fall 2019 Site Visits Schedule
As a Greater Washington Community Foundation donor, you are invited to join our Sharing DC and Sharing Montgomery commitees to visit high-impact nonprofits serving our region. Site visits offer a great opportunity for donors to learn about some of the most critical issues facing our communities and the organizations working to address them. Each visit typically lasts one hour, which includes time to talk with the organization’s leadership about the mission and goals, tour the facilities, observe a program in action, or talk directly with people whose lives have been touched by this work.
To attend any of the site visits below, please fill out the RSVP forms at the bottom of the page. Directions and additional information about each visit will be sent to registered guests as the dates draw near.
DC Site Visit Organizations
Academy of Hope
Academy of Hope offers adult education classes for those who are not able to find or retain living-wage employment. Their program offers adult literacy education, high school credentialing, and dual college enrollment; career assessment and exploration; work readiness, career certifications and work-based learning; and job search, placement and retention services.
Briyah Public Charter School
Briyah uses a two-generation educational model. While adults learn English as a Second Language (ESL), technology, and parenting skills, their children learn in their own classrooms. In addition, parents and children come together for joint family learning time each week. Briya offers a Child Development Association (CDA) credential program as well as a Medical Assistant program to three classes of students each year (two are taught in Spanish and one is taught in English).
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (CRIPCS)
CRIPCS prepares the diverse adult immigrant population of Washington, DC to become invested, productive citizens and members of American society who give back to family and community. The School combines education, life skills programs, and support services to create a holistic experience. The curriculum merges research on regional economic realities with professional field standards and is tailored to explicitly meet the needs of the local immigrant community. ESL instruction is embedded in life and technology skills, health education, parenting, civics, and workforce training classes.
The Family Place provides a welcoming, multi-cultural environment for families and individuals participating in educational, supported services, case management, and social support programming. in 2018, TFP established The Family Place Public Charter School (TFPPCS) to provide literacy, employment, and other workforce development programs. Current TFP and TFPPCS programs include: Adult ESL (basic to advanced), Spanish literacy, Child Development Associates training, Early Childhood Education (ECE), parent engagement and parenting classes, family stability services as well as emergency support, case management and referral, home-based parenting and literacy development for families with children 2-5 years of age, domestic violence support and court advocacy, and nutrition.
Goodwill’s free hospitality, security and protective services, and healthcare training programs are offered year-round and include pre- and post-employment services. Their tuition-free adult charter high-school – the Goodwill Excel Center -provides more than 350 disadvantaged adult learners the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas and career-recognized certifications. Goodwill’s retail and contracts operations employs approximately 900 individuals, nearly all of whom have a documented disadvantage or disability. Additionally, Goodwill provides RISE coaching services, which offers one-to-one career coaching to all Goodwill employees.
Literacy Volunteers and Advocates (LVA)
LVA is dedicated to addressing the core, often hidden problems of adult illiteracy at both an individual and community level by tailoring its programs to meet the needs of thousands of adults in the District of Columbia who read at the lowest literacy levels and have learning disabilities. Their core program is Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABE), which provides reading, writing, basic math, computer, and workforce education classes for adults ages 18 and over. A small group format of 10 students, maximum, allows goals for each learner and ensure that each learner makes tangible progress.
Next Step Public Charter School
The Next Step serves disconnected youth with programs that increase their chances of succeeding in their post-secondary studies. Eighty percent of students have been living in the United States for less than four years. The Next Step offers these students a full academic program in English and Spanish with flexible placement and pacing, extensive and wraparound case management, life skills instruction and college and career readiness services.
Next Step, the defining center of Samaritan Ministries’ mission, provides a rigorous process of casework, coaching and supportive services designed to empower homeless, unemployed or underemployed populations, including returning citizens. STRIVE is a concentrated two-year job readiness training and placement program and is central for Next Step participants who have employment goals. Participants in this program learn customary and indispensable job search techniques, resume writing and interview skills, and budgeting. Graduates of the STRIVE training gain critical soft skills
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
SOME serves people who have been impacted by homelessness, poverty, mental illness and additiction. SOME’s Center for Employment Training is a a licensed six-month job-training program that prepares homeless and low-income adults to secure and retain living wage employment. SOME CET does not require students to have a high school diploma and allows students to enroll if they have at-least a 6th grade reading and 4th grade math level. Because students receive basic education instruction, which is taught in the context of students’ target industry and integrated into students’ industry courses, at-least 81% all post-tested students make an educational functioning level gains (equivalent to 2 grade levels or more) while enrolled at SOME CET.
Southeast Ministry is a grassroots social justice ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation that listens to the needs of the community and develops culturally sensitive education programs that address the root causes of social problems such as poverty, illiteracy, and violence. Daily Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are held in a classroom setting where all five GED exam subjects are taught, including math, reading, science, social studies, and writing. Additionally, small group tutoring is made available to learners throughout the course’s entirety.
Urban Education provides technology-driven education, information, and skill development. Their Pathways to Prosperity programs build leadership, literacy and business skills, and advances STEM proficiency from childhood to adulthood. Additionally, Urban Education provides low- to no- income youth/adults more entry points into the well-paying information technology (IT) field to fill positions and to provide local and regional employers with more qualified local talent.
YouthBuild Public Charter School
YouthBuild Public Charter School prepares students for postsecondary education and the workplace by offering academic, vocational and workforce development programs to a largely African-American and Latino population in both English and Spanish. YouthBuild DC believes that service to the community is an essential part of the transformative process. Therefore, students serve their community through volunteer projects and by creating housing for lowincome residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Montgomery County Site Visit Organizations
Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program of Montgomery College Foundation is a collaboration among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove that aims to increase college enrollment and completion in Montgomery County for students underrepresented in higher education. The program provides targeted academic coaching, interventions, and support to students while they are enrolled in the three institutions.
Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES)
Aspire Counseling provides mental health counseling to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Aspire has been offering community-based programs for over twenty-five years.
Ayuda advocates for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social, and language access services, training, and outreach. Ayuda provides holistic, linguistically and culturally appropriate services to immigrant residents of Montgomery County.
Carpe Diem Arts
Carpe Diem Arts programs serve children from under-resourced communities in Montgomery County and are located within several area housing developments. Their Youth ArtBeat African Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Academy addresses the needs of a growing population of African and immigrant families with a focus on writing, reading fluency, comprehension, and English language learning.
Community Bridges empowers girls in elementary, middle and high school from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women. It enables girls in grades 4-12 to discover their unique identity, voice and potential through an integrated holistic program of leadership development, college and career readiness, academic support and enrichment.
Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER)
Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER) partners with local health clinics, hospitals, and food providers to address the needs of low-income neighbors who are at-risk or suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and other health challenges. CHEER’s staff and volunteers provide weekly food distributions plus knowledgeable Community Health Workers to coach individuals on targeted interventions that can improve their health.
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington helps teen girls make positive choices and believe in their ability to succeed — even in the face of significant challenges. Its school-based programs work with middle and high school girls, teaching them about healthy relationships, reproductive health, college and careers, and equipping them with the life skills they need to succeed.
Crossroads Community Food Network
Crossroads Community Food Network aims to build the local food system, educate and empower community members—especially low–income and immigrant residents—about healthy food choices and create universal access to healthy food. Program areas include microenterprise development, healthy eating education, and farmers’ market nutrition incentives at the popular Crossroads Farmers Market.
KID Museum is an innovative learning space unlike any other in the Washington, DC region. The museum provides impactful hands-on learning that incorporates STEM, art and culture with 21st century skills like creativity and critical thinking.
Latin American Youth Center
Latin American Youth Center reaches at-risk youths in Montgomery County, particularly those who have dropped out of school. Its programs include job readiness training, paid internships, work experience, GED instruction, academic enrichment, college preparation, case management, counseling, mentoring, leadership development and life skills critical for adulthood.
Mary’s Center operates federally qualified health centers to provide healthcare, family literacy, and social services. It uses a holistic, multipronged approach to help all patients access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. Join us to tour the newly expanded site in Silver Spring.
Mercy Health Clinic
Mercy Health Clinic is a community-based health clinic that provides free medical care, health education, and medication to uninsured, low-income adult residents of the county. The clinic’s medical services are delivered primarily by volunteer physicians and other health professionals, and include primary health care and specialty clinics, behavioral health, health education programs and an on-site pharmacy.
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless works to end homelessness in the county by offering a wide range of permanent and emergency housing options combined with supportive services for 1,600 homeless and formerly homeless children in families and single adults each year.
Montgomery Housing Partnership
Montgomery Housing Partnership is the largest nonprofit developer of affordable rental housing in the county, with more than 1,750 affordable homes in Wheaton, Takoma Park, Silver Spring and other transit-oriented communities. MHP provides Play & Learn (P&L) programs and after-school Homework Clubs (HWC) to children living at its affordable housing properties to help ensure their long-term success in school.
Nourish Now works to bring widespread food security for those in need throughout Montgomery County. It partners with 140 caterers, distributors, restaurants, and other food industry leaders across the region to collect and redistribute their surplus food.
Shepherd’s Table serves homeless individuals in the county, providing meals, clothing, information and referrals, as well as technical assistance by pro bono lawyers, Veterans Administration staff, barbers and tax preparers who come in to assist clients. It also runs a bi-monthly Eye Clinic to provide vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses for the uninsured, in addition to providing vouchers for prescriptions, mail service, transportation assistance, and telephone access.
Sunflower Bakery prepares young adults with developmental/cognitive disabilities for employment through skilled, on-the-job training. Its individualized 12-month program includes on-site professional instruction, skills training, a paid off-site internship, and a summer job exposure program for teens.