Grateful For YOU. Today & Always. 🙏

Today and always, we are thankful for YOU! Every day, we feel incredibly grateful for the community we partner with at Everyone Home DC. We are consistently amazed by your exceptional empathy, compassion, and dedication.

We are inspired by your investment in a future that ensures everyone in our city can access safe, affordable, and comfortable homes and meaningful relationships that connect them with supportive networks. Your involvement makes Everyone Home DC’s work possible, and together, we are creating a more equitable and dynamic 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!

Everyone Home DC Receives $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Everyone Home DC is thrilled to announce that we have been chosen to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund. This gift is the largest one ever received by our organization. It is the sixth round of annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, recognizing leading organizations doing compassionate, needle-moving work to help families experiencing homelessness secure housing and stability.

“Everyone Home DC is honored and humbled to be selected by the Day 1 Families Fund to receive this incredibly significant support, the timing of which is transformative for our organization and the people we work alongside,” said Karen Cunningham, executive director of Everyone Home DC. “We will put these critical funds right to work, increasing our organizational capacity and expanding our comprehensive services and housing solutions to ensure that families in our nation’s capital have the safety and stability of housing, the foundation needed for them to thrive.”

This one-time, uniquely flexible grant will support Everyone Home DC in serving as a critical lifeline to children and adults in families experiencing homelessness, who represent more than a quarter of the homeless population nationally. Everyone Home DC intends to use the Day 1 Families Fund grant to expand and enrich its comprehensive support services for families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, with the aim to facilitate long-term positive change.

Everyone Home DC was selected as a Day 1 Families Fund grant recipient by a group of national advisors who are leading advocates and experts on homelessness and service provision. National advisors brought expertise on housing justice, advancing racial equity and helping programs employ resources effectively to assist families out of homelessness.

Over the past six years, the Day 1 Families Fund has provided 208 grants totaling more than $630 million to organizations around the country working on the frontlines to identify unsheltered families, help families regain housing and connect families experiencing homelessness to vital services. A selection of more than half of the Day 1 Families Fund grantees who received funding between 2018 through 2021 report that, to date, they have used their grants to divert more than 28,000 families from experiencing homelessness, connect more than 30,000 unsheltered families with safe shelter and help more than 75,000 families access the services they need.

This year, the Fund issued a total of $117.55 million in grants to 38 organizations. The Day 1 Families Fund has now granted this award to organizations in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. New states this year include Arkansas, Vermont and Wyoming. The other organizations receiving grants in the D.C. area are Community of Hope, Shelter House and United Communities Against Poverty. The full list of awardees is available at bezosdayonefund.org/day1familiesfund.

Launched in 2018, the Bezos Day One Fund made a $2 billion commitment to focus on making meaningful and lasting impacts in two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help families experiencing homelessness, and creating a network of new, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. The Bezos Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to help families experiencing homelessness—including those who are unsheltered or staying in shelters—regain safe, stable housing and achieve well-being. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.

Share Your Holiday Spirit with Families in DC

This winter 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. This holiday season, Everyone Home DC will distribute debit gift cards throughout our community, allowing each household the opportunity to decide how they spend these funds to create a meaningful holiday for their family.

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 and 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

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC 

You can skip purchasing gift cards and donate 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 can 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 Development
Attn: Holidays
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.

Please note:

  • Any funds received above the goal for this campaign will be redirected to the general fund.
  • We will not accept gift cards at our drop-in day center for our guests’ health and safety at Shirley’s Place Day Center. Thank you for understanding.

We’re a Target Circle Participant | Vote for Everyone Home DC

Everyone Home DC is honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to influence how a portion of Target’s donation is directed to Everyone Home DC!

Now through December 31, vote for Everyone Home DC through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle

We’re asking our supporters to help us maximize this incredible opportunity. If you are already an avid Target Circle user, you probably have some votes to share in your account! Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to ensure everyone in our city has access to safe, comfortable, and affordable homes.

And remember, as you earn more votes, you can continue voting throughout the campaign! Leave no votes on the table!

Thank you for being so supportive, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

Click the thumbnail images below for a quick guide to getting started. Use your votes in support of Everyone Home DC today! 

 

Challenge Goal Exceeded. Thank YOU So Very Much.

Thank you for making this year’s September Challenge a historic success! For the fourth year in a row, you showed up for individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in DC. We raised over $72,000, with nearly 200 donations 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 our 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 honored to welcome back three Lead Sponsors this year. Please give a lot of love to Christ Church + Washington Parish on Capitol Hill, The Jeanne Phil Meg Team at Compass, and the National Capital Bank.
  • In the final weeks, we welcomed five new supporters at the Benefactor Circle and Sponsor levels, raising an additional $5,500. Thanks to Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Cheryl Vance, Anthony Amato, Anne & Roy Phillips, Anne Stone, and Geetha & Keith Waehrer joining the Challenge. You can see all of this year’s amazing September Challenge sponsors below, and be on the lookout for our celebration advertisement in the October Hill Rag.
  • Everyone Home DC’s online auction raised over $12,000, making it the most successful auction in our history. This year there was a total of 332 bids placed on 100 items. Additionally, we hosted our inaugural Final Countdown auction close-out party and had a blast celebrating the end of the auction with good friends, noisemakers, and bubbly!
  • The September Challenge Leaderboard had five active fundraisers that raised nearly $10,000. This year’s top fundraisers were Edith & Mark Sherman, Alison Harwood & Chuck Rohe, Abby Sypek, and Pat Joseph. Thanks to ALL for sharing your time and enthusiasm with this year’s September Challenge!

Thank you for joining Everyone Home DC in this critical month-long campaign supporting our mission to ensure everyone in our city has access to safe, affordable, and comfortable homes. 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. We could not do this work without you, and we are so glad you are here. Thank you!

Provide a Little Something Extra This Thanksgiving

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 diverse families that we work alongside will have the flexibility to celebrate their Thanksgiving. Everyone Home DC will distribute grocery and debit gift cards throughout our community, allowing each household 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 150 $50 gift cards to families before 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 with.

If you are interested in supporting Everyone Home DC with reaching this goal, you can make a monetary donation today here. You can also run a drive to collect gift cards at your work, place of worship, or social 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 are running 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. Consider making a donation in $50 increments (or any amount) today!
  • Everyone Home DC families expressed most appreciating Visa, Mastercard, Safeway, and Giant gift cards.

GETTING CARDS TO EVERYONE HOME DC

You are welcome to skip the process of purchasing cards and make a donation on our Thanksgiving Celebration 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 can 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: Thanksgiving
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.

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

Please note: For our staff and guests’ health and safety at Everyone Home DC’s Day Center, 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.

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!