Congratulations to Sitar Arts Center!


Congratulations to Sitar Arts Center, who was just named the recipient of The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management!

This prestigious award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, sponsored by The Washington Post, which recognizes top nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metro area that exemplify outstanding achievement and organizational management determined through a competitive application process and panel review.

Congratulations are also in order for two finalists, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Calvary Women’s Services, which also happen to be members of the Catalogue for Philanthropy!

#WhatsUpWednesday 05.20.15

Happy Wednesday from all of us at the Catalogue for Philanthropy! From Tanzania, to Virginia, to the District, our charities were busy making a difference in their communities. Read on to learn how (and click the picture below for our video)!


2Seeds Network
In Tanzania, Bon Ifas and John, members of the Magoma Project “goat team”, play with their new goat friend. This dairy goat is just one piece of the Magoma Project’s integrated system, which will fund a school meals program for primary students in Magoma. They also have a garden, chickens, and a fish pond!

Senior Services of Alexandria
This week two students, Kate Kaiman and Claire Embrey, from TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA began a three week “senior experience” at Senior Services of Alexandria. The seniors will be helping out with Meals on Wheels deliveries, stocking Senior Information Corners and working on the grocery delivery program. Welcome Kate and Claire!

Washington Parks & People
This week, Washington Parks & People was busy tending the crops in eastern DC, and landscaping and cleaning the Marvin Gaye Greening Center with folks from the Boston Consulting Group. They were also thrilled to be present and support DC Water as they launch their Clean Rivers Project!

Catalogue for Philanthropy
The Catalogue for Philanthropy is getting ready to announce our new class of 2015-2016 Catalogue charities THIS WEEK, so stay tuned to see if some of your favorites made the list. In the meantime, this week Catalogue President and Editor Barbara Harman joined famed cellist Yo Yo Ma to celebrate the arts in our region.

Around Town 5/15-5/21

CFP nonprofits have enough events this week to fill up your entire schedule! For the theater goers they bring you improv, play shorts, and a choral festival. For the nature goers they bring you a national kids park day, a family fun day, and a 5K! See what other great events they have planned for family and friends!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Get a taste of improv!

Washington Improv Theater
Is Improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! And Washington Improv Theater’s free Improv For All workshops are a great way to get a taste. We’re hosting workshops Friday, 5/15 at 7 PM and Saturday, 5/16 at noon. Washington Improv Theater is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of DC. WIT’s free introductory Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere.

When: Fri May 15 2015 (7:00 PM)
Where: CentroNia youthCRU, 1420 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? no
Contact: Washington Improv Theater, (202) 204-7770
For more information: click here

Fifth Annual Dramathon

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
Once again, participants will join some of Washington’s top actors for premiere readings of original short plays by some of DC’s most esteemed playwrights, all to help us provide financial support to send kids to camp. All funds raised go toward our Send a Kid to Theatre Camp campaign, which, this year, will provide $83,000 in scholarships to help financially disadvantaged children and teens participate in our summer camps and institutes.

When: Fri May 15 2015 (10:30 PM)
Where: Theater J, 1529 16 St NW, Washington DC 20036
Fee? yes $15
Contact: The Theatre Lab, (202) 999-3449
For more information: click here

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Kids to Parks Day

National Park Trust
Children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks are gearing up for this year’s Kids to Parks Day (KTP), a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators. This year’s KTP Day will be held on Saturday May 16, 2015, the week before the official start of summer. NPT is encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town. For information about events in your area visit us at:

When: Sat May 16 2015 (00:00 AM)
Where: Nationwide
Fee? no
Contact: William Schrack, (301) 279-7275 ext 17

JPMF Annual Family Fun Day

The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund
Saturday looks like it will be a perfect day to break out that bathing suit! Be sure to come to Our Special Harbor for an Early Opening of the Sprayground! Bring your water shoes, a towel and your friends!

When: Sat May 16 2015 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Where: lee District Family ReCenter, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
Fee? no
Contact: Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund , (703) 549-4444
For more information: click here

Vive La France! — Children’s Chorus of Washington’s Spring Concert

Children’s Chorus of Washington
Childrens Chorus of Washington (CCW) is pleased to announce its Spring Concert, Vive la France!, featuring CCW’s five award-winning choral ensembles and guest artist Lauren Cook, accordion. With Vive la France!, CCW continues its French-themed season in anticipation of its tour to France this summer. CCW’s performing ensembles, comprised of 160 choristers ages 9-18, will present a celebration of French music, language, and culture. Audience members will be treated to a wide range of choral styles from Edith Piaf’s beloved La Vie en Rose, to Cole Porter’s I Love Paris, along with the more contemporary Dirait-on from Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, and a selection of songs in French and English. Joan Gregoryk, Founder and Artistic Director said, “It has been a wonderful experience to research and discover all the glorious French choral music that has been written for children’s voices.” We are so looking forward to sharing these songs with audiences here, and on our tour to France this summer. This concert is suitable for ages 6 and up!

When: Sat May 16 2015 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Where: National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005
Fee? yes $50 premium seating; $25 adults ($30 at the door); $10 children 12 and under ($12 at the door); $15 for CCW alumni
Contact: Children’s Chorus of Washington, (202) 237-1005
For more information: click here

Annual Gala, ” A Night of Magic” Volunteer Opportunity

Community Ministries of Rockville
Annual Gala to benefit Community Minsitries of Rockville. Co-chairs by County Executive Ike and First Lady Catherine Legget will be joined by Washington Post Columnist John Kelly who will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. A Silent Auction filled with over 250 items will begin the evening followed by dinner, music and a live auction.

When: Sat May 16 2015 (6:00 PM – 11:00 PM)
Where: Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
Fee? yes $100 Adults; $25 Silent Auction Only
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help with set up, registration, management of the auctions, and check out.
Contact: Lynn Arndt, (3301) 637-0705
For more information: click here

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Red Shoe 5K Run and WalkVolunteer Opportunity

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC
A fundraiser for the families we serve, runners and walkers are welcome. There will be prizes, including for our small fry fun run. A family-friendly event, there will also be kids games, face painting and other activities. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.

When: Sun May 17 2015 (07:30 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: 2303 Dulles Station Boulevard, above, Herndon, VA 20171
Fee? yes $35 until May 15, then $40, $25 small fry, strollers free
Volunteer Info: Assist with set up and breakdown, registration and activities
Contact: Kristen Claus, (202) 529-8204
For more information: click here

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Celebration of Service 2015Volunteer Opportunity

DC Law Students In Court Program
Enjoy cocktails, light fare, and live jazz with DC Law Students in Court, as we salute the D.C. legal community and its commitment to probono service and equal justice for all. This year we will honor Roderic V.O. Boggs, Executive Director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. With Capitol views from the terrace of Jones Day Law Firm. To register and donate, visit

When: Tue May 19 2015 (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: The Terrace at Jones Day Law Firm, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Fee? yes $150 per person ($75 public interest)
Contact:, (202) 638-4798
For more information: click here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Incorporating Sustainability into Your Everyday Life ~ at Work and Home

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment
Join us to learn practical ways to incorporate sustainable practices in your everyday life, at home and at work. The program will provide an introduction to the concept of a circular economy, which moves away from the current linear processes (taking resources, using them once, and then tossing them into landfill) to a more efficient, clean, and profitable economy that designs waste out of the system You will learn: A framework to help you assess the environmental impacts and solutions for your home, church, school, or business, Guidelines for sustainable practices for energy, water, materials, waste, and toxic control, Guidelines for sustainable buying with featuring examples of innovative sustainable products and services to get you started

When: Wed May 20 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, 3308 S Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22206
Fee? no
Contact: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, (703) 228-6427
For more information: click here

#WhatsUpWednesday 05.13.15

We are so grateful for another week of our wonderful nonprofit community at work! From bringing families together to bond over books, to installing gardens in the most unlikely of urban spaces, read on the learn more!


The Reading Connection
Today is The Reading Connection’s quarterly Reading Families Workshop with the families of Healthy Families Arlington. The theme was Mother’s Day, the book read was “Are You My Mother?”

2Seeds Network
2Seeds had a graduation ceremony for their Partners after they completed all units of the Business Curriculum! Included in the photo are Lutindi Project, 2Seeds Network Partners.

Crossroads Community Food Network
Crossroads Community Food Network is busy planning their upcoming Crossroads’ Inaugural Night Market – the menu is coming together with tamales, pupusas, chicken satay, locally-made chocolates and a variety of drinks, and they’ve got a lineup of great local musicians!

Girls on the Run – DC
WOW – what an amazing spring 5K at Girls on the Run – DC! The girls accomplished goals and celebrated a season of learning life lessons they can use now and into adulthood. Girls on the Run – DC is proud to have changed 10,000 girls’ lives through the program this spring.

Washington Parks & People
This week at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, Washington Parks & People took out a portion of their parking lot and are installing a new garden!

Around Town 5/8-5/14

This week CFP’s nonprofits offer park clean ups around Rock Creek, an engaging River paddle-boat experience, benefit breakfast, and an all-inclusive outdoor event at Nationals Stadium! These nonprofits bring so much to our community; let’s go out and meet them!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Trash Cleanup – Beach Dr and Cedar Ln

Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment)
Join Rock Creek Conservancy for our 7th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. Volunteers will clean-up the lands, banks, tributaries, and waters of Rock Creek throughout Maryland and D.C. Our goal is 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.

When: Sun May 10 2015 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
Where: 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
Fee? no
Contact: Charlotte Brewer, (301) 656-0467
For more information: click here

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2015 Homestretch Benefit Breakfast

Please join us on May 13 for our annual Benefit Breakfast. Learn how Homestretch has been impacting the lives of homeless families for 25 years. A hot breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend the event however a donation to support services for Homestretch families is encouraged.

When: Wed May 13 2015 (08:00 AM – 09:00 AM)
Where: Fairview Park Mariott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va 22042
Fee? no
Contact:, (703) 237-2035 ext 125

Home Runs for Horton’s Kids

Horton’s Kids
Join Horton’s Kids for our 7th Annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids! This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, May 13th at Nationals Park. The event includes: Buffet, open bar, and complimentary valet parking. Batting practice in indoor cages with Nationals staff. Face painting, kid-friendly carnival games, and Microsoft Kinect for Xbox One kiosk. Each adult guest with event admission may bring up to 3 children, 14-years-old and under, for free! In 2014, more than 110 corporations sponsored the event, which also attracted support from a bi-partisan Honorary Host Committee and Congressional staff. For additional information, including corporate sponsorships, please visit

When: Wed May 13 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Fee? yes $250 per individual ticket; children join their parents at no additional cost
Contact: Kristin Frontiera, (202) 544-5033 ext 10
For more information: click here

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Paddle Night on the Anacostia River

Anacostia Watershed Society
Come discover your Anacostia by joining AWS in the FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia Program this summer! AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson: everything you’ll need to have a great paddling experience. The events are first-come first-served, so come early for a better chance of getting out on the water.

When: Thu May 14 2015 (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Where: Kenilworth Park 4000 Deane St NE, Washington DC 20019
Fee? no
Contact: Anacostia Watershed Society, (301) 699-6204
For more information: click here

#WhatsUpWednesday 05.06.15

This week, CFP nonprofits delivered eggs to help with income security, shared the value of local green spaces, helped high-schoolers learn about sustainable building (through a cool micro house!), and won over $300k in grants to support literacy! Read on for details — and don’t forget to click the links to learn how you can support these great organizations.

2Seeds Network
Today, 2Seeds delivered eggs from Kwakiliga Project to shops and buyers in Dar es Salaam, where their partners receive almost 2x more for a tray of eggs than they do in their regional market!

Washington Parks & People
Washington Parks & People had an amazing day out in Marvin Gaye and Kenilworth Parks on Saturday. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and made the Community Health Walk a success! Want to join in with your support? On June 6th is their annual Ridge Walk for Parks. So save the date, and come join for another adventure!

Reach, Inc.
Reach Incorporated won major recognition – and major cash – this week: On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced that Reach won a $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize. In addition to that honor, Reach also won a $300,000 three-year grant from the Norman R. and Ruth Rales Foundation, a charitable organization in Washington. Congratulations to Reach, Inc! Read more in the Washington Post article here.

DC Students Construction Trades Foundation
Each Wednesday through the end of the current semester, high school CTE students in the Academy of Construction and Design are learning about energy-efficient design and sustainable building as they construct a 160 sq. ft. micro house in Northeast Washington. This exciting project is part of their Build a House – Build a Future construction education program. Previously, Academy of Construction and Design students helped build a nearly 2,000 sq. ft. single-family house in Northwest Washington. All programs are designed to give students a fast start toward jobs, college and careers.

Around Town 5/1-5/7

Who can believe it’s already May! And don’t worry, DC Region weather plans to keep us on our toes with absolutely GORGEOUS weather moving into town this weekend and next (contrary to the cloud cover now). Let CFP nonprofits take care of your plans with events all over the Region, for all ages!

Friday, May 01, 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 May 1 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

Club Joe’s Performance

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus
Come out and celebrate the awesome children of Joe’s Movement Emporium’s after school arts program. See what they’ve learned and experience how great you feel after watching the next generation of movers have a blast on stage.

When: Fri May 1 2015 (5:30 PM)
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Fee? yes $5, free for children
Contact: Joe’s Movement Emporium, (301) 699-1819
For more information: click here

Artful LivingVolunteer Opportunity

Our Daily Bread
In cooperation with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, Our Daily Bread presents an elegant evening of art, wine and strengthening community at Artful Living. We will enjoy inspirational works of art, lively Latin-jazz sounds from local band Batida Diferente, and delicious wine and appetizers. We are honored to have Delegate Kenneth R. Plum serve as our celebrity auctioneer! Your support for and attendance at Artful Living will support our efforts do more for struggling families throughout the Fairfax County area.

When: Fri May 1 2015 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Where: Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? yes $40 in advance; $50 at the door
Volunteer Info: As of March 15, Our Daily Bread is seeking volunteers to help plan and organize the event. On the evening of the event, we will need volunteers to help run the event. We will especially need assistance with set-up and clean-up that evening. Contact Christina Garris at if you would like to volunteer or learn more
Contact: Jennifer Rose, (703) 273-8
For more information: click here

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Social Justice Yard Sale

Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna
The Shepherd’s Center will once again participate in the Unitarian Church’s social justice yard sale. The proceeds will benefit four local nonprofits!

When: Sat May 2 2015 (09:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rod, Oakton, VA 22124
Fee? no
Contact:Lourdes, (703) 281-5086
For more information: click here

A walk for our future to the Anacostia River!

Washington Parks & People
A walk, bike, and roll through Marvin Gaye and Kenilworth Parks! Meet us at Marvin Gaye Recreation Center (6201 Banks Place NE) just one block from Capitol Heights Metro, and stroll with us to the Anacostia River. Get excited for family-friendly programming along the way, and come prepared to use our imagination to envision a better park in our community.

When: Sat May 2 2015 (09:30 AM)
Where: 6201 Banks Place NE, Washington DC 20019
Fee? no
Contact: Micah Bales, (202) 462-7275
For more information: click here


Washington Revels
Celebrate Spring with Washington Revels at the 2015 Flower Mart, sponsored by the National Cathedral All Hallows Guild! We will once again bring in the May as part of the annual All Hallows Guild Flower Mart a popular two-day festival since 1939. DC’s favorite spring outdoor family event features plants, herbs, food, puppet shows, carousel rides, boutiques and entertainment for the whole family. We will present a one-hour show celebrating Spring with traditional songs and dances, the crowning of a May Queen, children’s singing games, and a little bit of Irish song to recall our 2014 Christmas show. And of course, there will be lots of opportunities for audience participation.

When: Sat May 2 2015 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Where: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20016
Fee? no
Contact: Washington Revels, (301) 587-3835
For more information: click here

Spring Farm Festival

Alice Ferguson Foundation
All are invited as we open our gates to the public on this day. Come enjoy the view, natural areas, and the lively barnyard that teach and inspire thousands of students each year. Adventures include: – Plant Sale (veggies, herbs, perennials, annuals, native plants & more!) – Live Music – Arts & Crafts Sale – Hay Wagon Rides to the Potomac River (nominal fee) – Barnyard Adventures: cow milking, wool spinning, butter churning, blacksmithing – Antique Tools – Kids’ Activities at the Log Cabin – Food and Refreshments will be for sale. Enjoy lunch on top of the hill overlooking the Potomac River toward Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon

When: Sat May 2 2015 (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Hard Bargain Farm, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607
Fee? yes $5 per car
Contact: Alice Ferguson Foundation, (301) 292-5665
For more information: click here

4th Annual Garden of Light Volunteer Opportunity

Bethany House of Northern Virginia
Bethany House of Northern Virginia’s (BHNV) will host its 4th annual Garden of Light reception on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 3 – 6 pm at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA. Join us for an inspirational afternoon of food, fellowship, live music, a client testimonial and a silent auction with many one-of a kind packages donated by local area businesses. Tickets are $55.00 per person, and will directly benefit victims of abuse served through BHNV’s Family Assistance Program.

When: Sat May 2 2015 (3:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Where: Immanuel Bible Church, 6691 Braddock Road, Springfield, VA 22151
Fee? yes $55 per person ($50 Early Bird price through February 13, 2015)
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to assist with set up and clean up, auction set up, and on-site registration. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to join our fundraising committee and assist with planning for the event.
Contact: Jasmin Witcher, (703) 658-9500
For more information: click here

2015 Good Shepherd Housing Annual Spring Gala

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, Inc. (GSH) is holding its annual charity Spring Gala, on May 2, 2015 at 6 pm at The Westin Alexandria. For more than forty years, GSH has been a vital and essential provider of human services to the most vulnerable in our service area of southeastern Fairfax County. Last year alone we helped more than 1,000 families with our services or housing. We gave them a fresh start toward a future of stable housing. The event is attended by over 300 supporters including elected national and local leaders, community leaders and influential corporate heads. The event features a seated dinner, VIP reception, live and silent auctions, and dancing.

When: Sat May 2 2015 (6:00 PM)
Where: Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Fee? yes $175/adult
Contact: Maureen Devine, (703) 768-9404 ext 113
For more information: click here

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Defender of Play 5K

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
Calling all superheroes! Join forces with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and tackle a 5K to defend the right for all children to play, regardless of housing status. On race day, participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite real-life or fictional superhero. There will be pre- and post-race fun and games and opportunities to learn more about the Playtime Project and how you can be involved.

When: Sun May 3 2015 (08:00 AM)
Where: Rock Creek Park (Picnic Grove 24), 4850 Colorado Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Fee? yes $35 Individual Runner, $120 Group Registration
Contact: Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, (202) 329-4481

The Arc of Northern Virginia Corporate Team Challenge 8K Volunteer Opportunity

The Arc of Northern Virginia
The Arc of Northern Virginia is the area’s leading community organization serving over 16,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and rare chromosomal disorders and their families The Arc of Northern Virginia Corporate Team Challenge 8K brings together companies and the community to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with ID/DD. You are invited to join hundreds of runners from local and national corporations and community organizations to compete for glory in a 8K Run! About the Race: For thirty-seven years, this has been Northern Virginia’s premier corporate and community challenge foot race and the area’s only team-based race with teams of 5-7 runners. This year’s race will be on SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015 at beautiful BURKE LAKE PARK in FAIRFAX STATION, VIRGINIA. For more information about registering a team, as well as the many sponsorship opportunities that can provide corporate visibility and greatly further the important work of The Arc of Northern Virginia, please contact: Howard Stregack, Director of Development or 703-208-1119 ext. 102

When: Sun May 3 2015 (09:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Where: Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Fee? yes For more info, visit:
Contact: Howard Stregack, (703) 208-1119 ext 102
For more information: click here

Girls on the Run – DC Community 5K Volunteer Opportunity

Girls on the Run – DC
One girl at a time, Girls on the Run has changed 1 million girls’ lives. One girl at a time, we’re going to change one million more. Girls on the Run – DC is proud to be a part of this milestone as we serve our 10,000th girl this spring. Join us as we celebrate at the 5K and look forward to serving 10,000 more girls here in the District. All are welcome!

When: Sun May 3 2015 (10:00 AM)
Where: Anacostia Park, 882 Howard Road SE Washington, DC 20020
Fee? yes $35 for community participants or buddy runners
Volunteer Info: Safety runners, course marshals, information volunteers
Contact: Kelly, (832) 443-8909

Artists Reception: Shades of Spring Show & Sale

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Please join us for a Meet the Artists Reception. Enjoy wine, refreshments and live music while you shop for handmade gifts and fine art created by 40 local artist members of the Art League of Germantown during their annual Shades of Spring Show Sale held in The Kay Gallery from April?29 through May 3, 2015. (Open during limited Show Hours daily, please check schedule).

When: Sun May 3 2015 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr,, Germantown, MD 20874
Fee? no
Contact: BlackRock, (301) 528-2260

Step ALIVE! Walkathon

ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically)
The 34th annual Step ALIVE! Walkathon will raise funds for ALIVE!’s Child Development Center (CDC), a full-day preschool program serving children of low-income working parents. The CDC is the only NAEYC-accredited, full-day, year-round preschool in the city that offers a sliding scale fee for tuition. Proceeds from the walkathon help bridge the gap between what families can afford to pay and what it costs to provide a quality education and environment for these children. Join us afterward for a picnic featuring prizes and music.

When: Sun May 3 2015 (1:15 PM)
Where: First Christian Church, 2723 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Fee? yes $25 virtual walker, $20 ages 19-70, $5 ages 12-18 and over 70
Contact: Alive!, (703) 837-9321
For more information: click here

Monday, May 04, 2015

KEEN Golf ClassicVolunteer Opportunity

KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)
Held at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland the KEEN Golf Classic raises funds to support our innovative programs serving young people with disabilities. The KEEN Golf Classic includes: Scramble format game with contests throughout the course; Lunch, a reception with open bar, and an awards dinner; and Live and silent auctions.

When: Mon May 4 2015 (12:00 NOON – 6:30 PM)
Where: Woodmont Country Club, 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Fee? yes Single Golfer $500, Foursomes $2,000 and Sponsor Options starting at $500
Volunteer Info: Volunteers help with set up, greeting guests, registration, course contests, and the auctions.
Contact: Elizabeth Doherty, (301) 775-7572

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2015 Homestretch Benefit Breakfast

Please join us on May 13 for our annual Benefit Breakfast. Learn how Homestretch has been impacting the lives of homeless families for 25 years. A hot breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend the event however a donation to support services for Homestretch families is encouraged.

When: Wed May 13 2015 (08:00 AM – 09:00 AM)
Where: Fairview Park Mariott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va 22042
Fee? no
Contact:, (703) 237-2035 ext 125

Home Runs for Horton’s Kids

Horton’s Kids
Join Horton’s Kids for our 7th Annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids! This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, May 13th at Nationals Park. The event includes: Buffet, open bar, and complimentary valet parking Batting practice in indoor cages with Nationals staff Special appearance by Screech, the Nationals Mascot, and races with President Teddy Face painting, kid-friendly carnival games, and Microsoft Kinect for Xbox One kiosk Each adult guest with event admission may bring up to 3 children, 14-years-old and under, for free! In 2014, more than 110 corporations sponsored the event, which also attracted support from a bi-partisan Honorary Host Committee and Congressional staff. For additional information, including corporate sponsorships, please visit

When: Wed May 13 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Fee? yes $250 per individual ticket; children join their parents at no additional cost
Contact: Kristin Frontiera, (202) 544-5033 ext 10
For more information: click here

#WhatsUpWednesday 04.29.15

What’s up at some of your favorite local nonprofits this week? Find out in our video below, and then find out how you can get involved by visiting each of their charity pages on our website (links below).

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
On Saturday, more than 60 volunteers helped with outdoor beautification projects including invasive plant removal, litter cleanup and other grounds work during APAH’s Earth Day Community Clean Up.

Girls on the Run-DC
The girls completed a practice 5K as they gear up for their celebratory 5K this Sunday at Anacostia Park. They’ve learned life skills such as using a positive chord versus a negative chord this season, healthy habits for life, to have an attitude of gratitude and now are running their 5K. Good luck GOTR-DC girls!!! Join in the fun at

Washington Parks & People
Washington Parks & People had a great time this week creating a pop-up “parklet” in the midst of the DC urban jungle, and later used the grass from the “parklet” to fill in near their Riverside Healthy Living Center. They also welcomed volunteers from the City Kids Wilderness Project to our North Columbia Heights Green, and yesterday spent time in Marvin Gaye Park, learning about nonviolent communication!

2Seeds Network
Kassimu and Bon Ifas Robert, primary school students from the Magoma Project, began building their goat pen this week! Soon they will raise goats, sell the milk, and use the profit to serve meals to their fellow classmates so that everyone can learn on full stomachs!

Yesterday,DC SCORES youth from Lincoln Middle School got a personal tour of Georgetown University and then a soccer clinic with members of the men’s and women’s teams!

Our Daily Bread
A big thanks to ABC 7 News – WJLA for featuring Our Daily Bread‘s Artful Living event on Good Morning Washington this morning! Join Our Daily Bread on Friday, May 1 for a joyful evening of Art, Wine and Strengthening Community to help them do more for our Fairfax neighbors in need. 7-10 p.m. at the Sherwood Center. Tickets and information at:

Around Town 4/24-4/30

Catalogue charities have a lot to celebrate: Rock Creek Park, salsa, singers, and new supportive housing. Also a 5K and a few awards ceremonies keep you connected to our region, happy weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

125th Anniversary Spring Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment)
Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for an Earth Day/Arbor Day spring nature walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Melanie is a naturalist who frequently leads guided walks in the park and she is intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek.We will witness the fresh green foliage of the newly leafed canopy as we search for spring wildflowers and listen for the return of the musical wood thrush, D.C.’s official bird.

Location and Directions: The Boundary Bridge parking lot, Beach Drive. Take East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full. Bring: Water and snacks and/or a light lunch. Wear sunscreen and (optional) bug spray. Bring binoculars if you wish. Note: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route. Trail: We will cover up to 2 miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. Register at:

When: Fri Apr 24 2015 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Boundary Bridge parking lot – see above for details, Beach Drive, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? no
Contact: Rock Creek Conservancy, (301) 579-3105
For more information: click here

Salsa for Schools

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus
Support the Elementary schools of Mount Rainier, Maryland! And have a great time a Joe’s Movement Emporium!

When: Fri Apr 24 2015 (7:00 PM)
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Fee? yes $10-50 per ticket
Contact: Joe’s Movement Emporium, (301) 699-1819
For more information: click here

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Race to End Poverty

A Wider Circle
Join The Race to End Poverty hosted by A Wider Circle and help children and adults throughout the area lift themselves out of poverty. The event includes a 5K run/walk 1-mile walk and a tot trot!

When: Sat Apr 25 2015 (09:00 AM)
Where: Meadowbrook Park, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Fee? yes $30 for the 5K; $20 for the 1-mile; and free for the Tot Trot
Contact: Lexie Starrett, (301) 608-3504
For more information: click here

Sunday, April 26, 2015

National Philharmonic Singers Benefit Concert

Community Ministries of Rockville
National Philharmonic Singers Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 25. Continuing their annual springtime tradition, the National Philharmonic will present a wide variety of beautiful choral music featuring traditional favorites by Brahms, paired with new music from Germany, Russia, and premieres of several new works by Washington composer and member of the chorus, Edward Rejuney. The National Philharmonic Singers is a chamber choir and one of several performing ensembles of the National Philharmonic which is in residence at the Music Center at Strathmore. As such, it promotes works suited for smaller ensembles, whether with accompaniment or A cappella. Its repertoire ranges from 15th to 21st centuries.

When: Sun Apr 26 2015 (8:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington Street, Rockville, MD 20850
Fee? yes Donations to benefit Community Ministries of Rockville
Contact: Lynn Arndt, (301) 637-0705
For more information: click here

Thursday, April 30, 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: Thu Apr 30 2015 (09:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
Where: Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, 429 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? no
Contact: Erin McGuinness, (202) 645-3522

Open Arms Housing Groundbreaking

Open Arms Housing
This event is to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony of Open Arms Housing’s second permanent supportive housing residence, Owen House. Owen House will provide permanent housing for four homeless women with mental health issues and physical disabilities.

When: Thu Apr 30 2015 (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM)
Where: Owen House, 1256 Owen Place, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Assist VIPs.
Contact: Marilyn Kresky-Wolff, (202) 525-3467

5th Annual Allies in Change Awards Reception

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)
DASH’s 5th Annual Allies in Change awards reception recognizes DC’s “safe housing champions”, our community partners who make a difference in the lives of DASH survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families. Our Special Guest Speaker will be a DASH survivor who will share her story and courageous efforts to escape from abuse and rebuild her life and our Mistress of Ceremonies is Erika Gonzalez from NBC4. Join us on April 30th as we celebrate the volunteers, partner organizations and local businesses that make a difference at DASH!

When: Thu Apr 30 2015 (6:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Fee? yes $100 Tickets & Sponsorships Available
Contact: Meghan McDonough, (202) 462-3274 ext 101
For more information: click here

Celebrate City Kids!

City Kids Wilderness Project
You are cordially invited to celebrate the transformative work of City Kids Wilderness Project and the 130 youth impacted by dynamic programming each year. On Thursday, April 30th, at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, City Kids will celebrate the many accomplishments of its youth and another successful year of outdoor, hands-on, engaging activities. Please join us from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for an evening of wonderful programming, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. City Kids Wilderness Project provides enriching outdoor adventure and career exploration programming that engages youth from 6th – 12th grade, and beyond. City Kids was founded in 1996 on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for underserved and at-risk DC youth can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.

When: Thu Apr 30 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? no
Contact: April Martin, (202) 525-4930


7 Questions: Sarah Browning, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Split This Rock

Sarah Browning at Capitol Split This Rock 2010 “Poetry will not be denied. Even as I worked myself to the point of burn out, poetry kept calling to me.”

“I was lucky to discover and help foster an incredible community of engaged poets here in DC and the surrounding area, poets of all ages, poets in the community and the academy, poets working in all styles.”

In honor of Poetry Month we welcome Sarah Browning, Executive Director of Split this Rock. Split This Rock cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Sarah previously worked supporting socially engaged women artists with WomenArts and developing creative writing workshops with low-income women and youth with Amherst Writers & Artists.

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

Can I go back 30 years? In a poetry workshop in college, my professor told me not to write socially engaged poetry, political poetry, poetry that looks outside the self to the horrors and beauties of the wider world, dismissing poetry’s ancient history of examining public life, naming injustices, and inspiring us to believe that a better world is not only possible, but essential. I came away from that workshop disheartened and discouraged. If what I a lifelong activist was writing wasn’t Real Poetry, then why bother? So I went off into the world of organizing for social change, first in public housing and then for a statewide multi-issue progressive organization, in Massachusetts.

But poetry will not be denied. Even as I worked myself to the point of burn out, poetry kept calling to me. I wrote only three or four poems over the next eight years or so; I came to feel that my heart was shriveling, that I would be no good to anyone if I couldn’t find a way to put poetry back to the center of my life.

Fast forward 10 years and my move to Washington, DC, in the fall of 2002. I had by now been writing steadily and publishing poems even some political ones in literary journals. And what a time for an activist poet to land in the nation’s capital! Just a year after the attacks of September 11, with a president threatening war against a nation, Iraq, which, though ruled by a murderous dictator, had played no part in the attacks of the year before.

I became involved in the world-wide movement against war and started a local branch of Poets Against the War, an international uprising of poets bringing the challenge and succor of poetry into that activism. I was lucky to discover and help foster an incredible community of engaged poets here in DC and the surrounding area, poets of all ages and races/ethnicities, poets in the community and the academy, poets working in all styles.

After several years of powerful local programming, which gave a platform to poets and inspired those working against the war, infusing imaginative language into the movement , the group decided it was time to do something on a larger scale. Being here in the capital, we felt we had not just the opportunity but the responsibility to mobilize poets to play a role in the public life of the country, both to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to address the many social ills that plague our nation.

And so we dreamed into being Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness and presented it in March 2008, on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and in the midst of an historic election year. The event was a roaring success, bringing together hundreds of poets, activists, and dreamers from DC and around the nation for the first time. Its success and the very obvious need it addressed inspired us to create a permanent organization as a home for progressive poets.

I’ve worked as Co-Director and now Executive Director since, building with an incredible team of colleagues, board members, interns, activists, and volunteers a powerhouse national organization that mobilizes poets for social change, encourages the literary world to truly reflect the amazing, rich diversity of the nation, and bringing poetry to the lives of hundreds of DC-area teens through our internationally award-winning youth programs.

That was a very long answer to only the first question, I realize, but when you’re a co-founder and the Executive Director, an organization is your baby, your passion. It was a long journey that brought me here.

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

Split This Rock has two big new projects on the horizon, in addition to the fifth Split This Rock Poetry Festival, coming up April 14-17, 2016. The first is a permanent online database we are building of all the poems we’ve published in our Poem of the Week series over the past five years, as well as contest winners and others. The database will be searchable by social issue, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to enhance their rally, meeting, newsletter, worship service, potluck dinner, or indeed their soul with the invigorating and restorative language of poetry.

The other is Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a two-month festival to be held in our area January through March 2016, standing in solidarity with the people of Iraq and everywhere that freedom of expression is threatened. The festival is part of an international project of art and poetry, organized in response to a car bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad’s historic bookselling street. Split This Rock will bring Arab and Arab American poets to DC, celebrating the poetry being written today by these peoples too often demonized by our elected officials, popular culture, and news media.

We will also present those doing the necessary and too-often unrecognized work of translating contemporary poetry from Arabic to English, making this poetry accessible to American and other English-speaking readers and audiences. And we’ll encourage American poets to dip their toes into translation, with a series of fun, interactive workshops.

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

I am lucky to be inspired by some extraordinary poet-activists of the 20th century, many of whom were women: June Jordan, Muriel Rukeyser, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich. Rukeyser wrote: I will protest all my life. I am willing to. But I have decided that wherever I protest from now on, and a number of people are doing this too now, I will make something I will make poems, plant, feed children, build, but not ever protest without making something.

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

In January, we collected poems that spoke against police brutality and for racial justice from all who wished to send them to us, then published them on our blog in a Virtual Open Mic, finally totaling over 150 poems in all. We received poems from all over the country and even the world, from poets of all ages and races/ethnicities, from published poets, performing poets, new poets, those who don’t consider themselves poets at all. It’s a stunning array of words of grief, rage, protest, love, hopefulness, imagination.

In collaboration with other organizations such as the Institute for Policy Studies, DC Ferguson, SolidariTrees, Code Pink, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency, we staged an event outside the US Department of Justice, reading poems from the collection and calling on the DOJ to enact the reforms outlined by the Ferguson Action activists. We had printed out all the poems and after a cold couple of hours, presented them a representative from the DOJ. It was a moving afternoon of bringing poetry straight to the halls of power.

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

Split This Rock is unique in our city and in the nation. We get requests every day for new collaborations and projects. It’s incredibly exciting and affirming to know that our work resonates with so many, but we’re having to learn how to say no. Our staff, though dedicated and dare I say brilliant, is still very small.

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

Being a founding executive director of a dynamic, successful organization that feeds people’s souls and inspires them to action is tremendously gratifying. I feel privileged every day. But it can also be exhausting. I haven’t been very good at it, myself, but I would urge any executive director (and especially women!) to take care of herself and set her own limits. No one does it for us. We need to build in time for our own creative work whether it’s poetry, gardening, plumbing, or whatever feels like a real break and a respite from the constant demands placed on us. I also recommend taking your vacation time!

  1. What’s next/coming up for you?

The manuscript of my second collection of poems, currently titled Drinking as a Political Act, is circulating to presses and I’m hopeful that it will be published sometime soon. I’m now at work on new poems that are taking me deeper into myself though the world always is present. I’m wrestling with shame, its crippling power in the psyche, its use to control and demean women. My work often resides at this intersection of the personal and political, so, in this case, it’s pretty scary. But that’s the poet’s job, to lay bare what thrives on silence, to excavate and expose. Onward!