The Lucketts Ruritan Club has been supporting the community north of Leesburg – “from the split to the bridge and from the river to the ridge” for 42 years! We raise funds through community service activities and provide financial support to Lucketts youth and community organizations through donations and grants. The year 2021 continues to be challenging for our community with increasing “gaps” emerging as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Through GiveChoose, we are asking the community to help us raise $20,000 to close these gaps. In addition, a group of Ruritan Club members have provided a $4,500 Challenge Gift that will match the first $4,500 we receive during Early Giving! Give Early and Choose Lucketts!
Supporting our Children and the Organizations that Serve Them
Last fall, students returned to distance learning instead of going to the classroom. Controlling distractions and keeping pace with reading skills were two critical areas that needed support. GiveChoose donations in 2020 helped provide a variety of tools to keep students focused and on track at Lucketts Elementary School. In the video at left, Carolyn Clement, the school’s Principal walks you through the solutions, funded by GiveChoose donations last year, to address these COVID-19 related challenges.
Our focus on youth will continue in 2021 as our schools and youth organizations adjust to the “new normal.”
- Your $25 donation can send books home to a student who needs to keep reading through the summer to catch up for the fall.
- Your $50 donation can fund Club activities at Smarts Mill and Tuscarora High School as students return to in-person learning.
- Your $250 donation can fund a grant to support a local Girl Scout or Boy Scout activity.
Food and Critical Supplies
Our Club has partnered with the Lucketts Food Pantry at Faith Chapel since it was started in 2018. With funds raised through GiveChoose 2020, we were able to provide funds for a protein supplement for pantry families from November through March to keep them healthy during the most challenging winter months. At left, Gary Mears, pastor of Faith Chapel tells about the impact of GiveChoose donations as demand surged this past year due to COVID-19.
With the funds raised from GiveChoose 2020, the Club established a special fund for Lucketts households with Loudoun Cares. Loudoun Cares began coordinating emergency assistance for those who experienced loss of income due to COVID-19 last spring. Beyond rent, electric, gas, and water local households have additional critical expenses. This fund is helping to close gaps in the monthly expense budget for households who lost income due to the pandemic.
- Your $50 donation keeps a household connected to the Internet.
- Your $100 donation repairs a broken water pipe.
- Your $250 donation makes a car payment or pays a medical insurance premium.
Community Social and Environmental Outreach
The pandemic has left us hungry for a time when we can gather together again, without fear, to celebrate the beauty of our natural surroundings and the camaraderie of shared experience with our Lucketts neighbors. In 2021 our Club’s new Community Development Grant program will provide financial support to activities that bring us together as one community. Much of Lucketts is now preserved or in development as shared parkland.
- Your $100 donation can help a group reserve our Community Center for an evening event.
- Your $250 donation can provide a guest speaker for a program open to the community at a local church.
- Your $500 donation could provide entertainment for a community event at one of our many parks.
By charter, the Lucketts Ruritan Club must give back to our local community. As a 501(c)(3) your donation to us through GiveChoose is fully tax deductible. As a volunteer organization with no paid staff or building to operate, your donation goes straight back to support our community. We are accountable to you, our donor, for the stewardship we demonstrate with your contribution. In addition to receiving your tax-deductible receipt from the Community Foundation, the Lucketts Ruritan Club will provide all donors with a special report at year-end showing how we distributed our GiveChoose contributions. Thanks for Choosing Lucketts! We appreciate your support!