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November 30, 2023 – The Arc of Loudoun Releases Annual Report – The Arc of Loudoun’s Fiscal Year 2023 report is now available to the public, offering a glimpse at our impacts and growth.

The report, designed to be easy to read, offers a brief overview of our five main programs and their impacts, along with a few highlights and milestones along the way. The report notes the Arc’s service to more than 5,700 people, more than $80,000 in Bridge the Gap funds provided to help families afford our programs, and our growing programs. It also notes The Arc of Loudoun’s organizational strength, as indicated by our stable leadership, extensive community partnerships, low 11% overhead costs, and our revenue growth of 48% over the past five years.
“These accomplishments are made possible because our staff is truly amazing,” The Arc of Loudoun CEO Lisa Kimball stated. “The ‘Best Team Ever’ makes miracles  happen every day by creating myriad opportunities for our students and clients that build strong foundations for learning, healing, and growth.
The report covers the fiscal year from July 2022-June 2023.

October 19, 2023 – Leesburg, VA – Former Loudoun Now Deputy Editor Renss Greene and longtime nonprofit development professional Robin McGlothin recently joined The Arc of Loudoun as Director of Marketing and Communications and Director of Development.
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Renss Greene and Robin McGlothin

August 1, 2023 – Leesburg, VA – The Arc of Loudoun is pleased to announce that its on campus preschool Open Door Learning Center (ODLC) was voted one of Northern Virginia’s Best Preschools of 2023 by Northern Virginia Magazine’s readers. 
» Read the full Press Release: The Arc of Loudoun’s Open Door Learning Center (ODLC) Preschool Named One of NOVA Magazine’s Best Preschools of 2023

July 24, 2023 – Leesburg, VA – With regret, The Arc of Loudoun will discontinue their Project Horse Virginia program effective August 31, 2023. The Arc of Loudoun’s immediate attention is on ensuring that clients, horses, and staff have a soft landing as the program comes to an end in Virginia.
» Read the full Press Release: The Arc of Loudoun will discontinue its Project Horse Program in Virginia effective August 31, 2023 

July 5, 2023 – The Annual bike camp in Leesburg produces inspiring outcomes for students with special needs. For the fifth year, a partnership with The Arc of Loudoun and iCan Shine has provided an opportunity for youth with special needs to learn how to ride a bike in a week at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg. 
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June 29, 2023 – Leesburg, VA – The Arc of Loudoun held its Annual Meeting on Thursday June 29, 2023. It was a joyous evening celebrating The Arc of Loudoun with Board Members, staff, and community members.
» Read the full Press Release: The Arc of Loudoun held its annual meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2023 – 2023 board members were voted in, and three awards were announced

May 24, 2023 – Loudoun’s 100WomenStrong announces $567K in grants to 46 nonprofits. ounty. Since 2009, Leesburg-based 100WomenStrong has provided grants to local nonprofits totaling $4 million and this year 46 nonprofits will receive a total of $567,000, according to a press release. 
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April 18, 2023 – Annual Run the Greenway 5K and 10K set for May 6. The third annual Run the Greenway race will kick off at Loudoun Station on May 6 and will benefit 17 local nonprofit organizations, according to a press release. 
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January 18, 2023 – Claude Moore Foundation awards $2.6 million in grants. The trustees of The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation announced last week the approval of $2,638,860 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Virginia and Washington, D.C., according to a press release.
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December 14, 2022 – The Loudoun Impact Fund celebrated the award of $112,000 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County. This included The Arc of Loudoun with a $10,000 grant to support people with disabilities and their families in Loudoun County who need emergency financial relief. Read the full article here:

September 14, 2022 – Thank you Karen Graham of Loudoun Times Mirror for sharing our announcement of Claude Moore Center for Early Intervention, our six-program, “one-stop shop” approach to support children ages birth to 8 years old with IDD and their families.

September 14, 2022– The Claude Moore Center for Early Intervention – a “one-stop shop” for children birth to 8 years old with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays – officially launched. Thank you to Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for investing in this critical, much-needed service in our community. To receive the Early Intervention Summit presentation and handouts, please sign up for our newsletter. Read the full article here:

July 28, 2022 – They Might Be Giants Concert To Support The Arc Of Loudoun In October (

June 21, 2022 – The Arc of Loudoun Announces Community Service Award Winners During Annual Meeting.
Lisa Kimball, Chief Executive Officer, is pleased to announce the winners of the community service awards presented during The Arc of Loudoun’s annual meeting held June 2. The honorees are Sonny Swann, President of Climatic and Cooling for The Beth Mills Service Award; Sue Fajer, Program Manager for Youth Development Initiatives of the Children’s Science Center for the Rick Berry Professional of the Year Award; and Curt Carlson, President at ASEC2 Inc., for the Mary B. Tett Volunteer of the Year. (The Loudoun Chamber Newsletter)
April 15, 2022 – The Town of Leesburg today announced 26 individuals and businesses nominated for this year’s Leesburg Business Awards, and The Arc of Loudoun’s own Lisa Kimball is one of them.


Seeing the silver linings: While coping with the new reality, special education community longs for person-to-person engagement, Loudoun Times Mirror, May 29, 2020

Loudoun County Nonprofit Adjusts Services to Help Adults and Children with Disabilities – Amy Metaxa and Lisa Kimball on WJLA Channel 7, May 18, 2020 Virginia Calls for COVID-19 Volunteers – The Arc of Loudoun’s CEO, Lisa Kimball on Fox5 News, April 15, 2020.

How Lisa Kimball turned her resume upside down to run the Arc of Loudoun

Claude Moore Foundation grants $2.4M to Loudoun organizations for 2020

$250K Claude Moore Grant to Boost Arc of Loudoun’s Early Intervention Preschool

Kidd Around Town: My Bloody Valentine Event to benefit The Arc of Loudoun



Leesburg’s Award Winning Haunted House, Shocktober, Opens for its 10th Season on October 4th

Shocktober Wins Twice at Annual Tourism Awards, 10 May 2019, Loudoun Now, 10 May 2019, Loudoun Now

Singing to Help Others: Loudoun Musicians Give Back with Performances Saturday, 10 May 2019, Loudoun Now 

The Arc Celebrates Efforts to Help Disabled Residents Enjoy ‘A Life Like Ours’, 23 March 2019, Loudoun Now 

Loudoun Chamber Foundation Awards $24K to Nonprofits, 10 January 2019, Loudoun Now 



The Arc of Loudoun returns to its original brand, Karen Graham 5 December 2018, Loudoun Times Mirror LightUP Festival Proceeds Benefit The Arc of Loudoun, Molette Green 29 November 2018, NBC4 Washington The Arc of Loudoun Celebrates Opening of New Aurora Clinic, Renss Greene 16 November 2018, Loudoun Now The Arc of Loudoun’s Shocktober Scares for Kids, 12 October 2018, Local DVM

Haunted House Stop #1: My Paranormal Experience at the Only Real Haunted House in Northern Virignia, 12 October 2018, Our Community Now

Do You Want Scary Good Fun This October? Hit Up DC’s Top Haunted Trails, 9 October 2018, DC Fray Four Levels of Terror, Escape Room Part of Shocktober at Paxton Manor through Nov. 4, 7 October 2018, Loudoun Tribune Haunted Mansion Delivers Scares in Service to Kids with Disabilities, 5 October 2018, WTOP Everything you need to do in DC this weekend, 5 October 2018, Thrillist The Arc of Loudoun’s Shocktober Returns Beginning October 5, 29 September 2018, Loudoun Tribune We Scare Because We Care: Shocktober, Oct. 5, 14 September 2018, Fairfax Times

Shocktober to Take Over Loudoun With New Theme, Partners, Renss Greene,  29 August 2018, Loudoun Now

Shocktober to terrorize patrons in Leesburg starting Oct. 5, 29 August 2018, Loudoun Times Mirror

Leesburg Zip Trip: The Arc of Loudoun, 24 August 2018, Fox 5 The Arc of Loudoun’s Ability Fitness Center Changes Lives, Rebecca Burnett, 6 June 2018, Local DVM  iCan Bike Camp comes to Leesburg for second year, Rebecca Burnett, 27 June 2018, Local DVM  Ability Fitness Center boasts a special kind of gym culture, Michael Balderston, 2018 June, Northern Virginia Magazine iCan Bike Camp Grows in Second Year, Renss Greene, 25 June 2018, Loudoun Now  Moving Beyond Expectations at Ability Fitness Center, Beth Rasin, 1 June 2018, Middleburg Life  Mother Helps Hundreds of Kids After Learning How to Care for Her Autistic Son, Leon Harris, Michelle Rivera, Perkins Broussard, 1 June 2018, NBC Washington A photo emerges and a Va. school system’s use of seclusion comes under scrutiny, Debbie Truong, 26 May 2018, The Washington Post Leesburg Fitness Center with the Ability to Change Lives, Leonard Shapiro, 23 May 2018, Country Spirit  Supervisors Approve $25k in Grant Applications , Renss Greene, 22 May 2018, Loudoun Now

Music at the Manor May 19 Supports Arc Of Loudoun Programs, by Joseph Dill, 15 May 2018, The Loudoun Tribune

All Abilities Night at iFly Loudoun: Uplifting and Charitable Experience, by Joseph Dill, 7 May 2018, The Loudoun Tribune

100WomenStrong Announces Grants for 28 Loudoun Programs, by Danielle Nadler, 2 May 2018, Loudoun Now  Physical therapy and spinal cord injuries on WUSA9, 17 April 2018

Get involved with the Ability Fitness Center on WUSA9 17 April 2018

Ability Fitness Center: Improving life for those with disabilities on WUSA9 17 April 2018

Moose Supreme Governor Visits Leesburg, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 6 April 2018 Ability Fitness Expands Potential, Floor Space, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 5 April 2018 Ability Fitness Center: A gym for those facing neurological conditions, by Diane Helentjaris, Loudoun Times Mirror, 4 April 2018 

Sheraton Tysons to host All-Star Comic Con, Fairfax Times, 30 March 2018

Parents Share Stories of Isolation for Special Needs Children, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 27 February 2018 Arc of Loudoun: What Is It?by Joseph Dill, Loudoun Tribune, 22 February 2018 My Bloody Valentine: February Haunted House Experience Aids Arc of Loudoun Programs, by Joseph Dill, Loudoun Tribune, 5 February 2018 Love is Always in the Air in Loudoun , by Jennifer Sigal, Destination Hotels January 2018



New Ability Fitness Center Serves Loudoun’s Physically Challenged, by Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now, 20 November 2017 Paxton Breaks Ground on Aurora Behavior Clinic, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 11 October 2017 Advocates Say Disability Forgotten in Nonprofit Assessment, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 9 October 2017 At Shocktober, Scaring Is Caring by Jan Mercker, Loudoun Now, 4 October 2017 Extraordinary Collaborations, Loudoun Now, 25 May 2017 Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus Announces New Executive Director, by Veronike Collazo, Loudoun Tribune, 25 May 2017 Arc of Loudoun holds first Pathways to Justice training , Shaheed Morris, Local DMV 24 May 2017 Loudoun Criminal Justice System Receives Disability Training, by Veronike Collazo, Loudoun Tribune, 23 May 2017 Easy on the Senses: Inova Loudoun Rolls Out Specialized Approach for Autisic Patients, by Norman K Styer, Loudoun Now, 14 May 2017 Autism-friendly pediatric E.R. unveiled at Inova Loudoun Hospital, Chantalle Edmunds, Loudoun Times Mirror, 12 May 2017 Loudoun Volunteerism Celebrated with Awards Ceremony, Loudoun Now, 28 April 2017 Ability Fitness Plans Paxton Service Center, Readies for Golf Fundraiser, Loudoun Now, 14 April 2017 School Funding, Employment Services Take Center Stage at Budget Public Hearings, by Renss Greene, 06 March 2017  New Pilot Program Helps Individuals With Special Needs, by Sierra Fox, 23 Feb 2017 The Arc of Loudoun Executive Director Lassiter Resigns, by Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now, 12 Jan 2017 Old Barn Gets New Life Helping Children with Disabilities, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 12 Jan 2017



VIDEO – Paxton Campus strengthening the community, interview with Eileen Whelan on GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, WJLA7, 15 Nov 2016 VIDEO – Paxton Campus helps disabled give back to community, interview with Eileen Whelan on GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, WJLA7, 15 Nov 2016 Deputies Train to Spot Mental Illness and Avoid Tragedies, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 20 Oct 2016 Loudoun deputies learn how to identify, respond to people with autism, by Jim Barnes, Washington Post – Loudoun Local Section, 10 Oct 2016 Sheriff’s Office and Paxton Campus Push New Program to Help People with Disabilities, by Veronike Collazo of The Loudoun Tribune, 5 Oct 2016 (Shocktober) There’s A Haunted House In Virginia That’s So Terrifying You Have To Sign A Waiver To Enter, Beth Wellford, 18 Aug 2016 Old Ox Brews the Flavor of Shocktober, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now,  12 Aug 2016 Jamming for a cause in Leesburg, by Alison Cuevas, Loudoun Times-Mirror on 4 Aug 2016 Community Action Results in New Home for Leesburg Mother, Son,Loudoun Now, 2 Aug 2016 (Shocktober) My Bloody Valentine offers fear, romance in Leesburg, by Tiffany Arnold, 12 February 2016. (Shocktober) VIDEOS: Shocktober’s ‘My Bloody Valentine’ Feb. 12-14, with Eileen Whelan of WJLA News Channel 7. 11 February 2016 (Shocktober) Dare to scare for a unique Valentine’s Day, by Adrienne West, Northern Virginia Magazine. 9 February 2016. (Shocktober) A bloody Valentine’s Day adventure at Paxton Campus, by Hannah Dellinger, Loudoun Times-Mirror. 29 January 2016 PRESS RELEASE: Shocktober Opens its Doors for Three Nights in February and One Night in March!



Young People With Disabilities Thriving In Job Opportunitiesby Mike Stancik of Leesburg Today on 3 Nov 2015.

(Shocktober) BLOG: Halloween haunt review: Shocktober (Paxton Manor): Warning:  Just reading this post may scare you!  Read at your own risk! by Patricia Hall, 17 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) D-Line, Linebackers Reflect On Getting Super Scared This Week At ‘Shocktober’Jake Kring-Schreifels, Associate Writer,, 16 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) VIDEO: Shocktober’s Paxton Manor in Leesburg, Va., By Meaghan Mooney at WUSA9’s Great Day Washington, 16 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins linebackers tackle haunted house in Va., By Michelle Basch | WTOP 16 

How I … Give people the creeps for a good cause: Leesburg’s The Aurora School turns into haunted house to raise wicked amounts of money, by Chase Cabot of Washington Business Journal on 16 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins’ Linebackers Get Spooked In Leesburg, by Danielle Nadler, Leesburg Today, 15 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins defensive line got very scared at a haunted house, by Extra Mustard |Sports Illustrated, 14 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins’ defensive line visits haunted house, gets scared, Scott Allen, Washington Post, 13 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins’ D-Line Gets A Good Scare At ‘Shocktober’, Stephen Czarda,, 13 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Even Redskins D-linemen get scared at haunted houses, CSN Mid-Atlantic, 13 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) BLOG: Shocktober is a Spooktacular Haunt Supporting a Great Cause! Amy Pope Fitzgerald of Twingles Mom Blog, 10 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Halloween 2015: Shocktober’s Paxton Manor haunted house in Leesburg, Virginia,, 9 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) These 12 Haunted Houses In Virginia Will Terrify You In The Best Way (Paxton Manor #4), Only In Your State, 9 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Shocktober Aims To Scare For A Good Cause, by Mike Stancik, Leesburg Today, 7 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) VIDEO: Haunting Season Begins at Virginia Estate: Paxton Mansion Begins New Season, by NBC4 News. 2 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) VIDEO: DIY Zombie Makeup on Let’s Talk Live on Channel 8 News. 2 Oct 2015 (Minute 19:25)

Stolen Paxton Campus Golf Cart Back In Serviceby Mike Stancik of Leesburg Today on September 15, 2015 VIDEO: Community Rallies to Help Paxton Campus, by NBC4 on September 15, 2015

Leesburg Thrift Shop Donates To Nonprofits, by Mike Stancik of Leesburg Today on August 15, 2015

4 NBC WASHINGTON: Vandals Strike the Heart of a Leesburg Non-Profit Click for Video Click for Story  Community Rallies to Aid Paxton after Golf Cart is Stolen Melissa Heifetz named Director of Advocacy at ALLY Advocacy Center (page 31) Adults with Autism May Be Loudoun’s Next Agribusiness Workforce Visit Loudoun celebrates its 20th anniversary at annual awards ceremony Loudoun’s tourism champions honored at Visit Loudoun awards Paxton Campus Launches May Concert Series With Voodoo Blues Area Dancers Donate $12,000 to Local Charities

Paxton Campus Holds Annual Celebration Monday


Paxton Campus Dedicates School To Longtime Supporter

Constructing a legacy: The Aurora School in Loudoun dedicated to “Butch” Miller Open Door Learning Center at Paxton Campus

A Running Start For 2014


Radio-Thon Ready to ‘Ring In’ the 28th Annual Chain of Checks! Maggie’s Closet in Leesburg turns 2

Maggie’s Closet Marks Two Years Of Service

This Holiday Season, Gift For Good

Remember Gifts for Good this holiday Willowsfordramblings: Paxton Manor Experience Paxton Mansion in Leesburg will squeeze one more Halloween fright from you this weekend Haunted Paxton Manor’s Shocktober Scaring Up A Crowd 28th Annual Chain of Checks beneficiaries announced Paxton Campus Joins Monarch Butterfly Initiative Aurora School celebrates 10-year anniversary Paxton Campus Won the 2013 Leesburg Patriot Cup The Battle to Educate the Autistic

100 Women Strong Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

2013 Leesburg Business Award Nominees Announced The Arc of Loudoun Raises Autism Awareness Autism awareness walk set for April 7 in Leesburg Claude Moore Charitable Foundation awards $889k to Loudoun charities



UPDATE: Paxton Manor Transforms into Haunted Attraction Students, Staff Celebrate Grand Opening of Paxton Attraction Art Exhibit and Live Auction to Benefit Paxton Manor Paranormal Sleepover to Take Place at Paxton Manor Run for Independence 8K to Benefit Arc of Loudoun

Sterling Women Hosts The Arc of Loudoun Director

Autism Bill Unanimously Approved



Interview with Jennifer Lassiter, Executive Director of Paxton Campus Maggie’s Closet Holds Open House Maggie’s Closet Prepares For Those in Need Governor appoints Loudoun residents to boards Paxton Manor Prepares for Halloween Non-Profit Boot Camp Offers Networking, Learning Opportunities



Paxton haunt a success Paxton Manor in Leesburg turned into haunted house for Halloween



Aurora School Targets 2009 Opening At Carlheim

Mansion to Again Serve Needy Aurora School To Move To Paxton In Leesburg Aurora School Inks Deal For Paxton Center; $9M Renovation Planned



New lease on life Aurora School Plans Expansion