A Playhouse Fundraiser

Playhouses are a special place for kids to just be kids. This April, join Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia as we recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and empower our community to prevent abuse with Alexandria’s Playhouse Fundraiser!

A $10 donation secures your raffle ticket to win a unique piece of Alexandria’s history that your children will love to explore for years to come. All proceeds support child abuse prevention work in your backyard and beyond.

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America’s skinniest house just got smaller

At just over 7ft wide, Alexandria’s Spite House has been a local and national destination since the 1800s. The local lore can vary depending on who’s telling the story—the house was either built to deter loitering or resolve a dispute with a neighbor. Either way, what was built out of spite has become a landmark that brings people together.

That community and resilience is what drives us at SCAN.

Beautiful things can come out of difficult times. The children we serve show us that, the survivors that lead us show us that, and this playhouse is a symbol of that.

Child abuse is a reality few talk about, but it’s incredibly common. Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse is made in the United States, and 1 in 7 children face abuse or neglect. For 35 years, SCAN has been a voice for abused and neglected children, a safe place for families to get help, and a leader in child abuse prevention.

This year, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re spreading the joy of childhood and celebrating our community in Northern Virginia. Join us by making a donation and entering to win a special homage to what makes Alexandria a beautiful place to live.

*The winner of this Tiny House with Big Heart will be pulled on April 24, 2024, as a part of SCAN’s Spring2ACTion campaign celebrating Alexandria’s Day of Giving.

Our work

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is the only region-wide organization focused solely on preventing child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia.

Giving children removed from their homes a voice in the court system.

Supporting parents and families when they need it most.

Creating safe spaces that prioritize children’s rights.

Making child abuse prevention a priority.

Our work

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is the only region-wide organization focused solely on preventing child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia.


A voice for children in the court system.

The Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program provides trained volunteers appointed by the court to serve as a direct voice for children in the juvenile court system. The CASA Program has helped hundreds of children who have been abused or neglected have a voice within the court system.


Creating safe spaces for children.

By partnering with organizations that families already trust (schools, daycares, faith communities, etc.), we’re able to implement violence prevention programming that creates a standard of care for all children within a community, keeping them safe from abuse wherever they are.


We are here for families.

We engage families, caregivers, and children who are marginalized or otherwise vulnerable and, therefore, more susceptible to abuse and violence in the home. SCAN provides evidence-based programming, informative workshops, and relationship-building events to bring families together to celebrate their strengths and address challenges in a safe, supportive environment.


Making child abuse prevention a priority.

Our goal is to mobilize all adults to take responsibility for safeguarding children. Through a variety of media, community events, and other awareness efforts in all of Northern Virginia, we, as subject matter experts, educate and engage the community in a conversation about our collective responsibility to keep children safe from violence.

Stay in touch!

Our biggest fans are on social media.

Raffle Details and FAQ

The Tiny Home, Big Heart Playhouse raffle (“playhouse raffle”) is only open to legal residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, age 18 years of age or older at date of entry. Notwithstanding the foregoing, SCAN of Northern Virginia (“SCAN”) officers, board members, employees, and any immediate family members thereof, are expressly prohibited from winning the raffle . Subject to all applicable federal and state and local laws and regulations.

To enter, visit https://scanva.org/donate/playhouse/ and follow the online instructions. Each $10 donation to SCAN via the above-referenced website will result in an opportunity to win the playhouse. A $100 donation will result in ten opportunities to win the playhouse. A $250 donation will result in twenty-five opportunities to win the playhouse. There is no limit as to how many donations may be made. Donations will generate a random identification number, which will identify the individual who made the donation. These identification numbers will then be used to identify the winner during the random electronic drawing.

Online entries must be received between 8:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on March 2, 2024, and 6:00 PM ET on April 24, 2024. Online entries are deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the contact information and e-mail address submitted at time of entry. Entry data that has been tampered, or appears to have been tampered with, will be disqualified.

You have not yet won. The event ends April 24, 2024 at 6:00 pm EST. The opportunity to be selected as a winner of the playhouse depends on the total number of eligible entries received.  SCAN is not responsible for any technical difficulties in accessing the website or making donations.

A random electronic drawing will be conducted on April 24, 2024 at 6:30 pm EST, from all eligible entries (see Eligibility clause) received by a representative of SCAN whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. Potential winners will be notified via email and telephone within one (1) day after the drawing.

If a potential winner fails to respond within two (2) days of notification, that potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be determined. In order to receive the playhouse, potential winners may be required to provide documentation that SCAN reasonably requires for prize fulfillment, such as, but not limited to, providing proof of identity. If this does not occur, the potential winner will be disqualified, and an alternate winner will be determined.

Pending any unforeseen changes, delivery of the playhouse to the winner will occur at a mutually agreed upon time during or around the first week of May 2024. SCAN will coordinate delivery of the playhouse to the winner within the five counties that SCAN serves (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun County). In the event that the winner lives outside of those counties, the winner agrees and is responsible for receipt of the playhouse and coordinating transportation to its destination.

Winner agrees that SCAN is not responsible or liable for any damage to the playhouses that occurs during the entry period, transit or delivery. Winner also agrees that SCAN is not responsible for any damage incurred while delivering the playhouse to a driveway, street, or other hard surface including, but not limited to, any damage to asphalt, pavement, lawn, grass, bushes, plants, irrigation, landscaping, or hardscaping.

By participating in the playhouse raffle, you (i) agree to be bound by these rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of SCAN which are final and binding in all matters relating to the playhouse raffle. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of the playhouse constitute permission to use name, photograph, video, comments, (all at SCAN’s discretion) for future advertising and/or publicity in any and all media now and in the future in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, release, or permission from the winner. SCAN is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the playhouse raffle, or in the announcement of any winner.

SCAN is not responsible for any inability to implement the playhouse raffle random electronic drawing due to any “force majeure” event beyond its control, including delays or interruptions caused by acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather, utility outages, pandemic, acts of terrorism or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or regulator. SCAN reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules; (ii) suspend entries if the Playhouse raffle becomes unfairly impaired in any way; and (iii) select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to such action.

The Playhouse raffle shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia,  without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Playhouse raffle shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Any claims, judgments and/or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs associated with participating in the Playhouse raffle. Any individual who makes a donation to the Playhouse raffle hereby waives any rights or claims to attorney’s fees, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages of entrant, whether foreseeable or not and whether based on negligence or otherwise.

Any individuals who choose to participate in the Playhouse raffle, on their behalf, and on behalf of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns (“Releasing Parties”), release, defend and hold harmless SCAN in connection with the Playhouse Raffle, including the fulfillment of the delivery of playhouses and/or the administration of the Playhouse raffle.  This includes SCAN and its respective employees, officers, directors and builders of each (“Released Parties”), from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, lost profits, indirect or direct damages, consequential damages, incidental damages, punitive or exemplary damages, judgments, extent, executions, claims and demands whatsoever, in law, admiralty or equity, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, against Released Parties which any one or more of the Releasing Parties ever had, now have or hereafter can, shall or may have which in any way arise out of or result from an individual’s participation, acceptance, and use or misuse of any playhouse including property damage, personal injury, or death.

By entering, you may be contacted by SCAN with future correspondences about the program and events. To Opt-Out of any future electronic correspondences you can unsubscribe from mailing lists. To Opt-Out of any future written correspondences, send your request to: [email protected] or SCAN, 100 N. Pitt St., Ste. 405, Alexandria, VA 22314.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an individual who made an online donation to the Playhouse raffle, the information will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email address submitted at time of entry. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

Donation entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass donation entries or donation entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void, with such determination to be made by SCAN and subject to SCAN’s sole discretion. SCAN is not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries;  (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by SCAN on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to an individual’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from the Playhouse raffle.

By participating in the Playhouse raffle, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of SCAN, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Playhouse raffle. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Playhouse raffle. SCAN reserves the right to permanently disqualify from the Playhouse raffle any person it believes, in its sole discretion and determination, has intentionally violated these rules.