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June Wrap-Up Newsletter

June 2024

Celebrating Community Spirit at UpsideDown Moments

 
June Events for UpsideDown Moments

Welcome to our June update! This month, we’ve witnessed incredible community spirit and generosity. From organizing heartfelt events to providing essential support, our collective efforts are making a real difference in the lives of those we serve. Join us as we reflect on these moments and celebrate the power of coming together to create positive change.

 


Why We Do What We Do

A care case we provided for a youth in need

At UpsideDown Moments, our mission is to make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most. A recent call from a caseworker is a perfect example of why we are so passionate about our work. A youth was wearing shoes a whole size too small and had only the clothes on their back. Within an hour of receiving the call, our CEO Becky Saunders sprang into action, gathering a full bag of fresh clothing and essential items tailored to their needs. This swift response not only provided immediate relief and comfort but also showed this young person that they are seen, valued, and cared for. Moments like these drive us to continue our mission, offering hope and support to children and young adults in challenging circumstances. Each act of kindness reinforces our commitment to transforming lives, one meaningful moment at a time.


 

Loudoun County Photographers Donate 100% of their annual MiniSession Event to UpsideDown Moments

Heartfelt thanks to three amazing photographers!

We are overjoyed and immensely grateful for the incredible support we received during our recent mini-session fundraiser at Claude Moore Park on June 22. Thanks to the exceptional talents and generosity of Second Ave Photography, Jamie Romaezi Photography, and Fluttering Shutter Photography, the event was a resounding success!

Each photographer provided stunning 15-minute mini sessions, capturing beautiful moments for families and individuals. We are thrilled to share that every dollar raised – a total of $1,350 – will go directly towards supporting our mission to aid children in foster care, at-risk youth, and young adults transitioning to independence.

We are deeply thankful to Blaire Ring, Jamie Romaezi, and Justine Kneeland for choosing UpsideDown Moments as their charity for this year’s fundraiser. Your dedication and support have made a tangible impact on our community, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

To all who participated, thank you for contributing to a brighter future for those we serve. Your involvement helps us continue our work and provide essential support to those in need.

For more about this incredible group of photographers and the impact they make in their community, check out the blog they were recently featured in:Lessons from Local Leaders




 

Volunteer of the Month-Alana Chambers

Volunteer of the Month:

Alana Chambers

We are thrilled to honor Alana Chambers as our Volunteer of the Month! Alana’s dedication and efforts have made a significant impact on our community, with her recent work to help four young adults transition into their new rental home. Alana took on the challenge of coordinating transportation of items – from traveling to pick up and transport essential items to furnish the new home to rallying a group of eager Boy Scouts to assist with moving furniture and belongings. Alana's compassion and commitment truly embody the spirit of UpsideDown Moments. Thank you, Alana, for your remarkable contributions and for being a shining example of what it means to give back to our community.


 

A fun themed party provided for a youth that loves basketball

At UpsideDown Moments, we recently had the joy of hosting a very special birthday celebration for a youth in foster care who had never experienced a real birthday party before. This wasn't just any celebration; it was a vibrant basketball-themed birthday bash that brought smiles and excitement to everyone involved. The highlight of the day was watching the birthday child, surrounded by friends and caseworkers, light up as they experienced the joy of being celebrated and cheered on. This unforgettable day was more than just a party – it was a reminder of the impact that love, community, and a sense of belonging can have on a young person's life. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this day so special and look forward to creating more cherished memories for the youth we serve.


 

Truck donated to UpsidedDown Moments by Loudoun Valley Roofing

A Truck Donation!

We are profoundly grateful to Heather Campbell of Loudoun Valley Roofing for her incredible generosity in donating a box truck to UpsideDown Moments! This donation is more than just a vehicle; it's a catalyst for growth and opportunity for our organization. After completing a few repairs, we have exciting plans to transform this truck into a versatile asset. It will play a crucial role in transporting essential items to families and youth in need, ensuring timely and efficient delivery. Additionally, we envision it becoming a mobile shop, bringing resources and support directly to the communities we serve. Heather’s support not only enhances our logistical capabilities but also empowers us to expand our reach and impact. Thank you, Heather, for this transformative gift and for believing in our mission. Your kindness and support are helping us turn aspirations into reality and making a lasting difference in the lives of many.



 



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Supporting a Mom in Need: A Community Success Story

At UpsideDown Moments, we believe in the power of community to transform lives. Recently, we experienced a heartwarming example of this when we came together to support a mother in desperate need of a car. Thanks to the generous contributions from our incredible supporters, we were able to raise the necessary funds to help her purchase a vehicle and secure insurance. This car is more than just transportation; it’s a lifeline that will enable her to get to work, take her children to daycare, and navigate her daily responsibilities with greater ease and security. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who contributed and helped make this possible. Your generosity has made a tangible difference in her life, turning a daunting challenge into a journey of renewed hope and opportunity. Together, we’ve shown that when a community unites, we can drive change and create lasting impacts. With our new program, Vehicles Empowering Hope, we will be helping more deserving young adults receive access to much needed transportation. Continuing reading for more info about this exciting new program!

 

Learn about our newest initiative- "Vehicles Empowering Hope"

You can support our "Vehicles Empowering Hope" program through a variety of ways. We are currently seeking repair shops and towing companies interested in partnering. Additionally, we are seeking driving schools or other qualified individuals to assist former foster youth in acquiring their driver's license. If interested please fill out the form via the button below and indicate how you are interested in helping. Additionally, donations are always welcome in order to cover the costs of the program.

 

Kyrus Charities 4th Annual Golf Tournament

We're thrilled to announce that UpsideDown Moments has been selected as one of the nonprofits supported by the upcoming Kyrus Charities 4th Annual Golf Tournament on September 6th. This exciting event promises a day of camaraderie, competition, and philanthropy, all aimed at making a positive impact in our community. As a beneficiary of this tournament, UpsideDown Moments will be in attendance to share our mission and connect with fellow supporters. We're incredibly grateful to Kyrus Charities for their generosity and commitment to making a difference, and we look forward to a fantastic day on the green in support of our cause. See you there!


 
A home UpsideDown Moments furnished with generous donations from the community

Making a House a Home!

We are thrilled to share a heartwarming story that underscores the incredible power of community support and unity. Recently, UpsideDown Moments took on one of our most ambitious projects yet – transforming a new house into a warm and welcoming home for four young adults transitioning out of foster care. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and kindness of our community, we received a remarkable array of donations, including couches, tables, chairs, beds, kitchen supplies, and so much more. Each contribution has played a crucial role in ensuring these young adults have a comfortable and supportive environment to begin their new journey towards independence. The collective effort of individuals who donated, volunteered, and rallied behind this cause has been truly inspiring. Your actions have not only provided these young adults with a functional living space but also filled their home with love, hope, and the promise of a brighter future. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who helped make this dream a reality. Together, we are turning challenges into opportunities and helping these young people build their lives with confidence and care. Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey and for making such a meaningful impact in their lives.

 

A special birthday celebration just for kids in Loudoun County Foster Care

Birthday Celebration for Loudoun County Children In Foster Care

All children in foster care from ages 0 to 12 are invited to join us for a fun-filled celebration! Please share with foster parents!

Drop-offs are welcome, so parents can have a well-deserved break for two hours while the children enjoy games, crafts, and delicious treats in a safe and nurturing environment.

Supervision is provided by experienced and trauma-informed caregivers. 

If your child has a summer birthday, please let us know in advance so we can ensure they receive their own special celebration and gift.

We kindly ask that you RSVP to this email: UpsideDownMoments@gmail.com

This will help us plan for the event accordingly.

Event Details: 

Date: August 3rd 

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location: Party A La Kart 44799 Saranac St. Ashburn, VA 20147


We look forward to celebrating with you and your child at our upcoming birthday party! If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.




 

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