Announcing The 5th Annual So What Else Gala
So What Else completed the first two weeks of summer camp, and our providers and campers could not have had a better time!
With three sites per day, So What Else led sports games, arts and crafts, expressive arts, fitness and nutrition classes, music workshops, and more for over 175 kids at eleven different sites. All sites have incorporated our “pay it forward” mentality and incorporated service learning into each day.
All activities and meals are free of charge for our campers and their families. We can’t WAIT to see what the rest of the summer has to offer! Check out the gallery of camp highlights at this link!
We have a lot of larger volunteer events coming up in the next couple weekends (Pitch Hit & Run, KaBOOM, and Launch Sports Performance in particular). A lot of these are only a couple hours, and we’d really love to see some of our providers more involved and out at these events– bonus points if you bring your kids out! Talia is taking project lead at one of our events this weekend and she’ll (hopefully!) be bringing some of her Clemente kids along with her. Thank you, Talia!!
Please let us know if you’re able to make it out and we can get that setup and ready to go. Thanks!
A big welcome to two new providers, Yvette Downs and Phil Silberman! Yvette has taken over two theater classes at Strathmore, and Phil has kindly stepped in to lead an Olympiad program at Neelsville Middle School. The kids have loved having you there the past couple weeks, and we welcome you to the So What Else team!
We’d like to feature Barbi Lopez and the fabulous work she’s been up to with her students all over D.C. and Montgomery County!! Last Saturday she spent the day with her students from the Shady Grove Girls’ Home, first at the 2015 MS Walk and then at a Youth Empowerment Forum at Anacostia Museum. Her day with the girls truly embodied the So What Else mantra of giving service and leading our kids to Pay It Forward. Thanks for all your AWESOME work Barbi!!
Our new programs at DC Prep have been going swimmingly; thanks to Rachael and Jonathan for spearheading Taste and Move and Olympiad down in DC!
The building of Baltimore’s first-ever bottle brick bench has officially begun! Volunteers came out on Saturday to get the foundations dug and ready, and all this week and next, Roland Park Country School students will be building the bench by their playground with the help of The Harvest Collective. We will be updating pictures to our FB page, and invite any providers out to help on the final build day, scheduled for May 9th.
Upcoming Events White Oak Mulching
Date: Saturday May 2, 2015
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00, lunch included!
Location: White Oak Recreation Center (1700 April Lane, Silver Spring MD 20904)
Details: White Oak Recreation Center is starting a youth gardening program and is looking for volunteers to help set up the area with light landscaping and mulching.
Pitch, Hit, & Run in Takoma Park with Pyramid Atlantic Sports
Date: Sunday, May 3rd 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Ed Wilhelm Field | 2 Darwin Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
Details: 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 and bracelet making from old baseballs. Pyramid Atlantic is looking for TEN VOLUNTEERS 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 12:00-5:30. This opportunity is a great one for high school and college student group volunteering! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Sarah’s Hope Birthday Party
Date: Monday May 4, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: 1114 Mount Street, Baltimore MD 21217
Details: We will be having a May birthday party at Sarah’s Hope this coming Monday at 7pm. The center is full with 50 school-aged children, so we’re looking for people to lead games and activities. There will be cake, games, and arts & crafts as we help celebrate the May birthdays of the shelter.
Roland Park Country School Bottle Brick Build
Dates: May 9, 2015
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Location: 5204 Roland Avenue, Baltimore MD 21210
Details: The Harvest Collective needs help on May 9th at the Roland Park Country School bench builds! The Roland Park Country School invites community volunteers to come out for the day and help finish off the mosaic work and put the finishing touches on the completed bench.
KaBOOM! Playground Build with MoCo Coalition for the Homeless
Dates: May 20, 2015
Time: 7:45AM – 3:00PM
Location: Seneca Heights Apartments | 18715 North Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg MD 20879
Details: 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!
Launch Sport Performance Fundraiser
Date: Thursday May 21, 2015
Time: 5:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: 2600 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 101 | Rockville, MD 20852
Details: Launch Sport Performance is hosting an open house event honoring So What Else on Thursday, May 21. We’d like to invite you out to their 11,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art facility for an evening of drinks and h’or d’oeuvres, as well as a meet and greet with Olympic athletes, Jordan Zimmerman and other Nationals players, a former NBA player, and other local professional athletes. LSP is an incredibly valued partnership of ours and they are aiming to raise $25,000 to fund several weeks of our summer camps, so we would really love to see anyone who can make it out to come out in support of this event!
Join us on Thursday May 21st from 5:00 to 8:30 pm and support our mission!
Launch Sport Performance is hosting an open house event honoring So What Else. We’d like to invite you out to their 11,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art facility for an evening of drinks and h’or d’oeuvres, as well as a meet and greet with Olympic athletes, Jordan Zimmerman and other Nationals players, a former NBA player, and other local professional athletes.
LSP is an incredibly valued partnership of ours and they are aiming to raise $25,000 to fund several weeks of our summer camps, so we would really love to see anyone who can make it out to come out in support of this event!