On Saturday, October 26, GT members gathered in PG County to build a play space for the kids of John H. Bayne Elementary School. We were joined by the families of Bayne students as well as people from the surrounding Capitol Heights community -- nearly 150 volunteers in all. Everyone was there to help build, paint and assemble. What a day!!!!


After nearly a year of planning and weeks of Monday morning conference calls among GT leaders, Bayne staff, the Bayne PTO and our KaBOOM! managers, it was hard to believe that we had finally reached Build Day. At 8 A.M. we started with breakfast -- arranged for an...

On Thursday, September 26, members gathered for GT’s 2019 Annual Meeting. President Karen Gilgoff provided a recap of activities throughout our 10th Anniversary year and announced new plans for GT’s future. She also welcomed members who joined since the last Annual Meeting: Nancy Altman, Nancy Donaldson, Amy Peck Abraham, Joanie Golden, Sandra Shorr, Lisa Stark, Nancy Ebb, Nedra Weinstein and Margot Zimmerman. 

A big part of a packed agenda focused on our current grantees. We heard from Jen Stillerman, the Program Director for TARGET, the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project’s program for at-risk teen...

June 18, 2019

When Giving Together members decided to fund a KaBOOM! sports court in 2019 as a special 10th-anniversary project, we may not have guessed how much impact this could have. The fourth GT education event (“Sports, Play and Social Change”), on June 6 at KaBOOM!, provided some new lessons about “the serious benefits of having fun”. The informal seminar featured two speakers who described recent research and experiences confirming that opportunities for safe, diverse sports and playtimes are often lacking for low-income families and especially, for homeless children. Yet sports and playtime are essential to...

May 15, 2019

On the evening of April 30, Giving Together celebrated a decade of philanthropy with members, guests and grantees, turning our annual spring fundraiser into a big anniversary party.  The location was a flower-filled Chevy Chase Village Hall.  Colorful displays decorated the space, illustrating the work of GT’s 16 grantees – non-profits that provide outstanding services to our community.  A pianist played classic jazz while everyone dined on a sumptuous feast of skewered lamb and salmon, fresh Asian wraps, fruit and chocolate desserts. The conversation sparkled and so did the wine!...

February 1, 2019

On January 22, GT sponsored the third in our series of “Lunch & Learn” education programs. Nearly 20 members and guests enjoyed their own brown bag lunches while listening to speaker Amy Yontef-McGrath describe her remarkable year of community service.

Here’s how Amy described her amazing undertaking:


“As I approached my 50th birthday, I wanted to shake things up! Grateful for all that I have in my life, I sought something more. In the year between my 49th and 50th birthdays, I took on 50 service projects with 42 organizations serving needs within my own zip code and all the way to Uganda!

“These 50 ex...

January 23, 2019

On Monday, January 21, a team of Giving Together volunteers braved the frigid cold to help out at Nourish Now, a 2016 GT grantee organization in Rockville, MD, on the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We joined millions of Americans engaging in volunteer activities all around the country.

Nourish Now helps people achieve food security in Montgomery County by efficiently re-
distributing surplus food from restaurants, caterers, and others to those in need. The organization’s dedicated staff and corps of volunteers do an outstanding job of helping to alleviate local hunger – a serious prob...


On Dec 11th, GT members and guests enjoyed celebrating the holidays together at a party hosted by the board at the home of member Ruth Kincaid. Thank you to Ruth for opening her beautiful home to us. The delicious food was prepared by the board and followed a festive Greek theme. The menu included Greek meatballs, turkey-spinach meatballs, traditional Greek salad, orzo salad and spanakopita, among other delicacies. We also enjoyed a variety of cookies baked by Ellen Yahuda’s teen granddaughters, who received community service points for baking for us. Another yummy (and healthy!) dessert: chocolate-di...

December 20, 2018

GT volunteers helped Santa fulfill his mission of making kids happy when they pitched in at A Wider Circle's North Pole on December 13 to help families select gifts for the holidays.  A busy and happy team of GT gift-wrappers made each package look bright and cheerful. All in all, a memorable day!

September 25, 2018

GT members gathered on September 25, 2018 for our ninth Annual Meeting. The night began with a brief social hour and then got down to business. We elected four board members - Sheryl Donaldson, Karen Gilgoff, Renee Licht and Jeanne Spivak - who will serve for the next two years, and chose GT’s 2018-19 grantee organizations

The grant-award finalists – selected by the Grants Committee after months of discussion and site visits – made presentations to the membership. The single-year grant category theme chosen by GT members for 2018-19 was Senior Services. Our grant ($25,000) was awarded to We Are...

July 31, 2018

On July 31, eight Giving Together members served as volunteer judges for the Urban Alliance Public Speaking Challenge. UA places DC teens in paid, year-long internships with local employers. The Challenge, held at the World Bank, is UA’s annual graduation exercise for the interns.

The Challenge requires each intern to present an original PowerPoint program to a team of judges. The presentations include information on the intern’s employer, the mentors who helped them progress on the job,  and the benefits of UA’s auxiliary workshops. The judges critique each presentation according to organization, vis...

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