AOBA members are dedicated to making a significant difference in our community. AOBA's community outreach programs are focused on supporting our region's youth.
Community Outreach Programs
Association members, guided by hard-working volunteers on AOBA's Community Outreach Committee, volunteer each year to support Washington area schools and nonprofits. These organizations benefit from AOBA's generous contributors of volunteer hours, in-kind services and direct funding. This page highlights AOBA-selected charities. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view a video focused on AOBA's Community Outreach initiatives.
AOBA’s Board of Directors and Community Outreach Committee selected Covenant House Greater Washington as a community partner.
Covenant House Washington’s mission is “to empower, safeguard and serve youth experiencing homelessness, disconnection, and exploitation in the Greater Washington region.” The wrap-around supportive services provided by Covenant House to area youth include housing (both emergency housing and longer-term support); workforce readiness; job placement; a Child Development Center; and drop in services. This effective nonprofit is based in downtown DC but provides benefits to individuals across the region.
"Whether your strength is home improvement, gardening, cooking, tutoring or helping to organize clothing and toiletry drives, there will be a place for you at Covenant House,” said Tony Curtis, Classic Concierge, who serves as Chair of AOBA’s Community Outreach Committee.
For the second year, in November 2019, AOBA participated in Covenant House's "Sleep Out" event to raise awareness about homelessness. Generous members and the hardy volunteers who participated raised more than $17,000 for Covenant House's homeless youth services.
James E. Duckworth School
AOBA supports the James E. Duckworth School in Prince George's County, a school for children with disabilities that has ongoing needs beyond those that can be met by the County's Board of Education. The Association raised funds for a "Sensory Room" to assist the school's autistic children and in 2017 completed a major DIY project that involved totally renovating the Teacher's Lounge and Independent Living Apartment.
In addition, each spring, AOBA staff and volunteers bring their energy, talents, and dedication to the school to provide support at two key events, Clean Up Day (Friday, April 3, 2020) and Special Olympics Challenge Day (Friday, April 17, 2020).
At Clean Up Day, volunteers work to clean and landscape the school's grounds and clean and enhance interior spaces. At Challenge Day, volunteers cheer on students as they participate in Special Olympics activities.
THANK YOU to all member firms and volunteers who generously contribute to our annual programs at Duckworth!
AOBA and the Duckworth School launched an award in 2014 to honor the legacy of volunteer Charles Castle, Jr. Click here to learn more about the award and application. This year's application deadline is April 3, and the award will be presented during the Challenge Day on April 17, 2020.
Move for Hunger is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with relocation companies to collect non-perishable food items, and deliver them to food banks all across America. They work with more than 1,000 relocation companies across the U.S. and Canada.
Learn more at https://www.moveforhunger.org/
Prince George's County Scholarship Program
In conjunction with Prince George's County Community College, AOBA sponsors an annual Scholarship Program. 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.
2019 Scholarship award recipients
at the Scholarship Reception at Prince George's Community College.
Since the AOBA Scholarship Program was launched 24 years ago in 1996, AOBA members have raised $1,000,000 which has been used to support the academic careers of nearly 200 scholars at Prince George's Community College.
Most of these outstanding Prince George's County students have completed study at PGCC, and many are now employed by AOBA members. Take a moment to read a heart-felt testimonial by a Prince George's County Community College student who was awarded a scholarship.
Shelters to Shutters
AOBA has recently partnered with an impressive non-profit organization, Shelters to Shutters, which engages property managers and real estate professionals to provide housing and job opportunities for individuals looking for a "hand up" not a "hand out" on their path from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency. Shelters to Shutters provides participating property management companies with pre-screened, job trained candidates for their entry level positions. They identify successful candidates through partnerships with local non-profit organizations serving the homeless, veterans, and domestic violence victims.
Learn more at ShelterstoShutters.org