Spring 2004 Community Grant Recipients

Blue Ridge ESL (English as a second language)

As the Spanish population continues to grow in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, need for support for ESL families also grows particularly in the summer. The grant will allow 40 ESL children between the ages of six and 12 to attend camp for a week by providing funds for Jaunt transportation, drinks and snacks, three craft projects, workbooks and admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum. $1,000

Camp Holiday Trails

One of the most serious and widespread threats to children today is childhood obesity. Camp Holiday Trails has a “Med Korner” facility, which provides information and training to its campers. In conjunction with UVA who is managing a new research program on overweight children, Camp Holiday Trails will use the grant to bring the facility up-to-date technologically by purchasing software, adding a phone line for Internet access and purchasing equipment to create a health corner of information. $985

Charlottesville Writing Center

This program provides economically disadvantaged children in grades 4 th through 8 th an opportunity to receive high quality writing instruction in a small group setting. Children in the Belmont community will benefit from the grant by participating in a series of three writing workshops where they will write about their lives by using appropriate exercises and discussions. $800

Alzheimer’s Association

In our community there are 5,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; 70% of people are being cared for at home by family. The Just Rewards Program, which is comprised of members of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Senior Center, JABA, Martha Jefferson Hospital and UVa Health Systems, offers a day of rest, relaxation, good food and fun to those who are caring for an elderly relative 24/7. The grant will allow 115 people the opportunity to participate in the respite activities. The massage therapist, yoga instructor, music therapist and speakers donate their time for the program; our funds provide food, printing and postage. $1,000

Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle

The Boys and Girls Club seeks to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantages circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Southwood Unit of the Boys and Girls Club serves some of the neediest children in our community. The grant will fund commercial carpeting in the building that houses the Club’s after school and summer programs for 65 children, ages 6 to 12. $675

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

“Charlottesville Reads” has two objectives: 1) to give students with print disabilities the opportunity to read by supplying them with textbooks in recorded form and 2) to give students access to digital playback machines in the classroom that accommodates recorded or computerized texts. Without accommodation, these students are in danger of failing the SOL exams. The grant provides membership renewal for one school, software for 14 computers and training for teachers, parents and students. $790