Giving Back

“"Carpenter's is powered by the community and The Russell Group demonstrates that beautifully. For years, we've counted on your consistent volunteer engagement to feed our residents. You deliver on that commitment every time. Thank you for helping the less fortunate in our community!"”

Shannon Steene
Executive Director
Carpenter's Shelter

We don’t count success until we know that at least one life has been made easier because of something we’ve done. We volunteer because it enriches our lives, and we think each of us has a unique ability to give back.

Please explore some of the organizations the Russell Group works with, in order to learn how we help and how you can help too.

We encourage you to volunteer and to get involved in your community. If you’d like more information about these organizations, contact us.


Carpenter’s Shelter

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Carpenter’s Shelter provides meals, shelter, education, and training to homeless families and individuals in the Washington, DC metro area. Carpenter’s Shelter operates with a mission to end homelessness and seeks to help every one of their residents transition to stable, independent living.

The Russell Group has been privileged to serve the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter over the last four years. Once every quarter, our team loads up the shopping carts with groceries and then heads to Carpenter’s Shelter where we prepare a hot meal, from scratch, for 70-80 full-time residents.

Serving and interacting with the Carpenter’s Shelter community has been an absolute encouragement for the Russell Group team. So much so – that even after leaving the Russell Group – many alumni continue to prepare and serve meals with us.

To learn more about how you can help Carpenter’s Shelter, please visit their website: carpentersshelter.org


World Food Program USA

World Food Program USA (WFP/USA) is a nonprofit organization that builds support in the United States to end global hunger.

Randy Russell is currently on the Executive Committee and previously served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the WFP/USA.

WFP/USA’s mission is threefold: to engage individual and organizational awareness, shape public policy, and generate resources in support of the United Nations World Food Program and its hunger relief operations around the world. In 2011, WFP/USA raised approximately $40 million for its cause.

To learn more about how you can help the World Food Program USA, please visit its website: usa.wfp.org


The Golden Phoenix Foundation

Established in September 2005 by Randy and Beth Russell, the Golden Phoenix Foundation strives to develop and advance initiatives to end child abandonment globally. After adopting their daughter, Lily, from an orphanage in China, the Russells became acutely aware of the suffering of those who were left behind in orphanages in China and elsewhere. Realizing that relatively few of these children would ever be adopted, they began to think of ways that the environment in which these children were living could be improved.

Where possible, the goal of the Golden Phoenix Foundation is to make improvements that provide systemic rather than transitory relief. Current and future projects include: the Orphan Medical Care Project (OMCP), which is designed to bring critically needed medical care to children in orphanages; the Honduras Water Project, which aims to bring clean, filtered water to the residents of La Hicaca, Honduras; and the Lily House Project, which aspires to create a communal home for girls who have aged out of the orphanage system in China.

To learn more about the Golden Phoenix Foundation, please visit its website: goldenphoenixfoundation.org


Big Brothers / Big Sisters

Randy Russell has been a longtime participant and mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He has served on the Board for both the National Capital Area and as President and Vice President of the Northern Virginia Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization. Through the efforts of its volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures while strengthening the communities in which they live.

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, encourages them to avoid risky behaviors such as getting into fights and trying illegal drugs, and augments their self-confidence. Through a unique brand of one-on-one mentoring, in which a child facing adversity is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members, this organization has an enduring impact on the lives of youth around our country.

To learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, please visit its website: bbbs.org


National Council for Adoption

Randy Russell and his wife Beth are actively involved in the Nation Council for Adoption, where Beth sits on the Board of Directors.  NCFA’s mission is to meet the diverse needs of children, birthparents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, and all those touched by adoption through global advocacy, education, research, legislative action, and collaboration

To learn more about the National Council for Adoption please visit the website: adoptioncouncil.org


Common Threads

Common Threads believes cooking is a life skill. Through hands-on cooking programs and nutrition education, the nonprofit organization provides a preventative health program solution in urban schools to children, families and teachers in underserved communities. Common Threads’ mission is to educate low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools and communities. By providing children with a toolkit of knowledge and skills, Common Threads works to help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, getting America’s kids cooking for life!

To learn more about Common Threads please visit the website: commonthreads.org