Monthly News and Updates

November 24, 2020

 

Dear GT Members & Volunteers, 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we’re writing today to let all of you know how truly thankful we are for everything each and everyone one of you has done to support our grantees and the work they are doing in our community during these exceptional times. 

 

Earlier this month GT replaced our usual end-of-year fundraising effort with “A Different Season of Giving” to support our grantees who address Hunger Relief in our community.   The response exceeded our expectations and together we raised the extraordinary amount of $10,000.   That amount will be distributed to 4 of our grantees - Crossroads Community Food Network, Food for Others, Nourish Now and We Are Family.   We can’t thank you enough for your wonderfully generous support as we respond to the urgent need for food in our community.    

Because of that effort, GT is not coordinating any Holiday group activities or gift collections for our grantees, but we know that some of you might still want to help in some way with your family and friends

 

Here are a few things to consider for our grantees “if” you are looking for ways to do even more for the Holidays.  

 

A Wider Circle – Toy Drive & Sponsor a Family

 

Toy Drive for Kids - newborn – 17y – new, unwrapped gifts or gift cards - through Amazon – awidercircle.org/toydrive or drop off to A Wider Circle (9259 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring) by Dec 12.

Sponsor a Family - contact holiday@awidercircle.org – drop off by Dec 18 

Questions? Email Wendy-wyaross@gmail.com or Kim - kdschifrin@gmail.com 

 

Aspire - Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – Donate Clothes, Books, Toys

 

Aspire is collecting a number of things to give out to their clients over the holidays including:  

            - Hats and mittens/gloves (child and adult) new and gently used)

- Board Books (English &/or Spanish) ex:  Good Night Moon, Pat the Bunny. 

- Children's Toys - infants, toddlers, preschool and Elementary School age

- Infant and Toddler Clothes (new and gently used)

Drop items:  Nancy Ebb - Front Desk, 7171 Woodmont Ave, # 601, Bethesda by Dec. 20

Questions:   Contact Nancy Ebb - ebbford@verizon.net/ 301-538-1624 

 

Career Catchers – Gift Cards  

 

Is requesting gift cards (Giant, Safeway, Target) to give out to their clients over the holidays. Drop off

Mail or drop off to Marianna McNeill, 8921 Montgomery Ave, CC, MD 20815 by Dec 18

Questions:  Email Pam - feinstep@gmail.com

 

CASA /National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals -  Coat Drive 

 

If you have winter coats, hats, gloves or scarves you’d like to donate you can drop them off to Leah Steinberg’s house (6905 Sulky Lane, Rockville, MD) no later than Nov 29.   Or at the alternate collection site - Allstate Insurance- 3720 Farragut Ave- Ste 100 Kensington, 20895

Questions:  Contact Leah - leahgsteinberg@gmail.com / 301-675-2407

 

Interfaith Works-  Gift Cards

 

Requesting gift cards from Kohls, Target, Giant or Safeway 

Questions:  Email Gail - gaildratch@gmail.com or Suzanne Lofhjelm at IW-  slofhjelm@iworksmc.org

 

Sasha Bruce Youthworks – Adopt-A-Home Holiday Program & Write Holiday Cards

 

Will provide wish lists for sponsors to help provide holiday cheer to the youth they serve - to sign up contact emarconi@sashabruce.org / 443-370-1248. 

If you’d like to help write personalized notes in Holiday Cards that will be included with the gifts that will be collected and distributed to the clients at their various sites.  Please note – Pam will be preparing 75 cards for them by Dec. 14. If you'd like to help she’ll buy the cards and drop them off at your house and pick them up when they are ready.

Questions: Contact Pam - feinstep@gmail.com , 301-332-7859

 

Meet Grantees Ongoing Needs 

 

In addition to the holiday needs listed above all of our grantees continue to collect and need a variety of things like gift cards, cleaning supplies, nonperishable food, computers, etc.   Many of them also need online help with job searches, computer classes, etc.  You can read more about this on our website (giving-together.org) or by going directly to the grantees’ websites. 

 

Giving Tuesday, December 1  

 

Many of our Grantees will be participating in Giving Tuesday this year.  You can check their websites or If you have signed up for their updates you may receive a message directly from them.   If it’s a group you’d like to support, this is a good day to help.  Also be on the lookout for opportunities to help with year-end matches.

 

If you have any questions about the above information please email or call one of us anytime.  If you’d like to buy or collect something for one of the programs but aren’t able to do the drop off yourself please let us know and we’ll help with the logistics.

   

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday season.  Be safe and well.  

 

GT Community Service Co-Chairs- Pam Feinstein and Harriet Shugerman

Pam (feinstep@gmail.com / 301-332-7859

Harriet (hshugerman08@gmail.com / 301-229-4088 

October 12, 2020

Dear GT Members & Volunteers -

 

We hope that you and your family are staying safe and well.  With the help of our Liaisons we’ve been staying in touch with all of our grantees as they continue to provide services in new and different ways in these ever changing times.

Since we’re still in the midst of the pandemic we’ve identified a number of ways that we can all help that are from a distance or covid-safe – wearing masks, social distancing, etc.  Harriet and I are always available to answer your questions and to help connect you with our Grantee Liaisons or with the key person at one of our grantees.  Also, if you have items that you’d like to donate and are not able to deliver them yourself please let us know and we’ll make arrangements to have them picked up and delivered.

 

The list below is a sampling of the ways you (and your family and friends) can help.  You can also click HERE to read more about all of our grantees and their needs that we update regularly. We also encourage you to go to our grantees websites and to sign up fo receive their listserves and updates directly.  

 

A Wider Circle – DELIVER: Fresh Produce to clients in SE, DC (sign up HERE)  ZOOM: mentoring, coaching; DONATE: Gently used professional clothing, kitchen supplies, furniture, etc.

 

Aspire/ Healthy Babies – DONATE: diapers, baby wipes, general hygiene items, infant and small size clothing for children.

 

Career Catchers – ZOOM: Help teach classes for their Job Club and Empowerment "Workshops" to help clients with Job prep, networking, Test prep (GED, TES, etc.)

 

CASA – ZOOM: teach Citizenship classes, etc., prepare for tests, job applications.  If you can speak Spanish that’s a plus.

 

Computer Core –DONATE: gently used laptops; ZOOM:  Help clients learn various computer and office skills.

 

Crossroads Community Food Network – ONSITE OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITY (Takoma Park): Box up food that others will deliver to Senior Facilities - Wed Mornings - 9:30-10:30 am - outdoors in tents. 

 

DCVLP – DONATE:  gently used ipads, lap desks, actual desks, noise blocking earphones, graphing calculators, toiletries, non perishable grocery items

 

Food for OthersONSITE & DELIVERIES (Fairfax): help organize snack packs for students and/or deliver to distribution sites - must wear masks and maintain social distancing

 

George B Thomas / Sat SchoolDONATE: Chrome Books (gently used) for students

 

Healthy BabiesDONATE: pots and pan sets, kitchen utensils, oven mitts, sheets and comforters for twin beds, towels, wash cloths, clothing for Moms and infants

 

Interfaith WorksDONATE clothes, personal care and small household items; PROVIDE: Bagged lunches,  meals or snacks for the womens' center or older women residences. (approx 8-10 residents) 

Nourish Now –ONSITE FOOD SORT (Rockville): help sort and organize groceries – must follow guidelines - wear masks and maintain social distance

 

Sasha Bruce - BAKE & DELIVER:  A Birthday cake and card to a client who is celebrating their Birthday - near yours or anytime you feel like baking a cake.  DONATE: Essentials – t shirts, socks, toiletries, ZOOM: tutoring and mentoring

 

We are Family –PHONE CALLS:  make calls from home to seniors who are isolated during this time

 

Another great way to get involved and to get to know more about an organization is to sign up to be a Liaison.   Email us or click HERE if you’d like to know more about this role.  We also always encourage you to go to the Giving Together website - giving-together.org to learn more about the great grantees we’ve supported over the years.   

 

Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support. 

Stay safe and well.

 

Questions?   Contact Community Service Co-Chairs:

Pam Feinstein feinstep@gmail.com 

Harriet Shugerman hshugerman@gmail.com