Generosity and Success

23 09 2009

Downpour Water Park

Downpour Water Park

Help is available to every Sterling family that needs help getting their kids back to school this year.

Sterling, VA – Through the collaborative efforts of Restore Community Church, Enrich NOVA::Generosity Can, Kids R First, and generous community members, every child in Sterling that comes from a family in need can receive necessary school supplies to return to school.

On August 23, Enrich NOVA and Restore Community Church unleashed a downpour of generosity by renting out Downpour Water Park at Algonkian Regional Park and providing a FREE Family Day at the Water Park to the community. Over 1000 people and 267 families participated in this event. Each family gave one or more backpacks to help children get back to school. In all, 425 packs were collected. This overflow of generosity and love is changing children’s lives and changing the Sterling community.


Enrich NOVA Live

30 03 2009

Enrich NOVA’s mission in action and caught on film!

Thank You!

20 12 2008

Our first community service initiative was a great success thanks to the generosity of many financial donors and incredible team members who picked up and delivered over 100 meals to under resourced families! Special thanks too…

  • The Great Falls Optimist Club for initiating this community service event with strong leadership and $2500 seed money.
  • The parent liaisons and guidance counselors of Dominion High School, Sugarland Run Elementary, Meadowland Elementary, Rolling Ridge Elementary, Sterling Elementary, and Armstong School for identifying under resourced families to serve.
  • Moheb (Mo) Iskander, UHaul General Manager, UHaul Center of Chantilly who donated 3 dolly’s for moving almost 200 boxes of food. This saved our team members backs!
  • Abigail Valverde at Washington Apostolic Church in Fairfax for arranging team members to package over 100 boxes of food.
  • Ken Herbert for leading the first half of the operation and getting all the food to the Sugarland Run Community Center.
  • The Sugarland Run HOA Board of Directors for donating the Sugarland Run Community Center to use as our distribution center.
  • Our 70+ team members for their diligence in calling and delivering almost 200 boxes of food.
  • Financial donors from around the country who unleashed their generosity to provide food to over 100 families – approximately 400 people.

We are greatful for each person who played a role in this initiative. Generosity is unleashed as people come together to serve people.

Go to the following links to read some great stories and quotes from this initiative…

True Story

8 12 2008

cfboxCindy sat down with her three young children to eat the last of the food in their home – a box of noodles. There was no milk and cereal for the morning, no lunch to send to school with the kids, no mid-day food for a snack – this was it. Before eating Cindy prayed, “God, will you please provide us with our next meal.” Half way through this final meal, there was a knock at the door and the answer to her prayer. Two of Enrich NOVA’s team members were there to encourage her family and drop off a week of meals.

This is what it means to unleash generosity! Join the cause.

The Unfolding Story

2 12 2008

need-to-be-neededI was in the middle of preparations to provide a week of meals to over 100 under resourced families when Lana called. She was soft spoken and reserved. It took a few moments to figure out she needed a week of meals. As I was explaining the delivery process, it dawned on me – she might be willing to help us deliver meals. When I offered this opportunity, I was caught off guard by her overwhelming enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to meet Lana when she showed up with over 70 other team members to deliver food.

Lana taught me a great lesson – we all have the intrinsic need to be needed. Her need was met by serving others while being served. We are starting Enrich NOVA for just this purpose – to empower people to serve people while unleashing generosity.

Pictures of Generosity

1 12 2008

What are people saying?

1 12 2008

meal-deliveries-croppedOver a week of meals have been delivered, by over 70 volunteers, to over 100 under resourced families. Even more amazing, all of these families, but one, were home to receive their meals. The excitement of our delivery team members was amazing. Each came with a “whatever it takes” attitude, and in doing so, unleashed generosity into Sterling and the surrounding areas. To set up this service initiative, we contacted seven schools that went overboard to identify families with need and even helped us through some language barriers.

The stories coming in from our contact schools and our team members are amazing. Here’s what’s being said…

“I am the Parent Liaison at Meadowland Elementary School in Sterling. Soon after your delivering food for our families, I received phone calls of gratitude. I want to share how appreciative our families were to receive this great amount of food and I’m sure they told your team members as well! Thank you for offering this service!”

“Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of this act of generosity. I had a wonderful time. The first family I went to, the grandmother answered the door. She was very happy to see me. She told me she was watching all 4 children while the mother was working. I know she appreciated the donation very much. The kids even came up to the door and hugged me. The next family was quite similar. This time though the mother was home, and again, nothing but joy and appreciation. Even though it was difficult to communicate some of my sentiments because of the language barrier, they understood very clearly that I was from Enrich Nova and this was a demonstration of God’s love for them. Thanks again for letting me share in the joy of giving to those clearly in need.”

“Thank you so much for providing these meals to my family and me. I don’t know how I will be able to repay you.”

“Thanks so much for the opportunity to get involved. We had a wonderful experience and the family we delivered to was very sweet, several adorable young children who gave us tons of hugs when we left!! With Christmas being right around the corner, we’re ready for our next assignment. Please let us know if there is anything else on the schedule or any area where we might be able to help out. Thanks again!!”

“I have to say that the kids and I had a wonderful time. I know that sounds strange since we were going to needy families to deliver food, however, it was a great experience for myself and the kids. They were so positive and helpful to the families and the families were so warm and inviting. We would love to help out in the future if you need us. What you are doing in this area is exactly what we needed. And it is a great way to get the middle and high school kids out doing community service. Take care and thank you for your dedication!”

“I learned that even in Northern Virginia we have families struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis. I pray those we interacted with today find hope in experiencing giving with no strings attached in a world of full of greed. Thanks for this opportunity.”