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Summer 2019
Cornerstones is among 10 local nonprofits included in a $5 million initiative!
This month, Amazon launched an employee match campaign to encourage their employees to donate to 20 select nonprofits addressing housing and homelessness in the company's two headquarter regions. Cornerstones was named one of 10 local nonprofits benefiting from Amazon's new initiative.  Through September 30, 2019, the company is set to match one-for-one employee donations up to $5 million collectively.

"This is an extraordinary new opportunity to help every Amazon employee fulfill their vision for investing in the strength and stability of our community," notes Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Cornerstones. "Cornerstones is honored to be chosen for Amazon's pilot program, and to do so alongside our partners in the region. We are confident that our collaborative effort will result in even greater community volunteerism, support, and advocacy so our Northern Virginia community remains an extraordinary place to live and work."  
If you are an Amazon employee, now is the time give generously to Cornerstones.
Your generous support will help local families, individuals, and seniors achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance. 
Helping Local Families Thrive 

With deep roots in the Dulles corridor, Cornerstones has been 
at the forefront of di srupting this region's root causes of homelessness, poverty, and inequality and helping our community's most vulnerable individuals and families. 

Learn how Patricia and her daughter avoided homelessness, thanks to our donors' generous support of our unique wrap-around services programs.

YOU make our work possible - Thank you!  

Thank You & Farewell to Small Change
In 1981, three young mothers opened Small Change, a local consignment shop for children's clothes, toys, and baby gear located in the Lake Anne Plaza, to help build a warm, welcoming sense of community for families. For more than 38 years, the shop has endured and prospered as a staple resource and received numerous accolades, including among the first group of Best of Reston Award winners in 1992.

Still operated by one of the original founder and one of Cornerstones former Board Chair, Susann Gerstein, recently announced it was time to close its doors.

 A special Community Farewell will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 9:00am - 9:00pm.  Please be sure to stop by, shop, and share your memories of supporting Small Change as a vital and welcoming small business in our community.

Thank you to Small Change for being such a vital community asset and for all the support given to Cornerstones over the years. You will be missed!

Thank You for 13 Years of Impact

13th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon
Thank you to The CORE Foundation and the participants of the 13th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon that took place on June 2nd. Your support over the past 13 years has allowed Cornerstones to be there for individuals and families when crises arise. Thank you for the support of our mission and your dedication to those we serve. 

Special thanks goes out to...

Welcome and Thank You to
Famous Toastery!
In April, Reston opened another fantastic new restaurant with a heart for giving back to the community. Famous Toastery, located at 
12100 Sunset Hills Rd and serving breakfast, lunch, and bunch every day, selected 
Cornertones as the recipient of their soft-opening fundraiser and presented us with a check for $8,660!

Thank you to  Famous Toastery's owners, employees, and customers for your amazing generosity!  

Four Years Running with
Ran It With Janet 50K!
June was the fourth running of Ran It With Janet 50K ! A fun annual friendraiser organized this year by  Janet Choie Couto, Lucas Moten and Sean Cason.

The run raised a total of $9,675, breaking last year's record!

Thank you to all the organizers, runners, volunteers and donors who participated and made this year a huge success!

Thank You to Our Volunteers!
Thank you to our many beloved volunteers and special guests who attended our Second Annual Volunteer Reception this May.  Kerrie Wilson, our CEO, Gillian Sescoe, Cornerstones Board member and celebrated volunteer, and Susan Alger, our  Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement shared our Board and staff's heartfelt appreciation and noted that in 2018 alone, Cornerstones volunteers gave more than 30,000 hours in support our organization.  

Once again, on behalf of Cornerstones and the many families, children, individuals, and seniors we serve, we deeply appreciate each and every Cornerstones volunteer. Your service is core to our mission success and we are grateful for your selfless dedication to us and to our community. 

Candidate Forum on Affordable Housing
Cornerstones Advocacy in Action!
In May, more than 150 people joined Cornerstones and candidates for Hunter Mill District Supervisor for a thoughtful discussion on affordable housing issues in Fairfax County.

Thank you to all the forum attendees and send our c ongratulations to  Democratic candidate winner Walter Alcorn, who is currently running unopposed for the Hunter Mill District Supervisor's position. 

If you'd like to stay informed and have an impact on important community issues such as affordable housing, living wage, youth and families, and racial and social equity - Sign up to Become an Advocate for Cornerstones .

Save the Date!

While summer has just started, 
we are already preparing to help equip 2,800 K-12 children in the Reston-Herndon area with new backpacks for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Online registration for the number of backpacks you plan to donate is open! 
New backpacks will be collected August 5-9.

Thanksgiving Drive
Online registration begins September 16.

Gifts for Kids Drive
Online registration begins September 16.

Our Heartfelt Thanks

Donated 65 solar power car kits for our Summer Excite 2019 youth learning camp in June. 

The Young Men Service League
Served 60 plus families at our Parent Engagement Night on June 6.

Fannie Mae & Volkswagen Credit
Dated and sort about 8,000lbs of food for our STAMP out Hunger Drive on May 13.

Keller Williams Reality
Performed a day of service at the shelter and dropped off 20 House Warming Baskets.