In My Own Words

Straight Aaron. No Chaser.

Giving Tuesday: My Charities

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been designated as “Giving Tuesday” to support nonprofits through the county.

I am personally involved with 3 non-profits doing amazing work:

Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation (www.capitolhilljazzfoundation.org)

This organization has really helped transform the face of jazz advocacy, while offering music master classes, honoring jazz elders, employing dc based musicians at its weekly jam or yearly festival, stepping in last year and saving the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Concert, and lastly organizing the Congressional Jazz Caucus. Yearly toiletries are gathered for the homeless on Capitol Hill, students are adopted to receive backpacks/school supplies, and we have also helped musicians repair their instruments. Trust me, as Chair of this organization, you would be hard pressed to find an organization with this reach & impact with only one primary employee, and a board chair who works for free. Please consider donating!

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (www.crittentonservices.org)

Watching the growth & rebranding of this 131 year old organization has been amazing. Crittenton takes on the “Whole Girl Approach” giving girls the necessary tools to become their own best advocates. Goal/Life planning, career planning, sexual health education, combined with a safe space sessions, consistent program leaders, and finally, an in depth “Girls Report” assessing the state of girls in Washington DC by rounds of interviews & surveys from THE GIRLS! Through in-school programming with girls between the 6th & 12th grades, we boast a decrease in suspensions, fights & increase in graduation rates with no new or repeat pregnancies. Our girls go to college! As Secretary of the Board and Senior Board Member, I ask you to show your support!

Covenant Full Potential Development Center (www.covenantfullpotential.org)

This organization is literally touching the hearts, souls & stomachs of families throughout DC. Taking on the challenge of educating residents on the use of Naloxone (Narcan), when equipped with this knowledge, you could possibly save the life of someone overdosing & offer them a second chance at recovery. Over 500 fully loaded (school supplies) backpacks were given out to young people in the Ward 8 Community, preparing them for school. This year’s health fair brought access providers in the community right to the people, while also bringing a focus on domestic abuse in all forms. Lastly, our food bank has been ranked in the top 10 percentile of the 150 food banks in the DMV area, partnering with the National Cathedral as a distribution center for Thanksgiving & Christmas turkey giveaways.

Go to their websites, review their missions, see the work being done, and DONATE!

Thank you,

Aaron