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  1. 1. C ATA L O G U E F O R P H I L A N T H R O P Y cfp-dc.org follow us on twitter @cataloguedc friend us on facebook at catalogueforphilanthropydc And we blog! blog.cfp-dc.org Greater Washington 1899 L Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036, 202.955.6538, info@cfp-dc.org G R E AT E R W A S H I N G T O N 2 0 1 3 - 1 4 CATALOGUE FOR P H I L A N T H RO P Y: A G U I DE TO G IVI NG 2013-14
  2. 2. 2013-14 CHARITIES {index } Contents 501cTECH 50 Adventure Theatre MTC 13 2 Arlington Outdoor Education Association what we do and why you should care 9 Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) 49 4 ArtStream 19 the catalogue is made possible by ... Asian American LEAD 27 7 AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps 51 NATURE Ayuda 55 11 CULTURE The Barker Foundation 35 Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad 45 performing & literary arts BUILD Metro DC 31 community arts 21 Capital Area Asset Builders 57 Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition 55 EDUCATION Capital Fringe 15 literacy & learning Carpenter’s Shelter 49 enrichment Center for Inspired Teaching 29 47 Georgetown Ministry Center 27 Global Kids 29 Hillside Work - Scholarship Connection 44 Hope for Henry Foundation 41 The House, Student Leadership Center 57 Housing Initiative Partnership 12 The In Series 47 Jobs Have Priority 17 Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus 15 Joy of Motion Dance Center 57 Jubilee Jobs 55 Just Neighbors 37 Kids R First 25 Language ETC 26 Literacy Council of Montgomery County 22 The Literacy Lab The Choral Arts Society of Washington 13 33 Christ Child Society of Washington DC 35 HUMAN SERVICES 39 Mary House 53 Mentoring Today City Blossoms 56 children, youth & families City Kids Wilderness Project 37 health, mental health & aging Collegiate Directions, Inc 31 hunger, homelessness & housing legal services & justice programs community development, life skills & employment 58 62 64 65 catalogue charities 2003 - 2012 cool things you can do at cfp-dc.org acknowledgments index cover photograph by: Brittany Johnson, Courtesy of Joy of Motion Dance Center nonprofit support Community Family Life Services 41 Court Appointed Special Advocates/Prince George’s County 39 CREATE Arts Center 17 Critical Exposure 19 DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 41 DC Creative Writing Workshop 19 DC Diaper Bank 35 DC Hunger Solutions 49 DC SCORES 37 Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center 43 Earth Sangha 8 Emerging Scholars 29 Employment Justice Center 53 The Family Place 39 First Generation College Bound 31 FRESHFARM Markets 9 23 New Community for Children 23 One World Education 13 PEN/Faulkner Foundation 45 Potomac Community Resources 9 Potomac Conservancy 16 Project Create 51 Public Allies Washington, DC 47 Rachael’s Women’s Center 23 Reach Incorporated 25 The Reading Connection 25 Reading Partners 27 Resources for Inner City Children (RICH) 43 Senior Services of Alexandria 15 Split This Rock 51 Stone Soup Films 53 Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless 43 Wendt Center for Loss and Healing 45 Yellow Ribbon Fund 17 Young Playwrights’ Theater
  3. 3. Photographer Josh Marks, Courtesy of Center for Inspired Teaching GIVE W H E R E YO U LIVE The Catalogue’s mission is to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes.
  4. 4. WHAT WE DO And Why You Should Care vetting and selecting creating the story The Catalogue assembles an extraordinary team of 120 expert program and financial reviewers from the foundation, corporate and philanthropic advisory communities to evaluate hundreds of applications, and we make sure finalists have been successfully site visited. In other words, we do the hard work for you. From the environment, to arts, to education and human services, we select the best … and turn the rest over to you. We take a 3000-word application and turn it into a compelling 170-word story – with imagery that brings it to life. We convey, in a human voice, the need that a charity meets, the programs that are at the core of what they do, and the impact they have on the community. Most small nonprofits don’t have communications staff to do this work for them. Telling their stories, in words and images, is what we do.
  5. 5. training and educating spreading the word You know the proverb: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish …. At the Catalogue, we don’t merely hand out fish. We create resources and run workshops throughout the year, on fundraising, marketing, communications, and more. We make sure that our charities know how to reach out and create relationships. And we partner with others to bring the best programs to our nonprofits – at no cost. Our print Catalogue goes out to 25,000 people and our website touches thousands more. Our corporate portals reach people at work and our school portals reach children and their parents in the classroom and at home. The Catalogue’s stamp of approval, visible on nonprofit websites, in storefront windows, and elsewhere around town, sends the message that Catalogue charities can be trusted. Spread the word! KEEP THE CATALOGUE FREE! We do all of this at no cost to donors and nonprofits. But we can’t do it without your help. Join with us and make a donation to the Catalogue: online at cfp-dc.org, via the Giving Form in the middle of this book, or by phone at 202.955.6538.
  6. 6. T H E C ATA L O G U E I S M A D E P O S S I B L E B Y . . . founde r Harman Family Foundation partne r Raffa, PC inve stor 360 Live Media, Don Neal and Family CGI Donald Graham Harman Cain Family Foundation, Barbara Harman and William Cain J Willard and Alice S Marriott Foundation Meyer Foundation Webber Family Foundation ally Allstate Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Jeff Fergus and Jo Ousterhout Integrity Management Consulting JBG Companies Ketchum Michael Lainoff and Kathryn Kincaid National Strategies Group, the Keller Family George Schindler and Family Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Harman Center for the Arts UBS Private Wealth Management, Rod von Lipsey The Washington Post Company
  7. 7. frie nd Booz Allen Hamilton Jones Day Capital Group Private Client Services Jovid Foundation Mitchell and Monica Dolin Matthew Korn and Cynthia Miller Family Foundation Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch Foundation Joan Fabry and Michael Klein FBB Capital Partners Gannett Foundation Elisabeth Lardner Noni and Rich Lindahl Maple Tree Fund Jennifer Hillman Judith Mazo Sandra Hoehne Connie Rydberg and Nirav Kapadia Stacy Sharpe Jones and Lamont Jones David S Shrager Foundation Claude and Nancy Keener Charitable Fund Robert Siciliano The Korzeniewski Family Scott and Carol Ann Smallwood Landon Butler and Company Mark Srere and Jayne Jerkins Richard E and Nancy P Marriott Foundation George Vradenburg National Geographic Society Otto-Whalley Family Foundation PEPCO Kathy and Tom Raffa Victor Shargai and Craig Pascal Sidgmore Family Foundation Wells Fargo supporte r Samuel Ackerman and Elizabeth Dixon Oktay Dogramaci and Jesse Meiller Linda and John Donovan Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Clare Herington and Laurence Platt Elizabeth Hudson Jack Kent Cooke Foundation contributor Michael A’Hearn, William Ackerman, Amy Austin, Sylvia and John Barry, Julie Chapman, Margaret Clark, Rose Ann Cleveland, Polly Craighill, Peter and Mercedes Cutler, Jason Denby, Kelley Ellsworth, Michael Farrell, Lynne Filderman, Patricia and Ronald Flagg, Terry Garcia, Jean Gilbert, Mary Cornelia Ginn, Warren Gump, Walter and Cathy Isaacson, Jerome A Kaplan and Deena L Kaplan Family Foundation, Cookie Kerxton, James L Kincaid, Michael Lang, Marie Lerch, Herbert J and Dianne J Lerner Foundation, Mickey and Bill Lively, Dianne Lorenz, Mason Parson Family Foundation, Marget Maurer, James McCaffery and Wilma Gormley, William and Karin Moller, Nick and Tyan Ragone, Lorraine and David Rhoad, Maureen Ruettgers, Sherry Saunders and Joseph Rees, Adam Shapiro, Laura Sherman, Susan and Martin Sherwin, Nancy G Sherwood and Roger Aldridge, Erika Singer, Richard Sniffin, Sprenger-Lang Foundation, Nancy and Wayne Swartz, Anne Urban and Peter Yeo, Paul Weech and Ellen Suthers, Mary Weinmann, Thomas Wisnowski, Rivka Yerushalmi, Kathleen Zeifang
  8. 8. Photographer Melanie Lowe
  9. 9. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature. rachel carson author and naturalist N AT U R E Beyond our narrow streets and crowded highways lies a wealth of natural resources – from the Chesapeake Bay (the nation’s largest estuary) to the Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests, from 7,400 acres of parkland in DC to 75,000 acres of farmland in Montgomery County. Because the health of such resources is indelibly connected to the health of our communities, the environmental organizations in this year’s Catalogue have found unique ways to sustain them – to see that fresh water, clean air, and healthy food remain abundant, and that generations of young people grow up caring about the world we all inhabit. Some nonprofits guard and restore stream side areas, improving river access, and enabling local residents to take ownership of the waterways. Others revitalize meadows, fields, and streams, and dedicate themselves to ecological restoration. Some provide hands-on environmental education to thousands of school children, engaging tomorrow’s environmental stewards. Still others strengthen the local and sustainable food movement and build economic opportunity for local farmers. All are working to create a healthier environment in our region. From the 405 miles of the Potomac to the few blocks of a local market, natural resources play a key role in our lives. Together, we can ensure their vitality – and our own.
  10. 10. Photographer Chris Bright, Courtesy of Earth Sangha earth sangha Some 1,000 native plant species occur naturally within 50 miles of the W I S H L I ST $100: 1 year of wild seed Washington Monument, but even within our parks, native plants are under for 1 native plant species; $500: 1 year siege by invasive alien plants, stormwater runoff, and a host of other pressures. of maintenance for an acre of local Earth Sangha (“sangha” is a Buddhist term for community) maintains a Wild meadow; $1000: 5000 native tree Plant Nursery, with over 250 native species in propagation (many are in decline seedlings for the Tree Bank program in the wild, and all are grown from locally collected seeds), providing the most comprehensive selection of native plant material in the region. Its restoration work – primarily invasive alien plant control and native plant re-vegetation – reaches 10 field sites a year and includes stream-buffer, forest, and meadow restoration. The School Greening program supplies native plants for gardening projects at 45 local elementary schools. In Hispaniola, where reinventing agriculture is the best hope for fighting poverty, the Tree Bank program protects and restores tropical forests on 40 farms. Most of us cannot name the plants we see daily or recognize an eroding streambank. Earth Sangha works to repair the disconnection between our lives and our landscape. Chris Bright, President . 10123 Commonwealth Boulevard, Fairfax VA 22032 . Tel 703 764 4830 . earthsangha.org
  11. 11. 9 N AT U R E arlington outdoor e ducation association Dr Phoebe Hall Knipling was a remarkable woman by anyone’s standards: the science supervisor for Arlington County Public Schools (and first woman to $1000: durable recycled rubber floor hold the position in the Commonwealth of Virginia), she knew, well before for the animal care room the rest of us, that environmental education was absolutely essential to the development of young people. In 1967 she located and raised funds for what became the Arlington Outdoor Education Association’s Outdoor Lab, a 225-acre facility that includes a springfed stream, pond, nature hiking trails, plant and animal identification areas, camping sites, a classroom, an animal lab, and an observatory with a 10" reflecting telescope. Each year 9,000 Arlington County Public School children come face-to-face with native creatures, walk the woods, learn about the terrain and plant life, and study the extraordinary skies. And perhaps most importantly, they learn that education is active and alive. AOEA’s brand-new animal lab houses its collection of native snakes and reptiles, as well as classroom space for environmental and science education. This exceptional resource touches thousands of lives. You can too. W I S H L I ST $300: 1 tent for campers; $500: a large turtle habitat tank; Mike Nardolilli, President . PO Box 5646, Arlington VA 22205 . Tel 240 313 8450 . outdoorlab.org fre shfarm markets At 10 producer-only farmer’s markets around the region, residents have the delectable opportunity to buy local food directly from the farmers who $750: sustainable agriculture workshop grow it. Supporting 150 small family farmers and artisanal food producers for 1 farmer; $1000: supplies for 1 from the Chesapeake Bay region, FRESHFARM Markets educates the month of FoodPrints classes for 550 kids public about food and the environment, sustains the local food economy, and works to ensure wide access to breads, meats, dairy, and many locally grown and handmade products. A Matching Dollars program offers a match for those on SNAP (food stamps), WIC, or Senior Nutrition Coupons. Additionally, each market partners with a neighborhood emergency provider, donating leftover food for use in its daily menus. The Farmer Fund enables farmers and producers to learn more about sustainable farming, while FoodPrints shares the benefits of cooking with over 600 DC-area schoolchildren every year. The weekly markets bring the wealth of 10,000 acres of farmland into the heart of the city – along with demonstrations by 120 chefs, nutrition educators, and cookbook authors. FRESHFARM preserves land and fills plates. There are so many ways to serve! W I S H L I ST $250: fresh food for 5 families for 1 month through Matching Dollars; Bernadine Prince and Ann Yonkers, Co-Executive Directors . PO Box 15691, Washington DC 20003 . Tel 202 362 8889 . freshfarmmarkets.org potomac conse rvancy Since the days when George Washington built his home along its banks, the Potomac River has been an anchor for our region’s identity – and the source flotation devices for canoeing programs; of 80% of its drinking water. The wildest river running through an urban area $1000: supplies for 300 volunteers at 12 anywhere on earth, it is home to more than 200 rare species and natural comtrash cleanup and stewardship events munities. But rapid population growth has put tremendous pressure on water and land resources. A regional leader in safeguarding the lands and waters of the river and its tributaries, Potomac Conservancy is providing effective, long-term conservation solutions and building an active base of local river advocates. Its programs address harmful land-use practices that contribute to polluted urban runoff, degraded water quality, and the loss of open space and forested areas. Tree plantings, river cleanups, seed collections, and other hands-on conservation activities improve the local environment and empower individuals to make a difference in their communities, leaving a legacy of clean water for generations to come. The Potomac faces unprecedented challenges – but you can be part of a beautiful, lasting solution. W I S H L I ST $100: 20 native trees to plant on the shores; $500: 10 personal Hedrick Belin, President . 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 612, Silver Spring MD 20910 . Tel 301 608 1188 ext 202 . potomac.org
  12. 12. Photographer Sarah Gingold, thinkoutsidethestore.com, Courtesy of CREATE Arts Center
  13. 13. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. albert einstein scientist and nobel laureate C U LT U R E Storytelling has drawn people together since the beginning of civilization. To this day, stories have a unique ability to energize, excite, and unite. From a theatrical performance that holds the audience in suspense to a dance that thrills onlookers with its speed and rhythm to a film that highlights critical social inequalities, art can connect our whole community. Arts education also builds tenacity and confidence while encouraging students to collaborate and think creatively. Yet across the country, opportunities are shrinking. 97% of elementary schools do not provide dance, 96% do not offer theater, and two-thirds of public school teachers believe that the arts are “crowded out of the school day,” reports Americans for the Arts. That is why the nonprofits featured here are so vital to our communities: they keep creativity alive. Each day, they teach youth to advocate for change through photography, provide space and resources for local theater companies to thrive, offer dance classes and concerts to those of all ages and abilities, teach creative writing and poetry to atrisk students, promote art therapy and theatrical opportunities for adults with special needs, produce affordable operas and choral events, and see that music and art make their way into our schools and out onto our streets. Theirs is a story worth telling.
  14. 14. Photographer Paul Aebersold, Courtesy of The In Series the in se rie s Showcasing the talent of performing artists in DC, The In Series offers a unique W I S H L I ST $250: school performance fee blend of accessible and affordable chamber opera, Spanish Zarzuela (light opera), for 1 actor and 1 musician; $500: cash cabaret, and dance. Creating intimate environments in which to experience the awards for 4 first-prize winners of DC arts, its “pocket-opera” programs present newly-commissioned productions in Youth Bilingual Poetry Contest; $1000: English, and in Spanish for an ever-growing Latino population, and emphasize electronic keyboard for music rehearsals their universal relevance to our lives. Sharing music as a personal experience, telling stories of universal appeal in small “chamber” settings, and focusing on their human essence – all these open doors to new cultural connections for audience members. The 2013-14 season features a fresh English adaptation of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio set in the Wild West, a ballet-opera by Puccini, and a Cabaret Latino. Free outreach events include everything from kid-friendly introductions to opera for schoolchildren, to salon-style discussion-performances, to the DC Youth Bilingual Poetry Contest. Now in its 32nd season, and sixth year in residence at Source, the In Series is poised for growth – in audience, reach, and volume. Are you In? Carla Hübner, Artistic Director and Executive Producer . 1835 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 204 7760 . inseries.org
  15. 15. 13 C U LT U R E performing & literary arts pe n/faulkne r foundation Named for William Faulkner (who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers) and for PEN, the international writers organization, $500: a full author visit including book PEN/Faulkner brings writers and readers together to foster a literate, creative donations; $1000: 1 semester of author society. Perhaps best known for its fiction awards, it also hosts one of the most visits to a single English classroom distinguished literary series in the country, presenting 20-30 new, emerging, and master authors every year. The newly-expanded Writers in Schools program brings nationally recognized authors into DC classrooms (and the DC jail) and provides free copies of their books to participating students and teachers. Its book groups for teen parents at Anacostia, Wilson, Cardozo, Dunbar, and Bell Multicultural high schools provide books, lunch, author visits, and book discussions on a bi-monthly basis. These visits are immediate, personal encounters between living writers and young people that spark a renewed interest in literature; students express astonishment that a “famous” writer has taken them seriously and inspired in them a desire to write. You can support this great program and help keep reading and writing alive. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 set of children’s books for the Teen Parent Book Club; Emma Snyder, Executive Director . 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington DC 20003 . Tel 202 898 9061 . penfaulkner.org the choral arts society of washington Let’s start with the numbers: 170 volunteer singers, 700 alumni, and 20,000 audience members. Notable numbers, but they are only part of Choral Arts’ 50 Tango Student Concert tickets; 49-year song. One of the premiere symphonic choruses in the country, it $1000: MLK concert for 20 community has sung under the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, recorded 18 partners at the Kennedy Center albums, and toured the world. It also boasts a wide range of local education programs: two annual concerts for 2,600 students and teachers, curricula for K-12 educators looking to unite academics and music, a partner high school program that reaches 1,200 teens, and a community ticketing initiative that offers free concert experiences to clients of nonprofits and members of the military, ensuring that great music is available to all. Each year, over 3,000 young people take part in the Living the Dream/Singing the Dream concert, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr and celebrating his legacy here in Washington. The 2008 recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Choral Arts has a powerful song to sing. Catalogue donors: sing along! W I S H L I ST $100: music-integrated resources for 1 classroom; $500: Debra L Kraft, Executive Director . 5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 603, Washington DC 20015 . Tel 202 244 3669 . choralarts.org adve nture theatre mtc The longest-running professional theatre for children and families in the DC region, Adventure Theatre has begun a brand new act: in 2012, it merged performance by a touring company; with Musical Theater Center, uniting award-winning children’s productions $1000: all the props for a professional with high-quality musical theater education. Today, ATMTC enthralls 75,000 production based on a classic book young people (and parents), cultivating the next generation of artists and lifelong audience members. From Winnie the Pooh to A Little House Christmas, classic stories come to life on the Adventure MTC stage. After the show, audiences can peer behind the curtain during “meet the artists” events and post-show conversations. ATMTC Academy offers voice and dance classes, fully-realized productions (performed exclusively by youth actors), and student ensembles that tour the region. Thanks to a need-based scholarship program, classes are open and accessible to all. An active outreach program offers free and discounted tickets, free touring productions, in-school arts residency programs, and autism and sensory-friendly performances for children with disabilities. Theater is a great adventure, one that welcomes children of all backgrounds and interests. You can bring up the lights. W I S H L I ST $100: costumes for 4 student actors; $500: a school Janet Berry, Managing Director . 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo MD 20812 . Tel 301 634 2265 . adventuretheatre-mtc.org
  16. 16. Photographer Delmon Lindsay/True Reflections, tr-inhisimage.com, Courtesy of Joy of Motion Dance Center
  17. 17. 15 C U LT U R E performing & literary arts/community arts joy of motion dance ce nte r Dance is for Everyone! That is the rallying cry of Joy of Motion Dance Center, Step Ahead teens; $500: 10 weeks which embraces a wide range of dance (and dancers) from Middle Eastern to of Seniors in Motion at a DC com- flamenco, hip hop to ballet, West African to tap. Students are first-timers and munity center; $1000: scholarship for professionals, from 13 months to 90 years. And for the dancers in Project a youth dance company member Motion Community Outreach, all programs are free of charge: Motion Express brings free dance classes and professional concerts to over 400 children in eight partner schools in Northeast DC; Step Ahead provides 50 teens with a summer dance intensive that is also a job skills and career exploration opportunity; Seniors in Motion enriches the lives of older folks through gentle (yet upbeat!) dance classes at nine senior and wellness centers; scholarships ensure that all young dancers can advance their education through JOMDC’s vibrant program. Reaching 60,000 individuals a year through classes, concerts, companies, partnerships, and outreach, JOMDC is dedicated to creating communities that dance – and ensuring that dance’s many benefits and pleasures are accessible to all. Spread the joy. W I S H L I ST $100: jazz shoes for 4 Douglas E Yeuell, Executive Director . 1333 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002 . Tel 202 399 6764 ext 160 . joyofmotion.org split this rock Split This Rock is dedicated to revitalizing poetry as a living, breathing art form for the LTAB poetry competition; with profound relevance in our daily lives and struggles. Integrating poetry into $500: one workshop by a notable poet; movements for social justice, it also supports poets – of all ages – who write and $1000: support for poetry clubs at perform this vital work. Readings, workshops, colloquia, and contests; electron2 public high schools for a semester ic publications; and events that integrate poetry into social change movements are all designed to bring poetry more centrally into the lives of all citizens. The youth programs include the DC Youth Slam Team, the city-wide World & Me Poetry Contest, the Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) high school poetry competition, plus workshops, open mics, after-school clubs, and performances throughout DC. At the biennial Poetry Festival, poets from around the world converge on the U Street and Columbia Heights neighborhoods for four days of readings, workshops, book fairs, and public action. Year round, Split This Rock poets read at community events and appear in the media, discussing the role that art can play in the improvement and forward momentum of our culture and society. One does not live by bread alone. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 registration Sarah Browning, Executive Director . 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036 . Tel 202 787 5210 . splitthisrock.org capital fringe Take a community of emerging artists who need opportunities to share and develop their work. Pair that with an adventurous local audience, eager to for 1 summer Festival Artist; $1500: experience all that is innovative and cutting-edge. Then watch Capital Fringe 2 artist stipends for participation unfold. Since 2005, the summer Fringe Festival has infused palpable energy in the 2014 fallFRINGE Festival into the local arts scene – selling 29,000 tickets to 130 productions at over 20 venues around the city just last year. The festival is unjuried and open to all; Capital Fringe provides the performance space, staffing, and promotion, enabling each group to focus on the art. And the majority of ticket revenue (60% on average) goes back to the artists. Launched in 2009, fallFRINGE offers extended runs at new venues for standout pieces from the summer festival; the year-round Training Factory provides development opportunities for established and emerging artists, from a solo performance roundtable to a How to Fringe workshop. What’s next? Securing a permanent home for Capital Fringe and an energizing space where artists and audiences converge. You can help set the scene. W I S H L I ST $125: 2 5-gallon buckets of primer paint; $575: participation fee Julianne Brienza, Executive Director/Founding Member . 607 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001 . Tel 202 737 7230 . capitalfringe.org
  18. 18. Photographer Kat Forder, katforder.com, Courtesy of Project Create project create Project Create is an after-school arts program for children from Wards 7 and W I S H L I ST $150: 1 art class for 20 8 where nearly half of young people live in poverty. These are some of the students; $500: art supplies for one most vulnerable children in the District – those who have experienced 15-week semester of classes; $2500: hunger, witnessed violence, and lived on the streets – children who didn’t salary for 1 teaching artist for a year choose their lives. At Project Create 150 kids get time to themselves, the dedicated attention of a caring, creative adult, and the freedom to create, move, and explore – all scarce commodities amidst the stark realities of their lives. Classes in mixed media, graphic design, drawing and painting, dance, music, theater, and sculpture are small and personalized, and all are designed to spark creativity and confidence while improving the prospects for academic and social success. Close partnerships with So Others Might Eat and Community of Hope make Project Create’s programs accessible to homeless youngsters; and field trips to local cultural attractions and exhibits broaden their horizons. Over 360 after-school, on-site art classes are slated for the coming year. You can be the donor who makes them happen. Christie Walser, Executive Director . 2401 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington DC 20037 . Tel 202 660 2555 . projectcreatedc.org
  19. 19. 17 C U LT U R E community arts create arts ce nte r As World War II raged, a seven year-old Jewish refugee learned from her mother how to draw, sew, and create art – and so freed her mind from the danger and supplies for 6 months of smARTkids chaos outside. Forty years later, seasoned arts educator and therapist Tamar programming; $2000: full 8-week Hendel founded CREATE Arts Center to share the benefits of the creative arts session of smARTkids for 10 students with every member of the community. In downtown Silver Spring, CREATE offers ceramics, painting, sculpture, cartooning, and visual arts classes to children, adults, and families; it also provides art therapy for those with autism or other special needs. At four local elementary schools, the flagship smARTkids program delivers free after-school arts programs and much-needed creative outlets to students, the majority of whom are low-income and academically and socially at risk. Studio Downstairs provides group art therapy to adults living with mental illness and trauma – enabling them to cope with physical and emotional pain and to forge new connections. Through art, both children and adults achieve expression and, ultimately, growth. You can give that experience to those who need it most. WISH LIST $200: 1 scholarship for an 8-week painting class; $500: art Heena Genti, Executive Director . 816 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910 . Tel 301 588 2787 . createartscenter.org young playwrights’ theate r It isn’t news that low-income, urban youth are especially at risk for disengagement from school. Ethnically diverse and chronically underserved (98% qualify for classroom of students; $500: under- the free or reduced-price lunch program), they need the cognitive, social, and writing for a professional, staged personal skills that arts education is uniquely suited to offer but that today’s reading; $5000: a semester of the stripped-down school budgets just don’t provide. Young Playwrights’ Theater In-School Playwriting Program steps into the breach. Its in-school playwriting residency integrates artisttaught workshops into the DCPS curriculum. The program reaches students with multiple learning styles, using the art of playwriting to enhance student literacy, creative expression, and communication. It culminates in a New Play Festival of professional, fully-staged performances that honor outstanding student work by performing it in public. The after-school program develops students’ creative expression and collaboration by exploring theater as an ensemble; and a new, on-site workshop provides expanded opportunities for more advanced and committed students to take playwriting to the next level. Finding – and sharing – your voice can be a world-changing experience. You can be part of the transformation. W I S H L I ST $100: the first playwriting workshop for a Brigitte Pribnow Moore, Executive Director . 2437 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 387 9173 . yptdc.org joe’s moveme nt emporium/world arts focus Open 350 days a year for classes, rehearsals, performances, and arts education programs, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a hub of cultural and community activity. stipends for 25 Theater Tech interns; The largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, Joe’s $1000: 2 months of “off-site” trips to keeps at-risk kids learning, moving, and creating. A safe after-school haven for introduce kids to the world outside youth ages 5-13, Club Joe’s offers arts activities that nurture self-confidence and self-esteem. Performing Arts Summer Camp for children 3-13 (the day runs from 7am to 6pm) focuses on in-depth study of cultures and their art forms. For teens, the Theater Tech Program teaches the basics of working backstage along with academic and employment skills training, and a year of follow-up support. Joe’s also matches school teachers with local artists who enliven classroom lessons by infusing arts into the curriculum. And year-round, anyone can swing by Joe’s for classes in yoga, hip hop, ballet, jazz, and tap, or a dance concert in the intimate 150-seat theatre. There’s great synergy between artists and residents at Joe’s: together they build community and arts and kids – for everyone’s greater good. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 week of camp tuition for a low-income student; $500: Brooke E Kidd, Executive Director . 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier MD 20712 . Tel 301 699 1819 . joesmovement.org
  20. 20. Photographer Alwyn Wagner, Courtesy of ArtStream
  21. 21. 19 C U LT U R E community arts artstream Few theatres in our region provide challenging arts opportunities for adults with disabilities and fewer still encourage those adults to be artists as well as $500: self-advocacy workshop for adults audience members. Inspiring confidence in, and understanding of, those who with disabilities; $1000: inclusive truly deserve it, ArtStream is one-of-a-kind. In seven “inclusive theatre comtuition costs for one company actor panies,” actors with disabilities (intellectual, developmental, physical) collaborate with theater professionals and trained volunteer mentors to develop and present original musical theater productions. They can also refine their skills between shows – thanks to classes in acting, theater games, and artistic process. Private lessons in drama and social skills are also open to all. And the arts can heal, just as they can educate and entertain, so ArtStream’s Allies in the Arts brings highly-trained artists into Walter Reed Medical Center, enabling wounded veterans to channel pain and trauma into creative work. Partnerships with schools, community organizations, and learning centers ensure that adults and children can access arts in a way that is meaningful, powerful, and healing. Your contribution makes it happen. W I S H L I ST $100: supplies for bedside visual arts for Wounded Warriors; Patricia Woolsey, Executive Director . 620 Pershing Drive, Silver Spring MD 20910 . Tel 301 565 4567 . art-stream.org critical expo sure First, capture your world; then, change it. That is the guiding principle of Critical Exposure, which empowers underserved DC youth through for new CE students; $1000: photography, writing, and advocacy. In a series of workshops, 130 students printing and framing for 10 student learn the fundamentals of digital photography: composition, framing, lightphotographs at a gallery exhibition ing, and perspective. Then they put their training to work, using cameras and the written word to document the issues that matter most to them: youth unemployment, the school-to-prison pipeline, teen pregnancy, and the lack of nutritious food in schools. Public exhibits inform and engage the community as do meetings with legislators, public hearings, and press conferences. Engaging youth in the policy-making process not only teaches civic engagement and leadership, but also forges connections between those who make policy and those who profoundly feel its day-to-day effects. Visits from professional photographers also encourage students to see photography as a career – and a life-long outlet for self-expression. The union between art and advocacy creates a sense of empowerment that is otherwise in very short supply for these kids. You can be part of the picture. W I S H L I ST $35: framed print of a student photo; $150: 2 digital cameras Adam Levner, Executive Director . 1816 12th Street NW, Third Floor, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 745 3745 ext 19 . criticalexposure.org dc creative writing workshop In the Congress Heights neighborhood, one in every three adults lacks a high school diploma and 7% of residents never began 9th grade. For youth at Simon $500: stipend for a Young Writer-in- Elementary, Hart Middle, and Ballou High schools, the obstacles to graduation Residence; $1500: production costs loom large. But DC Creative Writing Workshop believes that, through the power for 1 issue of a school literary magazine of the written word, students can persevere and flourish. Professional writers-inresidence collaborate with each school’s English teachers to provide intensive literacy instruction and weekly creative writing classes. Young writers also meet after school to discuss great writers, master new vocabulary and literary devices, and build public speaking skills by reciting poetry for their peers. The next step is publication, and literary magazines at all schools showcase student poems and stories. Students in the Drama Club have modernized works by nearly all the classic playwrights (from Sophocles to Aristophanes), then performed and filmed their adaptations; the Workshop stages the premieres – red carpet and all. 500 aspiring writers join each year. You can add your creative power, and creative philanthropy, to the story. W I S H L I ST $100: participation in a local poetry reading for 1 class; Nancy Schwalb, Founder & Executive Director . 601 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington DC 20032 . Tel 202 297 1957 . dccww.org
  22. 22. He who opens a school door, closes a prison. victor hugo novelist E D U C AT I O N American poet Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener." Yet, in a sense, those roles are always – or should always be – one and the same. The process of education is a process of awakening. Through education we uncover new possibilities, learn to question the world around us, and set new courses for our lives. Yet too many youngsters never finish high school while countless others lack the resources to pursue higher education. Here in the District, only 59% of students complete high school in four years. And of those who do go on to college, just 38% will graduate in five years (that’s 22 of every 100 who matriculate). And without a diploma, options are greatly limited: in 2012, well over 40% of all job openings required a bachelor’s degree. Because each student takes a different path, the nonprofits in this year’s Catalogue are reaching and serving students at every stage in their growth: from reading intervention and basic literacy for young children to English and citizenship classes for adults and recent immigrants, from after-school enrichment for teenagers to college readiness and college access programs for high school seniors. These community-based organizations are ensuring that students of all ages have the tools, skills, and resources to be successful in the classroom, the community, and beyond. From learning the colors on a stoplight to mastering multivariable equations, education can be truly transformational. Let’s make sure that everyone has the opportunity to wake up.
  23. 23. Photographer Nouf Mallouh/Sharon Levy, Courtesy of The Literacy Lab the lite racy lab Students reading below grade level at the end of 3rd grade are four times W I S H L I ST $100: 20 sets of less likely to graduate from high school on time – a sobering statistic for books (3 per set) for young readers; the 81% of DC’s 4th graders whose reading levels put them on track for $500: 2 parent workshops to support failure in middle and high school. The Literacy Lab is devoted to increas- reading at home; $1000: sponsorship ing low-income children’s basic literacy skills. It provides intensive reading of 1 child for a full school year intervention to 250 students in grades K-5, all of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and each of whom has fallen an average of two years behind. Trained, professional instructors begin with a comprehensive assessment, create a personal plan for each child (focused on phonics, fluency, and comprehension), and meet one-on-one, or in groups of two or three, twice a week. And the intense focus pays off: students in the Literacy Lab’s 50-hour program jump an average of 1.5 grade levels. Given a 5-star rating for three straight years by DCPS, the Literacy Lab brings to young DC students the ability to read, and the opportunity to succeed – in school and in life. Ashley Johnson, Co-Executive Director . PO Box 3462, Washington DC 20010 . Tel 202 494 3050 . theliteracylab.org
  24. 24. 23 E D U C AT I O N literacy & learning one world e ducation In DC, nearly nine out of ten students in grades 8-12 write at a “basic” or “below basic” level, unable to put into words what they want or need to say. professional development session for 5 So at One World Education, writing is the first and primary focus. The One teachers; $1000: One World Writing World Writing Program teaches students to craft exemplary original work Program for an entire high school about issues that matter to them, from cultural heritage to global conflict. Beginning in 2013, OWEd will implement the program in every 9th and 10th grade DC public school literacy class. For years, DCPS has held teachers accountable for meeting rigorous standards but not provided them with the resources they need to do so. Now, 140 teachers will have new tools, guides, and professional development opportunities to teach one of the most critical (and difficult) skills: selfexpression. Students publish their final writing projects on the OWEd website and Student Ambassadors present their writing, and field questions, at local bookstores, allowing successful young writers to showcase what they have accomplished. What could be more essential than learning to write about your world? W I S H L I ST $375: writing books and lesson plans for 1 class; $500: Eric Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director . 1800 Kenyon Street NW, Washington DC 20010 . Tel 202 558 8899 . oneworldeducation.org new community for childre n Too often, poverty, poor academic performance, low graduation rates, and unemployment go hand-in-hand. But in the Shaw community of DC, 100 horticulture; $500: 6 weeks of summer students have an alternative, a “home away from home” where they can tackle camp for 1 child; $2000: after-school reading, math, science, and social studies and take charge of their futures. At programming for 1 student for 6 months New Community for Children, kids in grades K-4 focus on core skills, receive homework help, work with a tutor, and read with a reading buddy. Activities for grades 5-12 are designed to enrich and enhance reading, writing, speaking, math, and science skills; photography, dance, gardening, entrepreneurship and college and career exploration round out the program. Family engagement is essential, and workshops aid parents in combating summer learning loss and building reading skills. In addition, NCFC empowers families to make choices about education, working closely with interested students as they apply for financial aid and transition to private, parochial, or charter schools that offer more rigorous college preparatory programs. College is the goal for all NCFC students. With your support, it can be their reality. W I S H L I ST $100: gardening supplies for 50 kids learning about nutrition and Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Executive Director . 1722 6th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 . Tel 202 232 0457 ext 3 . ncfc-dc.org reach incorporate d By 3rd grade, more than half of DC students have already fallen behind in reading. This shortfall has serious, long-term implications because ability in children’s book titles; $1000: engaging reading is the strongest predictor of high school completion, college success, summer reading books for 25 students and stable employment. So Reach Incorporated takes a novel approach. It recruits as tutors teens who have experienced significant academic failure themselves. Seasoned teachers guide them in preparing lesson plans with a focus on decoding and comprehension skills, and Reach Inc entrusts them with the responsibility of tutoring elementary school students in need. The tutors gain 140 hours of teaching (and learning) experience a year – and, significantly, 97% stay in school. Their young charges receive more than 70 extra hours of reading instruction. The results? Both groups experience significant growth: 2.5 years for the tutors, and 1.5 for their tutees. Tutors are also compensated for their work, enabling them to develop job skills along with educational aptitude. For the teens who learn by teaching, and for the children who benefit, it’s a win-win – and one that you can support. W I S H L I ST $100: tutor stipend for one month; $500: classroom sets of 4 Mark Hecker, Executive Director . 218 D Street SE, Washington DC 20003 . Tel 215 205 9902 . reachincorporated.org
  25. 25. Photographer Judy Hijikata, Courtesy of The Reading Connection
  26. 26. 25 E D U C AT I O N literacy & learning the reading connection The world of books offers children endless opportunities for discovery and adventure, learning and development. For 25 years, The Reading Connection participation by a family of 4 for has helped open up that world to at-risk children and parents by bringing lit1 year; $2500: 1 year of training eracy services and programs into emergency shelters, domestic violence safe for 160 Read Aloud volunteers houses, long-term shelters, and transitional housing. And as families move to more permanent homes, The Reading Connection puts books on their shelves and integrates literature into their lives. Read-Aloud trains volunteers to read to, and engage with, children in local shelters; Book Club makes available to families brand new books and reading activities; Reading Families Workshops help adults increase their confidence about reading to their children; and ongoing training allows social workers and staff to further their knowledge about language play and acquisition. The Reading Connection serves over 1,500 children and 400 families at 20 different partner sites in DC and Northern Virginia – putting 11,000 new books into the hands of over 1,500 children a year. Your help opens new chapters in their lives. W I S H L I ST $100: a Parent Workshop for 2 families; $500: Book Club Courtney Kissell, Executive Director . 4001 N 9th Street, Suite 226, Arlington VA 22203 . Tel 703 528 8317 ext 12 . thereadingconnection.org reading partne r s More than four out of five. That is how many 4th graders in DC public schools read below grade-level. For students who are falling behind, early intervention is school year; $500: restocks the Take critical in securing a better future, both in school and in life. Reading Partners Reading Home Library; $1000: provides that intervention – and also opportunities for growth and advancement. supports 1 student for an entire year At 12 elementary schools across five wards, Reading Partners transforms a simple space into a welcoming reading center stocked with books. It then trains 40-100 community volunteers at each site to provide one-on-one instruction to struggling readers from low-income communities. Tutors follow a research-based, structured curriculum; seasoned educators oversee school sites; and students are assessed three times a year to ensure forward momentum. The Take Reading Home program provides students with free, age-appropriate material to start home libraries, and a biannual Reading Recital gives students the chance to share their new skills with their families. They have plenty to share: typically students more than double their rate of learning during their time with Reading Partners. Your support opens books, and worlds, for so many. W I S H L I ST $100: buys learning supplies for 1 Reading Center for the Lisa Lazarus, Executive Director . 600 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20037 . Tel 202 664 2890 . readingpartners.org/washington language etc For many foreign-born residents (over 11% in DC), English classes cost money and demand time that they simply do not have. Yet limited language skills mean classes; $360: a full year of tuition for fewer employment prospects, less access to health care, and, often, greater isola1 student; $1000: volunteer training tion. That is why some 1,400 people seek out Language ETC each year. A for 1 term for over 300 volunteers sequence of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at an array of times and levels ensures that all students feel comfortable and challenged; full and partial scholarships are available and no one is turned away for financial reasons. Free individual tutoring, conversation and writing courses, and job interview and community service workshops further build language skills and empower LETC students to reach their professional goals, as do affordable computer and citizenship classes. An abundance of volunteer tutors (350 at last count) enables LETC to supplement its offerings and provide much-needed one-onone assistance. For many students, LETC is a community as much as a classroom – the place where they learn, connect, and take the first steps toward achieving the American dream. Help make this dream a reality. W I S H L I ST $120: tuition for 1 student for a 3-month term of English Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director . 2200 California Street NW, Washington DC 20008 . Tel 202 387 2412 . languageetc.org
  27. 27. Photographer Mario Quiroz, Courtesy of Literacy Council of Montgomery County lite racy council of montgome ry county Reading, speaking, and writing are activities so integral to daily life that we W I S H L I ST $100: 5 spelling or prooften take them for granted. But for the 135,000 residents of Montgomery nunciation books; $500: 25 student County who are “limited English proficient,” simple tasks like filling out a job subscriptions to News for You, a lowapplication, or scribbling a permission slip for a child’s field trip, pose near- literacy newspaper; $1000: books for impossible challenges. For the past 50 years, the Literacy Council of 40 adults in English for Daily Living Montgomery County has helped make those tasks easier for more than 15,000 adult learners. Through one-on-one Basic Literacy and ESL tutoring and classes, LCMC provides cost-effective instruction to both foreign-born and native-born students who have limited flexibility in their schedules, may not be comfortable in large classes, or may simply need to learn at their own pace. It also offers online and computer-based instruction, conversation classes, family and workplace-focused literacy courses, and English for Daily Living – all of which give students the skills and vocabulary to navigate school, work, and community. Over 30 classes at six sites will reach nearly 1,600 adults next year. Your gift puts their dreams into words. Martha E Stephens, Executive Director . 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 320, Rockville MD 20850 . Tel 301 610 0030 . literacycouncilmcmd.org
  28. 28. 27 E D U C AT I O N enrichment re source s for inne r city childre n (rich) From learning-disabled students who have reached high school without mastering basic literacy skills, to high-achieving students who are not challenged in $500: tutoring for an at-risk student daily classes, to those in between (one-third of all students) who are failing at for 1 semester; $5000: 7-day college least one class, RICH provides support and enrichment across the spectrum to tour for 10 honor roll students students at the Academies for Anacostia and Cesar Chavez PCS. Using a cadre of skilled professionals, RICH reaches over 250 children a year (80% of whom receive free or reduced-price lunch) with programs tailored to their needs. Students who have fallen behind receive small group tutoring; those who have progressed beyond tutoring are closely monitored. At Saturday Academies, students relearn fundamentals and classroom material, resulting in an average 1.5 grade point improvement, and a task force focuses on those at risk for truancy. The WordSTARS program targets learning-disabled youth who have stalled at a first or second grade level. To high-achieving students, RICH offers the competitive MATHletes program, peer-tutor training, and the tools to make college a reality. You can make it happen. W I S H L I ST $100: sponsorship of the MATHletes team at a competition; Paul Penniman, Executive Director . 1431 Howard Road SE, Washington DC 20020 . Tel 202 966 4814 . resourcesforinnercitychildren.org global kids Full and active participation in a democracy requires skills, knowledge, and a global education. But too often, students here in our democracy’s capital do not for 2 students for Global Kids DC receive the education they need to be engaged citizens. Global Kids was foundSummer Institute; $1000: 3 weeks of ed to change that. Focused on under-resourced schools and neighborhoods, it intensive summer learning for 1 student provides DC kids with the tools to become successful students (and ultimately leaders) in a global society. In after-school programs at four high school sites, kids learn about global and local issues; guest speakers include diplomats, White House staff, policymakers, and international business leaders. Students also design and lead their own service-learning and civic engagement activities, exploring how to catalyze change in their own communities. College prep rounds out the picture. The Global Kids DC Summer Institute centers on policy and cultural exchange, and a service-learning trip (to Costa Rica this year) provides a capstone experience to the six-week summer intensive. Today’s workplace demands critical thinking, problem-solving, and broad-based knowledge of our world. Let’s give our young people these essential skills. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 week of healthy after-school snacks; $500: trip to NYC Evie Hantzopoulos, Executive Director . 1825 K Street NW, Suite 210, Washington DC 20006 . Tel 202 263 4523 . globalkids.org asian ame rican lead Asian American LEAD serves a population that our community often overlooks: low-income, under-served Asian American youth. With minimal education and $500: summer programs for 1 youth; limited English proficiency, their immigrant parents are often relegated to long $1000: year-long enrichment activities hours at low-paying jobs – so guiding their children to the best resources, helpand mentorship for 1 student ing with homework, or communicating with schools, are daunting tasks. AALEAD makes sure these youngsters don’t fall through the cracks. Elementary school students receive academic support and have enrichment activities after school; middle and high school students receive academic, social, and college preparatory support, and significant opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. Mentors encourage (and model) responsible behavior, strong life skills, academic success, and positive self-identity – all goals for the youth. And with their guidance, young people take ownership of their lives: last summer, the Youth Council planned and hosted the region’s first-ever Asian Pacific American Youth Summit. And last year, 99% of students moved on to the next grade level or to graduation. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services for these youngsters are all too rare. You can take the lead. W I S H L I ST $100: transportation costs for 25 youth for a weekend event; Surjeet Ahluwalia, Executive Director . 2100 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 884 0322 . aalead.org
  29. 29. Photographer Mara Duquette, Courtesy of Center for Inspired Teaching
  30. 30. 29 E D U C AT I O N enrichment ce nte r for inspire d teaching What is the most influential school-based variable in student achievement? No question: the teacher. Since 1995, Center for Inspired Teaching has fostered betFellow; $500: 2 months of mentoring ter classroom experiences for kids through innovative teacher training. Its 24for 1 Fellow; $1000: 1 month of month teacher certification program recruits committed individuals and trains intensive coursework for 12 Fellows them, through coursework and classroom time, to teach students not what to think but how to think. Teachers also combine instructional support with emotional support – key factors in student success. With a focus on teaching as a career, not a stepping stone, the program ensures that all teachers are comfortable and effective in the classroom before they take charge. Working with all DCPS middle school teachers to improve student achievement and create rich academic experiences in social studies, Inspired Teaching is also working to create the first-ever DCPS social studies curriculum by 2014. This year its Demonstration School served 210 children in pre-K to 4, and hosted education professionals from across the US and around the world. Do you want to see lasting, systemic change in our schools? This is where it begins. $100: 1 week of graduate- W I S H L I ST level coursework for an Inspired Teaching Aleta Margolis, Executive Director . 1436 U Street NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 462 1956 . inspiredteaching.org eme rg ing scholar s For the bright and driven students in Emerging Scholars, school on Saturdays or in the summer is not a chore but an opportunity. Annually, ES recruits and hands-on educational field trip for enrolls 18 rising 5th grade students who have the potential, desire, and family 1 cohort of 18 students; $1000: online support to attend the region’s most rigorous independent middle & high math curriculum for 1 ES cohort schools but lack the preparation and financial resources to do so. Nearly 60% are from homes where English is a second language and 44% are first generation US citizens. An intensive 14-month academic and leadership enrichment program, ES provides scholars with the academic, leadership, and personal skills required to succeed at an independent school, along with workshops that guide families through the tricky application and financial aid process. And the results are impressive: the average scholarship for an ES graduate is $150,000 for grade 6 to grade 12 tuition; students consistently rank in the top 10% of their classes and participate actively in campus life. ES sticks with its graduates, advocating for and supporting them all the way to college. You can launch a great academic journey. W I S H L I ST $100: backpacks and school supplies for 2 ES students; $500: Ruth Hazel Little, Executive Director . 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 400, Alexandria VA 22302 . Tel 571 312 0013 . emergingscholarsprogram.org hillside work-scholar ship connection One of the 50 largest school systems in the country, Prince George’s County Schools is straining to accommodate a jump in population, even while gradu$500: books for 1 college student for a ation rates have fallen to 60% in the past decade – 10% below the national year; $1500: laptop computer and average. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is committed to improving books for 1 college freshman those rates and has the track record to prove it can. A nationally-recognized youth development program, it serves over 200 at-risk youth at five middle and high schools, developing the “whole student” with an approach that interweaves academics, social services, and employment. Young Advocates serve as mentors in school, at home, and on-the-job. Academic tutoring offers support in all subjects (from English to Calculus), on state assessments and standardized tests, and provides help navigating the tricky college application process. Students complete an intensive, 25-hour youth employment training program and, following an interview process, receive job placements at employment partner sites, enabling them to build their resumes while polishing their job skills. And the numbers speak for themselves: in 2012, 98% of HW-SC seniors graduated from high school. What a difference. W I S H L I ST $100: educational supplies for 4 students in after-school programs; Karene Brodie, Executive Director . 6305 Ivy Lane, Suite 420, Greenbelt MD 20770 . Tel 301 446 3691 . hillside.com
  31. 31. Photographer Matt Gessesee, Courtesy of BUILD Metro DC
  32. 32. 31 E D U C AT I O N enrichment build metro dc “We’re done with school and want to start a business,” four Palo Alto teens declared in 1999, words that first inspired BUILD’s founder, who agreed to help $500: seed capital to launch a youth these young entrepreneurs – on the condition that they finish high school. Now business; $1000: SAT/ACT prep in five locations across the country, including the District of Columbia where course and test fee for 1 BUILD senior 205 students participate annually, BUILD runs a comprehensive, four-year business and academic program that immerses students in entrepreneurship training, teaches critical thinking and problem solving, and propels students through high school and toward college. Recruiting disadvantaged and, importantly, disengaged youngsters, BUILD begins in 9th grade with a credit-bearing course at six DC schools and shifts to an out-of-school program for the remaining years. Students craft business plans, make pitches for venture capital, build a small business, and ultimately “cash out;” in the fourth year, they focus intensively on post-secondary readiness. The profit is clear: 90% of BUILD students go on to college compared to 8% of their low-income peers. Your investment builds much more than businesses; it builds futures. W I S H L I ST $100: classroom materials for 5 first-time BUILD students; Christopher J Brown, Regional Executive Director . 1763 Columbia Road NW, 1st floor, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 506 6623 . build.org/dc fir st ge ne ration college bound Consider the complexities of applying to college – negotiating the SATs, grappling with finances, preparing for interviews – all of which need to be $500: college enrollment deposit for addressed while keeping up with school. Now imagine how those complexities 2 low-income students; $1000: all multiply for students who are first in their family to consider higher education. program costs for 1 student for a year For First Generation College Bound kids, support systems that ease the way and promise success just aren’t there (only 2% have a parent with a college degree). So FGCB provides the crucial support and guidance that low- and middle-income students need to get into college and succeed. Homework Clubs operated from subsidized housing sites provide learning interventions and academic support to students at all grade levels. The Pre-College and College Access programs reach 240 students at Maryland middle and high schools. And the College Retention program supports 300 students in their goal of graduating on time. That goal is well within their grasp: an extraordinary 85% of FGCB alums hold bachelor’s degrees and, of these, more than 20% earn advanced degrees. You can help the numbers grow! W I S H L I ST $100: academic success rewards for 10 homework club students; Joseph A Fisher, CEO & Founder . 8101 Sandy Spring Road, Suite 230, Laurel MD 20707 . Tel 301 490 0911 . fgcb.org colleg iate directions, inc From standardized tests to financial aid forms to countless campus visits, the transition to college can be daunting for anyone. For low-income, first-genscholar’s college visits and test fees; eration-to-college scholars, the challenges are even greater. Collegiate $5000: 1 scholar’s complete support Directions, Inc helps students meet those challenges head-on. Partnering (and undying gratitude) for a year with six Montgomery County schools and one DC public charter school, CDI selects high-achieving, low-income 11th graders and provides academic, emotional, and social support from the start of the application process right to college graduation. With comprehensive college counseling, individualized tutoring and test prep, and one-on-one work to match students with the right colleges and negotiate aid packages, CDI positions its scholars both to attend, and graduate from, selective four-year schools – a unique six-year commitment. Since 2008, CDI’s classes have posted a 100% college acceptance rate and received an average of $30,000 in financial aid and merit awards per student. Your contribution supports 165 high school and college scholars, and creates a model college advising system that can be replicated for even greater impact. Think of the possibilities. W I S H L I ST $100: 10 program binders for new scholars; $500: 1 Dr Rachel Y Mazyck, President . 4833 Rugby Avenue, Suite 301, Bethesda MD 20814 . Tel 301 907 4877 . collegiatedirections.org
  33. 33. Photographer Marie McGrory, mariemcgrory.com, Courtesy of Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center
  34. 34. Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all. nelson mandela former president of south africa H U M A N S E RV I C E S Consider the essentials: food and warmth and a roof over your head. And then consider losing them. For too many of our neighbors, that is not a consideration, but a stark reality. Here in the District, one in every eight families struggles with hunger, three in every ten children live in poverty, and the number of homeless families has risen steadily since the recession. Many more people are living right on the edge: an unexpected job loss or health emergency quickly stretches resources to the breaking point. Across our region, the need is great. But our nonprofit community is striving to meet it, one person at a time: providing employment and financial training, food and emergency shelter, legal representation for immigrants and workers, outreach for low-income and home-bound seniors, support for survivors of trauma and domestic violence, and pathways out of poverty. They are aiming to inspire under-served youth, reduce teen pregnancy, increase urban green spaces, boost access to food programs, encourage civic engagement, and improve the quality of life for the youngest and oldest among us. Local nonprofits know our community and they know how to make a profound difference within it. With your support, they can see that more of our neighbors have food and warmth and hope for the future.
  35. 35. Courtesy of The Barker Foundation
  36. 36. 35 H U M A N S E RV I C E S children, youth & families the barke r foundation Serving all members of the adoption circle – birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted children, and anyone touched by adoption – the Barker Foundation formula, and doctors’ visits for 5 prema- makes sure that everyone’s needs are fully respected. Clients are diverse in ture babies; $1000: financial aid for a age, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background. family adopting a special needs child Birth parents with crisis pregnancies access emotional support, housing and food, education about their options, and connections with community resources. (There are no fees and no one is turned away.) Adoptive families receive guidance and information on raising an adopted child. Most importantly, children find permanent, loving homes, and special assistance as they grow up and seek to understand their own adoptions. International programs operate around the world and provide humanitarian aid as well as adoption services. Here at home, a model public-private partnership, Project Wait No Longer, finds loving, permanent families for children in the foster care system, many of whom are older or have special needs. The human family comes in many forms, and the Barker Foundation honors that fact in everything it does. Your generosity helps sustain this noble mission. W I S H L I ST $100: supplies for children’s workshops on adoption; $500: layettes, Dr Marilyn Regier, Executive Director . 7979 Old Georgetown Road, First Floor, Bethesda MD 20814 . Tel 301 664 9664 . barkerfoundation.org christ child society of washington dc In 1884, the Christ Child Society’s founder, Mary Virginia Merrick, gathered a group of friends to sew a layette for a young mother who had no Kit for a volunteer to aid 10 struggling clothing for her child. And so began 125 years of filling the basic needs of readers; $500: 6 weeks of Sophisticated the region’s at-risk children, regardless of race or creed. Today, the Society Ladies camp for a young girl distributes over 3,500 “starter kits” of clothing, educational materials, and a hand-knitted item to mothers in need. The School Counseling Program brings an essential support system to seven schools that cannot afford counselors; Adopt a School provides library books and sports equipment to over 1,500 children each year; 25 volunteer tutors ensure that young students reach grade level in reading; uniform scholarships help 120 children annually; and there are camp scholarships for children with disabilities. Direct services for families at the Mary Virginia Merrick Youth Center mean workshops, parenting classes, life coaching, and the Sophisticated Ladies camp for at-risk girls to build self-esteem and leadership skills. In Merrick’s own words: “see a need and fill it” – simple and vital. W I S H L I ST $100: 2 layettes for moth- ers in need; $250: complete Tutoring Kathleen Curtin, Executive Director . 5101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 304, Washington DC 20016 . Tel 202 966 9250 . christchilddc.org dc diape r bank In many households, the expenses associated with raising a child are daunting, and this is especially true for the low income households into which 44% of DC ing technical assistance for a new distri- children are born. One costly but necessary item is diapers, which are not bution partner; $1000: 7000 diapers covered by WIC or food stamps – and babies need from 10 to 12 diapers a day. to help 140 families for 1 month For countless DC families, DC Diaper Bank is the answer to a critical need. Partnering with 16 social service organizations (including several CFP nonprofits), the Bank distributes 35,000 diapers each month to more than 1,000 families, thus alleviating one financial stress on new parents, preventing unnecessary infections, and providing for our community’s littlest members. Just as important, diapers are a “gateway resource” that can bring families into social service agencies that they would not otherwise seek out. DC Diaper Bank has a wait list of more than 25 social service organizations with whom it hopes to work. Your contribution helps our very youngest citizens – and their families. W I S H L I ST $100: diapers for 1 baby for 1 month; $500: training and ongo- Corinne Cannon, Executive Director . 315 12th Street NE, Suite 100, Washington DC 20002 . Tel 202 656 8503 . dcdiaperbank.org
  37. 37. Photographer Jason Johnson, Jason Ryan Creative, Courtesy of DC Scores
  38. 38. 37 H U M A N S E RV I C E S children, youth & families dc score s DC SCORES believes that every child deserves a “team” – and it builds those teams for 1,450 low-income DC youth, making sure that each one has the DC SCORES program for 1 K-5 rich, full childhood that he or she deserves. The innovative model combines student for a year; $2000: all program- poetry and spoken word (developing an individual voice and sharing personal ming for 1 middle schooler for a year stories is key to knowing who you are), soccer (kids need more exercise than they get, and the skills and teamwork are fun), and service-learning (because our communities are the big teams to which we all belong). In fact, DC SCORES proudly hosts the city’s biggest poetry slam and only public elementary and middle school soccer leagues. Its holistic program helps participants improve their fitness levels, develop their capacity for self-expression, and establish deep community connections through service projects – all while developing closer bonds with teachers and peers. SCORE Corps coaches work with elementary and middle school students during the critical after-school hours for over 24 weeks each year, stepping in where others have stepped out. Won’t you join this winning team? W I S H L I ST $100: soccer equipment and writing supplies for 1 student; $1000: Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director . 1224 M Street NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20005 . Tel 202 393 6999 ext 304 . dcscores.org city kids wilde rne ss project Each year, for 130 inner-city youth ages 11-24, City Kids Wilderness Project offers life-changing adventures designed to build their self-confidence, improve camping trip for 10-12 students; $3500: their academic performance, and develop their leadership skills. In the summer, summer camp, outdoor gear and travel for 1 youth head to Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming for overnight campstudent at Broken Arrow Ranch ing trips, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and white-water kayaking – and to develop the most important life skills: self respect, self confidence, and the ability to work in a team. Sixth graders start out as Rangers, and can progress to the Elite and Leadership Teams, tackling increased responsibility and challenges. During the year, day and weekend excursions acquaint students with the natural wonders of our region, from the Potomac River to the Allegheny Mountains. For middle schoolers, an after-school program offers tutoring, environmental education, arts, and powerful connections with caring adults. The High School & Alumni Program offers job and leadership development training, mentoring, outdoor education opportunities, job placement assistance, and help with post-secondary plans. Keeping urban youth involved and engaged is vital; your engagement brings so much to these kids. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 day of skiing and lessons for 2 students; $500: overnight Eloise Russo, Executive Director . 2437 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 . Tel 202 525 4930 . citykidsdc.org kids r fir st In August and September, students from kindergarten to high school receive lengthy lists of school supplies. But for families who struggle monthly to make returning to school; $500: 10 college rental payments or buy groceries, these extra purchases are too much of a application fees; $1500: 10 mini stretch. So Kids R First makes up the difference. Participating Fairfax and scholarships for extra-curricular Loudoun County schools submit orders for needed supplies; items are puractivities or graduation fees chased from corporate partners; volunteers sort supplies for distribution; and 90 schools pick up custom orders for 19,500 students in time for the first bell. For high school students who need extra help to cover a college application fee, sign up for the SATs, or pay for an extracurricular activity, Kids R First offers “mini scholarships” – the amounts are small, under $150, but they make a huge difference for students whose families lack discretionary income. Education can be the road out of poverty, and Kids R First is determined to ensure that all students can participate fully in their educational experiences. 98.6% of donations support programs for kids. Think of the impact your gift will have. W I S H L I ST $100: Notebooks, pens, pencils, and more for 10 students Susan Ungerer, President and Founder . PO Box 3242, Reston VA 20195 . Tel 703 850 3639 . kidsrfirst.org
  39. 39. Courtesy of National CASA Association, campaign@nationalcasa.org
  40. 40. 39 H U M A N S E RV I C E S children, youth & families court appointe d special advocate s (casa)/prince george’s county For the 650 children living in foster care in Prince George’s County, it often takes four years (twice the national average) to find a stable home. In those bedroom furniture for a child aging out years, their Court Appointed Special Advocate may well be the only source of foster care; $1000: advocacy and of comfort and safety they have. Since 1992, CASA/Prince George’s has support for a neglected child for 1 year given a voice to abused and neglected children in the foster care system by training and supervising volunteer advocates and promoting the timely placement of children in stable homes. After intensive screening and training, a volunteer is matched with a child in need and meets regularly with him or her to build trust and understanding. While attorneys are experts on the law, CASA volunteers are experts on the child – and are empowered by the court to provide the long-term, best-interest advocacy that children in complex, frightening situations desperately need. Over the past three years, CASA/Prince George’s has supported and advocated for nearly 300 youth. For many, their advocate was the first adult on whom they could unconditionally rely. Your advocacy means everything. W I S H L I ST $100: screening and train- ing materials for 1 volunteer; $500: Ann Marie Binsner, Executive Director . 6525 Belcrest Road, Suite G55, Hyattsville MD 20782 . Tel 301 209 0491 . pgcasa.org the family place Of the nearly 800 families served each year at The Family Place, over 90% are low-income, newly-arrived from Mexico and Central America, and operating months; $500: case management for in survival mode to provide for their families’ basic needs. Lacking social net20 women for 1 week; $1250: a works, inexperienced with urban agencies, and extremely limited in language month of early childhood education for skills, those with young children are triply isolated: economically, environ1 child (while mom learns English) mentally, and linguistically. TFP begins by focusing on the littlest ones, 0-5 years old, providing expectant families, and those with young children, prenatal and parent education, early childhood education, and immunizations monitoring. A new site for the acclaimed Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (the only one focused on Latinos) and the AVANCE parenting education programs, TFP encourages families to learn as a unit and create a literacy-rich home environment. Emergency material assistance, a Spanish language domestic violence support group (one of only two such programs in the District), drop-in access, case management and referrals – all these are woven together to create a comprehensive and effective support system for families.Your support is warmly welcomed. W I S H L I ST $100: breakfast for 25 English language learners for 2 Haley Wiggins, Executive Director . 3309 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20010 . Tel 202 265 0149 . thefamilyplacedc.org mary house Some lost their homes after hurricane Katrina and others after returning from Iraq; some have immigrated from Mexico or Latin America and others have for 1 month for a newly-arrived family; journeyed from Rwanda and Cameroon to seek political asylum; some are $2000: 3 AmeriCorps volunteers to receiving long-term treatment at Walter Reed. Nearly all of Mary House’s clients handle family advocacy work for a month have been traumatized by natural disaster, war, violence, or loss. So the transitional housing program comes first, supplemented by food deliveries, clothing, games, school supplies – and counseling. After school, youngsters work on language and study skills (summer means day camp). Parents study English too, and a women’s support group explores issues of common concern, like raising a child in a new country. Families attend workshops on money management, home ownership, employment, and other topics. In-house advocates help them access the medical and child services for which they are eligible, and a web of partnerships ensures that everyone has access to the resources they need. Recovering from trauma and then rebuilding a life can be a daunting experience. Your partnership makes a world of difference here. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 month of after- school program supplies; $600: housing William Murphy, Executive Director . 4303 13th Street NE, Washington DC 20017 . Tel 202 635 0534 . maryhouse.org
  41. 41. Photographer Todd McCormick, Courtesy of The House, Student Leadership Center
  42. 42. 41 H U M A N S E RV I C E S children, youth & families the house, stude nt leade r ship ce nte r 3:00 to 6:00pm: these are the dangerous after-school hours when kids get into trouble, the peak time for juvenile crime and experimentation with $500: academic and recreational alcohol, drugs, and sex. And students who are not engaged after school are activities for 1 at-risk student three times likelier to skip classes during the day as well. The House offers for a month; $1000: 10 crucial out-of-school youth development programs for “risk-susceptible” students in mental health counseling sessions grades 4-12 in Prince William County, keeping young people engaged for 60 hours a week – before school, after school, on weekends, and in the summer. Buses enable easy, safe transport to the campus, where free meals are provided and programs encourage civic responsibility, community engagement, and healthy living. These are complemented by intervention and treatment services for youth who suffer from substance abuse, depression, anxiety and other emotional problems. High school completion and college access are the goals. To students who have been expelled or suspended, The House’s Nontraditional School offers flexible academic programs and one-on-one support to help them get back on track. The House is home to 1,000 young people – who really need your help. W I S H L I ST $100: 50 nutritional before- and after-school meals; Todd McCormick, Executive Director . 14001 Crown Court, Woodbridge VA 22193 . Tel 571 237 5860 . thehouse-inc.com community family life se rvice s One in every five DC adults lives significantly below the poverty line, and for black residents and those with only a high school degree the unemployment rate $500: job training/mentoring for 2 is nearly 20%. For these individuals, times are still tough. Some families come to clients; $1000: summer enrichment Community Family Life Services having struggled with poverty their entire lives programs for 2 children – and generational poverty is damaging in so many ways. For 43 years, CFLS has been providing short-term assistance to families in crisis (food, clothing, a hot breakfast), and long-term support as they seek permanent homes and the opportunity to turn their lives around. A transitional housing program serves 17 families, offering the stability and space they need to develop a plan for the future; affordable housing means stability for 35 homeless persons in recovery from addiction or living with HIV/AIDS or disabilities. Employment development services and family-to-family mentoring enable adults to reshape their lives, while after-school and summer enrichment, and a mentoring program for foster kids, support academic achievement – even in troubled times. This is our community; these are our families. W I S H L I ST $100: emergency food and clothing for 4 homeless residents; Claudia Thorne, Executive Director . 305 E Street NW, Washington DC 20001 . Tel 202 347 0511 ext 411 . cflsdc.org dc campaign to preve nt te e n pregnancy Founded in 1999 with the mission of cutting teen pregnancy in half by 2005, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy exceeded its original goal (data prevention strategies for a new program; show a 57.7% reduction). Today, the mission is to halve the rate again by 2015 $1000: 2 parent workshops on talking – because teen pregnancy is costly in so many ways. Young mothers drop out to kids about love, sex, and values of school; abuse and neglect of children rises; sons of teen mothers are far likelier to enter the criminal justice system and daughters to become mothers before their time. Simply put, families begun by teens require tremendous emotional, social, and financial support. So what’s the strategy? Collect and share data to inform policy. Organize parents and teens. Advocate on their behalf and train teens to speak for themselves (the Youth Leadership Task Force is critical here). Enlist the media to spread the word. The campaign is working, but there is still much to be done: the most recent data show 59 pregnancies per 1,000 girls ages 15-19 in DC. We all have a stake in preventing teen pregnancy. W I S H L I ST $100: supplies for youth leadership meetings; $500: teen pregnancy Brenda Miller, Executive Director . 1112 Eleventh Street NW, Suite 100, Washington DC 20001 . Tel 202 789 4666 ext 11 . dccampaign.org
  43. 43. Photographer Amy Copeland, Courtesy of Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
  44. 44. 43 H U M A N S E RV I C E S health, mental health & aging we ndt ce nte r for lo ss and healing The District’s children and families are disproportionately exposed to grief, loss, children’s grief group; $500: summer and trauma. They lose mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters grief camp for 1 child; $1000: through the highest rate of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV-AIDS deaths 2 months of a grief or trauma group in the nation. High rates of incarceration and violent crime make matters worse. for 5-8 adults or children At the Wendt Center, a fundamental tenet is that no one should have to grieve alone. So skilled therapists provide counseling to adults and kids, regardless of ability to pay. Over 60% of clients are young, and Wendt Center offers holistic mental health services and a free therapeutic grief camp tailored to their needs. Clinicians are on-site seven days a week at the DC Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to provide immediate counseling and support to those who have come to identify a family member who has died (2,500 a year). It also provides crisis response services in the aftermath of catastrophes and hosts candlelight vigils for grieving families. Amidst anguish and loss, there can still be hope. Let’s make certain of that. W I S H L I ST $100: art supplies for a Michelle Palmer, Executive Director . 4201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20008 . Tel 202 204 5019 . wendtcenter.org downtown cluste r’s ge riatric day care ce nte r Founded in 1976, when seniors were being abandoned in hospitals, or even on the streets, the Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center provides $500: medical supplies for 60 seniors crucial therapeutic and supportive services to at-risk, functionally-impaired, for 1 year. $1000: 104 hours of and low-income elders – enabling them to remain in the communities and adult day health services for a year homes that they love. Preventing isolation and fostering independence are key, so the Center (whose average patient is 82) provides health education and monitoring, home visits, occupational and physical therapy, counseling, food distribution, social and cultural outings, respite subsidies and support groups for caregivers of all ages, and even telephone reassurance for those in need of a friendly voice. Intergenerational programs nurture connections between seniors and youth and encourage lifelong health and wellness; the A-Team program brings together toddlers and Alzheimer’s patients, tapping into seniors’ nurturing skills and enhancing verbalization. The only adult day center in Ward 2, the Center provides over 33,000 hours of care each year. But beyond the numbers lie the intangibles: in the words of one senior, the Center is the “reason to get up in the morning.” W I S H L I ST $100: 3 art therapy sessions for 15 seniors; Thomye M Cave, Executive Director . 926 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 . Tel 202 347 7527 . dcgeriatricdaycenter.org se nior se rvice s of alexandria Last year, the City of Alexandria was home to nearly 20,000 people over the age of 60, and by 2030 their numbers are expected to increase by almost 50%. Senior senior; $1000: Meals on Wheels Services of Alexandria serves as a one-stop shop for information about services, for 10 seniors for 10 days; $1500: activities, and resources for elderly residents in need. Knowing the importance 1 annual Speaker Series event and value of aging in place, SSA assists seniors in hiring an affordable assistant, and in-home care professionals in finding placements. For the homebound and socially isolated, a Friendly Visitor program offers year-round weekly visits, and the 500-strong Meals on Wheels volunteer cadre delivers 45,000 meals – seven days a week, including holidays. SSA also manages a call center that ensures safe, reliable, door-to-door taxi service for disabled adults. An eight-event Speaker Series for seniors, their family members, and caregivers, offers in-depth education by professionals on a wide range of topics including legal and financial matters, long-term care, and health care accessibility. Fostering independence and self-sufficiency, and enabling seniors to age with dignity are lofty goals … that you can make realities. W I S H L I ST $100: a Friendly Visitor paired with 1 home-bound Mary Lee Anderson, Acting Executive Director . 700 Princess Street, Alexandria VA 22314 . Tel 703 836 4414 ext 11 . seniorservicesalex.org
  45. 45. Photographer Allen Goldberg, Courtesy of Hope for Henry Foundation hope for he nry foundation In 2002, 7-year-old Henry Strongin Goldberg lost his battle against Fanconi W I S H L I ST $100: a birthday party for anemia, a genetic disease that leads to bone marrow failure. In his memory, a hospitalized child; $500: an iPad for his parents created Hope for Henry, which brings laughter, energy, and hope a child awaiting a bone marrow transinto the lives of children who are fighting serious illnesses. Many children plant; $1000: a Hope for Henry Reads with blood diseases and cancer are immune-compromised and cannot enjoy event with a children’s book author the programs that hospitals offer other pediatric parents. That is where Hope for Henry comes in. Fun Packs help children feel at home at the hospital, and offer distraction from painful procedures with iPads, cameras, games, arts and crafts, and toys. Book signings with children’s authors, spa days, visits from celebrities, carnivals, and personalized birthday parties (complete with cupcakes and balloons) ensure that kids don’t miss out on feeling like kids. These diseases often necessitate long stays, and Hope for Henry gives young patients positive associations with their hospital and doctors. In the words of one child: “It feels good to know that people you don’t even know still care.” Laurie Strongin, Executive Director . 2300 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 100A, Washington DC 20007 . Tel 202 277 2710 . hopeforhenry.org
  46. 46. 45 H U M A N S E RV I C E S health, mental health & aging potomac community re source s For teenagers with developmental and intellectual disabilities, services begin with the school system – and end when students “age out” of the system at $500: communication software for 21. Potomac Community Resources steps in at this key moment, providing nonverbal members; $1000: therapeutic therapeutic, community-based programs in arts, fitness, and communications cushions for out-of-wheelchair activities that enable the full inclusion of those with developmental differences into community life. Inclusive basketball welcomes 50 sports enthusiasts of all abilities; a 20-person chorus fosters a love of music and ability to follow cues and rhythm; Communication Counts covers basic and advanced social skills; Phabulous Photographers teaches technical skills and encourages self-expression. A respite care program provides therapeutic activities and nursing support for the most profoundly disabled and medically fragile, while social clubs unite adults from around the region – and are key to preventing loneliness. PCR also educates and aids families as their children transition to adulthood, and offers much-needed relief to caregivers. Knowing the difference this program has made, PCR works with other communities to replicate the model – and increase the impact. You can do the same. W I S H L I ST $100: music therapy instruments with specialized grips; Stephen Riley, Executive Director . 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac MD 20854 . Tel 301 365 0561 . pcr-inc.org ye llow ribbon fund While Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Ft Belvoir Community Hospital provide world-class medical care for gravely wounded rehab; $500: 1 rental car for a caregiver service members, the Yellow Ribbon Fund provides the programs that make for 3 months; $1000: 10 nights in daily life more manageable for the wounded and their family caregivers. For a hotel for visiting family members amputees, days in the hospital can stretch into many months, and loved ones often cannot afford to stay by their side. Each year, YRF provides families of the wounded with hotel rooms and apartments (5,800 nights to date), cab rides to and from the hospital (3,000), therapeutic massages to ease stress (480), and a wide range of social events, from pool days to movie nights (over 100). Last year, YRF completed a playground and barbecue area at Walter Reed, designed to give military families a welcoming space just steps from the hospital. One-on-one mentoring for service members and their families on future employment and college admission are designed to help them reintegrate into civilian life. Serving over 1,000 soldiers and families annually, YRF proves how mighty even small acts can be. W I S H L I ST $100: 4 cab rides for injured veterans to take a break from Mark E Robbins, Executive Director . 4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 500, Bethesda MD 20814 . Tel 240 223 1180 . yellowribbonfund.org bethe sda chevy chase re scue squad The only station in the county maintained, funded, and run by volunteers (it does not receive regular budgeted funds from any government agency), $500: IV fluids for 1 medical Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad provides its neighbors with the highest emergency; $1100: 1 CPAP device to quality fire, rescue, and ambulance services – at no cost. Begun in 1937 as a open airways in breathing emergencies local first aid service and remaining a true community organization to this day, BCCRS employs two paramedics and uses a corps of trained, devoted volunteers that includes local scientists, lawyers, students, government bureaucrats, small business owners, teachers, corporate executives, and others. Using cutting-edge technology and operating 24 hours a day, volunteers provide rescue and compassionate care for children caught in house fires, teenagers in vehicle collisions, heart attack victims, and elderly citizens who experience a host of medical emergencies. Not every day is newsworthy, but every day is an opportunity to help someone in distress – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, some 10,000 times in the past year alone. BCCRS prides itself on “answering the call.” You can too. W I S H L I ST $100: 1 oxygen tank to assist fire and accident victims; Robert Kretzmer, First Vice President . 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda MD 20814 . Tel 301 652 0077 . bccrs.org
  47. 47. Photographer Stephanie Chan, Courtesy of Georgetown Ministry Center
  48. 48. 47 H U M A N S E RV I C E S hunger, homelessness & housing georgetown ministry ce nte r Begun in 1987 with just one social worker, and a mandate to provide service and shelter, Georgetown Ministry Center has since grown into a year-round $500: smoking cessation supplies for 1 drop-in center, providing psychiatric and medical outreach, social and mental person for a year; $1000: supplies for 6 health services, case management, shelter and housing support, handicappedmonths of showers and laundry loads accessible bathrooms, and laundry facilities. The only homeless service provider in the immediate neighborhood, GMC serves one of the very neediest populations: chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities, as well as head trauma and physical injuries. Many are resistant to services and treatment, so GMC creates a welcoming environment that fosters friendly relationships and, ultimately, trust. Last year, GMC reached 1,000 homeless individuals, including 60-70 “regulars,” providing 5,391 showers and 9,879 sandwiches. An on-staff psychiatrist served 100, while a general practitioner provided care to 350. Moving from the streets to housing is profoundly challenging for this population, but a few achieve it each year and GMC supports them at each step. On a cold night in Georgetown, you can provide the warmth. W I S H L I ST $100: tarps for shelter from the elements for 5 homeless individuals; Gunther Stern, Executive Director . 1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007 . Tel 202 643 1350 . georgetownministrycenter.org jobs have priority For most of the people that Jobs Have Priority serves, homelessness is a multigenerational problem. Most grew up in poverty and have experienced hous$500: basic furnishings for a family ing instability all their lives. So JHP provides them with the skills they need moving into permanent housing; $1000: to imagine and create a better life. Managing three shelters in the DC area (all 3 matching grants for security deposits. at maximum capacity), JHP provides food and safety, as well as counseling, support groups, day care, and financial assistance, to 382 individuals. Two homeless employment and assistance centers reach 422 residents from nine emergency shelters. A case manager works one-on-one with each individual or family to pinpoint the challenges in finding a job and a home – and craft next steps. Collaborative agreements with other service providers, the business community, and management companies jumpstart the employment and housing search for shelter clients, and JHP supports them as brand-new employees and tenants. Each year, JHP places 300 people in jobs and 280 in permanent housing. These are difficult, critical steps out of poverty and into a new life. You can be the catalyst. W I S H LI ST $100: work clothes and shoes for a newly employed person; Contessa Riggs, Executive Director . 1526 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003 . Tel 202 544 9096 . jobshavepriority.org rachae l’s wome n’s ce nte r Emergency shelters provide for the nighttime needs of homeless people – some 15,235 of them according to a 2012 Point in Time Survey – but do 40 homeless women for 2 weeks; very little to address the massive problems that confront them when they $5000: 2 months worth of permanent wake up in the morning. The Day Shelter Program at Rachael’s Women’s supportive housing for a woman in need Center supplements evening shelters, providing refuge and healing for homeless women age 17 and older. Breakfast, lunch, and a late afternoon snack are provided. Counseling, 12-step meetings, case management, assistance in applying for benefits, and referrals for other needs are all there. A place to receive mail (important when applying for jobs), bathe, do laundry, and access used clothing, makes Rachael’s a home for those who have none. A Street Outreach program brings men and women in for showers and laundry facilities (often the first step in getting them more engaged) and Permanent Supportive Housing is provided to 17 women with mental health issues. Rachael’s goal is to make all of its clients “formerly homeless” women. Your support helps make it happen. W I S H L I ST $300: lunch for 75 homeless women; $500: case management for Dawn Swan, Executive Director . 1222 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 . Tel 202 682 8608 . rachaels.org
  49. 49. Courtesy of Carpenter’s Shelter