Arlington Rotary Club Community Service – Rotary Year 2019-20

Arlington Rotary Club contributes to the Arlington community in many ways, seeking high-impact opportunities to improve the lives of our neighbors.  Here are selected highlights for fiscal year 2019-2020.  The list is not complete. 

AFAC - Several times a year, members of the club volunteer at Arlington Food Assistance Center to pack food for AFAC to distribute to Arlington residents in need of food assistance.  We weed the garden, bag apples, pack oats -- and have a good time doing it.
In addition to our volunteers, we also provide financial support to AFAC.
AHC - Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a non-profit affordable housing developer of low- and moderate-income housing in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.  With over 40 years of experience and more than 7,000 apartment units,  AHC takes pride in its long-time partnerships and quality developments that strengthen neighborhoods and boost property values.
At the end of the year Arlington Rotary adopts a family in AHC housing to provide a bit of extra assistance getting through the sometimes difficult extra expenses of the holidays.
APAH - Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing collects backpacks packed with the required school supplies for Arlington students to give to students in their affordable housing at the beginning of the school year. 
In 2019, the club donated 20 packed backpacks to the drive.
Key Elementary PTA - The club donates books and supplies to Key Elementary School teachers to help them build libraries for their students' use without having to use their own personal funds.
Likewise, we donate classroom supplies to Key Elementary teachers, including Clorox Wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues.  And we recognize an Educator of the Year every Spring.  Finally, we provide students who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate with funds to make purchases in the school's book fair.
Glebe Road - The club adopted a stretch of Glebe Road.  Every quarter, the club's members pick up the trash along that part of the road to help keep Arlington clean.
To kick off our service projects for 2020, we are once more leading a project during Volunteer Arlington's Martin Luther King JrVolunteer Day. Volunteer Arlington invites Arlington community groups (such as ours) to host a service project that will allow fellow Arlingtonians to use their day off on MLK Day (Jan 20th) to serve their community. We will provide no-sew fleece blanket kits that our volunteers can assemble. We will donate the completed blankets to AHC, an affordable housing company that will give the blankets to kids in their housing developments.  For more pictures click Here.
We provide need-based scholarships for students at Key Elementary School that give them
the opportunity to participate in the Empowering Enrichment after-school program.  The scholarships allow dozens of kids to benefit from a structured, educational opportunity.
"Many of our students have benefitted from the Rotary scholarships your group has generously provided over the years. The little girl in kindergarten, who was so obsessed with ballet that she wore skirts everyday and called them tutus, is the 4th grader who still loves dance classes. The shy, new student who came last year is an outgoing artist in the sketching class. The student who told me that she loves sewing and weaving because she learned it from her grandmother, is continuing to grow her skills in the sewing class. Thanks so much for all you do."
-- Key Elementary Teacher
College Scholarships:  Our foundations grants merit- and need-based scholarships and stipends to Arlington high school seniors. Funding comes from club dues, donations, sponsorships and fundraising events. Rotarians and their families are not eligible for club scholarships (except members of the "Interact" club we sponsor.)
    For many years, AREF has provided scholarship assistance to graduates of Arlington Virginia high schools.  We currently  award a grant of $10,000, spread over 8 college semesters, to a deserving  senior.  
    The Foundation also offers a stipend aimed at fully funding one deserving graduate of the Arlington Community High School (an alternative high school)  to complete two years's study at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Applicants for the stipend are competitively selected by the staff of Arlington Community High School.
Related imageArlington Arlington Rotary partners with an Rock Spring UCC church to run a blood drive for INOVA Hospital.
The club promotes the bloodmobile visit, registers donors, and helps administer the event.