The Village Improvement Association does much to meet the needs of local communities. Read our ‘History’ section to see what we have done over the last century of service. The VIA contributes to the local communities and beyond in three major ways: volunteer hours, in-kind donations, and financial support.
- Being a civic and service organization, members contribute countless volunteer hours. In 2012, hours totaled approximately 28,000. Members can be seen manning the Kiosk on the Boardwalk and serving chocolate goodies at the Chocolate Festival. They are docents at local museums and Art League events. They are mentors and tutors at local schools (HOST, LEAP, Dr. Seuss, ‘Kind News’ for kindergarten students at Rehoboth and Shields Elementary Schools). They volunteer at Casa San Francisco, Meals on Wheels, All Saints, New Life and Conley’s Church thrift shops, Southern Delaware Therapeutic Horseback Riding Organization, Beebe Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, Red Cross, Wellness Community Center, Read Aloud, Therapy Dog, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes Public Libraries, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, adult literacy, dune planting and clean-up, Delaware Veterans Home, Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, Habitat for Humanity, income tax preparation, Coffee House for international students, HOBY, Stockley Center, Gull House, Community Resource Center, Senior Centers, Lewes Craft Shows, and Delaware Hospice. Members help local realtors purchase and wrap gifts for the youth holiday program, help feed and distribute free bicycles to international students, cook and feed participants in National Trail Days, and the list goes on.
- Members contribute more than $18,000 in in-kind donations to such programs as the People’s Place, Crisis House, Abriendo Puertos, Food Bank, Stockings for Soldiers, Coffee for Veterans, TAP Project, Heifer project International, Inland Bays Water Monitoring project, Home of the Brave veterans’ project, Cell phones for soldiers, and Domestic Violence programs. Members made blankets and collect socks and toiletries for domestic violence victims and their families, made blankets for cancer patients, knit/crochet hats for cancer victims and preemie program at Beebe Medical Center, and make Dichronic glass jewelry to give to nursing home patients. The VIA adopted a homeless family to mentor and financially supplement during their relocation to a new home and new job. In addition, members volunteered at the Community Resource Center helping other homeless individuals secure services they needed.
- The VIA provides financial support annually to organizations in need. Through fundraising efforts, approximately $31,000 is donated each year. A sampling of beneficiaries is listed here:
Auxiliary of Stockley Center
Beebe School of Nursing
Cancer Support Community
Cape Henlopen High School Citizenship Award
Cape Henlopen Food Basket
Cape Henlopen School District Homeless Fund
Cape Henlopen Senior Center
Casa San Francisco
Friends of Cape Henlopen
Friends of Cape Henlopen (Trails Day)
Harry K. Foundation
Immanual II Shelter – Epworth Church
Lewes Historical Society
Lewes Senior Center
Lewes Volunteer Fire Company
Meals on Wheels
RAL – Kennith Derickson Award
RAL Young At Art Award
Read Aloud Delaware
Rehoboth Beach Historical Society
Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Rehoboth Cooperative Preschool
Soup Kitchen (Conley’s Chapel)
Southern DE Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
The Friends of the Lewes Public Library
Water Step International
To apply for VIA Charitable fund support, please complete the Application for Funds.