I’ll be outside the Dupont North Metro entrance lending a hand selling Street Sense papers from 5-6pm today so if you live or work nearby please stop by and say hi. And buy a paper too of course! Also, I’m gonna cheat and bring some PoPville t-shirts to sweeten the deal! Hope to see many in PoPville represent for this good cause!!

#VendorWeek, organized by the International Network of Street Papers, is an annual international program of events, activities and social media action that celebrates street paper vendors around the world and challenges perceptions of poverty and homelessness. Street papers are sold in more than 35 countries. by 14,000+ vendors to be read by over 6 million readers like you.”

via go fund me’s Help Jin Recover- CQ Carjacking

From an email:


I have set up a GoFundMe page for Jin, who was the victim in the Carjacking on 18 Dec. 2015. This crime was a horrendous crime and very serious as this crime and the recent robberies have made many in our community concerned for there safety. While this GoFundMe page will not stop crime, it will show the support of our community to one of our neighbors, Jin, who is currently recovering from the aggravated assault from being carjacked which caused serious bodily harm and required surgery. Jin is currently at home recovering.

She suffered one broken nose bone, few broken jaw bones, broken left lips and 2 broken teeth, which required oral surgery and 12 stitches on my lips and still have severe headaches. She also suffered a big blow to her head.

I have received overwhelming support for this GoFundMe page and know that our community is more than neighbors, friends and people. We are a support structure that provides to the needs of others to help them build, grow, and overcome what life throws at them.”

918 F Street, NW

From a press release:

“On Sunday, January 17, seven top DC chefs will gather at downtown restaurant incubator Prequel for the return of Chefs Behind Bars, a cocktail event to benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. From 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., over Martin Luther King weekend, Washingtonians can enjoy signature drinks concocted by the city’s most renowned culinary talent to support No Kid Hungry, a national movement to ensure all kids have the healthy food they need, every day.

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Location: Prequel, 918 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20004
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Early bird special of $35 through Dec. 12; $40 through Jan. 17
Ticket Sales: Tickets to Chefs Behind Bars can be purchased at

Throughout the afternoon, chefs Matt Baker (Gravitas), Jen Carroll (Requin by Mike Isabella Group), Andy Clark (Eat the Rich), John Critchley (Brine), Hamilton Johnson (Honeysuckle), Liam LaCivita (Bar Civita), and Yuki Nakandakari (Ocopa) will mix their favorite libations in support of No Kid Hungry. In addition to one-of-a-kind cocktails, guests will enjoy small bites from Hamilton Johnson’s southern inspired restaurant, Honeysuckle, currently popping up at Prequel. (more…)

Mission Dupont at 1606 20th St, NW via The Children’s Inn at NIH

A reader passes on from

“Join us on Tuesday, December 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mission Dupont for a fun and festive outing in support of The Children’s Inn at NIH! Your optional donation supports seriously ill children and their families at The Inn, and gets you a wristband that guarantees happy hour prices from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

We will also be selling tickets to the 5th Annual A WINNter Affair hosted by The Inn’s Young Ambassadors Council! Early bird tickets are now available until December 31st at the discounted rate of $70. Find out more about WINNter Affair here.

We look forward to seeing you there! Cheers!”

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From Brookland Pint:

“We are currently in the middle of our annual Toys for Tots toy drive. As you know the USMCR holds an annual toy drive to benefit children who don’t have the means for a traditional Christmas. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. We are proud to join the Marine Corps Reserve in making this mission a reality.

To support these objectives Brookland Pint has offered a 10% discount on all tabs where a new, unwrapped, toy was donated. We will also be holding a fundraiser 4 for Toys for Tots on the evening of Thursday, December 3rd. From 6-9 that night we will be welcoming representatives of the Marine Corps who will be on site to collect donations. We will also be raffling of gift cards and prizes from other local businesses, offering 20% off your tab with a toy donation, and will have discounted beer and wine for all. Please join us in bringing together the community by providing a brighter holiday season to those less fortunate.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user blake martin

From an email:

“I’m organizing a collection of gently used baby carriers for refugees arriving in Europe. Carry the Future is an organization that meets refugees as they arrive, and fits parents of babies and toddlers with carriers to help ease the burden and provide comfort and security on the next leg of their journey.

There are lots of ways that folks can participate:

– donate a gently used carrier (like a Baby Bjorn, Lillebaby, Mei Tai, or Ergo) at a variety of drop off locations anytime before Dec 15th, or at a Petworth home on Saturday Dec 12th (maybe before heading to the Upshur Street Art and Craft Fair?) We are asking for $5 per carrier, too, to offset shipping costs. Any excess funds will be donated directly to Carry the Future. As a special bonus, consider packing the carrier’s pocket with a note, protein bar, baby food pouch, or anything else that might ease a refugee’s journey

– If you don’t have a carrier to donate, shop off Carry the Future’s Amazon wish list

– if you live in a part of town not represented on the drop off sites list, become one yourself! (leave a box on your porch for drop offs, or coordinate with folks to receive if that isn’t a good option for you) Just post a message on our FB event page and we’ll follow up. (more…)


From President Lincoln’s Cottage:

“President Lincoln’s Cottage is excited to partner with Slash Run this #GivingTuesday to raise money to support the Cottage.

On Tuesday, December 1, after 5pm stop by Slash Run in Petworth and order from their selection of hamburgers, cocktails, desserts, and other items. 15% of all proceeds will be donated to President Lincoln’s Cottage. There will also be a raffle where the lucky winner will receive a top hat full of goodies including gift cards to local businesses.

If you can’t make it to Slash Run, you can still celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a contribution to President Lincoln’s Cottage online. An anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $15,000 donated on #GivingTuesday doubling the power of your donation!

Your support of President Lincoln’s Cottage this #GivingTuesday, and every day, means that we may continue to provide groundbreaking exhibits, inspirational school programs, and preserve Lincoln’s beloved Cottage as a home for brave ideas.

Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC 20011, which is right across the street from the Eagle Gate entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home.”

via gofundme

From an email:

“I am a teacher at Brightwood Education Campus. We had several families affected by the car crash in Hyattsville last weekend. One of our kindergartners passed away. We have a first grade student who is still in critical condition, as well as several parents and siblings who were seriously injured. The school is raising money to help the families with funeral costs and medical care for the families involved. Could you share the link with readers who may be interested in donating?”

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, there was a horrific car accident in Hyattsville, Maryland that involved a church van and a truck, where four people died and fourteen others were injured.

Sadly, Stanley Gomez-Rodriguez, a kindergartener, at Brightwood Education Campus, died as a result of the accident. In addition, her mother and baby sister were also critically injured.

Unfortunately, there was another family from our school in the accident. Diana Rodriguez, a first grader, and her brother, Freddie Rodriquez, a fourth grader, and their parents were also severely injured in the accident.

Our school (Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC) is seeking immediate donations to help these families cover burial expenses for Stanley and medical expenses for those who have been hospitalized. Prior to the accident, these families were surviving on meager incomes. Your contributions will be used solely to help defray the cost of the funeral and to aid those who will need medical treatment over the weeks and months to come.

We hope you will reach deep within your hearts to help us support these families during their time of crisis. In advance, we thank you for your support and your generosity.

If you are able you can make a donation here.