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 Family, which delivers food and assistance to elderly residents of several DC neighborhoods. Our grant will purchase a new food cargo truck for deliveries.
We also awarded our first ever multi-year grant ($50,000 over two years) to the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. The grant will enable DCVLP to strengthen its child advocacy program through TARGET: Teens At Risk, Growing, Engaging and Thriving. With our grant, 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.
Congratulations to our grantees! GT members should take pride that, by pooling our resources over the past year, we are able to make a meaningful difference to the work of these outstanding organizations.