(Updated at 12:35 p.m.) A decades-old checkers club is seeking to raise $5,000 to heat its building and keep the lights on.
Capital Pool Checkers Club, an organization that has gathered at the corner of 9th and S streets NW for more than 30 years, needs $5,000 to fix a broken furnace and pay rent, according to a donation page that was recently launched for the organization.
The organization, a popular meeting place for skilled players and many older D.C. residents, was hailed as D.C.’s best checkers club by the Washington City Paper last year. The club has also been profiled by the Washington Post.
More information from the donation page:
Over the years, DC has gentrified, rent has gone up, and members have had to pay more and more. This year, the furnace broke, and there is no heat in the building. Members continue to play in the cold building, but they do not have enough money to make the repairs and pay rent. Without your help, Capital Checkers will have to close its doors.
For decades, Capital Checkers has provided opportunities for youth, adults and seniors to come together around a simple pleasure, playing checkers. They have taught in schools, engaged the local community, and provided important outlets for senior citizens, but they need your help.
Donate today to ensure this DC institution lives on for future generations.
Thanks to U Street Buzz for the heads up