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Hello, Neighbors.

I hope this message finds you well. I'm sending a special edition of Takoma Neighborhood News to highlight ways to support our community during a season when many of us are making donations, volunteering, and finding other ways to give back. I hope you will consider donating to or otherwise supporting one of the below individuals, mutual aid efforts, local schools, or community groups if you are able - and I will match all donations to any of the people and groups listed. Please just send me a message with a receipt.

Many people continue to struggle with challenges associated with the public health emergency, including job and wage losses, and we know the effects of the public health emergency reflect and worsen severe racial disparities. We also know these failures and gaps pre-date the public health emergency and reflect larger systemic issues. While donations (where possible) go a long way, systemic change requires leadership and legislation that prioritizes those most in need. I commit to you that I will push for systemic change and join you in the continued fight for a fair and equitable future.

All the best,
Erin


Consider Donating to Individuals & Mutual Aid

  • Kitchen Repairs for Bianca: Donations go toward essential kitchen repairs, needed to store food items and ensure this family is able to eat.
  • Homegoing for Nathaniel: Donations go toward the burial costs for a young life taken away too soon. 
  • Support for Unhoused Individuals in Ward 4: Donations to this Ward 4 neighbor go toward essential needs for our neighborhood's unhoused, including food and warm clothing. Amazon wishlist here.
  • Bikes for Essential Workers: BikeMatchDC connects people in DC who have an extra bicycle with people who need one. Monetary donations help too. This group recently donated a bike trailer to the neighbor mentioned above supporting unhoused individuals to facilitate distribution of donations. More here.
  • Mutual Aid for Ward 4 Neighbors: Ward 4 Mutual Aid offers free, customized packages (food, cleaning and hygiene products, diapers, etc.) and distributes clothing and school supplies to individuals in need. The all-volunteer effort in Ward 4 has been a huge success, reaching more than 200 families a week. Ward 4 neighbors can call or text the hotline at (202) 681-3098 to request items. You can sign up to volunteer here, and you can donate here (wishlists are also available on their website). More about their efforts and needs here.


Consider Donating to Our Local Schools

  • Takoma Education Campus: The Takoma Education Campus PTO has adopted a number of school families in need of some holiday cheer. This annual tradition has gone virtual this year. Each family has created Amazon wish lists, which you can find here. Please select the family by name and purchase gifts as desired. You can only purchase for one family at a time. When you shop on Amazon, consider using AmazonSmile with the Takoma Education Campus PTO as your selected charity. 
  • Whittier Education Campus: Whittier Education Campus will be collecting donations of gift cards for students/families this holiday season. If you are interested in donating you can submit gift cards (in $10 or $15 denominations) by Wednesday, December 16, or you can Venmo me and I'll do a larger purchase with mine (and provide receipts). Please feel free to send me an email for additional details.


Consider Donating to Community Organizations

  • Old Takoma Business Association & Local Businesses: Our beloved local businesses have great offerings for the holiday season. Holiday gift guide here, and holiday meal options here. You can continue to support our neighborhood local businesses directly or by donating to the Takoma Micro Grant Program here. The grant program has already awarded 39 micro grants, totaling $35,500! 
  • The Future Foundation: The Future Foundation provides the only free, trauma-informed, drop-in programs for teens and their families in the entire Ward 8 community. Their mission is to empower and activate future adults (13-24 years of age) and their families with advocacy, community organizing, and resource development skills to create a future worth fighting for via a social-emotional approach to achieve social justice.
  • Serve Your City: Serve Your City strives to engage and motivate underserved DC students through inspiring programming across a range of academic, community engagement, and athletic activities. The organization currently serves as the lead partner for Ward 6 Mutual Aid, responding to the COVID-19 crisis by coordinating efforts among grassroots organizers, passionate volunteers, and community-based organizations that have been doing the work since long before the pandemic. Their mission is to provide Black and Brown youth and families the same resources and opportunities that others in DC already have. Today and into the future.
Phone: (202) 821-6333 | Email: 4B02@anc.dc.gov | Website: erinforanc.com | Social Media: @Erinfor4B02

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