Major Affordable Housing Project in LV
At at emergency County Board meeting held virtually in the early hours of Thu, Apr 1, the Board approved acquisition of the now-decommissioned Ever Given container ship for an undisclosed amount. The Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world and the subject of media attention as it blocked the Suez Canal for a week.
Plans are to convert shipping containers aboard the ship into affordable housing units. Container homes can cost half as much per square foot as traditional construction. Organizations around the world have been embracing shipping containers to economically create housing for low-income populations.
The Ever Given has a capacity of 20,000 containers. It is estimated this would comfortably accommodate at least 1,000 housing units with below-decks parking for 1,500 vehicles.
Project location is the the south side of Lee Hwy stretching from Adams to Danville. The area is zoned RA8-18, a zoning designation the Board is expected to modify at its April 17 meeting to permit “bonus” height for affordable housing developments. The Ever Given would be the County’s first such project.
March 13: CPC Drive-Thru Food & Toiletry Drive When: Sat, Apr 10, 9 AM – Noon Where: Clarendon Presbyterian Church (CPC), 1305 N Jackson
No-contact, curbside, drive-thru collection (weather permitting). Masks & social distancing required. For questions about collection events, donations, or volunteering to help, please contact Blair Moorehead at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 527-9513.More Details
CPC Monthly Drive-thru Food & Toiletry Drive Every 2nd Saturday When: 2nd Sat of every month, 9 AM – Noon Where: Clarendon Presbyterian Church (CPC), 1305 N Jackson
The no-contact, curbside, drive-thru collections are held on the second Saturday of every month (weather permitting) from 9:00 AM to Noon. Masks and social distancing required.
Clarendon Presbyterian Church is located at 1305 North Jackson Street, Arlington, VA 22201. If you have questions about Collection events and donations, or if you’d like to volunteer to help staff the events, please contact Blair Moorehead at email@example.com or (703) 527-9513. Latest Information
BSA Food Drive for AFAC
When: Jan 30 to Feb 6
Where: AFAC box at 1612 N Fillmore St
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop B104 (“B” for boys) & G104 (“G” for girls”) is Scouting For Food to donate to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Please place donations in the AFAC box at 1612 N Fillmore St. The best donations are healthy (low-sugar, low-fat, low-sodium) and meet the needs of the multicultural communities served by AFAC. The foods needed most are canned tuna, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and low-sugar cereal. No glass containers, please.Thank you so much for your support!About AFACAFAC Donation PageAbout Troop 104
Drive-thru Food & Toiletry Drive: Dec 12 When: Sat, Dec 12, 9 AM – Noon Where: Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N Jackson Drop-off at curbside. No physical interaction. Masks required.
Food for family residents of Bridges to Independence in Clarendon. Top needs: Rice, boxed cereal (Frosted Flakes, Trix, Fruity Pebbles), applesauce, juice, packaged healthy kids’ snacks (no prepared/opened food) & other dry food. Toiletry for Residential Program Center (RPC) on Columbia Pike Needs: Razors (men’s & women’s), toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower curtains, queen size bed sheets, deodorant (regular & travel size), new men’s underwear (XL, 2XL, 3XL), new women’s underwear, new socks, combs and brushes, flip flops for showers & bar soap. Last month we collected 179 boxes & bags of groceries. Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 527-9513.
Charitable Giving Made Easier
The Arlington Community Foundation has launched a “Nonprofit Wish Catalog” featuring needs of 24 local nonprofits with wishes of up to $5,000 each. As of “Giving” Tuesday evening contributions have been slim.Wish Catalog
LV Community House Fundraiser
The Lyon Village Community House (LVCH) is a great neighborhood resource and like many gathering places is having a tough time during the pandemic. This year the Community House must depend entirely on donations from LV neighbors. The Community House has not been rented since mid-March. This year’s Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser cannot be held due to the pandemic. Meanwhile monthly expenses must be paid and the LVCH Board is doing some long-needed refurbishing while the House is empty.
All money raised is used to maintain the Community House. No donation too small or too large! Suggestion: Consider donating what you would spend at the Spaghetti Dinner. Donations are tax-deductible as the LVCH is a 501(c)(3). Receipts available upon request. Donate via PayPal Donate via Square Personal Checks payable to “Lyon Village Community House. Can be sent to LVCH Treasurer, 1731 N Adams St, Arlington, VA 22201 Lyon Village Community House and the Lyon Village Citizens’ Association (LVCA) are two different organizations. The sole purpose of the LVCH is to maintain the Community House. LVCA dues do not support the Community House.
Help Rename Lee Highway Submit Your Suggestion before Oct 21. (Scroll to page bottom.)
Why is the Lee Highway Alliance going through a renaming process right now?
Lee Highway, through the Plan Lee Highway Process, is in the midst of a comprehensive re-planning. It is the right time to find a name that reflects Arlington County’s values, promotes equity, and is welcoming to all people who work on, live on, and visit the Corridor. This effort will make recommendations for both “Lee” and “Highway”: Click to Continue Reading…
County Considers Name & Logo Changes
Arlington County is taking the first steps toward renaming Arlington streets, bridges, and County-owned properties that honor the Confederacy or in other ways contradict the County’s values of inclusivity and equity. The process will begin this fall with educational presentations, recommended reading, and community discussions. News Release
Donations to World Central Kitchen Have Evaporated
Founded in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Its method of operation is to be a first responder and then collaborate with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger. In mid-March 2020, WCK transformed 8 of Andrés restaurants in New York City & Washington, DC into soup kitchens to support residents affected by COVID-19.
“We simply don’t know how long we’re going to be able to continue to serve meals, and we are standing at the cliff right now,” WCK CEO Nate Mook said. “Because at some point, as we look at the weeks and months ahead, the reality is, we are going to simply run out of money.”WUSA9 ReportDonate
Cash Is Better Than Cans
Helping food banks is vital to helping Arlington neighbors in need. While food banks appreciate food donations, boxes of mismatched canned goods need to be sorted, carried and stored, while money can be used to buy most needed supplies: fresh food like meat, produce, dairy and bread. Canned foods tend to be higher in sodium and lower in nutrients than fresh foods. Money also goes further because food banks buy food at wholesale prices. More DetailsDonate to AFAC
CPC Thanks Food & Toiletry Drive Contributors
Clarendon Presbyterian Church (CPC) thanks everyone who contributed to its very successful Food & Toiletry Drive. The church collected 105 boxes/bags, an estimated value of $5,200! The food supports Bridges to Independence in Clarendon, a shelter for families with children. The toiletries support Residential Program Center, a shelter on Columbia Pike for single adults. Next Food & Toiletry Drive Aug 15
When: Aug 15 from 9 to 11 AM
Where: Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N Jackson St
Please mark your calendars to contribute to the next Drive-thru Collection. Drop-off at curbside outside the church. No physical interaction. Masks required.
Send questions to email@example.com or 703-527-9513. Thank you!
Lyon Village Food Drive a Success
LV delivered almost 1,000 pounds of food to AFAC on Saturday morning. Additionally, LV contributed money donations totaling $2,500. LVWC, LVCA, and AFAC thank everybody who helped make the Food Drive a success.
County Response To Hunger
The County has created the Cooperative for a Hunger Free Arlington (CHFA) to help coordinate efforts to assure every Arlington resident has food during the pandemic. CHFA will work to expand community food distribution and add new initiatives. In the coming weeks, the CHFA, in coordination with the County, schools and other community partners, will share more details and communicate expanded easy-to-access resources for food assistance, building on the full range of current resources.
Food, Financial and Medical Assistance for Neighbors in Need website
Help Map Published By NextDoor
The Help Map displays green dots locating neighbors offering help. Clicking on a dot displays the neighbor’s name, how they can help, and a button to send them a message. As of this writing, 13 neighbors in LV are offering various kinds of assistance. (More helpers than any surrounding neighborhood.) The webpage also has a button to sign up as a helper.
View the Help Map
Emergency Food PantryThere is an emergency food pantry set up by some very thoughtful neighbors. The sign says “This food is for you and your Family.” It is located in the 1800 block of N. Cleveland Street. They encourage people to take what they need and leave the rest for others.
A true act of kindness.
Thanks so much!
Volunteer Arlington List of Nonprofit Needs
Volunteer Arlington maintains an up-to-date list of nonprofit needs. This list is updated as soon as nonprofits provide their daily report of needs, so check back regularly. Most nonprofits’ primary need is funding. Volunteer Arlington webpage
Apr 3 Donation Site for COVID-19 PPE
When: Fri, Apr 3 from 10AM to 3PM
Where: Central Library parking lot on N 10th St Upon arrival, donors must stay in their cars until they reach the unloading area
Arlington County is seeking donations of unused, unopened containers of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, and certain food to assist essential employees, nonprofits and community organizations with coronavirus (COVID-19) response operations.
Requested items include: Nitrile or vinyl examination gloves; N95 or KN95 masks; Surgical masks; Protective surgical gowns; Homemade masks; Cleaning products and supplies; Non-perishable food items.
Details at News Release
Arlington Food Assistance Center Running Short
Neighbors, AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) donations from grocery stores are way down due empty shelves at the stores. AFAC has begun to purchase food to offset the drop of food available on our shelves. Click to Donate
Village Spotlight on Keith Oberg
This month we are highlighting the work of Lyon Village resident Keith Oberg. In 2005 Keith founded the organization Bikes for the World which collects used bikes for distribution to those in the greatest of need.
The bikes are repaired if necessary and given to those in the greatest of need. Some are distributed locally but most are sent overseas to Africa or the Caribbean nations.
Keith has actually been doing this locally since 1995, having collected over 200,000 bikes through the years. He was at the recent E-Care recycling event on Oct 19 doing what he does best, collecting about 100 bikes for those in need of transportation.