Cornerstones provides support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.
We envision a community where all our neighbors in the Dulles corridor have access to affordable homes, in healthy and resilient neighborhoods, where all children, youth and families are thriving.
Get Involved – Opportunities to Learn,
Engage, and Take Action
The Virginia General Assembly 2024 session starts January 10
Your elected officials want to hear from you! Visit whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov to look up the elected officials in your district. Call, email, or visit them in person and tell them what means most to you and your community this session.
General Assembly 2024
Our Advocacy Platform
Build and Preserve Affordable Homes
We support legislation and budget investments to keep all our neighbors in safe, stable, affordable homes.
Invest in Connected and Resilient Children, Youth, and Families
We support legislation and budget investments to help children and families build resiliency and stay connected to strong communities. We support legislation and investments to eliminate barriers to school success, strengthen school-community-family partnerships, and help our youngest learners.
Create Good Jobs and Economic Security
We support legislation and budget investments to create pathways to career success, pay our workers a living wage, and allow our workers to care for themselves and their families if they are sick or unable to work.
Advance Systems Change to Undo Racial and Social Inequities
We support legislation and budget investments to undo the damage done by decades of racial and social inequity. We support criminal justice reforms and strong community relationships. We support civic engagement, leadership and action in community building, policy making, and elections.
Advocacy in Action: Our Work to Create Meaningful, Enduring Change in our Community
2024 Day for All People
On January 17, Cornerstones advocates traveled to Richmond to join Virginia Interfaith Center for 2024 Day for All People. We joined advocates from throughout the Commonwealth for workshops, panel discussions, visits to the state Capitol, and meetings with our state legislators. Members of our staff, Board of Directors, Advocacy Committee, faith partners, and Neighborhood Ambassadors came together to urge our elected officials to stand up for affordable homes, healthy and resilient neighborhoods, and thriving children, youth, and families.
Cornerstones hosts the Virginia House of Delegates District 7 Candidates Forum
On May 17, we partnered with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce to host a Virginia House of Delegates District 7 Candidates Forum. Attended by over 100 members of our community, the event was an opportunity to meet candidates Mary Barthelson, Paul Berry, Shyamali Hauth, and Karen Keys-Gamarra. They answered questions from our panel of community leaders and shared their legislative priorities and how they plan to serve our community, if elected. Click here to view the forum recording.
Cornerstones testifies to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at the Public Hearing on the FY24 Budget
On April 12, Kerrie Wilson (Cornerstones CEO), Roberta Gosling (Chair, Cornerstones Board of Directors) and Terrance Stroman (Director, Cornerstones Community Connected Sites) presented testimony to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at the Public Hearing on the FY24 Budget. We urged the county to invest in affordable homes, human services, and our local network of non-profit service providers.
Click here to watch the video. Kerrie’s testimony is at 48:18, Roberta’s testimony is at 58:40, and Terrance’s testimony is at 1:09:53.
Our Advocacy Committee
Our Advocacy Committee members participate in monthly meetings to develop our advocacy strategies and opportunities for action.
Many thanks to our committee members. Want to get involved or learn more? Email email@example.com
- Andy Lacher (Chair)
- Debra Allen
- Karen Courtney
- Brian Funaki
- Sara Leonard
- Davood Sedaghatfar
- Gillian Sescoe
- Stephen Smith Cobbs
- Hannah Townsend
- Tracey White
- Sarah Casey
- Amanda Caughran
- Meredith Hovan
- Margaret Anne Lara
- Erin Loadholtz
- Sarah Newman
- Kerrie Wilson
- Chuck Lefton
- Amy Joyce
- Roberta Gosling