7 Questions: Jeff Kelble President of Potomac Riverkeeper

jeffTo wrap up Parks and Recreation month in July, we welcome Jeff Kelble, President of Potomac Riverkeeper, to 7 Questions. Before joining Potomac Riverkeeper, Jeff worked for 8 years to build a private small-mouth bass guiding business and a bed and breakfast. After years of fish kills devastated the Shenandoah River’s fishery, he decided to put down his oars to join the fight for the river and its health. Potomac Riverkeeper works to protect the public’s right to clean water in Greater Washington’s rivers and streams.

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#WhatsUpWednesday 07.29.15

This week, we’re excited to highlight two of our nonprofits, 2Seeds Network and The Reading Connection! Read on to find out “what’s up” at these organizations this week, and how you can get involved to support them.

2Seeds Network
This week, 2Seeds said goodbye to one of its staff members, Cam Kemp. Thanks for all your hard work!

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Fun fact: Did you know that for just $100, you can provide business training to a Tanzanian farmer?This invaluable training helps farmers become creative and productive agricultural entrepreneurs locating new markets, forming cooperatives, finding alternative farming opportunities, and generating an income for the farmers’ families. Click on the image above to find out more!

The Reading Connection
The Reading Connection’s summer reading program, We are Readers, is in full blossom. This week, Alexandria Police Officers read with kids at ARHA.

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Fun Fact: Did you know that for just $100, you can provide a parent workshop to help adults increase their confidence about reading to their children? Click on the image above to donate!

7 Questions: Jim Foster, President of Anacostia Watershed Society

“We have a chance to learn from our friends on the West Coast and re-engineer our water systems, to clean up the Anacostia, the Potomac, and the Chesapeake waterways, all the while saving money and reducing carbon emissions.”

 

In honor of Parks and Recreation Month, we welcome Jim Foster, President of Anacostia Watershed Society. Anacostia Watershed Society protects and restores the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage.

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#WhatsUpWednesday 07.22.15

Which CFP charity has a freshly-painted play room, thanks to local volunteers? Which one took its summer academy students to one of the city’s top museums, or shared a record-breaking produce bounty with local seniors? And finally, which CFP charity saw female small business owners in Tanzania set a monthly profit record? Find out below in this weeks #whatsupwednesday!

Bethany House of Northern Virginia
This week, Bethany House had a volunteer team from TheTransit DC who came and painted a play room at one of their shelters. Wow – it looks great with the new bright red and yellow walls!

Higher Achievement
Field trips happen every Friday at Higher Achievement’s Summer Academy! The photo in this week’s slideshow is from Higher Achievement’s recent visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, thanks to partner Mayer Brown.

Iona Senior Services
This season has been record-breaking for our Farm to Table program, which brings fresh produce from local markets to older adults in our Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s — for free! We’ve had 2,275 lbs so far this season (and counting)! Special thanks to our partners New Morning Farm, FRESHFARM Markets (’13-’14 CFP charity!), DC Greens (’14-’15 CFP charity), and Licking Creek Bend Farm.

2Seeds Network
Mama Asha from Tabora Project calculated monthly profits this week in the group’s newly built storage building. The group of women cooks and sells packaged foods around Tanzania, and June was their highest monthly profit to date!

#WhatsUpWednesday 07.15.15

After a brief summer hiatus, #WhatsUpWednesday is back, refreshed, and excited to share “what’s up” at CFP charities this week! Take a look at photos in the video below, and be sure to check out our charities’ CFP pages to learn how you can donate or volunteer.

Global Kids
Global Kids has been having an incredible summer. Global Kids Summer Institute visited the South African Embassy. The youth met with a South African diplomat with whom they discussed racial justice issues in their local communities and in South Africa. In August, many of these students will be traveling to South Africa with Global Kids-DC through a generous grant from the DC Department of Employment Services.

2Seeds Network
Mzee Mcharo from Kwakiliga Project and Mama Tatu from Bombo Majimoto Project met this week to calculate business profits and share ideas with Jeremy, the Kwakiliga Project Coordinator.

Crossroads Community Food Network
Wednesday was market day at Crossroads Farmers Market, operated by the Crossroads Community Food Network! Today was salsa day at market – they served up free samples of summer peach salsa while enjoying salsa music. Market is open each Wednesday from 11-3 until November.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia
Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. is participating in Macy’s Shop For A Cause on August 29th. You can purchase a shopping pass good for 25% on almost everything including sale items. Contact Brad Womble, 703-658-9500 for more information!

Higher Achievement
Summer Academy is underway at Higher Achievement! Six weeks of full school days. Core subjects and electives Monday – Thursday and fun/interactive field trips every Friday!

The Reading Connection
At The Reading Connection, BB&T Lighthouse Project volunteers donated their time to participate in monthly Book Club mailing. They mailed out new, beautiful kids books to 210 at-risk families who are enrolled in Book Club program through home visiting agencies. BB&T Lighthouse Project also made a $1,800 donation to the Book Club.

Calvary Women’s Services
Calvary has a new garden area, and women are already enjoying produce that they’ve grown!

Creating the Catalogue: Part 1

Summer is officially here: School is out, the beach is “in”, but while many in Greater Washington begin to wind down for the season, the Catalogue team is just getting started with production of our 2015-2016 guide to giving!

After thoroughly vetting more 200 charity applicants in areas of financials, programs, and impact, last month we proudly announced our list of charities to be included in the upcoming Catalogue. So what happens until the November 1 release of the 2015-2016 Catalogue for Philanthropy? Read on to find out!

Last year's Catalogue: Hot off the press!

Last year’s Catalogue: Hot off the press!

We begin by working with each of our charities to collect the very best photos they have of their programs or volunteers in action, or…anything that represents what they do. Fun fact: Nearly all of the beautiful photos in our Catalogue come from our charities (which is one of the many reasons we think the Catalogue is so special)!

While collecting photos, we also begin turning each charity’s 3000-word application into a compelling 170-word story that will represent that charity in the Catalogue. 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 the communications staff to do this work for them, so telling their stories, in words and images, is what we do! After many round of proofing, we’re off to the printer, and then mailing center, where the Catalogue is mailed to more than 25,000 households across Greater Washington.

Of course, as we put together the Catalogue, we always want to ensure that we incorporate the feedback of our supporters in the community. Do you have 5 minutes to spare, and a desire to help make this next Catalogue our best one yet? Help us understand how you use the Catalogue and how we can improve our work in the future by filling out our user survey! Your feedback will influence the ways in which we make the Catalogue an even more valuable resource for donors and charities in Greater Washington.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of “Creating the Catalogue”, when we introduce you to the people who work hard to bring the Catalogue to life: our staff!

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.17.15

At the Catalogue, we LOVE hearing stories of inspiration and collaboration, and this week’s #whatsupwednesday gives us a glimpse into two organizations doing just that: DC SCORES and 2Seeds Network. Have a story of your own to share? Send it to us so we can feature you on our blog! In the meantime, read on to see what these great organizations were up to this week:

DC SCORES

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This week, DC SCORES student Nohemy (left) was on a panel about girls in sports with Washington Spirit star Crystal Dunn! Want to keep up with DC SCORES on social media? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

2Seeds Network
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Today, 2Seeds Network’s US-based staff met with the team from 2 Seconds or Less (an organization dedicated to ending childhood malnutrition) to share ideas, lessons learned, and dreams of ways to make their organizations stronger and more effective. Want to keep up with 2Seeds Network on social media? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Be sure to check out each of these organization’s nonprofit pages in the links above to find out how you can support them!

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.10.15

In this week’s edition of #WhatsUpWednesday, we have volunteer opportunities to uplift young girls, a recipe that is both delicious and nutritious, and snapshots of our nonprofits in action: celebrating the joy of reading in schools, ensuring the safety and health of those living on the street, and showing off agricultural achievements!videoimage Girls on the Run – DC
Girls on the Run – DC relies on amazing volunteer coaches to help our teams of 8-15 girls recognize their inner strength! Apply today to be a GOTR-DC Fall 2015 coach!

Georgetown Ministry Center
Gunther and Dr. Crosland from Unity Health Care Inc. were doing street outreach and bringing healthcare to people who live on the street. Whether it’s 10 degrees or 100 degrees, they are out there making sure people are okay!

Reading Partners DC
Reading Partners celebrated reading and the end of the school year, and took a great picture from Wheatley Education Campus (see that photo in the video above!).

Crossroads Community Food Network
The Crossroads Community Food Network is serving up Swiss Chard Wraps at the Crossroads Farmers Market’s weekly nutrition education lesson, in partnership with University of Maryland Extension! Want the recipe? Get it here: http://eatsmart.umd.edu/recipe/swiss-chard-wraps. Come visit the market each Wednesday from 11-3 in Takoma Park for healthy produce, tasty lunch offerings, great music, activities for kids, nutrition education and more!

2Seeds Network
Mama Tatu from the Bombo Majimoto Project proudly showed Anderson from the Masoko Project the group’s greenhouse and newly planted garlic!

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.03.15

Ever curious about what Catalogue nonprofits are doing each week? “What’s Up Wednesday” gives you peek into the inspiring work of some of the hardest-working organizations in Greater Washington. Click the image below to check out our video, and read on to learn more about the organizations it features!

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Click for a video of this week’s activities!

Girls on the Run – DC
Girls on the Run – DC is honored to be participating in Do More 24 this week,a 24-hour online giving campaign to encourage the community to give where you live to inspire change in the region. We have a goal of $5,000 to provide program scholarships to girls in need so that they can learn to be joyful, healthy, and confident and become the best version of themselves! You can help by making a gift online athttps://www.domore24.org/#npo/girls-on-the-run-dc or by attending one of our events:http://www.gotrdc.org/event/1240/do-more-24-2015.

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
This weekend, volunteers from Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ volunteered at our Arna Valley View Apartments, helping with projects such as gardening, litter clean up of a nearby park, and backpack assembly for our school supply drive. We also honored long-time affordable housing advocate Charlie Rinker with a tree dedication ceremony. Photo credit in this week’s slideshow: Michael Salamone.

APAH is also particpating in Do More 24 tomorrow, June 4th. Please visit their campaign page here to donate!

DC SCORES
On Saturday, DC SCORES culminated an action-packed spring season with the 20th Jamboree at Anacostia Park!

DC SCORES is also participating in Do More 24 tomorrow, June 4th. Give the gift of a soccer uniform with a $24 donation!

Washington Parks & People
This has been a big week for Washington Parks & People, as they lay the groundwork (literally) for their new South Garden at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. On Monday, staff and DC Green Corps trainees braved the heat and humidity to lay down 15 cubic yards of topsoil. (That’s a lot of dirt!) The following day, they installed a carpet of rich sod, which will be so much nicer than the sweltering parking lot that preceded it!

Around Town 5/29/2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pony Rides & Open House

Simple Changes
Spring is officially here and we’re celebrating with our Spring Open House and Pony Rides! Join us at our Lorton location for face painting, raffles, horse painting, pony rides, and more. Share with all your friends and we’ll see you there!

When: Sun May 31 2015 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Where: 10406 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA 22079
Fee? no
Contact: Simple Changes, (703) 402-3613
For more information: click here

Monday, June 08, 2015

showTunes & Cocktails

Theatre Washington
June is Busting Out All Over! Sing in the summer with maestro Glenn Pearson and special guest Evan Casey – opening June 19 in Adventure Stage-MTC’s production of Garfield, the Musical with Catitude. While raising your voice in song, enjoy signature cocktails and a happy hour menu from your friends at the Beacon Bar & Grill. And don’t miss the chance to win tickets to some of the summer’s hottest shows!

When: Mon Jun 8 2015 (7:00 PM)
Where: Beacon Bar & Grill, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (In the Beacon Hotel), Washington, DC 20036
Fee? no
Contact: Theatre Washington, (202) 337-4572
For more information: click here

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stewards of Children Training

Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Participate in Stewards of Children and gain information necessary to protect children and ensure they grow up healthy and safe in DC. Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the?safety of children, including community members and professionals that work with youth. The training includes a discussion about critical issues in sexual abuse prevention and a video sharing the voices of survivors and experts in the field.

When: Wed Jun 17 2015 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, 429 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? no
Contact: Erin McGuinness, (202) 645-3522