AGA DC 2020-2021 Community Service

September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

The AGA DC Chapter offers members the opportunity to “pay it forward” by sharing their gifts and talents with the community through volunteer opportunities from the following groups:

Social Safety - Hunger, homelessness, and unemployment

Health - Awareness for mental, emotional, and physical illnesses

Education - Literacy and college prep

Veterans - Support servicemen and their families

Equal Opportunity - Diversity and inclusion

Capital Causes - Other local causes

 

Below are the current community service activities we are supporting and instructions on how you can help:

 

Support children, families, and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak | Social Safety 

Martha’s Table is a non-profit organization designated by the D.C. government as an essential service. Each week, they have supported 8,000 D.C. residents with fresh produce and healthy pantry staples and distributing more than 100,000 pounds of food at 20 sites across the city. They also assisted families by providing them with direct cash assistance, gift cards for groceries store, and essential supplies like diapers, wipes, and formula during the temporary closure of our education centers.

Martha’s Table collective impact from March 16, 2020 – June 15, 2020:

  • 4,592 volunteer hours fueled our operations
  • 103,463 bags of healthy food served to students, families, and seniors
  • 1,732,000 pounds of healthy food distributed

During the September luncheon we collected a total of $1,105.00. Thank you all for your generosity and a shout out to Jesse Carpenter and Cotton & Company for matching the Chapter’s charitable contributions from this luncheon.

Continue supporting Martha’s Table by donating and/or making an in-kind donation by visiting Martha’s Table Amazon Wish List featuring their most urgently needed items.

 


 

Stress Test a Virtual Platform | Education

JA Finance Park is an innovation in education designed to bring together our region's school systems, businesses, educators, and volunteer mentor to inspire and guide middle school students in understanding the choices that lead to financial stability.  From goal setting to saving, budgeting, shopping and bill paying, students experience what it really takes to successfully navigate today’s complex economy and come face-to-face with how their decisions today can impact their future. 

As JA Finance Park prepares to move to a virtual platform, 15 AGA DC Chapter members volunteered on October 7 and 8 to help stress test the platform and ensure its reliability for students.  

Continue supporting JA Finance Park by donating and/or volunteering you time. More information can be found here: https://www.myja.org/give/ways-to-give 


Give a Christmas gift for the holidays | Capital Causes

The mission of the Toys for Tots Program of Anacostia – Washington D.C is to collects and distribute new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gift to those children less fortunate in our community. For more than six decades, the U.S. Marine Corps distributed over 498 million toys to more than 250 million children. And in 2019, the Toys for Tots Program in Anacostia distributed over 124,000 toys and supported over 47,000 children. This program sends a message of hope to needy youngsters and allows them to experience the joy of Christmas.

In an effort to support the Toys for Tots Program of Anacostia – Washington D.C., the D.C. Chapter will match up to $500.00 of the total amount collected through December 18, 2020.

Continue supporting the Toys for Tots Program of Anacostia – Washington, D.C.:

  1. Directly to the organization through their website:

For additional information on the Toys for Tots Program can be found at: https://anacostia-dc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx


Join the fight to help end chronic homelessness | Social Safety

Miriam’s Kitchen is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 and started with only serving breakfast. Then, they added case management, a therapeutic art program, housing services, and started serving dinner too. Today, from meals to housing, Miriam’s Kitchen plays a critical role in the fight to end chronic homelessness in DC. Their advocacy work addresses root causes as well as pushes forward citywide resources and solutions to ensure instances of homelessness are rare, brief and non-recurring.

Miriam’s Kitchen continues to provide critical services to their guest during this time. You can help by giving a donation or purchasing items needed most from their Amazon Wish List.

Continue supporting Miriam Kitchen by donating and/or volunteering you time:

1. Directly to the organization their website:

Visit https://miriamskitchen.org/ to learn about volunteer opportunities and help in the fight to end chronic homelessness in DC.


Support military, veterans, and their families | Veteran

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veteran's families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room, and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since its inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $500 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses, and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

Fisher House Foundation continues to operate during these challenging times. They are working with their partners at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense to help them safely care for the military, veterans, and their families.

We want to make the biggest impact possible and am asking AGA National to help match our donations. There are two ways to give:

1. Directly to the organization their website; then email screenshot to wecheung@deloitte.com or text to 571-289-2428.

2. Venmo to @Wendy-Cheung-5 with the description ‘AGA DC – Fisher House’

Visit https://fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/ to learn more ways to support the Fisher House Foundation.


 

DC Foster Care Program | Capital Causes

Our March Community Service Project is to collect donations for the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA).

CFSA is the public child welfare agency in the District of Columbia responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect. CFSA works to improve the safety, permanence, and well-being of abused and neglected children while strengthening their families.

We're raising funds on behalf of the CFSA Recruitment Program. Our donation will support events like resource parent recruitment sessions and meetings that build the District's capacity to place children in safe and loving homes until they can reunify with their birth families. Additionally, our donation will also benefit activities that help children with the goal of adoption to meet and connect with their potential forever families.

We will be raising funds through March 31, 2021. Here’s how to give:

1. Donate through the AGA DC Chapter’s Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aga-dcs-community-service-spotlight-child-and-family-services-agency-tickets-143757515599; or

2. Give via Venmo to @Wendy-Cheung-5 (code:3330) with the description ‘AGA DC – CFSA.’

Visit cfsa.dc.gov/services to learn more about how CFSA serves children and families in the District of Columbia and fosterdckids.org to learn how to become a foster parent for children in foster care.

 


Thank you, as always, for everything that you do to make an impact in our community. Be well and stay safe!

 

Contact Wendy Cheung at wecheung@deloitte.com and Jesse Carpenter at jcarpenter@cottoncpa.com for questions regarding the DC Chapter Community Service Committee.