Taste for Giving 2019

October 19, 2018 Was a Huge Success with over $70K Raised!!!

US Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria

It’s time for our Taste for Giving on October 25, 2019, 7:00-10:00 PM!

It’s that time of year -we’re gearing up for this year’s annual Taste For Giving with a goal of raising over $80,000 to benefit Alexandria community charities and non-profit organizations.

The Taste For Giving is a festive evening to which the public is invited, featuring the best of Alexandria’s restaurants, wine tasting form local vineyards, live music, raffles and silent auction items donated by local citizens and businesses. This iconic event will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the US Patent and Trademark Office Building in Alexandria. The “Taste For Giving” is a highlight of each rotary year, and is a wonderful way for the community to support so many outstanding service organizations which help the underserved and disadvantage citizens of our community. This evening exemplifies the Rotary mission of “Service Above Self.”

If you’ve never experienced Taste for Giving, you’re in for a treat. We’ll have 15-18 of Alexandria’s restaurants offering tastes from their menus, beer and wine, music, fun, and both live and silent auctions featuring great vacations, unusual items, and awesome collectibles.

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The Alexandria Rotary Club’s Annual Taste for Giving supports 40+ local charitable organizations through funds raised at the event. Please help support these Alexandria charities by attending the Taste for Giving:

Alexandria Library Foundation

They will use their grant for the Weekly Sensory Story times held at Duncan Branch Library and Beatley Central Library. A predictable program structure and a variety of available calming aids to help children on the autism spectrum and others with sensory processing disorders.

Alexandria Police Youth Camp

Their grant will be used to host a camp for 125 Alexandria children in Kilmarnock, Virginia each summer to help build participants’ social skills, self-confidence and independence.

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation

They will use their grant to support a major expansion of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation core Apprentice Program to serve 35 youths in 2019 by lowering the qualifying age requirement from 18 to 16.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Their grant will be used to continue and expand a program for elementary school children called “Sympatico” in primarily west end schools that provides literacy through music for at least five racially diverse populations with 40 languages or dialects.

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium

Their funds will buy books that appeal to small children to help Alexandria City Public School students read at or above grade level by the end of kindergarten and first grade. Over 100 children will be impacted.

ALIVE!

This grant will directly benefit children, families and individuals living in poverty and with hunger by increasing access to food and offering financial assistance for rent, utilities, medical and other urgent needs.

Best Buddies

The grant will help start a program at 2 Alexandria elementary schools for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

They will use their grant for their after-school homework tutoring program for ages 6 to 18.

Bridges to Independence

The 2019 Rotary grant will support their Bridge to Work employment program, specifically to provide transportation assistance for Alexandrians to get to/from job interviews and new employment.

Campagna Center

They will use their grant for their before and after school programs for over 100 TC Williams H.S. low income/at risk students to help them advance their educational or career opportunities.

The Carpenter’s Shelter

The 2019 Rotary grant will support the construction and equipping of the new “Carpenter’s Clinic” which will serve the medical needs of City residents. This special fund will support naming the Clinic after former long-time Rotary member, and major supporter of the Carpenter’s Shelter, Dr. Bob Wineland.

Casa Chirilagua

This grant will be used to provide monthly field trips for Casa Chirilagua’s 42 Kids Club after school participants. The field trips will provide experiences from indoor swimming, ice skating, or bowling to development trips to museums and live performances.

Center for Alexandria’s Children

This year’s grant will help revise its acclaimed Learn & Play Group Curriculum for children ages 0-5 and distribute it to partnering child-serving agencies.

Community Lodging

Community Lodgings will use their grant to provide educational programs for adults and children along with affordable and transitional housing to homeless families.

First Night

The grant will promote participation to Alexandria’s New Year celebration by providing 25 Entry Badges to those who normally would be unable to afford them.

Friends of Alexandria Mental Health

The Friends’ grant will be used to fill the emergency and special needs of low-income clients and for free community education programs that foster understanding and reduce stigma.

Friends of Guest House

This year’s grant will go toward the purchase of an 8-passenger minivan, which will provide critical transportation for their clients across all of the FOGH programs.

Habitat for Humanity

This year’s Rotary grant will specifically assist with Weatherization and Critical Home Repairs, helping to assure long-term housing affordability for seniors, low-income and handicapped City residents.

Latino Economic Development Center

The Rotary Grant will be used thru Alexandria Empowered Women International Program to help fund 3 workshop series training women entrepreneurs from the City on how to start a business, financial management and accessing capital.

Liberty’s Promise

They will use their funds to take young immigrants in need, studying at TC Williams, on field trips to civic sites to encourage them to be active and conscientious American citizens.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

The funds will be used for two family learning programs through the Alexandria Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Centers to provide English literacy instructions for both children and their parents.

Neighborhood Health

Their grant will be used to purchase a new EKG machine to help underserved residents improve their health. This will serve over 1000 residents annually.

Next Step Pilates

They will use their grant to “get the word out” and grow this program that teaches methods of balance and endurance especially important for veterans who are learning to live with artificial limbs and other injuries.

Northern Virginia Family Services

They will use their grant to continue providing services through the Healthy Family program now serving 240 Alexandria families. Improves the lives of children in disadvantaged families one family at a time.

Nueva Vida

Their grant will provide the medically under resourced Latino community of Alexandria outreach and education on Breast cancer as well as screening mammograms.

Operation Warm

Grant purchases children’s coats at very reasonable cost each to be distributed this November through fire departments, schools and police departments. Helps keep Alexandria kids warm and provide self-esteem.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

The Rotary grant funds will be used to offer free housing improvements for in-need Alexandria families to remain stably housed.

RunningBrooke

The grant will assist them in the building of the Four Mile Run Playground within the 22305 zip code in Alexandria to keep kids moving and staying healthy.

Scan of Northern Virginia

They will use their grant funds for the direct cost of serving Alexandria residents through their parent education and court appointed special advocate programs which assists children who are victim of child abuse and neglect in the City.

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

Their grant will be used to provide scholarship funds in a pilot program “Higher Reach” for low income students in the top 10% of those deemed capable of obtaining a scholarship academically.

Senior Services of Alexandria

They will use their grant to purchase a laptop to assist them with their Meals-On-Wheels technology and better serve their clients in delivering meals.

Space of Her Own

This year’s grant will support SOHO’s signature girls’ bedroom transformations projects, paying for necessities based on each girl’s unique needs to help improve their outlook on life, giving them a sense of place.

The Alexandria Singers

The funding provided will support high quality workshops specifically designed for middle and high school students through their Youth Outreach Initiative.

The Arc of Northern VA

This year’s grant will be used for translating their important publication “Securing a Future for Your Child with a Disability” into Amharic for the growing Ethiopian population.

Together We Bake

The grant will provide funds for the “ServSafe” curriculum of the National Restaurant Assn. for food handling for Alexandria women in need, many who were formerly incarcerated to give them workforce skills, to find sustainable employment and self-sufficiency.

Urban Alliance

They will use their grant funds to provide paid internships, training and mentoring to under-served high school seniors in Alexandria who are college bound to give them industry experience in a particular work field.

Volunteer Alexandria

This year’s grant will be used to order supplies and materials for 100 Emergency Preparedness Kits for low income and Spanish speaking communities in Alexandria.

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