It is sometimes said that to truly foster a sense of connectedness, it takes a village. At Brambleton, we say it takes an entire hometown. For over 20 years, Brambleton has been more than an award-winning place to call home or have a thriving business. It’s been a hometown with heart, buoyed up by a spirit of altruism shared by its residents, business owners, development team and homebuilders.
It Starts at the Top
Brambleton’s development and management team has fostered charitable giving and community strength from the very beginning, and that commitment continues today. From walk/run events in Brambleton that benefit local public schools and veterans’ groups, to support of medical research organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Journey 4 A Cure pediatric cancer research, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Loudoun Hunger Relief and countless others, Brambleton’s development and management team stay true to the community’s founding motto: Connect with Life.
Brambleton’s Homebuilders – A Foundation of Philanthropy
Goodness attracts goodness, and that shows in the commitment to community and charity that underpin the ethos of Brambleton’s highly-respected homebuilders. They chose Brambleton (and vice versa) because of a shared commitment to generous humanitarianism here in Brambleton and everywhere.
Because they are a locally-owned company, Knutson has always been committed to supporting charities that create safety nets for local neighbors in need. In April 2018, Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) unveiled their renovated food selection room that gives needy families more choices and allows for the storage of far more donated food items than its previous capacity. The Knutson Companies served as the Builder Captain for the project by contributing materials and labor. HomeAid Northern Virginia is a network of charities that are committed to eradicating homelessness in Loudoun County and other DC suburbs. Since 2001, The Knutson Companies have been major contributors to HomeAid, and CEO Don Knutson is a Life Director on the HomeAid Board. Women Giving Back (WGB) supports single women and their children with clothing, home goods, toys and services that help them rebuild their lives. In 2016, The Knutson Companies oversaw the expansion of WGB’s 13,000 square foot facility in Sterling, VA.
Miller and Smith works with many regional charities, most notably HomeAid Northern Virginia, Women Giving Back and Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS). NVFS provides a variety of assistance to area families, from workforce development and housing assistance to support of adoption services, foster care, early childhood development and immigration legal services. Each year, Miller and Smith is a major participant in the NVFS OPERATION TURKEY initiative, which provides Thanksgiving meals to more than 800 area families in need.
Toll Brothers has a long history of philanthropy nationwide, and that is particularly true in the DC Metro region. Toll Brothers is a strong supporter of HomeAid Northern Virginia, and in recent years has been the prime contributor for many HomeAid initiatives, including building a home for at-risk young women on the campus of Joe Gibbs’ Youth for Tomorrow. The company also contributes locally to the Adopt a Highway program (specifically sponsoring a segment of Loudoun County Parkway), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Loudoun Hunger Relief. Nationwide, Toll Brothers supports the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.
Since its founding in 1955, family-owned Van Metre Homes has been a strong thread running through the fabric of Northern Virginia. In additional to HomeAid Northern Virginia and the Children’s National Health System, Van Metre is a major benefactor of Capital Hospice, the international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger, and local charities through contests and events at the annual Brambleton Fall Festival. The firm’s own Van Metre Companies Foundation assists various 501c(3) non-profit groups committed to youth education, homeless shelter initiatives, and medical and human welfare charities. Currently, the Foundation is spearheading Van Metre’s 2019 Year of Giving. For the first 250 homes sold this year, Van Metre Homes will donate $1,000 to a roster of special local charity organizations.
For many years, Winchester Homes has supported HomeAid Northern Virginia. In recent years, for example, Winchester was a major contributor to HomeAid’s Shelter Care Project at Final Salute, Inc., building a home for female homeless veterans and their children. The builder is also a multiple-year supporter of Women Giving Back and Rebuilding Loudoun Together, as well as Community Touch, Inc. Winchester Homes has been a past contributor to the Student Homeless Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County, MD. Other unique local Winchester Homes charity initiatives include donation of furniture from model homes to A Wider Circle, which provides stable homes to regional families in need, and the donation in 2017 of 80 VoIP phones and other electronic equipment to the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC.
To learn more about Brambleton’s charitable endeavors, visit our Welcome Center. Open daily from 11am-5pm. 42395 Ryan Road. Suite 100. Brambleton, VA 20148. 703-397-8430