After three decades of partnership, the people of Wellington Park trust Horton's Kids, so when in-person programming was suspended, no one considered closing the doors. The families here (average annual income under $10,000) are among the most adversely affected by a public health crisis. School closings meant the loss of nourishing food and left children at risk of falling further behind in their studies. An emergency food pantry (and supplies) helped meet basic needs, while case managers and therapists offered families advice about receiving aid checks, filing for unemployment, and getting access to medical care. Trained staff and volunteers connected with children virtually, providing coaching and motivation to complete schoolwork. Hopeful about the ability to reopen in person, Horton's Kids will resume its tutoring, mentoring, and post-secondary success work, serving 500 children (and their families) – and being the lifeline they deserve.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; Wellington Park
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Schools They Work In: KIPP DC; Excel Academy PCS; Imagine Southeast PCS; Richard Wright PCS; Democracy Prep; Thurgood Marshall Academy
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Awards & Recognition
"Best Nonprofit" in the Washington City Paper Best of DC Readers Poll - 2012 & 2013
The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management - 2011
- The current budget for Horton's Kids is: $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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