• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/31/2014
  • Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Award Category: Community Service
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NamePaula Alston
  • Address: 
    325 Diamond Ave
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
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  • Email: palston@mfrl.org
  • Brief Description: 
    During the course of the year we participated in several community events, including spending a day at the Virginia Interfaith Child Care Center restoring playground equipment and spreading mulch. This included four RC volunteers working with center staff to ensure a safe location for the children to play.

    We are one of the groups that provide hot meals and social interaction for several homeless men during the winter months through the To Our House organization. We cook a dinner, provide snacks, breakfast and pack a lunch for the next day for them. This year we split our week with another organization and provided 3 nights of meals.

    We also assisted at the Montgomery County Christmas Store, which provides for families in need basic home supplies, clothing, toys, and food for Christmas. Over the course of a week, we had over thirty RC volunteers assisting in various locations at the store (shopping with a family, parking, check-in, and being a runner for larger items).

    We performed a beautification project at the International Peace Garden on the campus of Virginia Tech, where volunteers built a bench for people to relax on while enjoying the bucolic setting of the garden. The garden is an accessible area where anyone (students, public, elderly, children, etc.) can contribute and participate in the community garden.

    We make a $1,500 donation to four community organizations: the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, the Christmas Store, the Valley Interfaith Food Bank and the Women’s Resource Center. We also make smaller contributions to Leading Lights, which recognizes volunteer service in our area, and this year we sponsored a Lego team at one of the elementary schools.

    For every guest who speaks to the club, we donate a book to the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library as part of our support of educational programs. Books chosen complement the expertise of the speaker and expand the educational offerings of the library.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    5% - VICCC playground restoration
    5% - To Our House (shelter)
    30% - Montgomery County Christmas Store
    3% - Bench project
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    The Montgomery County Christmas Store, the Interfaith Food Bank, the Free Clinic, and the To Our House serve over a thousand low income community members each year, providing clothing, household items, foods and a hot meal to bridge the financial gap that low income jobs cannot provide. The Women’s Resource Center provides a safe haven for a woman and her children in need.

    The VICCC is a diversity and education driven organization that provides child care for working families, along with early education to young children before starting school.
    This facility offers scholarships to families unable to afford tuition for their children, ensuring that children from low income families are afforded the same educational opportunities and caring/nurturing environment that VICCC provides.

    All of our Community Service activities benefit our community and provide opportunities for fellowship and service for members of the Rotary Club of Blacksburg
  • Additional Material or Information #1: 
    Members at the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center playground.
  • 1st Supporting Document: 
    Photo Community Service 2014.docx