The Windy Hill Foundation is about more than just housing. While our primary form of support focuses around fulfilling the basic need of housing, our foundation is really about the people we touch. We want to make a difference in the community. Whether it’s through after-school tutoring and summer camps or Friday Feasts and rainy-day funds, we understand what it’s like to be human. We believe that with a little assistance, people can become self-sufficient and confident. With a little encouragement, we can transform lives.
- Studious Study Buddy Support
- Entertaining After-School Assistance
- Fun Summer Camps
- Indispensable Healthy-Child Programs
- Supportive Post-Secondary Education Scholarships
- Constructive Young Adult Programs
- Energetic Senior Activities
- Helpful Transportation Assistance
- Convenient On-site Computer Labs
- Practical Emergency Funding
Studious Study Buddy Support
Providing one-on-one tutoring for children in grades 1 through 5, the Study Buddy Program meets twice a week after school at Middleburg Elementary. The adult tutors, or “Study Buddies,” help the children with homework assignments in areas such as reading fluency, phonics, math, and other core subjects. While the academic support is important, the children in our Study Buddy Program develop friendships with their tutors that can last a lifetime.
Entertaining After-School Assistance
On non-tutoring days, we supervise after-school activities for groups of children in grades 1 through 5 at the Community Room at Llewellyn Village Apartments. Two 3-hour sessions are held every week. Activities include homework completion, independent and group reading, educational board games, arts and crafts, and supervised computer use. The emphasis of this program is to provide a safe place for children to socialize after school.
For our older children, we offer “Teen Time.” They can receive homework help, mentoring, and individualized post-secondary planning guidance throughout the school year.
Fun Summer Camps
Windy Hill runs an on-site camp for preschool and elementary school children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout the summer months. The children participate in a wide variety of activities that incorporate enjoyable learning experiences and imaginative creative projects. The highlight of every summer is a field trip to Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. Some of the children even return to the program as Camp Counselors once they outgrow it.
For older children, Windy Hill provides financial assistance for camps at Middleburg Community Center, Hill School, and Wakefield School in The Plains.
We also provide camp during spring break to help parents avoid additional childcare costs.
Indispensable Healthy-Child Programs
Most Windy Hill residents don’t have any dental insurance. To get our children on the path to solid dental health, our Healthy-Child Program offers initial dental screenings and subsequent dental work to residents under 18. Local dentists volunteer generously to make this program possible. Eye screenings are also available with support from the local Lion’s Club. Our goal is to have 100% of Windy Hill children participate in this program.
Supportive Post-Secondary Education Scholarships
To help deserving high school students who want to pursue higher education after they graduate, Windy Hill has established a post-secondary scholarship fund. We routinely re-evaluate the fund so that it can keep up with the financial needs of our recipients. We want every student to dream big, so we do everything we can to ensure that those dreams can come true.
Constructive Young Adult Programs
Younger adult residents can take advantage of exercise classes, hunger reduction programs, job search assistance, financial education classes, health screenings, and structured social activities. Our goal is to increase community unity and provide opportunities for our residents to model positive parenting skills.
Energetic Senior Activities
Windy Hill supports our seniors’ efforts to age in place by keeping their minds – and stomachs – engaged. To encourage social interaction and help seniors stay mentally active, we provide personal enrichment activities like gardening and on-site arts and crafts. On the social side, we offer a walking club, movie nights, Bingo, and Wii games. Every other Friday, the “Friday Feast” provides home-cooked meals to our seniors with the help of over 40 local volunteers, and we support other events like community potlucks.
We also offer monthly health screenings so that our seniors can have their blood pressure, vision, and hearing checked.
Because more than 50 percent of Windy Hill’s older residents have literacy problems, we even offer services that include reading mail and writing checks to cover life’s necessary, but more mundane, tasks.
Helpful Transportation Assistance
To help residents obtain access to the many resources that the D.C. Metropolitan area has to offer, Windy Hill is in the process of acquiring two 14-passenger mini-buses. We don’t want lack of transportation to prevent any of our residents from obtaining medical care or fulfilling basic life needs.
Convenient On-site Computer Labs
Without a personal computer, it can be difficult to access the educational, employment, and self-management activities that are increasingly available online. By providing a modern computer lab for our residents, they don’t have to miss out on any opportunities that come their way.
Practical Emergency Funding
Nearly all Windy Hill households have low annual incomes, with close to 40% below the Federal poverty level. When something unexpected strikes, these families have no financial reserves to draw upon. The Windy Hill Foundation’s Family Development Committee maintains a fund to provide assistance with rent, utility bills, and childcare to residents who experience true family or medical emergencies.