Charity Program Overview

Our Public Service program has been a great success over the past few years and has been recognized with multiple awards at the PCA national level. In 2013, our Region was won first place for Public Service among 139 throughout North America. Our members and sponsors have been very generous and we’ve all had a great time doing it!

Our charity program became “official” in 2009 as part of the First Settlers Region 50th Anniversary Celebration. That year we raised $6,490 and donated 353 pounds of food. However, that was just a start. We can all be proud that in the past five years we have raised over $96,500 and 21,700 pounds of food!!

The keys to our success have been solid sponsorship, primarily from Checkered Flag Porsche in Virginia Beach, and the generosity of our members. We have raffles at our monthly breakfasts, a White Elephant Auction at the Holiday Party in January, a Silent Auctions at the Spring Charity event, charity laps during our Driver’s Education events, the Air & Auto Classic Car Show in the fall, and “Turkeys-in-the-Trunk” to support the Mayflower Marathon in Hampton Roads. It keeps our volunteers busy and we keep it all fun!

The following information highlights our sponsored charities for 2015. Please don’t hesitate to contact Josie Grandfield, Charity Coordinator, if you have any questions, ideas, sponsorship or would just like to help out. Email: anurse47@yahoo.com or 757-635-0184.

Horizon Hampton Roads - Introducing our newest charity!

Horizons is a 501(c) (3) non-profit was created over 40 years ago as a way to help children of poverty improve their education and break the cycle of poverty.

-- Provides a 6-week summer educational enrichment program for 370 low-income K-8 grade public school students from 60 public schools in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.
-- 75% of the students return each year with significant measurable gains in academics.
-- Provides educational training to prevent the “summer slide” and develop critical reading and math skills.
-- Provides two meals per day; often the only meals the children receive.
-- The summer staff includes over 100 professional educators, specialists, aides and volunteers.
-- The program also includes field trips to local museums, government offices, universities, and includes swim training.

All children thrive in high quality, enriching environments, but too many fail to get the start in life they need to fulfill their potential. Horizons Hampton Roads believes in the potential of every child. Our transformational community-centered approach is proven to close the opportunity gap for children and put them on a path to success in school and in life.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

Mission is to lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community. The Foodbank supports a 4,745 square mile service area, including the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack.

-- In the 2015 fiscal year, the Foodbank distributed over 19 million pounds of food to over 182,000 children, seniors, and working poor.
-- Provides nutritious canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, and prepared food to over hundreds of thousands of individuals annually.
-- Food is recovered and secured from restaurants, supermarkets, food distributors, the USDA, farmers, wholesalers, sportsmen, and through food and fund drives.
-- Assembles a full-course, nutritious meal for only $.32. Every $10 donation the Foodbank receives, we can assemble and distribute over $60 worth of groceries.
-- Distributes emergency food to over 400 Partner Agencies and Programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, Mobile Pantries, our Kids Cafe and BackPack Programs.

The Boys Home of Virginia. Covington, Virginia

For over 100 years, The Boys Home has been successful in helping young men develop their potential in four key ways — mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.

-- Provides care, education and a supportive environment for young men from ages 6 to18.
-- Gives them the tools they need to grow into responsible, contributing citizens and members of society.
-- Goal is to help boys develop their minds, bodies and souls; to build character; and to educate, motivate and guide.
-- Founded by the Episcopal Church in 1906, the outreach has made a pivotal difference in the lives of thousands of young men.
-- The Boys Home is 97% privately funded.

Some of the boys have no suitable home. Others have difficulties that might best be solved away from their immediate home. Provides caring emotional support and guidance, on-campus schooling until a boy is prepared for public schools, a religious life program focused on building a boy spiritually, and vocational or technical training.

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