“Dear PoPville,

I am writing on behalf of a friend, a woman who spent four years in prison for a non-violent offense and has been tirelessly working to get her life on track and to stand up for other female returning citizens. Time and again she has had doors shut in face, she has been abused by organizations that are supposed to help her and she has struggled to find real support. Within the past few months she has been dealing with a mental heath housing organization, which is now evicting her with no where to go. She is trying to raise money for rent, so that she can safely address her own trauma and start an organization to speak out for others. She started a YouCaring page – and has a blog. Her blog is beautifully written and details the day-to-day struggles of reentry, and the impact of trauma throughout that process.

This is an opportunity to support one person who I believe will have a broader impact on the community of female returning citizens. She is living proof of the housing crisis in DC that we rant about, the failing mental systems and the challenges of reentering society after a period of incarceration.

We were able to fund a cat cafe in hours – can we show the same interest in helping a member of our own community find housing?”

1508 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“Come to Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1508 14th Street, NW (14th & P Street) on Tuesday June 2, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:00PM. If you mention that you are there to support Garrison, present this flyer, or show the flyer on your smartphone or tablet, 50% of the proceeds from your sale go to Garrison Elementary.

Garrison families, teachers, and supporters will be there from 5:00-7:00PM. Come join us! You can spot us because we’ll be wearing our Garrison spirit t-shirts. The first 75 people who come to support Garrison will receive one 24-hour Capital Bikeshare pass.”

Another reader sends:


703 Edgewood Street, NE

From an email:

“I wanted to let you know about a fundraiser that Art and Soul is hosting in partnership with the Willard InterContinental.
On Friday, May 15th we’re putting together a Nepalese family-style dinner at Mess Hall in Brookland, with 100% of the proceeds going to Nepal earthquake relief efforts.
In the kitchen, Executive Chef Douglas Alexander and Line Cook Shiva Nepal of Art and Soul will be reunited with Chef Arjun Ranabhat of the Willard, also Art and Soul’s former sous chef. Serving your dinner we’ll have Art and Soul servers KC Kiran and Hari Iama. All four men — Arjun, Shiva, KC and Hari — are from Nepal, and all four have family in the country.
The first seating runs from 6-8pm and the second seating goes from 8:30-10:30pm. $50 per person including tax. Any cash tips or donations made at the event will also be donated to Nepal Rising, for relief, rebuilding and resilience.
The ticket does not include alcohol, which can be purchased a la carte at the dinner.
Tickets can be purchased at


“Dear PoPville,

Very sad… At the Panera in Columbia Heights when you enter, there’s an RIP picture posted of Quanika LaBoard, one of their employees. People have been double takes as they come in. She was one of the most well-known and energetic employees they had, so it’s been a real shock to everyone. Her passing was sudden, tragic, and completely unexpected; she’s left behind 3 young children, and unfortunately, no immediate family.

Panera is helping out, and I wanted to let everyone know that the family has also started a fundraiser to help with her homegoing service.”

Quarry House Tavern via Facebook

From Gordon and Jackie owners of Silver Spring’s Quarry House Tavern:

“We are extremely sad about our temporary loss. Insurance will cover the rebuilding, but may not cover all of the Quarry House Family’s income.

The immortal J.P. McDermott happens to be in town, completely randomly, and has offered to play Saturday night at Jackie’s Restaurant.

The concert will start at 10pm and cost $10. All funds going to Quarry House staff. [Concert at Jackie’s 8081 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, Maryland]”

From Quarry House Tavern’s Facebook page after Thursday’s fire:

“We can’t tell you how touched we are by the outpouring of love and concern for the Quarry House and its staff. We know very little right now about the extent of the damage and when we will be able to reopen. For the time being, we are closed. We hope it’s just a short time, but we will keep you up to date as soon as we know anything more. Much love from the Quarry House family.”

“In answer to the many inquiries, no one was hurt, which is all that really matters. The place is still there, folks, and we will definitely reopen. More news as soon as we have some. Thank you again– we love you all.”

Also an Indiegogo fundraiser to support staff here.

1648 North Capitol Street, NW at R Street

From an email:

“As you covered on the site, the Pub & The People was broken into earlier this week, likely by a radical faction of the teetotaller party, and had most of their tools stolen, which could considerably delay their opening. The folks behind the Pub have been furiously welding, carpentering, tiling, and building this bar with their bare hands in an effort to open it’s doors to the citizens of DC. Making matters worse, due to the bar’s status as an “active construction site,” it was unable to have the stolen property reimbursed by insurance. So we think the fastest, most effective way to get the boys back to work would be to raise funds to get rudimentary tools so P&P can open on time. We’ve set up a Booster account to help the Pub get back on track, and would appreciate any help in achieving our goal of raising $3,000.”

Ed. Note: They’re over half way towards their goal – nice!

116 Rhode Island Ave, NW

Let me take this opportunity to again thank all who’ve donated to my page. We’ve reached $800 and I’d love to make it an even $1000 if possible so please consider adding your donation too! And remember I’ll be bringing limited edition PoPville shirts to give away to those who give $20 or more (while supplies last.) I can’t thank you guys enough! And of course come to party on Sunday!!

From DC United:

“D.C. United has teamed with Boundary Stone Public House and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to host the Third Annual Head Shaving Event to help raise money for childhood cancer research. On SUNDAY, March 15, at 3 p.m., volunteers will gather at Boundary Stone Public House and have their heads shaved as a sign of support for St. Baldrick’s and youth affected by cancer.

With an aim of assisting Boundary Stone Public House raise $15,000 in cancer research funds, D.C. United’s Perry Kitchen will shave his head at the event while Head Coach Ben Olsen and United players Andrew Dykstra and Conor Doyle serve as guest barbers and bartenders.

In addition to the head shaving event, individuals can donate directly, with D.C. United matching those donations in an effort to continue fighting childhood cancer.

D.C. United and Boundary Stone Public House encourage all of those interested to attend on Sunday and participate, whether it be having their head shaved, donating, volunteering, or coming simply to show support. Boundary Stone Public House is located at: 116 Rhode Island Ave NW”


On Friday I mentioned that I’ve joined Boundary Stone’s St. Baldrick’s Team – and to please consider donating $5 or $10 to fight childhood cancer. Thank you to all who have donated!

I realize I still have a long long ways to go towards reaching my fundraising goal so let me sweeten the deal for ya! Anyone who donates $20 or more will get a free special edition PoPville t-shirt (pictured above, real sign from 14th Street). We’re on the honor system here – so just come to the event March 15th at Boundary Stone (or a future PoPville happy hour) and I’ll get you a shirt. But I beg you again, this is a really good cause – so if you are able to donate anything even 5 bucks I’d be super grateful. And if you are fortunate enough to be able to donate more (or just want a t-shirt that’s cool too) please make your donation here. With all sincerity – thank you very much for considering. And come to the party at Boundary Stone on March 15th when we’ll all get our heads shaved.

Team photo at the 2013 Greater Washington, D.C. Regional at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. via team 4821

From an email:

“Annie’s Ace Hardware, in collaboration with E.L. Haynes High School Robotics Club and RIIDE Bikes, is hosting a raffle to benefit the E.L. Haynes Robotics Team. Raffle participants will have a chance to win the newly developed RIIDE Electric Bike which was created and is assembled in the District of Columbia. Tickets are $25 and available at Annie’s Hardware and from E.L. Haynes students. The raffle drawing will be held at Annie’s Ace Hardware on April 11, 2015, at 1 p.m.

The E.L. Haynes Robotics Club was established in 2013 and has competed in three competitions, placing 10th in the DC Region. This year’s regional contest, held at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House, is March 25, 2015 and the team is working hard to make it to this year’s National contest in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2015. “This contest is like a Nerd Super Bowl,” says Shane Donovan, the club’s advisor and a physics teacher at E.L. Haynes. “Our students keep getting better every year!” To learn more about their projects, visit

RIIDE Bikes were created by two District of Columbia Residents, Amber Wason and Jeff Stafanis, to meet the need for reliable, eco-friendly, and efficient transportation. RIIDE Bikes are proudly assembled in D.C. and are sold exclusively at Annie’s Ace Hardware. More information about the RIIDE electric bikes can be found at Amber and Jeff are “delighted to be partnering with the clever students at E.L. Haynes and Annie’s Ace Hardware.”

Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Hardware is proud to be part of the connection between the Robotics Club and RIIDE. “What I’m enjoying about this is how psyched the kids are about technology. As an employer, I love that they are learning and practicing their problem solving skills as those are skills needed in all walks of life,” Stom said. “It’s also pretty amazing that the folks from RIIDE are engaging with the class and sharing their experience of bringing their product to market so that the young people are learning not just how to invent a product, but also how to take it to the next step. It’s a win all the way around!”

The drawing will be at Annie’s Hardware, 1240 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC, 20011. One hundred sixty tickets will be sold; the winner does not need to be present to win.”