Around Town 4/17-4/23

Art, culture, and music events this week is only a taste of what CFP nonprofits have to offer. There’s nothing better than getting out this beautiful weekend and supporting local nonprofits in the Metro Region!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Opening Celebration (Free Art on 8th Event)

Dance Place
Join us for a special event at Monroe St. Market to celebrate the return of Art on 8th! 6:30pm: POP (People Objects Play) Interactive Dance 7:00pm: Coyaba Dance Theater African Dance & Drumming 7:45pm: DC Casineros Cuban Salsa

When: Fri Apr 17 2015 (6:30 PM)
Where: Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Fee? no
Contact: Dance Place, (202) 269-1600
For more information: click here

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Family Art Day

Project Create
During this all ages event, the community can create art projects, enjoy refreshments and giveaways. This event is free and open to the public, spread the word! To RSVP, please text (202) 930-CRE8 or email studio@projectcreatedc.org.

When: Sat Apr 18 2015 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Project Create Studio, 2028 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20020
Fee? no
Contact: Project Create, (202) 889-0655
For more information: click here

KW Rocks! Concert in the Vines

Main Street Child Development Center
Keller Williams Capital Properties of Fairfax is hosting Concert in the Vines, its third annual Wine &; Rock charity concert held at Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton, VA). The concert will raise money for KW’s Red Day activities. Last year on Red Day, in addition to sending over 20 employees to Main Street for a half-day of volunteer work, KW also presented a few very nice classroom supplies (i.e. easels) and a check for $1,000.

When: Sat Apr 18 2015 (7:00 PM)
Where: Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124
Fee? yes $50
Contact: Marriah, (703) 964-1290
For more information: click here

The Romantics: Wagner & Liszt

The In Series
A salon-style concert of rarely heard songs by two giants who embodied the pinnacles –and some pitfalls– of the Romantic Era. Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets, Wagner’s Wesendonk Songs, Liszt’s transcription of Wagner’s Tristan, and more! Pianists: Carlos Rodriguez & Carla Hubner Singers: Peter Burroughs & Debra Lawrence PERFORMANCE DATES: Sat 4/18 at 8pm Sun 4/19 at 3:30pm (mat.)

When: Sat Apr 18 2015 (8:00 PM)
Where: Casa Italiana, 595 1/2 3rd St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? yes GA: $35 SE: $33 STUDENT/Youth: $16
Contact: The In Series, (202) 204-7764
For more information: click here

Monday, April 20, 2015

CASA at Meet Me Monday

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County
Meet Me Monday is a fun-filled networking event complete with music, comedy and trivia. CASA will be at Meet Me Monday to spread the word about what we as a community can do to prevent child abuse. Join us to learn more!

When: Mon Apr 20 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Sobe Restaurant and Lounge, 10621 Greenbelt Road, Suite 201, Lanham, MD 20774
Fee? no
Contact:Penny Gerber, (301) 209-0491
For more information: click here

Wednesday, April 22, 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 Apr 22 2015 (3:00 PM – 5:00 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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crittenton’s Talk with a Teen Girl Today Afternoon High Tea Volunteer Opportunity

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
Crittenton’s annual Talk with a Teen Girl Today Afternoon High Tea gives teen girls in our programs opportunities to share their views on issues impact their lives, and showcase their leadership and advocacy skills. It also gives caring adults and near peers opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences and engage with teen girls. Crittenton participants will speak on the issues impacting their lives, and college scholarships will be awarded to program participants. To register for the High Tea, please visit our registration page here.

When: Thu Apr 23 2015 (1:15 PM – 2:45 PM)
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fee? no event is free with a suggested donation
Volunteer Info: We are seeking volunteers to assist with event set-up, during the event, and with take-down afterwards. Volunteers would assist with directing guests and program participants, setting up materials for High Tea, answering guest questions, and other tasks.
Contact: Tara Egan, (301) 565-9333

A Novel EventVolunteer Opportunity

The Washington Literacy Center
A Novel Event: A Fundraiser for the Washington Literacy Center (WLC) celebrates literacy and recognizes corporate, community and individual partners who are working to increase the literacy rate for District of Columbia adults. This year the WLC will announce its first student Leadership Class acknowledging the accomplishments of current students and recent graduates. The event in an after-hours reception hosted in the stunning Homer Building Atrium featuring a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres, wine, coffee and dessert.

When: Thu Apr 23 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: The Homer Building 601 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Fee? yes $100 per person
Volunteer Info: Support check-in, escort sponsors
Contact: Terry Algire, (202) 387-9029 ext 12
For more information: click here

#WhatsUpWednesday 04.15.15

“Tax Day” got you down? Let CFP nonprofits lift your spirits with a peek into their inspiring work in our community!



Girls on the Run – DC
As the Girls on the Run – DC girls prepare for the spring season 5K on Sunday, May 3rd, they also learned about Real Beauty last week. This lesson presents the girls the opportunity to explore a new definition of beauty. They are to learn the benefit of thinking positively about themselves. Join GOTR-DC for the 5K at Anacostia Park as they celebrate 10,000 girls’ lives changed through the program since their founding in 2006.

Also, in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, GOTR-DC introduced us Kyla Campbell, one of their many wonderful coaches! To learn more about Kyla and her work with Girls on the Run DC, click here.

Washington Parks & People
Parks & People kicks off Earth Week tomorrow night with a candlelight program honoring the 8,428 African American men, women, and children who were buried during Reconstruction in the earth beneath what is now Walter Pierce Park. On April 21, the 25th anniversary of our first Earth Day reclamation of Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, they will raise the Embassy of the Earth flag at our Josephine Butler Parks Center at 2437 15th NW. On April 22, Washington Parks & People and their Green Corps trainees will lead Earth Day greening and farming with the Justice Department at Marvin Gaye Park, alongside partners from DC Urbangreens, Inc. and with the DC Department of the Environment at its headquarters that evening.

Joseph’s House
Today is the final day in Joseph’s House Indiegogo campaign for their Healing Garden — they made it to their $35,000 goal with just a little cushion! Congratulations! Below is a look into the Joseph’s House dream for the garden:

“We dream of a garden sanctuary for those who have struggled for much of their lives. Joseph’s House dreams of creating a healing garden to serve as a threshold to our very special community, where our residents, as well as staff, volunteers and visitors, can pause and reflect within the healing powers of nature. Our dreams is for a garden that is accessible, inviting, neighborly and contemplative; a place to gather and to remember.”

(from http://garden.josephshouse.org/)

Congratulations to Joesph’s House!

Our Daily Bread
Happy ‪#‎NationalVolunteerWeek from Our Daily Bread‬! Last year, 1,031 Our Daily Bread volunteers worked 10,473 hours to help make life better for our Fairfax County area neighbors who are working toward self-sufficiency! We are so grateful to every one of them! Click here for a sample of what ODB volunteers do. Want to get involved? Our Daily Bread has a number of immediate volunteer needs — find them here!

7 Questions: Tara Libert, Executive Director of Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop


“Poetry has this awesome way of breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions and getting to the raw humanity that connects all of us.”

“We had no idea how it would go over and here we are 13 years later not only going to the DC jail twice a week but working with over 350 young men in federal prisons all around the country and offering an intensive Reentry Support program when they come home.”

 

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community. Before co-founding Free Minds in 2002, Tara worked as a radio and television news and documentary producer for twelve years. After producing many features on the US criminal justice system, showcasing such topics such as the death penalty, prison overcrowding and juvenile justice reform she was drawn to direct service.

Continue reading

Around Town 4/10-4/16

Looking for a way to avoid the overwhelming crowds this weekend and still have a great time? CFP nonprofits this week will keep you happy, entertained, and excited about the great work going on in our community!

And don’t forget, April is Autism Awareness, Poetry, Child Abuse Prevention, and Financial Literacy month! CFP nonprofits work in all of these fields and more, click here to learn more about them!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Victory Road – The World Premiere

Bowen McCauley Dance Company
BMD teams up with Jason and the Scorchers, credited by Rolling Stone Magazine for rewriting the history of rock-n-roll in the South, for the world premiere of Victory Road. Inspired by the music of Jason Ringenberg, Lucy transforms his stories and songs into movement a journey of hope, tragedy, and triumph. The band and the Company unite on stage for an electrifying performance about a boy who leaves his hometown with the dream of becoming a rock star in the 1980′s.

When: Fri Apr 10 2015 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566
Fee? yes $40-$45
Contact: dance@bmdc.org, (703) 910-5175
For more information: click here

Saturday, April 11, 2015

7th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Potomac Community Resources
Join BCR and Cellava for the 7th Annual Inclusive Earth Day. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Event will take place rain or shine! Calleva has made arrangements with PCR for transportation to and from the event, with a van leaving the Our Lady of Mercy parking lot (9200 Kentsdale Dr., Potomac, MD) at 9:30am and returning at 2:00pm.

When: Sat Apr 11 2015 (10:00 AM – 1:30 PM)
Where: 13015 Riley’s Lock Road, Poolesville, MD 20837
Fee? no
Contact: Melissa Wyman, (301) 365-0561
For more information: click here

Coast-to-Coast for a Cause Launch Party

Phoenix Bikes
Come support Nathan as he starts out on his Coast-to-Coast for a Cause ride to benefit Phoenix Bikes! Nathan will be launching his cross country journey from the shop and heading west along the W&OD trail for the first of over 3500 miles across the USA during the next 4 months. We will have some refreshments and you can join us to just to give him a high five and wave goodbye or you can ride alongside him for the first few miles to cheer him on (the first part of the Team Phoenix Youth ride that day will be joining Nathan as well). To learn more about Nathan’s adventure, check out his fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/Coast-to-Coast/fundraiser/phoenixbikes

When: Sat Apr 11 2015 (10:30 AM)
Where: Phoenix Bikes, 4200 S Four Mile Run Dr, Arlington, VA 22206
Fee? no
Contact Phoenix Bikes, (703) 575-7762
For more information: click here

BMD Annual Soiree Volunteer Opportunity

Bowen McCauley Dance Company
BMD’s signature event invites guests to eat, drink, and be merry following our Victory Road world premiere. The celebration features an irresistible silent auction and the opportunity to dance and mingle with the cast. Enjoy an evening of country glam with Nashville’s finest! Your reservation includes premium performance seating.

When: Sat Apr 11 2015 (9:00 PM – 11:00 PM)
Where: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566
Fee? yes Individual reservation: $150.00
Volunteer Info: Check-in, silent auction monitors, close-out and collection of silent auction items, live auctioneer
Contact: dance@bmdc.org, (703) 910-5175
For more information: click here

Monday, April 13, 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: Mon Apr 13 2015 (3:00 PM – 5:00 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

“Cocktails” & Conversation

The Dwelling Place
The Dwelling Place cordially invites you to join us for a very unique cocktail party. We look forward to having you at our annual event as we bring attention to the food and nutritional challenges faced by families affected by homelessness in Montgomery County. This event is hosted in coordination with Nourish Now. To purchase advance tickets and/or to donate as a Friend of The Dwelling Place, Inc. please visit our event website at https://www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/2015 (Tickets will also be available at the door)

When: Mon Apr 13 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
Fee? yes $50
Contact: Miriam Gandell, (240) 813-1603
For more information: click here

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wear Blue in Honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month Volunteer Opportunity

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 16th, we ask you to wear blue to raise awareness about child abuse. Take a photo and post it online with #Iamforthechild @CASA_PGC”

When: Thu Apr 16 2015 (00:00 AM – 12:00 MIDNIGHT)
Where: United States, Wherever you are!, Your city, MD 20737
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Wear blue and post your photo online
Contact: Penny Gerber, (301) 209-0491
For more information: click here

#whatsupwednesday 04.08.15

This week the Catalogue is excited to share a more detailed look at “what’s up” with two of our charities: CREATE Arts Center, and Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Read on to learn more about their work, and how you can get involved!

CREATE Arts Center

To add some sunshine to a gray day: Spring Art Campers are creative and witty! Check out the joke in this wonderful and silly surreal environment.
To add some sunshine to a gray day: Spring Art Campers are creative and witty! Check out the joke in this wonderful and silly surreal environment. (Click to enlarge)

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

We love the artwork (and joke) shared by CREATE Arts Center (’13-’14)! Located in downtown Silver Spring, CREATE offers arts classes, camps, and pARTies for children ages 2 -16, and arts classes and art therapy programs for adults of all ages. Their mission is to promote creativity, self-expression, and learning in the arts. In addition to supporting CREATE through donations, you can also get involved through various employment and volunteer opportunities, such as assisting with camps, classes and other events. Do you know a student looking for leadership opportunities? CREATE is looking for interns and Counselors-in-Training as well!

Last week, young residents at APAH properties celebrated the start of spring with outdoor egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Last week, young residents at APAH properties celebrated the start of spring with outdoor egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Last week, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (’14-’15) celebrated the start of spring with an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny! APAH is the only nonprofit affordable housing developer working exclusively in Arlington County. Their mission is to develop, preserve, own and advocate for quality affordable housing in Arlington, and to promote opportunity for their residents through partnerships and programs. From child care, to teaching workplace skills to residents, to advocacy and more, APAH is always looking for neighbors looking to lend their time and talent in support of affordable housing in Arlington. On April 25th, volunteers are invited to APAH’s Earth Day Community Clean Up at Columbia Grove Apartments and the surrounding neighborhoods. Click for details and how to register.

…and that’s a wrap on this week’s #whatsupwednesday. Check back next week to learn more about our 331-strong community of charities!

7 Questions with 826DC Executive Director Joe Callahan

Joe Callahan

What brought me to 826DC was the opportunity to help thousands of students in the District find their voices, to tell their stories, and to develop of love for writing and words”

In honor of National Poetry Month we welcome Joe Callahan, Executive Director of 826DC. 826DC is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. Joe Callahanjoined 826DC in June of 2010. Prior to this, he worked as a writing professor at both American University and the George Washington University. In addition to teaching, he has worked and consulted for a wide range of non-profit organizations, including public policy institutions, museums, and a renowned literary magazine.

  1. What motivated you to begin working with your organization?

Before joining 826DC, I was an adjunct professor teaching writing at two local universities. I loved being in front of a classroom, but I witnessed students at the college level struggle significantly with writing, organizing their thoughts, and crafting arguments. I thought about my experience learning to write having a couple great teachers who took the extra time to encourage me to explore, discover, and create arguments. I thought about my experience as a young student having teachers who encouraged me to dream up imaginative stories, and reinforced a love and power of words. Finally, I thought about those who might not have those opportunities or those teachers. It drew me to 826DC, then in its infancy. I started as a volunteer and eventually joined the staff, and soon thereafter became the Executive Director. What brought me to 826DC was the opportunity to help thousands of students in the District find their voices, to tell their stories, and to develop of love for writing and words.

  1. What exciting change or innovation is on your mind?

At 826DC we have a small staff and we can only do what we do because of an amazing army of supremely dedicated volunteers. Locally, we have about 1,200 volunteers in our database, and each of them bring a unique blend of skills (and availability) to our work. I am excited about finding creative ways for engaging, recruiting, managing, and appreciating our volunteers one that leverages technology but doesn’t eliminate the important personal side of community building. Nonprofits need to re-think how they engage volunteers and how they provide opportunities for volunteers to contribute whether it be micro volunteering, skills-based, or direct service. By creating an environment that supports and encourages volunteering, we can better deliver our services to our students.

  1. Who inspires you (in the philanthropy world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?

This is a tough one. There are so many people out there that I respect who are doing such great work. I really look up to the disrupters that are trying to change philanthropy for the better – I am thinking about people like Clarence Wardell III and Karan Jain of tinyGive, who are using technology to create systems to make donating easy and seamless. By eliminating barriers to philanthropy and making it accessible, we can motivate more and more people to participate in philanthropy. As for my hero, I’d say Kurt Vonnegut. Not only my favorite author, he was a fearless storyteller. He ignored genres and conventions and wrote as only he knew how, telling his stories the way he wanted to tell them.

  1. What was your most interesting recent project/partnership?

This spring, 826 National released a STEM and creative writing book called STEM to Story. It is a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiments that connect with creative writing, like writing the zombie apocalypse, that are structured to help enliven STEM programming while also inspiring students to take on scientific exploration. Locally, we are working with the Points of Light Foundation to recruit a VISTA to help us launch the curriculum. I’m looking forward to working with writing teachers to bring science to their classrooms, and reaching science teachers who may not be familiar with our work.

  1. What is the single greatest challenge that your organization faces (besides finances) and how are you dealing with this challenge?

Strategic Capacity Building. The need for our services is clear. Over the last five years, we have grown from serving a few hundred students to now more than 4,000. In the upcoming school year we hope to serve 5,000 DC public and public charter school students. This growth needs to be thoughtful. It needs to make sense for us as an organization. This growth requires more staff, more volunteers, a larger and more comprehensive infrastructure, and yes, of course, more money. By having a strong strategic plan, and a commitment to our vision, we are able to find the right partners to help us grow steadily but strategically. Our board and staff are passionate about this plan and this growth, and their involvement and investment is imperative. But, this growth takes constant vigilance in order to be successful.

  1. What advice do you have for other people in your position?

I have two major pieces of advice first, being an executive director can be lonely. Build a network of people who understand what you are going through, and what you have to do. They will be huge resources, and don’t undervalue that type of contribution. Second, find something you love that has absolutely nothing to do with work and do it. You need to make time for it. It’s unsustainable if you don’t. For me, my creative passion is writing. I need to do it. I need to create worlds and characters and stories that have nothing to do with my job. I love to play golf and go to baseball games. When I do these things, I can forget about work for a little while and I get to create some distance. And when I get back to the office I am refreshed.

  1. What’s next/coming up for you?

April, National Poetry Month, is a really exciting month. We are partnering with the Academy of American Poets on a project, Read This Poem, which features local poets and their work. It is a great way for us to connect professional poets to our students and to shine a light on the creative community here in D.C.

To read more about CFP nonprofits that help grow the writing and poetry community in our DC-Metro Region, click here!

Around Town 4/3-4/9

This week CFP nonprofits offer a host of events to help you brush up on important skills: reading to children, ways to protect children from warning signs of abuse, and literacy volunteer opportunities. Wrap it up with an amazing dance performance and you may just experience the most productive week ever!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Step Afrika! Reads at the Hill Center

Step Afrika! USA
Step Afrika! Reads is designed to teach young children of all cultural and economic backgrounds to be active. It encourages parents to read to their children on a daily basis. The 35-minute program is structured for two to five year-olds and combines reading, exercise and creative movement. Tickets are free but there’s limited space so please use the link below to reserve a spot!

When: Fri Apr 3 2015 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)
Where: Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
Fee? no
Contact: Alorie Clark, (202) 399-7993 ext 112
For more information: click here

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Cynthia Oliver / COCo Dance Theatre

Dance Place
Cynthia Oliver creates performance collages that move from dance to word to sound and back again toward an eclectic and provocative dance theatre. BOOM!, a new duet, features Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet as individuals, friends, strangers, family, younger/older versions of themselves, negotiating relations that are persistently in flux. Building upon a non-linear sequence of narratives around a life and a relationship of a woman to herself, her history, her present and future, BOOM! is a choreography of shifting realities a looping, fractured unfolding, examining notions of destiny, when LIFE happens, when fairness and cause and effect do not necessarily align.

When: Sat Apr 4 2015 (8:00 PM)
Where: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Fee? yes $30 Admission
Contact: Dance Place, (202) 269-1600
For more information: click here

Tuesday, April 07, 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: Tue Apr 7 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

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Adult Literacy Tutor Information Session

Literacy Council of Montgomery County
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an informational session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write, or speak English. Once volunteers have completed the information session, they can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups, and typically meet with students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times.

When: Wed Apr 8 2015 (10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Fee? no
Contact: Jennifer Redding, (301) 610-0030 ext 208
For more information: click here

#WhatsupWednesday 04.01.15

It may be April Fool’s Day, but the work Catalogue nonprofits are doing this week is no joke! Whether its racing in support of same-day emergency assistance, teaching young girls the importance of cooperation, inspiring a young playwright, planting seeds in Tanzania, or working diligently to prevent child abuse…there’s much to be proud of this week. For information on how you can support these organization, check out their CFP charity pages in the links below.

Arlington Thrive
Nearly 40 Arlington Thrive supporters have Resolved to Run in 2015! These supporters are training to run the GW Parkway Classic Ten Mile and 5K race on April 26 with an expert coach. They are creating personal fundraising pages and appealing to friends and family to make a gift in their honor and support the work of Arlington Thrive. This week’s photo features their most dedicated runners who braved the cold weather on a Saturday morning at Bluemont Park in Arlington.

Girls on the Run DC
Girls across all 8 wards of the District in the Girls on the Run – DC spring season learned about cooperation this week. The girls are learning what cooperation means and understanding why cooperation is important in society. They will be challenged to begin applying cooperative skills to different situations.

Young Playwrights’ Theater
Student playwright Evan Alston from Stokes Elementary School discusses his play, Losxy Docxy, with professional actors Bryan Norrington and Kenya D. Morris during the first read-through of Young Playwrights’ Theater’s 2015 New Play Festival. April 20-22 at GALA Hispanic Theatre, professional theater artists will bring 15 student-written plays to life onstage. Free and open to the public!

2Seeds Network
2Seeds Network has a number of reforestation efforts launching this week in honor of National Tree Planting Day in Tanzania! Deforestation in Tanzania is devastatingly common, leading to major environmental issues such as soil erosion and decreased agricultural productivity. Given the widespread nature of the problem, a number of projects are employing reforestation efforts to improve soil quality and provide income sources for future generations. Read more about the Lutindi Project, 2Seeds Network’s particular approach here.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County
Today is the start of Childhood Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA Prince George’s County has an entire calendar devoted to events and tips for preventing child abuse. To learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month, click here.

Fun Fact: Did you know the Catalogue for Philanthropy now offers the ability to make recurring donations? If you see an organization that interests you, consider committing to a regular gift (monthly, quarterly, annually)! This designation can be made on our checkout page. Please contact our office (202-955-6538) with questions.