Arlington Thrive is pleased to be a beneficiary of the 2016 Arlington Turkey Trot. Founded by Christ Church

of Arlington, Arlington Turkey Trot provides an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a fun,

healthy 5K run/walk, while raising support and greater awareness for local Arlington County human

services organizations. Arlington Thrive joins four current beneficiaries of the race designated by

Christ Church of Arlington: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Arlington Street People’s

Assistance Network (A-SPAN), Bridges to Independence (formerly Arlington-Alexandria Coalition

for the Homeless), and Doorways for Women and Families.


How can you help? Register to run the race on Thanksgiving Day 2016! Sign up to be a volunteer!

Support the Turkey Trot with an individual or corporate sponsorship.

Wine, Music and Arlington Thrive


Arlington Thrive was once again honored to be Federal Realty Investment Trust’s nonprofit partner at the Shirlala Festival, the music and wine festival at the Village at Shirlington. Each Thursday evening in June, Arlington Thrive staff and volunteers hosted the wine-tasting for festival guests. It was great opportunity for Arlington Thrive to share information about our organization with the community. Thank you to all of our supporters who volunteered and stopped by to visit!

Do More 24 for Arlington Thrive on June 2nd


Do More 24 is a 24 hour online campaign held on June 2 for regional non-profits to raise awareness and funding for their organization. It’s powered by the United Way of the National Capital Area.  Last year, Arlington Thrive raised $3,300 from 25 individuals. This year, our goal is to raise $5,000 from at least 50 individuals. These funds will be used to deliver same-day emergency funds to our neighbors in crisis, so they can be secure in their jobs, health, and homes and thrive in a caring community. Will you Do More 24 this year and help Arlington Thrive reach our goal?

It’s simple. Here’s 2 ways YOU can help us reach our goal:

  1. Make a personal gift to the Do More 24 campaign at on June 2.

  2. Follow Arlington Thrive on Facebook and Twitter and share our Do More 24 posts and tweets with your social network on June 2.

That’s all we need YOU to do to help us reach our goal. With your support, we can raise $5,000 on June 2nd and Do More for our Arlington neighbors in need.  Click here to make your DoMore24 donation. Thank you!


  • What would $24 do for our neighbors in need? A gift of $24 will purchase an antibiotic prescription for a homeless person in Arlington.

  • A gift of $48 will help an Arlington family pay the electric bill when they are facing utility disconnection.

  • A gift of $124 would restore the utility service for a family who, due to temporary unemployment, were unable to pay bill for their heat and electricity.

  • $240 would provide emergency dental work for an uninsured Arlington resident.

  • A gift of $480 will help pay the rent for an Arlington public school student’s family so they do not become homeless.

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Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

On April 29, the Arlington County Department of Human Services hosted a breakfast to thank Arlington Thrive volunteers and welcome new Executive Director, Andrew Schneider. Arlington Thrive is proud of its partnership with the Department of Human Services and grateful for our dedicated volunteers. We couldn’t do our work without them!

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Arlington Thrive’s Hop To It Bingo Happy Hour

Hosted by Arlington Thrive’s Young Professionals Steering Committee
Come celebrate Leap Day with us!
February 29th, 2016
Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill
2424 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
Free attendance to enjoy food and drink specials, test your bingo skills, win great prizes, and learn how we help Arlington families in need.
RSVP via Facebook here

Winter Weather Didn’t Stop Resolve to Run Happy Hour

Despite a surprise blast of winter weather, the Resolve to Run Happy Hour drew 10 people who turned out to learn more about Arlington Thrive’s running training program. Chip Benjamin (in photo below with Interim Executive Director Shandra Niswander) won the raffle prize — a three-month membership to Sport & Health Fitness Club.

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Due to massive snow totals, the start date for the 10 Mile training group has been pushed back to February 6. The 5K training will begin on February 27.  New participants are required to attend an orientation meeting on January 30, at 10:00 a.m. OR February 4, at 7:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. (Please note the new date; previously scheduled meetings were cancelled due to inclement weather.). Click here for all the details. Come run, come all!

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Resolve to Run in 2016!

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Get in shape and raise funds for your neighbors in need!

Train with an Expert Coach to Run a 5K, 10 Mile or half-marathon race. Both experienced runners and beginners are welcome to train and achieve their running goals. Participants may choose to run in the Sunday, April 24, 2016 George Washington Parkway Classic 5K, 10 Mile or separate half-marathon race.
New program participants are required to attend an informational meeting. Please complete the Resolve to Run 2016 Registration Form and bring it to the meeting:
Dates/Times: Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. OR Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. (Please note new dates.)
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Vermont Street, Arlington, VA.
Past participants can complete and mail the registration form to Arlington Thrive, P.O. Box 7429 Arlington, VA 22207 or email to 
The 10 Mile training will take place Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. starting Saturday, February 6 through April 16, 2016, and the 5K training will take place Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. from February 27 through April 16, 2016.  Please note: The 10 Mile training was originally scheduled to begin Saturday, January 30 but has been postponed due to snow.
Trainings are held at Bluemont Park, 601 Manchester St., at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Manchester St. in Arlington, VA. At the intersection, enter the Bluemont Park parking lot; we will meet at the pavilion at the far end of the parking lot. Training runs will start at the W&OD Trail 3.5 mile marker. The cost for the Resolve training program is $85.00, which includes a $25 donation to Arlington Thrive.
Participants will also be encouraged to raise funds for Arlington Thrive to provide emergency financial assistance for our neighbors in need. More information about fundraising will be provided during the training program.
This training program will use the Jeff Galloway training method to help people of all fitness levels or running experience prepare to complete their chosen race, 5K, ten miler, or half-marathon. Participants will learn to include regularly scheduled walk breaks with running to help increase endurance and general overall fitness at a gradual and safe pace. This training method reduces the risk for injury because it reduces the wear and tear on the legs during training sessions.  For more information, contact Coach Denny Pinch at or call 703-979-3245.
PACERS RUNNING STORE: Resolve to Run registrants will receive a 20% discount at a Purchasing Party at the Clarendon Pacers Running Store. 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington. Once registered for Resolve to Run, you will receive an invitation to a private shopping party at Clarendon Pacers.
GW Parkway Classic Race: A discounted fee will be offered to GW Parkway Race registrants. Once registered for Resolve to Run, you will receive a promo code to use when you register for the GW race.
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40th Anniversary Event Was a Great Success!

On November 18, Arlington Thrive celebrated its 40th anniversary with a festive event at the Army Navy Country Club. Over 140 guests attended, and funds raised exceeded $140,000.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a proclamation from Arlington County Board Members Mary Hynes and J. Walter Tejada that praised Arlington Thrive’s 40 years of service to Arlington residents in need. Mr. Tejada served as the auctioneer for a lively “reverse auction” that raised $55,000 for Arlington Thrive’s Daily Fund. Guests also enjoyed a mini concert from members of the Metropolitan Chorus and the premiere of a new Arlington Thrive video, produced by Marymount University students.
Thank you to everyone who supported the event and helped us raise much-needed emergency funds for our neighbors in need!
A special thank you and our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Mitchell Davis, M.D. who generously provided the 200% matching gift incentive for our Reverse Auction: Daily Emergency Needs Fund.
Arlington Thrive 40th Anniversary
Celebration & Fundraiser
Celebrating 40 years of providing
emergency funds for neighbors in need
Candace Fowler & Bob Brookhiser
Cynthia Dahlin & Ron Barusch
Arlington Community Foundation  ‖  Dominion ‖ Koons Toyota Arlington
Anonymous ‖ Ginger Geoffrey & John Andelin
Jill Barker & Michael Crosswell ‖ Gerri & Glenn Ferguson
Sheena McConnell & Scott Newlon
Daphne Papamichael & Tim Nichols ‖ Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Edie & Tom Smolinski ‖ Renee & John Underwood
Arlington Dentistry by Design ‖ Courthouse Art of Dentistry
 Cardinal Bank ‖ EagleBank ‖ Marymount University
 Rosalie & Edwin Demoney ‖ Helene & Liam Ebrill ‖ Pearl and Art Hicks
Ralph W. Johnson ‖ Ann C. Rudd ‖ Kimbra Kenney & Trueman Sharp
Pat & Steve Telkins ‖ Terry & Bob Zawacki
Good Neighbors
Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C. ‖ John Marshall Bank ‖ Manning & Murray, P.C.
Sarcone & Schneider, Associate Brokers, McEnearney Associates Realtors, Inc.
Betsy Twigg, McEnearney Associates Realtors, Inc.
Jeanne Broyhill ‖ Mary Downey ‖ Rebecca & Kevin Ely ‖ Hanna Eun
Elaine Furlow ‖ Thomas Harter ‖ Kellen MacBeth ‖ Annette & William Reilly
Beth Norcross & Clint Stretch
Honorary Committee
U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Chairperson ‖ Senator Adam Ebbin ‖Senator Barbara Favola
Delegate Patrick Hope ‖ Senator Janet Howell
Delegate Rob Krupicka ‖ Delegate Alfonso Lopez ‖ Delegate Rip Sullivan
Ginger Geoffrey & John Andelin ‖ Donna & Jack Cornman
Martha & Dave Foster ‖ Pearl Hicks ‖ Dr. Matthew D. Shank ‖ Edie & Tom Smolinski ‖ Joe Wholey

Aurora Hills Women’s Club Supports Arlington Thrive

Thank you to the Aurora Hills Women’s Club, which dedicated its 2014-15 fundraising to Arlington Thrive. We appreciate their generosity and commitment to helping neighbors in need. Thrive Executive Director Gerry Shannon is pictured here with AHWC members Karen Tucker and Mary Downey.

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Arlington Thrive Turns 40!

November 18, 2015
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Arlington Thrive’s commitment to providing emergency funds for our neighbors in need. We are proud to celebrate this special anniversary with a festive cocktail and hors d‘oeuvre reception on November 18, 2015 at the Army Navy Country Club. Invitations have been mailed, but you may also RSVP and purchase your tickets here.  For more information: e-mail