Around 7/18-7/24

This week brings exciting theater productions, nature conservation projects, and other great events courtesy of our nonprofits. With DC tourists now flooding the streets and sidewalks, it’s a perfect time to meet some locals and do good in our community!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Canal Stewards: Fletcher’s Cove

Potomac Conservancy
Help the Conservancy clean up Fletcher’s Cove in the C&O Canal National Historical Park! This monthly cleanup day is part of the Canal Stewards partnership with the National Park Service, engaging volunteers to become long-term caretakers of a designated site within the park. Typical activities include picking up trash, pruning vegetation along the trails, and repairing the towpath and trails. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty – we’ll provide all the necessary tools and equipment! This event is open to all ages. Please meet in the lower parking lot.

When: Sat Jul 19 2014 (10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, DC 20007
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Typical activities include picking up trash, pruning vegetation along the trails, and repairing the towpath and trails. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty – we’ll provide all the necessary tools and equipment!
Contact: Rebecca Long, (301) 608-1188
For more information: click here

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pool Chaperone w/ Horton’s Kids

Horton’s Kids
Sunny and warm days mean our weekly Sunday field trips to the pool are back! We need a big group of volunteers in July to swim with the kids and help us keep them safe in the water!

When: Sun Jul 20 2014 (12:00 NOON – 3:30 PM)
Where: Francis Pool, 2500 N St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to help chaperone our trips to the pool where you’ll swim with the kids, eat lunch and play out of the water. Schedule below: 12:00 pm: Meet at the top of the Capitol South Metro escalators for a ride on the HK bus to pick up the kids and drive to the pool. You can alternatively meet us at the pool. 12:45 pm: The HK bus arrives at the pool. Volunteers swim with the kids and help keep them safe. 2:30 pm: The kids eat lunch and play at the park next to the pool. 3:30 pm: The bus takes the kids home and drops off the volunteers back at Cap South.
Contact: Alexa, (202) 544-5033
For more information: click here

Perfect Liars Club (@Capital Fringe Festival)

Miriam’s Kitchen
Four people tell a story. All are captivating but only three are true. Listen. Laugh. Interrogate. Vote. Can you spot the liar? Don’t miss this underground DC smash-hit which always sells out. Different stories every night. Are you shrewd enough? Conceived by: Layla McCay Featuring: Anne Thomas, Cara Foran, Kevin Boggs, Layla McCay, Mike Fila, Molly Murchie, Pedro Alcocer, Pierce McManus, Stephanie Garibaldi and Ritija Gupta Proceeds from this performance benefit Miriam’s Kitchen

When: Sun Jul 20 2014 (7:15 PM)
Where: Goethe Institut — Main Stage, 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? yes $17
Contact: Capital Fringe, (866) 811-4111
For more information:click here

Monday, July 21, 2014

Horror Classics: The Body Snatcher

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus
Joe’s hosts a series of cool thrillers 7:30 pm on Mondays in July that show incredible photographer, intense acting, and real theatrics before the digital era. Renew your interest in these classic or discover them for the first time! This series is curated by Vernon Sears. Ticket price covers Sears’ introduction to each film and lead of a short discussion after each film. BYOP (Bring your own Popcorn!) The Body Snatcher (1945) is one of the finest of the RKO horror films produced by Val Lewton. With a small budget, Lewton brillantly managed to get high production values with great actors, excellent scripts and dark shadows that sculpted the screen image in to a model of chill. Boris Karloff in his finest portrayal as Mr. Gray, the grave robber, joins with veteran English stage actor, Henry Daniell. The story based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of grave robbers in Edinburough, Scotland, directed by Robert Wise.

When: Mon Jul 21 2014 (7:30 PM)
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20912
Fee? yes $5 admission
Contact: Joe’s Movement Emporium, (301) 699-1819
For more information:click here

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Family Friendly Warehouse Volunteering

DC Diaper Bank
Come help us in the warehouse! Volunteering is family friendly and all are welcome whether it’s for one hour or four. We’ll be sorting and packing diapers and even little hands can help with that (or just play in the play area!). Our Volunteer Dates are a great way to starting talking about giving back and community in a very tangible way that kids can relate to well.

When: Tue Jul 22 2014 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: DC Diaper Bank Warehouse 8858 Monard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Sorting and packing diapers; helping with other inventory
Contact: Heather Foley, (202) 656-8503
For more information: click here

Volunteer Write Night

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Free Minds hosts a monthly Write Night where community volunteers gather alongside Free Minds Reentry Support members home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It is a simple and powerful way to support members’ processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing and meet other volunteers! No RSVP necessary!

When: Tue Jul 22 2014 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: Marvin Center at GW University, 800 21st ST Nw; Room 403, Washington, DC 20052
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Alongside other volunteers and Book Club members home from prison, provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated and meet other volunteers!
Contact: Free Minds, (202) 758-0829
For more information: click here

Around Town 7/11-7/17

Get together with friends, family, or co-workers to attend one of our many events going on this week! Our nonprofits are featuring volunteer events for all, as well as some amazing performances. Beat the heat and interact directly with local initiatives!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Family Friendly Warehouse Volunteering

DC Diaper Bank
Come help us in the warehouse! Volunteering is family friendly and all are welcome whether it’s for one hour or four. We’ll be sorting and packing diapers and even little hands can help with that (or just play in the play area!). Our Volunteer Dates are a great way to starting talking about giving back and community in a very tangible way that kids can relate to well.

When: Sat Jul 12 2014 (10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: DC Diaper Bank Warehouse 8858 Monard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Sorting and packing diapers; helping with other inventory
Contact: Heather Foley, (202) 656-8503
For more information: click here

Professional Attire Collection Day

Suited for Change
Join Suited for Change as we receive large clothing donations of spring & summer clothes. Our suiting program provides professional attire, shoes and matching accessories to low-income women who are entering the job market or who have recently started a new job. Clients meet one-on-one with trained volunteers, also known as “wardrobe consultants,” who assist them in assembling a professional wardrobe.

When: Sat Jul 12 2014 (10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: 1010 Vermont Ave; Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to help SFC receive large clothing donations dropped off by residents curbside.
Contact: Daniella Burgos, (202) 293-0351
For more information:click here

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pool Chaperone with Horton’s Kids

Horton’s Kids
Sunny and warm days mean our weekly Sunday field trips to the pool are back! We need a big group of volunteers in July to swim with the kids and help us keep them safe in the water!

When: Sun Jul 13 2014 (12:00 NOON – 3:30 PM)
Where: Francis Pool, 2500 N St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to help chaperone our trips to the pool where you’ll swim with the kids, eat lunch and play out of the water. Schedule below: 12:00 pm: Meet at the top of the Capitol South Metro escalators for a ride on the HK bus to pick up the kids and drive to the pool. You can alternatively meet us at the pool. 12:45 pm: The HK bus arrives at the pool. Volunteers swim with the kids and help keep them safe. 2:30 pm: The kids eat lunch and play at the park next to the pool. 3:30 pm: The bus takes the kids home and drops off the volunteers back at Cap South.
Contact: Alexa, (202) 544-5033
For more information: click here

Perfect Liars Club (@Capital Fringe Festival)

Miriam’s Kitchen
Four people tell a story. All are captivating but only three are true. Listen. Laugh. Interrogate. Vote. Can you spot the liar? Don’t miss this underground DC smash-hit which always sells out. Different stories every night. Are you shrewd enough? Conceived by: Layla McCay Featuring: AnneThomas, Cara Foran, Kevin Boggs, Layla McCay, Mike Fila, Molly Murchie, Pedro Alcocer, Pierce McManus, Stephanie Garibaldi and Ritija Gupta Proceeds from this performance benefit Miriam’s Kitchen

When: Sun Jul 13 2014 (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: Goethe Institute — Main Stage, 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? yes $17
Contact: Capital Fringe, (866) 811-4111
For more information: click here

Monday, July 14, 2014

Horror Classics: The Black Cat

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus
Joe’s hosts a series of cool thrillers 7:30 pm on Mondays in July that show incredible photographer, intense acting, and real theatrics before the digital era. Renew your interest in these classic or discover them for the first time! This series is curated by Vernon Sears. Ticket price covers Sears’ introduction to each film and lead of a short discussion after each film. BYOP (Bring your own Popcorn!) The Black Cat (1941), loosely based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe of old rivals and enemies. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff) and Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Bla Lugosi) meet seven years after the Great War (WWI) on the Hungarian battlefield where treachery fostered their final reckoning. This was the first American debut of gifted Czech director Edgar G. Ulmer.

When: Mon Jul 14 2014 (7:30 PM)
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20912
Fee? yes $5 admission
Contact: Joe’s Movement Emporium, (301) 699-1819
For more information: click here

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daytime CASA Volunteer Training

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County
Want to stand up for abused and neglected children in foster care? To become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) you must attend preservice training to learn how you can work with a child or youth in foster care and advocate in their best interest to have a positive and long-lasting impact. If you are free during daytime hours or if you have flexibility at work to take 6 days off this July, then this Pre-Service training is for you! We are looking for individuals who are ready to make the commitment to advocating for a youth in foster care. We will provide the free training, you bring the commitment to being an advocate for one youth in need. Once you have successfully completed our screening and training, we will match you with a child in Prince George’s County Foster Care. CASAs make a minimum one year commitment to advocating for their assigned child or youth. Volunteers spend about 10-15 hours each month meeting with their youth and communicating with other parties related to the child’s case. Applicants must be 21 or older by the time training is completed. Applications must be received by June 11th to be considered for Summer Training to ensure enough time for interviews and pre-screening. Lunch will be served at each training. During courtroom observation, attendees will be responsible for their own lunch.

When: Tue Jul 15 2014 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Elks Lodge, 6700 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Once you have successfully completed our screening and training, we will match you with a child in Prince George’s County Foster Care. CASAs make a minimum one year commitment to advocating for their assigned child or youth. Volunteers spend about 10-15 hours each month meeting with their youth and communicating with other parties related to the child’s case.
Contact: Simon Lee, (301) 209-0491

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One Hour, One World Tour

Ayuda
If you would like to get a first person introduction to Ayuda’s work and learn how you could get involved, please join us for one of our frequent One Hour, One World tours. Please sign up for a time and feel free to bring friends. (Tours are conducted in English)

When: Wed Jul 16 2014 (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: Ayuda DC office, 6925B Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
Fee? no
Contact: Sarah Block, (202) 387-4848 ext 143
For more information: click here

Around Town 7/4-7/11

HAPPY 4th of JULY WEEKEND! The Catalogue team wishes everyone a fun, safe, and hurricane-free holiday. When you return home next week from vacation, check out some great events hosted by our nonprofits. Nothing better to help beat the back-to-work blues.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Horror Classics: Phantom of the Opera

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus
Joe’s hosts a series of cool thrillers 7:30 pm on Mondays in July that show incredible photographer, intense acting, and real theatrics before the digital era. Renew your interest in these classic or discover them for the first time! This series is curated by Vernon Sears. Ticket price covers Sears’ introduction to each film and lead of a short discussion after each film. BYOP (Bring your own Popcorn!) The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney, Sr. and Mary Philbin features cellars below the Paris Opera House. In dungeons long forgotten lurked the dark, shadowy presence of Erik, a man whose gifts of music and magic were eclipsed by a disfigurement from birth for which he was loathed even by his own mother who forced him to cover his face with a mask. Still Erik desired, as do all, to be loved as other are, seeking that love from the beautiful young engenue Christine Daae.
When: Mon Jul 7 2014 (7:30 PM)
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20912
Fee? yes $5 admission
Contact:Joe’s Movement Emporium, (301) 699-1819
For more information:click here

 

DC Insider Fashion Sale

Suited for Change
On the second Tuesday of each month, we invite the public to shop in our private boutique. You’ll find incredible deals on the latest fashions from the hottest brands. Our boutique provides an intimate shopping experience where you can score amazing deals while supporting our mission! All money raised by the sale support the mission of Suited for Change, which is to provide free professional attire, image consulting, and job readiness skills training to low-income women throughout the DC Metro Region.​
When: Tue Jul 8 2014 (4:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Where: Suited for Change, 1010 Vermont Ave; Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed during our DC Insider Fashion Sale. This includes: Set-up Assisting sale customers Clearing dressing rooms Tear down
Contact:Daniella Burgos, (202) 293-0351
For more information:click here

Paddle Night!

Anacostia Watershed Society
Come discover your Anacostia by joining AWS in the FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia Program this summer! AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson: everything you’ll need to have a great paddling experience. Each event starts at 5:00 and runs until 7:30. The events are first-come first-served, so come early for a better chance of getting out on the water. RSVP below!
When: Tue Jul 8 2014 (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Fee? no
Contact:Paul Ryberg, (301) 699-6204 ext 112
For more information:click here

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Whine/Wine Wednesday

DC Diaper Bank
Come join us Wednesday nights for Whine/Wine Wednesday! Bring your own whine or wine! Help us bundle diapers for the families we serve and make great new friends.
When: Wed Jul 9 2014 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: DC Diaper Bank Warehouse 8858 Monard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Sorting and packing diapers; helping with other inventory
Contact: Corinne Cannon, (202) 656-8503
For more information:click here

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Paddle Night!

Anacostia Watershed Society
Come discover your Anacostia by joining AWS in the FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia Program this summer! AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson: everything you’ll need to have a great paddling experience. Each event starts at 5:00 and runs until 7:30. The events are first-come first-served, so come early for a better chance of getting out on the water. RSVP below!
When: Thu Jul 10 2014 (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Where: Ballpark Boathouse, First & Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Fee? no
Contact:Paul Ryberg, (301) 699-6204 ext 112
For more information:click here

Save the date! #GivingTuesday: December 2nd, 2014

With exactly 5 months to go, the countdown is officially “on” for #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. The Catalogue is excited to be a partner once again to raise money for our charities on the heels of the biggest shopping days of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

From a press release, distributed today by United Nations Foundation:
Last year #GivingTuesday again proved the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities when they give back. In 2013, statistics showed an increase in online giving and a surge in the number of partners who rallied to make the day a success. This year, as partners from around the world support the global movement, #GivingTuesday is transforming the way that people think about the giving season with a global call to “get out the give.” Online tools, social media toolkits, webinars and a new interactive website make it easy for people to get involved, share their stories and tips, and highlight a global call to action for partners everywhere.

In September, the Catalogue will announce this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign plan and begin working with our nonprofits to ensure a successful event. We’ll continue posting updates on the blog — stay tuned!

Around Town 6/27-7/3

With a beautiful weekend ahead of us, and on the heels of an exciting US advancement in the World Cup, we encourage you to check out our packed weekend of events! Summer is a great time to get out and meet our amazing nonprofits and enjoy all that they have to offer. Fun for all!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Garden Workday @ Girard Children’s Community Garden

City Blossoms
Workdays are scheduled sessions that include FREE staff-led activities for children (Fridays are Market Stand days!!), families, volunteers and anyone who wants to drop by! You Help You Harvest: When available any helping hands get to take home fresh garden goodies.
When: Fri Jun 27 2014 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Where: Girard Children’s Community Garden, 15th & Girard Sts NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are welcome — just drop by!
Contact: City Blossoms, (443) 854-1669
For more information:click here

Sunset Tour of the Anacostia

Anacostia Watershed Society
For the first time AWS will offer an opportunity for community members to experience the sunset on the water in the Anacostia. It is a relaxing trip with opportunities to observe active wildlife. Participants will be taken via our large pontoon boat to see the best views the Anacostia has to offer. Register now as the event is capped at 20 participants.
When: Fri Jun 27 2014 (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Fee? yes $29
Contact: Paul Ryberg, (301) 699-6204
For more information: click here

An Evening with Debbi Morgan: The Monkey on my Back

Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County
This one-women show is a deeply personal memoir about television and film actress Debbi Morgan’s journey through a legacy of fear and abuse, which spanned three generations of women, beginning with Debbi’s grandmother, her mother, and Debbi herself. After the show, join us for a reception, book signing & meet and greet. Doors open at 6pm.
When: Fri Jun 27 2014 (7:00 PM)
Where: Hallam Theatre – Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774
Fee? yes $40 in advance; $45 at the box office (cash only)
Contact:Shirley Schreffler, (301) 779-2100
For more information:click here

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Recreational Fishing Day

Anacostia Watershed Society
Please join Anacostia Watershed Society, University of Maryland College Park, and Anacostia Community Museum for a day of recreational fishing! We will provide fishing rods and bait on a first-come, first-served basis (bring your own if you prefer). Each participant will receive a gift card valued at $10 for providing us with your catch (per DC fishing regulations)! All ages and experience levels are welcome. Please register so you can be notified if inclement weather cancels the event.
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (08:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Hains Point, 927 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: We are looking for 5 – 10 volunteers to help with event logistics (e.g., help with participant registration for those who provide caught fish, direct and check on participants, take GPS coordinates, distribute supplies and gift cards, assist with proper labeling and storage of fish samples). If you would like to help, please let us know in either the ‘Please share reasons for participating’ section or the ‘How did you hear about AWS’ section when you register and we will contact you with more details.
Contact: Lori Baranoff, (301) 699-6204 ext 107
For more information:click here

Invasive Removal — Glover Archbold Meadow

Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment)
We will be continuing our work to restore the meadow in Glover Archbold Park by removing invasive plant species. The majority of the volunteers will be removing invasive plant species, so please make sure you wear appropriate clothing for the activity.
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (09:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: Glover Archbold section of Rock Creek Park, Macomb St & Massachusetts Ave NW: walk 1000 feet NW on Mass towards Nebraska Ave. Trail entrance is on the left side of Mass Ave. and the meadow (meeting location) is .25 mi down the trail., Washington, DC 20016
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut invasives will be provided. Volunteers will mainly be pulling wineberry and early garlic mustard. Trained Weed Warriors will be able to do vines and ivy. Ages 16 and up to use tools. What to Wear: Please wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals. What to Bring: Bring water. Tools and gloves will be provided. Feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you have them. Students can earn SSL hours, but please bring needed forms.
Contact: Peter Forbes, (202) 237-8866
For more information:click here

Invasive Removal — Melvin Hazen East

Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment)
Join Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service in removing invasive plant species from the eastern half of the Melvin Hazen section in Rock Creek Park. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut invasives will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools.
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (09:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Where: Melvin Hazen Trail Head, Quebec ST NW (From Connecticut Avenue, turn onto Quebec Street N.W. ( not to be confused with Quebec Place N.W.) and follow until it hits a dead end. The trail head to Melvin Hazen is on the left side street. On-street parking is limited), Washington, DC 20016
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut invasives will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools. What to Wear: Please wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals. What to Bring: Bring water. Tools and gloves will be provided. Feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you have them. Students can earn SSL hours, but please bring needed forms.
Contact: Rena Subotnik, (202) 237-8866
For more information:click here

Distribution Day

DC Diaper Bank
Our distribution days are one of the most exciting and important days at DC Diaper Bank. This is the day we distribute more than 50,000 diapers to over 18 amazing organizations across the DC Metro area. Come join us as we help these great organization fill their trucks with much needed diapers for the families that they serve.
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: DC Diaper Bank Warehouse 8858 Monard Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Sorting and packing diapers; helping with other inventory
Contact: Corinne Cannon, (202) 656-8503

Garden Workday @ Marion Street Intergenerational Garden

City Blossoms
Workdays are scheduled sessions that include FREE staff-led activities for children (Thursdays are recipe days!!), families, volunteers and anyone who wants to drop by! You Help You Harvest: When available any helping hands get to take home fresh garden goodies.
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Where: Marion Street Intergenerational Garden, 1519 Marion St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are welcome — just drop by!
Contact: City Blossoms, (443) 854-1669
For more information:click here

Garden Workday @ Girard Children’s Community Garden

City Blossoms
Workdays are scheduled sessions that include FREE staff-led activities for children, families, volunteers and anyone who wants to drop by! You Help You Harvest: When available any helping hands get to take home fresh garden goodies.
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Where: Girard Children’s Community Garden, 15th & Girard Sts NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Volunteers are welcome — just drop by!
Contact: City Blossoms, (443) 854-1669
For more information:click here

La Traviata

The In Series
The In Series celebrates the completion of 25 years producing pocket-opera with a Verdi masterpiece, as the wordwide celebration of the master’s 200th birthday year ends. Based on Dumas’ Lady Of The Camelias, La Traviata is the intimate story of a not-socially-acceptable love affair that continues to touch our souls with its heart-breaking music. Director: Nick Olcott Music Director: Carlos Rodriguez
When: Sat Jun 28 2014 (8:00 PM)
Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Fee? yes $44 general admission; $40 seniors; $22 students with school id & children
Volunteer Info: Usher, box office
Contact: Gregory Stuart, Executive Assistant, (202) 204-7765
For more information:click here

 

 

7 Questions with Andrew Barnett, Executive Director of SMYAL

June is Pride Month and today we welcome Andrew Barnett, Executive Director of SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) to 7 Questions! SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region through youth leadership development, community service, and advocacy. While working at SMYAL over the past 9 years, Andrew served on the Mayor’s Bullying Prevention Task Force, worked diligently to strengthen in-school GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliance), and developed SMYAL into an influential organization.

 

1. What motivated you to begin working with your organization?

I first became involved in advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth when I co-founded a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) as a senior in high school. When I graduated college, I knew that I wanted to get more involved in the LGBT movement and I moved to DC to find a way to do that, which led me to an internship at SMYAL. One of the aspects of SMYAL’s work that drew me in was the organization’s focus on addressing intersectional issues. The majority of the youth we serve are African-American and low-income, and so face challenges due not only to their sexual orientation or gender identity but also due to institutionalized racism and economic factors. I greatly valued (and still do!) the way in which SMYAL’s programs incorporated an understanding of how different systems of oppressions impact youth’s lives. As my internship was winding down, a staff position opened up, and I joined the team.

2. What exciting change or innovation is on your mind?

Last year, we teamed up with a California-based organization, GSA Network, to launch a major new initiative: the DC Regional GSA Network. This new effort focuses on empowering LGBTQ youth leaders to organize and promote positive change in their schools and communities through GSA clubs. The program has challenged us to shift our thinking in two major ways: (1) incorporating youth leaders into the program at all levels, including program facilitation, and (2) using a network-based model in which we are not only creating a safe space for LGBTQ youth to be who they are but also working with youth to create affirming spaces wherever they are. As an Executive Director, it’s been exciting to see our youth develop and articulate their own visions for the program, their schools, and their communities.

3. Who inspires you (in the philanthropy world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?

There are many people who inspire me and whom I admire. In the landscape of LGBT youth organizations, I am particularly inspired by Carolyn Laub, the Executive Director of GSA Network, and Grace Sterling Stowell, the Executive Director of the Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY). I am also a huge admirer of the work of Dr. Caitlin Ryan and the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University.

In addition, what sustains me day to day is the inspiration I take from the people I work with–the SMYAL Board, staff, volunteers, and, most importantly, our LGBTQ youth. I consider myself so fortunate to work with amazing, talented people who are so passionate about the work that we do.

4. What was your most interesting recent project/partnership?

For the past two years, SMYAL has been a member of the Mayor’s Bullying Prevention Task Force here in DC. The Task Force was charged with developing of a model bullying prevention policy and then assisting with its implementation in our schools and other youth-serving providers. I have been so impressed with the way in which the DC Office of Human Rights has spearheaded this effort through engaging a diverse pool of stakeholders (ranging from folks who work at DC Department of Parks and Recreation to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) while also keeping us on task and ensuring we adhered to the timetable for speedy implementation. I believe that the model bullying prevention policy that the District adopted is very strong and the ways in which the work is being coordinated across the city will serve as a model for other cities in the future.

5. What is the single greatest challenge that your organization faces (besides finances) and how are you dealing with this challenge?

The greatest challenge we face is probably similar to many other community-based nonprofits, which is that there is always more need than resources. We strive to be strategic in how we develop programs and focus our time in order to ensure that we are able to maximize our impact. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot be everything to everyone and that sometimes we have to say no to opportunities for collaboration and partnership because we just don’t have the bandwidth to take on a new initiative.

6. What advice do you have for other people in your position?

When I first became Executive Director of SMYAL, I took a class at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement for new EDs. The instructor hung a banner at the front of the classroom each session which said, It’s all about relationships. I have reflected back on that banner over the years and I have to say I think it is true–as EDs, the relationships we build with our Board members, staff members, community stakeholders, and constituents are central to our ability to do our jobs. Another piece of advice I would offer is never to be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

7. What’s next/coming up for you or your organization?

This year is an exciting one for SMYAL–we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary! To commemorate this milestone, we have been recording the history of SMYAL through our alums–former youth participants, Board members, volunteers, and staff. We just released a publication, 30 Years of SMYAL Stories, that collects several of these interviews and will be putting out a podcast later in the year. Programmatically, we are continuing to build our DC Regional GSA Network and preparing for the second school year of implementation.

A major change for me is that I will be stepping down from SMYAL in August to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the George Washington University. It is certainly bittersweet, as I will be very sad to leave this organization that has meant so much to me since I joined the staff 9 years ago. However, I am excited to see how SMYAL continues to grow in the years to come. The Board is in the midst of a search for the next Executive Director, so I would encourage anyone who is interested to apply!

Do More 24

There’s still time! Nonprofit organizations across the region are participating in DoMore24 (until midnight tonight!) a day of giving towards community causes. So many of “the best” charities featured in the Catalogue are raising funds today — for soccer uniforms, to publish teen authored books, to provide legal services to homeless individuals and low-income refugees and so much more.

Need some inspiration? Check out our listing of great nonprofits here!

And as a bonus, several of our charities have matching funds to double the impact of your gift today. Take a look at these CFP charities, listed by category:

ARTS

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

EDUCATION

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

2nd Celebration of Catalogue Reviewers & Charities

On Tuesday, June 17th the Catalogue celebrated our 2014 reviewers and newest class of charities at a reception in the Clarendon Ballroom. With a warm welcome to all from Catalogue Board Treasurer, Tom Raffa — who makes the financial review possible year after year — this event recognized the incredible dedication of our 120+ person review team and welcomed the charities they selected for the upcoming 2014/15 Catalogue, 26 of whom are brand new to the Catalogue network.

In a special presentation, President & Editor Barbara Harman honored several long-standing reviewers who have given over a decade of service to the Catalogue — including Oramenta Newsome (LISC DC), who has participated in all 12 years of the Catalogue’s review since our inception in 2003! Reviewers Bob Wittig (Jovid Foundation), Julia Baer Cooper (Lois & Richard England Family Foundation) and Silvana Straw (Community Foundation for the National Capital Region) were recognized for 11 years of service, and Suzanne Martin (formerly of the Fowler Foundation) received the “above and beyond” award in recognition of the quality & quantity of her thoughtful reviews over the past six years. The Catalogue is made possible by our program and financial reviewers and we were so pleased to have so many join us and meet the Class of 2014/15!

A huge thanks to our host and long time friend Sandra Hoehne at the Clarendon Ballroom, our nonprofit representatives, our reviewers, the Catalogue Board and special friends of the Catalogue from the Meyer Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the Cohen Foundation and the Otto Whalley Foundation. Thanks to everyone in attendance for making this our best celebration yet, and stay tuned for updates as our production process leads us to the release of the Catalogue on November 1st!

President Barbara Harman presents awards to Bob Wittig, Silvana Straw, and Julia Baer Cooper for 11 years of Service

 

President Barbara Harman with 12-year reviewer Oramenta Newsome

Around Town 6/13-6/19

A lot of great events coming up this week at our nonprofits! Opportunities to learn about and experience the great work that these local organizations do in our community.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fred Taylor Scholarship Dinner

For Love of Children
Come celebrate the newest recipients of the Fred Taylor Scholarship award as they graduate from high school and go on to start their postsecondary experience.
When: Thu Jun 12 2014 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: St. Francis Hall, 1340 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC 20017
Fee? no
Contact: Joe Peralta, (202) 349-3522

Saturday, June 14, 2014

La Traviata

The In Series
The In Series celebrates the completion of 25 years producing pocket-opera with a Verdi masterpiece, as the wordwide celebration of the master’s 200th birthday year ends. Based on Dumas’ Lady Of The Camelias, La Traviata is the intimate story of a not-socially-acceptable love affair that continues to touch our souls with its heart-breaking music. Director: Nick Olcott Music Director: Carlos Rodriguez
When: Sat Jun 14 2014 (3:00 PM)
Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Fee? yes $44 general admission; $40 seniors; $22 students with school id & children
Volunteer Info: Usher, box office
Contact: Gregory Stuart, Executive Assistant, (202) 204-7765
For more information: click here

Monday, June 16, 2014

La Traviata

The In Series
The In Series celebrates the completion of 25 years producing pocket-opera with a Verdi masterpiece, as the wordwide celebration of the master’s 200th birthday year ends. Based on Dumas’ Lady Of The Camelias, La Traviata is the intimate story of a not-socially-acceptable love affair that continues to touch our souls with its heart-breaking music. Director: Nick Olcott Music Director: Carlos Rodriguez
When: Mon Jun 16 2014 (7:30 PM)
Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Fee? yes $42 general admission; $38 seniors; $21 students with school id & children
Volunteer Info: Usher, box office
Contact: Gregory Stuart, Executive Assistant, (202) 204-7765
For more information:click here

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

One Hour, One World Tour

Ayuda
If you would like to get a first person introduction to Ayuda’s work and learn how you could get involved, please join us for one of our frequent One Hour, One World tours. Please sign up for a time and feel free to bring friends. (Tours are conducted in English)
When: Wed Jun 18 2014 (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: Ayuda DC office, 6925B Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
Fee? no
Contact: Elise Webb, (202) 387-4848 ext 130
For more information: click here

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Do More 24! for Girls on the Run – DC

Girls on the Run – DC
Do More 24! encourages the community to Give Where You Live. On June 19th from midnight to midnight, you have 24 hours to support the causes you care about by making an online donation of $24 or more to nonprofits that serve our region. Our goal is to raise $6,000 to provide 30 more girls with?program scholarships this fall. We hope you’ll choose Girls on the Run – DC on 6/19 as your favorite charity! Make a difference in just one day at: http://www.domore24.org/#npo/girls-on-the-run-dc
When: Thu Jun 19 2014 (00:15 AM – 12:00 MIDNIGHT)
Where: Online Giving Day at domore24.org, 1200 18th St NW, Suite 700f, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Fee? yes
Contact: Kelly Makimaa, (832) 443-8909

Catalogue Welcomes New Staff Member!

2014 is a year of exciting growth for the Catalogue…new workshops, a new class of charities, new partnerships, and now…a new team member! The Catalogue is excited to welcome Emma Bloksberg-Fireovid to the CFP team!

Emma joins us from Tufts University with a BA in Sociology. Raised in Baltimore, Emma’s passion for direct service work led her to work with inner-city youth in multiple facets: founding and operating an all-girls jump rope camp, teaching dance in Prince George’s county, and developing lesson plans for tutoring programs.

Emma will use her organizational, programming, and research experience to help support Catalogue initiatives. Her official bio (complete with fun facts!) and a photo are forthcoming on the CFP website.

Welcome aboard, Emma!