For families who struggle monthly to make rental payments or buy groceries, purchasing back-to-school supplies can be quite a stretch. So Kids R First steps in. Participating Fairfax and Loudoun County schools submit custom orders; supplies are purchased wholesale from corporate partners; volunteers unload trucks and sort bulk orders to fill backpacks and school kits for 32,000 kids at 110 schools all by the first bell. Each child receives a dozen grade-appropriate items required by their school, eliminating waste and reassuring students that they are ready for class. Education can be the road out of poverty, and Kids R First is determined to ensure that all students can participate fully in their educational experiences. Thanks to leadership and support from dedicated volunteers, faith-based groups, and community and corporate partners, 96% of all donations go to support kids in need. Think of the impact.

Awards & Recognition

Susan Ungerer, President and Founder - May, 2012 Honored as one of the "Most Influential Women of Virginia" by Virginia Lawyers Media AND 2011 Fairfax Cjounty "Citizen of the Year" by the Times Community Newspaper of the Washington Post.

Reston Association Publication: 2011 Summer Edition - feature article: Kids R First p. 26-28

"Visionaries In Our Midst", 2008: By Allison Silberberg - a chapter features Kids R First.

Best of Reston Award - 2005 given for outstanding service for improving the opportunities for thousands of students' educational experiences from families of less fortunante.

There have been many other awards given since the founding of Kids R First since 1998.


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • The current budget for Kids R First is: Less than $500k

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