About Our Branch

The Reston-Herndon Area Branch, founded in 1969, is a vibrant group of women and men providing leadership for our mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research with activities that are educational, engaging and fun. We welcome members from the Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Great Falls, Oak Hill, Oakton, Vienna, Ashburn, Leesburg and Sterling. Find information regarding branch, state and local meetings throughout our website, including on our Newsletters link, our Facebook page and on our Calendar.

Branch Meetings
Generally, branch meetings are held on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. from September through June, usually featuring a guest speaker. Our successful 2018 Annual Business Meeting and Dinner was held on June 14 this year with a wonderful speaker, Ms. Mali Phonpadith, CEO of the SOAR Community Network. The meetings cover a wide range of topics, from politics to education to women’s health and history. They are held at  ADA-compliant sites.

Reston-Herndon Area Branch 50th Anniversary
The year 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of our branch and we are planning a fun and interesting Anniversary Celebration to mark and share this happy event. The event co-chairs, Marion Stillson and Judi Ornoff, both past-presidents, are working hard on the planning and could use some assistance with this awesome task. If you would like to help get this celebration the recognition it deserves, please contact either Marion (Mbs@point0.Net) or Judi (judiornoff@gmail.com) to lend a helping hand!

Click on Our Endeavors from the drop-down menu above to find out more of “what we’re all about.”

Branch members receive a monthly newsletter as well as various e-blasts, evites and notifications about the many different activities and events.

Meetings and conferences include an annual state conference for all Virginia AAUW members each April, and a biennial national AAUW convention – next scheduled for 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of AAUW

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see just a few of our volunteer efforts, sponsorships, and partnerships that may interest you. Many more opportunities are available.


AAUW Reston-Herndon Area Branch Policy Additions and Changes 2017-18

Meeting Accessibility Policy
The Reston-Herndon Branch of the American Association of University Women is committed to making our events accessible to all our members. We will schedule events at locations that are accessible for members with mobility challenges except when cancellations or site unavailability necessitate rescheduling. When an event like ‘Book Group’ is scheduled on a regular basis on more than one day and time, at least one of the meetings will be accessible and we will use our best efforts to ensure both are accessible. For members with access questions specific to their individual mobility needs, we encourage them to contact the venue directly to get the best and most accurate information to ensure their needs are met. Members requiring preferred seating to address visual, hearing or mobility issues during the meeting itself should contact the organizer listed for the meeting or event directly. Accessibility and contact information for frequently used locations is provided below.  Accessibility information and contact information for venues not listed here will be provided with the meeting announcement. We regret that liability issues make it impossible for the branch to arrange rides or personal physical assistance by members for mobility assistance. Members are encouraged to arrange carpools on their own.

Reston-Herndon Branch Most Used Venues

Herndon Library
768 Center St
Herndon, VA, 20170-4640
703-437-8855 | TTY: 711
Parking: 116 parking spaces, 7 handicapped.
Steps or ramp available to door and automatic door opener.

Herndon Senior Center
873 Grace Street
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (703) 464-6200
Handicap parking available near entrance and level access into building.  Automatic door.  Elevator to upper floor meeting rooms.

Lake Anne Used Bookstore
1623 Washington Plaza Lake Anne, Reston
Phone: (703) 435-9772
The large parking lot for this venue is shared by retail establishment and restaurants.
Handicap parking spaces are available. Access from the parking lot is accessible and ramped. Clerk is usually working just inside the door at the register if assistance with the door is needed.

North County Government Center
12000 Bowman Towne Drive (just off  Cameron Glen Drive, Across from the Reston Library) Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-478-0283 TTY 711
Handicap parking spaces available near entrance.  Automatic door.
All meeting rooms and offices accessible.

Scrawl Books
Reston Town Center 
11911 Freedom Drive, Reston
Phone: (703) 966-2111
Handicap parking available in all garages.
See website (below) for more information.

Hunters Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703.476.4500
The large parking lot for this venue is shared by retail establishments, restaurants and a super market.  Handicap parking spaces are available.  Although the access from the parking lot is accessible and ramped, it is over 100 yards. There are automatic doors available into the building.

Lake Anne
The large parking lot for this venue is shared by retail establishment and restaurants.  Handicap parking spaces are available.  Access from the parking lot is accessible and ramped. There are automatic doors available into the building.

If you have specific questions or to request a reasonable accommodation for the Community Centers, please call 703-476-4500 or 800-828-1120 (TTY). 

Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston, VA 20190-3311
Telephone 703-689-2700
Parking:100 parking spaces, 5 handicapped
Steps or ramp available to door and automatic door opener.

Reston Town Center Various Venues
Parking Map: https://www.restontowncenter.com/wp-content/themes/reston/assets/img/footer/parking-map.pdf
Handicap parking available in all garages.

UUCR Unitarian Universalist Church Reston
1625 Wiehle Ave. Reston
Parking is in the lot at the church and you will enter from the left entrance. Handicap parking available and an entrance ramp. The meetings are downstairs in the library on the left and there is an elevator.
Meeting Venues and Policy Adopted January 2018


Branch Events and Activities
Non-member Participation Policy
For the purpose of membership enticement and recruitment, the AAUW Reston-Herndon Area Branch encourages guest attendance at all branch activities, such as Book Group, Cultural Arts, Great Decisions, monthly programs, and special events.

All meetings (Executive Board, Board of Directors, Branch Membership meetings) are always open to members and guests. In addition, outside participants are welcome at the afternoon Book Group, held at the Herndon Senior Center, and all AAUW Reston-Herndon fund-raising activities.

In fairness to branch members, a policy has been adopted that places a limit of two guest visits per year to branch-sponsored activities. As members’ dues support branch activities, all guests will be given information about branch memberships and be encouraged by their hosts and the chairperson of the event to become a member.

This Non-member Participation Policy does not have an effect on member spouses, significant others, partners, or individuals assisting a special needs member.
Adopted September 2017


Join Us in our volunteer work in and around the community!

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Help AAUW Reston Herndon
Support BRAWS

Learn about and help strengthen our partnership with
the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW Dulles Section) 

National Council of Negro Women - Reston Dulles Section
Attend our annual joint meeting         
with the Giving Circle of Hope

Our membership recruiting partner in Fairfax Corner. Thank you!

Mon Ami Gabi, Reston Town Center, our gracious partner in sponsoring “Meet & Greets” and Membership Dinners. Thank You!