November 23 – December 6

Heather Peeler, president and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, offers advice and tips on how to assess charities and give effectively this holiday season in Alexandria Living.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation is featured in an article about their story and impact posted on the Alexandria Gazette.

Ford’s Theatre announced that for the 11th year in a row, its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” will raise money for a Washington-based charity that is dedicated to eradicating homelessness, hunger and poverty. This year’s charity is Bright Beginnings,” as reported by Fairfax Times.

Calvary Women’s Services opens a new housing program called Reach Up. As winter approaches and temperatures plummet in the region, more women will have access to a safe home in a newly renovated building, as reported in The DC Line.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) will present its 2019 Hands-on Help Award to former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, reported by the Daily Stock Dish.

Carpenter’s Shelter is featured in an article about how abandoned malls have been sputtering back to life with megachurches, rooftop pools and homeless shelters, reported by The Washington Post. Shannon Steene, Carpenter’s Shelter’s executive director, announced at a recent celebratory luncheon that the nonprofit raised $2,196,940, exceeding their fundraising goal for its New Heights campaign, reported by The Zebra.

CFH, Inc., formerly called Catholics for Housing, has named George Davies its new executive director. Davies will take over for the current executive director, Karen DeVito, when she retires at the end of this year, reported by The Arlington Catholic Herald.

Thanksgiving celebrations at Food & Friends included 600 volunteers preparing, wrapping and delivering full feasts to men, women and children referred to the regional nonprofit by their medical providers. Read the full story at WTOP.

Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder of Generation Hope, is quoted in a Washington Post article about parents in college needing child care, but federal dollars falling short.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) $2.8 million to expand a quality program and improve cybersecurity for medical devices, according to a recent press release. Read more about the story at HIT Infrastructure.

Miriam’s Kitchen is featured on NBC4 talking about their “Be My Neighbor DC” campaign. Scott Schenkelberg, president and CEO of Miriam’s Kitchen, also contributes to an article discussing how to make sure your donated items aren’t burdening charities, reported by The Washington Post.

DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter, My Sister’s Place, turns to smart panic buttons to help keep residents safe. Read the full story at The Washington Post.

Jim Goodman, president of the National Family Farm Coalition, is quoted in a Time article about why small American farmers are nearing extinction.

Suited for Change is included in an article discussing the disparity in clothing access in DC and how it makes it hard to dress for success, reported by The Georgetown Voice.

Together We Bake raised $22,821 on Giving Tuesday. These funds combined with their end-of-year campaign donations will support their upcoming winter class that starts in January, according to Co-Founder Tricia Sabatini in an article on The Zebra.

Volunteer Alexandria’s Community Toy Drive will continue through December 16th according to The Patch, where details about the drive and how to donate are posted.


November 16 – 22

Bright Beginnings is featured in an article in The Washington Post about Mary McCane and her grandson, Zhion, one of the many inspiring stories of how the school helps both parents and students. The story is part of the ‘The Washington Post Helping Hand’ series.

Britepaths seeks sponsors for Fairfax families during the holiday season, as reported in InsideNova.

A donation from Amazon has helped Carpenter’s Shelter meet its $2 million fundraising goal for the construction of its new building. Amazon donated $300,000, the single largest contribution to the homeless shelter’s New Heights Campaign, reported in The Patch.

The Nationals Foundation has launched a donation match of $150,000 to local nonprofits for Giving Tuesday (on December 3rd) of which $25,000 will be donated to DC Central Kitchen. Full story at MASN Sports.

Womble Bond Dickinson has been named the 2019 honoree in the Corporate Leadership: Organization category of the Northern Virginia Leadership Award presented by Leadership Fairfax, reported by citybizlist.

Donors to the Loudoun Impact Fund recently celebrated the award of grants totaling $102,000 to support 15 nonprofit organizations, one of which was Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter who received $10,000. The full list of awarded organizations and the story is posted on Loudoun Now.

Lyft recently partnered with Martha’s Table, enrolling more than 400 families who took more than 5,000 Lyft rides to and from local grocery stores. Full story at Forbes.

Adam Rocap, deputy director of Miriam’s Kitchen, is quoted in an article about what the organization and other similar local organizations are doing to end homeslessness in DC, reported by The DC Line. Miriam’s Kitchen also kicked off its Be My Neighbor Campaign to raise $250,000 to support their work of making DC a better place to live for all of its residents, particularly for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Restonians have banded together to launch ‘Light Up Reston,’ a community-wide initiative that aims to encourage residents to decorate homes for the holidays, to support charities, and to raise funds for Public Art Reston, Friends of Reston, and Cornerstones. Full story at Reston Now.

Nathan Toews, director of Meal Programs at Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA), published an article about ‘Caring Connection’ — a proactive program designed by SSA to bridge the gap between vulnerable older adults and health care professionals who can address issues before they develop into something more serious. The full article is posted on Connection Newspapers.


November 9 – 15

The Washington Post Helping Hand will take place over the next eight weeks. This annual fundraising drive supports three local nonprofit groups, including Bright Beginnings. Columnist John Kelly will tell stories of the organizations and the people they serve to inspire and encourage donations, according to The Washington Post.

The Caregiver Action Network(CAN) and its chief executive, John Schall, as well as the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and its CEO, Sandy Markwood, are featured in an article about what steps are being taken to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps to help older adults, reported by The Washington Post.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) will be presenting the 2019 Hands-on Help Award to former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, reported by Globe Newswire.

Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), is quoted in an article discussing Rep. Norma Torres recently announcing legislation protecting students’ access to basic needs, reported by IECN.

Chef Marcelle Afram of Bluejacket won DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight, a signature fundraising event that raises over $815,000 for the local nonprofit’s culinary training and anti-hunger programs, reported by CSRwire. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen, is quoted in an article about activists protesting USDA changes that threaten free school lunch, reported by NPR.

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) and its Veterans Education Project (VEP) is partnering with Concorde Career Colleges to join forces in advocating for US military veterans and addressing their growing educational and career training needs, reported by Business Wire.

Donald Trump will pay judge-ordered fines to DC area charities, including Martha’s Table and the United Way of the National Capital Area, reported by the Washington Business Journal.

Chef Cheryl Bell of Miriam’s Kitchen and her crew are featured in an exclusive article about their recent Veteran’s Day experience giving back to vets, reported by WJLA.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has proclaimed the week of November 17-23 as Discover Catholic Schools Week—a nationwide opportunity for prospective families, donors and other partners to learn more about Catholic school education, reported by Catholic Star Herald.

Rebuilding Together is featured in an article discussing their mission and their recent partnership with Sears in helping veterans, reported by The Zebra.

Jennifer Bires, executive director at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, is quoted in an article about ‘survivors guilt’ and its effect on cancer survivors, reported by Cure.A Veterans Day ‘search-and-rescue mission’ targeting the District’s homeless was organized and led by Veterans on the Rise and the Union Veterans Council of the AFL-CIO. The full story is reported on The Washington Post.


November 1 – 8

Heather Peeler, CEO of ACT for Alexandria, published an article discussing how to help local nonprofits excel in the Alexandria Times.

Michelle Bloodworth, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, is quoted in articles discussing the EPA recently walking back two Obama rules on coal plant toxic waste, reported by the Washington Examiner and Environmental Protection.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) is featured in an article about the difficulties homeless face when it comes to voting, reported by MotherJones. An Arlington bicycling group will host its first annual “Cranksgiving” charity ride, a scavenger hunt ride that will take place on Saturday, November 23 at 10am and will benefit A-SPAN, as reported in ARLnow.

Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy, is quoted in an article about regulators being expected to make Google’s purchase of Fitbit more difficult, reported on Zawya.

Olivia Golden, executive director at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), comments on a bill sponsored by senators Kamala Harris and Jeff Merkley to extend school days for elementary students, as reported by KDRV12.

Wala Begay, the staff attorney for the District of Columbia Nurses Association, is quoted in an article about potential funding for the United Medical Center, reported by the Washington Informer.

Cheryl Bell, the executive chef for Miriam’s Kitchen, is featured in an article about DC and its high food insecurity rates, reported by The GW Hatchet.

Virginia expanded its natural area preserves by 315 acres, 63 of which were conserved through open-space easements with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, reported by InsideNova.

In support of Senior Services of Alexandria, patrons enjoyed the organization’s 8th annual ‘Oktoberfest Tour and Tasting’ this past October 15 at Port City Brewing Company, raising more than $26,000. The full story and recap are in Alexandria Gazette.

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