It's easy to take for granted the ordinary objects that surround and furnish our lives. But for those transitioning out of domestic violence and homeless shelters, nothing is ordinary about a table, dresser, or bed. In 2015, through its Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, A Wider Circle furnished the homes of 4,420 needy children and adults Ė many of whom were sleeping on the floor or storing their clothes in plastic bags. In addition, a Well Mother, Well Baby program offers holistic support to low-income pregnant and parenting teens in the most at-risk schools in DC and Maryland; its Workforce Readiness Program offers comprehensive professional development services; a Wraparound Support Program matches one family in poverty with four families that provide long-term support; and the Neighborhood Partnership Program in Washington DC's Barry Farm provides comprehensive services in one of our regionís most impoverished communities. With 500 calls coming in each day, A Wider Circle continues to expand, welcoming and providing for our regionís neediest. You can widen the circle.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Fairfax; Barry Farm, Southeast Washington, DC

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   15,000
  • Number of clients we serve annually:   16,000
  • Number of homes we furnish annually:   4,400
  • Pounds of furniture we redistribute annually:   4,000,000

Awards & Recognition

The William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award, 2016

The Henry L. Dixon Award, 2016

SmartCEO Washington Cornerstone Award, 2016

The Paul Sarbanes Excellence in Community Service Award, 2015

CNN Hero, 2014

Washingtonian of the Year, 2014

Gazette of Politics and Business Exceptional 53, 2012

Andrea Jolly President's Award, 2010

People Magazine and Major League Baseball All Stars Among Us, 2010

Greater DC Cares Essence of Leadership Award, June 2010

Nonprofit of the Month! - Nonprofit Montgomery, 2009

Outstanding Service Award, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, 2009

Outstanding Community Award, Ward Seven Education Council, 2008

Dick Price Small Business Award, 2008

Linowes Leadership Award, 2008

Washington Area Women's Foundation Leadership Award, 2008

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Certificate of Appreciation, 2007

Temple Sinai Social Action Award, 2006


Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for A Wider Circle is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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