You are invited to the Annual Meeting of Friends of Southwest DC (FOS) which will be held this year on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at River Park Mutual Homes, 1311 Delaware Avenue SW, in the South Common Room. At the meeting, organizations in Southwest DC which have received grants from FOS during 2012 will tell us how the grant was used including participants’ reactions. Several of the grantees have already confirmed.

The Friends of Southwest DC is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998. The organization provides grants for community development, educational and charitable purpose in the near Southwest.

In 2012, support has gone to “EmmaUS” for educational trips for local youth, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Technology Task Force, its Scholarship program for a college student from Southwest DC and to partially support the 100th year memorial of the sinking of the Titanic. Grants were also made to Kids Set Sail, the Appletree Early Learning Public Charter School and the Southwest Comm-Unity Forum. Additional recent grants provided support for free saxophone concerts by the world famous “New Century Saxophone Quartet” at St. Augustine’s Church, Amidon-Bowen School and St. Augustine’s Church for its Sunday morning community breakfast for homeless persons.

This annual meeting is an opportunity for donors to FOS as well as residents of the Southwest community to hear what FOS has accomplished during the year, and meet representatives from other non-profit organizations in SW DC.

The activities of FOS are supported by tax-deductible donations from local residents. Tax-exempt organizations in the Southwest DC area may apply for funding at any time. Contact Coralie Farlee, President, at 389 O Street SW, WDC 20024, 202-554-4407, or FriendsSWDC@yahoo.com. Donations may be made to this address or via credit card through Razoo.com (indicate “Friends of Southwest DC” in upper right window).

Refreshments will be available. If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact Joyce Bouvier, Secretary, at 202-488-4419 by March 25 for information on transportation, parking and directions for entering the River Park complex.

By Coralie Farlee, President, Friends of Southwest DC

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