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
From Tom Hay
Green Door will be closing its Dupont Circle clubhouse on Dec. 31. The community program prepares women and men with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses to work and live independently in the DC and has operated the clubhouse at 1623 16th St. NW since 1976.
The organization also has a facility at 1221 Taylor St. that will remain open and continue some of the programs when the 16th St. location closes.
Judith Johnson, the president of Green Door, said services were threatened by DC Government budget cuts, and shortfalls in billing under Medicaid. After closing and moving to Taylor St., the Dupont clubhouse building will be sold. The DC Real Property Assessment database lists the property assessment as $4.7 million.
Johnson issued the following statement:
The Green Door Clubhouse programs did more than provide education and job training skills to men and women in our community living with mental illness; our members learned to support one another, advocate for themselves and help others in our community by volunteering, speaking out about mental illness and representing Green Door at community forums. Closing our doors was a hard — but necessary — decision. The change in our funding mechanism (billing under Medicaid), the recent DC budget cuts and the operational costs to maintain two locations forced us to review our financial forecast and take decisive action.
According to a 1991 Washington Post article on the $2 million renovation of the clubhouse, the mansion housing Green Door was built in 1886 for Hampton B. Denman, a former mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas. The architectural style was described as a combination of Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque, both popular at the time.
A closing party at the Clubhouse is scheduled for Dec. 29 from 3 to 7 pm.
From Friends of Jack…
- First, Green Door is hosting a clothing drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s just around the corner at 1632 16th Street NW, and they are collecting everything from clothing and dishes to computers and furniture. A flyer is attached. I hope you can help out this great organization during this holiday season.
- Also, this weekend and next, Ross Elementary School is hosting their annual Christmas Tree Sale! It’s a great way to pick up a Christmas tree and support our local school. Half of the cost of the tree is tax deductible. You can pick up your tree during the day on Saturday or Sunday at Ross Elementary, on R Street between 17th & New Hampshire.