April 10 Newsblast

Internal News

  • Olympics this past Monday went really well! We had +400 chaperones and kids come out to Anacostia Park for a beautiful day of sports, games, service, and art. Thank you to ALL our providers, staff, interns, and volunteers for helping to make it such a success!
  • We’re hammering out our summer camp schedule– I know Dave said this in an earlier email, but please email us to let us know your availability (full-time, part-time, spot-work, etc) for summer!
  • Amy Santis has started running The Big Idea at City Springs Middle School every Thursday; congratulations Amy! We know you’ll help the kids come up with great ways to help their community!
  • We’re starting TWO new programs with our new partners, DC Prep- Rachael will be teaching the Big Idea and Jonathan will be running an Olympiad program. We know they’ll do awesome work and make us proud :)

Upcoming events

  • Leveling the Playing Field: Saturday, April 18th, 2:00-5:00pm9170 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910– We’re looking for some excited volunteers to come out to help our long-time partner, Leveling the Playing Field, in sorting donated sports equipment at their Silver Spring warehouse!  This is a great opportunity for families with young kids to come out for a couple hours and do some good service.
  • Community Forum: Female Youth Empowerment Forum: Saturday, April 18th, 2:00-4:00pm | The Anacostia Community Museum– Documentary filmmakers, Donna and Tony Fair will show excerpts from their film, Don’t Hate Me, which explores the internal struggles of girl’s self-esteem and how girls can receive guidance and support from mentors. An interactive panel discussion will take place at intervals during the screening with various community mentors and leaders. This is a wonderful learning/enrichment opportunity; no registration is necessary, and we’d love to see any interested volunteers and students in attendance!
  • Maryland Jubilee Association fundraiserMonday, April 20th, 3:30-10:30pm | North Bethesda Marriott: 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda MD 20852— The Jubilee Association of Maryland is looking for ten volunteers to help them out at their annual fundraising event, a toast of Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen! Volunteers are needed from 3:30-10:30pm (or any time therein) for unpacking cars, setting up the room, interacting with guests and clients, and then cleaning up at the end of the night. The Jubilee Association of Maryland is a long-time partner of So What Else and we always have a great time at their service events. They’re looking for TEN volunteers, so if you’re free and want to help make their event a success, contact us for more information!
  • Leveling the Playing Field: Saturday, April 25th, all day| Baltimore MD (exact location TBD)– Leveling the Playing Field is having an all-day collection in Baltimore, MD and is looking for volunteers to help out at their event! They’re especially looking for volunteers who would be able to transport equipment to/from Baltimore.
  • Plant the TownSaturday, April 25th, 8:00AM – 1:00PM | 8916 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714– Join us for the 8th Annual Plant the Town clean-up.  Volunteers will be doing beach and marsh cleanup and overlook park, town streets, and curb side cleanup. Lunch IS included! Meet time is 8am to register and get assignments, then spend the morning beautifying North Beach!
  • Pitch, Hit, and Run in Takoma ParkSunday, May 3rd, 12:30-5:30pm
    Ed Wilhelm Field | 2 Darwin Avenue, Takoma Park, MD– This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.  This event will give the competition a “creative flavor” by providing free art activities for youth that will include screen-printing of team logos, bracelet making from old baseballs and baseball inspired art making! Volunteers are needed to help support the various athletic activities, art projects, and set-up/break-down.  The event lasts from 2-5pm but volunteers are needed from 12:30-5:30.
  • KaBOOM! Playground BuildTuesday, May 20, 7:45AM-3:00PM
    KaBOOM! is a non-profit dedicated to making sure children from all walks of life are given the opportunity to have safe and fun places to play. The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) needs 75 volunteers to participate in a “one day build” to build a KaBOOM! playground for the Seneca Heights Apartments, where 17 formerly homeless families and 40 single adults live.  They require 75 volunteers on Wednesday, and we hope to supplement the volunteers they bring to the table to get them to 75!

Job Readiness Program at a Wider Circle

We are excited to announce our participation in the launch of A Wider Circle’s job readiness program. A Wider Circle is an organization fighting to help end poverty in Washington DC Metropolitan Communities. So What Else believes that having access to job readiness resources plays a vital role in getting individuals up on their feet and back to being a productive member of society.

Bob Schless will be leading a class at the “Boot Camp” which is scheduled to start at the end of January. The class will cover resume building, interviewing techniques and the interview process.

We are hiring!

So What Else is currently recruiting for instructors to lead our after-school programming for our Winter, Spring and Summer programming.

Our classes range from service learning, health and wellness, sports and recreation to arts and STEM. However if you are skilled in a specific area that you wold like to teach youth about, we welcome creativity and will work with you to build a quality 10 to 12 week program.

Our program sites are located throughout the Montgomery County, PG County, DC and MD communities We currently have Lead Youth Provider openings at Langley Elementary School in North East DC as well as multiple opportunities in Baltimore City.

Qualifications include: Experience working with youth, must pass background check, outgoing, flexible and positive.

Please email our Director of Programs Rachael Eichner at raeeichner@gmail.com to inquire.

Herson Bash for Charity!

Please join us for Mike Herson’s Birthday Party that benefits So What Else! A portion of the bar/table sales will be donated straight to us to help fund our free programming for under-served communities. Please RSVP via Facebook for free entry before midnight.

Date: Friday, November 21st, 2014

Time: 10:00 pm to 3:00 am  

Location: The Huxley DC – 1730 M St NW, Washington DC 20036

Here is a note from Mike!

I am excited to welcome you back to the 8th Annual #HersonBash . What started as a random birthday party has turned into a party that also gives back to a local charity.

The annual party will be at “The Huxley”, which is by far the most beautiful club in Washington DC and right off of the Farragut North red line stop. Valet parking is also available.

Since last year was incredibly crowded, I upgraded and reserved the entire main lounge room to house the party. One of my best friends “DJ LION L” is once again rocking the DJ booth. He plays top 40, house, hip/hop, & EDM so get your dancing pants on.

I have arranged that entry to the club will be 100% FREE UNTIL MIDNIGHT as long as you click attending on this event. This is the most exclusive venue in DC so it’s required that you and your guests actually RSVP. If you want to bring your friends, invite them using the event page or write +1 on the wall.

Now for the most important part:

So What Else will be the first ever charitable foundation involved with #HersonBash . Not only will we have an amazing night, but we will be giving back to the local community as well. A portion of the main room bar tab and all table sales will be directed to So What Else. Additionally, a cover charge is not required, but any cover you decide to pay will go to the charity. Check out www.SoWhatElse.org to learn about the Charitable Foundation.

A limited amount of tables are available. The cost is $600 and includes two bottles of Belvedere Vodka and one bottle of Champagne.

Guys must wear collard types of shirts and leather dress shoes. Women, be beautiful. Mature and respectful audiences only.