A dear friend, Daryl, and his family were innocent victims of the senseless gun violence in DC and have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Daryl is a friendly colleague, devoted dad and husband, and all-around good guy who worked at Patagonia DC for 10 years. To make a hard situation even more challenging, Daryl is the main breadwinner for his family and won’t be able to work as he recovers from numerous surgeries AND they can’t receive some support from the Victim of Violence Lost Wages Act because the program is frozen during the government shutdown.
Some of us started this Go Fund Me page to help support Daryl and his family (affectionately known as “the Wolfpack”) during this difficult time. This kind family has given so much to the DC community and is now struggling in so many ways.”
Ed. Note: An arrest has now been made.
Thank you for spreading the word about the vicious attack on our dog walker [Ed. Note: MPD has now released video of the assailants, you can see the very disturbing incident here. Please contact police with any info.] earlier this week. We are really grateful to you for sharing information so widely and hope it will help find the two assailants.
A number of your readers have asked about ways to support her and her family. We plan to continue to pay her while she recovers and some of her medical costs will be reimbursed by the DC Crime Victims Compensation Fund, but there will be additional costs associated with her recovery (including lost wages from family members who will have to take time off to care for her). We have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to offset those costs for her. Anyone interested in donating can find more information here.
She’s one of the kindest and most loving people I’ve ever met. While no one deserves to be attacked like this, it’s especially distressing that she was a victim of this horrific attack.
Lesley, Caesar, and Ana (her clients)”
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman
From a press release:
“One of the most troubling stories arising from the current government shut down is the break in pay for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). While the other members of the uniformed services are receiving pay, the men and women of the Coast Guard are not. The USCG falls under the Department of Homeland Security, which has not received its appropriation due to the shutdown.
One organization that will be called on to meet the short-term needs of Coast Guardsmen in financial distress is Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). “Established and operated by Coast Guard people for Coast Guard people, CGMA provides a way to extend compassion to one another in times of need. It serves as a vital financial safety net, promoting financial stability and general wellbeing, fostering high morale and encouraging a sense of loyalty to the Coast Guard.”
In response to this looming crisis, Kenneth H. Nash Post #8 on Capitol Hill will be conducting a special happy hour fundraiser at its post at 224 D ST SE Washington DC 20003, from 5:30PM to 8PM on 17 January 2019. The fundraiser will be headlined by Nashville recording Artists ‘Wil Gravatt’ band (https://www.wilgravatt.com/). The cost of the event is $10. In addition, The Post will be conducting a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction. The Post has started a Go Fund Me Page for those who wish to separately donate (https://goo.gl/N4Unca). All proceeds from the event go to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. (more…)
2020 Shannon Pl, SE via GoFundMe
Thanks to all who passed on this important fundraiser:
“Today, December 26th, the day after Christmas, our friends at the Anacostia Playhouse came to work and discovered they had been robbed. Thieves broke in and stole several laptops and computers, a tablet, box office cash, blank checks and credit cards (which they quickly used to make unauthorized purchases). As if that wasn’t bad enough, the robbers used a crowbar and broke into locked cupboards and filing cabinets.
In addition to leaving destruction and heartbreak in their wake, the thieves caused thousands of dollars in damages and stolen property. The Anacostia Playhouse has a huge impact on Anacostia and DC’s arts’ scene but they are still a tiny Ward 8 nonprofit. This crime will have a substantial and devastating impact on their operations — just as the Playhouse is about to host rehearsals on their next production, American Moor (Jan 11 – Feb 3). The Anacostia Playhouse will need financial, logistical and community support in the coming days and weeks. (more…)
1120 G Street, NW
I wanted to make sure that you had seen the GoFundMe campaign set up by Jessica Escobar, who owns Sip of Seattle in Northwest DC.
As bigger coffee shops have moved into the area and rents continue to rise, Jessica is being forced to leave behind the shop that many have loved for over 22 years.
3514 12th Street, NE
I’m an organizer and co-host of a special charity comedy event, Jokes, Japes, and Jests, that will take place in Brookland at Smith Public Trust this Wednesday night (12/12).
The show is a benefit for Words, Beats, Life — a local non-profit that sponsors a variety of arts initiatives for young people here in DC. This comedy show will also include live music and feature a handful of standup comics from here in DC. The $10 cover is a donation to Words, Beats, Life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to harness the comedy community, and the performance arts scene generally, to support greater opportunities for young people here in the District to explore their artistic and creative talents. This event is an effort to do just that.”
The GoFundMe page says:
“Sumah’s West African Restaurant is a long-standing, loving business establishment in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It has been a staple in the DC community for over 20 years.
On Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, a fire broke out and burned the restaurant down. It is by the grace of God that everyone got out alive and the firefighters were able to put out the blaze. While the physical establishment burned down, the love of Mr. and Mrs. Sumah, their family and friends, still stands.
This is a time where we as their community family should stand up, support them and help them rebuild! They share so much love and kindness to others that heals the soul through their food! It is rare to find people who genuinely love to help & bless others simply through their craft of food. (more…)
From an email:
“Santa is coming down from the North Pole and stopping at Atlas Brew Works! Whether naughty or nice, bring the family (including well-behaved dogs) for a fun day of pictures on Santa’s lap and Atlas’ delicious solar powered craft beer. Pictures are gratis (please bring your own camera) but Santa is accepting donations to go towards his fundraising efforts for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Donate to Santa’s St. Baldrick’s Campaign here.
WHAT: Santa Comes to Atlas Brew Works
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Atlas Brew Works, 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE
COST: Free (donations accepted to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation)“
From an email: “A group of us in Bloomingdale are attempting to raise funding to support construction of the Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden in LeDroit Park, with construction scheduled to begin early in the New Year.”
For those not familiar with Tricia you can read about her tragic story here. She was a beloved member of Bloomingdale and so many other communities. RIP.
The fundraiser says:
“Friends and family of Tricia McCauley, in partnership with Common Good City Farm, are honoring her legacy through the creation of the Tricia McCauley Memorial Fund. The fund will preserve Tricia’s love of herbalism and teaching through supporting the ongoing cultivation of the medicinal herb garden, now The Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden, as well as herbalism workshops at Common Good City Farm. (more…)