Dragonfly Community Donation Program
Contributing to the Fredericksburg community has been an emphasis for Dragonfly since our founding. Because of that mission, Dragonfly has made financial and in-kind donations totaling more than $10,000 to various community organizations. As the studio has grown, our commitment to the Fredericksburg area has strengthened. That’s why we have launched our Dragonfly Community Donation Program.
This program is built around a simple idea: We can do more. Dragonfly’s activities to advance yoga in Fredericksburg help strengthen the community, but there are causes and issues that are equally important—and Dragonfly can help. The Dragonfly Community Donation Program is our newest effort to make sure that we are doing more for the Fredericksburg community.
Each month Dragonfly Yoga Studio will raise awareness and funds for a local non-profit in the Fredericksburg community as a reflection of our mission to enrich and enhance the Fredericksburg community through yoga classes, community service, and authentic relationships. This effort has three parts. First, we will highlight the non-profit in our monthly newsletter to our yogis and via signage in the studio. Second, we will fundraise for that organization in the studio with raffles, contests, and solicitations. Finally, we will donate the proceeds from every meeting of our Tuesday night Hot Intermediate class—one of our most popular classes—to that nonprofit at the end of the month.
Our goal for this program is to address community needs beyond yoga and strengthen the network of non-profits and service organizations that helps keep Fredericksburg such a vibrant place to live and work. It is also another way for our yogis to contribute to that effort: Practicing at Dragonfly means that you are supporting a broad range of causes and organizations in the Fredericksburg area.
Past Dragonfly Community Donation Program Monthly Participants:
May 2017 - Susan G. Komen Foundation
April 2017 – Special Olympics Area 11
March 2017 – Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs)
February 2017 – Empowerhouse
January 2017 – Girl Smarts
December 2016 – Youth in Philanthropy
November 2016 – Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
October 2016 – StepVA
September 2016 – Friends of the Rappahannock
August 2016 – Moss Free Clinic
July 2016 – Team RWB
June 2016 – Fredericksburg Regional SPCA
May 2016 – Fairy Godmother Project
April 2016 – Boys & Girls Club
February & March 2016 – The Brisben Center
January 2016 – disAbility Resource Center
December 2015 – Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
November 2015 – Micah Ecumenical Ministries
In addition to the formal monthly program, Dragonfly also contributes to many other organizations on an as-needed basis. When particular fundraising campaigns by area non-profits are underway, Dragonfly is always willing to contribute. To date, we have made monetary or in-kind donations to the following organizations:
- Friends of the Rappahannock
- Fredericksburg Area Service League
- Lafayette Upper Elementary School
- Hugh Mercer Elementary School
- disAbility Resource Center
- Fredericksburg Academy
- Blue Star Mothers
- Fredericksburg Area Running Club
- Court Appointed Special Advocates
- Christian Youth Theater
- Fairy Godmother Project
If you are a local non-profit that would like to participate in the program, either as a monthly participant or for a separate donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Yoga Classes
Every week Dragonfly offers free and reduced-rate yoga classes to specialized populations in the community. Since our founding, Dragonfly has helped provide hundreds of classes to groups such as veterans, senior citizens, and schoolchildren. We are committed to bringing yoga to groups that may otherwise find practicing difficult or impossible.
One of our most enduring yoga outreach programs is the At Ease Warriors class, offered every Tuesday evening for active duty, veterans, reserve, and retired military men and women, and their families. The class is specially designed for this population and taught by Becca Childress, a veteran and member of Team RWB. In Becca’s words:
“I believe communities have a responsibility to care for veterans and their family members. Yoga is a way to care for veterans – body, mind and spirit. Over a year ago we began offering free classes to active duty, veterans and their family members. We have some that faithfully attend each week and others that pop in occasionally. Most are part of the Fredericksburg Chapter of Team Red White and Blue. When a service member completes their time in service their bodies and minds are often tired. Most have aching backs and knees. And many are still working to make sense of what their time in service meant. Transition can also be a difficult time but many have found a ‘family’ and community within yoga and the other activities being offered in our area. When we can assist a veteran or family member ease the burdens of their mind and body we have done our job. ”
We agree, Namaste.