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    Holiday spirit spreads to Loudoun Cares in form of $100K

    Andy Johnston’s organization, Loudoun Cares, is developing the property and run-down structure at 207 King St. in downtown Leesburg into office, meeting and event space for local health and human service nonprofits. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny
    An anonymous foundation has pledged a $100,000 “challenge gift” to one of the county's leading nonprofit groups, Loudoun Cares.

    Through the agreement, if Loudoun Cares raises $100,000 by Feb. 26, 2014, the anonymous foundation will match the funds.

    Loudoun Cares Executive Director Andy Johnston, who last month was named the Times-Mirror's Citizen of the Year for 2013, said the pledge is unprecedented and promised his organization “will meet or exceed the challenge.”

    “This donor has presented us with an incredible opportunity,” Johnston said Monday. “We're going to be reaching out to individuals, corporations, foundations that support Loudoun nonprofits, faith communities and more to help us meet this challenge. No stone will go unturned.”

    Loudoun Cares' mission is to build and strengthen the local community by bolstering nonprofits.

    In 2009, the nonprofit purchased the property and run-down structure at 207 King St. in downtown Leesburg, where the group is developing the Loudoun Cares Nonprofit Center – a facility that, once finished, will provide office, meeting and event space to at least a dozen local health and human service nonprofits.

    Loudoun Cares also operates both an information and referral helpline, which offers free confidential assistance to Loudoun residents with questions or problems dealing with health and human service needs, and the Claude Moore Community Builders youth volunteerism initiative.

    “All of us involved with Loudoun Cares are ecstatic [about the challenge],” said Susan Snyder, president of the Loudoun Cares board of directors. “This jumpstarts several efforts on which we are working, including some very exciting news we hope to announce soon.”


    Anyone interested in donating to Loudoun Cares can do so through through the group's website, LoudounCares.org/donate/.


    -Trevor Baratko

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