Local Nonprofit Bulletin
Philanthropic resources, news from small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and a roundup of volunteer opportunities! Have questions or an opportunity you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, for shoutouts and collaborations!
International Workers’ Day
This Sunday is International Workers’ Day, a day that both commemorates the class and labor struggles that took place around the world in the 19th century and recognizes the important contributions of the working class to society. It was created in support of the legal establishment of the eight-hour workday, one of many workers’ rights won because of decades of labor strikes and organizing by the working class.
Learn more about the history and significance of this day and connect to labor and economic justice efforts right here in the DMV region:
- Tenants and Workers United, which organizes low-income communities of color to build power, win changes, and advance social justice across Northern Virginia.
- Jews United for Justice, a grassroots community that seeks to repair the world by working locally for social, racial, and economic justice.
- Progressive Maryland, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization promoting racial, social, economic, and environmental justice through grassroots organizing, public education, and legislative advocacy.
Find more local nonprofits involved with justice programs, employment, and civic engagement on the Catalogue website!
Congratulations to Patrice Sulton, Founder and Executive Director of the DC Justice Lab, for being selected to be one of Echoing Green’s spring 2022 Fellows!
“Hailstork and Martin have created a requiem that feels alive and has only just taken its first breaths,” Michael Andor Brodeur wrote about National Philharmonic’s “A Knee on the Neck” in the Washington Post. “It has something to say about the immensity and intimacy of pain – and we owe one another as Americans to listen.”
Sonia Su, Founder and Executive Director of Kits to Heart, and one of our inaugural Grassroots Accelerator Program participants, was recently featured on ABC7!
St. Ann’s Center was featured in an article by the National Catholic Register. As the author Lauretta Brown wrote, “Sister Mary emphasized that the center is meant to feel like a community and underscored that the women are treated with love and respect.”
If you’re between the ages of 21-26 and passionate about getting into the justice game for the long haul, apply now to be part of Avodah’s ’22-’23 Jewish Service Corps cohort!
“The need for rental support continues as evidenced by our own Department of Housing and Community Development,” Shannon Mouton, Executive Director of Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services (LARS), stated in her testimony to the Prince George’s County Council in support of the Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development (FY23). “And while LARS and other community partners cannot hope to close the gap, we are certain that we can help fill-in a portion of it, as we have always done.”
The Children’s Science Center Lab joined The Arc of Loudoun and HGA to present at the Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference! “Prioritizing Museum Accessibility: Challenges and Opportunities” covered best practices for accessibility and shared a case study about the Children’s Science Center Lab’s partnership with the Arc of Loudoun. “Many things we put in place to be more accessible don’t just make a better program for people with disabilities, they make a better program for everyone,” shared Noelle Russell, a STEM Educator at the Lab.
The Human Trafficking Legal Center recently celebrated two significant decisions in the federal courts. In the first case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower district court decision, ruling that a lawsuit brought by several Cuban doctors against the Pan American Health Organization may continue. In the second case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for a group of Mexican nationals who alleged that they had been trafficked into forced labor on a dairy farm in Idaho, establishing an important new precedent.
April 30 and May 1 | On Stage at Joe’s presents: Nanay by Lauren DeVera
April 30 – May 7 | DC Funk Parade
April 30 and May 7, 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Mural-Making with Mia Duvall by Project Create and Bridge District DC
May 3, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Spring 2022 One World Challenge
May 10, 6:45 – 8:15 PM | Food for the Body and Soul: Advocating for Community through Culinary Traditions
May 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | St. Ann’s Center’s Hope Blossoms
May 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Join Jews United for Justice and its partners at the MORE People’s Forum
May 14, 8:00 AM | Community Youth Advance presents A Mother’s Love Family 5K
May 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Soulfull Spring Fest
May 15 | CASA/Prince George’s County presents Changing Children’s Stories: 20th Anniversary Event
May 18 | Calvary Women’s Services’ Hope Awards Dinner
May 18, 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Jubilee JumpStart’s 2022 Heroes Ball
May 19, 7:00 – 10:00 PM | Britepaths’ Artful Living: Connected
May 21, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | C&O Canal Trust’s National Kids to Parks Day
May 22 | KID Museum’s Grand Opening at Bethesda Metro Center
May 24, 6:00 PM | DC SCORES Our Words Our City
June 5 | A Wider Circle’s Neighbor to Neighbor Day
June 7-9 | Community Family Life Services’ MORE THAN Mother: Intersectional Identities of Moms in Crisis
June 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Hamkae Center’s Pursuing Our Dreams Fundraiser
Are you a golf lover? So What Else is looking for volunteers for the Wells Fargo Championship from May 4th to May 8th in Potomac, Maryland. Sign up for one or all of their three shifts between 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, or 12:00 – 6:00 PM by emailing them with the date and time you’d like to volunteer.
Have a passion for serving the youth in your community? Apply to volunteer or mentor with BUILD!
Leveling the Playing Field works every day to ensure that every child has access to during and out of school time sports activities no matter what their economic situation is. Search their volunteer site for available opportunities.
Giving Dashboard | Urban Institute
The Urban Institute has collected and organized data on giving from leading nonprofit researchers, practitioners and service providers, and some governmental sources into a giving dashboard that provides a snapshot of the many ways Americans give.
“Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits: Principles, Recommendations, and Models for Investing Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds”?| National Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofit leaders around the country have organized various efforts to include charitable nonprofits in relief and recovery investments of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds resources. This document highlights initiatives from 15 state associations of nonprofits and illustrates their collective efforts.
Disability Justice: An Audit Tool | Northwest Health Foundation
Written by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and envisioned by Stacey Park Milbern and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this tool is aimed at helping Black, Indigenous, and POC-led organizations examine where they’re at in practicing disability justice, and where they want to learn and grow.
Social Justice Investing Webinar Series | Just Futures and Justice Funders
As the problems of extractive capitalism have become increasingly evident, the field of responsible investing has grown exponentially over the last several decades. Join Just Futures and Justice Funders for a 3-part webinar series as they explore the growing field of social justice investing.