April 24, 2009
Like at the holiday season, many groups are working to support AFAC in a variety of ways. Please be sure to read all the way to the end. There are lots of fun events coming up!
Client Count: The client count for the week ending April 18, 2009 totals 1,192 families, which consist of 2,147 adults and 1,280 children. There are currently 2,131 active referrals. One year ago, for the week ending April 19, 2008, the client count was 814. Two years ago, for the week ending April 21, 2007 was 700.
June 4th – We’re gearing up for our celebration to support the Permanent Home Campaign. Don’t miss a lovely evening of music, good food and a spectacular silent auction at the Washington Golf and Country Club on June 4th. Visit our website (www.afac.org) for details and to view sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets. For more information contact Melissa Kalner at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about sponsorship, contact email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
It’s Still Feinstein Time Again! Philanthropist Alan Feinstein has renewed his matching grant opportunity. Each year, Mr. Feinstein puts up $1 million of his own money and matches what’s raised at food pantries all over America. The more money we can raise for this challenge means more that we collect later. Please consider a gift to AFAC between now and April 30th. Those funds will qualify for the match. Simply note ‘Feinstein’ on your check to AFAC or designate it as such if you donate online.
New Volunteer Opportunities: The Volunteer Department is looking for weekday volunteers! We especially need distribution and warehouse volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays. We’re also creating two new volunteer jobs – Loading Dock Assistants and Weekend Supervisors. Loading dock assistants will help weigh in food donations and assist our drivers as they=2 0unload the food they bring in daily allowing the drivers to get back on the road faster. We’d like help on the loading dock weekday mornings and Saturdays from 11-1. Weekend Supervisors are needed to supervise and assist the many groups that want to volunteer at AFAC. Supervisors shifts will be from noon – 4 on Saturdays and Sundays. Please contact the volunteer department at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these positions.
Community Shred Is Tomorrow, April 25th – “Shred for Bread” is a spring cleaning of your financial and other personal papers for a good cause! On Saturday, April 25th, at Little Falls Presbyterian Church (6025 Little Falls Rd., near Nottingham School), ProShred, a professional shredding company, is generously donating their time and service to shred your personal papers in a safe and secure way—right there on the spot!! No need to remove staples or paper clips, they’ll shred as is. With identity theft on the rise, shredding personal papers is a must these days. In return for their services, a donation of food for AFAC will be gladly accepted. (Come early – the truck is only staying until it is full!) You’ll get rid of your clutter and help AFAC at the same time! On that same day, Little Falls Presbyterian Church is hosting a yard sale to raise money for their youth mission trips. This event is from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. See you there…..
Peace Concert – The Claremont Immersion Elementary School’s World Wide Helpers Club will be holding a concert to benefit AFAC. The Peace Concert will be held on Friday, May 1st at Gunston Middle School from 6 – 9 in the evening. This event will feature a variety of musical performances, in addition to narrations that discuss the current hunger crisis. They are asking that participants pay $10.00 to attend, or $5.00 with a food donation. Half of the money raised, as well as all of the food collected, will be donated to A.F.A.C.
DANCERS CARE! Dancers have big hearts – and you can help them help AFAC. Thanks to Candy Braeden, who started everything with her “Tap Jam,” the Center Dance Company is serving as a collecting site for contributions of food and clothing. The DANCERS CARE drive will continue through May 1, 2009. The Center Dance Company is at 3443 Carlin Springs Rd. in Falls Church.
Wine Tasting – Join us at Our Savior Luthe ran Church as we enjoy, taste and compare several lovely wines. Proceeds benefit AFAC and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. This was a fun event last year, and I’m sure this year’s will be too. The Tasting is May 16, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The price is $35 per person, and $25 for designated drivers. To make your reservations, call 703.892.4846. Our Savior is at 825 S. Taylor St.
Whole Foods, Mom and AFAC – Whole Foods Market Arlington is helping you show your Mom you care about her and the community. Surprise your Mom or loved one with either a rainbow mix of colorful tulips and/or a pink potted hydrangea flower for only $14.99. For each floral purchase you make, Whole Foods Market will donate $4.00 to AFAC. To place your Mother’s Day floral order, please visit http://www.lovewhereyoushop.net. This is a pre-order form. All payments will be made at the sotr on your pickup date. The online program begins Monday, April 27th, and runs through Tuesday, May 5th.
4th Annual Arlington Science Focus School 5k Race – This race and 1k fun run/walk on Saturday May 2, 2009 is also a food drive for AFAC. Participants are asked to bring one non-perishable food item on race day to support AFAC. You can get a registration form from the school’s website, http://www.asfsonline.org.
Letter Carrier’s Food Drive – This major foo d drive is Saturday, May 9, 2009. To volunteer, send a note to email@example.com. We need your help that day. Please also spread the word in your neighborhood about this drive!
Summer Food Drives – We are just now planning a program of food drives in June. Help us keep our pantry stocked over the summer. If you can help coordinate a food drive, please contact Magda Jaskot, our Food Drive Coordinator, at afacMagda@aol.com
Thank you for all you do for AFAC. We need and appreciate your support.
AFAC Executive Director