Spring 2012 Community Grant Recipients

$2300 to the Arc of the Piedmont to cover costs associated with transportation of parents and children to enriching parenting classes at one community site for one year. The JLC has been a strong supporter of the parenting classes, via our ongoing Community Partnership with Child, Youth, and Family Services (CYFS), the other sponsor of this program. We are thus delighted to provide these funds to help low-income or otherwise socially isolated clients access rewarding pre-school readiness and enrichment experiences for their children.

$700 to Elk Hill to pay for van insurance for the vehicle that will transport up to fifteen at-risk children from low-income Charlottesville families to the new Charlottesville day camp. Campers will participate in academic and therapeutic summertime activities without having to travel all the way to Goochland each day.

$1000 to Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Charlottesville-Albemarle to pay for hot, nutritious meals to be prepared for and delivered to one member of our community each day for one year.

$1000 to Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia (QCV) for their Go Bananas! healthy eating program which encourages children to eat like a professional athlete. These funds will be used to purchase bracelets for participants and also prizes and “giveaways” designed to encourage healthy eating among early elementary-school children. QCV has been a JLC ally for our Kids in the Kitchen program over the past several years, and we are delighted to partner with them on this grant.

$1000 to the UVA Health System’s Department of Family Medicine for their ongoingReach Out and Read: Promoting School Readiness program. Funds will be used to purchase some 350 age-appropriate books for distribution to children attending well-child visits at their practice, with the expectation that owning his or her own small library will help a child to foster a love of learning and an appreciation for total mind and body health.