APS employees have a longstanding history of supporting the community in which they work, directly impacting the students and families we serve. Once again, all employees are invited to keep the tradition of supporting our community alive by making a contribution to the APS 2016 United Way Campaign. The season for giving and thinking more about those less fortunate is fast approaching. Last year many APS employees chose to give through the United Way and we raised more than $53,000.00.
Donations given by APS employees last year directly impacted our community. On March 16, 2016 the United Way National Capital Area (UWNCA) awarded Community Impact grants totaling $100,000.00 to the following seven nonprofit member organizations serving Arlington County: Arlington Free Clinic, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Arlington Pediatric Center, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), Bridges to Independence, CASA de Maryland, and Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington County. Your donations helped make this happen.
Your contribution goes directly back into the community, focusing on critical issues such as education, financial stability and health – the building blocks of a good quality of life. The impact to our students and families in need is immediate. According to Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way National Capital Area, “United Way NCA’s Community Impact grant process helps us to focus our investments to create maximum impact in the areas of greatest need in our community. With our nonprofit partners, we are preparing more of our youth for lifelong health and success, and helping more families to break the cycle of homelessness and become financially stable.”
The agencies awarded a grant from the United Way NCA supports our community in a variety of ways. For example, The Arlington Pediatric Center’s mission is to provide a Medical Home offering family-centered care in a culturally-sensitive environment for children birth through 18 years of age who live in Arlington with family incomes below the Federal Poverty Level. Additionally, A-SPAN’s Shelter Program at the Homeless Services Center offers sleeping arrangements for over 50 people per night, provides three meals daily, showers, laundry facilities, and access to case managers and medical services.
Kick-off of our United Way campaign began November 14. The deadline for making an e-pledge is December 9; for paper pledges the deadline is November 28. Site coordinators will be contacting employees soon to talk about this year’s campaign and to encourage participation. Payroll deduction and the ability to choose which organizations will receive the donated funds make it easy to give. Your campaign coordinators will be actively involved in supporting APS employees’ participation in the campaign.
Employee participation is voluntary, but greatly appreciated. Please consider supporting the APS United Way campaign in the upcoming weeks. By making a donation, you will be in good company – one of 110,000 donors from more than several hundred local companies who will “Do More 360.” Help make this a successful campaign!
Patrick Murphy, Ed.D