by Tim Regan November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Photo via Little Miss Whiskey'sA bar on H Street plans to go whole hog during a charity feast and party this weekend.

Little Miss Whiskey’s (1104 H St. NE) is scheduled to host its second annual “Movemberfest Pig Roast” Saturday at 3 p.m. The event is set to feature an all-you-can-eat feast from Queen Vic chef Ryan Gordon and bottomless booze from local brewer DC Brau.

Attendees can fill their plates with roasted pork, slow-cooked ribs, pimento mac and cheese and jalapeno cheesy grits, then participate in a cash raffle “with hundreds of dollars in prizes.”

Tickets cost $60 per person. A portion of all proceeds go toward the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at aiding men with physical and mental health issues.

Photo courtesy of Little Miss Whiskey’s

by Tim Regan February 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

(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. (more…)

by Tim Regan February 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

A popular burger joint located in Dupont Circle will satisfy more than burger cravings tonight.

Shake Shack (1216 18th St. NW) is set to donate 15 percent of the total cost of some orders to the National Network to End Domestic Violence between 5 and 11 p.m. tonight. (more…)

by Tim Regan February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

HER_htsyod (1)An upcoming reception at Hemphill Fine Arts (1515 14th St. NW) is set to help raise money for a new nonprofit for women.

The reception will be held in conjunction with an exhibition from artist Colby Caldwell and will help benefit HER, a resiliency center aimed at helping women in need.

During the free event, patrons will be able to purchase a limited-run Caldwell print (pictured on the left) for $100. All proceeds from sales of the prints will be donated to HER.

When it launches later this month, the center will provide guidance, life skills and employment readiness training to young women between the ages of 18 and 25. (more…)

by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Giving Tuesday(This post was updated at 9:33 a.m. on Tuesday with yet another way to give.)

Black Friday is gone. Cyber Monday is almost over. Time to put the pocketbook away? Almost! But not before Giving Tuesday tomorrow.

What’s Giving Tuesday? It’s sort of like the charitable equivalent of your average consumerist holiday spending spree. Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event is meant to kick off the charitable season for nonprofits across the globe.

Cool, but how do I donate? There are plenty of national charities you can donate to, many of which are mentioned on the Giving Tuesday website. Additionally, there are tons of local good causes worth supporting. Here are 13 ways to give back without leaving your neighborhood:

  • Attend a Collective Action For Safe Spaces happy hour at Right Proper Brewing (624 T St NW). The happy hour will help support the organization’s safe bars program.
  • Contribute to the Sitar Arts Center. Each donation will be matched one-for-one up to $1,000 by the Wise Owl Club.
  • Buy shoes and dance classes for kids at the Dance Institute of Washington.
  • Give to the D.C. Center for the LGBTQ Community.
  • Help beautify the Dupont Circle neighborhood by contributing to Dupont Circle Main Streets.
  • Kids need to read and write real good. Help ’em do that at 826DC.
  • Donate to Green Door, a program that “prepares women and men with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses to work, live and thrive in the District of Columbia.”
  • Help The Starfish Foundation educate 150 at-risk youth in Guayaquil, Ecuador by buying drinks at Johnny Pistolas (2333 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan.
  • Give to Martha’s Table or Bread for the City to help feed the hungry.
  • 86 cents of every donation to Thrive D.C. goes toward helping the homeless.
  • Seasonal food hub Common Good City Farm accepts donations year-round.
  • Columbia Heights performance and art nonprofit BloomBars is entirely community-funded.
  • Ride a bike near Dupont Circle in honor of World AIDS Day tomorrow and help donate to Whitman-Walker.
  • Help families with SNAP access fresh fruits and veggies by donating to the Columbia Heights Farmers Market Bonus Bucks campaign.
  • Through the Heart, a nonprofit dedicated to pregnancy loss support and education, is also accepting donations.

Photo courtesy of Giving Tuesday

by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Frozen Yogurt and Wine, photo courtesy of Garrison ElementaryLocals will be able to buy booze and eat frozen yogurt to help Garrison Elementary students today.

Gallagher and Graham Fine Spirits and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (both near U Street at 1939 12th St. NW) will donate 10 percent of all sales to Garrison Elementary.

In addition to selling craft beer, wine and local liquor, Gallagher and Graham will also host a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. with cheese samples from D.C. producer Righteous Cheese.

Both stores will stay open for business until 10 p.m. tonight.

by Tim Regan August 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm 0

Lou Lou BoutiqueBorderstan residents can receive discounts at Lou Lou boutiques while donating to a good cause this month.

Between Aug. 16 and 22, Lou Lou customers can bring “lightly worn accessories, jewelry or bags” to their local store for donation and receive 40 percent off a single item.

On Aug. 22, for every three accessories sold, Lou Lou will donate a pair of earrings to Dress For Success, a nonprofit that “provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development to low-income women.”

Justin Welton, eCommerce Director at Lou Lou, says “the purpose of the event is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty.”

Click here to find a Lou Lou boutique near you.

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The Season of Giving is upon us. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]

‘Tis the season of giving, and many of us choose this time to donate our time or money. If you live in Borderstan, you don’t have to go far to find non-profits that serve those in need all-year round. The holidays are a good time to give to the causes that are closest to your heart. We have compiled a list of non-profits in the neighborhood to make it easy for you to embrace the spirit of giving.

You can go to last year’s list for a full description of the non-profits that we highlighted in 2011.

We know we didn’t mention every organization worthy of your donations. If you know of a local non-profit doing great work, let us know about it in the comments section.

New to Our List this Year


  • 826 DC  (3233 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20010) – 826 DC is the local outpost of 826 National, a non-profit co-founded by author Dave Eggers that helps students build writing skills through after-school tutoring, classroom partnerships and workshops. You can make a donation online here. The non-profit also houses a whimsical storefront, “The Museum of Unnatural History.” Advance tickets ($60) are currently on sale for “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” 826DC’s benefit event on December 12 at 8 pm.
  • Urban Alliance (2030 Q Street NW, Washington DC, 20009) – Urban Alliance operates in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Chicago. Through partnerships with businesses and corporations the Alliance matches selected high school seniors with paid internships, mentors and job training. After their senior year, participating students intern full-time and attend professional development classes. The Alliance aims to prepare its students for a successful career and a lifetime of self-sufficiency.


  • Thrive DC (1525 Newton Street NW Suite G1 Washington, DC 20010) – Thrive DC works to end homelessness by providing services and programs that help the homeless and at-risk to achieve more stable lives. This includes basic items like personal care items and meals, and more complex support like job training and computer access.


  • Mary’s Center (2330 Ontario Road NW, Washington, DC, 20009) – Mary’s Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care, education and social services to help mothers and their families get healthy and overcome financial and cultural disadvantages. Fees for medical services are based on a sliding fee scale, but all educational and social serves are free. The center accepts monetary and in-kind donations, like children’s clothes and toys. You can also volunteer to distribute guest as the organization’s Participant Holiday Party on December 27.
  • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (1632 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009) – The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, which also operates the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, provides resources for cancer patients. The Smith Center takes an integrative approach to healing, offering programs, classes and workshops on how art, nutrition, exercise and other elements contribute toward a patient’s wellbeing.

Organizations on Our 2011 List

Hunger and Homelessness




The Arts

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