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AHC Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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More than 300 supporters joined AHC Inc. to celebrate its 40th Anniversary this fall. The event highlighted the organization’s growth and achievements, honored five new Housing Hall of Fame members, celebrated student winners who submitted winning essays and art work, and elected AHC Board members. “Our 40th Anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate all those who have helped AHC over the years – our supporters, donors, volunteers, community partners and advocates – preserve and build affordable, stable homes for those in most need, ” said Walter D. Webdale, AHC Inc. President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to direct the event proceeds to our Resident Services program, which serves more than 2,000 youth, senior citizens and families each year.”

Since its founding in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 7,000 quality affordable apartments; touched thousands of children, families and senior citizens through its Resident Services programs; and expanded beyond its Arlington roots to also serve communities in Alexandria, Fairfax, Montgomery County, Baltimore and Washington, DC. AHC Milestones.

To commemorate the event, AHC named four individuals and an organization to its Housing Hall of Fame. Founded in 2001, AHC’s Housing Hall of Fame honors individuals and organizations for their vision, dedication and advocacy on behalf of affordable housing.

The 2016 honorees include Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington; Patricia McGrady, decades-long affordable housing activist and volunteer; Rick Nelson, former Director of Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs; J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member; and Harkins Builders, long-time AHC Inc. business partner and supporter.

“AHC is proud to celebrate such an exemplary group of visionaries and supporters,” said Justin Oliver, AHC Board Chair. “It truly takes a village to provide affordable housing. Our honorees represent the community partners, volunteers, local government, elected officials, and business partners that are all critical to bringing affordable housing to life. Your commitment is what enables AHC to successfully continue building homes and futures. We are truly grateful for your support and honored to include you in our Housing Hall of Fame.”

The event also highlighted six students who submitted winning essays and artwork based on the themes of “How AHC’s Community Centers Affected My Life” and “The Place I Call Home.”

“The youngsters who live in AHC’s communities are the heart and soul of our programs,” explained Ginger Briggs Brown, former AHC Inc. Board member, who presented the children’s awards. “It is their futures we are working so hard to strengthen. Tonight we applaud their creative achievements.”

The Essay Contest winners include Jennifer Arevalo (First Place), Sara Berhe (Second Place) and Jennifer Rivera (Third Place). Art Contest winners are: Michelle Orellana (First Place), Angel Barrera (Second Place) and Loren Bonilla (Third Place). Read more. 

During the event, attendees also re-elected four AHC Board members, David Barsky, Jason Dalley, Justin Oliver and John Snyder. C.C. Jenkins, a long-time AHC supporter and prior Board member, was elected to return to the Board. Gladis Bourdouane, who joined the AHC Board in 2011, retired from the Board and was celebrated for her service and commitment. Read more. 

Read more stories, stats and history from AHC’s 40th Anniversary.

Photo: AHC Inc. celebrates 2016 Housing Hall of Fame honorees at 40th Anniversary Celebration. Front row, left to right:  Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.; Patricia McGrady; J. Walter Tejada; and Rick Nelson. Back row, left to right: Walter D. Webdale, AHC Inc. President and CEO; Mike Ebrahimi, Harkins Builders; Dick Lombardo, Harkins Builders; Mike Mallow, Harkins Builders; Gary Garofalo, Harkins Builders; and Justin Oliver, AHC Inc. Board Chair. 

 

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Volunteer to Mentor or Tutor a Student!

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AHC Inc. and your Arlington neighbors need your help to secure the future of our talented middle and high school students. College bound and career seeking youth are ready for your expertise and we need you to join our team as a mentor or tutor this school year. By joining the AHC volunteer program, you become part of a network of enthusiastic citizens helping our community’s youth succeed.

How You Can Help

Every year, the students of all ages seek out tutoring support in a variety of areas, including high school and middle school math, science, history, English, Spanish, as well as life skills, SAT preparation, and organizational support.

If you are willing to devote just one hour a week to our future leaders, we can find the perfect place for you in our program, no matter what career or background you have. Together, we can continue to help motivated students thrive!

About Our Program

AHC’s Arlington Resident Services program began more than 20 years ago with a focus on comprehensive education programs for children and adults. In addition to the hundreds of school-aged children who attend our tutoring and mentoring sessions every year, we also provide onsite programs to help adults strengthen their economic stability and build stronger futures for themselves and their families. We welcome new volunteers and support to keep our community connections growing.

Locations and Needs

Tutors are asked to commit to one day a week for an hour for the entire school year, if possible. More days or hours are welcomed if volunteers are interested. Below are our community center locations and some of the teens’ specific study needs. If you don’t have a particular area of expertise, that’s fine, too. There are lots of ways to work with our students.

Berkeley Community Center
2910 South Glebe Road, Arlington, VA. Map
Tuesday – Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Specific study needs include high school math, middle school math and English.

Fort Henry Community Center
2470 S. Lowell St., Arlington, VA. Map
Tuesday – Thursday, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Specific study needs include high school math, middle school math, science, history, and life skills/organization and college prep/SAT prep.

Gates of Ballston Rinker Community Center
4108 4th Street North, Arlington, VA. Map
Tuesday – Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Specific study needs include: high school math, middle school math, life skills/organization, and general tutors to work with students on a variety of subjects.

Harvey Hall Community Center
1710 S. Greenbrier St., Arlington, VA. Map
Monday – Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Specific study needs include high school math, middle school math, English, science, life skills/organization, college prep/SAT prep, and general tutors to work with students on a variety of subjects.

Virginia Gardens Community Center
1710 S. Taylor St., Arlington, VA. Map
Tuesday – Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Specific study needs include high school math, science, history, and college prep/SAT prep.

Woodbury Park Community Center
2335 North 11th Street, Arlington, VA. Map
Monday – Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Specific study needs include Spanish and volunteers to support students in different subject areas.

For More Information

For questions and volunteer information, please email Cindy Rozon at rozon@ahcinc.org. Please specify the community center and study area(s) you prefer.

In case you missed the Tutor Training Session . . .

If you missed the orientation for tutors, don’t worry! Our staff can answer all your questions and also have a wealth of information on hand. For starters, here are some of the tips, resources and contacts shared at this year’s Tutor Orientation. Click here for PDF.

 

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2016 Summer Camp Goes for the Gold

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This year’s Summer Camp theme is the Olympics! Plans are already underway to provide a summer of games, friendly competitions, field trips and much more – all while helping AHC kids maintain the literacy and math skills learned during the school year.

The combination of fun and learning really works. A significant 92% of the students tested during last year’s camp showed no loss or some gain in their reading level. And a full quarter of campers returned to school in September reading at a higher level than in June.

Research shows that low-income students can lose more than two months of reading and math skills during the summer. AHC’s program is changing that equation.

As Patti, one of AHC’s Reading Specialists, says: “The Summer Camp Program provides experiences which bridge the end of the school year to the beginning of the next school year. Without making new discoveries and connecting with community, many children start all over again when the school year arrives.”

A stable community and year-round help with education is changing AHC students’ lives. Volunteers and/or donations are most welcome to help support the program.

Click here to volunteer.

Click here to donate.

 

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Top Ten 2015 Highlights

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Thank you for all your support in 2015 – It’s been a great year!

Thanks to your help, AHC Inc. had a banner year. We developed or renovated more than 1,500 affordable apartments, helped hundreds of our residents build stronger futures, and fostered countless community partnerships. Here are 10 of our favorite 2015 accomplishments:

  1. AHC developed, purchased or renovated more than 1,500 affordable apartments in the mid-Atlantic region. We opened the doors to two brand new apartment buildings, started or completed renovation of five existing affordable rental communities, and created new partnerships to create several additional affordable housing opportunities in the region. Read more.
  2. ALL of our high school seniors graduated and were accepted into college! Our After-School students and Summer Campers also thrived. Read more.
  3. We honored six amazing Volunteers of the Year for their dedication and commitment to our students. We are so grateful to them and to the more than 250 volunteers who work with our students each year. Read more.
  4. Thanks to the generous support of the community, we provided backpacks and school supplies to more than 900 students. Thank you!
  5. AHC repaid $2.5 million to Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF), a revolving loan fun that has been one of Arlington’s most effective affordable housing development tools. Read more.
  6. 22 AHC Inc. apartment communities participated in our fire prevention campaign, Stand by Your Pan, to educate residents about fire safety. Watch video.
  7. We dedicated the Rinker Community Center to recognize Lora and Charlie Rinker for their many years of community service and affordable housing support. Read more.
  8. AHC was named One of the Top 50 Affordable Housing Owners by Affordable Housing Finance magazine.
  9. Walter D. Webdale, President & CEO, received the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more
  10. 62 AHC and AHC Management staff members successfully completed our in-house Wellness Incentive Program.
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AHC Partners With Community to Open Little Free Library

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(October 27, 2015) – Arlington’s newest Little Free Library opened today at 1723 North Veitch Street. The new mini library, which offers free books to share from a free-standing wooden box, is the result of a collaboration between a community member and a local nonprofit affordable housing organization, AHC Inc.

“Colonial Village West has been a great neighbor. I thought a Little Free Library would be a great way to continue to build our community while supporting literacy and love of books,” explains Lynn Borton, the library’s steward and founder. “We are hoping to engage students attending Key, Arlington Science Focus School, as well as middle and high schoolers, Lyon Village residents, families living in AHC’s Colonial Village West apartments and the many passersby on our busy street. It’s already brought wonderful connectivity – everyone is taking part. The school crossing guard has been handing out fliers and stickers and someone put some donated books in the library even before we opened!”

The neighborhood-sponsored, curbside libraries encourage community members to “take a book, return a book.” Contributions can be any kind of book — from children’s books to cookbooks to novels.

“We are delighted to partner with Lynn Borton to share the joy of reading,” said Jennifer Endo, AHC’s Director of Resident Services. “Literacy is one of the top goals of our education program and we love the idea of encouraging community members to find a book and then leave another one for someone else to enjoy.”

Little Free Libraries started in 2009 in Wisconsin when Todd Bol built a small model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. Today, there are more than 32,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing more than one million books annually.

In the last several years, at least 20 Little Free Libraries have popped up around Arlington. Although many have been installed by individuals in their front yards, several have also been created as Girl Scout projects or school-based programs.

For more information on starting your own Little Free Library, contact the Arlington Public Library, which provides kits, instructions and registration materials.

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Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region that provides quality homes and education programs for low- and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 6,500 apartment units in 50 properties in Virginia and Maryland. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 2,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year through onsite education programs and activities.