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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.

 

New Partnership with NFL Defensive End Yannick Ngakoue

Having grown up in a single-mother household in the Washington DC area, Yannick Ngakoue knew he wanted to give back to families in similar circumstances to his. Yannick identified Everyone Home DC, a DC-based organization that supports the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as the recipient of a donation that would help families Everyone Home DC serves in a few different ways.

Yannick’s generous gift will support families living in Ward 7 and Ward 8 with expenses due to domestic violence and the need to access safety quickly, including hotel fees, first and last month’s rent, security deposits, moving expenses, and replacing items that had to be left behind. Other families will be able to access the funds to cover moving expenses related to relocation from unsafe and unhealthy living environments or purchasing a new home. Funds will also provide summer camp experiences to the children of a few families, providing critical summer learning and development opportunities.

In a recent video posted on Yannick’s social media, Yannick shared:

“It’s a special time in our world today to give back to one another and I feel like it’s my calling to be able to help out single moms, especially from my city.”

Yannick “tore up the DC football scene during his high school years.” He played football for Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School, located in Ward 7, receiving the Gatorade Football Player of the Year his senior season. Yannick went on to play at the University of Maryland before joining the NFL. This upcoming season, Yannick will be playing for the Indianapolis Colts. You can learn more about Yannick’s journey in football journalist Tyler Dunne’s Go Long piece.

Everyone Home DC is so incredibly excited to share this new and extremely thoughtful partnership with Yannick Ngakoue in support of single mothers in our city. We are so proud of all that Yannick has accomplished and humbled to be able to share these critical funds with the families we work alongside.

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.

Voices of Shirley’s Place

Collectively, we continue to find ourselves amid extraordinary challenges. This is especially true for Everyone Home DC and the people we work alongside. We are so profoundly grateful to you for standing with us yet again this year. Your dependable support has ensured that all of Everyone Home DC’s front line and essential services have continued uninterrupted. That includes our drop-in Day Center, Shirley’s Place, which continues to keep its doors open and services accessible—although in a re-imagined way—over the last year and a half. Shirley’s Place, located near the Potomac Avenue Metro station, is named in honor of the late Shirley Smith Anderson, a long-time member of the Capitol Hill Community, and social justice activist. Everyone Home DC’s Day Center is one of only a few spaces in our city offering people experiencing homelessness a safe, healthy, and dignified place to take respite from the elements and access vital services like showers, laundry, restrooms, mail service, phones, computers, lunch, and social service referrals. This holiday season, it is your gift to Everyone Home DC that supports our critical work on the front lines, ensuring that all people living in our city have access to meaningful relationships that connect them with supportive services and networks.

As economic uncertainty continues to loom, this is more important than ever before. As we reflect on the past year, we want to lift up the voices of our community as they share what Shirley’s Place has meant to them over the last 20 months.

Because of your commitment to our mission and programs, Everyone Home DC’s Day Center has historically had a profound impact on the Capitol Hill Community by providing consistent and life-saving support to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. During this pandemic, Shirley’s Place has continued to provide these essential services and supplies without interruption. The Day Center reconfigured its physical space, acquired the appropriate PPE, and put policies and protocols in place to offer in-person services safely and with urgency and compassion. This year, Everyone Home DC is partnering with DC Central Kitchen to provide tasty, nutritious, and dignified meals, to anyone who stops by Shirley’s Place for a visit.

It is so hard to know what 2022 will bring. Due to the economic and racial injustice that has existed in our society for decades, the individuals and families we work with—who were facing crisis and instability long before this pandemic—are feeling far more exposed to the harshness of this new reality. Please make a personally meaningful year-end contribution today to support Everyone Home DC’s critical work on the front lines in the new year ahead.

In the spirit of the season, please make a personally meaningful year-end gift today to ensure that Everyone Home DC continues to provide essential services and housing supports while preparing for the pandemic’s long-term impact. With your gift today, Everyone Home DC will be here not just today but, in the weeks, and months ahead, working with our community to put the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness at the center of a just recovery. We are so glad you are here. We cannot do this work without YOU. Please continue to take care of yourself and each other.

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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE A GIFT THAT MAKES YOUR COMMUNITY STRONGER!

Finding a meaningful holiday gift for the people you love can be a challenge. This year, honor those you care about by making a donation on their behalf to Everyone Home DC. Your holiday gift will provide urgent and critical resources to individuals and families living in Washington, DC, who continue to feel the harsh impact of the ongoing global health pandemic. The process couldn’t be easier…

1. Make a Donation

Everyone Home DC will put your meaningful gift in honor to work immediately in support of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

2. Click Here to Download Your Certificate of Donation

After making your donation, download your certificate and personalize it.

Everyone Home DC Certificate of Donation

3. Check this item off your holiday to do list.

 Thank you for giving a gift that builds a stronger and more vibrant city for all!

If you need any support, we are on standby

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.

‘Tis the Season to Share Your Merry

This holiday season is the perfect time to help families in our community who continue to be impacted by the global health pandemic. 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. Once again this year, Everyone Home DC will distribute debit gift cards to our community members, giving them the power to make their own decisions on how they spend these valuable funds, however best for their families.

This year, 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 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 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 begin distributing 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. Please note, families have openly expressed how much they appreciate the convenience of receiving gift cards electronically. 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, 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.

 

How CARES Act Extensions Affect Your 2021 Charitable Tax Donations

To help American workers and businesses mitigate the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, in March 2020 the government signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Included in the original CARES Act were key provisions that encouraged individuals and corporations to help nonprofit organizations providing direct services and support to those impacted by COVID-19.

As a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, several of these provisions were extended or expanded into 2021. They may impact your 2021 charitable tax deductions as described below.

  • Extension: $300 deduction for those who claim the standard deduction.
    Individuals who plan to take the standard deduction for their 2021 tax returns may claim an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to qualifying public charities. As many as 85 percent of Americans do not itemize their tax returns, making them previously ineligible for charitable deductions.
  • Expansion: $600 deduction for married couples.
    For 2021, this above-the-line deduction is increased to $600 for cash donations for married couples filing jointly who do not itemize tax deductions.
  • Extension: Charitable giving deduction limit increased to 100 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on cash donations for those who itemize.
    Donors may continue to receive a federal income tax deduction for charitable contributions of up to 100 percent of their AGI for certain cash donations made during the calendar year 2021. Prior to 2020, this number was 60 percent.
  • Extension: AGI limit for cash contributions increased to 25 percent of taxable income for corporations.
    The AGI limit for cash contributions also remains increased for corporate donors. Corporations can deduct up to 25 percent of taxable income. Prior to 2020, this number was 10 percent.

You can also support Everyone Home DC with a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA, if you are age 70.5 or older. Deduction limitations for charitable gifts to donor-advised funds, private non-operating foundations, and supporting organizations were not changed under the CARES Act.

Questions?

Please talk with your accountant to learn more about the CARES Act specifically. If you have any questions or want to discuss the best way to support Everyone Home DC, please contact Kate Akalonu, Director of Strategic Initiatives at akalonu@everyonehomedc.org. You can also visit our “Make-a-Gift” page to learn more.

New Partnership Announcement: if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility

Everyone Home DC is excited to announce a new grant partnership with if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility, which will support Everyone Home DC’s continued commitment to dismantling power structures that uphold white supremacy. 

In the U.S., Black people are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. In Washington, DC, Black residents make up 86.4% of the homeless population while only representing 46.6% of the city’s population. The over-representation of Black Americans in the homeless population is no accident. Racism, violent land theft, and insufficient income and assets that create housing instability and widen the racial wealth gap has made Black people more likely to experience poverty and homelessness.

Everyone Home DC knows that the systems, programs, and individuals that exist to serve people experiencing homelessness must continue to intentionally address the myriad of injustices that have resulted from racism and racial inequity. And, Everyone Home DC is committed to addressing the disparities that exist in homelessness services across Washington, DC, and within our own organization. Everyone Home DC recognizes that we have much work to do to create long-term change and become a just and equitable society. 

“I am beyond thrilled that if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility has chosen to invest in Everyone Home DC. We know that homelessness cannot end without addressing racial inequity,” shared Everyone Home DC Executive Director Karen Cunningham. “As an organization, Everyone Home DC is focused on doing the work to ensure we are consistently examining the systems and structures of our organization through an antiracist lens.” 

To accomplish this goal, Everyone Home DC has contracted with C4 Innovations’ Racial Equity Design and Implementation (REDI) Initiative to audit the organization and its services to fully understand racial inequities and disparities within our work and correct them through equitable strategies and systems. C4 Innovations has extensive experience in this field and with similar organizations such as the York Street Project, NJ, and Shelter House, VA. They collaborate with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to complete a Racial Equity and Systems Analysis Project, which includes the Continuum of Care that Everyone Home DC is a member of.

The vision of the if Foundation is for Black people and people of the global majority to live powerfully, abundantly, and beautifully in healthy, self-determined communities free of social, economic, and ideological violence. They do this by supporting community-based and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC region that advance racial equity and justice. Learn more at https://www.iffdn.org/