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Committee for Helping Others

Simple, loving charity for the needy of Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, and Merrifield

 

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Or, send a check (payable to CHO) to CHO, P.O. Box 233, Vienna VA 22183.

Please stay safe, wash your hands and take good care of your families during these trying times.

CHO is an all-volunteer organization that helps by providing:

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Emergency food aid
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Transportation.

The links on the menu bar take you to descriptions of each of these services, as well as to information on our organization and, most important, on how you can help.

Want to support CHO when you shop at Amazon? Go to Amazon Smile and search for “CHO Inc.” when selecting your charity!

UPDATE ON CHO ACTIVITIES – SUMMER 2021

We hope you and your loved one are all safe and well. CHO is open and serving our neighbors, with additional health and safety precautions. Here’s what we are doing:

Our Food Closet is back to normal operation; we now provide basic food supplies and items such as diapers to our clients. Masks are required for our clients and volunteers.

Christmas Program. Our annual distribution of food and gifts during the holidays will again be virtual this year (with distribution of gift cards), as we cannot predict the effect of the delta variant. Donations of grocery store gift cards (e.g., for Giant, Target, Lidl, Wal-Mart, Safeway) are welcome. They (or a cash donation for this purpose) can be mailed to CHO, P.O. Box 233, Vienna VA 22183, or use the donate button to help.

We will be collecting bikes for the Christmas Store through November 15. Click the link HOLIDAY BIKE COLLECTION for more details about the types of bikes we need and where to bring them.

Our Clothes Closet has now opened, and our volunteers are working by appointment to fulfill client needs. Masks are required for our clients and volunteers.

Emergency Services. This summer (June through August) we spent almost $40,000 for rent, utilities, and medical bills, helping 69 households. Since June 2021 we have worked with Fairfax County to distribute over $165,600 to 19 families using CARES and Emergency Relief Act funds. Although some of our clients have returned to work, many still have reduced hours, a family member who has lost a job, or family members who are ill. And not all of them are eligible for the special funds offered by the government, although we try to make them aware of the possibility.

We hope you and your loved one are all safe and well. CHO is open and serving our neighbors now, although with additional health and safety precautions.

Furniture. Our furniture program has shifted its focus to collecting and prepping bikes for our Christmas program. For the remainder of the year, we will continue to distribute furniture to clients, but we are not able to accept any new furniture donations.

Immediate needs for food and clothes

NEWS

Many thanks to the Navy Federal Credit Union for their generous donation of $20,000 from their virtual 5K and to the 1797 individuals who registered to participate. I hope we can have a live event in 2022!

Navy Federal Credit Union's headquarters

The Christmas Store was very successful again this year because of extraordinary community support. We were able to take every request for help right up until Christmas Eve. Our churches, local businesses, schools, organizations, the Town of Vienna, our neighbors and friends from all over------you were so generous. We were able to help 190 families this year (705 people including 349 children). We gave out $12,800 in grocery store gift cards and $19,100 in Target, Walmart and other gift cards for kids. We distributed 65 bikes personally or through Our Lady of Good Counsel St. Vincent de Paul's Christmas program. Thanks to all for a job well done!

CHO Christmas Store volunteers