Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United

Staffed entirely by volunteers and funded solely by donations and grants, Vecinos Unidos helps students with homework, reading, and projects 4 days a week.

Vecinos Unidos is a non-profit volunteer organization based in Herndon, Virginia. We provide free homework assistance and enrichment to students in need. Founded in 1997 as an organization dedicated to providing children with safe and engaging after-school activities, we are committed to helping our students overcome academic achievement gaps. With our caring volunteers to guide them, students experience improved academic success and greater confidence in their ability to learn and achieve.

Operating as usual

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 08/27/2023

We wrapped up the 2023 Summer Program AND our first week of VU this year! Off to an awesome start. The students had so much fun during the summer program. They took a field trip to Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Center, had an AWESOME class on Tae Kwon Do from Adam Sterner at Sterner's TKD, "rocked" the rock wall at Sportrock Sterling, and wrapped up the week by learning about nature and marine life at Cub Run and Ellanor C. Lawrence parks. We are so thrilled to have an awesome community that helped the students experience hands-on learning in new and engaging ways. Read more on our latest blog post:
http://vecinosunidos.org/2023/08/giving-students-a-head-start-on-the-school-year/

08/13/2023

It's that time of year again! We are looking for volunteers to help with our program. We have 19 students on our wait list who need help from volunteers like you. Please encourage friends and family to give VU a try! http://vecinosunidos.org/

07/21/2023

We are gearing up for Vecinos Unidos' 2023 summer program! We are SO excited to be kicking this off again for the students. The photo before is from the 2004 summer program (almost 20 years ago... wow!!). As always, we are seeking volunteers who can help out and hopefully join us as long-term volunteers! This year's program will be Aug 14-18. Please share with anyone who might be interested. They can apply on the website or DM us for more information.
http://vecinosunidos.org/

05/29/2023

We wrapped up another great year at VU! We ended the last week with an academic competition, and the kids loved it. We still have more to look forward to...! We will be offering a summer program this year, as well as a summer bridge scholarship to three students. Please consider supporting - they NEED your help! https://givebutter.com/ufBJ5P

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 04/12/2023

We had a special guest yesterday!! Turbo the bunny came to visit, and the students learned all about the rabbit life cycle, body parts, and other fun facts. It was a perfect post-Spring Break activity!! 🐇

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 02/15/2023

Happy Valentine's Day from Vecinos Unidos! After a busy day of work, we did a bit of arts and crafts - and the kids were so creative!

12/22/2022

We had an awesome holiday party last week! The children received gifts from Floris United Methodist Church and were very thrilled! We are so grateful to have wonderful organizations like Floris in our community. ❤️

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 11/27/2022

Giving Tuesday is this week! This year, we're hoping to raise $8,000 to continue our homework assistance program.

DONATE HERE: https://givebutter.com/DsTFsH

As you know, VU is an all-volunteer organization. Our students cannot meet their goals without support. We apply for local grants and corporate gifts, but we must also rely on the community and are asking for your help to keep this vital program going.

Here are some examples of how your contribution can help:
$10 - one book for a child
$50 - snacks for the children for one week
$250 - learning materials and supplies for one semester for 2 children
$500 - a safe space (rent) for one month or the opportunity to send 3 children to our new summer program in 2023

Please consider supporting the students! THANK YOU! ❤️

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 11/03/2022

We had an AWESOME Halloween party last week with the children and their families, which was generously sponsored by Sam's Club! We'll have more details to share shortly about the wonderful things that have happened this month.

09/25/2022

Sandra and Alejandro were very focused on their work this week! We love seeing our returning students grow and improve each year.

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 09/18/2022

We're back in action! We just wrapped up a fantastic first week and welcomed several new students and volunteers to the program.

We are lucky to have such a fantastic group of volunteers from high schools and colleges, as well as working and retired adults—coming from all corners of Fairfax County to help our children.

Each of our children has a personalized binder with reading, writing, and math materials so that our volunteers know each child’s area of focus. The kids loved decorating their binder colors, writing their goals, and learning their reading level!

07/31/2022

VU needs volunteers! We are getting ready for our first day back and are looking for volunteers (age 16+) to help at our homework assistance program one evening a week, Mon-Thu from 4:30-6:00 pm. We have 15 children on our waitlist who are hoping to join, but are unable to until we have more volunteers. Please share this opportunity with anyone interested in making a difference in children's lives. Apply now at http://vecinosunidos.org/programs/homework-assistance/

05/25/2022

We did it—another year flew by!

I say it like an accomplishment because, well, it is!

Everyone who has been following us knows that this year wasn’t an easy one. To think that our program grew tremendously—welcomed in several new children and an entirely new volunteer force—and still has so much room to grow, is incredible.

We currently have 13 children on our waitlist and we hope to onboard enough new volunteers over the summer to be able to take in these new children when we return for the fall school year.

VU recently welcomed another wonderful volunteer to our Board of Directors, who has already began fostering a better relationship between our organization and schools, allowing us to provide the students with more tailored and focused support. We are excited to ramp back up in the fall, more prepared than ever to make a positive impact in the lives of our children.

At a session a couple weeks ago, we asked our children how VU has helped them. Below are a few of their replies. We found such joy in reading them, and we hope you do too.

Thanks to all our kind supporters, volunteers, donors, and friends of past and present. It’s because of you we are here today, and it’s because of you that our children have found the support they need to be successful.

Visit our blog post to view more kind words from our kids:

http://vecinosunidos.org/2022/05/a-successful-end-of-school-year-at-vecinos-unidos-including-notes-from-our-children/

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 05/07/2022

25 years ago, on April 17, 1997, we opened our doors for the first time to welcome children into our program. Time flies, and we are so excited at how far we have come! For those of you who were there in the "earlier days," what are your favorite VU memories?

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 04/16/2022

We had a successful bake sale this afternoon to raise funds for new books for our kids. A huge thanks to everyone who helped! We had INCREDIBLE baked goods from our talented volunteers and local bakeries, including some awesome spring treats from Great Harvest Bread Co. If you'd like to help, you can donate to our book fundraiser here: https://givebutter.com/5mzHkP

Donate – Vecinos Unidos 03/07/2022

Over the past month and a half or so we've brought in 10 new students! Once we get a few more Wednesday volunteers we'll be able to register a few more. The new kids are FABULOUS. They are so sweet and willing to help out with setup. ❤ We recently updated our gift list, in case you want to donate new books or supplies for the homework program. It's located at the bottom of our donate page: http://vecinosunidos.org/donate/

Donate – Vecinos Unidos You can make a huge difference for our children by contributing a donation, regardless of how small or large. As a 100% volunteer organization, we rely on the support of our generous donors and volunteers to continue operating throughout the year. Your contribution will provide children with school....

Vecinos Unidos 01/13/2022

We're featured on the Dominion High School DHS Press! Check it out, and take a look at all the other great organizations represented! https://dhspress.com/6846/uncategorized/vecinos-unidos/

Vecinos Unidos Vecinos Unidos, translating to ‘Neighbors United’, is committed to helping students overcome academic achievement gaps by assisting children in grades one through six with school. Focusing on math, reading, and writing, High school volunteers aged 16 and older can earn volunteer hours by working...

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 12/15/2021

We are back in person three days a week, thanks to our AWESOME volunteer staff! We are finally bringing more children into join the program and are making plans to return to a full 4-day week in the new year. Woohoo! 🙌

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 11/16/2021

It's been a while since we shared photos of the kids! Here are some of our students and volunteers hard at work. Make sure to follow Vecinos Unidos on Instagram for more updates!
https://www.instagram.com/vecinosunidos_herndon/

11/11/2021

We had an awesome time last night representing VU at Dominion High School's Volunteer Fair! We met a lot of students interested in helping out, and connected with a few of the other wonderful organizations giving back to our community. So excited to say that we're at a point where we are looking to bring in more children to the program, now that we finally have enough volunteers to support!🤩 Woohoo!!!

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 10/09/2021

Things are going great so far! Our new volunteers are settling in so well, and our kids are getting back into the swing of things. Mondays and Wednesdays we have in-person volunteer sessions, and on Tuesdays we started a virtual reading group. We have heard AWESOME things about the virtual reading, and we are so grateful to have one of our volunteers lead that each week via Zoom.

We are still very actively (perhaps a bit desperately, too?) trying to increase our volunteer numbers -- if you know of any groups or people in the area who might be interested, please spread the word. We are planning to return to a full, four-day week once we have enough help.

Here's a photo of a few kids who received prizes for completing the summer program. They certainly grew up since we last saw them in person more than a year ago!!

09/20/2021

A few weeks into the new school year, and it's time to get the kids looking forward to new and exciting things! (P.S. look at what a talented artist our new volunteer is!)

Photos from Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United's post 09/13/2021

We're back in person!! It was our first day today, and it was a bit chaotic. The key to our office door BROKE in half and we weren't able to get any supplies! But we improvised, created activities for our kids, and played a game of trivia. Surprisingly, we may have even kept them focused longer than usual (we almost went a few minutes late!). Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out!

09/05/2021

A huge THANK YOU to The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area for their generous support! The Closet is helping us make a huge impact for our kids this year. We are so grateful for being part of an awesome and supportive community. Be sure to check out their page and the fantastic work they do for Herndon.

08/10/2021

Vecinos Unidos (Neighbors United) is urgently looking for volunteers to support our homework assistance program.

We are a non-profit organization committed to increasing education opportunities for children in families where English is not the first language. After a year of distance learning due to the pandemic, our children face a learning loss that puts them further behind academically. We are looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with children in grades 1-6 to help bring them up to grade-level achievement and prepare them for success outside the classroom.

Volunteers help one day a week during the school year, from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Herndon, VA. To sign up, please complete the volunteer application:

http://vecinosunidos.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Vecinos-Unidos-Volunteer-Application-2021.pdf

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1086 Elden Street
Herndon, VA
20170
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