A Historic Auction in the Books!

Everyone Home DC’s Challenge Online is officially closed, and thanks to our fantastic 64 auction supporters, we raised more than $12,000 to support neighbors at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our city! This fundraising milestone will go down in Everyone Home DC history as the most successful auction to date! Congratulations to our winners! We will share photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming days! Be on the lookout! 

Highlights from this year’s auction included:

  • 332 bids being placed on 100 items with a 4-way tie for most # of bids going to a Daru gift card, a custom ReWild flower arrangement, a visit to Hillwood Estate, and In Bocca al Lupo gift card! Our team is hard at work connecting winner bidders to their items. Once your invoice is processed, you will hear from us with the next steps regarding how to get your items. 
  • Gathering together for The Final Countdown auction close-out party and celebrating the end of the auction with noisemakers and bubbly!
  • Our first-ever celebrity memorabilia being offered with two lucky winners walking away with a signed Taylor Swift Guitar and a signed Friday the 13th Hockey Mask.
  • Down to the wire bidding on Signature Theatre tickets and Six Flags tickets, with the winning bids being placed in the last minute of the auction! 

Thank you for all the love and support you showed us this year! We are so lucky to have you in the Everyone Home DC Community! If you’d like to continue supporting our community year-round, we encourage you to become a monthly donor by joining our GoodNeighbor Circle today!

Your September Challenge Toolkit is Here ✨

It’s almost September, and that means Everyone Home DC is ready to launch its signature Fall fundraising campaign–September Challenge. It will run throughout September and consist of a various fundraising experiences to raise $70,000 for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our city.

This year, we are excited to share a new resource to support you in engaging with this year’s September Challenge—the September Challenge Toolkit! Everyone Home DC has gathered all you need—from text message templates to social media strategies—to help you build a fantastic fundraiser!

Here are some things you will find in the September Challenge Toolkit:

  • Clearly understand the Everyone Home DC’s need and the impact your participation will have!
  • An abundance of Fundraising Tips.
  • Templates, scripts, and graphics to support you in spreading the word!
  • Information on the September Challenge online auction. Bid on unique items and experiences, which will go live on Wednesday, September 6 at 10 am!
  • Get inspired with ideas for hosting a successful event.
  • A guide to support you with joining the September Challenge Leaderboard by creating your fundraising page.

The need to raise critical funds to support people facing homelessness is more urgent than ever, with an 11.6% increase in homelessness in DC from 2022 to 2023, leaving 4,922 of our neighbors unhoused. 

Building a successful fundraiser—and helping us reach our September Challenge goal—is a breeze with the right tools. Everyone Home DC’s September Challenge Toolkit contains everything you’ll need to make that call, host that event, and raise those dollars. Check out YOUR September Challenge Toolkit today!

Back-to-School With Everyone Home DC

Support Everyone Home DC’s Back to School Initiative to Distribute Gift Cards to Rising Scholars.

With many schools’ summer break now upon us, Everyone Home DC is preparing for 2023/24 school year, which 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. Everyone Home DC is committed to providing flexible monetary support to the families we work alongside, which encourages families to shop together in anticipation of the new school year.

Everyone Home DC is raising funds for the 2023/24 school year to provide gift cards for families to use during back-to-school shopping. We aim to distribute $50 gift cards to each Everyone Home DC scholar, requiring us to obtain 200 gift cards this year. AND we need YOUR help to reach our goal.

Here are some other ways you support Everyone Home DC in reaching our goal:

  • Make a donation today towards our fundraising goal.
  • Create a fundraising page to share with your community. We are on standby to provide support!
  • Host a drive to collect gift cards (Visa, Mastercard, Target, Walmart, and Amazon) at your work, place of worship, or with your favorite people.
  • Spread the word and share the need with your friends and family by emailing or posting on your favorite social media platform.

Everyone Home DC plans to begin distributing gift cards to families the week of August 7.

Every little bit helps. Below is more information on how to get started and how to get gift cards or cash gifts to Everyone Home DC.

Spring Social Success!

It was an absolute honor to spend time with so many friends last Wednesday evening at Everyone Home DC’s Spring Social held on the rooftop of Biergarten Haus. It was inspiring to be in the presence of people who share the vision of our city as a thriving and diverse place where all people can obtain and remain in safe, affordable, and comfortable homes. Collectively, we raised nearly $3,000! We will immediately invest those funds into the people we work alongside each day. Thank you. Enjoy photos from the evening below.

We look forward to growing in partnership with you. Below are ways we can stay connected. Please consider taking action today by doing one, two, three, or ALL of the following.

  • VOTE Everyone Home DC Best Nonprofit in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC! Learn more here on our website and vote today!

  • BECOME a monthly donor to Everyone Home DC by joining the GoodNeighbor Circle! This sustaining program provides critical and dependable support to Everyone Home DC year-round.

  • FOLLOW Everyone Home DC on your favorite social. Find @EveryoneHomeDC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • JOIN our Resource Development Committee to support Everyone Home DC with reaching its fund, friend, and awareness raising goals! 

  • COORDINATE an in-kind donation drive to collect essential items for our neighbors experiencing homelessness—email Kate to discuss our most urgent needs.

  • LEARN about the latest Point-in-Time Count findings from Executive Director Karen Cunningham’s reflections in this Washington Examiner article. Additionally, through this DCist article, gain a better understanding of successful advocacy efforts to restore ERAP funding and add housing vouchers for individuals experiencing homelessness in the initial approval of the 2024 DC Budget.

We are so glad you are here. We could not do this work without your support and positive energy. We are excited to stay connected in the months ahead!

Can’t Wait to See You at Our Spring Social

Gather with friends, old and new, at the Biergarten Haus on Wednesday, May 17 from, 5:30-7:30 p.m. We will come together to harness collective energy around our shared 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. 

Come alone or bring friends! Arrive early to mingle while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and tasty Hill Prince beverages. All are welcome. The dress for the evening is smart casual.


If you are interested in supporting the Spring Social as a sponsor or in-kind supporter or in joining the planning committee, don’t hesitate to contact Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org to discuss!

Accessibility: If you have access needs or questions, please get in touch with Kate at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org before the event. 

Take This Quick Action Today! End Chronic Homelessness.

The District is closer than ever to ending chronic homelessness. Next Wednesday, DC is expected to release its proposed budget for the fiscal year 2024. We need your help to ensure the next budget prioritizes the funding necessary to make this a reality for our city!

Everyone Home DC is a proud member of The Way Home Campaign and supports its budget asks. Today, we are asking you to take action now and urge Mayor Bowser to fund proven solutions to ensure our neighbors can access the housing and services they deserve.

Join Everyone Home DC, The Way Home Campaign, along with a coalition of 110 partner organizations and 7,000 individual supporters as we call on Mayor Bowser to:

  • Invest $36.6 million to end chronic homelessness for 1,260 single adults with Permanent Supportive Housing.
  • Invest $18.87 million to provide 480 families with Permanent Supportive Housing.
  • Ensure the continuation of non-congregate shelter capacity.
  • Expand programs that prevent chronic homelessness. 
  • Ensure that DC, particularly the Department of Human Services, has the staffing and capacity to implement historic investments made in FY22 & 23 to end chronic homelessness. 
  • Make shelters more dignified, non-congregate, and service-rich, and add medical respite beds.  
  • Address DC’s dire lack of low-income housing. 
  • Increase funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in an FY 23 supplemental budget and the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. 


This Year, Join Our GoodNeighbor Circle

We are so glad you are here! And we would love to invite you to invest monthly in ending homelessness by joining Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle

The GoodNeighbor Circle includes 38 of Everyone Home DC’s most committed partners, and collectively, members of the GoodNeighbor Circle raised more than $15,000 in 2022. This year, Everyone Home DC has a goal of reaching 50 members. Will you help us reach our goal and join our GoodNeighbor Circle today?

Joining Everyone Home DC’s GoodNeighbor Circle is the easiest and most consistent way to support Everyone Home DC. Members make automatic monthly donations, which allows Everyone Home DC to plan long-term, budget more efficiently, and create more life-changing opportunities for individuals and families in our city. You choose how much to give, and you can change your amount or cancel anytime.

Become a GoodNeighbor with your monthly gift today and ensure everyone in our city can access safe, affordable, and comfortable homes.

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.


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.


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.