Photo by DC Fire & EMS @dcfireems

Thanks to a reader for passing on the gofundme request:

“Monday December 5, 2016 at 4am my family went through the worst and scariest thing I could ever imaged. Our house caught on fire cause of some one else careless mistake we had to suffer. I have never been the person to ask for help when I need it i would always find a way to deal with my own problems. But this problem is way to big for me to handled on my own or even my family to help. I’m not asking for much but if you can help please help so I can help my family and daughters have some where to stay and get things we need to start over. This has been very hard on us.. seeing my family hurting really hurts me especially when I can’t do anything. But I am thankful we get see another day and that we made it safe..”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

From an email:

“On Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a fundraiser across restaurants in D.C. and the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George’s for D.C. Scores, the official charity of D.C. United that helps gives kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life through free after-school programs.

When customers dining at any of these locations mention the fundraiser at the register, Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to D.C. Scores.

Chipotle is proud to partner with the D.C. Scores, a program dedicated to making sure every child experiences the joys of childhood: sports, arts, service, and being part of a team. “

via youcaring

“Dear PoPville,

Friends of mine have decided to skip Christmas presents this year and instead are raising money to buy a truck to donate to Standing Rock Medic & Healing center. The family will spend Christmas driving it out there to support the water protectors.”

The fundraising page says:

“We are a family of 4 living in Alexandria VA. My wife and I live in a suburban community with children in high school. This winter we plan to drive a pickup truck up to the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council and donate it to the cause. This fundraiser will supply the funds to purchase the truck, snow tires, supplies and other things needed to complete this endeavor. (more…)

BrewLights 2015 Credit: Friends of the National Zoo

From a press release:

WHAT:                  Tickets are on sale now for Friends of the National Zoo’s (FONZ) 2nd annual BrewLights on Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy beer tastings from over a dozen breweries while sampling savory foods from top District restaurants while enjoying the 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights of ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

WHEN:                  Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:                Smithsonian’s National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010

BrewLights is back for its second year at ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), BrewLights is a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event within ZooLights, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s holiday lights festival. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I am Staff Attorney at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, a DC-based immigration legal non-profit. I work with immigrant youth in detention centers in the area that are run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. This month, we are focusing the spotlight on our Detained Children’s Program and the clients we serve through our First Annual Noviembre de Niños: Stand Up with Immigrant Youth! We have highlighted accessible ways that people can help support our detained child clients, such as purchasing an item off our Amazon wish list that we will deliver to detained immigrant children who are far from family and friends.”

via eventbrite invite

From an email:

829 7th St NW
Fri, November 18, 2016
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM


A few weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, leveling whole towns, leaving more than 1,000 dead and 1.4 million in need (more than 2x the population of DC). In Les Cayes – a seaside town on the south-western tip – almost all buildings have been wiped out, food and fresh water are in short supply, and cholera has been spreading like wildfire.

We can help. You can, too.

In 2010, many of you answered our call for Haitian earthquake relief, helping us raise ~$9k for medical aid in the wake of devastation and disaster. Through your support, our partner agencies (Partners in Health, Red Cross) provided direct medical services and supplies across the country. This time, we’re going hyper local.

The gist:

We’re raising funds for the Haitian-American Church in Pompano Beach, FL. They’ve been tapped by public officials to coordinate city-wide relief efforts. (The Miami-Pompano metro area has the highest concentration of US-based Haitians). Funds collected by the church are being routed to 3 trusted Haiti-based organizations focused on Les Cayes recovery, providing medical relief, social services, rebuilding aid (Gasgov Clerge, Hosean Ministry, Haiti Christian Development Fund).

Our friend, Robert Daguillard’s, aunt co-manages the church.

How you can help:

Donate, here. Tell your friends to do so, too. (THERE IS A DONATION-ONLY LINK UNDER TICKETS.)

Join us, Friday, November 18th, from 6:30-10pm for a celebration of Haitian culture, details about the relief efforts we’re supporting, and light food & bevvies. (more…)