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2016 Back-to-School Local Giving Guide

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For many students, shopping for school supplies is an exciting time. Selecting a brand new backpack, the perfect notebook, and the right outfit for the first day of school are all things most of us remember fondly from our academic years. While an exciting time for students, back-to-school shopping can be a different experience for parents: between clothing, school supplies, and activities…costs add up quickly! According to the National Retail Federation’s annual Back-to-School Spending Survey, families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that back-to-school shopping can be a source of major financial stress, especially for those families already struggling to cover basic needs such as food and housing.

While many may not be able to afford school supplies, these tools are still critically important when it comes to setting up a child for success. Providing a student with the proper supplies to learn not only boosts their confidence in the classroom, but also provides a sense of belonging, and can have a positive impact on reducing absenteeism.

Planning to do some back-to-school shopping? Or just want to make a difference in the life of a local student? The Catalogue for Philanthropy has created a comprehensive list of nonprofits in need of supplies to help prepare local students for success. Some of these organizations have specific needs for Fall 2016, others have ongoing needs throughout the school year, and most have wishlists on Amazon.com, making it easy for you to give with a single click.

Happy shopping!

School Supply Distribution

  • Kids R First (Reston, VA) is distributing school supplies for the school year 2016-17 to 27,000 students in 100 schools on the Free or Reduced lunch program in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Organizers need help gathering and sorting the supplies for each school. Dates for supply distribution: Monday July 25 to Friday Aug. 5, 2016. Click for more details.

Fall 2016 School Supply Collection

Horton's Kids

  • Horton’s Kids (Washington, DC) is committed to ensuring that every child in the program starts school prepared and ready to learn. They need 150 durable backpacks, including 30 backpacks for children in grades K-4, and 120 backpacks or messenger-style bags for children in grades 5 – 12, as well as school supplies. All supplies are needed by July 29th.Click for more details.
  • Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) (Fairfax) is helping children in Fairfax County through the Collect for Kids Back to School Program, which is part of a County-wide effort to ensure that children in the community whose families are struggling receive the supplies they need to succeed. Britepaths is working to help more than 2,500 students in Central Fairfax — primarily at JEB Stuart HS, Fairfax HS and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them — have everything they need to succeed this fall. Donors can give in the following ways:
      • Donate Cash: DONATE through August 31! $30 will help 2 students. Any amount will make a big difference.
      • Donate Backpacks: July 1-Aug. 5:Larger sizes especially needed.Drop Off or Order on-line through Amazon or Dollar Days.
      • Donate Calculators: July 1- Aug. 5: TI30xa Solar School Edition, TI-83 or TI-84, new or gently used. Drop Off for Order on-line through Amazon.

The Child & Family Network Center

  • Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services Children’s Resource Program (Alexandria) helps ensure that children in their housing programs do not miss out on critical after-school and extracurricular enrichment activities simply because their families are low income. This long standing program provides our children with school supplies, holiday gifts, access to summer camps, music lessons, and winter coats. GSH even sends children to local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to encourage their education in science and math. Support their annual school supply drive, or shop their Amazon.com wishlist here.
  • Hope House DC (Washington, DC)For children whose fathers are incarcerated, displacement often has grave consequences. Contact may be lost, family structure weakened, and reintegration of released fathers made difficult indeed. Enter Hope House, whose dream is to reconnect fathers and kids.On August 28th, Hope House will host a back to school party. Each Hope House Kid who attends receives a backpack stuffed with school supplies. Items needed include: composition books, dictionaries, highlighters, binders, calculators…and more. See details here.
  • New Community for Children (Washington, DC) transforms the lives of children and youth by supporting academic achievement, developing life skills, fostering creativity and cultural awareness, nurturing spiritual connections and growth, and empowering children to succeed. It is currently in need of a number of educational items such as digital cameras, printer ink, school furniture, and more.

Reading Partners

  • Reading Partners (Washington, DC) is in need of help filling their reading centers with diverse books through September 30th, 2016. Many students bring up issues of race when working with their tutors. From discussing their identities to understanding those of the characters they are reading about, it is clear that diversity in texts is of the utmost importance to support our students. From this point on, Reading Partners is asking supporters to help collect books specifically featuring girls of color, with the philosophy that resources should be available in order to have intentional conversations about race. By providing books in reading centers that can help tutors affirm positive thinking and behavior when it comes to race, literacy can be used to inspire confidence in students who need it most. Donors can view book requests here.

San Miguel School

  • San Miguel School (Washington, DC) is a middle school, dedicated to transforming lives for academically underserved and economically disadvantaged boys in the Washington, DC, metro area. Immediate needs for the 2016-17 school year include: art supplies (modeling clay, canvases, etc.), magnetic algebra tiles, audio books/cds, markers, etc. See the full list and Amazon wishlist here.

Ongoing Supply Collections: Art and Music Supplies

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  • Sitar Arts Center (Washington, DC)Donations of new or gently used arts materials and instruments help to make programs affordable for children from low-income households. Sitar appreciates donations of musical instruments, art supplies, dance shoes and clothing, photography equipment and supplies, sewing machines and sewing supplies, knitting supplies, prom dresses needed for West Side Story musical! Details here.

 

Ongoing Supply Collections: Sporting Equipment

City Kids Wilderness Project

  • City Kids Wilderness Project (Washington, DC) was founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for under-resourced DC children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community. CityKids is always in need of the following new or nearly new items: Tents (2-4 person backpacking tents), sleeping bags (backpacking weight), balls: soccer, football, kickball, etc., rain gear: pants, jackets, and ponchos, digital cameras, and more. They also have a City Kids REI Gift Registry!
  • DC SCORES (Washington, DC) believes that every child deserves a “team,” and gets?the rich, full childhood that he or she deserves. DC SCORES’ innovative model combines poetry and spoken word (developing an individual voice and sharing personal 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).DC SCORES will accept gently used soccer gear, appropriately sized for kids 8-13 years old. Donation details here.

Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena

  • Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Washington, DC) – Most of the equipment skaters use have been donated by other skaters in the area. FFDIA is always in need of gently used, mid/intermediate level figure, hockey and speed skating equipment in good condition. No hockey jerseys, please.To donate equipment drop it off at Fort Dupont Ice Arena at your convenience. To arrange a pickup of large quantities of equipment, email info@fdia.org.

 

Ongoing Supply Collections

Bright Beginnings

  • Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center (Falls Church, VA) provides a comprehensive, high-quality, early-childhood program designed to give all young children, regardless of their family’s economic resources, a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their lives. FCMLCC is currently looking for donors to help “set their children’s inner artist free” with the raw materials on their Wish List.

Generation Hope

  • Generation Hope (Washington, DC) is the only community-based nonprofit organization solely focused on college completion for teen parents in the D.C. area. Help these students follow the path to success with the following items: laptops for Scholars (can be used), stamps for mailings, gift cards to Target, Staples, etc. and more.
  • Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (Washington, DC) is looking for the following items: New books for children of all ages, but especially board books for babies and novels for young adults, Grocery store gift cards (Giant, Safeway, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Target), Art supply store gift cards (AC Moore, Michaels, Utrecht), Prizes to provide to Teen Program participants as incentive for good behavior, accomplishments, and participation – and more!

Inner City-Inner Child

  • The Reading Connection (Arlington, VA) creates and sustains literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading among low-income children and their families. TRC is in need of new books for children in the Read Aloud program. At every Read-Aloud, children choose one or two books to take with them, and TRC is always working to keep the Give-Away Boxes stocked with books that match the interests of the children served. Click to see the titles of books on childrens’ wishlists, or to find how to donate new books to the program.
  • Washington Jesuit Academy (Washington, DC) is a college-prep middle school for boys in 5th through 8th grades in Washington, DC. With a 12-hour school day, 11-month school year and aggressive academic curriculum, WJA prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of college-prep high schools and sets them on an early path toward college. WJA accepts certain, gently-used supplies and goods, as well as pro bono service and talent. Visit their Amazon Wish List or contact us for gift ideas.

Washington School for Girls

  • Washington School for Girls (Washington, DC) is an all-scholarship independent Catholic School serving students in grades 3-8, primarily from DC’s Wards 7 and 8. By offering a comprehensive academic program in a supportive environment, students become confident, competent, and courageous young women. WSG accepts donations of supplies, equipment, and services when appropriate, and also has an ongoing Amazon.com wishlist for books.
  • YouthBuild Public Charter School (Washington, DC) is a public charter school that was established in 2005 as an outgrowth of an effective program begun in 1995 by the Latin American Youth Center. It is one of the few alternative schools in the District that serves youth ages 16 -24 who have dropped or aged out of traditional high schools. Gifts of tangible personal property including professional dress clothing for students, computer equipment, books etc. are needed and welcomed donations.

Around Town: 7/23 – 7/29

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar with The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Theatre Lab’s summer Musical Theatre Institute for Teens presents the original rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. This all-time musical theatre classic examines the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and features one of the most explosive musical theatre scores ever written. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it presents Jesus as a social and political rebel, and draws parallels between his meteoric rise and our contemporary culture of celebrity worship. Jesus Christ Superstar was revolutionary in its time and it continues to resonate powerfully with audiences through Tony-nominated Broadway revivals and major world tours. Please Note: This play contains mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children. The evening performance is a benefit for Theatre Lab’s annual Send a Kid to Drama Camp campaign, to benefit youth scholarships. Tickets for that evening include a reception after the show.

Update: Tickets to the performance are sold out, but Theatre Lab is also accepting donations to Send a Kid to Drama Camp in lieu of attendance!

When: Sat Jul 23 2016 (Matinee: 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM, Evening: 7:30-9:45 PM)
Where: The Theatre Lab, 733 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? yes $15 adults. $10 students (with ID)
Volunteer Info: Also looking for house staff volunteers to serve as ushers, concession sales, etc.
Contact: Dane Petersen, (202) 824-0449
For more information: click here

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 2016

Kids R First School Supply Distribution 2016

Kids R First is distributing school supplies for the school year 2016-17 to 27,000 students in 100 schools on the Free or Reduced lunch program in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. They would love your help gathering and organizing the supplies for each school. So many of you have been their loyal helpers and they appreciate that so very much. They always welcome anyone new who would like to sign up. Looking forward to seeing you all this year! Shifts are from 9-12 and 1-4 (please don’t feel you need to do all three hours because they would love the help as long as you can stay).

When: Mon Jul 25 – Fri Jul 29 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Rachel Carson Middle School, 13618 McLearen Rd., Herndon, VA
Fee? no
Contact: Patty Gehring, 703-850-3639
For more information: Click here

Around Town: 7/16-7/22

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Acumen Solutions Concert for a Cause with Young Playwrights’ Theater and Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

Girls on the Run of NOVA and Young Playwrights’ Theater are excited to partner with Acumen Solutions for their first ever Concert for a Cause! This inaugural benefit concert will unite music lovers of all kinds to help raise much-needed funds and awareness for these and 11 additional local area nonprofits. Located in historic downtown Herndon, the family friendly concert will feature music by Rocknoceros, Gonzo’s Nose, High Valley, and Cassadee Pope along with food, beverages, and children’s activities. Schedule of Events: 3:30pm Gates Open, 4:10pm – Children’s Entertainment: Rocknoceros, 5:30pm – Local Artist: Gonzo’s Nose, 6:50pm – National Artist: High Valley, 8:15pm – Headliner Artist: Cassadee Pope, 10:00pm – Gates Close. (Schedule subject to change)
We believe music brings people together and hope you will join us in making a difference for those in need by attending this extraordinary summer event. For every ticket purchased, 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards making an impact in our community. They hope to see you there!

When: Sun Jul 17 2016 (3:30 PM – 10:00 PM)
Where: Town Hall Green, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Fee? yes $40 for adults, $20 for children 2-12, free for children under 2
YPT Contact: Laura Wood, (202) 387-9173
GOTR NOVA Contact: Emily Davis, (703) 273-3153
For more information: click here

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Friday, July 22, 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar with The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Theatre Lab’s summer Musical Theatre Institute for Teens presents the original rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. This all-time musical theatre classic examines the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and features one of the most explosive musical theatre scores ever written. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it presents Jesus as a social and political rebel, and draws parallels between his meteoric rise and our contemporary culture of celebrity worship. Jesus Christ Superstar was revolutionary in its time and it continues to resonate powerfully with audiences through Tony-nominated Broadway revivals and major world tours. Please Note: This play contains mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children.

When: Thu Jul 21 2016 (7:30 PM – 9:15 PM), Fri Jul 22 2016 (7:30 PM – 9:15 PM)
Where: The Theatre Lab, 733 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? yes $15 adults. $10 students (with ID)
Volunteer Info: Also looking for house staff volunteers to serve as ushers, concession sales, etc.
Contact: Dane Petersen, (202) 824-0449
For more information: click here

Around Town: 7/9-7/15

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Orientation for Overnight Volunteers with Calvary Women’s Services

Overnight volunteers pair up with a Calvary staff member to guarantee a smooth and quiet night. Volunteers arrive at 9 pm and are responsible for setting out breakfast, welcoming residents arriving late from work or school, and doing a final walk-through of the facility. In the morning, volunteers facilitate breakfast for residents and make sure clients are up and ready for the day before heading out at 7 am. Volunteers are asked to commit to joining Calvary on site one night a month. They will be holding an orientation for anyone interested in joining their overnight team on July 11th from 1:30-4 pm. If this time does not work for you, contact Arielle Baker (abaker@calvaryservices.org) for additional orientation times.

When: Mon Jul 11 2016 (1:30 PM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Calvary Women’s Services, 1217 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020
Fee? no
Contact: Arielle Baker, (202) 6782341678-2341 ext 233

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Byte Back Volunteer Orientation

Join Byte Back for a one-hour orientation to introduce you to the organization, share volunteer opportunities, and find the match for your talents and availability.

When: Tue Jul 12 2016 (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: Byte Back, 9th Street, 3420 9th Street, Washington, DC 20017
Fee? no
Contact: Tamikia Wims, (202) 529-3395
For more information: click here

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Digital Access Tour with Byte Back

Byte Back’s Digital Access Tours are an opportunity to experience their mission firsthand, hearing more about their programs and work. You will meet members of their staff, board, and student body. The tour lasts one hour and refreshments are served.

When: Wed Jul 13 2016 (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Where: Byte Back, 9th Street, 3420 9th Street, Washington, DC 20017
Fee? no
Contact: Christopher Wallace, (202) 803-2863
For more information: click here

Celebrate our Nation in July

On Independence Day we celebrate America’s heritage, our freedoms, and the people and institutions that shape our nation. Still looking for a way to celebrate, even after the fireworks, parades, and backyard barbecues come to an end? We’ve handpicked several Catalogue nonprofits that embrace our nation’s history, its people, and our future:

uschsCelebrate our nation’s history with the United States Capitol Historical Society
Recent surveys reveal a woeful lack of historical education in the United States, and this is true even for DC students who live in a city with a wealth of learning opportunities. But many have never even visited the Capitol. The non-partisan (and non-governmental) US Capitol Historical Society is committed to turning things around. Programs focus on landmark legislation that has shaped the nation, the remarkable art and architecture of the Capitol, the cultural and ethnic diversity of Congress, and other topics that bring history and government alive. The “We the People” Constitution Tour helps eighth grade students understand their government and take pride in their city; Capitol Literacy activities, youth leadership forums, and traveling exhibits spark an early interest in government for elementary and secondary school students. The Society also works to make the Capitol more comprehensible to visitors from around the nation. Working closely with the National Archives, US Congress, the Library of Congress, and others, the Society will always stand up for historical literacy. You can stand with them.

Thank our Troops with Thanks USA
In 2005, Virginia sisters Rachel and Kelsi (then ages 10 and 8) saw first-hand the hardships faced by a military family when a friend’s father returned from Iraq severely injured. In appreciation of the family’s sacrifice, the sisters launched ThanksUSA the following year. Through its scholarship program, it empowers military families — children and spouses of military personnel — to expand their education and skills through college, technical school, or vocational training programs. Some scholars train in new, higher-earning fields, while others enroll in college for the first time, or seek out more “portable” careers in real estate, healthcare, and education. Priority is given to families of the wounded and fallen, and while all scholarships are based strictly on financial need, scholars go on to earn an average 3.5 GPA. A dynamic online American History Treasure Hunt raises awareness of the program, and an alumni network connects graduates across the nation. To date, scholarships totaling more than $10 million (with 11.5% awarded in DC, Virginia, and Maryland) have helped say “ThanksUSA!”
See also: Operation Second Chance, Our Military Kids, Yellow Ribbon Fund

Celebrate freedom of press by supporting Fund for Investigative Journalism
Freelance journalists are in a tight spot: subject to financial pressure, intimidation, and even threats, they lack the protections offered by major media outlets. Yet they remain dedicated to investigation, balance, and ‘the story’ — and the Fund for Investigative Journalism backs them up. By covering the reporting costs that freelancers often cannot afford, it advances crucial investigative projects in the US and around the globe. The four dozen grants awarded annually cover camera and recording equipment rentals, the cost of ordering public records, and travel expenses for meeting sources (nearly half of the grantees take their investigations abroad). Over the years, FIJ-sponsored writers have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards, and the MacArthur “Genius” award. But the real beneficiaries are readers and citizens: reporters have exposed toxic agricultural products sold in Kenya, companies that sold overpriced (and unaffordable) seed to impoverished farmers overseas, and destitute conditions abroad that led to human trafficking in the US. With your support, they will continue to write stories.

ayudaCelebrate our nation’s rich diversity with Ayuda
Since 1973 Ayuda (which means “help” in Spanish) has welcomed tens of thousands of immigrants who want nothing more than to get a new start in “the land of opportunity.” But for so many foreign-born residents (one in eight in DC) simply asking for help is a challenge. Without a solid grasp of the language or legal system, they don’t know where to go or whom to trust. So Ayuda provides a wide range of immigration and family law assistance, as well as social services support, for all immigrants — men, women and children — from anywhere in the world. Along with representation in family- and humanitarian-based cases, Ayuda offers comprehensive services for immigrant survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence — many of whom fear that the police, courts, and even shelters will not protect them. It also offers desperately needed, specialized advice and representation to abused, neglected, and abandoned immigrant children. Ayuda gives clients the opportunity fully and comfortably to call their new country home.
See also: Capital Area Immigrants’ Right Coalition, Just Neighbors, Liberty’s Promise

Discover American parks and public lands with National Park Trust
National Park Trust is committed to getting kids unplugged, outside, and inspired by the natural world. Its signature Buddy Bison School Program has engaged 16,000 youngsters with American parks and public lands — 6,000 from the DC metro area alone — providing teachers with hands-on resources for science and history classes that enhance existing school curricula. And the benefits to children’s brains and bodies are undeniable: studies show that spending time outdoors eases symptoms of depression and ADHD, and helps curb obesity and diabetes. To create opportunities for kids to visit local, state, or national parks, NPT handles the logistics and covers transportation costs (the primary obstacle for most schools). From park trips, to canoe adventures, to service projects, the Trust has made conservation relevant and exciting for thousands of DC-area youth. After all, preservation is at the heart of NPT, which has overseen 100 land projects in parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. The goal of the Trust’s education programs? Cultivating future park stewards and conservationists.

Encourage the next generation of leaders with LearnServe International
What if every high school student graduated with the vision of a leader, the tenacity of an entrepreneur, and the passion of a change-maker? LearnServe empowers DC-area students to become a new generation of leaders, equipped with the 21st century skills and the motivation they need to transform their communities. The Fellows Program teaches participating high schoolers the fundamentals of business planning and entrepreneurship, and then guides them as they create and launch their own “social ventures.” One student founded a scholarship program for children of incarcerated parents; one mobilized teams of peers to teach a hands-on science curriculum at local elementary schools; and another launched a high school financial literacy program. LearnServe also offers summer service-learning trips to Paraguay, Zambia, and Jamaica, where students support ongoing development efforts in poverty, HIV/AIDS, education, and the environment (70% receive financial aid). Since 2004, LearnServe has engaged 800 students at nearly 50 DC-area schools, inspiring kids first to change their communities … and then the world.
See also: Education Pioneers, Global Kids , Atlas Service Corps, AVODAH:The Jewish Service Corps, Public Allies Washington, DC, Ghandi Brigade Youth Media , Docs in Progress

Around Town: 6/25 – 7/1

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Tennis Thanks the Troops: A 72-Hour Salute with ThanksUSA

On July 1-4, Bonnie Vona of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section – with the assistance of world-renowned expert in sport science and human performance Dr. Mark Kovacs – will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most Consecutive Opponents (Tennis Singles) in a 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge. A July 4th Family Festival will follow featuring Maryland’s Largest Tennis Clinic, a Junior L8 entry-level tournament, serving contest, military appreciation, raffles and giveaways, and the Germantown Glory Fireworks. All funds raised will benefit the ThanksUSA military family scholarship program.

When: Fri Jul 1 2016 (08:00 AM) – Mon Jul 4 2016 (08:00 AM)
Where: Montgomery TennisPlex, 18010 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20847
Fee: Yes, sponsorships are available starting at $500 for individual player slots
Volunteer Info: Be a part of tennis history while raising funds for the ThanksUSA military family scholarship program! As part of the 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge, Bonnie Vona will play tennis for 72 hours straight from July 1 to 4. Naturally, it will take many volunteers to meet Bonnie’s needs and properly document her progress to achieve a Guinness World Record. ThanksUSA is looking for tennis players, college interns, and skilled individuals to help with media, logistics, and event coordination.
Contact: For volunteer information: Jean Pletchette, (515) 468-8903; for event information:Michele Stork, (703) 855-4108
For more information: click here

Volunteer Opportunities with Computer CORE

CORE’s mission is to help low-income adults acquire the technological and life skills they need to pursue their career aspirations, by providing computer skills and job search skills training to over 200 under- and unemployed adults in the Northern Virginia region each year. Volunteers are at the heart of CORE’s mission. Volunteers help ensure that their students graduate with all the skills and tools they need for successful careers. For information on volunteer job descriptions, please see the link below.

When: Fri Jul 1 2016 (10:30 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Northern Virginia (Various Locations)
Fee:no
Contact: Eileen Joyner, (703) 931-7346
For more information: click here

501cTECH‘s Technology Innovation Awards Application Deadline

501cTECH will be giving away $7,500 to 3 area nonprofits who submit the best ideas for innovative technology projects. Nonprofits are invited to submit applications in one of three categories:
1. K-12 and STEM Education
2. Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development
3. Veterans and Military Families

Deadline: Fri Jul 1 2016 (5:00 PM)
Where: online
Fee: no
Contact: Victoria Anania, (202) 234-6897 ext 119
For more information: click here

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Across the globe, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This June, The Alzheimer’s Association is raising awareness for this disease by encouraging people to #GoPurple (the official color of the Alzheimer’s Movement) and learn how to lower their risk, learn about early detection and treatment, and help care for those affected.

The Catalogue is proud to highlight three organizations that work with senior populations affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias:

Insight Memory Care Centerinsightmemcare
Of the five million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, 74% live at home with family and friends, and the number is expected to grow exponentially. As the only licensed day center in the region focused specifically on persons with dementia, IMCC is dedicated to caring for them, and providing education and support for their families. Two early stage programs offer opportunities for socialization, mental stimulation (such as brain games), and support groups for individuals recently diagnosed. Ten hours a day, five days a week, those with mid-stage Alzheimer’s stimulate their minds through art and music therapy, physical therapy, outings, and Tai Chi; those with more advanced dementia participate in specialized activities and get help with personal care. The Center also offers free educational opportunities to caregivers and the community as well as scholarships to families who could not otherwise afford its services.

The Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care Center
Founded in 1976, when seniors were being abandoned in hospitals, or even on the streets, the Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center provides crucial therapeutic and supportive services to at-risk, functionally-impaired, and low-income elders — enabling them to remain in the communities and 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.

Iona Senior Services
A key component of aging well is “aging in place,” which incidentally saves billions of dollars that might otherwise be spent on institutional care. For over 35 years, Iona Senior Services has provided the support that makes this possible, enabling older people — whose numbers are greater now than at any time in history — to stay (and thrive) in their own homes. Of Iona’s clients, 80% are financially insecure, 60% live alone, and many have difficulty shopping, preparing meals, managing money, doing housework, and taking medication. So Iona offers a full range of services: adult day programs for some, coordination of in-home and out-of-home services for others; community programs like group meals, fitness classes, visual art and creative writing courses, and recreational activities that promote a healthy lifestyle; coordination of transportation to and from doctors appointments; and meal delivery and volunteer companions for those who are homebound. The Client Care Fund supports seniors whose families can’t afford even the most modest fees.

Around Town: 6/18 – 6/24

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

AYPO Season Auditions with American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

AYPO will be holding auditions for their 2016-2017 season. They are currently looking for volunteers to escort musicians from warm-up rooms to audition rooms and sign musicians in at the front desk, as well as volunteers to bring food for the judges. They encourage all parents and musicians (at least 16 years old) to sign up. They only ask that musicians and family members of someone auditioning not sign up as a runner for a room in which their instrument is being heard. You may sign up for multiple time slots. Please use the link below to sign up for a volunteer slot. The schedule will be finalized closer to auditions and any changes that affect those who sign up will be communicated.

When: Sat Jun 18 2016 (8:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Where: George Mason University, School of Music, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Julia Robins, (703) 642-8051
For more information: click here

Computer CORE‘s Summer Technology Workshops: Math & Finance for the Workplace

Computer C.O.R.E. offers Skill Building Workshops to their students, graduates and members of the community. Each course is taught by business professional with hands-on expertise. You must register to attend. If you have any questions, please call the office at (703) 931-7346. Class seating is limited, early registration is recommended.

When: Sat Jun 18 2016 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Where: The Lee Building, 5881 Leesburg Pike, STE 204, Falls Church, VA 22041
Fee? yes; see link below
Contact: Wade Stewart, (703) 931-7346 ext 105
For more information: click here

Sunday, June 19, 2016

AYPO Season Auditions with American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

AYPO will be holding auditions for their 2016-2017 season. They are currently looking for volunteers to escort musicians from warm-up rooms to audition rooms and sign musicians in at the front desk, as well as volunteers to bring food for the judges. They encourage all parents and musicians (at least 16 years old) to sign up. They only ask that musicians and family members of someone auditioning not sign up as a runner for a room in which their instrument is being heard. You may sign up for multiple time slots. Please use the link below to sign up for a volunteer slot. The schedule will be finalized closer to auditions and any changes that affect those who sign up will be communicated.

When: Sun Jun 19 2016 (8:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Where: George Mason University, School of Music, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Julia Robins, (703) 642-8051
For more information: click here

Monday, June 20, 2016

Computer CORE‘s Summer Technology Workshops: Microsoft Outlook

Computer C.O.R.E. offers Skill Building Workshops to their students, graduates and members of the community. Each course is taught by business professional with hands-on expertise. You must register to attend. If you have any questions, please call the office at (703) 931-7346. Class seating is limited, early registration is recommended.

When: Mon Jun 20 2016 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Where: The Lee Building, 5881 Leesburg Pike, STE 204, Falls Church, VA 22041
Fee? yes; see link below
Contact: Wade Stewart, (703) 931-7346 ext 105
For more information: click here

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Annual Recognition Event with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

Join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia on June 21, 2016 at the James Lee Community Center to celebrate the successes of their 1,500 adult learners and 700 volunteers.

When: Tue Jun 21 2016 (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
Fee? no
Contact: Mary Tack, (703) 237-0866

Computer CORE‘s Summer Technology Workshops: QuickBooks Boot Camp

Computer C.O.R.E. offers Skill Building Workshops to their students, graduates and members of the community. Each course is taught by business professional with hands-on expertise. You must register to attend. If you have any questions, please call the office at (703) 931-7346. Class seating is limited, early registration is recommended.

When: Tues Jun 21 2016 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM). The course continues on Jun 23, 28 & 30.
Where: The Lee Building, 5881 Leesburg Pike, STE 204, Falls Church, VA 22041
Fee? yes; see link below
Contact: Wade Stewart, (703) 931-7346 ext 105
For more information: click here

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Technology Innovation Award Webinar with 501cTECH

501cTECH will be giving away $7,500 to 3 nonprofits who present the best innovative technology projects in 3 cause areas: K-12 and STEM Education; Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development; Veterans and Military Families. Attend a webinar to learn more about the application process and ask any questions you might have.

When: Wed Jun 22 2016 (4:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Where: online at https://www.commitchange.com/dc/washington/501ctech/events/technology-innovation-awards-application-webinar-4
Fee? no
Contact: Victoria Anania, (202) 234-9670 ext 119
For more information: click here

Thursday, June 23, 2016

7th Annual Builders & Friends BBQ with HomeAid Northern Virginia

Join industry colleagues at the home building industry’s most anticipated event of the Summer. Featuring cornhole games, all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer, and wine, the BBQ is HomeAid’s way to say thanks to the companies that have continued to help them build safe, stable housing for the homeless in our community, year after year.

When: Thu Jun 23 2016 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: The Barn at One Loudoun, 20405 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
Fee? yes; $35
Contact: Christy Eaton, (703) 953-3525
For more information: click here

Computer CORE‘s Summer Technology Workshops: QuickBooks Boot Camp

Computer C.O.R.E. offers Skill Building Workshops to their students, graduates and members of the community. Each course is taught by business professional with hands-on expertise. You must register to attend. If you have any questions, please call the office at (703) 931-7346. Class seating is limited, early registration is recommended.

When: Thu Jun 23 2016 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM). The course continues on Jun 28 & 30.
Where: The Lee Building, 5881 Leesburg Pike, STE 204, Falls Church, VA 22041
Fee? yes; see link below
Contact: Wade Stewart, (703) 931-7346 ext 105
For more information: click here

Friday, June 24, 2016

“Pep Rally Under the Stars” 2016 Gala benefiting Generation Hope

“Pep Rally Under the Stars” is the principal fundraising event for Generation Hope. In the spirit of celebrating collegiate excellence, it will be held at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center and is attended by more than 350 guests who include leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, education, and business worlds — all joined together to celebrate education and the importance of helping teen parents become college graduates. Not just another gala, “Pep Rally Under the Stars” allows guests to wear their best attire along with college memorabilia from their alma mater or favorite school!

When: Fri Jun 24 2016 (7:00 PM – 11:00 PM)
Where: Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Fee? yes $135 single ticket, $245 couple, $1,100 table
Volunteer Info: We need volunteers to assist with anything from our silent auction to set up and clean up. To sign up, please click here.
Contact: Jesseca Myers, (571) 318-9837
For more information: click here

Around Town: 6/11 – 6/17

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Sunday, June 12, 2016

AYPO Season Auditions with American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

AYPO will be holding auditions for their 2016-2017 season. They are currently looking for volunteers to escort musicians from warm-up rooms to audition rooms and sign musicians in at the front desk, as well as volunteers to bring food for the judges. They encourage all parents and musicians (at least 16 years old) to sign up. They only ask that musicians and family members of someone auditioning not sign up as a runner for a room in which their instrument is being heard. You may sign up for multiple time slots. Please use the link below to sign up for a volunteer slot. The schedule will be finalized closer to auditions and any changes that affect those who sign up will be communicated.

When: Sat Jun 11 2016 (08:00 AM – 7:00 PM) and Sun Jun 12 2016 (08:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Where: George Mason University, School of Music, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Julia Robins, (703) 642-8051
For more information: click here

Monday, June 13, 2016

Technology Innovation Award Webinar with 501cTECH

501cTECH will be giving away $7,500 to 3 nonprofits who present the best innovative technology projects in 3 cause areas: K-12 and STEM Education; Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development; Veterans and Military Families. Attend a webinar to learn more about the application process and ask any questions you might have.

When: Mon Jun 13 2016 (11:00 AM – 11:30 AM)
Where: online
Fee? no
Contact: Victoria Anania, (202) 234-9670 ext 119
For more information: click here

Computer CORE – Spring 2016 Graduation

Computer CORE will be celebrating the accomplishments of its spring 2016 class. The honor of your presence is requested on Monday, June 13th, at 5:30 PM at: James Lee Community Center Theatre 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042 Congratulations Computer C.O.R.E. Graduates!

When: Mon Jun 13 2016 (5:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
Fee? no
Contact: Wade Stewart, (703) 931-7346 ext 105

Young Playwrights’ Theater: The Young Playwrights’ Workshop Presents…

The Young Playwrights’ Workshop is YPT’s award-winning student theater ensemble. Members work together to create, develop, rehearse and perform an original play. A professional teaching artist helps the ensemble develop a foundation of theater skills that form the basis for creating new work. Students learn a diverse set of skills: improvisation, stage combat, clowning, solo performance and playwriting. The final performance is presented as part of CulturalDC’s prestigious Source Festival. This performance is free and open to the public. 6:30pm Reception/7pm Performance

When: Mon Jun 13 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Source Theater, 1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help check in guests, set up and run the reception and clean up after the event. All volunteers are welcome to watch the performance.
Contact: Laura Wood, (202) 387-9173

Friday, June 17, 2016

AYPO Season Auditions with American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

AYPO will be holding auditions for their 2016-2017 season. They are currently looking for volunteers to escort musicians from warm-up rooms to audition rooms and sign musicians in at the front desk, as well as volunteers to bring food for the judges. They encourage all parents and musicians (at least 16 years old) to sign up. They only ask that musicians and family members of someone auditioning not sign up as a runner for a room in which their instrument is being heard. You may sign up for multiple time slots. Please use the link below to sign up for a volunteer slot. The schedule will be finalized closer to auditions and any changes that affect those who sign up will be communicated.

When: Fri Jun 17 2016 (2:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Where: George Mason University, School of Music, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Julia Robins, (703) 642-8051
For more information: click here

June is LGBT Pride Month

June isOn May 31st, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation for LGBT Pride Month. The proclamation acknowledges the ongoing “fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people” by forward-thinking individuals and the opportunity to “recognize all they have done to bring us to this point” during LGBT Pride Month. Pride month coincides with the anniversary of the famous Stonewall Riots that occurred in 1969 in New York City, which marked the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S.

This Saturday, June 11 is Capital Pride Parade. The Parade — which travels through Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods — will include more than 180 floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment. In light of LGBT Pride Month, and the upcoming parade, we’re proud to introduce our supporters to two Catalogue nonprofits that dedicate their missions to serving the LGBT community in Greater Washington:

  • SMYAL – Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders: We’ve come a long way in the last few decades, but for many young people SMYAL remains the only place where they can openly and safely be themselves. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are at greater risk than their heterosexual peers for physical abuse, homelessness, suicide, HIV infection, substance abuse, and dropping out of school. Newly-focused on youth leadership, SMYAL enables teens to build confidence, develop life skills, and engage their peers in service and advocacy projects. And the Youth Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment for those rejected by their families and isolated from their communities. Support and discussion groups explore self-esteem, health, sexual activity, drug abuse, and violence protection; free HIV testing, counseling, and referral are offered to everyone. Committed to a better world for the next generation, SMYAL trains schools to work with LGBTQ youth in an effective, affirming way and advocates for services that these youth need as they grow up. Fun fact – SMYAL was just accepted into the 2016-17 Catalogue (it’s 3rd time being featured)!
  • The DC Center for the LGBT Community: The name says it all: the DC Center for the LGBT Community welcomes anyone and everyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in the DC Metro area, and works to meet their varied needs. Its 14 programs fall under four categories (Health and Wellness; Arts and Culture; Social and Support Services; and Advocacy and Community Building) and each addresses specific challenges, identified either by research or by the community’s request for support. Whether it’s distributing HIV-prevention kits, launching the city’s only LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline, offering Spanish-language career development services, or directing LGBT asylum-seekers to legal services, the Center provides direct programs and serves as a clearinghouse for other resources. The most recent initiative? Center Military, designed to support LGBT service members, veterans, and their families. This flexible, comprehensive approach is made possible through collaborations with other organizations, many of which use the Center’s office as a welcoming place for forums and meetings. Where the LGBT community has a need, this dynamic group fills it. Please consider making a donation, or attending one of the many events taking place during the month of June (which you can check out here)!