2016 — THE ROBERT DUVALL CHILDREN’S FUND, THE HENRY & WILLIAM EVANS HOME FOR CHILDREN, OUR MILITARY KIDS, AND KIDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
In 2016, funds from the Washington West Film Festival helped to provide educational grants to foster children currently living in the Henry & William Evans Home for Children in Virginia. These grants help to provide foster children with the supplies they needed to attend school, begin their careers, and prepare for college. Washington West box office funds also provided for three additional grants to Our Military Kids, following 22 grants in 2015.
The Robert Duvall Children’s Fund (RDCF) is a northern-Virginia based nonprofit organization committed to provide for the welfare, health, education and relief of children and their families who are poor, distressed or underprivileged. This is accomplished by promoting and supporting activities of charitable organizations that provide medical assistance, promote education, instruction and development, or provide assistance in meeting requirements relating to food, clothing and other basic needs for children and their families around the world.
The Henry & William Evan’s Home for Children was established in 1949 in Winchester, Virginia to help provide a safe home for abused, neglected, and/or needy children. Today, more than 500 children have called this establishment their home.
Our Military Kids is a nonprofit organization that supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May 2009. Our program trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. This training culminates in an annual film festival competition where we present “Movies by Kids, for Kids”. Kid in the Spotlight allow kids to express themselves through the art of filmmaking and encourages interest in careers in the movie industry, which is so prevalent in Los Angeles.