At Van Metre, giving back to the local community goes way back to our founder, Albert G. Van Metre. A lifelong resident of the greater Washington, DC area, he established a tradition of philanthropy focusing on local charities. As a homegrown business, perpetuating that legacy of local giving is our responsibility, and our pride. Today, we honor Albert G. Van Metre’s memory by continuing this tradition of supporting the same local charities that were so important to him. It’s a calling we answer generously because it underscores our longstanding commitment to the community we call home.
A Legacy Of Giving
Dedicated to improving the lives of people in the communities where Van Metre carries on its business, The Van Metre Companies Foundation was formed in May of 2014. As the charitable arm of a truly local business, the foundation seeks out non-profit initiatives that help educate young minds, shelter the homeless and care for individuals and animals in need. The Foundation is run by a group of employees who serve as the Board of Directors and the officers of the Foundation. These officers have full discretion for the disbursement of funds held by the Foundation, which provides financial support to qualified educational, medical, human welfare services, and other 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
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Located on a 5-acre parcel in our Stone Ridge community on Route 50 in Loudoun County, Capital Caring's The Adler Center on the Van Metre Campus is a 48,000 square foot, 21-bed inpatient care facility with a palliative care clinic, meeting space and clinical offices. The land was donated by Van Metre Companies, and an annual Polo Cup & Luncheon was chaired by Dea and Beau Van Metre to raise money for this wonderful organization. Over the last 25 years, more than $600,000 has been raised to fund patient programs, education and research.
The Van Metre 5k Run for Children’s National Hospital is a longstanding annual tradition, and to date has raised nearly $3 million for the hospital. In 2010, Children’s National Hospital dedicated The Van Metre Companies Cardiovascular Surgery Operating Room, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular surgery suite which was funded by monies raised by the Annual Van Metre 5k Run. In the first year, approximately 1,000 surgeries were performed in the surgery suite. Van Metre has also recently started a blood and platelate drive to help the Children's National Hospital.
Van Metre is a proud supporter of HomeAid Northern Virginia, an organization that builds and renovates housing and shelters at little or no cost to the groups that operate them. HomeAid Builder Captains like Van Metre and trade partners give their time, resources, and expertise to improve lives by focusing on what matters most – a home. To date, HomeAid has completed over 118 projects in Northern Virginia and many more nationwide, saving shelters over $8 million in construction costs. These savings are invested in the programs and services that have benefitted almost 100,000 people on the path from homelessness to independence and self-sufficiency.
This year, Van Metre donated transplanted trees and services to the Mill Run Elementary School in our Broadlands Community. To date, over $150,000 has been raised for local education. Van Metre has also been the proud sponsor of the Stone Ridge 5K Race for Education, which attracted over 1,500 runners annually to raise money for Loudoun County schools that surround the community. Van Metre has also started a new initiative with Everybody Wins DC and Little Free Library called "Read in Color" to install 21 different libraries throught the DMV to give children access to books.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Van Metre committed to recognizing our community’s frontline and essential workers by making regular breakfast and lunch deliveries every week to hospitals, police and fire stations, nursing homes, and hospice care facilities.
The Van Metre Family Foundation Inc. was established in 2002. To date, the Foundation has donated over $4.4 million to various types of public charities. These include charities focused on health, education, the arts, veterans, poverty and animal welfare. Beau Van Metre and Alison Van Metre Paley are the directors, and have made the majority of contribution decisions. More recently, they have given their children the opportunity to select charities that they value dearly.