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Leesburg, VA May 2, 2017 – Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers is pleased to announce that two of        their volunteers, Kamala and Mitesh Shrestha, were chosen as the Loudoun Cares 2017 Outstanding Family of the year.  They were honored at the Loudoun Cares award ceremony on April 28th at the National Conference Center.

The Shresthas  are a mother/son duo that has been with Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers since 2013.  Together they serve the hungry in Loudoun County.  All through 2016, they delivered supplemental food from Loudoun Hunger Relief to homebound elderly and disabled adults.  They also now take a care receiver shopping for groceries a few times each month.

Mitesh is a 17-year-old student who is very focused not only on his school work, where he is an AP Honors student, but also on making the community a better place. Beginning in 2013, Mitesh has been helping with chores, yard work and also with LVC quality of life programming for our care receivers. He serves on our Youth Advisory Committee which helps directs the focus of our student caregiver program.

His mother, Kamala, supports and encourages her son’s achievements and nurtures his desires for a better world.  She served on the LVC Board of Directors in 2016.

LVC encourages parents to volunteer with their children/grandchildren; they believe that this experience enhances the bond not only with the community but within the family as well.  And it has been proven that children who volunteer grow into adults who volunteer.

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June 2016: Steve Proulx named LVC Volunteer of the Year – Steve joined LVC in 2015 after retiring from the federal government. He has been actively involved in all areas of service including routine medical transportation, dialysis and cancer transportation, shopping and errands, food delivery, money management, and the Chore Corps program. He also earned the Presidential Service Silver Award for 328 hours of service this year alone.  He drove thousands of miles and helped almost 2 dozen individuals.

After 35 years of service in the federal government, Steve knew he needed to do something else and kept thinking, “It’s time to feed the soul”. He volunteered for a hospice organization for a while and the American Cancer Society, but it was with LVC that he finally began to understand what had changed inside.  “Our “care receivers” give us the opportunity to “walk the walk”, to learn and practice to be more compassionate, loving and kind.  They give us a chance to experience the essence of whom, I believe, we truly are.  They give us the greatest gift of all: the opportunity to feed the soul.”
Steve demonstrates the ideal characteristics that we hope for in our volunteers by being caring, thoughtful, patient, communicative and reliable. Steve’s sacrifice and service is an example to us all, and he has no doubt changed the lives of so many that we help.

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April 2016:  Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers thanks the Wells Fargo Foundation for a $2,500 grant to support our programs.  We look forward to a long and strong relationship with our new partner!

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April, 2016: And we thank 100WomenStrong, a local nonprofit whose own goal is to improve the quality of life for Loudoun residents, for a $11,250 grant that helps support LVC’s collaborative effort with Loudoun Interfaith Relief to get food to homebound seniors and disabled adults across the county, as well as LVC’s volunteer programs of grocery delivery and shopping assistance, medical transportation and financial education and management. With help from our friends at 100WomenStrong, we continue to be able to help over 250 individuals get the food they needed, stay in their own homes and live better, healthier lives. Our deepest thanks!!

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March, 2016:  Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers thanks the United Way of the National Capital Area for their continuing support over the years of what LVC does for the Loudoun County community.  We are most appreciative of the $10,000 grant for 2016 that will enable us to continue our work in the community.

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March, 2016:  Our deepest thanks to the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia for their continuing support and generosity over the years.  Their grant of $10,000 helps us do what we do to make the lives of the elderly and disabled in Loudoun County a little easier.  Thank you so much!

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February, 2016:  We are most appreciative of a $5,000 grant from the Van Metre Companies Foundation in support of our programs of Assisted Transportation, Supportive Services and Money Management.  Thank you to our friends at Van Metre!

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February, 2016: Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers thanks the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation for their support, their confidence and trust in us, and for the $7,000 grant they awarded us to continue helping our elderly and disabled care receivers with cancer – breast, ovarian, brain, prostate, spine, thyroid, lung, throat, colon, and other cancers. We are proud and glad to help these folks continue to live independently, with dignity and with friends who care. If you want to help these and our other care receivers, even once a month, please contact our office www.lvcaregivers.org or 703.779.8617

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December, 2015:  We thank the AARP Foundation for helping to fund our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.  Our volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do and having the support of the AARP Foundation makes it easier to show them what they mean to us.  Thank you!

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November, 2015:  Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers is deeply grateful to the John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation for its support of our programs of helping elderly and disabled adults.  The $15,000 grant will be used to help our seniors and disabled care receivers to age in place, with dignity and quality of life.  Thank you so much!!

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November, 2015:  We thank the Cardinal Bank Foundation for a $1,000 grant to help with our Money Management Program!

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October, 2015:  we deeply appreciate the support of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’ Loudoun Impact Fund to support our programs of home delivery of food to frail elderly and disabled adults in Loudoun County.  With their support, we are expanding our program so we can help more home-bound adults needing food delivered to their homes on a regular basis.  Thank you so much for the $10,000 grant, and for your support!

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July, 2015:  Our deepest thanks to the Ada and Albert Wibel Foundation for their support of our 3 programs and a $15,000 to help the elderly and disabled in Loudoun County.

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July, 2015: Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers thanks the Tikva Grant Committee of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation for a $10,000 grant to develop and expand our Interfaith Student Caregivers program.  These funds enabled almost 100 Loudoun County students of various faiths to come together and put on quality of life projects for the elderly and disabled in our programs.  An Interfaith Teen night was well attended and will another will be held in 2016.  Students helped many care receivers with supportive services including shopping, light housekeeping, reading and visiting, yard work and snow shoveling.  Many thanks to our friends at Beth Chaverim!!

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January 29, 2015: Today, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced that it is awarding Community Impact grants totaling $138,981 to 11 nonprofit member organizations serving Loudoun County. Each of the grants directly addresses United Way NCA’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health. This year United Way NCA is awarding over $1 million in Community Impact grants to member nonprofits serving the National Capital Area thanks to the support of employees participating in 800 workplace giving campaigns at more than 3,000 locations throughout the greater Washington region. The grantees were honored at a ceremony this afternoon with Loudoun County officials. Specifically, the Loudoun County grantees are: The Arc of Loudoun, Friends of Loudoun County Mental Health, Inc., Help for Others, Jill’s House, Inc., Just Neighbors Ministry, Inc., Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), Loudoun Cares, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Inc., Loudoun Literacy Council, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers/A Faith in Action Program, and the National Center for Children and Families.

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November 12, 2014: In a quiet Leesburg library on a recent November afternoon, a small group of teenage volunteers carefully folded stacks of brightly colored quilts, meticulously stitched and donated by quilters from Loudoun County and beyond with hopes of comforting cancer patients and survivors. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/through-handmade-quilts-volunteers-seek-to-comfort-cancer-patients/2014/11/11/db356bf2-68f6-11e4-b053-65cea7903f2e_story.html

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July 3, 2014: As part of its consent agenda Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors was expected to provide its administrative stamp of approval on a series of grants—totaling more than $1.2 million—to area charities and community support nonprofits.
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/news/loudoun-supervisors-approve-m-in-grants-to-community-organizations/article_c4bee91a-02b3-11e4-995a-001a4bcf887a.html

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May 13, 2014: Dear Editor: On May 6, Piedmont Community Foundation participated in the largest giving event in history with its own local program, GiveChoose.Org.
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/opinion/letters/letter-amy-owen-piedmont-community-foundation/article_fd9b4a24-daa1-11e3-89a9-001a4bcf887a.html

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April 4, 2014: Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers receives a $10,000 grant from 100WomenStrong to transport elderly and disabled residents to Interfaith Relief and provide food delivery to them.
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/news/women-strong-announce-in-grant-funding/article_4ee2b172-c406-11e3-9569-001a4bcf887a.html

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February 24, 2014: Letter to the Editor – Dear Editor: Well the weather has certainly been the talk of the town recently. The storm earlier this month closed down the Loudoun County government, Loudoun County Public Schools and many businesses. But out of storms can come some wonderful stories about people making a difference, and Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers would like to share one.
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/opinion/letters/letter-susan-mandel-giblin-loudoun-volunteer-caregivers/article_019c0b28-9d70-11e3-b8ec-001a4bcf887a.html

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February 28, 2014: United Way of the National Capital Area Thursday presented grants totaling $191,832 to 17 Loudoun County nonprofits during a brief ceremony at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg.
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/news/loudoun-nonprofits-celebrate-united-way-grants/article_e75330fa-a0af-11e3-8641-0019bb2963f4.html

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January 23, 2014: The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will provide $435,000 in grants to 26 Washington, DC, area nonprofits that address critical needs, such as hunger and shelter to provide solutions that promote financial wellness through access to benefits and resources. Included in the grant award was Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers.
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/business/boa-awards-grant-to-loudoun-volunteer-caregivers/article_4b902eba-843b-11e3-b8a6-001a4bcf887a.html