Bama Works Fund

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The Bama Works Fund was established in 1999 to support charitable programs in the Charlottesville area. Applicants are limited to Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle County, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. Since then, the fund has awarded more than $8.5 million to programs for disadvantaged youth and the disabled as well as initiatives to protect the environment and support for the arts and humanities[1].

2011 recipients

December 2010 recipients

The Bama Works Fund awarded the following grants in December 2010[4]:

  • Albemarle County Public Schools (Stony Point Elementary School): $1,600 for the Quest Fest program, a celebration of a school-wide study of Greek, Roman and Mali ancient civilizations.
  • Albemarle County Adult Education Program: $7,000 for the Helping Hands Project addressing the needs of homeless families.
  • Baseball Without Borders: $4,000 for five full scholarships and one partial scholarship for trips to the Dominican Republic during the 2011 baseball season for area high school baseball players who will spend a week interacting with local Dominican teens. The mission is to bridge cultural gaps via baseball.
  • Blue Ridge Medical Center: $12,500 to help expand the Nelson County medical clinic by adding dental services and increasing its capacity for medical and pharmacy services.
  • Book Baskets: $2500 to purchase books to give to children when they visit the Medicaid program dentist, the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army or other social service agencies.
  • Charlottesville City Schools (CHS Orchestra): $10,000 to fund the participation of students to perform in Italy in Summer 2011
  • Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center: $2,500 for performances at the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures.
  • Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority: $5,000 for salary support for a resident services coordinator position.
  • Charlottesville Rotary Club Fund @CACF: $5,000 to fund the Cameroon Water Project in which Charlottesville volunteers will help to complete a clean water delivery system to an African village.
  • Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA: $5,000 to provide subsidized spay/neuter services.
  • Computers4Kids: $7,500 to assist with the replacement of old computers.
  • Dash-Sevanatha Inc.: $2,000 in scholarships for the ServSafe and Culinary Arts Program to serve low-income youth in Charlottesville and Greene County.
  • Fluvanna Meals on Wheels: $10,000 to deliver free meals to elderly, disabled and homebound people.
  • Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council: $3,500 to partially fund the Charlottesville Community Outreach Program, committed to forming strategic partnerships with after-school and summer programs to provide girls ages 5-17 in Charlottesville and Albemarle County with on-site Girls Scout programming at no cost to the girls or their families.
  • Greene County Schools (William Monroe Music Boosters): $6,000 to purchase instruments and equipment, fund competitions and offer band camp assistance.
  • Hiromi T’ai Chi: $9,000 to promote T’ai Chi and share its benefits with students in Albemarle’s Post High School program.
  • Jefferson Area CHIP Inc.: $8,000 to support its Parents as Teachers program in Fluvanna.
  • Local Food Hub (Buford Schoolyard Garden Project): $9,200 to support the educational, organic schoolyard garden.
  • Montpelier Foundation: $7,500 to preserve and increase accessibility by the public to the Gilmore Farm and a Civil War encampment.
  • On Our Own of Charlottesville: $6,000 for a peer-to-peer program so that mentally challenged adults can find employment and housing.
  • Optimist Club (sponsor of Lloyd Arlington Productions: $9,600 to support the ongoing music lecture series to enhance learning for children, musicians and educators using “The Music Within” documentary.
  • Oratorio Society of Virginia: $1,000 to increase the musical knowledge of students and address some of the music Standards of Learning.
  • People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry: $7,000 to help individuals move beyond homelessness. The funded project will continue a partnership with Charlottesville Health Access, engage volunteers and provide an outreach specialist.
  • Piedmont CASA: $6,000 to fund 25 percent of the cost of recruiting, training and supervising 25 CASA volunteers. Volunteers will serve 25 to 50 abused and neglected children whose cases are before local courts.
  • Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic: $12,500 to purchase equipment needed to open a new dental safety net clinic to serve low-income families in Orange and Greene counties.
  • Providing Resources to Inspire, Develop and Empower: $3,000 for computer equipment in a community-based center in Fluvanna. PRIDE, in partnership with New Fork Baptist Church, works with poor rural students.
  • Quest Institute: $3,500 to send books without charge to incarcerated individuals.
  • QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia: $5,000 for the STEP UP for QuickStart! Program that supports QuickStart PE teachers.
  • Sexual Assault Resource Agency: $6,400 for comprehensive sexual assault prevention education in three public Charlottesville schools, delivered directly to students and complemented by teacher training and community education. This intervention program will be implemented at Jackson-Via Elementary, Walker Upper Elementary and Buford Middle School.
  • Special Olympics Virginia: $10,000 for a tennis tournament in Charlottesville for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Town of Mineral: $6,000 for the continued enhancement of Walton Park in Louisa County by building walking/biking trails and a small pavilion for public use.
  • United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area: $8,500 to be used for the Insurance for Children project.
  • UVa Day in the Life Program: $7,500 to provide academic support to hundreds of children.
  • UVa Women’s Hospital Auxiliary- Positive Image Program: $9,800 to enable uninsured and under-insured cancer patients, especially women with breast cancer, to shop in a boutique in the hospital.
  • University Office of Humanities/ Festival of the Book Educational Program (Authors in Schools): $3,000 to cover stipends for 10 authors to visit students in schools and special needs’ adult programs during the 2011 Festival of the Book.
  • Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership: $5,000 to support the Firewalkers Program and the creation and piloting of a training curriculum on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness.
  • Virginia Organizing Project (Charlottesville Catholic Worker): $5,000 to transform three residential properties into two houses of hospitality for homeless families with children, a caretaker/host home and a sustainable living center with a garden and outdoor learning lab.
  • Wintergreen Adaptive Sports: $8,000 for an ongoing sports program for wounded servicemen and women.
  • Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Academy: $6,000 for three students to participate in a four-week summer program.
  • Women’s Initiative: $10,000 for Bienestar, a bilingual counseling and community outreach program for uninsured and underinsured Spanish-speakers

References

  1. Web. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - BAMAWORK, retrieved December 15, 2010.
  2. Web. News & Views 12.29.2011, C-Ville Weekly writers, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, December 29, 2011, retrieved December 29, 2011.
  3. Web. City Council Agenda for January 3, 2012, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 29, 2011.
  4. Web. More than $500,000 in grants awarded, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 15, 2010, retrieved December 15, 2010.

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