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“Warehouse space has been in high demand since the pandemic,” Jacob Fenston writes in DCist. Now that landlord Washington Gas is forcing Community Forklift out of their current space in Edmonston, Maryland, the nonprofit and salvage business is looking for a new location. Not only does Community Forklift rescue items from the waste stream for reuse, but they also provide well-paying jobs with benefits for people who might otherwise have a hard time finding work. Additionally, they donate supplies to schools, community organizations, and low-income households. As Nancy Meyer, chief executive of Community Forklift, told Daniel Wu in the Washington Post, they’re “part of this dynamic, grass-roots economy in the local community.” Their warehouse will remain open as they search for a new home and have launched the “Forklift Forward” campaign — if you are able, help provide financial support, assistance in identifying funding resources, and/or connections in the commercial real estate, public relations, political, and nonprofit fundraising spheres!
Nominate an individual or organization for the Council for Court Excellence‘s Justice Potter Steward Award! This Award is presented annually to leaders who exemplify the very best in the pursuit of justice, with former Award winners including individuals whose work with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, DC Affordable Law Firm, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and more have made a significant contribution to the law, the legal system, the courts, or the administrative process in our community. Submit your nomination by Friday, September 23!
The Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia is looking for office volunteers to help with answering the phone, scheduling rides, and taking messages for fundraising activities. Able to help for four hours on Thursday or Friday afternoons? Call them at 703-281-0538 or email email@example.com to let them know!
Congratulations to the National Philharmonic‘s Summer String Institute 2022 musicians! These talented middle school and high school students spent an intensive week in rehearsals, lessons, and more, culminating in final performances that you can now watch.
Calling youth performers! The Young Artists of America is now auditioning for its 2022/23 “Season of Premieres.” Singers, actors, and dancers in grades 9-12 or taking a gap year can audition for their YAACompany; instrumentalists in grades 9-12 or taking a gap year can audition for their YAAOrchestra; and singers, actors, and dancers in grades 6-8 can audition for their YAAjunior. BIPOC students can also apply for their new BIPOC performing arts scholarship.
The schedule for Improvapalooza 2022 is live! Help make the Washington Improv Theater‘s last Palooza at Source a success. They’re looking for volunteers to greet patrons, check vaccine cards, and videotape shows. Fill out this form to learn more about volunteering or email their Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop‘s vestibule at 545 7th St SE is open daily for contact-free donation drop-offs to Serve Your City and the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network! Take a look at the list of needed items. They are also collecting new art supplies for art kits distributed through the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project in the vestibule.
The Theatre Lab is looking for people ages 14-24 who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA community to join a group of participants ages 25-70 for QUEER STORIES, a free 13-week class designed to give participants a unique platform to develop and share stories based on their lived queer experiences in the DMV. Participants will use their personal stories and experiences as fabric to construct and perform an original work in December. Seasoned performers and those with no previous acting experience welcome! Learn more and apply. The class runs from September 14 – December 14.
Vote for Byte Back to get to SXSW 2023! In partnership with the Urban Alliance and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, they submitted a proposal for a panel on digital equity, education innovation, and sharing their impact with a national audience. Voting closes at 11:59 PM ET on August 21.
Volunteer with Generation Hope this fall. They are looking for people to provide childcare at their Family Dinners starting September 15 and 29. If you’re interested in mentoring, individuals and groups can also apply now to support and build lasting bonds with young parents in college. You can also sign up to tutor Scholars virtually, especially if you can help with nursing classes, engineering, and other STEM-related topics.
Attend an Upcoming Event
August 20, 12:00 – 5:00 PM | Bread for the City’s annual Good Hope Family Community Day at their old Southeast Center on 1640 Good Hope Rd SE. This back-to-school block party will have a moon bounce and game zone, along with free book bags, food, clothing, school supplies, hair cuts and braiding, and more!
August 21, 2:00 – 3:00 PM | The Art League’s Artist Talk with August Solo Artist Andrea Cybyk about her exhibit “Wild Suburbia.” Hear about her artistry and how her exhibit finds beauty in common weeds.
August 23, 7:00 PM | Community Voices & Visioning: Collaboration After Harm. Join Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, and Community Mediation DC as they explore the impact of restorative justice practices and discuss how DC as a community can better respond after harm.
August 24, 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Navigating Holistic & Western Medicine through the Pandemic with Hamkae Center. A virtual discussion about the values of practicing both western and non-western medicine in exercising best health and wellness!
August 25, 6:30 – 7:45 PM | Rainbow Families’ Legal Talk Series: Impact on ART & Adoption. Join this virtual chat with two attorneys and a reproductive physician on how legal changes are affecting Assisted Reproductive & Adoption.
August 27, 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Great and Small’s 2022 Summer Open House at 17320 Moore Rd in Boyds, Maryland. Catch a therapeutic riding demonstration, occupational therapy demonstration, Q&A, tours, learning opportunities, and more! No RSVP needed.
August 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM | Spirit of Summer Series: Pan Masters Steel Orchestra at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Catch Pan Masters’ outstanding musical repertoire that reflects the unique musical arrangements of its members — from Calypso to Jazz, Soca to R&B!
August 28, 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Jews United for Justice’s Montgomery County Summer Meetup. Family-friendly event with relationship-building and postcard-writing!
August 29, 6:30 PM | Art Drives Statehood with Art Enables and DC Vote at the Atlas Theater. Join Washington Nationals Pitcher Sean Doolittle, Pie Shop owner Sandra Basanti, and more at the launch of this project, which interprets the iconic “Statehood” license plate that has been used for years as a symbol of the fight for equality.
August 30, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s Alexandria Coal Tar Pollution Public Forum. Get an up-close look at an active pollution source in Old Town, Alexandria, and learn about how to take action for clean water.
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