In 1887, a woman gathered a group of friends to sew a layette for a young mother who had no clothing for her child. And so began 130 years of filling the basic needs of the region's at-risk children, regardless of race or creed. Today, over 4,000 welcome kits of clothing, educational materials, and a hand-knitted item go to mothers in need. A counseling program brings essential support systems to five schools; Adopt a School provides library books and sports equipment to over 1,500 children annually; 25 volunteer tutors ensure that young students reach grade level in reading; and there are camp scholarships for children with disabilities. Girls on the Rise, an after-school and summer camp program for at-risk girls in Southeast DC helps build self-esteem and leadership skills and gives girls the tools they need to shape their futures. “See a need and fill it” – simple and vital.
Awards & Recognition
Rey of Hope Award from Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, October 2010
Best Friends Award from the Washington Middle School for Girls June 2009
Founder, Mary Virginia Merrick earned the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal for her work with the Christ Child Society, 1915
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