Arlington Thrive Receives Largest Gift in its 42-Year History

Arlington Thrive Announces New Fund for Medical and Dental Assistance

May 19, 2017 – Longtime Arlington Thrive benefactor Mitchell E. Davis, MD has established The Mitchell E. Davis, MD Emergency Medical and Dental Assistance Fund with a contribution of $750,000. The fund will be administered by Arlington Thrive (, a non-profit organization that provides same-day emergency assistance to low income Arlington residents. Arlington Thrive has selected the Arlington Community Foundation to manage and steward these funds on behalf of Arlington Thrive and the Davis Fund.

The gift from Dr. Davis is the largest one-time gift in Arlington Thrive’s 42-year history. It will allow Arlington Thrive to increase its funding for prescription assistance, medical bills, medical transportation, medical equipment and dental assistance.

“Thanks to Dr. Davis, Arlington Thrive will have a secure source of funding for our Arlington neighbors who need help with medical and dental bills,” said Arlington Thrive Executive Director Andrew Schneider. “It will allow us to help more people with pressing emergency needs that, unpaid, could send them into a downward spiral of debt.”

Dr. Davis has been a supporter of Arlington Thrive since 2006. The retired ophthalmologist is deeply concerned about the plight of those whose medical needs are not covered by insurance. He has chosen to give generous annual donations to Arlington Thrive because he appreciates the non-profit’s local focus and efficient delivery of emergency funds.

“We are grateful for the consistent and generous support of Dr. Davis,” said Schneider. “It is critical to our ability to provide a financial safety net for Arlington residents.”

Established in 1975, Arlington Thrive, formerly known as AMEN, provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness. Most clients are the working poor, elderly and disabled people on a fixed income, and the homeless and formerly homeless who need Arlington Thrive’s funds as a “safety net” until they are able to get back on firmer financial footing. Arlington Thrive’s clients are among Arlington County’s most vulnerable residents. Families with children are given the highest priority, and one-third of the individuals served by Arlington Thrive are children.

Media contact: Andrew Schneider, Executive Director, 703-558-0035 or