Will You Help Support YEP! On Giving Tuesday 2016?

A note from Wanda Steptoe, NEW’s executive director:

Right now, our staff and residents are doing what you probably are too — gearing up for Thanksgiving.

Some of those residents are kids — infants, toddlers, and teens. And I cannot tell you what joy they bring to the room! Which it is why it pains me to tell you that we have lost funding for the Youth Enrichment Program, YEP!, the one NEW program designed to provide academic support and life skills to our youth residents.

School is often the rare note of routine and consistency for kids without stable shelter. YEP! provides academic support and life skills development to our youth residents, and operates year round—including the summer, giving kids a full year of support and enrichment activities.

Which is why, this year, we are joining the Giving Tuesday challenge.

We were fortunate to receive a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. If you can help us match it, we can keep YEP! going.

Can you help us make our goal of $15,000?

There are several ways to give, especially as we head into holiday season:

  • This Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, you can give online at http://nebw.org/donate/
  • You can designate NEW as your charity of choice at https://smile.amazon.com/ – you shop on Cyber Monday and Amazon sends a fraction of your purchase to.

But you don’t have to wait until Tuesday. And I hope you won’t.

~ Wanda

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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.