Philanthropy Project

The 2019 Philanthropy project will allow attendees at VAASL three ways to give back to the greater Roanoke Valley community! We hope everyone will take time to give to one if not all three philanthropy drives. 

#1 Books for Babies--Roanoke Valley Reading Council

VAASL will be partnering with the Roanoke Valley Reading Council to gather books for their Books for Babies community outreach project. Books for Babies delivers a new board book to families with babies born into the NICU allowing new parents special bonding time with their newborn. Adult activity books can also be donated for parents spending time in the NICU with their children. New board books are preferred. Click here for more information about Books for Babies. 

#2 Rescue Mission of Roanoke

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, or religious beliefs. The Rescue Mission serves over 250 guests each night, 365 days a year (rescuemission.net). Their biggest need is larger size diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6). The Rescue Mission relies on the generosity of community members to help those in need. Other items on their “Wish List” include:

  • Food: Sugar, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Pepper, Onion Powder, Mrs. Dash- Garlic Herb, Mrs. Dash-Onion Herb, Pot Holders, Cream Soups, Beef & Chicken base, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo
  • Manna Mission: Cases of Water, Canned Meat,  Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Coffee
  • Shelter: Chapstick, Bars of Soap, Men’s Razors, Men’s & Women’s Shaving Cream, Men’s & Women’s Deodorant, Baby Bottle Brushes, Reusable Water Bottles, Women’s Underwear (All Sizes), Sippy Cups for Toddlers
  • Clinic: Travel size Toothpaste, Tablet or capsule form Cough & Cold medicine, Cough drops
  • 2nd helpings: What is 2nd helpings? 2nd Helpings is an upscale resale store located very close to Hotel Roanoke.  It is 3 stores under one roof:  art gallery, retail shop, and cafe.  Proceeds help purchase wish list items for the mission.  The store needs:  Bubble Wrap, Wrapping Paper, Packing Peanuts
  • Diapers--The largest ongoing need by the Rescue Mission is diapers.  Especially larger sizes (Size 5, 6, and up).

Please consider donating any items from the list at this year’s conference. Your contributions make a difference! If you would like to donate via the Rescue Mission’s Amazon Wish List, click here. The Amazon Wish list allows your purchase to be sent right to the Rescue Mission’s door! Please note: The Rescue Mission will not know who the gift is from unless you opt to include a gift note. Please include your name, email address, and mailing address so we can say thank you and send a donation receipt. 

#3 50/50 Raffle

50/50! Get your tickets! The 50/50 raffle returns for another year! This popular fundraiser supports the VAASL Scholarship fund and community organizations we partner with each year. Every year, two lucky winners walk away with over $300 in prize winnings! Will it be you this year? Tickets will be sold in the mornings and between concurrent sessions before lunch on Thursday and Friday. One ticket is $2.00 or three tickets can be purchased for $5.00. Cash only! Start saving that spare change now!