Two decades ago, when Heart of America first began promoting literacy in schools, one need became starkly apparent: most students living in high-need neighborhoods did not have books in their homes, and many school library shelves were bare. Since then, HOA has distributed more than 4 million books in classrooms, libraries, and homes, reaching two million students in under-resourced schools. And books are just the first chapter. Engaging entire school communities in the rebuilding process, HOA fully transforms the physical spaces in which students learn – from cafeterias to gymnasiums to technology labs. By infusing these areas with new resources, along with updated design and decor, HOA creates modern learning environments that fully engage young bodies and minds. Since 1997, over 400 educational spaces have been reborn. Schools are the heart of our communities. Let's nurture them.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide; We work nationally, across the U.S.

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

Heart of America Foundation was nominated in February 2009 to receive a Leadership Greater Washington award as a favorite youth-focused non-profit.

Heart of America received Target's 2008 Best of The Bullseye-Innovation award, for our work making over public school libraries.

Heart of America was referenced in the 2007 Senate Resolution 134, designating September 2007 Adopt a School Month.

Heart of America’s co-founder, Angela L. Halamandaris, was named Junior League of Northern Virginia’s “Woman of Vision” in Spring 2007. The Woman of Vision Award recognizes an outstanding female leader whose energy, passion, and dedication aligns to the JLNV mission of women building better communities. Award winners demonstrate exemplary service, initiative, and vision, and are an inspiration to others in the local as well as global community. Previous Junior League of Northern Virginia Woman of Vision award recipients include Alma J. Powell, Chair of America’s Promise Alliance (2005) and Molly Barker, Founder of Girls on the Run (2006).


Budget (FY2012)

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