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Give Local on Giving Tuesday

It’s true that it takes a village to ignite real change. Be part of the village this Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Many employers will match your donation.

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

Here are some places in the District you could give:

Anacostia Coordinating Council: ACC is involved in information gathering and sharing, networking, advocacy, community organizing, and collaborative projects. Every year, ACC sponsors or co-sponsors several evening community meetings that attract hundreds of residents. The Anacostia Coordinating Council has been involved in hundreds of activities that address the daily needs of our community members.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: The Anacostia has only recently turned onto the road to recovery. But there is still so much work to do. From legacy toxins to stormwater to the constant impacts from development, the Anacostia faces countless threats to the health of its waters and the ecosystems and communities it supports.

When you become a member or renew your membership, you help us pursue polluters and support programs like Friday Night Fishing, Clean Waterways Volunteer Trash Cleanups, and Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need it most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. They offer accessible and affordable programming for children and youth in safe settings with supportive adults.

CAIR Coalition Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only organization in the Capital region that primarily works alongside immigrant children and adults detained by the government. Programs include legal representation, so people may leave detention and stay in the United States safely and permanently; social services, so people can access support upon release from detention; and impact litigation, for sweeping policy change

Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF) Founded in 1980, the CHCF helps your donation make a difference. Many thousands of Hill residents contribute to the foundation, which then distributes the funds in the form of grants large and small in service of projects in education, youth programming, arts, neighborhood beautification and community building on Capitol Hill. The foundation helps even smaller donations have a big impact. More than half of funds go to youth and schools.

Everyone Home DC works to provide a range of housing solutions and supportive services to ensure that individuals and families in our community have what they most need to thrive, helping them to find, obtain and remain in housing. They also conduct street outreach and operate Shirtley’s Day Center, in addition to prevent, re-housing and support services.

Feed the Fridge is an effort to bring nourishment where there is hunger while helping small, local restaurants stay in business. They do this by placing refrigerators around the DC metro area and paying local restaurants to fill them with fresh meals daily. They also hand-deliver holiday meals to seniors who cannot leave their homes. 100% of proceeds go towards the cost of making meals, keeping local restaurants busy and of course, food for our fridges. Remember, your donations are tax deductible.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena Friends of FDIA was formed in the summer of 1996 in response to the pending closure of the ice arena by the National Park Service. The FDIA is the only public indoor ice arena located in DC.Parents and friends  took over the management of the arena, revitalizing the facility in the heart of Ward 7 in Southeast DC. In addition to bricks and mortar support, Friends of FDIA created the Kids On Ice® (KOI) program, providing subsidized figure skating, hockey and speed skating lessons to youth in Washington DC Metropolitan area. Money is not a barrier to skating.

Girls Rock DC provides music programs for girls and non-binary youth to engage in self-expression and community building. $100 provides expert music instruction to D.C. kids!

Greater DC Diaper Bank provides a reliable source for basic baby needs and personal hygiene products across the Washington, DC metropolitan area. GDCDB is one of the largest diaper banks in the country, distributing 9 million diapers a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of hygiene essentials and baby gear through a network of partners and residential ‘hubs’.

Ready, Willing and Working empowers individuals to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program. RWW offers a holistic approach and supportive services that allow participants to achieve permanent self-sufficiency. Support efforts to end homelessness and strengthen our communities. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and go directly to our program and help provide supportive services for our “Men in Blue”!

Serve Your City DC is the hub for Ward 6 Mutual Aid, helping families of color get the things they need. They also meet the needs of unhoused neighbors and offer a student services program, recruiting volunteers to provide tutoring and coaching instruction for low-income DC students in reading, math science and technology, Wellness and nutrition as well as College preparation. They also provide new experiences to students who otherwise wouldn’t get them —creative service projects, events, and skills training initiatives—with the support of local activists, academics, and professionals.

SMYAL Through youth leadership, SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. They do this through workshops, programs, and community events.

So Others Might Eat (SOME) has been a care provider and a beacon of hope to residents since 1970. Every day, they working to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through a comprehensive approach. Services are available to individuals, families, senior citizens, veterans and those affected by physical or mental illness.

Teachers Wish Lists: There are teachers throughout the District trying to meet the needs of their students in the classroom and at home. Staff from local Title 1 have created Amazon wishlists for their classrooms and for students in need that have been posted here.

Pennsylvania Avenue East Main Street (PAEMS) DC’s newest main street is working to revitalize retail, retain and attract new businesses and customers, as well as o empower communities around the east end of the Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor. For every contribution of $25 or more, they will give you a Heart of the City Candle.

Your Neighborhood School PTA/PTO: Many neighborhood schools have a parent-teacher organization. Most are registered non for profits that fund critical support, equipment programs and even staff in District schools. Support yours! Find a list of DCPS Parent-School organizations here.

WACIF. Help create new entrepeneurs as well as promote equity and economic opportunity in underserved neighborhoods in DC. The Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) mission is to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities through initiatives including the Ascend Capital Accelerator, Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and the Hive 2.0 small business co-working and support space.

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