New Computer Lab

DAR awards $10,000 Patriotism Grant to VRQ

Everyone at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ) is cheering! The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced they are donating $10,000 to the VRQ, a unit of Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, for a new computer lab. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Edward Buncombe Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Asheville, NC who raised $16,500. The classroom is to be named the Anne Penland DAR Computer Classroom, honoring chapter member Anne Penland (1885-1976), who was a pioneering nurse anesthetist during WWI as a member of the Army Nurse Corps.


“We are honored to be chosen by the DAR for this award. We’re thrilled about the expansion of our computer classroom with new computers in memory of Anne Penland,” says Tim McElyea, Director of the Veterans Restoration Quarters. “The Daughters of the American Revolution has provided exactly what we need to offer great educational and training opportunities for our residents.”

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The DAR receives hundreds of grants applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, and include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit For more about applying for a Special Projects Grant from DAR, visit

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