The Golden Triangle BID launched its “holiday drive” donation effort last month. As part of that drive, volunteers will set up donation stations at Farragut Square Park this Friday and next, Dec. 9 Dec. 16, from noon to 2 p.m.
Locals are encouraged to drop off items like towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hats, scarves and laundry detergent for donation. All donations will go toward Pathways to Housing D.C., the BID’s homeless outreach program.
From the BID:
This year, our Homeless Outreach Team at Pathways to Housing DC has met and assisted more than 300 people in the neighborhood, and successfully placed 15 more people into housing. Now you can help us make sure people who were recently housed have the items they need in their new homes. Donate to the Golden Triangle Holiday Drive today.
Those who want to donate can also drop off items at 25 office buildings throughout the BID’s area.
FreshFarm will hold Thanksgiving food drives at each one of its markets starting today. This is the sixth year the organization has held the donation effort.
Those who want to help out with the drive can give a tax-deductable monetary donation at each of the markets’ orange information tents. Locals can also participate by dropping off pantry items such as flour, sugar, spices, coffee, cooking oil and dried goods.
“We collect tax-deductible donations from shoppers and spend the money with our farmers and producers on fresh market foods,” FreshFarm wrote on its website. “In 2015 we raised $10,000 from shoppers to spend on local fresh foods, which went to our neighbors in need.”
The drive will be held at the following locations and dates:
- Foggy Bottom 11/16 benefiting Miriam’s Kitchen
- Near the White House 11/17 benefiting Thrive DC
- Penn Quarter 11/17 benefiting Thrive DC
- H Street NE 11/19 benefiting First Church of Christ Holiness
- Downtown Silver Spring 11/19 benefiting Shepherd’s Table
- Dupont Circle 11/20 benefiting D.C. Central Kitchen and Iona
- Crystal City 11/22 benefiting Arlington Food Assistance Center
Photo via FreshFarm Markets
Garrison teacher Amy Tyburski’s fourth grade class launched a GoFundMe page yesterday to raise money for a trip to Philadelphia to learn about the Revolutionary War.
Though the school’s PTA provided most of the funds, generous donors helped the class achieve their goal of $400 within hours yesterday. However, Tyburski and her students are trying to set a new goal.
“We’re hoping to raise more to hopefully to go on another tour while we are there,” Tyburski said in an email to Borderstan.
The field trip and tours are part of the school’s expeditionary learning model, which is designed to allow students to experience firsthand what they learned in the classroom.
Photo via Facebook / Garrison Elementary
Locals will place dozens of donated sweaters on the ground throughout Kalorama Park next month as part of an art project to help remember D.C.’s homicide victims.
ANC 1C Commissioner Hector Huezo is collecting sweater donations for the project that he and other Kalorama-area residents conceived in September.
“I was keeping track of all of the homicides in D.C. … and we started seeing a spike,” Huezo said. But it wasn’t until a man was shot during a robbery near Kalorama Park that the commissioner decided to do something.
“After that, I said, we’ve got to do something to bring the community together and bring awareness to what’s going on,” Huezo said.
So far, Huezo said he has collected 90 sweaters, but would like to match the total number of D.C. homicides by next month. The tricky part, said Huezo, is that the target keeps getting higher.
“One of the ideas that came to my head was to collect a sweater for every single life lost in the District,” Huezo said. “But the number of deaths keeps rising.”
The art project itself will come together on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m., when a group of Kalorama residents will carry the sweaters from Huezo’s apartment building to the park and lay them on the ground. The crowd will then take a two-minute moment of silence to remember the homicide victims.
Huezo said the sweaters will be donated to a local shelter after the art exhibit concludes.
“It serves a dual purpose,” Huezo said. “From my perspective, it’ll bring our neighborhood together … It’s a symbol.”
To donate a sweater to the art project, e-mail Hector Huezo.
Photo courtesy of Hector Huezo
Cops based at a Metropolitan Police Department station near Meridian Hill Park are trying to help local families get the food they need to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The officers at 1620 V St. NW are looking for donations of canned yams, cranberry sauce, soup, stuffing and other non-perishable foods as part of MPD’s annual Food 4 Families campaign, according to the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District.
Donors can drop off their food at the station’s front desk.
Photo via Flickr/Fernando Mafra
Vida Fitness employees and gym members will participate in a mass ice bucket challenge at the fitness club’s rooftop pool at 1612 U Street NW next Monday.
The ice bucket challenge, which went viral last August, encourages people to challenge their friends to donate to ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water on their head. Though some have criticized the challenge as a showy trend, ALS researchers say the donations it raised last year did make a difference.
The fitness club was challenged by gym member Andrea Peet, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 33.
Vida staff and members will meet at the club’s Penthouse Pool Club at 11 a.m. for the challenge. Chretien says the club is still not sure whether they will fill the pool with ice or make several buckets. Those who can’t attend the event are encouraged to donate $10 by texting “ALS” to 80077.
Chretien says the fitness club is currently looking into who they will challenge in their video.
“We don’t want to spring it on anyone without telling them first,” she said. “We’re looking at some local businesses and public figures, but we’re in the process now of figuring that out.”
Photo via Facebook/ Penthouse Pool Club
Borderstan 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.
Image via Facebook.com/Lou-Lou-Boutiques
From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.
A group called D.C. Public Trust is trying to place the measure Ballot Initiative 70 on the November 6 ballot; this measure would ban direct donations from corporations to candidates for DC office.
If successful, the proposal would put DC in line with federal law, forbidding contributions from corporate interest groups to public officials and candidates. More than 20 other states have similar laws banning this type of contribution. However, even if the initiative makes to the ballot and passes, it would still be overturned by the DC Council. The Council overturned an voter initiative to impose term limits last decade.
According to the group, “This initiative, if passed, would prohibit corporations and other business entities from making direct contributions to principal campaign committees, exploratory committees, legal defense committees organized in support of public officials, transition committees, inaugural committees, or constituent-service programs.”
This new measure would stand in direct contrast to the current state of affairs. Currently, DC law allows corporations with city contracts to make direct contributions to the elected officials, creating major conflicts of interest and, as many critics note, a “pay to play” culture in the District.
To make Ballot Initiative 70 law, DC Public Trust needs to collect at least 23,000 signatures by July 9. If you support the measure, sign up online or make a donation.
Bryan Weaver is one of the leaders of the initiative; he filed the paperwork on the initiative. A Ward 1 resident, he ran in the 2010 Democratic Primary against Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). Weaver was also a candidate in the 2011 special election to the fill the At-Large Council seat that was won by Vincent Orange. The chair of the group is Sylvia Brown of Ward 7 who is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 7C-04.