VHCA supports our community in many ways, partly through volunteering and partly through financial support.
Following is an overview of the events that bring in the money to support the community and where that money goes.
How we raise the money
Quite simply, the June Summerfest and the December Tour of Homes generate almost all of the funds that we raise.
Since 2005, we have funded over $245,000 in grants for education, partnering nonprofits and community organizations. This includes almost $115,000 in grants to our neighborhood schools, just under $40,000 to our public library, and over $35,000 to Trees Atlanta.
Our funding also supports other neighborhood projects, including the acquisition of N Highland Park, park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation efforts, and communication.
Some specific allocations
Here are just some of the funds that the civic association allocated in 2016:
VHCA Grant Awards – 2016
- $19.500 to install three APD video cameras, in response to an offer of matching funds from Alex Wan’s council fund.
- $4000 to Trees Atlanta
- $3250 to Springdale Elementary PTO
- $3100 to Inman Middle School
- $2825 to Ponce de Leon Library
- $2500 to Inman Middle School Technology Foundation
- $1750 to Grady High School College and Career Center
- $1500 Grady Athletic Boosters
- $1500 to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
We are able to raise that money through the efforts of our volunteers. Without them, these initiatives would collapse. So please volunteer for our upcoming Summerfest 2017 in June, as explained in the accompanying article, and know how much you are helping all of us when you do that—not to mention the enjoyment and neighborhood camaraderie you will get out of it.
Remember, without our volunteers, Summerfest simply could not happen.
Thank you for your support, and enjoy Summerfest.