LCAC offers a variety of services for residents in Southeast Fairfax County. Learn more about our services including verification information here.
Client early re-registration begins on June 17th. Regular re-registration begins July 1st . In order to continue receiving services, ALL clients must re-register. The white food pantry card will not be accepted after June 30th. Re-registration is by appointment only, call 703-339-5161.
LCAC works one-on-one with clients that require individual counseling and assistance. Staff works to empower people with basic life skills by addressing such topics as locating housing, how to retain housing, accessing transportation, problem solving, resolving medical issues, and finding and keeping employment.
For more information, please contact Ryan at Ryan@LortonAction.org or call 703-339-5161, ext. 110.
LCAC partners with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) to offer English classes to adult residents of southeast Fairfax County. The course content focuses on helping students improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The classes also provide information about American culture and life skills important to the workplace, community, and family.
The course is offered three times a year with sessions ranging from 6 – 14 weeks with classes two times/week.
For additional information, please contact Camille at Camille@LortonAction.org or call 703-339-5161, ext. 171.
Resume Writing Sessions
Resume needs updating? Don’t know where to start? If this is you, please contact Camille Sanchez by calling 703-339-5161 Ext. 171 to schedule your one on one session.
Pro Bono Legal Services
LCAC partners with the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, a program of the Fairfax Law Foundation, to provide pro bono legal services to clients. An attorney or paralegal is available once a month to meet with clients at LCAC’s office. Clients are able to get assistance on a wide range of civil matters, including employment, immigration and housing; family matters such as child custody and support, divorce, public benefits and consumer matters.
For more information, contact Ryan at 703-339-5161, ext. 110 or Ryan@LortonAction.org.
After School Programming
Research has shown that high-quality after-school programs have an important positive impact on the lives of children and youth and intervention at the elementary level is crucial. The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) created an exciting after school program for 4th – 6th graders that helps broaden a child’s perspective and positively impacts their development into adulthood.
The LCAC after-school program is staffed with highly qualified teachers and counselors who have substantial experience in youth development. The program is offered two afternoons a week for 7 weeks each semester. The program is offered at William Halley and Gunston Elementary Schools. With additional funding, LCAC would consider expanding the program to other local elementary schools.
Each afternoon session includes homework help and a snack. Children have the opportunity to register for specific enrichment activities/clubs, including art, cooking, computers, dance, drama, sports and music programs. Interested in learning more, contact Linda Patterson at Linda@LortonAction.org or call, 703/339-5161, ext. 140.
The weekly summer programs are designed to help children and youth gain important social and emotional skills needed for academic success. The classes range from art, guitar, cooking, science, soccer and fun activities like movies. These classes are unique in that food is always a part of the program, centering around lunch, snacks, popcorn or fruit. Classes are intergenerational, engaging pre-schoolers, elementary and middle school students in addition to parents, and sometimes grandparents, all facilitated by LCAC staff and lead volunteers. Parents and LCAC staff have seen vast differences in children after participating in the program. This program provides opportunities for learning through a variety of offerings which engage children on both social and emotional planes.
LCAC offers one-on-one tutoring to elementary children from local schools who are struggling with schoolwork and do not have the means to pay for tutoring. A volunteer works with the same child from October through June at a weekly tutoring session held at the Lorton Community Library.
LCAC’s Director of Volunteers works closely with principals to identify teachers and parents that are committed to being active and engaged partners in the tutoring program. Teachers and volunteer tutors communicate on a regular basis to ensure the academic area where their individual student needs the most emphasis and to keep the student on track with both classwork and homework. LCAC provides teaching materials for the children and tutors. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the tutoring program, please contact Christen Scott at Christen@LortonAction.org or call 703/339-5161, ext. 170.
Information and Referral
LCAC’s goal is to assist every person who turns to us, whether it is with a question or a crisis. Sometimes LCAC cannot help directly (for example if a family lives in another area), but we will always offer information about where to turn for needed services. LCAC works closely with other agencies and organizations in our area that may be able to offer assistance when LCAC cannot. For more information, please contact Ryan Brown at Ryan@LortonAction.org or call 703-339-5161, ext. 110 or Camille, Camille@LortonAction.org or 703/339-5161, ext. 171.