Seven grants were awarded in the spring 2016 funding cycle, totalling $6,950.
- International Rescue Committee received $2,000 to fund the Resettlement Store restoration. The IRC welcomes refugees into the community by offering employment services, housing, English literacy education and cultural orientation. The Resettlement Store provides these community members with basic necessities donated by the community. This grant will add much needed organizational support to the Store which will make the space more efficiently utilized and safe.
- Barrett Early Learning Center received $1,250 to support the Big Beautiful Garden project. Barrett Early Learning Center strives to provide safe, healthy, and affordable health care to the community and works to instill a love of learning at an early age. Barrett’s Big Beautiful Garden is a year-long project during which children will rehabilitate abandoned gardens and learn to grow berries. The children will also get to document their experience in a book and attend the Albemarle County Fair.
- Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle received $1,000 to support their Feed a Friend Program. MOW delivers hot and nutrious meals to an underserved population who are unable to prepare meals themselves. This program also provides a point of daily social interaction for these community members.
- Fluvanna County Public Schools received $1,000 to fund the Families Learning Together program. This program aims to break inter-generational illiteracy by supporting under-educated parents through parenting and ESOL education, GED preparation and encouragement of at-home reading and activities. This grant money will fund the transportation and meal costs for the program participants.
- Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education received $750 to purchase 50 new gowns for Charlottesville-area GED graduates. TJACE provides adult and ESOL education and GED preparation throughout the region. The purchase of the new gowns will provide their graduates an enhanced and more memorable experience to celebrate their accomplishment.
- Fluvanna Middle School received $700 to fund the Poemas LIVE! event. Coupled with a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the school will be able to bring the Latin Ballet of Virginia to the classroom to host a Poemas workshop which will promote latin dance and poetry.
- Muscles with Russell received $250 to purchase books for children at the Barrett Early Learning Center. MWR promotes health and wellness education through the use of a certified therapy teaching dog during school presentations. This grant will use to purchase the educational and age-appropriate books given out during these presentations.