Thank you to all those who have served (and continue to serve.)

From an email:

“Catalogue for Philanthropy: Nonprofits That Support Veterans and Their Families

  • Operation Second Chance (  provides direct support to those in financial crisis due to combat injury or illness, usually during the gap between active duty pay and the initiation of veterans’ benefits.
  • Our Military Kids ( provides small grants to help families pay for extracurricular activities when a parent is overseas and supports children of wounded warriors from all military branches.
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation ( helps homeless and at-risk veterans secure safe, permanent homes and overcome the root causes of homelessness and instability in their lives.
  • ThanksUSA ( empowers military families — children and spouses of military personnel —through its scholarship program to expand their education and skills through college, technical school, or vocational training programs.
  • The Veterans Consortium ( provides free legal services to over 400 veterans and their families each year, ensuring equal access to justice in court and achieving favorable outcomes in 80 percent of its cases.
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund ( provides practical high-touch support to wounded, ill, and injured service members, their caregivers, and families in the D.C. area at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir as they transition back to their home and communities.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

From an email:

“On Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a fundraiser to support Whitman-Walker Health’s 30th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV across all 19 D.C. Chipotle locations. Following the race, customers dining at any of these locations must show their race bib or t-shirt and Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Whitman-Walker Health’s HIV services and programs. Plus, those unable to participate in the race can still show their support by grabbing lunch or dinner at Chipotle and simply mentioning the fundraiser at the register!

Chipotle is looking forward to supporting Whitman-Walker Health’s signature fundraiser that calls on thousands of Washington, DC area residents to strap up their shoes and walk or run to support WWH’s mission of providing dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.”

1326 Park Road, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on this fundraiser for El Rinconcito II:

“Hey friends of el Rinconcito!

Last week, my friend Claudia’s restaurant, el Rinconcito on Park Rd, caught fire. The damage was extensive and the insurance only covers part of the cost.

Right now, they’re closed for business while they work on repairs. That sucks – every day they are closed is a day without pupusas!! So we are calling on all of you, pupusa lovers, to help us get them back up and running as soon as possible! The neighborhood isn’t the same without them.

If you come by with proof of a donation of $10 or more in the first week they re-open, you get a free pupusa!”


From a press release:

“The Story of Our Schools, a DC nonprofit dedicated to empowering young people to tell the powerful stories of their school community, has been selected as the first beneficiary of the Appointed Gives Back campaign.

Between October 20, 2016 and May 1, 2017 Appointed will release a limited edition DC notebook for $24 and donate a portion of the proceeds to The Story of Our Schools.
“We are extremely grateful to Appointed for selecting The Story of Our Schools to be part of their campaign,” said The Story of Our Schools Executive Director Jen Harris. “As a small non-profit, we will be able to use the proceeds to assist the hard work already underway by students and teachers working to tell the story of Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan and Marie Reed Elementary School.”


Photo by Mathias Appel used with permission

From an email:

“DC Lemur Happy Hour to celebrate the World Lemur Festival

  • Tuesday, October 25, 6-10pm
  • Upstairs at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave, NW)
  • Lemur Trivia starts at 7:30 pm, with lemur-themed prizes and a gift card from Shaw’s for the winning team!
  • 1/2 price pizza and burgers
  • $5 house wine and Sam Adams drafts
  • FB invite:

Join lemur fans and friends of the Lemur Conservation Network in Washington DC for happy hour on Tuesday October 25 in celebration of the 2016 World Lemur Festival. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan

From a press release:

“Join some of the DC-area’s best home bakers for the 5th Annual Pie Fest on Sunday, October 23, 2016 (1pm to 4pm)!

Come have fun at the all-you-can-eat pie tasting to support a great foundation honoring the memory of our friend Jayna Murray. 

The event will be upstairs at Bourbon in Adams Morgan (2321 18th Street). How does it work? Bring a homemade pie to compete for prizes, or just come to eat and be merry. There will be an on-site cash bar. And don’t worry fans of the gridiron, the TVs will be tuned to football.

Each pie can be entered into one of six categories:

• Apple
• Fruit (other than apple)
• Nuts
• Chocolate
• Savory 
• Piepourri (miscellaneous)

Any filling in a 9-inch pie crust qualifies, and there are no limits on entries. Attendees taste as many pies as they want and vote for their favorite in each category.
Pie entries must arrive between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM, voting closes at 3:30 PM, and winners will be announced at 4:00PM. There will be six winners – but with an afternoon of delicious pie, rest assured, there will be no losers!

Tax-deductible tickets are $15 if entering pie and $25 if just bringing your appetite. 
Tickets must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite.

All proceeds will be donated to the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation (more…)

5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

From an email:

“This weekend Aidan Montessori School is holding its annual Book Fair at local bookshop Politics & Prose. The Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity to support the school, while also promoting reading as a fun and enriching activity for our children. Here are the facts:

When is the Aidan Book Fair?

Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(The book fair table will be staffed by Aidan volunteers until 5 p.m. on both days.)

Where is the Aidan Book Fair?

Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW.

Why should I go to the Aidan Book Fair?

1. Because if you mention Aidan at the cash register, 20% of sales at Politics & Prose will go to support the school. You can help the school AND get a head start on your holiday shopping. It’s a win-win!

2. Because you can get a great meal: Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave., NW) has generously agreed to donate 15% of participating sales to Aidan. Just be sure to write “Aidan Montessori” at the top of your bill when you turn it in.

3. Because you can purchase books to donate to an Aidan classroom or Bright Beginnings, a child development center serving under-housed families in DC. There will be book wish lists from the Aidan faculty and Bright Beginnings available at the fair.

We hope that you will join us!”


Thanks to a reader for passing on the sad news about this fundraiser for this officer who helped out a reader back in June. The GoFundMe page says:

“Washington DC Metropolitan Police Officer William R. was recently struck by a high speed vehicle on a ramp of the interstate as he had stopped to render assistance to a stranded motorist on the side of the road. Officer R. had already exited his car when he was hit as a pedestrian by a motorist, severely dislocating and shattering a major portion of his hip. Officer R. was immediately airlifted to a Washington Trauma Center where he underwent two extremely complex surgeries three days apart to stabilize and repair his extensive injuries. He is still currently hospitalized, and soon to be facing several months of rehab and intense therapy to begin his long road of recovery, during which time financial pressures will grow. Donations to help offset current and future financial pain for this dedicated, brave Officer and 6 year veteran of the police force, are needed and very much appreciated. (more…)

Joe via generosity

A reader and patron of Queen Vic passes on from generosity:

“Meet Joe Schinosi:

I work with Joe Schinosi at a bar in DC called the Queen Vic, and would be willing to bet that everyone who has the opportunity to come in and visit him would agree that he is a man of character. Whether he is arguing politics or the best way to educate the youth, chatting about being in the cutting edge music scene and railroad working in Pittsburgh, or asking about how your family is doing, his passion is tangible.

If inclined and able, you can make your donation here.

While his personality is well known, his current status as a man struggling to support his family through medical trial after trial is less known. In 2011, Joe’s wife was diagnosed with type II diabetes. When the recession claimed her job that same year, the family of five had to rely on COBRA medical insurance and Joe’s hard work to make ends meet and keep her healthy. Their nest egg of savings was eaten up after their COBRA insurance expired, just before their daughter Madeleine (then sophomore in college) got very sick with kidney stones and returned home from school. Thirteen months later, Madeleine was diagnosed with lymphoma. (more…)


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Learn more about the great work of 826DC here, located at 3333 14th Street, NW in Columbia Heights.