"Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop."  

                  -Dr. Dorothy I. Height, president and CEO of the NCNW







The HRAPA Chapter of APA will be holding a Supply Snack drive for ForKids organization.    ForKids helps homeless families. They have a program where the kids come in and get help with their homework. They are given a snack when they come in and are given dinner for their family as well. The hope is that by helping the kids with their education we can break the cycle.

Snack Supply List

Snacks-(for kids for their after school program)

Juice boxes


About ForKids

Hampton Roads Born and Raised

ForKids was born in Norfolk’s Ocean View neighborhood almost 30 years ago when parishioners at Holy Trinity Catholic Church discovered families coming to their food pantry were sleeping on church grounds and local beaches. Holy Trinity partnered with 12 other Ocean View churches to found “Homeless Haven,” incorporated in the City of Norfolk on   May 16, 1988. The agency’s sole program, “an emergency shelter facility which will serve the homeless,” called Haven House, opened the very next year on D View Avenue and still provides assistance for over 200 people each year. 

Today, ForKids is one of the largest providers for homeless families in Virginia, touching over 37,000 lives annually through its holistic housing programs and extended services for families. 

With a mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children, ForKids is more than a safety net. Our full spectrum service model simultaneously identifies the compound root causes of each family’s homelessness and improves mental health, education, employment and personal obstacles with supportive services culminating in self-reliant families with permanent housing.



Norfolk SPC


Norfolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Giving Animals the Time and Love They Need to Find Their Forever Homes


The HRAPA is hosting a collection drive for the Shelter Animals at the Norfolk SPCA during our April meeting.  The Norfolk SPCA always in need of cat liter and much more items to keep their animals happy and healthy.  See below a list of items which are always needed. 


Cat image

  Wish List


Cat and kitten food (canned)
Dog and puppy food (canned)
Purina dog & cat food (dry)**
Dog & cat treats
Powdered milk replacement for puppies (Esbilac) & kittens (KMR)

Bedding, Grooming & Enrichment
Cat litter (non-scoopable) Bath towels & blankets
Washable dog & cat beds
Dog & Cat toys (incld. Kongs, Nylabones)
PetSmart, Care-A-Lot, Petco gift cards

Cleaning Supplies
Liquid laundry detergent
Tri-fold paper towels
Windex & 409

General office items
Copy paper & pens (esp. needed)
Bankers boxes
Lowe's/Home Depot gift cards

 **The Norfolk SPCA is under contract with Purina to feed all of the shelter animals dry Purina dog and cat food.



Ronald McDonald House - Norfolk

The HRAPA is hosting a food and supply drive for the Ronald McDonald House Norfolk in our June meeting.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk Wish List

The Ronald McDonald House is committed to helping families of children in need. Their families are facing such difficult situations and often time tremendous financial debt with doctor and hospital obligations, and being able to provide staples and a “home away from home” helps ease at least a portion of their concern. The following is a list of items their families need the most. All gifts are appreciated and the House and their families thank you sincerely for your support.

For the Kitchen 

*Boxed Meals

*Cereal (individually wrapped boxes preferred)

Packaged & Canned Fruit (fruit cocktail, applesauce cups, etc.)

Canned Soups

Coffee Creamers

Juice Boxes (Hi C, Capri-Sun)


Regular Coffee & Filters




Individually Packed Snack Items






Pop Tarts

 Canned Meals




Household Goods

*Cleaning Supplies (**Pine Sol, 409, Tilex)

*Tall Kitchen Trash Bags

*Lysol Disinfectant Spray

Dryer Sheets

Dishwasher Detergent (No liquid Dishwasher detergent)


Toilet Paper (no other paper products please)

Kitchen Hand Towels

White Towels

Hand Towels, & Washcloths

White Sheet Sets (Full & Twin)

White Pillow Cases

Energy Saving Light Bulbs



Coffee Cups

Hand Soap in dispensers

Laundry Detergents (liquid or powdered)



Health Brigade

HRAPA chapter will be hosting a monetary donation drive for the Healthbrigade.  This is the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference designated charity project for this year's conference.

Health Brigade, formerly Fan Free Clinic, provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. 

Health Brigade – Virginia’s oldest free clinic – was born in a church basement during a time of social unrest. For the ensuing 50 years, we addressed the most challenging and often stigmatized health issues of the day. 

  • In the late 1960’s and the 1970s, we championed women’s access to oral contraceptives, providing safe birth control in the light of day. We wore armbands identifying us as medical personnel when we went into street protests to provide first aid.  We provided primary care to the poor and uninsured.

  • In the 1980s, we were early responders to the world’s AIDS pandemic, sending out care teams to support those living -- and dying -- with AIDS. Volunteers warmly embraced those who had been abandoned by family, friends, the community and society.

  • In the 1990’s, as HIV/AIDS became a manageable, chronic disease, we shifted our focus to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing and support services. We became known as “the” place where you could obtain services and support if you were infected or affected byHIV/AIDS.

  • Today, we use a holistic person-centered care model, offering coordinated services for a healthy mind, body and spirit because we believe that EVERYONE, especially those least served, deserve quality care.

 Last year Health Brigade staff volunteers:

  • Provided quality health care to nearly 1,500 patients through our medical clinic

  • Helped 450 clients with counseling and wellness services

  • Conducted 1,900 HIV tests on-site and in the community

  • Interacted with nearly 14,000 community members through our health outreach and advocacy efforts 

Their services are critical.  There are still nearly 100,000 people uninsured in our service area.  Your support is needed so that they can continue to provide and expand care to their neighbors most in need



Virginia Foodbank

HRAPA will be holding a Peanut Butter drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.   peanut butter



blankets for the homeless

Wanted: Hats & Gloves

All donations will be given to Blankets for the Homeless, Org. hats and gloves



Mariah Smith was born and abandoned on Christmas Eve 21 years ago, from Homeless to Helper Mariah is the founder of a rapidly growing Homeless ministry. Mariah started this organization in October 2011 when she was 17 and has already distributed over 110,000 blankets and lunches to people living on the streets, as well as coats, hats, gloves, clothes, shoes, backpacks, tents, toiletries and anything else they need she always finds a way to get it for them. Mariah has numerous speaking engagements at schools, businesses, organizations, and every Sunday she speaks at a different church encouraging THOUSANDS to join her on her mission to help as many people as she can.  Five nights a week Mariah distributes 50 blankets and lunches along with all the other desperately needed items  to people living on the streets not fortunate enough to get into shelters.

For more information visit the Blankets for the Homeless website.