Darla Bardine joined the Casa Chirilagua board in January of 2012. From her first day of service, we knew she was serious, passionate, and committed to getting the job done. She was ready and willing to bring all of her skills to the table including her years of on the ground experience advocating for the safety of children, an MA in Non-profit management and human rights, and a recently earned law degree. Over the past year, Darla has helped facilitate the launch of a volunteer grant writing sub-committee, offered legal advice to the board in decision making processes and dedicated countless hours leading, developing and writing a more robust Child Protection Policy with the assistance of Emily Mancia. For her many hours of volunteer service to Casa Chirilagua and her on-going commitment to making communities a safer place for children, we name Darla Bardine the March 2013 Casa Chirilagua volunteer of the month.
We are a community of people “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.
As a faith-based Christian non-profit with a small staff and over 100 volunteers, we serve alongside more than 100 families and their children (1st-12th grades) each week through our community programs.
Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.