These Non-Profits get the Job Done

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Day, let’s recognize a few wind powered nonprofits that help better the community each day.  Be it through planting trees, teaching math, coaching soccer, or providing housing, these organizations embody MLK’s call for service to others and to the community.

Environmental Conservation: Trees, Parks, & Water

DC’s Casey Trees works to protect the local tree canopy through planting programs, education, advocacy on the policy level, and community engagement.  You can plant with them beginning in March.

Washington Parks & People initiates city-wide green initiatives, including public health programs, green job training, park safety, and community cultivation. They have an EPA grant for Urban Gardens.

Maryland State Game and Fish Protective Association promotes natural resource conservation and good sportsmanship among hunters and fishers through advocacy efforts and various community events.

Youth & Education

DC Scores is an after school program for kids that promotes fitness and collaboration through various sport teams.  They hold an adult charity soccer tournament, DC SCORES Cup, each year in June.

New Community for Children addresses various education needs of children, including tutoring, mentoring, and multicultural events.  Washingtonians: You can help a child read by being a Reading Buddy for just 30 minutes a week.

Housing & Homelessness

DASH provides long-term safe housing and works to prevent homelessness in the DC area.  They have their own computer lab to help clients find housing that’s right for them.

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless provides emergency shelter, support services for the homeless, and permanent housing.

The National Housing Trust works to make rental housing affordable for low-income families.  Their building was also declared LEED certified last July, reducing their environmental footprint.

Food & Hunger

Manna Food Center strives to eliminate hunger in the Montgomery County area through food distribution, education, and advocacy efforts.  You can volunteer at a farmers market in the Rockville or Olney area to help further their efforts.

Martha’s Table provides financial support services, community events, and educational programs to equip clients with clothing, food, knowledge, and a promising future.  Volunteer opportunities include food prep, clothing store staff, and mobile hot meal services.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — MLK Jr.

Thank you to all of these organizations for such outstanding service!