395 Express Lanes Award Community Grants to Alexandria Police Foundation and Carpenter’s Shelter

Sep 19, 2016

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Alexandria, Va. – Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s partner on the 395 Express Lanes project, today announced that the Alexandria Police Foundation’s Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) program and the clinic at Carpenter’s Shelter each received a $5,000 grant through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program.

“The 395 Express Lanes community grant is helping the Alexandria Police Department engage directly with many of our at-risk youth and their families throughout the City of Alexandria,” said Willem Polak, chairman, Alexandria Police Foundation.  “Thanks to the support of Transurban, our Community Oriented Policing Section programs will continue to develop young role models and help build trust between officers and the Alexandria community.”

From left to right:  Isabelle Beegle-Levin, corporate relations assistant at Transurban; Dick Bosman, pitching coordinator at the Tampa Bay Rays; and Alexandria Police Department COPS officers Michael Rossiter and Tony Moore attend a COPS-sponsored youth baseball clinic in August 2016.

The COPS program supports Alexandria Police Department officers working with at-risk youth and families in the City of Alexandria to foster an atmosphere of communication and cooperation.  Under the program, officers engage directly with youth through community projects, acknowledgement of academic achievement and recreational activities.

From left to right:  Mary-Parker Lamm, deputy director at Carptener’s Shelter; Rebecca Hightower, development and communications associate at Carpenter’s Shelter; and Isabelle Beegle-Levin, corporate relations assistant at Transurban, celebrate the grant with a check presentation.

Through its clinic, Carpenter’s Shelter provides medical attention to homeless in need of care.  Under the volunteer leadership of Dr. William Rogers, Carpenter’s Clinic is able to provide quality medical care to uninsured clients.

“Carpenter’s Shelter is pleased to receive a grant from the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant program,” said Mary-Parker Lamm, deputy director, Carpenter's Shelter.  “These grant funds will support our Carpenter’s Clinic and its work providing professional care and treatment to uninsured, homeless clients at our facility in Alexandria.  The funds will provide more than 225 clinic visits for clients throughout the region and continue our nearly 30-year effort to improve the health and safety of the homeless.”

“As a part of the Northern Virginia community, Transurban cares about the wellbeing of our region,” said Mike McGurk, spokesman, Transurban.  “Through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program, we seek opportunities to address the needs of our neighbors and community partners within the I-395 corridor.  We are excited to support the Alexandria Police Foundation and Carpenter’s Shelter in their efforts to strengthen community partnerships and provide for the homeless.”

The next application deadline for the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program is September 30, 2016.  Interested organizations and community members can learn more by reading the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program Overview and Guidelines and apply online at 395ExpressLanes.com/grant-application.


About the 395 Express Lanes

The 395 Express Lanes project will convert the I-395 HOV lanes to Express Lanes to provide travelers with faster, more predictable travel options.  The project will extend the Express Lanes network and add a third lane along the project corridor.  The 395 Express Lanes will span from Edsall Road to the vicinity of the Eads Street Interchange.  The improvements will be delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban.  Construction could begin as soon as spring 2017.  For more information, please visit 395ExpressLanes.com.



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