We are updating this page with our immediate needs as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our programs. We continue to provide support to the youth in our residential programs and our Family Resource Centers are distributing food and providing other kinds of support over the phone.
Join our COVID-19 Task Force
We are sending emails as our needs arise to a group we’re calling our “COVID-19 Task Force.” This small group will receive updates as they come in about what we need. They’ll leverage their own resources and also their networks to help us make connections and provide food and other resources to people who need help the most.
Donate to our COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Many of our most important needs right now can only be met monetarily, and financial contributions are much needed and appreciated. Many of the youth in our programs who work hourly jobs have been laid off, resulting in more need for food, resources, and rental support. Their progress toward greater income has been delayed because of job training programs or secondary schools being put on hold. Many families from our Community Based Programs who rely on hourly jobs have lost their income as well as the support for their children usually provided at school every day. The youth and families we serve need us now more than ever.
Your donations are deeply impactful: $100 provides three weeks of food for a young woman and her child at Second Story for Young Mothers, $250 provides five therapy sessions through these challenging and often anxious times, and $1,500 covers approximately two months of rent and resources for a young person in Second Story for Homeless Youth.
If you’re in a position to give, please consider making a monetary donation to support youth and families made even more vulnerable by COVID-19. Your contributions allow us to continue serving at the front lines of this crisis, providing essential support to those who need it the most.
Give In Kind
- Disinfectant wipes
- Take-home COVID tests (Like from CVS)
- Full mattress
- Matching shampoo and conditioner – full sizes – like Suave and Pantene
- Regular size toothpaste
- Individual toothbrushes, not multipacks
- Razors for females
- Liquid detergent – Tide or Gain
- Body lotion – full size, like Suave
- Paper towels
- Snack (chips)
- Gentlease (Purple Enfamil cans)
- Bottled water
- Laundry detergent (smaller-sized bottles)
- Liquid Hand Soap- small bottles
- Hair care products for all types of hair (especially textured hair, Eco style curl and wave gel, gorilla snot)
- Headphones – not ear buds or wireless
- Prepaid phone cards (like this one, $10 and $20 increments are preferred)
- Target gift cards
- Giant gift cards
- Walmart gift cards
- Breakfast cereal
- Maseca brand corn flour
- Food delivery (ie pizza & takeout)
- Family/Individual meals
- Pasta sauce (medium jars)
- Instant oatmeal
- Canned meats
- Beans (black & kidney)
- Plain t-shirts (gender-neutral colors, all sizes) – new or like new
- Small and medium-sized sweatpants – new or like new
- Diapers size 3 and 5
- 4T and 5T pullups
- Baby wipes
- Socks (new)
- Sweatshirts (new)
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Laptops or iPads/tablets – no older than 2017 & in good working condition to support virtual learning
- Outlet protectors for baby-proofing
- Dish soap in small bottles
- 2 water hoses
- Toilet brushes
- C batteries
- Red pens
- Post it notes
- Costco gift cards
- Gas station gift cards
- Safeway gift cards ($10 and $20 increments are preferred)
Gift cards can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Second Story attn: Christine Bartell, PO Box 694, Dunn Loring, VA 22027.
All other items can be shipped or dropped them off to 2100 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA 22182. If you’re dropping them off please text Christine Bartell at 703.217.5205 to let us know you’re on your way, and you can simply leave your items on the doorstep. If you’re shipping your donation please include a note with your order including your name and email address if you would like to receive a donation receipt – donations without this information will be considered anonymous and no receipt will be distributed. To explore other ideas or ask questions, please contact our Director of Resource Management, Christine Bartell.
Host a Fundraiser
There are other ways to help with financial support, too. A great way to spread the word and involve your community is to host a fundraiser. There are several ways you can do this.
- Host a Facebook fundraiser. Learn how here.
- Start a Gofundme and share it with your community.
- Reach out to your community groups (like your church, parents’ group, book club, etc.) and consider hosting a fundraiser.
For more information or if you want to host a fundraiser, contact our Vice President of Development, Jade Leedham. We’d love to talk about your ideas and provide support!
As always, we appreciate all kinds of support–in-kind donations, helping us spread the word, and monetary donations–and we want to be sure you understand the wide range of need and all the ways you can partner with us.