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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Symposium on Preparing College-Ready Writers with One World Education

Join One World Education on September 22 for a timely conversation on preparing students for the rigors of college-level writing, featuring a diverse panel of speakers representing different perspectives on the topic. We are all too familiar with the countless reports from higher education and the business community that the state of student writing is in serious need of repair. To address these challenges, One World Education is bringing together K-12 and university experts to provide a forum for exchanging successful strategies and initiatives that work at different levels, with a particular focus on instruction and assignments.

When: Thu Sep 22 2016 (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Where: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068
Fee: None
Contact: Liz Gossens, (202) 558-8899
For more information: click here

Friday, September 23, 2016

2nd Annual Golf Tournament with HomeAid Northern Virginia

Attention: Builders, Trade Partners, and HomeAid Supporters! Hit a hole-in-one with your registration or sponsorship of HomeAid’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament. Take care of business on the course all while supporting their mission: building new lives for Northern Virginia’s homeless. Your registration includes a complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Mulligans, Tosses, and Raffle Tickets for golf foursomes and other exciting prizes will also be available.

When: Fri Sep 23 2016 (07:00 AM)
Where: Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, 41601 Raspberry Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176
Fee: $900/foursome or $250/single golfer
Contact: Christy Eaton, (571) 283-6320
For more information: click here

Campaign for Brighter Futures Breakfast with Doorways for Women and Families

Bringing together a wide array of community members, the Campaign for Brighter Futures Breakfast celebrates Doorways for Women & Families client accomplishments and ensures their future successes. A popular event among those who live in Northern Virginia, the Breakfast highlights more than 38 years of progressive programs and services that have helped women, men and children heal from trauma, rebuild their lives and achieve the brightest possible futures. Each year, guests are given the opportunity to make a financial contribution to support Doorways’ ongoing service to the community; however, there is no minimum or maximum gift amount expected. They hope to see you there!

When: Fri Sep 23 2016 (08:00 AM – 09:00 AM)
Where: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
Fee: Free Fundraising Event
Contact: To RSVP, email Kristina Dugan, (703) 504-9289

WILL Power Party with Wilderness Leadership & Learning, Inc.

The WILL Power Party is a special cocktail reception to highlight and celebrate 12 Years of WILL positively impacting the lives of the DC youth from underserved neighborhoods. The WILL Power Party will:

  • Bring WILL friends together to celebrate our successes
  • Continue to raise awareness about WILL
  • Introduce WILL to new friends
  • Raise funds so they can increase the number of youth they impact
  • Be a tremendous networking opportunity for DC professionals gathered with the common goal of investing in WILL and the future of DC youth
  • Honor their Partner of the Year: The Spend Performance Solutions Team of the Advisory Board Company

When: Fri Sep 23 2016 (6:30 PM – 10:30 PM)
Where: The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, Maryland, 7931 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Fee: $150/person
Contact: Steve Abraham, (202) 319-2765
For more information: click here

Around Town: 8/13 – 8/19

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bubble Run – Race Day Operations with Operation Second Chance

Operation Second Chance was selected as the beneficiary of the first annual D.C. Bubble Run! As such, they are required to provide volunteers for both the Packet Pack-Up and the actual Race Day Operations. The day of the race, volunteers will be supporting the runners. Whether performing runner check-in, or working a water station, volunteers will help to ensure that everyone has Good Clean Fun at the Bubble Run!

When: Sat Aug 13 2016 (06:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Rosecroft Raceway, 6336 Rosecroft Dr, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Fee: Registration fee for runners only
Volunteer Info: Helping with runner check in, handing out shirts, goodie bags and assisting with retail. Volunteers should feel comfortable using an iPad or iPod touch. All volunteers will receive an email with specific shift information. To volunteer to help with the Bubble Run race day operations, please register online.
Contact: Christopher Enders, (301) 972-1080
For more information: click here

Thursday, August 18 – Friday, August 19, 2016

Carousel with The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Directed by Caroline Angell, Musical Direction by Joshua Coyne. August 18-20, 7:30 pm; August 20, 2:00 pm Please Note: This play contains mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children. The second production of this summer’s Theatre Lab Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is Carousel, the classic musical by the legendary Rodgers & Hammerstein. The story of a young mill worker who falls in love with an impulsive, sometimes violent carousel barker, Carousel is a complex story of love, loss and redemption featuring some of musical theatre’s most memorable songs.

When: Thu Aug 18 2016 (7:30 PM – 10:30 PM), Fri Aug 19 2016 (7:30 PM – 10:30 PM)
Where: The Theatre Lab, 733 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee: $15
Volunteer Info: House staff volunteers to serve as ushers, concession sales, etc.
Contact: Dane Petersen, (202) 824-0449
For more information: click here

Back-to-School Spotlight: Adopt a Classroom, Change 18 Lives

This month the Catalogue is highlighting various school supply drives around our region. More than 30 nonprofits in our network are in need of supplies for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Below is a blog post from our friends at The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) in Alexandria, Virginia, with details about their Adopt-A-Classroom initiative.


“Look what I got!” exclaimed The Child and Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) preschooler Yorleny, as she opened her new backpack stuffed with school supplies, a book and a toy.

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You can help a child or even a whole classroom of children experience this same joy.

CFNC, a nonprofit provider of early education for children of the working poor, is offering eight corporate partners the opportunity to Adopt – A – Classroom for the 2016-2017 school year.

Classroom sponsorships will help fund the supplies needed for each of CFNC’s classrooms to provide high-quality education and meet the needs of vulnerable children. Your sponsorship will change the lives of 18 preschoolers this year! Because of sponsorships, CFNC is able to provide key materials and tools for 8 classrooms that enable the teachers to maximize their efforts in teaching 138 students what they need to learn in order to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

cfnc2By the age of 5, a child’s brain is already 90% formed. Yet, many children living in poverty are less likely to attend preschool and often live in households where early learning activities are few and far between. CFNC’s free bilingual early education program gives these children the opportunity to learn and grow early on and gives them the foundation of English language and literacy skills so they can enter school ready to succeed. By the time these children leave CFNC, many of them are reading and writing in English, understanding the language, and have gained the developmental, social and emotional skills they need to enter kindergarten alongside their peers. Thanks to the education that they receive and because of their amazing donors and sponsors, CFNC has the means and ability to change these children’s lives.

cfnc3“From the first time we walked into a classroom to volunteer at CFNC we knew it was a very special place. It was a wonderful, positive experience working with the children and they were so appreciative and engaging. Since that time we have been fortunate enough to work with them through reading and volunteer programs, providing school supplies and assisting with their annual coat, hat and mitten drives. We believe that CFNC makes a significant difference in getting these children ready for kindergarten and focusing on providing whole family engagement,” said Linda Abravanel, Wells Fargo employee and volunteer at CFNC.

cfnc4Adopt-a-Classroom sponsors will get the opportunity to meet the children and the teachers in their sponsored classroom and participate in four classroom engagement opportunities throughout the year with the kids. Quarterly reports and photos from CFNC keep you up-to-date on the progress of each child. In addition, each sponsor receives 26 unique marketing opportunities.

For more information on CFNC’s Adopt-a-Classroom program go to http://cfnc-online.org/ways-to-give/adopt-a-classroom/ or email Jessica Hallstrom at jhallstrom@cfnc-online.org or call her at 703-836-0214.

Around Town: 8/6 – 8/12

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Heartland 4 Heroes Golf Tournament with ThanksUSA

The annual Heartland 4 Heroes Golf Tournament benefits the spouses and children of those serving in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and other Heartland States.

When: Mon Aug 8 2016 (07:30 AM)
Where: The Governors Club, 9681 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
Fee: Sponsorships are available.
Contact: Michele Stork, (703) 855-4108
For more information: click here

Computer CORE – Fall Semester Begins

CORE’s mission: To help low-income adults acquire the technological and life skills they need to pursue their career aspirations, by providing computer skills and job search skills training to over 200 under- and unemployed adults in the Northern Virginia region each year. Their fall semester will begin August 8, 2016 and admissions have already begun!

When: Mon Aug 8 2016 (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: The Lee Building, 5881 Leesburg Pike, STE 204, Falls Church, VA 22041
Fee: None
Contact: Kathy Jankowski, (703) 931-7346 ext 102
For more information: click here

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bubble Run – Packet Pick-Up Day with Operation Second Chance

Operation Second Chance was selected as the beneficiary of the first annual D.C. Bubble Run! As such, they are required to provide volunteers for both the Packet Pack-Up and the actual Race Day Operations. The day before the race, runners will go to a local sporting goods store and pick-up their packet of information, as well as t-shirts and other run merchandise. Volunteers are needed to ensure every registered runner gets what they need for the following day at the run!

When: Fri Aug 12 2016 (2:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: TBD (Emails will be sent to volunteers with locations), MD 20874
Fee: Fees apply for runners only.
Volunteer Info: Helping with runner check in, handing out shirts, goodie bags and assisting with retail. Must feel comfortable using an iPad or iPod touch. All volunteers will receive an email with specific shift information. To volunteer to support the Packet Pick-Up day of the run, please register online.
Contact: Christopher Enders, (301) 972-1080
For more information: click here

Around Town: 7/30 – 8/5

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Computer CORE Volunteer Opportunities

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

Want to help? Instructional Volunteer Team Opportunities
Time commitment required: 1 or 2 classes per week for 6 months; various days available
Locations: Alexandria, Baileys Crossroads, Fairfax, Falls Church, Gum Springs, Herndon and Sterling
- Lead Computer Instructor: Teach basic computing skills curriculum to 12 students and monitor their progress. Topics include, but are not limited to: email, Internet, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
- Computer Teaching Assistant: Assist the Lead Instructor in teaching basic computing skills curriculum to twelve students. Monitor their progress; ensure that students receive the individual attention needed to be successful; and assist with the completion of necessary administrative tasks. Topics include, but not limited to: email, Internet, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
- Career Development Instructor: Coach students on practical career and life skills in order to find new jobs, get promotions and/or enroll in further training/education. Teach skills such as resume writing, cover letter writing, goal-setting, planning, interviewing, and online searches.
You Don’t Have to Be a Teacher: More Volunteer Opportunities
- Saturday Morning Tutors (Baileys Crossroads Location): Assist students who need extra support, to make up an exam or a missed class, polish their resumes or simply to review challenging concepts.
- Events Ambassadors: Promote Computer CORE by becoming a speaker, staffing a booth or providing information for potential volunteers/donors at events throughout the greater DC area.

When: Mon Aug 1 2016 (10:30 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Northern Virginia (Various Locations); Office located at 5881 Leesburg Pike, STE 204, Falls Church, VA 22041
Fee? no
Contact: Eileen Joyner, (703) 931-7346

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Byte Back Volunteer Orientation

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

When: Tue Aug 2 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

2016 Back-to-School Local Giving Guide

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

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

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

Happy shopping!


Fall 2016 School Supply Collection

Horton's Kids

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

The Child & Family Network Center

  • The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) (Alexandria) invites you to invest in brighter futures for Alexandria children by collecting school supplies for one of their 8 classrooms. Click for details and a link to the supplies needed.
    • Note: CFNC is also looking for corporations interested in their “Adopt-a-Classroom” initiative. Adopt-a-Classroom helps provide books, school supplies, food, and basic healthcare to one classroom. You assist in funding teacher and school staff salaries and empower students and their families to be the best they can be.
      CFNC has eight classrooms and therefor only eight opportunities for corporations to sponsor a classroom – they will send you quarterly updates and photos of the class and children you have sponsored. Visit this site for more information.
  • Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services Children’s Resource Program (Alexandria) helps ensure that children in their housing programs do not miss out on critical after-school and extracurricular enrichment activities simply because their families are low income. This long standing program provides our children with school supplies, holiday gifts, access to summer camps, music lessons, and winter coats. GSH even sends children to local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to encourage their education in science and math. Support their annual school supply drive, or shop their Amazon.com wishlist here.
  • Hope House DC (Washington, DC)For children whose fathers are incarcerated, displacement often has grave consequences. Contact may be lost, family structure weakened, and reintegration of released fathers made difficult indeed. Enter Hope House, whose dream is to reconnect fathers and kids.On August 28th, Hope House will host a back to school party. Each Hope House Kid who attends receives a backpack stuffed with school supplies. Items needed include: composition books, dictionaries, highlighters, binders, calculators…and more. See details here.
  • New Community for Children (Washington, DC) transforms the lives of children and youth by supporting academic achievement, developing life skills, fostering creativity and cultural awareness, nurturing spiritual connections and growth, and empowering children to succeed. It is currently in need of a number of educational items such as digital cameras, printer ink, school furniture, and more.

Reading Partners

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

San Miguel School

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

Ongoing Supply Collections: Art and Music Supplies

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

 

Ongoing Supply Collections: Sporting Equipment

City Kids Wilderness Project

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

Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena

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

 

Ongoing Supply Collections

Bright Beginnings

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

Generation Hope

  • Generation Hope (Washington, DC) is the only community-based nonprofit organization solely focused on college completion for teen parents in the D.C. area. Help these students follow the path to success with the following items: laptops for Scholars (can be used), stamps for mailings, gift cards to Target, Staples, etc. and more.

Inner City-Inner Child

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

Washington School for Girls

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

Around Town: 7/23 – 7/29

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 2016

Kids R First School Supply Distribution 2016

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

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

Around Town: 7/16-7/22

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around Town: 7/9-7/15

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Orientation for Overnight Volunteers with Calvary Women’s Services

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

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

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Byte Back Volunteer Orientation

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

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

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Digital Access Tour with Byte Back

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

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

Celebrate our Nation in July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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