization we remember where we started, where we are currently, and where we are headed in the future. Our board and staff have made it our mission to grow with intention as an organization, and we are looking forward to continuing to work alongside you, our biggest supporters.

Make sure to follow along and stay tuned for a special announcement in the upcoming weeks!

With gratitude,

In the Spotlight

A Place to Play

HomeAid Northern Virginia recently purchased brand-new playground equipment for the Kids Club of Shenandoah Valley We celebrated the day with a ribbon cutting complete with happy kids and complimentary ice cream from C&C Frozen Treats! The Kids Club – which provides after-school programming and summer camps designed to increase academic performance including reading, writing activities, homework help, and games – now has both a playground and playhouse. The custom playhouse was built by Stanley Martin Homes and the playground equipment was installed free of charge by PlayGo Company.

The outdoor play area gives kids a critically important place to explore, play, imagine, and grow with siblings and other children in a space just for them. And, by giving kids a welcoming, and safe place to go after school, we achieve two goals: We show them that they matter, and we continue to expand our mission of partnering with nonprofits who provide programs and services that are accessible to all communities.

In Your Neighborhood

Are you registered for HomeAid’s SOLD OUT Golf Tournament? If so, make sure you’re teed up for a seamless day with these important reminders:

We still have opportunities to volunteer on the course, so if you want to get out of the office and help HomeAid put on a fabulous tournament, please get in touch with Stephanie Richards.

In Your Community

Join Us at Our Annual Gala and Auction

It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year – and we’re betting this year’s Gala & Auction will be one you won’t want to miss! So, save the date – Saturday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. at Lansdowne Resort & Spa – and start making plans to attend our casino-themed “Bet on HomeAid”. Individual tickets, tables of 10, and sponsorship opportunities are now available, with support levels for every budget – whether you’re feeling like a high roller or a wild card!

Purchase your tickets and get ready for a night of networking, live music, signature drinks, seated dinner, silent and live auctions, awards, and – most importantly – inspiration. You’ll see and hear how our work throughout the region is making a real impact on individuals and families who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness and how your support is critical to our mission.

Want to make a weekend of it? Reservations for our special room rate are also being accepted now – we have a limited number available, and reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 12, to lock in this special rate, so be sure to book your room today.

Making It Count

HomeAid Welcomes New Team Members

Please join us in welcoming Julianna Blaylock and Stephanie Richards to our team! Julianna, our Outreach and Program Manager, will coordinate our many volunteer-driven efforts, such as Care DaysBuilders for Babies diaper and wipe campaign, and Project Playhouse. Stephanie, our Director of Events, will handle planning and registration for all of our events and fundraisers, as well as serve as our contact person for all third-party events.

Stephanie joins our team with more than 15 years of experience leading events in both hospitality and the nonprofit sector. Her experience includes community engagement and volunteer management with the Hawaiian Humane Society, as well as development and special events experience with Girl Scouts of Hawaii. In addition to her nonprofit experience, she has led special events for Lansdowne Resort and Lost Rhino Brewing Company.

Julianna joins HomeAid with over five years of experience in outreach and program management as the Outreach Manager with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). In addition to her outreach and program experience, she also led special events and provided administrative management for VVMF. Outside of the nonprofit sector, she has numerous years of administrative and hospitality management experience.

Welcome, Julianna and Stephanie!

Support Spotlight

New Year, New Tournament, New Leader

The PulteGroup’s Charity Golf Tournament has been in full swing for as long as Rob Potter, Pulte’s area construction manager, joined the company in 2009. But after it was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID – and the long-time tournament coordinator had left the company – it needed focus to bring it back to life. Rob volunteered to spearhead the effort, and with the help of Suzanne Vaughn, Pulte’s marketing manager, the September 27 tournament was rebranded with a fresh new look, new course, contests and more – and sold out in record time with record earnings. We sat down with Rob to find out a little more about why he agreed to take on what can be a huge task, and why PulteGroup – which has donated close to $250,000 to HomeAid over the years – continues to say ‘yes’ to serving our communities’ at-risk populations.

Q: What inspired you to take on the tournament, and why has PulteGroup continued to name HomeAid its beneficiary?

A: It’s so good for our employees, trade partners, and vendors to break bread, so to speak, and be together outside of the normal work environment. The golf tournament is a way to just have a great time, raising money for something we care about. HomeAid’s mission is important to us; they serve the communities where we live and work, they serve charities and non-profits, and they provide funding to those who need it most. When we choose HomeAid as a beneficiary, we know that the money we raise will go to a good cause that will better our community.

Q: Why do you think golf tournaments are so attractive, both for participants and as fundraisers?

A: When you look at the diversity of our employees, trade partners, and vendors, golf is simply something that a lot of us have in common. Whether they’re good at it or not really doesn’t matter; tournaments are an opportunity for us to decompress and have a good time, and when people are having a good time, they’re more willing to open up their wallets for a great cause.

Q: Outside of golf, tell us about your career with Pulte. What do you love most?

A: As an area construction manager, I oversee multiple communities in the Northern Virginia market. Essentially, I manage the people who build, from our most complicated projects down to the most basic. I started as a laborer with my dad’s construction company and worked my way up. From day one, I’ve loved the sense of accomplishment that comes with building homes and communities. As I drive through a completed project, seeing it go from raw land to a finished neighborhood – where people live, celebrate holidays, bring babies home, and grow – it feels incredibly tangible to me. We are  adding real value to people’s lives, and that feels great.


On the Road with HomeAid

As HomeAid’s territory has expanded, so has our travel, as we conduct site visits, interim progress visits, and groundbreaking/ribbon cuttings at 8-12 projects annually, in 10 different counties and municipalities. Add to that meetings and inspections, Turnover Projects, hauling supplies to events, and distributing diapers and wipes to 20 nonprofits, and our personal vehicles are taking a beating. To help, we are seeking an SUV Sponsorship; the sponsor would receive six Gala tickets; mentions in our newsletter and annual report, and be included on the graphics wrap of the vehicle to showcase your support of HomeAid as we travel throughout Virginia and Washington, DC. Want to explore more? Call Kristyn Burr at 571.283.6320.

Give Back with the Gala

Our Annual Gala & Auction is coming up, and as our largest fundraising event of the year, committee members are needed for every aspect of planning and bringing the event to life. Whether you love décor and design, themes, marketing campaigns, entertainment, raffle and auction procurement, as well as registration and logistics, we need you! Please contact Stephanie Richards to find out more.

Fall Internship Available

Do you know a college student looking for real-world experience in event planning? HomeAid is offering a fall internship that will focus on our major social and fundraising events, and several smaller events throughout the year – from planning to marketing, hotel/food/beverage, awards presentation, speakers, programs, and on-site logistics. Find out more by contacting Stephanie Richards at 703.953.3525.

Law Rocks Returns!

Law Rocks, which promotes music education for underprivileged youth and raises funds for local nonprofit organizations, is back live and in person this year! Coming to the 9:30 Club on September 22, this epic “battle of the band” fundraising concert will feature Larry and the Land Lawyers from Walsh, Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, who will rock out and play to raise money for HomeAid Northern Virginia. Check it out, give back, and have a rockin’ night while you’re at it!

Upcoming Events

HomeAid Golf Tournament

Friday, September 16, 2022 7:00 AM (Registration)

Rasberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club

HomeAid Gala and Auction

Saturday, November 12, 2022 6:30 PM

Lansdowne Resort and Spa

Upcoming Partner Events

Van Metre Cornhole Challenge

Saturday, September 17, 2022 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Lost Rhino Brewing Company

Benefitting HomeAid

7th Annual Law Rocks

September 22, 2022 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:00 p.m. concert

9:30 Club, Washington, DC

Benefitting HomeAid

Pulte Golf Tournament

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

1757 Golf Club

Benefitting HomeAid