ORGANIZATIONS AIDING THE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS:

CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK- CAFB has an immediate need for money and volunteers to help with their efforts to support the most vulnerable in our community. In addition, addressing the needs of food insecure families, CAFB is anticipating those who don’t traditionally rely on its network, but now have reduced wages (several thousand service sector workers), will require additional food CAFB is in need of donations and volunteers.  More information about their efforts and how to help can be found here: CAFB Coronavirus


CHARLIE’S PLACE: Charlie’s Place DC, a homelessness service provider serving Dupont Circle, seeks volunteers to assist in making bagged lunches. Contact Reggie at rcox@stmargaretsdc.org or (202) 486-0618 if you can help or donate here: https://charliesplacedc.org/donate/


COMMUNITY OF HOPE (COH)-
COH has immediate needs for its clients--more than 70 families - with more than 100 children --in shelter and transitional housing sites. COH is addressing ways to provide learning and art activities for the children. COH is looking for these items:

  • puzzles (for all ages)
  • board games
  • playing cards
  • Uno cards
  • coloring books and crayons
  • arts and crafts activity kit

Only new items and ones shipped online are requested at this time. 

You can also make donations to COH here.  COH has created Amazon Wish List

For Amazon only, use this address-- Community of Hope- DEVELOPMENT's Gift Registry Address--which will pop up as an option for a delivery address. 

For shoppers using other websites (Target, Walmart, Michael’s, etc.) please send the items directly to: Community of Hope, 4 Atlantic Street, SW, Washington, DC 20032. 


DC CENTRAL KITCHEN- DC Central Kitchen is operating takeaway meal sites at DC Public Schools, launching 11 additional mobile feeding locations serving to-go breakfasts and lunches to DC youth. DC Central Kitchen is preparing to increase meal deliveries to local shelters and nonprofit agencies, including an additional 450 meals per day now that shelters are remaining open during daytime hours.  It remains committed to providing a living wage and full benefits for everyone who works for DC Central Kitchen. Donate to DC Central Kitchen here


EMORY BEACON OF LIGHT (EBOL)- EBOL maintains a food pantry for low income individuals and families and those experiencing homelessness,  including immigrants. Donations of food are welcome. Donors should first call EBOL during regular office hours, 9-5, at (202) 829-5732, and then plan to drop off food at 6100 Georgia Ave., NW.  A staffer or volunteer will be prepared to meet them and take the donated items


FRIENDSHIP PLACE-
Friendship Place supports those in our community who are experiencing homelessness, without a living wage, or otherwise struggling to make ends meet. These neighbors, in particular, are vulnerable to the effects of the virus, and the devastating impact it has on the economy. Consequently, Friendship Place is anticipating a surge in requests for assistance and is asking for donations.  You can donate here.   


IONA
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Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging.  Iona's Food Pantry which serves local seniors sent out a call announcing their urgent need to keep Iona’s emergency COVID-19 Food Pantry Plus stocked with shelf-stable food and home supplies.  Click here to learn about high need  items.


MARTHA’S TABLE-
Martha’s Table is doubling down on its mission to support strong children, strong families, and strong communities. It is stepping up to provide an unprecedented level of support for families.

Every family with a child enrolled in their education programs will receive:

  • A weekly stipend from Martha’s Table to ensure our children and families are stable throughout the closure of our education center,
  • Gift cards to grocery stores or food delivery services,
  • A supply of diapers, wipes, and formula to take home, and
  • Educational content through digital technologies to help promote at-home learning.

Martha’s Table is partnering with DC Dept. of Health, the Capital Area Food Bank, and DC Public and Charter Schools to provide students with no-cost bags of fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items at designated food access sites throughout the District. It  will provide all neighbors visiting our two locations with pre-bagged fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items at no cost. Finally, Martha’s Table continues to provide pre-packaged meals downtown to those who may be experiencing hunger or homelessness.   For more information or to donate, Martha’s Table/Coronavirus.


Mary's Center.
Mary’s Center is a community health center that embraces all communities and provides high-quality healthcare, education, and social services to build better futures. Mary’s Center serves people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations and  provide the highest quality of care regardless of someone’s ability to pay.  Their COVID-19 Response Fund requests donations that will be used to help provide care for the elderly, the sick, and the thousands of struggling families in need of immediate care. Click here to donate.  They also have an Amazon Charity List to help under-resourced families make it through this crisis and a request for PPE donations.  Click here to read about ways to offer support.


Miriam’s Kitchen: 
This well-established organization works to end chronic homelessness, is maintaining food distribution, bathrooms, hand washing stations, and other services. They are seeking donations to their designated COVID-19 fund (at this link) and is seeking donated supplies via its Amazon Wish List, available here.


N Street Village: N Street Village, a women’s empowerment and recovery community founded by WIN member institution Luther Place, is seeking donated cleaning supplies through its Amazon Wish List, available here.


Pathways to Housing DC - Pathways' Street Outreach teams, the largest in the District of Columbia, continue to play an essential role in supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and connecting them with vital services and resources. Pathways is continuing this lifesaving support to neighbors in need many of whom are at heightened risk of exposure.  Information on ways to support their work is available here.


SOLUTIONS IN HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS (SHC)-
SHC is an all volunteer nonprofit organization supporting refugees, asylum seekers and other newcomers to this country. During the pandemic, while all classes and in-person tutoring have been suspended, SHC is training new volunteers (through a Zoom platform) to teach students remotely.  Contact info@shconnections.org to participate. SHC would like to purchase 100 workbooks so that students can continue to learn English and stay connected with their tutors and community. To make a donation, go to  SHC.  SHC will use the donations to make a bulk, discount purchase of the books. For more information or to donate, click on Solutions in Hometown Connections (SHC)


SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT (SOME)
- SOME is in need of the following items to help support its clients and residents:

  • Tissues and toilet paper
  • Disposable gloves, coveralls, and N95 face masks
  • Disinfecting wipes and sprays, liquid soaps, and hand sanitizer
  • Depends in all sizes, Ensure and Glucerna, bottled water 

You can also support SOME with a monetary gift, which will help buy the supplies  needed in an evolving situation.


A WIDER CIRCLE (AWC)- AWC is presently closed. However, when it reopens, it will need help more than ever. In anticipating its reopening when safe to do so, AWC asks supporters to:

Gather items you want to donate. If they are furniture items, please clean them well. Please hold them until they reopen. Buy nonperishable food, personal care items, or gift cards and hold them for those in need. For more information, click here.  


WASHINGTON INTERFAITH NETWORK (WIN) -
WIN is a broad based, interfaith, multiracial association of faith-based institutions, including Foundry United Methodist Church.  WIN has compiled a comprehensive list of resources, volunteer opportunities and organizations in need of donations during this public health emergency which can be found here: WIN Coronavirus

WIN has also identified a specific opportunity to help in Ward 2 based on its relationships with residents at Judiciary House public housing and parents from Thomson Elementary School. With school shut down, many sources of income impacted, and trips outside the house discouraged (especially for seniors), we have received requests from seniors and families who want to stock up on food. Although meal sites offer prepared meals for school children, they do not offer items that families and seniors can use to stock their pantries and cook for themselves.

Donations to this fundraiser will go entirely to purchasing grocery items requested by Thomson Elementary School families and Ward 2 Seniors:  https://secure.everyaction.com/3L_OQkEmHUixHvOCwLwAIw2

Founded in 1922 in a townhouse at 1767 P Street, to promote and protect the interests of the residents, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is the premier civic and residential organization in the Dupont Circle area.  DCCA brings neighbors, including residents, businesses and non-profit organizations, together to improve the quality of life in an active and diverse urban neighborhood. It holds membership meetings nine times each year, which are open to the public, organizes the Dupont Circle House Tour, resolves neighborhood issues through its committees, donates to local causes, and incubates innovative projects.

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