First, our Hains Point Clean-Up went excellent this Saturday! We had over 80 folks in spite of the rain and collected over 50 full bags of trash. We’d like to thank the many groups who helped make the event great–the National Park Service, Bike to the Beach, Keen Footwear, Nourish Now, the River Network, LearnServe, the Montgomery Avenue Women’s Center, and of course all of our wonderful staff and volunteers!
Coming up soonest is Autism Awareness Day, this Wednesday April 2. Please wear blue to raise awareness for autism and show support for Bike to the Beach. That evening, Bike to the Beach will be hosting a quick, casual training ride through DC, followed by a celebratory happy hour at Circa. Riders should convene at 6:30 at the Autism Speaks office at 1990 K St NW. A fun opportunity to support one of our great partner organizations and to do some SWE STAFF TEAM BUILDING!
Looking forward to all of these opportunities to serve our community! Hope you guys can make it out to a few of them. Thanks for reading!
In January of 2014, Patti Ross was appointed to head operations of a Baltimore outpost under the So What Else umbrella. We kicked off our efforts in Baltimore by establishing an arrangement to host bimonthly birthday parties for the resident families of Sarah’s Hope Shelter at St. Vincent De Paul of Baltimore. We are excited to be able to extend to reach of our efforts and philosophy to the City of Baltimore!
A few NEW events to add to your calendars!
Coming up soonest, be sure to check your email for an invite to an outdoor Earth Day team building activity April 22!
Saturday April 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, we will be hosting a large-scale volunteer clean-up of the area surrounding the West Hyattsville Metro station. Thanks to Davey for coordinating the logistics of this project for us! We could use up to 100 volunteers, so spread the word!
Awesome news! We were just confirmed to participate in the At&T National golf tournament Tues June 24 to Sun June 29. As in past years, we will be responsible for staffing the same hole each day of the tournament. We have 142 volunteer slots to fill this year, with two daily shifts from 7 am to 2 pm and from 11 am to 6 pm. We need plenty of ADULT volunteers who can serve alcohol–an ideal opportunity to get corporate volunteers out!
Finally, be sure to look out for news on our annual SWE Gala coming up this fall! Details will be coming out shortly.
Thanks all for coming out to our provider meeting on Monday. Please remember to promote Hains Point to your students!
Those of you who are confirmed, we look forward to seeing you at the volunteer coordination meeting scheduled for tonight at 5.
This week we completed our STEM curriculum! Thanks to Brent Cash, Samantha Ross, Lisa Bartell and Rachael for their hard work putting it together! We are looking forward to having Lisa teach the program at MCPS beginning next school year.
We are excited to share an Earth Day service opportunity in collaboration with the Harvest Collective!
On April 22, we will be leading volunteers in planting gardens at multiple locations in the downtown Silver Spring area. From 12-2 we will be meeting with a group of 15-20 volunteers at the Silver Spring/Takoma Park Montgomery College to plant a garden!
We will also be planting at another nearby location (TBD) from 10-12. We are proud to announce that on Monday we successfully submitted a grant application for $25,000 to the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation!
We have two new additions to our advisory council to announce We brought Dave Winokur on board to help us with community outreach and promotion via social media. A big thanks to Dave for garnering over 100 likes on the SWE Facebook page! – We also brought on Catherine Lopez, a graduate student at Marymount University’s school of Health Promotion Management. She is interested in serving children, particularly in Latin America. In the past few weeks, Catherine has joined us to observe and help out with two of our middle school programs. She has agreed to serve as our Hispanic student liaison, and to help develop a stress management program to integrate into the extracurricular programs that we offer. We are grateful for her contributions!
Attached, please find our up-to-date calendar of service opportunities as well as our summer camp schedule. Come out and serve when you can, and be sure to spread the word to your friends!