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#WhatsUpWednesday 12.09.15

Happy #WhatsUpWednesday!

This week, Operation Second Chance is getting ready for the most FUN run/walk this December, the Sergeant’s Fitness Concepts Jolly Fat Mans Run!! Check them out in this clip from Let’s Talk Live!

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this week’s “7 Questions” post from Legal Counsel for the Elderly. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Today, they continue to provide free legal and social services to DC’s most vulnerable seniors. Through the eyes of four of its clients, click below to see how LCE makes a difference in the lives of seniors:

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#WhatsUpWednesday 10.7.2015

Happy “What’s Up Wednesday!” Looking for a new podcast to add to your queue? This week’s #whatsupwednesday feature has a suggestion for you. Also featured, Catalogue nonprofits supporting one another through wonderful collaborations. Read on and…Happy Wednesday!

DC SCORES
This week, DC SCORES introduced six new team members on its podcast! Get to know soccer coordinators Breele Hunter, Emily Shinogle, and Travis Worra (a goalie for D.C. United); soccer program manager Chris Hudler; Athletic Director Greg James; and writing coordinator Mira Smith as they begin their time at DC SCORES.

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Montgomery Countryside Alliance
This week, Montgomery Countryside Alliance connected local Crossroads Market farmers to acreage through Land Link Montgomery. Crossroads Market is part of Crossroads Community Food Network (also a Catalogue nonprofit!).

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#WhatsUpWednesday 09.16.15

Happy Wednesday! The Catalogue kicked off our week by welcoming our brand new class of 2015-2016 “best of the best” small nonprofits across Greater Washington. We shared with them the best ways to leverage their Catalogue partnership, and introduced them to some of our friends, such as Meridian Hill Pictures, and fellow Catalogue nonprofits, such as DC SCORES (last year’s Giving Tuesday winner). Check out the video below to see what else our network was up to this week:

Operation Second Chance (New ’15-’16 Catalogue partner!)
Today was a recovery day for atOperation Second Chance after sending out 32 care packages to our Heroes overseas yesterday!

2Seeds Network
The Magoma Project students collected 54 eggs today from their school chicken coop! These eggs will be sold locally to finance the primary school’s meals program.

LearnServe
We kicked off both our LearnServe Fellows and Incubator programs this week! The LearnServe Fellows Program brings together high school students from across the Washington, DC, area to learn how to bring sustainable social change to their communities. To learn more about these programs, visit this page.

Our Daily Bread
“It really helps you know how much you are spending,” said an attendee of our Free Financial Counseling Clinic at UCM of Alexandria last Wednesday. The volunteer Financial Planners and intake assistants from ODB are gearing up for the next clinic with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries in Chantilly on 9/28. Visit ODB’s Financial Literacy page to get a handle on your finances, or get involved in helping others!https://www.odbfairfax.org/finlit

Byte Back
ByteBack has just launched a new website at www.byteback.org! They’re proud to introduce this user-friendly site for students, community members, alumni, volunteers, supporters, and partners. Find information easily, check out newly added resources, and see how ByteBack programs are transforming students’ lives. ByteBack is putting tech within reach for underserved DC residents with new features, including: Student success stories, resources in English and Spanish for students and community to learn and gain career opportunities, and easier ways for supporters to get involved and help change lives. Click around the new site to learn, volunteer, give, or hire!

ThanksUSA (New ’15-’16 Catalogue partner!)
This week, when you buy a ticket to see the Washington Nationals, ThanksUSA receives $5 from every discounted ticket sold when you enter the code “ThanksUSA”! This Friday, they’ll receive the Spirit award on the field. It will be at 6:40, before the game start time of 7pm — and they’ll also show their new PSA!

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

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

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

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

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

#WhatsUpWednesday 07.22.15

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

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

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

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

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

#WhatsUpWednesday 07.15.15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.17.15

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

DC SCORES

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

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

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

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.10.15

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

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

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

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

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