Since 2008, Transurban has been active in the local community through the Express Lanes Community Grant Program, which supports organizations that sustain, enhance and protect the local environment and broader Northern Virginia community. We received numerous applications for the Community Grant Program and are excited to announce that Coles Elementary School, Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department and Mount Vernon and Lee Chamber of Commerce will each receive a grant this quarter.
Coles Elementary School
Located in Manassas, Virginia, Coles Elementary School is committed to inspiring leadership in environmental stewardship, health and sustainability and to involve and impact the entire school community. To adhere to their goal of becoming a trash-free school, they are launching an Express Lanes Recycling Project, which works to educate and empower students and staff to reduce their school’s waste footprint by providing education to aid in rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. With the grant funds provided by the Express Lanes, they will be purchasing recycling bins for each of their classrooms and getting one step closer to becoming a trash-free school.
Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department
In partnership with Virginia State Police, Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department’s goal is to prevent distracted driving related injuries and deaths through community outreach, education and self-awareness. With utilizing a golf cart simulator, Fatal Vision goggles, cell phones, music, passengers and other real-life distractions, they’re able to successfully demonstrate how distractions can affect driving behaviors and harm others on the road. To help save more lives and provide additional hands on demonstrations, Lake Jackson will be using the funds provided by the Express Lanes to purchase another golf cart simulator, trailer and equipment.
Mount Vernon and Lee Chamber of Commerce
Ten years ago, Mount Vernon and Lee Chamber of Commerce developed an annual community program – Police & Firefighters Tribute – which recognizes outstanding police and first responders from the Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Fort Belvoir public safety. This year’s event will be held on October 23, 2015 to recognize the service of local public safety personnel and increase community awareness of the dedicated service given by local public safety personnel. The Express Lanes grant funds will be used to pay for public safety honorees and their families to attend the event, as well as purchase recognition items.
For more information on the Express Lanes Community Grant Program, please visit: https://www.expresslanes.com/grant-program.