We are thrilled to announce the four organizations selected by our members as finalists for the 2021 Many Hands Impact Grant. At our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 13, the executive directors of all four organizations will make presentations about their work and answer audience questions. Members will then vote to choose the organization that will receive this year’s $100,000 Impact Grant. Each of the thee other finalists will receive a Partner Grant of at least $50,000.

Many thanks to the members of the four Focus Area Committees for the energy and thought they put into reviewing proposals. Kudos to all the applicants for the inspiring work they do. We loved learning about so many outstanding organizations and are grateful for the time they took to educate us. And, of course, congratulations to the four finalists!

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: La Cocina VA empowers women in low-income communities throughout the DC area by using the power of food as an agent for social and economic change, generating workforce and entrepreneurship development, providing healthy food assistance, all in an effort to solve issues such as hunger, unemployment, environmental degradation, and debilitating diseases.

EDUCATION: Community Youth Advance harnesses the power of community to help underprivileged students in the Prince George’s County Public Schools excel in school and in life by providing year-round quality academic enrichment, mentoring, and college and career readiness activities that promote excellence, build character, and prepare youth to meet life’s challenges.

HEALTH: The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project cultivates resilience in DC children experiencing family homelessness by providing and expanding access to transformative play experiences in the shelters where they live and challenges systemic injustice by advocating for policies and practices that reduce the risks of chronic homelessness.

HOUSING: Community Advocates for Family & Youth empowers victims of crime and their families in Prince George’s County to gain the confidence to hold offenders accountable, restore families, and educate the community by giving voice to the vulnerable and providing therapeutic services, thereby enabling victims to remain healthy and productive citizens.