Not for Profit – A look at charitable events and giving back to the community

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Volleyball Challenge

volleyballOne of the more popular winter fun-raisers is slated for next month. This year, The CAlI Easter Seals Volleyball Challenge will take place on March 8-10, 2013 at a new location, the  Delaware Sportsplex at 326 Ruthar Drive,  Newark (across from UPS).

One popular event is the  8th Annual “Democrats vs. Republicans” volleyball match. The Democrats are looking to take back the trophy from the Republicans this year.

This year’s Volleyball Ambassador is 15-year-old Jon, from Newark, who received Early Intervention services from Easter Seals as a child and who now enjoys summer camp at Camp Fairlee, an Easter Seals camp for children and adults with disabilities. Jon and his family are among the more than 25,000 people served by Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore each year.

For information or to register a team go to  The Facebook page is  www.facebook.comNolleybaIiChalienge). The Twitter handle is  @esdelvb. Use  the hash tag #vbc13.

Bank of America donates $1 million

bank-of-america-logoThe Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced more than $1 million in grants to 20 nonprofits in Delaware addressing needs, such as hunger and shelter, as well as longer term solutions that promote financial wellness through access to benefits and resources.

“We’re committed to supporting our local community and look to make investments that are responding to the greatest needs of the people that live here,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president for Bank of America. “These grants will assist nonprofits addressing Delaware’s immediate needs while also supporting integrated services that will help people get back on their feet.”

Some of the organizations receiving funding are:

The Food Bank of Delaware was awarded a grant to support their recently updated Mobile Pantry Program. This program strives to meet the nutritional and educational needs of at-risk and vulnerable populations who do not have adequate access to nutritious foods and benefits the community through direct distribution and an infusion of locally grown produce.

Bank of America employees assisted the Food Bank of Delaware with a Thanksgiving meal box distribution.  Approximately 1,800 free holiday boxes were distributed to organizations who serve Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table.

The Ministry of Caring in Wilmington has been given a grant to aid emergency homeless shelters in Delaware.  The organization provides a safe, secure environment for families and individuals experiencing a crisis or chronic homelessness.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington received a grant to support 100% FRESH, a project that will provide more fresh produce to residents of Wilmington’s low-income communities.  With Bank of America’s support, the goal of the 2013 growing season is to expand the capacity and outreach of three community gardens, as well as the 12th and Brandywine Urban Farm, and to sell 100% of the farm’s produce within the Wilmington foodshed.

Grants were also awarded to AIDS Delaware, American National Red Cross, Brandywine Community Resource Council, Catholic Charities, Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Homeward Bound, Lutheran Community Services, Meals on Wheels Delaware, Operation Warm, Sojourner’s Place, St. Patrick’s Center, Sunday Breakfast Mission, United Cerebral Palsy, United Way of Delaware, Wilmington Senior Center, YMCA of Delaware and YWCA of Delaware.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is awarding nearly $22 million in grants to over 1,000 nonprofits across the country.   Last year, the bank announced over $1.6 million in grants to Delaware nonprofits that support housing, workforce development and education, and our Neighborhood Builder program.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will be accepting grant applications from nonprofits working on workforce development and education through February 15, 2013.  For more information, visit

 A night out for the Ladies

weblogo Smart Tarts Events is hosting a women’s shopping and entertainment event, “Lola’s Ladies’ Night Out”, on  Feb. 20  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington.

The event hosts a shopping experience featuring local vendors, light cuisine, goodie bags, and prizes. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. The event features a non-profit organization. Featured at the February event is Exceptional Care for Children, a Newark facility that serves as a nursing home for children with serious medical challenges.

Registration is offered at :

 The tech side of restaurants

Fourteen students from The Culinary School (TCS) at the Food Bank of Delaware stepped out of the food bank’s training kitchen last month and into Delaware Business Systems’ (DBS) training center for instruction in the latest restaurant point-of-sale technology.

“We’re proud to partner with TCS,” said Delaware Business Systems  Director of Business Development Jason Blusk. “The students will benefit in many ways, but most importantly, this partnership will provide them with a head start when entering the hospitality job market. In today’s competitive marketplace a cash register doesn’t cut it. Successful students must enter the job market ready to hit the ground running from day one.  Our technology fosters a smooth transition from the classroom to the workplace. It engages and empowers the students while providing the critical skills needed to be successful in the hospitality industry.”

 Grants to combat childhood obesity

The Next Generation of the Delaware Community Foundation presented a record $37,000 in grants  to organizations fighting childhood obesity in Delaware. Since its inception in 2004, Next Gen has raised more than $250,000 to support various charitable causes. Next Gen awarded grants to:

– Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. –  $7,500.

– Delaware Nature Society-  $5,000.

– Girls on the Run-  $10,000.

– Henrietta Johnson Medical Center –  $7,500.

– YMCA –  $7,000.

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