“WhatsUpWednesday” 08.27.14

There’s no better way to enjoy this last week of summer than to check out what our nonprofits are up to on this #whatsupwednesday. As DC schools welcome back students and teachers, many of our nonprofits are busy, busy, busy! Check out the video version HERE

At Washington School for Girls, students shared fun times and giggles as they got to know one another during the back-to-school “name game”!
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Today Reading Partners was at Patterson Elementary School in DC, where they put the finishing touches on their reading center!
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Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (new ’14-’15 CFP charity) is almost done collecting backpacks to help their kids look cool for school!
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Joseph’s House celebrated Blossom Ewin (left), one of their nurse’s aides, on the occasion of her retirement. Scott Sanders, Deputy Director, says of Blossom: “Her big heart, compassionate care, and mothering ways have endeared her to legions of Joseph’s House residents, volunteers, staff, and friends.” Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Crossroads Community Food Network (new ’14-’15 CFP charity) enjoyed this beautiful Wednesday at their weekly market where they double the value of federal nutrition benefits (like food stamps or WIC) spent at market for low-income shoppers – fresh fruits and veggies for all!

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Latino Student Fund received over 10 boxes of supplies from a surprise back to school drive thanks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education & Workforce!
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A big congratulations to each of these nonprofits on another outstanding week!

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The Importance of Arts in Youth Empowerment

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Around Town 8/8-8/14

August is finally here! The roads are clearing out, sidewalks are opening up, and we are all trying to soak up and enjoy this last month of summer. If you’re not lounging on the beach or out of town with the family, have fun close to home at some great events put on CFP nonprofits! This week we bring you an array of theater performances, outdoor volunteer events, film festivals!

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7 Questions with Christie Walser: Executive Director of Project Create

Christie WalserAugust is Artist Appreciation Month and among our 52 of art-related nonprofits we welcome Christie Walser of Project Create to 7 questions. Christie joined Project Create as Executive Director in January, 2011, bringing with her nearly two decades of nonprofit administration experience, a passionate commitment to child advocacy, and a long-time avocation as a community-theater actor, director and producer. Project Create provides accessible arts education to promote positive development in children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.
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