Friends of Southwest DC (FOS) had a great annual meeting earlier this year when we heard from various awardees with “stories” about how our grants were used.

FOS grants included: to EmmaUS, which provided outings to the Philadelphia National Constitution Center over the summer for youth in the Near Southwest; to SW Comm-Unity Forum which coordinated a day of children’s activities at Lansburgh Park; to SWNA for partial support of the celebration of the Titanic, for scholarships to college and for internships to learn computer rehabilitation; a scholarship for a participant in Arena Stage’s Camp Arena Stage program; several scholarships at DC Sail and to AppleTree for support for a nutrition program for parents.

Since we made our first grants in 1999, we have made awards totaling over $100,000 to organizations working for the benefit of Southwest and its residents. We now have renewed energy as well as new organizations requesting grants and others requesting additional funding. Our new brochure is provided as an enclosure to this issue of The Southwester; we are in the process of developing a new website.

We currently have an offer from a donor who will match donations up to $2,000 if made by December 31. Donations may be made by postal mail to: Coralie Farlee, President, FOS, 389 O Street, SW, WDC 20024; OR by credit card at and enter “Friends of Southwest DC” in the ‘Find Cause or Fundraiser’ box. FOS has been a 501(c)(3) organization since its incorporation in 1988; all donations are therefore tax deductible.

Please contact Coralie Farlee at 202-554-4407 for information about how to submit applications for funding or to volunteer or serve on the Board.

By Coralie Farlee

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