Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), USA
Dinan Elsyad on January 12, 2019 in Food & Shelter
It doesn’t take an international organization to change the world; sometimes focusing small is the best way to make a bigger difference. That’s what Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) aims to do; provide everything it can to aid the people in the community.
Though Lorton is in the name, the non profit organization extends to Fort Belvoir and Newington Forest as well. Its mission, as stated on their website, is “to break the cycle of poverty through self-sufficiency and youth programs and prevent homelessness by ensuring that people have access to basic needs such as food, clothing and emergency financial assistance for housing and utility costs as well as other resources.” The nonprofit hosts a variety of events to reach this goal.
One such program is their Food Program. LCAC has a food pantry that is open 5 days a week. Families that are eligible to receive assistance from this program are able to take food from the pantry once a week. On estimate, LCAC feeds more than 210 families per week. These food items that are given to families in need are collected by private donations, grocery stores, and the Capital Area Food Bank.
LCAC gives money as well, though its Homelessness Prevention Program. Financial aid is given to families in need, to prevent eviction. In addition to food and money, LCAC also gives clothing and furniture, when needed.
Seasonal Events are also hosted, such as the Back 2 School drive, Warm Coat, Thanksgiving and Holiday food drives.
As the old saying goes: Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime. LCAC takes this into consideration, and has a variety of classes and courses meant to teach those in tough financial situations how to make it through. One such course is the Nutrition Course, a 6 week course designed to teach families how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. Another class is LCAC’s Basic Budgeting Class, held four times per year, which teaches the fundamental skills of budgeting. Aimed to teach the basic legal laws, LCAC also hosts Pro Bono Legal Services. It also holds ESL Classes, to teach basic English reading, writing, and communication skills.
LCAC has accomplished much in the year of 2018. The nonprofit distributed food to 1,870 people. It also received 429,766 pounds of donated food. To prepare for the cold season, LCAC provided 1,326 winter coats to families in the community. Though there are much more accomplishments to be named, to make all this happen, it took 797 volunteers, giving 21,805.5 hours of their time, collectively.
LCAC can make a difference, but it can not do it alone. Making a change is a group effort. To help their mission in aiding the community, and fighting poverty, visit https://lortonaction.org/