Embry Rucker Shelter Staff would like to send a very special thank you to our volunteer front desk assistants who help us, day in and day out, as we work to help our clients, keep up with the calls for service and donations, organize the mail, and greet the public. We couldn’t do it all without you!
Congratulations and our thanks to Robert and Gloria Brabrook for honoring their wedding anniversary by making a donation to Embry Rucker Community Shelter.
Thank you Liz Gavin Pao, Susie Sylvester, and Jan Leu for contributing to WINS, a program implemented by Cornerstones Director, Sarah Newman at Connections for Hope Partnership. The WINS project is designed to help women see that community support is within reach and it empowers them to express their needs, interact with community advocates and plan for the future. Thank you ladies your continuous support of Cornerstones and our many different programs!
Thank you “Shark Tank” judges Terry Pao, BowWow LLC; Susie Sylvester, DevTechnology; Michael O’Grady, Xenith Bank; Heather Newlin, Defense Industry Consultant; Eugenia Sirgo, Long and Foster, and Heidi Veltman and Maribeth Goldin of Kaiser Permanente. The K-12th grade children had a wonderful time presenting their ideas and answering the “sharks” questions. Fun was had by all! Heidi and Maribeth were so impressed with the efforts of the participants they volunteered to sponsor the June Pizza Day Celebration!
Our gratitude goes out to Congregation Beth Emeth for their annual donation for the homeless medical/dental fund.
Thanks to high school friends Sidant Dev and Arun Dhingra for organizing a fundraising “fun-ride” for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.
Thank you to the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce for hosting Dulles’ biggest food fight. The top chefs in the Dulles corridor battled it out! Individuals enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvres and tastings from a selection of local vineyards and breweries. Cornerstones was one of the two local charities that benefited from this delectable and delightful event.
Fannie Mae volunteers came out and provided daily field trips for the preschool students at Laurel Learning Center, landscaping projects at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, as well as prepared bagged meals for the Shelter as part of their 7 Days to Serve. Fannie Mae employees also provided landscaping, organizing, and building projects at our shelter.
Girls on the Run for stopping by with supplies for the shelter and an inspirational mini-mural for our clients.
Thank you to the delightful employees of Helios HR who provided funds and came to do landscaping projects to beautify our shelter grounds. We thank them for the terrific new entryway garden, the playground garden, and all the foundation flowers now brightening our office windows.
Ladies of the Herndon Fortnightly Club collected donations of items from our wish list and presented them to us at their annual June picnic. In May they also collected a large supply of children’s books for our Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center.
Kudos to Long and Foster Corporate office employees for donating and assembling over 1000 toiletry kits for our shelter clients and allowing us to come and talk with them about Cornerstones and what we do.
Thank you MAXIMUS Foundation for sponsoring an employee drive to collect items that will provide summer fun necessities (swim suits, swim bags, sunscreen, towels, goggles, clothing needs, toiletries).
NAVIENT employees collected donations and management provided matching funds to provide supplies and food for their day of service projects, which included landscaping, meal preparation, organization and sorting projects, and more!
A special thank you to all those who participated in Ran it with Janet 50k. Participants either donated money or in kind donations to the Embry Rucker Shelter. The run organizer Janet Choi felt it was important to have the run mean something besides being fun. Thank you Janet and friends, you raised close to $2,000 in cash donations and $1,100 in in-kind donations!
Thank you to Reston Sprint Triathlon organizers, volunteers and all the athletes who participated in the event on June 5th. The event raised $30,000 which will benefit Cornerstones!
Saint Joseph Catholic Church Brownie Troop and all the many others who collected and donated Girl Scout Cookies to our shelter as gifts of love.
Our admiration and thanks to Mr. Amardeep Singh who annually honors the memory of his sister, Amrit Kaur with the beautiful custom of providing food for those in need. He blesses our shelter because of his sister’s long association with our organization.
Hurray for the U.S. Postal Service’s Herndon and Reston Post Offices and Postal Employees for coordination and pick up of food from their route customers for Stamp Out Hunger! Over 4,000 pounds of food were taken to the Assistance Service and Pantry Program and will be used to provide food for families and individuals in need of emergency food the next few months. Thanks to our volunteers for coming out to help sort and store this huge donation of canned and dry goods.
The following individuals and groups provided catered meals at Embry Rucker Community Shelter:
Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church
Sujata Avasthi and friends
Freddie Mac employees provided and served 4 catered meals with different themes each week
Carolyn Coakley and friends
Hakeema Cummings and Muzna Khan
Nichole Johnston and family
Anuj Malik and Sant Nirankari Mission Universal Brotherhood
The Temple of Healing Waters