City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties rescues adoptable cats and dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters, where resources are severely limited. We offer a lifeline to as many of these wonderful animals as possible. Sadly, many of the cats and dogs that City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties takes are just days — and sometimes hours — away from being euthanized for no reason other than lack of space. By finding these animals permanent and loving homes in the DC metropolitan area, we can enrich lives of humans and their pets. We welcome your help in any capacity, through volunteering, fostering, adopting, sponsoring and/or donating.
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A national nonprofit, America SCORES serves 10,000 students at more than 175 public and charter schools in 13 major cities. Our mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. We achieve this mission through daily after school and summer programming that combines soccer, poetry, and service-learning. Our holistic, team-based approach works – America SCORES students, 85 percent of whom live below the poverty line, improve academically, increase physical fitness, and have a greater sense of confidence and belonging.
Tzedek DC’s mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents dealing with often unjust, abusive, and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft, and predatory lending. The consequences of adverse court judgments in debt-related cases can be devastating for a family’s well-being and stability. Therefore, drawing upon a central tenet of Jewish teachings – “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” or “Justice, justice we shall pursue,” – Tzedek DC aims to level the playing field for low-income DC debtors by facilitating access to the civil justice system. By addressing debt-related legal issues before they become irreversible, catastrophic crises, Tzedek DC can enhance the overall stability and financial health of low-income DC families.
The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.
Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe.
Brainfood uses food as a tool to build life skills with youth in a fun and creative setting. Through culinary-related activities, we promote active learning, self-reliance and healthy living to empower youth as resources in their own community. Carina’s experience at Brainfood started as a Cooks in Training instructor. She taught for six years across all three existing Brainfood programs before becoming our Program Director in 2011. As Program Director, Carina provides leadership and support to our team of program instructors and coordinators. Carina is a trusted advisor and authority on youth development principles, effective teaching practices, obscure cooking skills, and having fun.
The story of Celebrity Hairstylist, Political Appointee, and Transgender Activist, Consuella Lopez
Marcus Smith and Trendolyn Veal are the founders of Stuck on Swing, an organization that teaches hand dancing and other forms of swing. D.C. youth receive these classes for free.