After an unexpected crisis a job loss, new medical condition, or death in the family low-income families sometimes face a frightening prospect: they can no longer pay for food or housing. For those in dire straits in southeastern Fairfax County, Lorton Community Action Center is the place to go. Here, families can fill their basic needs, provide for their children, and reclaim their lives. Last year, 3,032 people received warm clothes, furniture, food, household necessities, and financial assistance to prevent eviction. ESL classes enable and encourage adults to tackle job interviews and take a more active role in their communities; nutrition classes help families cook healthy meals on a limited budget. Tutoring and after-school programs ensure that kids can keep up in class; and a Back to School drive provides backpacks and supplies. LCAC also offers no-cost legal services through the Northern Virginia Pro-Bono Law Center. For families in profound financial distress, LCAC is not only a resource and home base, but a sure sign that the community truly cares.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; LCAC is dedicated to serving individuals and families in southeast Fairfax County, VA, including Fort Belvoir, Lorton, and Newington.

Age Groups Served: All

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

Schools They Work In: Fort Belvoir Elementary School; Gunston Elementary School; Hayfield Secondary School; Laurel Hill Elementary School; Lorton Station Elementary School; Newington Forest Elementary School; Phillips School for Contemporary Education; Silverbrook Elementary School ; William Halley Elementary School; South County Secondary School


  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   2,989 (unduplicated)
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   810
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   21,815 hours
  • Unique pantry visits:   10,537

Awards & Recognition

Recognition by the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington as one of the best small charities in the area.

2014-15 - Certificate of Appreciation from Fairfax County Public Schools - Department of Special Services: Career and Transition Services for our work with middle and high school students with disabilities.

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Lorton Community Action Center is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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