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#WhatsUpWednesday 07.29.15

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 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 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!

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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!

Fears and Successes

My books have, in a way, made me a parent. Peter and his friends grow, have fun, problems, fears, and successes, and I’ve been with them through it all. I love these children, and it’s been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to raise them and see them off into the world.”

– children’s author Ezra Jack Keats, born today in 1906; The Snowy Day appeared on the Adventure Theatre stage in January 2012

With Open Arms

“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make anything all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight. But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. — Amir”

– author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), born today in 1965

Writing Muscle

“A book is a wonderful present. Though it may grow worn, it will never grow old.”

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

– American writer and editor Jane Yolen, born today in 1939

Tired of Giving In

People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

– civil rights activist Rosa Parks, born 100 years ago today