Arlington Rotary Club Community Service – Rotary Year 2016-17
At the end of the Rotary Year, we take stock of what we as a club have been able to accomplish by our contributions of resources (time, energy, and money) and our work to raise funds for good causes. Here’s a review of what we have accomplished this year.
(A) Financial support to the community - a total of $25,750
· $ 8000 – paid out annually for our traditional academic scholarship ($1000 per semester to each of four students).
· $ 8000 – committed each year for our new special two-year “stipend” for a graduate of the Arlington Community High School (formerly known as Arlington Mill Alternative High School).
· $ 5000 – donation to Homestretch for the purchase of winter coats for kids
· $ 2000 – to Arlington Academy of Hope in support of Sabiti Davis, a student in Uganda whom the club has supported for several years and who this year began a 2-to-3 year electrician training program.
· $ 700 – “allowance” for visiting high school student from Indonesia, Novia Isnaini (McLean RC contributed an additional $500).
· $ 900 – disaster relief support in West Virginia (half from member donations, half was club matching funds).
· $ 100 – in support of an Arlington County-sponsored “Discussion on Race.”
· $ 400 – to the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers’ Association (WANADA) to help buy tool sets for their auto mechanic training program.
· $ 300 – Yorktown High School PTA to assist needier students to attend the annual class Boat Ride.
· $ 350 – Sports, Math and Science Hypothesis Foundation (SMASH) for supplies to support their competition in furthering STEM education.
(B) "In-Kind" Contributions of time, work, and expertise – a total of more than 120 hours of direct participation in service projects, and very probably an at least equal amount of time in training/planning/setup for such efforts. That’s without even counting the estimated 100+ hours members devoted to fundraising efforts that brought in about $22,000 – they aren’t direct community deeds, but are nevertheless essential.
· Salvation Army Christmas kettle.
· Glebe Road litter pickup (4 times a year)
· Purchase and distribution of coats for Homestretch
· INOVA Blood Drive donor registration (2-3 times per year).
· Weeding AFAC vegetable garden.
· Helping with setup for the Taste of Ballston (benefits AFAC).
· Packing food for AFAC.
· Bringing in/collecting used cell phones for recycling.
· Acting as sponsor/advisor for visiting foreign student.