COMMUNITY SERVICES

Projects that respond to the needs of our local community. POC - Bonnie Lilley & Gay Shane

 

KRISTI'S CHRISTMAS (View Photos)

Kristi’s Christmas began in 1987 in memory of Kristi Brown, daughter of Rotarian Bill Brown. The project helps with the needs of the very needy children residing in Fairfax Co only. These children’s needs are identified by the School Social Workers, Principals, and Counselors.  It is a year-round project.  There is help with school supplies, winter jackets, Holiday gifts, camps in the summer, whatever is requested, we try and help. Meds, rent, utility bills, are not given; there are times we have assisted with dental care and eye glasses.  The money for this project has come from many folks who realize 100% of every penny given goes to the need…There is NO overhead. Gifts from business, individuals, grants, various Clubs, memorial gifts and bake sales all are welcome.  In December 55 of the neediest children are treated to a morning of breakfast, shopping for basic clothing, and a visit with Santa who gives each child special practical gifts.  These children each have a buddy for the morning from WSHS and each of these students spend this time making their new little buddy feel very special and loved while at the same time, these HS students gain a lot of knowledge on the needs in our community and what a great feeling it is to help.  Please visit the website www.KristisChristmas.org

 

 ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PROGRAM

For a number of years, the Club has participated in the VDOT Program, removing trash on a quarterly basis from an area of Rolling Road (Old Keene Mill intersection to the Parkway).  Club Members spend 1+ hours removing trash, followed by coffee and bagels. POC - Doug Alcorn

 

 BRAIN INJURING SERVICES MENTORING

  We partner together with Brain Injury Services (BIS) in two ways.  First, we are a "buddy" source with clients to provide companionship for those who have suffered a brain injury.  BIS uses extensive questionnaires to match people who are interested in spending a few hours a month with other individuals who have like interests.  Second, we work with BIS in placing interns into job opportunities.  Many of the BIS clients worked in high functioning jobs prior to their injury.  This program enables them to be able to transition into a working life in hopes of gaining a full ime paid position. POC - Mike Salkind
  
SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES
 Our Rotary Club has a tradition of creating activities to support our Veterans. We have sponsored several fishing trips for wounded Veterans. In conjunction with the Wounded Warriors organization, we have served a special meal to injured Veterans and their Families at the Walter Reed Medical Center. We have packed and delivered boxes to a deployed Marine Detachment clearing IEDs in Afghanistan. This year in conjunction with Lorton Community Action Center, we are packing and delivery Thanksgiving food boxes to married military families identified in need of support. POC - Rick Cernohorsky
  
FREE SCHOOL-PHYSICAL PROGRAMS FOR UNINSURED CHILDREN
 Each year Club members combine with INOVA Hospital, Fairfax County Health Dept., Partnership for Healthy Kids, Mt. Vernon/ Lee Chamber of Commerce and Ft. Belvoir to provide free school physicals for preschool- 6th grade children entering school for the first time. Their parents are working but make too much to be eligible for Medicaid but not enough to have medical insurance.  In addition to the physicals and immunizations, the children from pre-school- 6th grade are provided with backpacks and school supplies as well as new books collected by our club members. All this guarantees the children are able to start school on time and prepared for school.  Some club members also volunteer to participate in the actual process by escorting families through the day or by acting as interpreters for non-English speaking families. POC – Bonnie Lilley
 
DICTIONARIES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
 Each year, our Rotary Club gives 600+ dictionaries to 3rd-grade students in a number of area elementary schools. Dictionary distribution coincides with reading instruction in 3rd-grade classes. The students and the schools are very appreciative of the dictionaries for personal student use. POC – Bonnie Lilley
 
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
 The Karen Brown Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually by our club to recognize a non-Rotarian who exemplifies "Service Above Self" in his/her personal and professional life.  The award recognizes an individual who, although not a Rotarian, has contributed significantly to improving the quality of life in his/her community.  The winner will be chosen by a committee and the award presented at the annual “Legislative Meet and Greet” event co-sponsored with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, typically held in the late summer/early fall.  The recipient (Donna Goldbranson in 2014) will automatically be our club's nominee for the District 7610 Citizen of the Year Award. POC – Jim Kirkpatrick
 
LORTON COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER
Our Rotary Club has a close relationship with the Lorton Community Action Center. We provide them support with several projects throughout the year. Prior to the start of the new school year, we gather supplies to stuff student backpacks. For Thanksgiving, we collect and deliver food boxes to support the many families they support. Our newest project is a financial literacy project that will mentor and educate selected families in an effort to help them become more financially secure and eventually self-supporting. POC – Rick Cernohorsky

 

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