ARLINGTON, Va. (7News) — Notes of encouragement from two Ashburn teens who have spent years nurturing the community through their non-profit NEST4US.
"It's a philanthropic platform built upon kindness, generosity, and social good," said Shreyaa Venkat.
In just five years, NEST has expanded to include more than 3,000 volunteers and reach tens of thousands of people around the world.
"Service has always been an integral part of our lives. We started giving back when were really young," Esha said.
Now 16 and 19, the Venkat sisters are coming to the aid of others with funding from grants, corporations, and in-kind donations.
They provide essential items like food, toiletries, and clothing as well as leadership seminars, tutoring, and book drives.
Their generous work has brought numerous honors including President George H. W. Bush's Points of Light award; but the Venkats are most excited about the contributions of their volunteers.
"Now we have this whole team all across the world working together with that same mission and spreading kindness and spreading generosity across the world that by far, you cannot get a better accomplishment than that," said Shreyaa.
The Future Leaders who play soccer and serve as karate instructors, hope their passion for giving back will lead others to do the same.
"It's really all about positively impacting people's lives and just inspiring people to stand up for what they truly believe in," Esha said.
Shreyaa and Esha are both honor students.
Esha is a junior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn and Shreyaa is a sophomore at Georgetown University in the District.