To mark the anniversary of its having selected National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, as the site of its second headquarters, Amazon has announced grants totaling $9 million in support of nonprofits and community groups serving the region.
To assist families in need of immediate legal assistance with housing-related issues, the company awarded grants of $750,000 to Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Bread for the City's Legal Clinic, and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. "With the significant increase in eviction cases caused by COVID-19, the number of underrepresented litigants is just getting worse," said Jim Ferguson, executive director of Legal Services of Northern Virginia. "Amazon's timely and generous support is an emphatic action to reverse that negative trend. We will be able to hire more lawyers, and far fewer low-income families will end up on the street. It is hard to adequately convey just how grateful we are for this generosity that will have such a deep and immediate impact."
The online retailer also awarded grants totaling $1 million to Bridges to Independence, Offender Aid and Restoration, and the Arlington Branch NAACP Scholarship Program in support of racial equity and community empowerment initiatives; grants totaling $1 million to the Arlington Free Clinic, Alexandria Neighborhood Health, Children’s National Hospital, and the Virginia Hospital Center; and grants totaling $500,000 to La Cocina VA, DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training Program, and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.
In addition, the company designated $3.5 million for community-based organizations working in the areas of the arts, veterans and military families, the environment, small business development, and tourism.
"It's an understatement to say how proud we are to be part of National Landing," said Brian Huseman, Amazon's vice president of public policy. "To mark this milestone, we will donate $9 million to help support a broad range of local community organizations that make up the fabric of the diverse, vibrant region we now call home."