2017 Dare to Dream Recipients
Ms. Schroeder is a single mother of three children, two of whom have special needs. She has a license in Practical Nursing. She recently graduated from LFCC with an associate’s degree in Arts and Science with a specialization in Recreation and Outdoor Leadership.
She now attends GMU and is earning a B. S. in Recreation Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She is interning at Clarke County Parks and Recreation this semester. She is currently works part time at the Windy Hill Foundation as an activity aid for disabled and older adults. She serves on the board of directors for Dandelion Meadow, a budding program for addicted, trafficked and abused women. Her dream is to found a non-profit therapeutic campground for children, families, veterans and others in need of connection with the environment and community. In her spare time she camps, hikes, goes dancing, volunteers at community events and mentors women with histories of abuse.
Awarded $1,000 towards educational costs.
Ms. Martin is a single mother of a young daughter. She has a Master’s in Social Work. She currently works at Northwestern Community Services. In her position she works with children and adolescents most of whom have experienced trauma and are from low income families. She is currently under supervision for licensure as a clinical social worker.
She wants to pursue additional training in the field of play therapy which will provide her significant professional development, allow her to better serve her clients and positively impact her earning potential.
She received funding for 3 specialized training sessions at the Starbright Training Institute in Fairfax, VA.
Courses were: Decreasing Childhood Anxiety with Play Therapy and CBT, Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy and Enhancing Attachment Using Family Play Therapy. Ms. Martin completed a three-credit introductory course in graduate school and these courses allow for additional, specialized instruction.
Ms. Rairigh is the mother of two sons. She attended George Mason University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Accounting.
She has worked in customer service and has always dreamed of having her own business. She currently works for a landscaping company while having started her own part time lawn maintenance business. She was awarded $1,000 for equipment to expand her landscaping and lawn maintenance business. Her business is called Short Cutz. If you need lawn maintenance or property landscaping, you can reach her business at 540 671 6886.
Ms. Megeath is a mother of three who inherited a farm and property that has been in her family for over 100 years.
In 2012 she started a business called Farmhouse Cakes making and decorating cakes. Her business became successful within a year although she found it difficult to run the business alone while also raising her young children so she had to close it down in 2013.
She re-started her business in early December 2016 which quickly picked up where she left off.
Ms. Megeath was awarded a $1,000 Dare to Dream grant to help her purchase baking equipment and appliances needed to expand and keep up with her growing business. She makes delicious celebration cakes, cupcakes, and various other baked goods.
2017 Elaine Bromfield Recipient
Ms. Carter is a mother of two daughters. She has worked full-time while completing her General Studies Criminal Justice Associates, Paralegal Associates of Applied Science and a Certification in Office Systems Assistance at Lord Fairfax Community College. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the LFCC Administrative Support Technology/Paralegal Studies Advising Organization.
Julie graduated from all three programs this May with a 3.77 GPA and plans to transfer to Old Dominion University in the fall of 2017 to obtain her Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Service.
Julie wishes to work with troubled youth and economically challenged families to affect positive change in their lives within community programs and, eventually, the criminal justice system. Her long term goal is to become a lawyer and advocate for this population.
Julie is the first in her family to go to college.
This grant was awarded to assist in paying for her last transition class and books at Lord Fairfax Community College enabling her to transfer to Old Dominion University.
Awarded $1,000 towards her educational costs.