The Russell Group - Giving Back


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.

Carpenter's Shelter
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.

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.
World Food Program USA
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. The 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. Randy Russell currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
The Bryce Harlow Foundation
The Bryce Harlow Foundation
The Bryce Harlow Foundation is dedicated to advancing the integrity of government advocacy and increasing understanding of its important role in the development of sound public policy. Randy Russell currently serves on the Board of Governors.
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North Carolina A&T College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
The Russell Group is proud of their partnership with North Carolina A&T College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Each year, The Russell Group provides two scholarships to students studying agriculture who are selected based on merit by the Historically Black College and University. Every summer since 2021, a paid internship at The Russell Group is offered to a student from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as well.

The goal of the partnership is to create a more diverse population in the ag policy field by supporting minority students.
A Farm Less Ordinary
A Farm Less Ordinary
A Farm Less Ordinary provides employment and a welcoming community to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The farms, located in Bluemont and Leesburg, VA, offer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to find paid work, acceptance, and meaning. Our team enjoys group outings to the Leesburg location -- seeding, planting and lending a hand wherever needed.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
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.
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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
Common Threads Cooking For Life
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!