Volunteers Making A Difference

Volunteers are an instrumental part of any nonprofit and NEW volunteers are no different. We are launching a new, expanded volunteer program here and will be seeking even more volunteers to help with a monthly Game Night. We are also asking for volunteers to help out as a receptionist on the weekends. We are so excited to invite more people to get to know our organization in this way and spread the news about the good work happening here.

Recently, we hosted a couple awesome groups of volunteers at New Transitions, our flagship location and also at our Rachel’s House located in Northeast.

Board member Evan Piekara organized a group from BDO to volunteer for NEW for a day. Evan enlisted Excel experts to train our staff on Excel while other volunteers helped us research potential sponsors for our gala.

“They were very thorough and really took the time to make sure we knew the material, and tailored it to our needs” said case manager Dom Dipini who participated in the Excel training. “They were also very nice,” she said.

Board member Kristen Grigorescu lead a team of painters from her company Deloitte. Not only did Deloitte provide the volunteers, the company organized and purchased all the materials for the job too. Starting at 8 a.m., the volunteers painted two apartments and a stairwell at Rachel’s House. Resident Julia said it felt so good to have a fresh coat of paint in her bedroom. But even more than that, she was touched that people would volunteer to paint her home. “It’s heartwarming and caring,” she said. “We still have good people out there who are very caring. We are fortunate for that.”

The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. joined our residents one Saturday for an informative and inspiring “Back to Work Day.” NEW residents learned interview tips, gained confidence and even walked away with some great job interview outfits, complete with a little bling!

The Junior League of Washington hosted a great Women’s Day on another Saturday! NEW women enjoyed making vision boards, mapping out their goals for the future and even doing some belly dancing!

“It was excellent,” said resident Andrea. “My favorite part was the belly dancing!”

Madaleine Hillsberg and Chris Winkler with the Chevy Chase Giving Group hosted a house party to benefit NEW, raising more than $4,000.

“We are so appreciative of the generosity of the Chevy Chase Giving Group,” said Wanda Steptoe, NEW Executive Director. “It was wonderful to meet such warm and friendly people interested in giving back to the community.”

We had a really special group of three volunteers from an organization called Cake4Kids. Charlotte Guy, 14, Evelyn Goldwasser, 14 and Molly Goldwasser, 14 wanted to do something for kids in their community, so they started Cakes4kids. The girls, who will attend Woodrow Wilson High School in the fall, bake and deliver birthday cakes to kids who may not get one on their birthday.

“We wanted to do something in the DC community and we knew not everyone can get a birthday cake,” said Charlotte.

They have delivered two cakes to our kids in New Horizons in Northeast and we are so excited to continue to enlist their services. Most recently they helped NEW resident Saniyah celebrate her 10th birthday.

Lidl US which has a location in Arlington, generously donated 150 pink backpacks to our women, each containing lotion, soap, feminine products and other hygienic items. The residents appreciated the products, especially the lotion, and the employees at Lidl helped assemble the bags. “Our workforce was ecstatic about having the opportunity to help women in our local community,” said Daniel Noble, HR specialist at Lidl.

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It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.