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Sharon’s ColumnSharon Rainey - Community


The impact of connecting with one another can be profound.  Author of Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life Sharon Rainey illustrates the numerous ways our decisions and behaviors affect those around us.  We do make a difference in others’ lives on a daily basis – by what we do and what we choose not to do.  She shows us the miracles, big and small that happen as a result of our willingness to open up our hearts and share our journeys with each other.  Sharon is the Founder of Neighbors Foundation whose primary project is sending care packages to the troops in Afghanistan.  She also created as an online network for local communities.


Sharon created an online network for her local community in 2000.  In 2004, she expanded into other communities throughout the Washington DC Metro area, and today it is known as

She also started a 501c3 nonprofit foundation, Neighbors Foundation.  Its primary project is sending care packages to the troops in Afghanistan. Neighbors Foundation also runs the annual 4th of July Fireworks event in Great Falls, VA.

In 2011, Sharon published her first book, Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life.  Her book leads us through the inner steps that lead to peace, contentment, and successful living by connecting to a “community of spirit,” with a life rich in deeper friendships.

Before running her own companies, Sharon taught 8th grade English in Northern Virginia. She spent a few years working in a Hallmark card store as well, where she probably spent more money than she earned, but she did learn how to gift wrap.

Sharon lives in the Northern Virginia area with her husband, son, three Cavalier King Charles dogs and one cat.

Her passions include writing and educating the public about Lyme disease (proper diagnosis and treatment).  Her interests are reading, needlepoint and knitting.

Sharon believes, “Collecting data is the first step towards wisdom; sharing data is the first step towards community.”