Thank you to all of our amazing community members who donated their time, energy, and funds to our FreshFarm fundraising effort.
Your generosity helped us surpass our fundraising goal of $20,000 – you contributed over $26,000 to our effort! The remaining funds will be used towards a similar effort in the spring.
We successfully handled 900 bags of produce to be delivered to families at eight school-based distribution sites. We had 70 wonderful volunteers help us manage this effort, unloading the trucks, setting up the tables, weighing produce, bagging and counting produce, and delivering the completed bags to our distribution sites.
We thank our distribution site coordinators and their supporters for their instrumental roles in creating this effort to begin with and for going above and beyond to provide food, books, and essential supplies to many of our school communities.
We could not have done this without the partnership of FreshFarm, a wonderful “nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region,” which provided us with several tons of fresh produce from local farms as well as bags, tables, scales, and logistical support.
We are also grateful for our partnership with Arlington Public Schools (APS) for the use of the Washington-Liberty High School parking deck for our bagging operation and for their logistical support prior to and during the event.
A huge thank you to everyone who shared our message far and wide, including:
- the School Board members and Arlington Public Schools staff;
- the County Board members and County staff;
- our partners at Volunteer Arlington who shared our fundraiser and volunteer opportunities with their network;
- our friends at the Arlington County Civic Federation who shared our fundraiser with their network of civic associations countywide;
- the volunteers with Arlington Community Corps who consistently support us with their time and energy; and, of course,
- our PTAs and their school communities who have risen to the challenge of 2020 and have excelled at serving and advocating for their students and their families.
In a separate and parallel effort, and thanks to the generosity of our community, our CCPTA Book Donation Drive for Winter Break was able to provide over 3,300 total books to five Arlington elementary schools to distribute to students! We are so grateful for an amazing group of volunteers who collected, organized and delivered books: Erin Freas-Smith, Rebecca Guy, Christa Mansur, Courtney Markle, Jennifer Meder, Debbie Pearson, Kelly Pulsifer, Liz Rugaber, and Robin Taylor.
A special thank you to our Partnerships Committee member, Adena Porter, for coordinating several book drives during 2020, for making awesome flyers, and for always being a positive voice with a can-do attitude.
A very special thank you to our Partnerships Committee chair, Christa Mansur, for overseeing the bagging event as well as coordinating every detail, tracking every change, managing every volunteer, and truly making this possible in the first place.
Thank you and Happy Holidays.