THE ARTS: We promote an appreciation for a wide range of creative expression in the arts, by providing art scholarships to young people, visiting museums, andcreating craft items and quilts that are donated to the local community.
CONSERVATION: We have a variety of programs designed to help us appreciate our environment and beautify our community. We collect recyclable materials and used crayons for the Crayon Initiative, and sold poinsettias to raise money for a garden at a local elementary school. We also work on a variety of projects to help beautify our town and increase awareness of the environment and join with other organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving natural resources.
EDUCATION: We work to promote education for ourselves and our community. We award scholarships to local high school seniors and sponsor a young person to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program. We also support the local Head Start program and donate books to local school libraries. Members also participate in a book discussion during Education Committee meetings.
EVENING VOLUNTEERING: Designed for members looking for an evening activity or those who want to be involved with hands-on volunteering. This year, the committee is partnering with Arc of Greater Williamsburg to assist those with developmental disabilities.
INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: We try to become better world citizens by reaching beyond our local community to assist the impoverished around the globe. We collect donations to support Operation Smile, UNICEF, World Food Day, the Heifer Project and our local language bank.
HOME LIFE: We hope to promote a healthy lifestyle in our community and address local issues of hunger, poverty, and inadequate housing and homelessness. We provide helping hands and monetary donations to Blayton House, donate school supplies and teddy bears to the Salvation Army, and assist in their Christmas kettle bell ringing.
PUBLIC ISSUES: We help raise member awareness on civic and social responsibilities, including veterans issues and historic preservation efforts. We support Latisha House’s mission to assist female victims of human trafficking and donate toiletries to Avalon, a local center for abused women.