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Arlington Thrive

Emergency Funds For Neighbors In Need

Arlington, VA   |  www.arlingtonthrive.org

Mission

Arlington Thrive provides timely assistance to help our neighbors in need so they can develop the capacity to be stable, secure and thrive in their jobs, health and homes.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Ms. Melanie Anderson

Main address

PO Box 7429

Arlington, VA 22207 USA

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Formerly known as

Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs

EIN

51-0207684

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Arlington Thrive provides emergency financial support and hope to our communities through a variety of unique assistance programs. Access to emergency funding, childcare, intensive case management support, and additional resources that promote long-term solutions, give our neighbors the opportunity to Thrive and live with dignity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth in Transition Fund

Like Arlington Thrive’s Daily Emergency Needs Assistance Fund, the Youth in Transition Fund provides immediate financial assistance to youth in transition (ages 17-24) facing short-term emergency financial assistance needs. Youth in Transition can include youth aging out of or exiting foster care and other young adult populations identified by participating partners.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

The Arlington Thrive Community Resilience Program serves as a vital lifeline for individuals and families in Arlington facing severe hardships. This program provides crucial information, referrals, and financial assistance that is accessible to Thrive Case Managers, individuals, and partner nonprofits.

Population(s) Served

At Arlington Thrive, our early childhood programs are designed to provide critical support to families with infants and young children. We understand that financial security begins with access to reliable and affordable childcare. Thats why we offer resources such as baby boxes filled with essential supplies for infants health and safety. These boxes are a lifeline for families who cannot afford these items on their own. Additionally, our program provides access to affordable childcare, which is crucial for parents to provide for their families and pursue educational opportunities. By strengthening family foundations, Arlington Thrive builds pathways to prosperity. We are dedicated to equipping families with the tools they need to thrive and succeed, ensuring that every child has a strong and healthy start in life.

Population(s) Served

Arlington County boasts a robust safety net, with public services, private agencies, and nonprofits working collaboratively to address various needs. However, some individuals and families remain unaware of the resources available, do not have a case manager to direct them to resources or require additional resources after completing a program. The Community Navigator Program exists to bridge this gap and facilitate access to additional support.

As an advocate for our clients, the Community Navigator prioritizes their individual needs and responds with tailored support. They provide short-term case management, financial counseling, and guidance to enhance clients' earning capacity. By empowering individuals to budget effectively, save money, and improve their financial situation, the Community Navigator plays a crucial role in their journey towards long-term stability.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

one of the best small charities in the Wash DC area 2013

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Washington DC

one of the best small charities in the Wash DC area 2016

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Washington DC

James B. Hunter Human Rights award 2021

Arlington County Human Rights Comission

Emily DiCicco Humanitarian Award 2022

Shirlington Employment and Education Center

Outstanding Individual Service award 2022

Arlington County

One of the best small charities in the DC Metro Area 2023

Spur Local

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number reflects the number of households served with all forms of assistance in calendar year 2023.

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our social work team downsized in Mid 2023 (June 30). Thus, there were actually 5 direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care during the first half of 2023.

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Resilience Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Resilience Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Resilience Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Arlington Thrive is dedicated to empowering our neighbors in need to achieve stability, security, and success in all aspects of their lives. Through our Community Resilience Fund, we provide timely emergency financial assistance, preventing unforeseen expenses from derailing their progress.

We go beyond immediate relief by addressing the root causes of poverty, ensuring that our support has a lasting impact. Our innovative programs, such as the Community Navigator Program and the Early Childhood Program, offer intensive support, job training, and access to affordable childcare, setting our clients on a path to long-term success.

At Arlington Thrive, our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We actively seek and implement their feedback, ensuring that our programs are not only effective but also responsive to their evolving needs.

Arlington Thrive employs several key strategies to achieve our mission:

1. Community Resilience Fund: Our primary strategy is the Community Resilience Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to individuals and families facing crisis situations. This fund helps prevent homelessness, utility disconnections, and other immediate hardships.

2. Program Innovation: We continually innovate and expand our programs to meet the evolving needs of our clients. For example, our Community Navigator Program provides intensive case management to help clients set and achieve goals for stability and success. Our Early Childhood Program, which grew out of needs identified by our clients, provides access to affordable childcare so that parents can study or work.

3. Partnerships: We collaborate with Arlington County government and agencies across the county's social safety net, to leverage resources and maximize our impact. These partnerships help us provide a more comprehensive array of services to our clients.

4. Client-Centered Approach: Our programs are designed with our clients in mind. We actively seek feedback from clients to ensure that our services are meeting their needs and making a real difference in their lives.

6. Education and Awareness: We work to educate the community about the realities of poverty and the importance of supporting our neighbors in need. This helps build a more compassionate and understanding community.

By employing these strategies, Arlington Thrive aims to create a community where all individuals and families have the opportunity to be stable, secure, and thrive.


Arlington Thrive draws upon 49 years of experience in providing emergency financial assistance to neighbors in need. Our track record includes helping thousands of individuals and families avoid eviction, utility shutoffs, and other crises and serving as a key partner to Arlington County throughout the pandemic.

Our diverse programs enable us to address a wide spectrum of community needs. The Community Resilience Fund offers swift, emergency aid to Arlington residents facing financial hardships, covering essential expenses like rent, utilities, medical bills, and transportation. It also provides essential information and referral services for clients, connecting them with community resources that support their well-being and stability.

Our Community Navigator, trained in financial social work and trauma-informed care, provides personalized support to clients, assisting them in achieving specific goals for long-term stability.

Furthermore, our Childcare Manager plays a crucial role in supporting low-income families in accessing affordable childcare. She connects them with suitable providers, helps them access government subsidies, and facilitates partner centers in becoming subsidy vendors to expand affordable slots.

Recognizing the staffing challenges in the childcare sector, we recently launched our first CDA cohort to support childcare workers in attaining this credential, improving their qualifications and income prospects.

Our dedicated staff and comprehensive programs prevent homelessness and unemployment. They also ensure access to essential support that contributes to a stronger, more resilient community.

Arlington Thrive has achieved remarkable success with the support of our partners. During the pandemic, we rapidly expanded our services, adding a skilled case management team that provided compassionate and professional assistance. Throughout this crisis, we distributed over $10 million in eviction prevention assistance and served as a critical partner to Arlington County government.

As pandemic-era social programs have phased out, we are now focusing on sustainable, long-term solutions. In 2022, we launched our Early Childcare Program to increase the availability of affordable childcare, easing the financial burden on families. In 2023, we introduced the Community Navigator Program, which offers comprehensive support to help clients achieve goals that enhance their earning capacity and stability.

Arlington Thrive plays a pivotal role in Arlington's Safety Net through partnerships with the Arlington Community Foundation, elected officials, Arlington's Department of Human Services, a wide array of local nonprofits, and our dedicated donors and supporters.

Moving forward, we are committed to strengthening our existing programs and developing pilot programs based on client feedback to address evolving needs directly. We are excited about realizing our vision of an Arlington community where everyone has a home, financial stability, and the opportunity to thrive.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arlington Thrive

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Daniels

Vice President, Programs at Youth Service America

Term: 2022 - 2025

Laura Lorenzo

Law Office of James Montana PLLC

Sandy Winger

Volunteer, Meals on Wheels

Ryan Shrieves

Risk Management Director Capital One

Karen Daniel

Youth Service America

Abigail Suarez

JP Morgan Chase & Co

Denise Sughrue

Toffler Associates

Camilla Taft Hicks

US Department of State

Rob Frederick Jr.

Management & IT Consultant

Susan Cappellini

Capital Impact Partners

Jenifer White

Retired, Human Resources Director

Scott Woodworth

Attorney at Edinger Associates

Delisha Davis

Pastor, Calloway United Methodist Church

Roy Brathwaite

Head of Strategy and Financial Planning, Amazon Web Services

Richard Cambridge Retired

The World Bank Group

Gabriela Rivas District Level Supervisor

Arlington Public Schools

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/17/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.