7 Questions with Hedrick Belin, President of Potomac Conservancy

Hedrick-headshot.jpgJuly is Parks and Recreation Awareness month and today we welcome Hedrick Belin, President of Potomac Conservancy to 7 Questions!Potomac Conservancy is the region’s leading clean water advocate, fighting to ensure the Potomac River boasts clean drinking water, healthy lands, and connected communities. Under his leadership, the Conservancy has launched several successful initiatives to promote river-friendly land use and to expand the base of volunteers actively engaged in the stewardship of our local green spaces.

What motivated you to begin working with your organization?

I grew up in a rural part of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was an enchanting place to spend my childhood, with all sorts of outdoor adventures like building forts in summer; raking leaves in fall; grabbing icicles off the overhang of an old quarry in the winter after sledding. But like most kids, I kind of took what I had for granted. All I knew was the stuff in my backyard was wonderful.

Then I went to college and took some classes about the environment. That’s where I learned why my backyard was so full of wonder and adventure. I learned that the local creeks, meadows, and forests I adventured through as a kid were part of a watershed, and that we lived in a watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. I discovered that ecosystems like the one I grew up in were fragile, and that the Clean Water Act and other measures had been enacted to protect them. And I learned that unless people who loved nature protected it, the special outdoor places of my childhood could be in danger.

I have been doubly lucky I was lucky to grow up in a home that let me experience the natural wonders of a watershed, and I was lucky to learn what citizens and government must do to safeguard our lands and rivers.

I got involved in Potomac Conservancy because I want every person to have the opportunities I had– to experience first-hand the joys of one of America’s natural treasures. And I wanted to connect the excitement and joy of that experience to the big picture the need to get involved in protecting the Potomac Watershed.

What exciting change or innovation is on your mind?

Our local rivers and streams did not get polluted overnight. So we need to recognize that we’re not going to restore them to full biological health overnight either.

Fortunately, we have reached a tipping-point where a whole set of factors have been put into place in the last few years that will get us to a clean and biologically-healthy Potomac River if we stay focused and remain disciplined with our efforts.

So, it’s exciting to see these behind-the-scenes pieces come together. We have legally-enforceable pollution reduction goals. There is strong federal and state leadership focusing time and resources on the challenges of cleaning up our rivers and streams. We can point to a number of success stories that demonstrate progress and inspire additional action. And finally, there continues to be growing awareness about how clean streams and healthy green spaces make an important contribution to this region’s quality of life.

I’m excited to be a part of a much larger team that is putting its shoulder to the flywheel for the clean-up. There are lots of little steps being taken that many people cannot see. But over time, the collective impact of those individual actions and decisions will result in people noticing a dramatic change in the region’s water quality.

Who inspires you?

The amazing volunteers that we get to work with on a daily basis. I get paid to design strategy and employ all the resources possible to carry out our mission. But nearly every weekend there are people coming out to get their hands dirty for clean water whether it’s planting trees, repairing trails, removing trash and debris from shorelines, or other restoration activities through our Community Conservation programs. Our clean water volunteers are the real heart of the organization. Their passion and dedication for our local lands and waters motivates me to do my best to advance Potomac Conservancy’s mission and the larger movement for a healthy, restored Potomac.

We want people to see up close and personal how exciting, fun, and inspiring the Potomac River and its tributaries are. That’s why a central focus of what we do is organizing events where people can connect personally with our local natural resources and get their hands dirty, too. We really believe that if we can get people out to experience the wonders of this watershed as I did growing up they will enlist in the good fight too, joining us in protecting the this magnificent watershed.

What was your most interesting recent project/partnership?

We’re fortunate to partner with a number of great organizations on our conservation and advocacy initiatives. Last month we co-hosted an alternative happy hour with National Parks Conservation Association for nearly 200 young professionals on and along the Nation’s River. We met on a Thursday night at the Key Bridge Boathouse in the District for an evening of free food and twilight paddling. It was an opportunity to mingle, network, paddle and enjoy the great outdoors. The weather was spectacular and people didn’t want to come back in as the sun was setting around 8:30. For many, it was their first experience on the Potomac.

In order for people to care about their local rivers, streams, and the lands they have to have a connection. And this happy hour is one way we can introduce people to the Potomac or deepen their existing connection.

Potomac Conservancy seeks to improve the Potomac River’s water quality by building an impassioned base of river advocates to impart change at the local level. We drive the region’s clean water movement by providing the tools that empower local landowners, activists, volunteers, partners, donors and all river champions to lead the charge for clean drinking water, healthy lands and safe access to the river.

What is the single greatest challenge that your organization faces, and how are you dealing with this challenge?

By 2030, the population of the Potomac Watershed region will increase by 2 million people. That’s like adding the city of Houston, TX to our area! That kind of population growth and associated development are major threats to our drinking water, green spaces and the overall health of the Potomac.

Nature protects the river from this kind of pollution, with trees and plant growth on the side of streams that keeps polluted runoff from reaching the Potomac. Unfortunately, poor planning can lead to people tearing down those vital streamside barriers which are an important buffer against pesticides, fertilizers and storm water runoff.

Local rivers and streams can also suffer when development adds roads, rooftops and other hardened surfaces. When rain hits soil anchored by trees and plants, the water is absorbed. When rain hits the hardened surfaces, it races into our rivers and streams, taking with it motor oils, toxins, sediment and other pollutants.

You may have read about one of the most dramatic impacts on the Potomac of pollution from land. A U.S. Geological Survey study of fish from the Potomac River and various tributaries found 80% of male bass examined showed characteristics of female bass. This intersex fish phenomenon is not just strange — it’s the canary in the coal mine telling us something is dangerously out of balance.

And we should all be concerned with this finding, as nearly everyone in the Washington DC metro area gets their drinking water from the Potomac. So when you turn on a tap at your home, apartment or business you are drinking Potomac River water.

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

Being an Executive Director can be hard, no doubt about it. So a couple of thoughts.

  • This is not a sprint or even a marathon. This is a long-distance race of epic proportions. Certainly push hard, but not so hard that you burn out.
  • Make sure you have balance in your life.
  • Hire really smart, passionate employees and get out of the way. I’m constantly impressed with what my team is able to accomplish, and I learn something new every day from my fellow merry band of river warriors. And yes, we do call ourselves that!

What’s next/coming up for you?

Our science-based, targeted approach to our water quality protection initiatives is starting to get results. We are seeing improvements in water quality on several different fronts. But those gains could be overwhelmed by polluted runoff from urban areas the only source of water pollution that is growing.

In order for us to win, we must dramatically expand the movement that is serving as the Voice of the Nation’s River. So we are looking for ways to inspire and empower local action for clean water.

We want the next generation to see and experience a Potomac River that from its headwaters in Allegheny highlands to its tidewaters — connects people to nature. Its vibrant rivers and streams flow through a landscape of forests and natural areas, safeguarded by the communities they sustain.

That is what Potomac Conservancy is working toward, but we can’t do it alone. So I hope you will check out www.potomac.org and consider joining our merry band of river warriors that is fighting to protect the Potomac through conservation and advocacy.

Around Town 7/25-7/31

We’ve got a HUGE batch of events coming up this week, all over the DC Metro region, available for friends and families! Summer is quickly flying by so take advantage of some of these great outings and support our local nonprofits!

Saturday, July 26, 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 Jul 26 2014 (08:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710
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

Women Build

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD, Inc.
Interested in volunteering on our Maple Hill construction site to support Women Build Register below –there are only 20 slots available and they will be given on a first-come-first-served basis. This event is to support our Women Build efforts to partially sponsor a home in the Maple Hill community. We are suggesting a donation of $50 per person which will go directly toward the project. You can either send a check prior to the build day to 9110 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or place your donation online at: https://share.habitat.org/maple-hill-women-build. Feel free to use our fundraising page to raise extra funds to support this amazing cause! Women Build is a national program, which is not about excluding men; but rather empowering women in our local communities. Starting in January 2014, and continuing through the completion of the Maple Hill project, women from the community will commit to fundraise for the partial sponsorship of a town home in the development.This is a great opportunity to network with other like-minded women in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties while transforming the lives of deserving families.

When: Sat Jul 26 2014 (08:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Where: 9000 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Fee? yes $50 suggested donation to support the build
Volunteer Info: Please remember that ALL volunteers must wear hard-soled boots or shoes, such as hiking boots. Shoes with lug soles are required due to site conditions. Gym shoes, open-toed shoes, sandals and high heels are not permitted. You will be sent home if you do not have proper shoes. No exceptions can be made. Your safety is paramount. Please wear long pants made of sturdy material, such as JEANS. Leggings, yoga pants and pants that do not cover your ankles are not acceptable. You will be sent home if you do not wear proper pants. No exceptions can be made. Your safety is paramount. Please remember to bring your lunch. We will break for lunch at 11:30, and we ask that you are prepared to eat your lunch on site. In the event of inclement weather, please call the construction hotline at 301-910-6597 for information regarding build day status. The hotline will be updated by 7am. All volunteers are REQUIRED to use the appropriate safety equipment as instructed by Habitat’s construction staff and Crew Leaders (including, but not limited to hard hats and safety goggles) and wear closed toed shoes. HFH-MC will provide this equipment but you may bring your own if you prefer. All volunteers must be at least 18 to be on the construction site. Creating an account within this system allows us to decrease paperwork and keep electronic files of your waiver acceptance.
Contact: Caitlin Barr, (301) 990-0014 ext 18
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 Jul 26 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

Urban Imagination, Art Installation

City Blossoms
Join City Blossoms for the unveiling of our beautiful new mural at Marion Street Garden! Seven talented local artists have contributed to this magnificent mural and we are more than excited to unveil it. Artists featured include: Aniekan Udofia Cita Sadeli ‘Chelove’ Danamarie Hosler Graham Boyle Luis Peralta Michael Kirby Rose Jaffe Light refreshments and snacks will be provided for guests. We hope you come out to enjoy both the mural and the beautiful Marion St. Garden!

When: Sat Jul 26 2014 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: Marion St Garden, 1519 Marion St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? no
Contact: Sarah, (443) 854-1669
For more information: click here

Summer Voices at THEARC

Split This Rock
Join the DC Youth Slam Team this Saturday and share your story! DCYST is hosting an open mic for all ages…and the best part is that it’s FREE!

When: Sat Jul 26 2014 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Fee? no
Contact: Split This Rock, (202) 787-5210
For more information: click here

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup

Anacostia Watershed Society
Since its inception in 1989, AWS staff and volunteers have removed tons of trash from the Anacostia River each year. Our Nash Run Trash Trap cleanups have been a huge success in helping us to make progress towards our goal for a trash free Anacostia River. Located adjacent to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast DC, this trash trap catches trash before it ends up in the River! But our staff can’t manage this trap alone. Volunteers are critical to our plan to collect trash and monitor this trash trap. At the event we will remove trash from the trap and sort it into 5 categories; bottles and cans, Styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, lumber, and other. The data collected will be used to educate the public and advocate for a better practice such as Bottle Deposit Bill.

When: Sun Jul 27 2014 (09:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: Intersection of Anacostia Ave NE and Douglas St NE, Washington, DC 20019
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Remove trash from the trap and sort it into categories (bottles, Styrofoam, plastic bags, etc). The task requires squatting down for a relatively long time, and may be physically demanding. It is not suitable for young children or the elderly. Registration is required. Please register at least 2 days prior to the event dates you chose to volunteer in order to receive additional information regarding proper clothing, etc. This event may be canceled suddenly due to high flow rain events effecting Nash Run Stream.
Contact: Masaya Maeda, (301) 699-6204 ext 110
For more information: click here

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 27 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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Horror Classics: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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!) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941). Look into the soul of an upright man to see the darkness within. Dr. Jekyll leads to his own folly when he separates his evil side from his own good in the form of Hyde to live the indulgent life from which he, as Dr. Jekyll, has refrained. In the dual role of Jekyl and Hyde, Spencer Tracy turns in an excellent performance equaled with the performance of Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner, well directed by Victor Fleming.

When: Mon Jul 28 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 29, 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 29 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

Wednesday, July 30, 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 30 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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Patience, Bunthorne’s Bride’ at CHAW

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
This loving production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience, Bunthorne’s Bride” is under the direction of Lise Bruneau (Stage) and Barbara Schelstrate (Music) and Jill Strachan (Producer). Cast members hail from the CHAW community, glbt arts community, and the community-at-large. This summer’s production continues the tradition of the slightly-twisted versions of previous Gilbert & Sullivan offerings at CHAW over the past twelve years including “HMS Pinafore,” “Iolanthe,” “The Mikado,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” a sampler of songs from 8 operettas, and “The Gondoliers.” The show will run for 8 performances July 31st – August 2 and August 7-9.

When: Thu Jul 31 2014 (7:30 PM)
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Fee? yes $20
Contact: CHAW, (202) 547-6839
For more information: click here

“What’s up?” Wednesday

We’re excited to introduce a new feature on the CFP blog that gives you a glimpse into our nonprofits “in action” each week. “What’s up?” Wednesday gives our nonprofits a chance to share — through photo and video — the current projects, milestones, and events taking place at their organizations.

This week, we received submissions from Reading Partners DC, FACETS, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. Take a look at what they’ve been up to this week…

Reading Partners DC is getting their curriculum ready for the upcoming school year…

…while the staff at FACETS is celebrating the amazing accomplishment of rehousing 2 individuals and 1 family, and preventing 3 evictions in 1 week!

Meanwhile, Young Playwrights’ Theater is also gearing up for the 2014-2015 school year, while laying the groundwork for an exciting, year-long celebration of their 20th anniversary and having a blast playing theater games with students in their Summer Playwriting Program!

Spend some time getting to know these wonderful organizations at CFP-DC.org, and don’t forget to check back next week when we feature more nonprofit happenings on “What’s up?” Wednesday!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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