Giving Together Grant Awardees

 

2019 Grant Award Winner - our 10th Anniversary 

KaBOOM!/John H. Bayne Elementary School

 

  • $75,000 to build a Multi-Sport Court at John H. Bayne Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Giving Together is partnering with the Bayne community and KaBOOM! - the well known, national non-profit builder of more than 2000 play spaces across the United States. BUILD DAY for our recreation space at Bayne was October 26. 

2018 Grant Award Winners - Senior Services

We Are Family and DC Volunteers Lawyers Project

 

  • $25,000 to We Are Family, an organization dedicated to supporting isolated, low-income, primarily female seniors living in the North Capitol, Shaw, Columbia Heights, Petworth and Adams Morgan neighborhoods of Washington. Our grant will support the purchase of a cargo van to increase the efficiency of WAF’s food distribution program. This will allow them to increase their monthly grocery deliveries from 730 to 775 seniors; to increase monthly food shopping trips from 30 to 60 participants; to increase weekly farmers market deliveries from 200 to 250; and increase Thanksgiving baskets from 800 to 850.

 

  • $50,000 two-year grant to DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, a network of volunteer lawyers serving low-income victims of domestic violence and at-risk children in Washington, DC. This is GT’s first multi-year grant. Our grant will enable DCVLP to strengthen its child advocacy program through TARGET: Teens At Risk, Growing, Engaging and Thriving. Toward that end, DCVLP will hire a new supervisory attorney to oversee volunteer lawyers representing teens involved in high-risk living situations; develop specialized training on the needs of these clients; create a new case management process; and establish partnerships with organizations that serve teens.  The award will ensure intensive legal and other support to 40 low income teens over a two-year period.

 

These latest awards, including contributions through our Emergency Fund for Individuals and Families in Crises, bring to over $450,000 the total amount that Giving Together’s members have donated to worthy local non-profits serving needy women and families. We should all take pride in the knowledge that our pooled resources have helped to improve the lives of many low-income people in the Washington metropolitan area.

 

2017 Grant Award Winners - Health

Aspire Counseling and the Healthy Babies Project

  • $20,000 to Aspire Counseling, in Montgomery County, for their Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program, which provides in-home therapy to low-income, uninsured and underinsured pregnant women and new mothers experiencing perinatal depression.  Our grant will enable Aspire to serve an additional 30-42 women by expanding the hours of a part-time bilingual therapist currently on staff. 

  • $20,000 to the Healthy Babies Project, in Washington DC, which through its Home Visiting Project provides intensive, long-term pre- and post-natal support.  The program helps needy young women deliver healthy babies, become effective parents, reduce repeat unplanned pregnancies and return to school or obtain living wage employment.  Our funds will enable HBP to extend this valuable support to an additional 17 DC residents.​

2016 Grant Award Winners - Food and Nutrition

Nourish Now, Food for Others, and Crossroads Community Food Network

  • $30,000 to Nourish Now, a Montgomery County, MD food recovery and redistribution nonprofit.  (Our $25,000 GT grant was augmented by an additional $5,000 from anonymous GT donors.) Funds will be used to expand the reach and improve the effectiveness of Nourish Now's family food distribution program, with the number of families served monthly increasing from 500 to 700.
     

  • $25,000 to Food for Others, a food bank/food pantry in Fairfax County, VA, to enhance the scope and nutritional value of its power pack program, providing low-income elementary school students in 29 Fairfax County schools with a pack of food to take home over the weekend. 
     

  • $8,000 in additional funds to Crossroads Community Food Network, to purchase necessary equipment for its new community kitchen.  This project is the first of its kind in the local area, to be used by low-income women seeking to build successful food businesses. 

2015 Grant Award Winners - Workforce Development

Career Catchers, CASA de Maryland and Computer C.O.R.E.

  • $20,000 to Career Catchers for helping at-risk young women who are 17-25 and aging out of the foster-care system. CC helps them develop employment skills.
     

  • $20,000 to CASA de Maryland for their Workforce and Leadership Project, which provides 30 low-income immigrant women with training to pursue higher-paying careers in nontraditional fields, such as the construction trades.  
     

  • $10,000 to Computer C.O.R.E. to provide 10 of their female students with home computers and supplementary training in areas such as accounting/QuickBooks; communication, mentoring and leadership training, which should help them increase their career options and earning potential.

2014 Grant Award Winners - Housing & Homelessness

Sasha Bruce Youthwork and Interfaith Works

 

  • $20,000 to Interfaith Works (Montgomery County) to establish a "Giving Together Women's Fund" that provides education grants to 15-20 homeless women seeking a career path to financial independence.

  • $20,000 to Sasha Bruce Youthwork (DC) to pay the salary of an after-care specialist for homeless and at-risk youth.

 

Additional membership dollars were split between the runners-up: National Center for Children
and Families (MD and DC) and Stepping Stones Shelter (Montgomery County).

2013 Grant Award Winners - Education

George B. Thomas School and Urban Alliance

 

  • $20,000 each to the George B. Thomas Saturday School and Urban Alliance to purchase computers and technical equipment for education and job-training programs.  These organizations work with underserved youth, Urban Alliance in DC and George B. Thomas in Montgomery County.

 

Additional membership dollars were split between the runners-up: New Community for Children
and Project Create.

2012 Grant Award Winner - Legal Services

DC Volunteer Lawyers' Project

 

  • $25,000 to the DC Volunteer Lawyers' Project to hire a supervisory attorney to train volunteers representing low-income women in DC.  Clients are generally victims of domestic violence who desperately need legal assistance.

 

2011 Grant Award Winner 

Rachael’s Women’s Center

 

  • $25,000 to this DC women's day shelter to expand counseling services for homeless clients seeking to become independent and self-sufficient. 

 

2010 Grant Award Winner

A Wider Circle (AWC)

 

  • $20,000, augmented by $5,000 from an anonymous supporter, went to AWC in Silver Spring for an additional loading dock and meeting rooms.  This enabled AWC to provide more services and donate more goods to families making the transition out of homelessness. New meeting space is used for parenting and financial management classes that help clients develop life skills.