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May is Mental Health Month

mental healthEach year, more than 40 million Americans experience mental illness, and 50 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life (with half of those people developing conditions by the age of 14)*.

Recognizing the early signs of mental health conditions and taking action — is a critical step toward effective treatment that can help people live life to the fullest. According to work by Mental Health America, “mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.” Their “B4Stage4” program outlines the stages of mental health conditions, and impresses the importance of intervention before a person reaches stage 4.

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For more information about what you should know and what you can do at each stage, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

For many, knowing where to turn for support and treatment is the most challenging step. The Catalogue for Philanthropy is proud to feature a number of local charities that focus solely on supporting the mental health of individuals in our community through counseling and outreach services:

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Aspire Counseling (Gaithersburg, MD)
Meets the mental health needs of Montgomery County residents.

 

ascensionsAscensions Community Services, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Provides families in Wards 7 and 8 with individualized mental health assistance.

 

 

wendtWendt Center for Loss and Healing (Washington, DC)
Offers counseling, support, and crisis response for those of all ages affected by trauma and loss. (Volunteer opportunities also available here).

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The Women’s Center
(Vienna, VA)
Makes mental health counseling accessible to all. (Volunteer opportunities also available here).

 

In addition to the organizations listed above, more than 40 health and wellness organizations listed in the Catalogue for Philanthropy also have mental health offerings as part of their programming.

We encourage you to learn more not only about these organizations, but also about the warning signs and symptoms of mental health problems. Through awareness and education we can remove the stigma of mental health problems, connect those in need with the right resources, and be a source of support in their treatment.

*Source: 2 Ronald C. Kessler et al., Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, 62 Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 593, 595 (2005).

Around Town: 4/23 – 4/29

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Artful Living: Seeing the Beauty Within with Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread presents Artful Living: Seeing the Beauty Within, an evening of Art, Wine and Strengthening Community in association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. The evening will include a juried art show, with art works in a variety of media from local artists that will be available for sale. Live music by Latin-jazz band Batida Diferente. Wine from Pearmund Cellars and food by Dolce Vita. Craft beer tasting. A live auction, including a Washington Nationals/Meet Jayson Werth experience. Proceeds support Our Daily Bread’s work to move struggling Fairfax County area residents from a place of need to one of self-sufficiency. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts scholarship fund.

When: Sat Apr 23 2016 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Where: Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? yes $40 by 4/1; $45 4/2-4/22; $50 at door
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will be needed to help set-up and run event, as well as clean up. At-event volunteer opportunities are available here.
Contact: Jennifer Rose, (703) 273-8829
For more information: click here

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Play Festival (Night 3) with Young Playwrights’ Theater

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices. Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater honors plays from a diverse group of YPT students in a production that celebrates the playwright’s craft. Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers. A reception will take place at 6:30 pm with a 7:00 pm performance.

When: Mon Apr 25 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help set up and run the reception, check in guests and clean up following the event. All volunteers are welcome to watch the performance.
Contact: Laura Wood, (202) 387-9173

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Volunteer Orientation with Byte Back

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

When: Tue Apr 26 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

Around Town: 4/16 – 4/22

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roundabout Century Ride with Calvary Women’s Services

The 3rd Annual Roundabout Century Ride will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016. All proceeds from the event – including the registration fee – will be a tax-deductible donation to Calvary Women’s Services. Calvary offers housing, health, education and employment programs that empower women who are homeless to change their lives. Each rider who participates is strongly encouraged to engage in personal fundraising for the cause. Help them “bike for good!”

When: Sat Apr 16 2016 (08:00 AM)
Where: 1217 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020
Fee? yes $100
Contact: Gillian Cook, (202) 255-0589
For more information: click here

The City of Hyattsville Parade: Walk With Art Works Now

Art Works Now will march in the City of Hyattsville’s 130th Anniversary Parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016. We invite you to join our group, wear green, and have a great time waving a the crowd. Following the parade is a festival which includes carnival rides, food & lots of family fun.

When: Sat Apr 16 2016 (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
Where: Hyattsville Middle School 6001 42nd Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Would you love to be in a parade? Volunteer to help Art Works Now! We need friends & family to dress in green and march in the parade with us. We’ll meet at 10 AM – the parade leaves at 11 AM.
Contact: Nehemiah Dixon III, (301) 454-0808
For more information: click here

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Play Festival (Night 2) with Young Playwrights’ Theater

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices. Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater honors plays from a diverse group of YPT students in a production that celebrates the playwright’s craft. Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers. A reception will take place at 6:30 pm with a 7:00 pm performance.

When: Mon Apr 18 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help set up and run the reception, check in guests and clean up following the event. All volunteers are welcome to watch the performance.
Contact: Laura Wood, (202) 387-9173

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Allies in Change Reception with District Alliance for Safe Housing

Join the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) at their largest annual fundraiser, Allies in Change, as they take time to honor DC’s “safe housing champions” – the community organizations and people who make a difference for DASH survivors of domestic violence and their families. Enjoy refreshments, networking, a photobooth and an empowering survivor’s story in a beautiful setting!

When: Wed Apr 20 2016 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Fee? yes $100 ticket, Sponsorships Available
Contact: Meghan McDonough, (202) 462-3274 ext 101
For more information: click here

Inaugural Benefit for Our Military Kids

Over the past decade, Our Military Kids has committed to make a positive impact on the lives of our military families by athletic and educational activities that help to nurture and sustain what our military troops value most – their children. Since 2004, Our Military Kids has provided more than 52,000 grants totaling more than $22 million in direct support to military families around the nation. The Inaugural Benefit for Our Military Kids will bring together friends and supporters from the military, government, and business to help raise the necessary funds to provide impactful support to the children of our military families. Donations in support of the benefit can be mailed to Our Military Kids at 6861 Elm Street, Suite 2A McLean, VA 22101.

When: Wed Apr 20 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Fee? yes $200 Individual; $350 Couple; $1,000 Trustee (2 tickets, program listing)
Contact: Matthew Lockwood, (703) 734-6654
For more information: click here

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Idealism In Action Gala with City Year Washington, DC

On April 21st, City Year Washington, DC will bring together more than 650 guests for our annual Idealism in Action Gala, a night celebrating service, impact, and idealism. All proceeds from the event support City Year’s work helping to keep more than 6,500 DC public school students in school and on track to succeed.

When: Thu Apr 21 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? yes $250 ticket
Contact: Sarah Cotter, (202) 742-7378
For more information: click here

Garden of Light with Bethany House of Northern Virginia

Bethany House of Northern Virginia requests the pleasure of your company as they shine the light on domestic violence. You are invited to experience a delicious three course dinner, live auction, and listen to inspiring stories of survivors. Please come to learn how you can support the transformation of the lives of women and their children suffering from domestic violence. All proceeds from this event will benefit women and children served by Bethany House’s Family Assistance Program.

When: Thu Apr 21 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:30 PM)
Where: Embassy Suites – Old Town Alexandria, 1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fee? yes $100 per person
Contact: Brad Womble, (703) 658-9500
For more information: click here

Girls on the Run – DC’s 10 Year Anniversary Sneaker Soiree

Please join Girls on the Run as they celebrate 10 years of empowering young girls in DC! Enjoy a fun evening including a reception, band, & silent auction. Also, they’re excited to welcome keynote speaker Kathrine Switzer, an iconic sports and social advocate. Kathrine showed her LIMITLESS POTENTIAL when she was the first female to enter and run the Boston Marathon, what was then considered a men’s only race. Dress: Cocktail/business attire with sneakers. The Sneaker Soiree, their primary fundraising event, benefits Girls on the Run – DC’s efforts to bring the life-changing program to as many girls as possible, regardless of financial situation. As a non-profit serving girls across DC, Girls on the Run – DC relies on your amazing support.

When: Thu Apr 21 2016 (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Josephine Butler House, 2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? yes $110 per ticket; $140 for VIP meet & greet ticket
Volunteer Info: Assist with guest check-in, silent auction and set up.
Contact: Kelly Makimaa, (832) 443-8909
For more information: click here

Around Town: 4/9 – 4/15

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Monday, April 11, 2016

New Play Festival (Night 1) with Young Playwrights’ Theater

The New Play Festival is an annual celebration of bold new voices. Each year Young Playwrights’ Theater honors plays from a diverse group of YPT students in a production that celebrates the playwright’s craft. Professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborate with student writers to create an evening of dynamic theater. YPT is proud to honor the bold, gritty and bright new voices of young writers. A reception will take place at 6:30 pm with a 7:00 pm performance.

When: Mon Apr 11 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help set up and run the reception, check in guests and clean up following the event. All volunteers are welcome to watch the performance.
Contact: Laura Wood, (202) 387-9173

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Snapshot of Insight Memory Care Center

You are invited to IMCC’s Snapshot, an overview and tour, to see firsthand the work they are doing. Coffee and pastries are provided. You will meet the Executive Director, Joel, and hear about the unique approaches and the innovative practices that IMCC provides to individuals with memory impairment and their caregivers.

When: Tue Apr 12 2016 (09:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
Where: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Robin McGlothin, (703) 204-4664
For more information: click here

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

One World Celebration with One World Education (OWEd)

The One World Celebration is an annual event recognizing One World Education’s new Ambassadors. These students, who have participated in the One World Program, are nominated by their teachers to be published on OWEd’s website in the Student Writing Library. OWEd will also be presenting scholarship checks to the amazing winners of their College and Career Senior Challenge, held in December. Lastly, three teachers will receive the Global Educator Award in recognition of their achievements in integrating cultural and global issues in their writing instruction.

When: Wed Apr 13 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010
Fee? no
Contact: Leith Mondry, (202) 277-0440
For more information: click here

Digital Access Tour with Byte Back

Byte Back’s Digital Access Tours are an opportunity to experience their mission firsthand and are the first step toward getting involved. You will meet members of their staff, board, and student body. The tour lasts exactly one hour and refreshments are served.

When: Wed Apr 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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Senator Ted Stevens & Senator Dan Inouye Memorial Scholarship Luncheon with ThanksUSA

A private luncheon to honor General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret), and announce ThanksUSA military family scholarships in honor of the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Senator Dan Inouye (D-HI).

When: Thu Apr 14 2016 (12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM)
Where: Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? Yes; sponsorships are available.
Contact: Michele Stork, (703) 855-4108
For more information: click here

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tennis Pro-Am with ThanksUSA

ThanksUSA teams up with Trump National to help raise money for military families in the second annual Charity Tennis Pro-Am. They invite you to join in on a day full of tennis featuring some of the former greats in tennis history. Trump National Golf Club debuted its state of the art Indoor Tennis Center in March 2015 and has catapulted into a premier tennis destination in the world.

When: Fri Apr 15 2016 (08:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Where: Trump National Golf Club, 20391 Lowes Island Blvd., Potomac Falls, VA 20165
Fee? yes $1,500 per player
Contact: Michele Stork, (703) 855-4108
For more information: click here

Go Green in April with Catalogue Nonprofits

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Looking for direction on how participate in Earth Day celebrations all month long? Look no further. We have 6 local nonprofits and dozens of opportunities for you to volunteer and help Greater Washington become a greener community: one park, garden, and river at a time! In addition to the nonprofits listed below, be sure to check out our full listing of local charities serving the environment.

Alice Ferguson Foundation Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people throughout the watershed with the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s community spirit. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and generates momentum for change.

Date: 04/16/2016
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Event information: http://fergusonfoundation.org/trash-free-potomac-watershed-initiative/potomac-river-watershed-cleanup/
Locations: http://trashnetwork.fergusonfoundation.org/map/

Note: Potomac Conservancy, Potomac Riverkeeper, and Rock Creek Conservancy, also members of the Catalogue network, will be participating in this event as well.

Potomac Conservancy’s sites can be found here
Potomac Riverkeeper here.
Rock Creek Conservancy here

Anacostia Watershed Society – Earth Day Cleanup

Volunteer with the Anacostia Watershed Society in the area’s premiere annual Earth Day Cleanup. Join over 2,000 AWS volunteers cleaning up our neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the Anacostia River.

Date: April 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Thirty-one sites around the Anacostia Watershed in Washington DC, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.
More information: http://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2016/

Common Good City Farm Season Opener

It’s time to officially kick-off the season at Common Good City Farm’s Season Opener! This free, family-friendly, community event will feature a seedling sale, cookout, farm tours, Spring herb walk, cooking demo, and fun farming activities for kids & adults. Come on out to the farm and help start the season off right!

When: Saturday, April 16th 11am-1pm
Where: Common Good City Farm, V Street NW, between 2nd & 4th Streets NW, next to The Park at LeDroit.
More Information: http://commongoodcityfarm.org/node/352

Dumbarton Oaks Park – Come Enjoy the Return of Spring

When:
April 9th: 9am -11:30am
April 23rd: 9am – 1:00pm
Meet: We meet at the top of Lovers Lane, approximately 3060 R St NW
Wear: Please wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, socks and closed-toe shoes for protection. Dumbarton Oaks will supply: Gloves, tools, training, snacks, water and fun!
RSVP/More information: info@dopark.org / http://dopark.org/volunteer/

Potomac Conservancy – Spring Family Tree Planting!

Spring has sprung! And what better way to celebrate, than by joining Potomac Conservancy and Stream Link Education as we plant native trees along streams in Frederick County, MD.

You and your family will learn by doing, helping get 750 trees in the ground in the second phase of this reforestation project. You will also learn about the essential link between trees and healthy rivers all while getting outside and enjoying the nice spring air!

When: Saturday, April 23, 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: 11308 Woodsboro Pike Keymar, MD, 21757
For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-native-family-tree-planting-frederick-county-maryland-tickets-22124060661

Rock Creek Conservancy – 8th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup

Each spring, we organize and promote the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, with trash cleanups at over 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. Our goal is a total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. We work closely with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks.

The Extreme Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation s annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which occurs in four states and the District of Columbia in April. We do our part for a trash-free Potomac River by cleaning up Rock Creek, which flows into the Potomac near the Watergate Complex and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

When: April 23rd, 9:00-12:00
More information: http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events/8th-annual-rock-creek-extreme-cleanup

Make A Local Difference For Healthy & Strong Girls

This following post was written by the Greater Washington Girls on the Run councils (comprising of DC, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County councils). The Catalogue for Philanthropy is proud to feature the GOTR councils for our first collaborative fundraising campaign on April 7th!

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Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade – giving each participant the skills and experiences she needs to navigate her world confidently and to unleash her limitless potential! We teach girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5K run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment.

The result? Healthy, Confident girls who Can!

The GOTR program unifies girls around the region. It teaches them to embrace differences and find strength in connectedness, creating a common bond across all socioeconomic lines. The Greater Washington Girls on the Run councils provided $502,237 in program scholarships in 2014-2015 to girls with financial need. Financial support can make a difference in the lives of young girls throughout the region by providing critical resources or influence for more girls to learn valuable life lessons and know their limitless potential!

And, it works! To ensure program quality and efficacy, all of the councils in the Greater Washington area participate in a national survey of our program. The study is designed to determine the impact of program participation on girls’ confidence, competence, connection, character, caring, contribution, and physical activity/inactivity. Since Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based youth development program, we also assess pre- to post-season change in physical activity and sedentary behavior. Findings provide evidence that Girls on the Run is having a positive impact on youth development, particularly for girls who need the program the most.

Our impact on girls speaks to the quality of our curriculum, and the support of our volunteers. Like many youth development programs, GOTR believes in the power of mentorship. We believe in it so strongly that it is part of our program model. Each team of girls is led by a female Head Coach who creates a safe space that supports girls’ growth and development. This Coach, along with her Assistant Coaches contribute to this powerful and unique environment, together modeling healthy and supportive relationships. During the 2014-2015 program year, 2,685 people volunteered to be a coach and a mentor to the girls in our program throughout the region.

The Girls on the Run councils of the Greater Washington Area are partnering with the Catalogue for Philanthropy to host a one-day giving campaign on Thursday, April 7th. You can help us raise enough funds by giving 90 more girls the opportunity to be healthy, strong, and confident!

Around Town: 4/1 – 4/8

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Volunteer Orientation with Byte Back

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

When: Tue Apr 5 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, April 06, 2016

Breakfast of Champions with City Year Washington, DC

Join City Year Washington, DC for a Breakfast of Champions! Hear from their corps members about their service in District of Columbia public schools and enjoy networking over bagels and coffee.

When: Wed Apr 6 2016 (08:30 AM – 09:30 AM)
Where: 1875 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? no
Contact: Sarah Cotter, (202) 742-7378
For more information: click here

Thursday, April 07, 2016

GIRLPOWER: Young Professional Happy Hour w/ a Purpose with Calvary Women’s Services

Young professional women are invited to attend this Women Empowering Women fundraiser. Join us for a fun night of networking with apps and drinks from Ben’s Next Door, &pizza and other DC hot spots. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Calvary Women’s Services, a transitional housing program for women in DC who are homeless.

When: Thu Apr 7 2016 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: Shea Yeleen Studio, 417 H Street NE #2, Washington, DC 20002
Fee yes $25
Contact: Catherine Wallwork, (202) 678-2341 ext 221 For more information: click here

Collaboration in Bloom

Conversations around “Collective Impact” and “Nonprofit Collaboration” continue to gain traction as more and more funders and nonprofits see the progress that happens when organizations gather together to leverage their collective resources, networks, and knowledge.

At the Catalogue, we hear countless examples of our nonprofits joining together to collaborate, innovate, and accomplish big goals. And since we believe in the power of nonprofits to spark big change, we want to help them leverage the power of collaboration as much as possible. Beginning in April, the Catalogue for Philanthropy will be debuting several new features on our website to promote nonprofit collaboration.

Collaborative Fundraising Campaigns
Collaborative Fundraising Campaigns (1)Our Collaborative Campaigns encourage the Catalogues network of 350+ charities to use their collective impact to tackle important issues in Greater Washington. With a common, clear goal in mind, two or more Catalogue nonprofits can fundraise together to achieve that goal. When a donor makes a gift to the campaign, funds are split evenly across the participating organizations. We’re excited to debut our Collaborative Campaigns this Thursday, April 7th with Girls on the Run councils of Greater Washington (DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia). You can preview their campaign for healthy & strong girls here.

Collaboration Corner Blog
Our Collaboration Corner blog posts will feature perspectives from two or more nonprofits that give readers an inside look at the collaborative process. From learning how the organizations came together, to what issue(s) they’re trying to tackle, any benefits/challenges along the way, and how the public can get involved in supporting their efforts, this blog not only serves to inform our community, but also nonprofits looking to glean “lessons learned” in the process of collaboration.

We’re excited to debut these features in April, and hope you’ll support those organizations collaborating with one another to create a greater, Greater Washington.

Want to get involved with a fundraiser, or submit a blog post? Contact us at info@cfp-dc.org.

Around Town: 3/25 – 3/31

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dementia Caregiving: Expanding the Family Caregiver Toolbox with Insight Memory Care Center

We all know that providing care for a family member with dementia can be challenging, and a caregiver’s needs often fall to the bottom of the priority list. Join us to learn resources and skills to reduce caregiver stress and promote well-being! Paul Raia, the keynote speaker, will present his Habilitation Therapy approach to help you focus on your loved ones’ remaining capacities rather than on what has been lost. Additional workshop sessions include the benefits of music and how it can be a key tool for coping for both the family caregiver and the care recipient. The workshop is free and open to the public; registration is required. Due to limited space, please let us know if you have RSVPed, but are no longer able to attend. Lunch will be provided! This workshop is presented by George Mason University, Virginia Center on Aging, Insight Memory Care Center, AARP Virginia, Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

When: Wed Mar 30 2016 (09:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Insight Memory Care Center, Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Christi Clark, (703) 204-4664
For more information: click here

Thursday, March 31, 2016

LUNAFEST Fairfax 2016 with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

Join Girls on the Run of NOVA for LUNAFEST – a traveling collection of award-winning short films by, for, and about women. Come enjoy an evening of reflection, hope, and humor, and help raise funds to support Girls on the Run of NOVA as well as the Breast Cancer Fund. This season’s program of six selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for and about women. Purchase a VIP ticket and join us before the screening. You’ll meet Board members and other supporters while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres in the elegantly appointed private lounge overlooking Angelika’s stunning chandelier.

When: Thu Mar 31 2016 (5:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Where: Anglika Film Center, 2911 District Avenue Fairfax, VA 22031, Fairfax, VA 22301
Fee? yes $25 General Admission, $55 VIP
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to support set up, registration, check-in, silent auction monitoring, and clean up. Volunteers are needed in shifts, starting as early and 5pm and running until 10pm.
Contact: Emily Davis, (703) 273-3153
For more information: click here

Metro Shutdown Brings New Riders to Local Roads (and Trails!)

Last week the region watched — and waited — to see how the news of WMATA’s Metro shutdown would affect daily commutes. With more than 700,000 daily riders on metro trains, most riders who were unable to telework were left to take to the roads by bus or by car. But for one local organization, the shutdown was an opportunity to bring attention to another commuting alternative: bicycling!

Following last week’s announcement, Washington Area Bicyclist Association and its supporters sprang into action, encouraging commuters to give biking a try through guided bike pools across the region (#WMATAbikepool), distributing maps and tips on their blog, and meeting riders on local trails.

We caught up with Colin Browne, Communications Coordinator at WABA, to learn how they organized efforts so quickly following the news of the shutdown, and how they plan to carry this momentum forward through 2016 and beyond.

bikeawesomeHow did the concept for #WMATAbikepool start?

Colin: In the WABA office, as soon as we heard about the Metro shutdown, we knew it was going to be a big day for bike commuters, and more specifically, a big day for people to feel good about biking to work. We wanted to harness that enthusiasm before it just curdled into traffic schadenfreude. I put together a quick blog post and some social media posts that I hoped would set a welcoming tone for the conversation (especially on Twitter, which can drift into cynicism very quickly) and encourage folks to reach out to their coworkers and neighbors.

The idea for the #WMATAbikepool hashtag came from a member of our Women & Bicycles Facebook group named Anita Kinney, who used it and suggested that others do the same.

I think the hashtag worked because it was a grassroots idea that WABA was able to amplify. These sorts of campaigns, even when they happen very quickly, feel so much more organic when an organization can say “look at this cool thing that people are doing” rather than “You should use this hashtag.” It really provides an opportunity for people to feel good about the community that they’re a part of, instead of just having a logo and acronym telling them what to do.

Do you have a favorite “rider moment” from the day?

Colin: We set up a table to give away coffee and granola bars on the Met Branch Trail in Eckington. I showed up with my camera, planning to take a few photos of a busy trail and then head back to the office. I ended up staying for three and half hours and only took a dozen pictures because there were so many happy people to talk to. Data from DDOT said that biking on the trail was up 65%, and we gave away three times as much coffee as we normally do at our trailside coffee events.

My favorite rider moment was chatting with a woman who’d stopped for some coffee and was commuting on her bike for the first time. She had ridden twelve miles in from her home in Forest Glen on the Sligo Creek Trail. It was the longest ride she’d ever done, and she was beaming! She said she was already excited for the ride home.

Were there any big takeaways/key lessons that WABA learned on this day?

Colin: The experience really drove home how important it is to be able to not just react, but engage quickly with an opportunity like this. This could easily have been a situation where we pushed out some some generic, one-way content about biking to work and left it at that. Instead we had an authentic community moment that really let people feel how powerful their own energy and enthusiasm is.

What big projects is WABA currently working on?

Colin: We just finished off a yearlong strategic planning process and published a 5 year strategic plan. Out topline goals are to triple the number of people who ride bikes in the region by 2020, and ensuring that, by 2035, every resident in the region (we work in DC, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County) lives within 1 mile of a protected place to ride a bike.

To find out how you can get involved with WABA, visit waba.org.