We're proud to partner with SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) to provide free, affirming mental healthcare to queer and trans youth. LGBTQ youth face unique challenges and struggle with higher rates of mental health issues. Affirming mental health care acknowledges and validates the experiences, identities, and challenges faced by LGBTQ youth. By partnering to offer free services, we're breaking down barriers that might prevent queer youth from seeking care. Through our collaboration with SMYAL, we're ensuring these young individuals have the support they need to thrive.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) has been a care provider and a beacon of hope to residents of Washington, D.C. since 1970. Their services are available to individuals, families, senior citizens, veterans, and those affected by physical or mental illness. SOME strives to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through a comprehensive Whole Person Care approach. This approach includes transitional and long-term housing, primary care, dental care, and substance abuse treatment, emergency services, and education and workforce development.
City Blossoms is an organization that cultivates the well-being of DC communities through creative programming in kid-driven gardens, working with Black, Latino, and children of immigrant backgrounds. Our Club recognizes green spaces are critical for kids and communities. Parks and gardens contribute to positive mental and physical health. They are areas to socialize with friends and neighbors, exercise, and relax. Green spaces also improve water and air quality, keeping our city cool.
Since 1995, Everybody Wins DC has used books and reading to help children develop the foundational skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Today, EWDC offers students, schools, and community partners three distinct reading-based programs designed to fill critical support gaps for children to have a fair and equitable shot at success. The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. works with EWDC to restock Little Free Libraries around D.C., host book drives and sorting events, and serve as mentors and leaders of book talks at local schools.
Gifts for the Homeless has been helping homeless adults and children in DC since it began in 1986. A volunteer-run organization led by members of the DC legal community, they collect and deliver coats, hats, gloves, socks, blankets, and more to 70+ organizations throughout the DC metro area. Each December, Gifts for the Homeless hosts a 3-day event where volunteers sort and bag clothing donations that are then distributed to the DC community. On average, 3,000 to 4,000 bags of new and gently used clothing are donated based on the needs of each recipient organization receiving them.
DC Scores creates neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. We envision a DC where every child – no matter their family income – experiences the joys of childhood: sports, arts, service, and being part of a team. Where every child – no matter their family circumstances – is empowered to find academic success and grow into an emotionally and physically healthy teen and adult. Where every neighborhood supports and celebrates its children and their accomplishments on and off the playing field.
Sarah’s Circle is an affordable housing residence and community center providing comprehensive services for low-income seniors. We were founded in 1983 by a group of luminaries, local and national political and business leaders, and community activists who had a collective vision for a supportive home where older adults on fixed incomes could thrive independently and support one another in a safe and holistic environment. Our club organizes several social programs each year at Sarah’s Circle, including holiday-themed meals, summer picnics, and game nights.
The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C., founded in 1917, is a community-led service organization committed to making a positive impact in our nation's capital. With a rich history of service and a strong network of volunteers, we work to create lasting change and brighter futures for children in the District of Columbia. Join us in our mission so that every child in our community has the opportunity to thrive and live up to their full potential.