2013 Community Service

"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



At our February meeting, the HRAPA chapter members donated items for the SPCA program.

SPCA Established in 1892, the Norfolk SPCA is one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the country. Originally founded because of concerns about the mistreatment of workhorses, the Norfolk SPCA now shelters, treats, rehabilitates and re-homes household companion animals throughout Hampton Roads to give them the extra time and care needed to find that forever home.



HRAPA raised $2,295.00 for the March of Dimes!!!. The walk(s) took place on Sunday April 28th at Christopher Newport University and at Virginia Beach. We had 3 walkers at Christopher Newport , Melinee Cody, Jasmine Cody & Jeremiah Cody who raised a total of $165.00 and two walkers at Virginia Beach (Christy Burleson, Cynthia Johndrow and who raised a total of $2,130. 00. Congratulations go out to Christy Burleson for collecting the most donations in the amount of $1,810.00

What an impressive job of collecting donations for a wonderful cause by our chapter members (and their family members). We are truly blessed with a generous and caring group of chapter members.

Thank you to all who participated.



The Hampton Roads APA members hosted a Medicine and Snack drive at our June meeting to benefit the children and families of Forkids program. About 20 years ago, the ForKids program was founded by local citizen to provide shelter for families within the Ocean View neighborhood of Norfolk. The medicine and snack drive was given to the main office to be distributed among the four housing facilities that support needs of the children in the program.

Kudos to the HRAPA chapter for your ungiving donations!!!!





The Hampton Roads APA members hosted another successful school supply drive at their August breakfast meetings. The donations were sent to the YMCA in Norfolk to support their Beginnings program. Our chapter is partnered with the YMCA branch hand will provided enough school supplies to fill 10 backpacks full for children in grades K-2 and 3-5. The backpacks are provided to children who participate on a Bright Beginnings Back-to-School shopping trip.

The Bright Beginnings is a YMCA program that has grown 1500% in just five years in response to community needs and through community support. This program sends children from low-incomes families’ back-to-school shopping for the clothes and supplies they need to begin the school year with confidence and pride. The children are paired with their very own volunteer shopper who concentrates on their child's needs for the coordinated and planned shopping trip. August is shopping month.

HRAPA executive board are proud of their members for supporting this wonderful great cause.



The Denbigh House

The Hampton Roads APA Board of the directors would like to thank the members for their gracious Office and Kitchen supply donations to benefit the survivors of the Community Brain Injury Services program of the Denbigh House. The items were delievered to the Viriginia Statewide Payroll Conference as part of the statewide community service project for 2013 Conference. The Denbigh House is the only brain injury survivors' service within the Tidewater Pennisula area. For more information The Denbigh House.



XMas Donations


HRAPA Adopt-A-Family Angel Star

At the HRAPA November meeting, the members dropped off their purchased gifts for the Adopt-A-Family Star project.  Cristinia, Director of Community Service, thanked everyone for their gracious giving. 

The lucky family lives in the Hampton Roads area. Their name was given to us from one of our members. This family came to the United States in May 2013 after spending the last 13 years in a refugee camp. The children range in age from newborn to 17 with the 11th child born in September 2013. When fighting broke out between suspected Allied Democratic Force Rebels and Congo Government forces, the family was forced to finally leave their home and live in a refugee camp. Due to missionary work they received an opportunity to come to America to rebuild their lives within the United States.


Christmas Presents Delivered

The presents were delivered to the family on Christmas Eve.  Jackie Kronstain, President of the chapter, said the family were so delated of the many gifts they received.  There were no words to express their gratitude.  They had a special guest to come by as well.  You guess it Santa Claus.