Everyone Home DC Needs Backpacks & School Supplies!

As summer break is approaching for many of our city’s young scholars, it is hard to think about heading back to school–AND that is exactly what Everyone Home DC is doing. Every year, at this time, we begin planning for the next school year and we need your help.

Please join Everyone Home DC and make this year’s Back-to-School Backpack Drive the most successful, yet. Last year, thanks to generous community support Everyone Home DC provided nearly 450 children with backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies to support them in starting the new school year with the materials they need to be successful. We have a similar goal for this year. Consider running a drive to collect backpacks and school supplies at your work, place of worship, exercise studio, book club OR you can sponsor a child or two individually. Every little bit helps. Below is more information on how to get started, what the needs are, along with when and where to drop backpacks off. Thank you for helping us bring backpacks to children in our community for the upcoming school year!

Contact Shelah Wilcox at 202-544-3150 or wilcox@everyonehomedc.org to share the number of backpacks you plan to donate and find out if there is an age group you should focus on.

Purchase new backpacks and school supplies, referring to the DC Public Schools 2019/20 supply list.


  • Place the school supplies inside the backpack.
  • Attach the grade of the student being sponsored to each backpack handle.
  • On the side or front of each backpack include receipts and donor information in an envelope to receive a tax acknowledgement letter for your records.
  • Please keep copies of your receipts for your records.

August 12 – August 17
Shirley’s Place DayCenter | 1338 G Street SE
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you prefer to support Everyone Home DC by making a monetary donation, you can make a gift on Everyone Home DC’s website.

Fox 5 Zip Trip Arrives at Eastern Market

On the morning of Friday, June 7, Everyone Home DC was honored to be a part of the Fox 5’s Zip Trip as a kick off event for Rediscover Eastern Market: A Celebration Marking 10 Years After Restoration.

Everyone Home DC had a table near the broadcast set and had the opportunity over the four hour event to engage with community members in attendance. We also unveiled our new (and very pretty AND popular) instagram frame and latest Everyone Home DC swag. Individuals who visited our table were also eligible to enter a raffle with a few stellar prizes.

It was an honor to be a part of this moment in time with Eastern Market. Visit Everyone Home DC’s Facebook page to see more photos from the morning. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say, “hi.”

Everyone Home DC Annual Spring Social Success!

On Tuesday, April 30,  Everyone Home DC celebrated its Annual Spring Social at the historic Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Gathering with around 100 friends—old and new—those in attendance reflected on and shared stories of the organization’s vibrant history, celebrated this exciting moment in time, AND recommitted themselves to the work that must done every day to achieve Everyone Home DC’s vision of the District of Columbia as a thriving and diverse community where ALL people can obtain and remain in safe affordable, and comfortable homes.

The evening also went on to honor Nicky Cymrot with the Ruth Rappaport Wisdom Award. The annual award recognizes an individual who has displayed remarkable warmth, wisdom, and service to Everyone Home DC and the Capitol Hill neighborhood and who inspires us with their leadership and spirited joy of life and community. As Councilmember Charles Allen so perfectly said in his introductory remarks for the award ceremony, “Nicky is the best of us and an inspiration to all.”

It is the responsibility of each of us to end homelessness is Washington, D.C. and to build the welcoming and inclusive community our founders believed is possible. Executive Director Karen Cunningham shared, “Under our new name, we promise to communicate with you more regularly so you know what we are doing to end homelessness and create a more equitable city, how you can get involved, and the difference we make together. Thank you again for your support as we step into our future as Everyone Home DC!”

View photos from the evening on Everyone Home DC’s Facebook page. If you have any questions or want to discuss was to grow your partnership with Everyone Home DC, contact Kate Akalonu at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org.