Heritage Hunt Homeowners Association was named Charitable Community of the Year in the Community Association of the Year Contest. They are managed by Community Management Corporation, AAMC. This is the essay submitted with the community’s application.
By Joanne Forrester
Heritage Hunt Homeowners Association is an active-adult community where being “active” refers to more than aerobics or bocce! Members are active in many programs that benefit those beyond our gated entry!
Since 2003, the Heritage Hunt Women’s Organization contributed over $180,000 to local charities, thanks to the community’s generosity. Just this year, $13,250 benefitted 11 local charities, a scholarship recipient, and needy school children.
Most of the members of the growing 11-year old Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt pledge a dollar a day annually to help needy Western Prince William County residents. In 2018, 92 members awarded $30,250 to 16 non-profits.
Since 2001, Heritage Charity Classic has raised over $1.2 million for various cancer charities. The 2018 17th Annual Cancer Walk raised over $22,000 for Novant UVA Cancer Center at Lake Manassas.
Crocheters and quilters have made 6,908 blankets since 2000 for local nursing home residents; veterans in Richmond and Washington, DC, Veterans Administration facilities; and for at-risk, homeless, and traumatized children through local (Mobile Hope of Loudoun) and national (Project Linus) non-profit organizations.
Crossroads-Connection is a six-year-old community-service organization that as part of a local church ministry provides a weekend food program for food-insecure children in local public schools. The program served 93 children during the 2018-2019 school year. Monthly, 15-20 residents gathered to pack and deliver bags of food to schools. These volunteers and others donated food items.
The 2019 golf leagues scholarship fund awarded $1000 scholarships to two high school seniors.
Overflowing collection boxes are a frequent sight in the clubhouse library! Several groups collect articles of clothing, non-perishable food items, school supplies, and more for the needy throughout each year. The Heritage Hunt Chapter of the Military Officer Association of America collected almost 250 toys in the community’s 18th annual Toys-for-Tots collection.
The front porch is another collection site! One resident collects aluminum pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Funds generated from recycling these tabs offset the expense of families staying in the Ronald McDonald House on campus at Inova Fairfax Hospital while their children receive medical treatment. In 2018, Heritage Hunt collected 140 pounds of pull tabs.
Another front-porch collection benefits Mobile Hope of Loudoun and veterans in Richmond, VA, and Washington, DC, Veterans Administration facilities. Since 2000, the community donated over 5,557 pounds of travel-size toiletries. This year, over 65 pounds of board games, playing cards, and jigsaw puzzles were also collected for veterans.
As with front-porch collections, several programs are the work of one individual! An example is the collection of 43 sets of king-size bed linens for the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run.
Another individual initiated a Special Olympics bocce competition on community courts in 2016. Over the last four seasons, $5000 that otherwise would have been spent to rent county facilities was saved. Four residents are coaches, 15 residents play in friendly competition with the Special Olympians, and other residents regularly cheer the players.
The community relations committee sponsors American Red Cross blood drives. Since January 2017, ten blood drives collected 200 units of blood, potentially saving up to 600 people.
The committee also sponsors a school volunteer partnership program, putting volunteers in four elementary schools to mentor or tutor students or assist in the school office or library. Over 30 residents participated in the 2018-2019 school year.
Community performing groups, including the High Steppers, Men in Song, and Women of Note, continue entertaining at senior centers and assisted-living and memory-care facilities.
As these programs grow and new ones get underway, what a difference the Heritage Hunt community will continue to make for those outside our gate!