Hundreds of people in our community give regularly to Second Story to support the sustainability of our programs. Hear from a few of them about why they’ve chosen Second Story by reading their giving stories.
“Growing up in the area, I had driven by the teens in crisis shelter many times and saw the purple door. I never quite knew what exactly the house was for, but it always intrigued me. After I had my first child, I was trying to grasp this new chapter in my life and reflecting on how hard everything seemed and yet how easy of a situation I was in. I immediately wanted to help teen moms and did a search for local programs for young mothers. Second Story popped up and I connected the dots of Second Story and the house with the purple door. I signed up for an Open Door Information Session and was blown away with the impact that Second Story was having in the community and the very real problems that exist in the county that might seem invisible to most. I signed up for volunteer training and began volunteering Sunday evenings at Second Story for Teens in Crisis and now serve as a community ambassador.
I give to Second Story because being able to help change the trajectory in a young person’s life for the better is a prudent investment. Just like I had many people that invested in me over my life, I feel that it is important to continue the cycle. It feels like an easy choice when I give to Second Story.
Second Story understands that in order to support youth in crisis, they need not only the support of someone to listen, but a plan and tools to help them achieve that plan. Second Story is not interested in the quick fix but rather to empower their clients to play an active role in determining how they want to live their life. We are lucky to have an organization like Second Story that has the expertise, relationships, and heart to connect with youth in our community and to serve as that guidepost for young people during critical times in their life.”
Tysons Partnership (By Meghan Trossen, Director of Programs and Partnerships)
“When the Tysons Partnership launched our Community Responsibility Council in 2016 to build community in Tysons and support local community members in need, we reached out to local nonprofit leaders and Fairfax County government and asked for advice. We asked for feedback on the types of demographics in need, and the local partners who we could help elevate. Second Story was referenced by every single contact – it was remarkable. I specifically remember Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, who underscored Second Story’s vital work to support our youth in need.
What strikes me is the importance of offering a young person a second chance. There are so many factors that contribute to youth in crisis – often factors that are out of a young person’s hands. In those pivotal life moments, if the community is able to offer essential needs – shelter, food, clothing, comfort, guidance – then there can be a true ripple effect in the world.Each time Second Story offers a person the support to grow out of his/her crisis, there’s no telling what or how that person will live life as a servant leader, and give back to our community on a larger level.
Second Story’s mission truly resonates with me because it is all about helping people during a transitional time of crisis. People have helped me in so many ways over the years, and I’ll always be grateful for the support I received during dark times in my life. It is so important to find ways to lift up others during times of struggle and make a difference in the world. Every human has experienced life struggles – it is part of what makes us human.
I believe Second Stories provides fundamental basic needs to youth in crisis who lack any alternative for support. They have nowhere else to go. These are crucial life moments during which Second Story serves as a life-line, and can rewrite their future.”
“A few years ago, I was looking for ways to get more involved in the community. Not knowing where to start, I reached out to my company’s community relations team and they recommended that I reach out to Second Story because of the organization’s important work in our community. For the next two years, I volunteered every other Friday night at Second Story, helping out staff, hanging out with the teens, and answering phone calls. It was an incredibly inspiring to see how Second Story’s staff and programs help our local teens and their families during some of their most challenging moments.
Having seen Second Story’s work firsthand, it is obvious that the organization plays a critical role in helping local youth and their families. But, it is equally clear that, at moments, the organization is meaningfully constrained. For example, there are waitlists for some of Second Story’s programs, which is in large part due to constrained funding. Giving to Second Story is what enables Second Story to maintain and hopefully continue to expand the services it offers to our community.
Simply put, in moments when kids in our community have no one else to turn to, Second Story is there. I believe that for kids struggling and in some cases without a stable home environment, Second Story is a game changer. Second Story’s investment in them serves as the catalyst for kids in our community to build the confidence they need to handle the challenges they are facing and ultimately achieve their goals in life.”
“I heard about Second Story from the leader of my team at work, and I became involved as a donor and volunteer.
To me, Second Story’s mission is one of opportunity, of giving people the resources and support they need to help themselves and follow their passions. I grew up with two loving parents who supported me through school and as I started my career. When I met the kids at the Teen Center or listened to the speakers at the breakfast, I saw kids that have the same level (if not a higher level) of intelligence, creativity, and dedication as myself and people I grew up with and yet were at risk of falling behind because of numerous factors outside of their control. Everyone deserves the chance to follow their dreams, to better themselves, and to support the people they love, and I believe Second Story promotes that for kids who might not have it otherwise.
I give to Second Story for two reasons: I strongly believe in what the organization stands for and because I trust the people leading the organization to use my money well to make a difference. I’ve seen the broad scope of Second Story’s impact through both the volunteering I’ve done and the other events I’ve attended and I’m consistently impressed by both the staff’s dedication and the consistent impact the programs have for the kids and young adults they support. I trust Second Story with my money and I know that it’s going directly to people who need it.”