Community Outreach

AOBA is dedicated to making a significant difference in our community. Association members, along with hard-working volunteers on the Associates Coalition Team’s (ACT) Charity and Community Events Committee, focus on several schools that improve the lives of our region's children. These schools benefit from AOBA’s generous contributions in terms of volunteer hours, in-kind services and direct funding.

AOBA's Community Outreach Programs Make Significant Impact

James E. Duckworth School

Each year, AOBA supports the James E. Duckworth School in Prince George's County, since this school for children with disabilities has ongoing needs that can not be met by the County's Board of Education. For example, in 2012, the Association raised funds for a "Sensory Room" to assist the school's autistic children and in 2013, the Association raised funds for equipment for this room.

In addition, each spring, AOBA staff and volunteers converge on the school to provide support at two events. Clean Up Day,  and Special Olympics Challenge Day are held in  May. Volunteers work to clean and landscape the school's grounds and clean and enhance interior spaces. Each year at Challenge Day, volunteers cheer on students and help with a raffle to benefit the school.

Offering unique services to students with disabilities who live in DC and Prince George's County, Duckworth's award-winning instructional program helps students achieve their personal best and attain maximum independence. Over the past 19 years, AOBA members have raised over $100,000 in cash and in-kind contributions for the school.

In 2014, AOBA and the Duckworth School launching an annual award to honor the legacy of volunteer Charles Castle, Jr.  Jay Bass, Adapted Aquatics Specialist NCAAI for the Duckworth School, recieved the award for 2014. Details about this new award are on the Call for Nominations.

Prince George's County Scholarship Program

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AOBA members and staff pose with 2013 AOBA scholarship award recipients at Prince George’s Community College.

In conjunction with Prince George's County Community College, AOBA sponsors an annual Scholarship Program for students in Prince George's County. Graduates of Prince George's County high schools may receive up to $6,000 in paid tuition to Prince George's Community College over a two-year period.

Since its inception in 1996, the AOBA Scholarship program has provided $740,000 in scholarships as well as mentoring and internship support to 123 Prince George’s County students. The 2014 program will be our 19th year! Most of these students have completed study at PGCC, and many are now employed by AOBA members.  Download the 2014 Scholarship Brochure to learn more. And take a moment to read a heart-felt testimonial by a Prince George's County Community College student who was awarded a scholarship.

DC School Supplies

Each year, AOBA works with the DC Public Schools to select a school with students who would benefit from assistance with school supplies. For the 2011-2012 school year, AOBA raised fund to purchase 50 backpacks stuffed with school supplies for elementary school students at Garrison Elementary school in Ward 2.

For the 2012-2013 school year, the Association presented 65 graphing calculators for students enrolled at Kelly Miller Middle School in DC’s Ward 7. AOBA reps, (pictured at right) with Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), presented students with the calculators. And for the 2013-2014 school year, AOBA raised funds and delivered boxes of much-needed school supplies for students at Hearst Elementary School in Ward 3.

Thanks to all members who provide support for this annual summer program that directly helps DC youth!