With Volunteer Managers Antoinette Norris and Moira McLaughlin leading the charge, we had another active season of volunteering with both new and seasoned volunteers alike.
We were impressed and amazed by the efforts of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) who raised $72,500 for our Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) at their annual gala. Every year they choose a different charity, so we were so lucky to be chosen this year.
This fall, the Connelly School of the Holy Child hosted their annual walk which raised more than $3,000 for NEW. Then this winter two seniors, Charlotte Bell and Molly Argerisinger organized a winter clothing drive for NEW and collected winter hats, scarves and gloves that are coming in handy in this cold weather.
A volunteer women’s network group lead by Laura Fiallos from Morgan Stanley, painted our YEP classroom a bright blue accent wall around a subtle pink. Sure to inspire any kid working on homework!
A women’s group from Shiloh Baptist Church prepared and joyfully served dinner to the NEW women, talking and laughing with the women.
We were so happy to welcome Christina Lammey from Shaw Yoga who teaches a regular yoga class to the New Transition women. Christina has helped the women push themselves and care for themselves while also encouraging them to be strong and healthy. Namaste!
An entire team from Deloitte lead by Sharen Howell and Stefanie Carter, organized a holiday gift giving effort for our YEP kids. Deloitte requested wish lists from all the kids and took great care to find just what the kids wanted. “I feel like I know the kids and their little ambitions by what gifts they wanted,” Sharen said when she helped drop off the presents. Another team from Deloitte then threw a holiday party where the kids enjoyed opening their gifts and eating cookies.
Carin Johnson, who was once homeless in Maryland and running from an abusive relationship, came to speak to both our New Transition and New Horizons women. Her story was an inspiring one of struggle and ultimately success. She now has a home, a family and a thriving career.
A group from Bessemer Trust helped decorate our headquarters for the holidays again this year, hanging a wreath, trimming a Christmas tree, and spreading their holiday cheer throughout the building.
Students from Washington Latin Charter School, lead by Hope Foster, donated hair supplies, packaged in pretty bags, to the women at New Transitions and New Journeys.
Young girls from Girl Up, a nonprofit that aims to empower girls world-wide donated toiletries to NEW, and included handmade notes to the women wishing them a happy holiday.
A group from Reid Temple AME Church baked a delicious meal for our 29 women at New Transitions and New Journeys.
We are grateful for all the community support we get, and we know we could not do what we do without the kindness and thoughtfulness of so many wonderful, caring people.