SOCA Outreach Program
A community outreach program bringing soccer to all children in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.
The SOCA Outreach Program is a community service program providing financial assistance, transportation, and registration assistance to families from the Charlottesville and Albemarle areas. The program began in the mid 1990’s and has grown to serve over 80 children per season; from SOCA’s introductory Recreation program to the most advanced Travel program. Participation is facilitated by both volunteers and the Outreach Coordinator, a full time SOCA staff member.
In an effort to remove financial barriers to participation, the Outreach Program utilizes several resources for funding including SOCA’s annual budget, the Matt Henderson Fund, a city grant, and fundraising events. Each year SOCA allocates over $26,000 of its budget to financial assistance for all qualifying members of the club. In addition, donations made to SOCA’s Matt Henderson Fund are used to reduce fees for deserving families. For over ten years the SOCA Outreach Program has applied for and received a supporting grant from the city of Charlottesville which helps purchase equipment and provide further assistance. Importantly, the Outreach Program players, facilitated by the Outreach Coordinator and volunteers, take part in fundraising events throughout the year. Funds generated by these events replenish the Matt Henderson Fund.
The Outreach Program serves children throughout the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who encounter financial, language, or technological barriers. It targets families from three primary populations: families in publicly supported housing, recent immigrant Latino families, and refugee families from countries such as Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burma, and Iraq. SOCA’s goal is to include all children who show a passion for the game.
The SOCA Outreach Program has been a proven positive experience in these children’s lives, exposing them to helpful role models and new friends. It is the club's goal to include these children into the soccer community which exposes them to skills to be used on and off the field to succeed in other areas of their lives. The Outreach Program is always looking for caring, passionate individuals to volunteer as coaches, drivers, and mentors to make a positive difference in these children’s lives.
If you would like to volunteer with or donate to the SOCA Outreach Program please contact SOCA’s Outreach Coordinator Don Dolinger.
434-975-5025 ext 15 Don.Dolinger@socaspot.org
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