It’s GivingTuesday 🎉 5 Ways You Can Join the Movement

Today is GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is an all-day global generosity movement that strives to build communities where the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together—unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity in DC and around the globe. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity⁠⁠—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

Here are some ways to share this special day with Everyone Home DC:

DONATE. Your GivingTuesday gift ensures all people living in the District have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes along with meaningful relationships that connect people with supportive networks. This is even more important during the ongoing global health emergency. Make your year-end #GivingTuesday gift TODAY!

GIVE IN-KIND. Receiving much-needed items through donations allows Everyone Home DC to keep its operating budget as low as possible. All donated items are distributed free of charge to individuals and families in our programs. Check out Everyone Home DC’s online Wishlist and have items shipped directly to Everyone Home DC. 

BE A GOODNEIGHBOR. Invest monthly in ending homelessness by joining Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle. Members of Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle make small, automatic donations each month, which makes it easier for Everyone Home DC to plan long-term, budget more efficiently, and create more life-changing opportunities for individuals and families in our city. 

SHARE YOUR MERRY. Every family deserves a joyful end-of-year experience! Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that families have the flexibility to celebrate their winter holiday and experience the joy of giving gifts. Learn more about this year’s approach and share your merry with a family today!

SPREAD THE WORD. Share with your friends and families what Everyone Home DC means to you. It can be a video of why you give or a story of your favorite moment engaging with our mission. However, you choose to share, tag @EveryoneHomeDC

Thank you for standing alongside Everyone Home DC on #GivingTuesday and always.

Full of Gratitude…For YOU 🙏

Happy Thanksgiving! Everyone Home DC is so incredibly grateful for the community we have the privilege of working alongside day in and day out. Everyone Home DC is consistently amazed by your extreme empathy, compassion, and dedication.

We are grateful and inspired by your commitment to a future that ensures all people in our city have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes and meaningful relationships that connect them with supportive networks. Your presence is what makes Everyone Home DC’s work possible, and together, we are building a more just and vibrant city for everyone. We are so glad you are here. Thank you for all you make possible.

From Your Friends at Everyone Home DC, Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Tis the Season to Share Your Merry

This holiday season is the perfect time for Everyone Home DC and our amazing network of supporters to provide a little something extra for this special time of year. Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that the families we work alongside will have the flexibility to celebrate their winter holiday and experience the joy of giving gifts in a meaningful way. This holiday season, Everyone Home DC will distribute debit gift cards to our community, giving them the power to decide how they spend these valuable funds, however best for their families.

Based on the family size, Everyone Home DC will provide gift cards valued between $150 and $500. 

We need YOUR help to reach our goal. You can make a monetary donation today here. You can also consider running a drive to collect gift cards with your favorite community or network OR set up a fundraising page and watch your social network support you in reaching your goal! Every little bit helps. Below is more information on how to get started as well as some of the most preferred gift cards. Thank you for your continued support of Everyone Home DC!

Everyone Home DC plans to distribute gift cards to families in December.

GETTING STARTED

We want to hear from you if you plan to run a drive or collection! This will support Everyone Home DC’s planning (and budgeting) efforts. Contact Kate Akalonu at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org to discuss what types of gift cards to focus on collecting and to share how many gift cards you plan to contribute. We can also provide any brainstorming support to get the word out to your community and create personalized donation forms to track your progress easily.

You can also make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase gift cards by program staff and sent electronically to families. Consider donating today!

Everyone Home DC families most appreciate Visa, Mastercard, Target, Walmart Old Navy, Amazon.

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC 

You are welcome to skip purchasing gift cards and make a donation on our Winter Holiday donation page. Program staff will then purchase gift cards and send them electronically to families. Consider donating today!

If purchasing gift cards at a store or online, you are welcome to mail them directly to Everyone Home DC’s main headquarters address. Please contact Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org if you have any questions or to discuss dropping the gift cards off.

Mail Gift Cards to:

Everyone Home DC
Attn: Holidays
415 2nd Street NE, 3rd Floor
Washington DC, 20002

Please note: For our guests’ health and safety at Shirley’s Place Day Center, we will not accept gift cards at our drop-in day center. Thank you for understanding.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for standing with Everyone Home DC now and always. We are so glad you are here.

Vote Everyone Home DC Best Nonprofit!

Washington City Paper’s Best of DC is BACK! For the last two years, Everyone Home DC has been proud to receive the 3rd place honor in the Best Nonprofit category, and we would love to see if we can do it again this year…or maybe move up a little bit! Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 16. Results will be announced beginning October 31

Everyone Home DC believes our long-time work and leadership in creating a thriving and diverse city where all people can obtain and remain in safe, affordable, and comfortable homes makes Everyone Home DC an obvious “Best Nonprofit” choice.

Please vote Everyone Home DC Best Nonprofit today! The process is easy and only takes a minute. Here is what you need to know:

  1. Click this link to get to the “People and Places” section. OR try to go directly to the “Best Nonprofit” nomination box by clicking here.
  2. If this is your first time voting this year, you will be redirected to a sign-in form where an email is required, and you will need to enter a validation code sent to your inbox. After that, you don’t have to enter an email again.
  3. In the People and Places section, under “Categories,” scroll down to Best Nonprofit— it is in alphabetical order and after “Best Middle School” and before “Best Place to Day Trip.”
  4. Type in Everyone Home DC. Please be sure to enter the full name. Select “Vote.”
  5. You are done! Consider voting for your other DC Bests and encourage your colleagues and friends to nominate Everyone Home DC too!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Email Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org if you have any questions.
Learn more about Washington City Paper’s Best of DC.

This Thanksgiving, Support Everyone Home DC Families

Support Everyone Home DC’s Goal to Distribute Gift Cards to Support Families in Celebrating Thanksgiving This Year.

This Thanksgiving holiday season is the perfect time for Everyone Home DC and our amazing network of supporters to provide a little something extra for this special time of year. Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that the families we work alongside will have the flexibility to celebrate Thanksgiving in a meaningful way. This holiday season, Everyone Home DC will distribute grocery and debit gift cards to our community, allowing them the opportunity to decide how they spend these funds to create a meaningful holiday for their family.

Everyone Home DC’s goal this year is to distribute a gift card to each family that works with Everyone Home DC, which means we need 150 $50 gift cards to distribute to families in advance of Thanksgiving. Thank YOU for helping us reach this goal. We will put these critical funds right to work, distributing them directly to the families we work alongside.

We need YOUR help to reach our goal. You can make a monetary donation today here. You can also consider running a drive to collect gift cards at your work, place of worship, book club, OR set up a fundraising page, and watch your social network support you in reaching your goal! Every little bit helps. Below is more information on how to get started. Thank you for your continued support of Everyone Home DC!

Everyone Home DC plans to begin distributing gift cards to families by mid-November

GETTING STARTED

  • We want to hear from you if you plan to run a drive or collection! This will support Everyone Home DC’s planning (and budgeting) efforts. Contact Kate Akalonu at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org to discuss what types of gift cards to focus on collecting and to share how many gift cards you plan to contribute. We can also provide brainstorming support to get the word out to your community if you run a drive.
  • You can also make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase gift cards by program staff and sent electronically to families. Please note, families have openly expressed how much they appreciate the convenience of receiving gift cards electronically. Consider making a donation in $50 increments (or any amount) today!
  • Everyone Home DC families expressed most appreciating Visa, Mastercard, Harris Teeter, Safeway, and Giant gift cards.

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC

Mail Gift Cards to:
Everyone Home DC
Attn: Thanksgiving
415 2nd Street NE, 3rd Floor
Washington DC 20002

Please note: For our guests’ health and safety at Shirley’s Place, we will not be accepting gift card drop-offs at our drop-in day center (which has historically been the location for drop-offs in the past.) Thank you for understanding.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for standing with Everyone Home DC now and always. We are so glad you are here.

Any funds received above the goal for this campaign will be redirected to the general fund.

You Did It | September Challenge Goal Reached

Thank you for making this year’s September Challenge a success! For the third year in a row, you showed up for individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in DC. Together, we raised nearly $70,000, with more than 180 donations made throughout the Challenge. 

We reached this successful milestone thanks to our AMAZING September Challenge Sponsors, Benefactor Circle, and Committee members; our staff, volunteers, donors, event hosts & participants, fundraisers, online auction partners & participants, and many social media ambassadors. We know the need to raise critical funds to support people facing homelessness is more urgent than ever. Everyone played a vital role in ensuring this campaign’s success. Thank you.

In addition to the funds raised, check out some of the other highlights of Everyone Home DC’s September Challenge:

  • We are incredibly excited to share that Christ Church + Washington Parish on Capitol Hill has joined The Jeanne Phil Meg Team at Compass and National Capital Bank as a Lead Sponsor for this year’s September Challenge.
  • We welcomed five new supporters at the Benefactor Circle and Sponsor level in the final week, raising an additional $3,000. Thanks to Egbert Souse, Emily Guthrie & Michael Lindner, Anne & Marc Mayerson, Oanh Vuong, Suzanne Wells & Mike Godec.
  • The September Challenge Leaderboard had eight active fundraisers that raised more than $12,000. This year’s top fundraisers were Alison Harwood & Chuck Rohe, Adolfo Gatti & DiCristoforo, Edith and Mark Sherman, Pat Joseph, Angela Beckham & Jason Johnson, AND Martha and Matt Huizenga. Huge thanks to ALL for sharing your time and enthusiasm with this year’s September Challenge!
  • Everyone Home DC’s online auction was its most successful to date, raising nearly $9,000.

It is the responsibility of each of us to end homelessness in Washington, DC, and build the welcoming and inclusive community we believe is possible. Thank you for joining Everyone Home DC as we continue the work of ensuring all people have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes in Washington, DC. We are so glad you are here!

Join the Challenge | Start a Fundraiser

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR! A MONTH-LONG DIGITAL CAMPAIGN (& MORE!)

The need to raise critical funds to support people facing homelessness is more urgent than ever. The individuals and families Everyone Home DC works with daily struggled with crises and instability long before this global health pandemic and are now disproportionately bearing its impact. Please help by joining Everyone Home DC in a month-long digital campaign. With a variety of fundraising experiences, to raise $65,000 for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our city!

One way to support Everyone Home DC in reaching its September Challenge goals is to join the Challenge and set up your own personal fundraiser. It only takes a minute to set up a campaign. A September Challenge template already exists, and you are welcome to use it. OR you can enhance your page with a unique photo, title, and more! And just like that, you’ll be ready to raise money to end homelessness in Washington, DC.

Once your campaign is set up, tell everyone about it. The more people you tell, the quicker you’ll reach your goal. Then sit back and watch the donations roll in. 100% of what you raise be put to work immediately in support of Everyone Home DC’s critical programs for people at risk of and experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

Getting started is easy. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org. 

 

Back-to-School at Everyone Home DC

Support Everyone Home DC’s 2022/23 Back to School Initiative to Distribute 200 $50 Gift Cards to Rising Scholars

It is hard to believe, but the 2022/23 school year is right around the corner! Each year we begin planning around this time so that when our families start to think about the new school year, Everyone Home DC is ready to provide support with any back-to-school needs. 

For the last two years, Everyone Home DC has prioritized providing families with flexible monetary support so they can go shopping together in anticipation of the new school year. This approach is appreciated by our families, who value the process’s efficiency and ability to go shopping as a family.

For the 2022/2023 school year, we will collect funds to distribute gift cards to our families’ back-to-school shopping. Everyone Home DC’s goal is to distribute a $50 gift card to each Everyone Home DC scholar, which means this year, we need 200 $50 gift cards. AND we need YOUR help to reach our goal. 

Please consider hosting a drive to collect gift cards (Visa, Mastercard, Target, Walmart, and Amazon) at your work, place of worship, or with your favorite people. You can also sponsor a scholar or two individually. You can also support our efforts by sharing the need with your friends and family by sending a quick email or posting on your favorite social media platform. If you want to create a fundraising page to share with your friends, we can help you with that too! Every little bit helps. Below is more information on how to get started and how to get the gift cards or cash gifts to Everyone Home DC. 

Everyone Home DC plans to begin distributing gift cards to families by mid-August.

GETTING STARTED

  • We want to hear from you if you plan to run a drive or collection! This will support Everyone Home DC’s planning (and budgeting) efforts. Contact Kate Akalonu at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org to discuss what types of gift cards to focus on collecting and to share how many gift cards you plan to contribute. We can also provide any brainstorming support to get the word out to your community if you are running a drive.
  • You can also make a monetary donation, and program staff will purchase gift cards and send them electronically to families. Please note, families have openly expressed how much they appreciate the convenience of receiving gift cards electronically. Consider making a donation in $50 increments (or any amount) today!
  • Everyone Home DC families expressed most appreciating Visa, Mastercard, Target, Walmart, and Amazon gift cards.
  • Are you interested in setting up a personal fundraising page? Email Kate Akalonu at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org. She is on standby to help you get started!

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC

  • You are welcome to skip the process of purchasing cards and make a donation on our Back to School Collection donation page. Program staff will then purchase gift cards and send them electronically to families. Consider making a donation in $50 increments (or any amount) today!
  • If purchasing gift cards at a store or online, you are welcome to mail them directly to Everyone Home DC’s main headquarters address. Please contact Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org if you have any questions or to discuss dropping the gift cards off.

Mail Gift Cards to:
Everyone Home DC
Attn: Back-to-School
415 2nd Street NE, 3rd Floor
Washington DC 20002

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for standing with Everyone Home DC now and always. We are so glad you are here.

 

Our Community is Better United for Do More 24

Over the last two years, our city has seen small businesses, families, and loved ones devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone Home DC needs you. And we need you to help us continue our housing solutions and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Now in its 10th year, the Do More 24 movement, powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, brings together area nonprofits in a focused effort to boost the nonprofit economy throughout the region. This year Do More 24 is centered around lifting up our neighbors in need as we recover from the pandemic and reducing disparities to create a more equitable future for all.

Please join Everyone Home DC on Wednesday, May 18, for Do More 24. All you have to do is click this link and give!

We’re #BetterUnited. Together, we can build stronger communities.

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s GivingTuesday!

Today is GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is an all day global generosity movement that strives to build communities where the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together—unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity in DC and around the globe. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity⁠⁠—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

Here are some ways to share this very special day with Everyone Home DC:

DONATE. Your GivingTuesday gift ensures all people living in the District have access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes along with meaningful relationships that connect people with supportive networks. This is even more important during the ongoing global health emergency. Make your year-end #GivingTuesday gift TODAY!

SHARE YOUR MERRY. Every family deserves a joyful end-of-year experience! Everyone Home DC is committed to ensuring that families have the flexibility to celebrate their winter holiday and experience the joy of giving gifts. Learn more about this year’s approach and share your merry with a family today!

SPREAD THE WORD. Share with your friends and families what Everyone Home DC means to you. It can be a video of why you give or a story of your favorite moment engaging with our mission. However you choose to share, tag @EveryoneHomeDC

Thank you for standing alongside Everyone Home DC on #GivingTuesday and always.