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.
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, 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 converge on the school to provide support at two events, Clean Up Day and Special Olympics Challenge Day.
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.
Also, AOBA and the Duckworth School launched an award in 2014 to honor the legacy of volunteer Charles Castle, Jr.
For details about this annual award, download the 2018 Call for Nominations.
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.
Scholarship award reciepients gather with Rich Sockel, Derick Associates, Inc., (far left) and the late David Hillman, Southern Management Corp. (5th from right)
Since the AOBA Scholarship Program was launched 21 years ago (in 1996), AOBA members have raised $908,800 which has been used to support the academic careers of 155 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.
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
Check out this 2015 video highlighting AOBA's community outreach programs: