The DMV Collective Giving Network—a group of more than 20 area collective giving organizations, including Many Hands—is sponsoring its first Giving Circle Challenge Pop-Up event. Vote and help decide which of three featured nonprofits—The Black Swan Academy, The Chris Atwood Foundation, or KEEN—will receive a $1,000 grant.
Vote in person by visiting the DMV Collective Giving Network booth at the following farmer’s markets:
- Saturday, November 9, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Silver Spring
- Sunday, November 10, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm – Mosaic Market
- Sunday, November 17, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm – Dupont Circle
Or click here to vote online. No donation necesssary to participate!
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The Black Swan Academy (BSA) empowers Black youth in underserved communities through civic leadership and engagement, giving them the tools needed to succeed in life and become active social catalysts in their communities. Issues such as educational inequity, homelessness, and community violence disproportionately affect youth of color. Their voices are left out, leaving them powerless. BSA has built a membership of 40 black youth to lead advocacy initiatives; engaged over 8,500 residents; and led campaigns to secure more funding for mental health professionals in schools, affordable housing, and community violence interrupters. Legislatively, BSA has supported efforts to reduce school suspensions, prevent childhood lead exposure, and decrease DC’s voting age to 16.
The Chris Atwood Foundation’s (CAF) mission is to save lives from opioid overdose, support recovery from substance use disorder, and defeat the stigma of this treatable brain disease. In 2013, tragedy struck the Atwood family. At just 21, Christopher died from an accidental heroin overdose. Dedicated to addressing the addiction crisis through life-saving overdose reversal drug training and access, family education, stigma reduction, and recovery support services, CAF is saving lives and supporting recovery. To date, CAF has trained over 4,600 individuals in life saving reversal instruction, distributed over 13,800 doses of Narcan, and has received reports of over 400 lives saved by their trainings.
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) empowers youth with disabilities by providing free, non- competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun, led by volunteer coaches. KEEN strengthens communities through education of volunteers and provides families with respite and a supportive network. Current programs include sports, swim, basketball, soccer, music, tae kwon do, tennis, dance, bowling, fitness, and yoga. Each month more than 1,300 program hours are provided to over 500 children, teens, and young adults with significant developmental and physical disabilities. The time spent with KEEN is the only opportunity many of these children have to improve their developmental and social skills through physical activity.