WELCOME TO THE JOAN COOPER FUND FUNDRAISER PAGE
This is a charitable fund of the Arlington Community Foundation established to honor Ms. Joan Cooper, recipient of the 1993 William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award. The purpose of this fund is to support programs that improve the quality of life for the residents of the Nauck Community and similar neighborhoods, especially through beautification activities and projects designed to help people lead more fulfilling lives, including but not limited to children, senior citizens and persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Ms. Cooper dedicated her life’s work to serving the people of the Nauck Community, where she was born and raised. As a human rights activist in the 1960’s and as a neighborhood organizer and civilian employee of the County Police Department in the 1970’s, Ms. Cooper promoted a safe and cohesive community by motivating and organizing her neighbors. Her efforts resulted in increased equal rights, fair housing rights, and the clean-up and night watches that drove out drug dealers in Nauck. Concern for youth of the community was her primary focus, especially those involved with drug use. Her work and commitment exemplifies the spirit of community in Arlington.
It is a fitting tribute to this dedicated community activist that a fund bearing her name honors her and continues to support through grants the improvement of the community that she loved. Just in the past year, the Joan Cooper Fund provided support to the Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church to repair a collapsed ceiling, scholarships to send students from lower-income families to college, and supported the boys’ basketball and football programs at Wakefield High School as a means of positive youth engagement.
This Fund accepts contributions in memory of Ms. Cooper from all who are interested in improving the quality of life in Nauck and in the Arlington Community.