GRANT RECIPIENTS

The Kiwanis Club of Arlington has granted more than a million dollars in recent years to Arlington and regional organizations that serve children in our community.  The funds, which address community needs, especially economic insecurity thhrough safety-net organizatioins, mental and physical health, education, and youth leadership, are provided by The Kiwanis Foundation of Arlington, the 501(c)3 charitable arm of the Club.  The grant cycle begins in the summer with an application process.  Applications are reviewed by a committee of Club members and funds are awarded for the following fiscal year.  For more information about how to apply, please contact us at: grants@ArlingtonVaKiwanis.com

Economic Insecurity

Arlington Food Assistance Center
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)
Arlington Thrive
Bridges to Independence
Doorways for Women & Families
Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR)
Path Forward
The Salvation Army, Arlington Corps
The Clothesline-For Arlington Kids

Mental & Physical Health

Capital Caring: Point of Hope 
Hispanics Against Abuse & Neglect (HACAN)
Make-A-Wish of the Mid-Atlantic
National Capital Treatment & Recovery
Potomac Chapter, National Federation of the Blind
PRS / Crisis Link
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of No. Va.
VHC Pediatric Center
Washington Fire & Rescue

Education

Aspire! After School Learning
Arlington Philharmonic Crescendo Program
Educational Theatre Company (ETC)
Music For Life
Phoenix Bikes
Read Early And Daily (READ) 

Youth Leadership & SPORTS

Arlington 4-H Va. Coop Education
Girls on the Run
Scout Troop #167
YMCA Arlington
Young Life Capernaum
Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball (ABR)
Arlington Girls’ Softball Association (AGSA)
Arlington Soccer Association

Blueberry sale

Smiling BlueberryThe Kiwanis Club of Arlington is known throughout Northern Virginia for its annual Blueberry Sale.  In 2023, the Club was among 14 finalists for Kiwanis International’s “Signature Project” competition, recognizing the annual Blueberry Sale, which is now in its 12th year.  It is our way of providing a healthful, nutritious product to the community and raising funds for the benefit of our children’s causes.  Blueberries are delivered the last weekend of June in 10-pound boxes freshly-picked from our New Jersey supplier.  Customers anticipate the sale and begin ordering as early as March.  In addition to advance online orders, we sell additional boxes for three days at our pick-up location.  Customers also have the option of buying boxes of blueberries for donation to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). In the past three years, we have donated more than two tons of blueberries to AFAC, providing fresh fruit to Arlington’s neediest families. Proceeds also benefit our scholarship program, our grants to area agencies that support children, and our Key Clubs.  It is an event that involves most of our members in promoting sales, transporting boxes, order fulfillment, and public relations.  And besides encouraging healthy eating, it raises awareness about Kiwanis in Arlington and the surrounding area.

Blueberries have become an important part of our long-standing relationship with the Arlington Food Assistance Center, one of the safety-net agencies that we support monetarily.  By asking our customers to add a box or two of blueberries for AFAC to their order, we have been able to provide several tons of blueberries to Arlington’s neediest families.  And AFAC has helped us secure refrigerated trucks for storing the blueberries and provided logistical support for transporting blueberries.
AFAC’s CEO calls it a “Fantastic Win-Win Situation!”

Service Projects

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington are active members of the community, serving individually in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels, Arlington Neighborhood Village, churches, and civic associations.  We also purchase supplies and help with the Point of Hope Camp sponsored by Capital Caring Kids.  We assist the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on Volunteer Arlington Day.  Many of our other volunteer projects were curtailed during the pandemic but we look forward to resuming these activities.

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.