National Federation of the Blind, Potomac Chapter

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND, POTOMAC CHAPTER • NFB helps blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect, and acts as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. • Kiwanis grant is used to promote independence and self-reliance for blind children, including providing new white canes for children as they grow. •

Music for Life

Music For Life • Music for Life uses free music education to help at-promise youth overcome barriers. • Kiwanis grant supports after-school guitar instruction and mentoring programs. •

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic


In addition to our annual financial grant, we volunteer monthly to help delivery food and offer the public an opportunity for blueberry donations during our annual Blueberry Sale.

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Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect

hispanics agAINST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT • HACAN seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect, and strengthen families. • Kiwanis grant provides support for summer and after-school reading programs. •

Girls on the Run

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Educational Theatre Company

educational theatre company • ETC’s mission is changing lives through the arts and theatre education. • Kiwanis grant supports after-school enrichment classes, Shakespeare-in-the-Schools, and other programs. •


doorways for women and families • Doorways helps our most vulnerable neighbors escape crisis and achieve safety and stability for themselves and their children. • Kiwanis grant supports children’s services that promote moving past trauma and healing. •

Crescendo (Arlington Philharmonic)

crescendo (Arlington philharmonic) • Crescendo is a youth chamber music program providing coaching and performance opportunities for string musicians in grades 8-12. • Kiwanis grant provides financial assistance to promising musicians. •

Clothesline for Arlington Kids

the clothesline for arlington kids • Clothesline collects new and clean, gently-used clothing and distributes it free of charge to low-income school age children in a welcoming space. • Kiwanis grant helps with purchase of new clothing, including underwear and shoes. •

Among our service projects, we assist AFAC in bagging food supplies every second Wednesday, collect children’s books to be given gratis each child visiting the Arlington Pediatric Clinic, read to elementary students at Aspire! After-School Learning and to Randolph Elementary School children on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, assist Salvation Army ring bells for their red kettle Christmas campaign and participate in iCanShine bike program in the summer helping kids with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike. 

We support and chaperone the Key Club officers attending the state or district convention where they network with peers who will become future civic leaders.

In the last five years, we have become known for our annual blueberry sales, our biggest fundraiser. Some other  examples are Arlington Thrive, PRS Crisis Link, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Aspire! After School Learning, Arlington YMCA, Arlington 4-H, Girls on the Run, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), National Capital Treatment & Recovery, and many others.

We support athletic clubs with soccer balls and fund high school senior graduation night, give scholarships to worthy rising college freshman and fund grants to high school mothers trying to finish their education while parenting, sometimes solo, in the Terrific Parent program.