Do Good in the World
Locally, we are proud to partner with a variety of non-profits to help them achieve their missions.
Arlington Food Assistance Center: Each week, we donate a case of cereal to the food bank. It is our hope that this effort will raise awareness of the food back and its needs. We also partner with high school students to help AFAC with their food drives, helping to collect and sort food as needed.
Northern Virginia Family Services: Healthy Families program assists young parents, many new immigrants, in finding resources. We try to fill in with NVFS's many local programs when a need arises. We regularly participate in their Christmas toy drive.
Salvation Army: Each year, our members sign up to be “bell ringers” for the Salvation Army. For several days each December, you’ll find our members outside of the Giant on Washington Blvd. collecting change and spreading good cheer.
Inova Blood Drives: Inova is in constant need of blood supplies for its hospitals, but often they aren’t able to staff blood drives. Our club volunteers to staff the Central Library Blood Drive and our members help register donors and comfort them while donating blood.
We also support other non-profits such as HomeStretch and Culpepper Garden.
Adopt-A-Highway: At least four times a year, members pick up trash and debris along a section of Glebe Road near Lee Highway in Arlington.
The Arlington Academy of Hope, locally based, actually funds a rural elementary school in a village in Uganda. Our club lookis for ways to assist when needed, and funds one student (currently preparing to go on to secondary school); individual members also fund other students. We are also taking part, with other Rotary clubs, in providing clean drinking water in remote areas of Uganda.
ShelterBox - The club donates at least one ShelterBox annually to assist in providing immediate temporary shelter in the wake of international disasters.
Occasionally Deserving One-Off Projects Arise. Here are some that we are now involved with, or have done in the recent past:
Haiti Electrification: With other Rotary clubs, we are helping fund village electrification in remote areas of Haiti.
Funding Physical Therapy Equipment for Tripoli, Lebanon: working with the Rotary Club in our sister city of Reims, France, we provided physical therapy equipment to help rehabilitate patients at a non-profit clinic in Lebanon.
Provision of Clean Water in Zorange, Haiti: The Rotary Clubs of Arlington Virginia and Manheim Pennsylvania teamed to facilitate the digging of the first water well in Zorange, Haiti. Work on the well was completed in June, 2008.
Provision of Kidney Dialysis Machine Saint Martin, French West Indies: A major Matching Grant was approved by The Rotary Foundation for funding to help provide a dialysis generator to the Kidney Department at the Hospital Louis Constant Fleming, in Saint Martin, French West Indies. Hospital L.C. Fleming currently supports 47 dialysis patients by operating from 5 AM to 10 PM each day.