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ECDC Emergency Assistance Fund
As refugees adjust to their new lives in the United States, an unexpected expense like a medical bill or the death of a breadwinner can present a serious hardship. With your help, ECDC is committed to ensuring refugees are able to continue on their path towards integration and self-sufficiency into their new communities despite unexpected circumstances.

The ECDC Emergency Assistance fund is designed to support rental, mortgage, utility bills and other critical costs in emergency cases. An application and verification process with our affiliate organizations will ensure that those in the most need are assisted.

Fun Fact:
In 2018, ECDCs Matching Grant program enrolled 661 refugee clients. 81% of those achieved self-sufficiency at 120 days and 90% at 180 days.
Goal: $5,000.00
135.16
3% Funded

Entrepreneurship: A Means of Survival
Giving Starts on May 22, 2019!

This year, the Greater Washington Urban League is on a mission to raise $10k to fuel the hard work of Black entrepreneurs who have otherwise been excluded from participating in the American economy. They are determined to make their pathway out of poverty! We are committed to doing our part to ensure success. Will you help us raise funds through Do More 24 to pay for licensing fees, business cards, start-up inventory, business coaching and more?

Entrepreneurship at the Greater Washington Urban League is about finding a place to start. Entrepreneurs are taught a proactive, self-starting approach to entrepreneurship that focuses on future-oriented, persistent behaviors. As they build on their idea, entrepreneurs look for ways to differentiate themselves from other businesses, anticipate problems, overcome setbacks and plan for opportunities. Once connected to GWUL, entrepreneurs can always utilize our services to grow and hire within our communities.

GWUL Entrepreneurship Center Offers:
- One on One Personalized Counseling
- Entrepreneurship 101 Training
- Group Business Training for Existing Small Business Owners
- Minority Small Business Directory (coming soon)


Goal: $10,000.00
10.90
0% Funded

Join Me in Doing More for Children of Parents Incarcerated!
by Nancy McCormick-Pickett
Hi Friends and Family,

This year for Do More 24, I have joined OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in support of second and fair chances! For those of you who aren't familiar, OAR is a community-based nonprofit organization working with men and women returning to the community from incarceration and offering alternative sentencing options through community service to youth and adults. They truly do great work in the community and I am proud to be a supporter of their mission!

This year, OAR is raising funds for their "Project Backpack" program. Project Backpack is a back-to-school program that provides new backpacks and school supplies for children who have a parent incarcerated locally in the D.C. Metro area. Each child participating in this program will receive a brand new backpack and age-appropriate school supplies as well as a handwritten letter from their parent who is incarcerated to wish them luck on the next school year and to remind them they are not forgotten. This program was created last year in an effort to assist those involved in the criminal justice system and their families. Having a parent incarcerated places huge financial obstacles for a family. This program will relieve at least some of this financial strain on these families when it comes to back to school shopping and provide these children with the supplies they need for educational success!

Your DoMore24 donations will directly support OAR's Project Backpack program by helping fund mailing costs to send backpacks and school supplies to children who live outside of the local delivery area as well as to purchase any necessary items to ensure that each child will receive supplies. I hope you will join me in supporting these children and families, together we can truly make an impact on these families' lives! Any gift, no matter the size, is appreciated!

For more information on OAR visit their website at https://www.oaronline.org/
Goal: $1,000.00
163.50
16% Funded

Join Me in Doing More for Children of Parents Incarcerated!
by Joseph Katona
Hi Friends and Family,

This year for Do More 24, I have joined OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in support of second and fair chances! For those of you who aren't familiar, OAR is a community-based nonprofit organization working with men and women returning to the community from incarceration and offering alternative sentencing options through community service to youth and adults. They truly do great work in the community and I am proud to be a supporter of their mission!

This year, OAR is raising funds for their "Project Backpack" program. Project Backpack is a back-to-school program that provides new backpacks and school supplies for children who have a parent incarcerated locally in the D.C. Metro area. Each child participating in this program will receive a brand new backpack and age-appropriate school supplies as well as a handwritten letter from their parent who is incarcerated to wish them luck on the next school year and to remind them they are not forgotten. This program was created last year in an effort to assist those involved in the criminal justice system and their families. Having a parent incarcerated places huge financial obstacles for a family. This program will relieve at least some of this financial strain on these families when it comes to back to school shopping and provide these children with the supplies they need for educational success!

Your DoMore24 donations will directly support OAR's Project Backpack program by helping fund mailing costs to send backpacks and school supplies to children who live outside of the local delivery area as well as to purchase any necessary items to ensure that each child will receive supplies. I hope you will join me in supporting these children and families, together we can truly make an impact on these families' lives! Any gift, no matter the size, is appreciated!

For more information on OAR visit their website at https://www.oaronline.org/
Goal: $1,000.00
545.00
55% Funded

Notre Dame Students for L'Arche GWDC!
by Alix Basden
My introduction to L'Arche happened only a few months ago, when I willingly gave up my spring break to spend a week in community with the family that is L'Arche GWDC. Staying in the Arlington houses, cooking meals, and just generally spending time in L'Arche had a profound impact on me, and my plans for the future. After my time with Hazel, Eric, Kelly, Fritz, Charles, Laurie, Francene, and Bruce, I knew I had to come back. All the stress and tension of college life melted away when I was with the L'Arche family, and it helped me to greater understand what my family can be, whether at home or at school. I want to return to L'Arche as an assistant, and in the meantime want to do anything I can to help this incredible group of people keep sharing their gifts. L'Arche was incredibly special to me, and I hope everyone can have a L'Arche story like I do.
Goal: $200.00
26.16
13% Funded

Support L'Arche with Chris & Martín!
by Martin Witchger

For over a year, about once a month, we bring dinner to share and eat with the L'Arche community. It is always a positive experience to sit down with their dynamic and vibrant community, share a meal, break bread, and pray with them. They have become a staple in our routine, and have made our life that much more full!

What makes life in L'Arche unique is that the people with and without intellectual disabilities come together to create a different kind of community - one that looks for and celebrates each person's gifts and the unique value they bring.

--- More about L'Arche ---
We build inclusive communities where everyone is valued, their voices heard, and their preferences and goals respected. We have four homes in D.C. and Virginia where core people (adults with intellectual disabilities) and assistants live together as a family.

Will you consider giving a gift today?
• $24 helps us purchase household items like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and paper products so our homes stay clean and run smoothly
• $48 helps cover to cost of gas so people can can go to work, doctor appointments, church, and social events.
• $96 helps us make healthy dinners for the household

Thank you for joining Chris & Martin in supporting L'Arche of Greater Washington!
Goal: $350.00
553.71
158% Funded

From L'Arche STL--> Dublin--> GWDC!
by Chelsea Sullivan
Anyone who knows me knows three things. I love to travel; I am a perfectionist; and people with disabilities are my passion. L'Arche has been a part of my life for three years now. It's taken me across the world, challenged me, taught me invaluable lessons, and demonstrated the importance of community. A recent email from L'Arche St. Louis quoted Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche, by saying, "We do not discover who we are, we do not reach true humanness in a solitary state; we discover it through mutual dependency, in weakness, in learning through belonging." No matter the community I've been with, the core of community-centered giving remains the same. The core members welcome me and invite me to be my most authentic self.  L'Arche creates a feeling of being apart of an extended family. In L'Arche, imperfections are welcome, vulnerability is necessary, and relationships are inevitable. It is not an overstatement when I say L'Arche has been life changing for me. In a world that can be isolating, L'Arche is necessary in building relationships and fostering community. In order to continue their work and the impact L'Arche has on core members, volunteers, and assistants, please consider donating to L'Arche Greater Washington, DC. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
Goal: $500.00
1835.28
367% Funded

Fundraising for L'Arche GWDC
by Jerry Bentley
I have been a board member of L'Arche GWDC since January 2002. L'Arche is unique in that people with and without intellectual disabilities live together as a family, celebrating each other's differences and growing as a community.

Live-in assistants provide daily support to "core people" (adults with intellectual disabilities). Core people share their gifts from leading household meetings, to teaching in classrooms, to creating artwork. Each year, the homes host over 1,000 visits with dinner guests, volunteers, and student groups and work with more than 65 assistants, interns, and youth volunteers.

Through their homes and outreach activities, L'Arche forms relationships centered on belonging and recognizing our need for each other. L'Arche works to create a more inclusive society, where everyone's value is recognized and celebrated!
Goal: $1,000.00
342.00
34% Funded

Help support the mission of L'Arche!
by Sarah Moore
Please join me in making a donation to support the mission of L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. Over the last six years, I've been blessed to be a part of this special community and have learned so much from the friendships I have made with core members, adults with disabilities who call L'Arche their home.

What happens in 24 hours at L'Arche? Life happens! People wake up and eat breakfast, go to work, buy groceries, cook dinner, pray together, do chores, watch TV, sharing life as a family. What makes this life in L'Arche unique is that the people with and without intellectual disabilities come together to create a different kind of community - one that looks for and celebrates each person's gifts and the unique value they bring.

Will you consider giving a gift today?
• $24 helps us purchase household items like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and paper products so our homes stay clean and run smoothly
• $48 helps cover to cost of gas so people can go to work, doctor appointments, church, and social events.
• $96 helps us make healthy dinners for the household
Goal: $300.00
296.48
99% Funded

The Necessity of Encounter
by Luke Smith
L'Arche Greater Washington is a place of belonging for many. It is a community where people with and without disabilities share life together. A community in which we support each other through the daily routines and the frequent changes in life. We do so as a sign of the dignity that each one of us ought to know.
L'Arche is my home, a home in which I am called to belong. I have the blessing of growing my family in L'Arche and in being called a brother, friend, and listener. L'Arche GWDC is a community in which I am welcomed as I am, as a unique and sacred gift, a community which believes that each one of us is a gift.
The world needs L'Arche, it needs places for unity and sharing, spaces for encounter, to listen and be heard.
I invite you to make an impact in our world today through supporting the work of L'Arche GWDC, so that we can continue to be a place of welcome, honouring the dignity and gifts of people with and without intellectual disabilities.

I recently was travelling for a few days, Caitlin was dropping me off at the airport, the boys, Patrick Joseph and Francis, were in the car.
Patrick asked: "Daddy if you're not here who will be the leader?"
I replied, "well who is the leader now?"
Joseph, Patrick and Francis replied, by naming core members in the community - people who they have known all their lives, people who had held them on their first days, held their hands crossing the road, fed them, babysat with them, watched their football games, taught them how to pray and play.

I am so grateful for the gift of l'Arche in my life the life of my family and for its place in our world.
Goal: $150.00
132.98
89% Funded

Love & Community
by Kiera Suffel
I was L'Arche GWDC's Fundraising and Communications Team Intern for the 2017 spring semester. My semester interning at L'Arche helped me grow in many ways as I witnessed how a L'Arche community upholds everyone's value. At L'Arche, people with and without intellectual disabilities come together to create homes that look for and celebrates each person's gifts.

L'Arche builds inclusive communities where everyone's voices are heard and their preferences and goals respected. L'Arche has four homes in D.C. and Virginia where core people (adults with intellectual disabilities) and assistants live together as a family.

Will you consider giving a gift today?
• $24 helps L'Arche purchase household items like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and paper products so our homes stay clean and run smoothly
• $48 helps cover to cost of gas so people can can go to work, doctor appointments, church, and social events.
• $96 helps L'Arche make healthy dinners for the household


Goal: $300.00
141.89
47% Funded

Building Inclusive Communities
by Moira Griffith
I first encountered L'Arche in high school and I've since returned to volunteer multiple summers. For me, L'Arche is a place of inclusivity and belonging, something that is rare and very much needed.

Spend a day at one of L'Arche GWDC's four homes (two in Adams Morgan and two in Arlington, VA), and you will find much more than a housing program for people with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche is a loving community where people with and without disabilities live together as a family. Live-in assistants provide daily support to "core people" (adults with intellectual disabilities). Core people share their gifts from leading household meetings, to teaching in classrooms, to creating artwork. Each year, the homes host over 1,000 visits with dinner guests, volunteers, and student groups and work with more than 65 assistants, interns, and youth volunteers. Through their homes and outreach activities, L'Arche forms relationships centered on belonging and recognizing our need for each other. We work to create a more inclusive society, where everyone's value is recognized and celebrated!

Your gift today will support daily life with our core people! From groceries to house maintenance, from vacations to art supplies, your donation will build our community and help core people reach their goals.
Goal: $300.00
0.00
0% Funded

Authentic Life at L'Arche
by Brooke Lacock
Almost exactly two months ago, my dear friend Mo passed away surrounded by loved ones. He was a core member at L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. for over 30 years, and before that spent most of his life in an institution with very poor conditions.

In his last year of life, I was able to spend most days-- 8-10 hours a day-- with this man who would tap your foot and blame it on a ghost, jokingly call everyone grandpa or grandma (regardless of their age), and point out every single police car, ambulance or fire truck.
I have been deeply impacted by being in relationship with Mo.

1.) He taught me how to really cherish the little things-- every object in your room, soda tabs, each sip of coke that he bought at the grocery store nearby.
2.) Mo unashamedly modeled his unique sense of humor in an inspiring way-- burping and then chuckling at church, offering to be next in line if my fiance didn't show up to the wedding, and all his unique sayings such as "that it" when he was done sharing.
3.) Most importantly, I found belonging in my friendship with Mo in ways I couldn't have imagined. The journey of us being friends was intense and bumpy; it started with him telling me to go home (seriously) and transformed into each of us lighting up when we saw the other and yelling out each other's name-- "Mo!" and "Ice Cream!" (Oh yea, he called me Ice Cream).

I share all this, first as a way for me to remember and share about Mo, who I miss immensely, but also to share about the impact that relationships at L'Arche have on people. For Mo, a man who had an intellectual disability and grew up in an institution, he found a home where his gifts of playing "mouth phone" (harmonica) and goofing around were valued and shared widely. And in his final months, he had a home at L'Arche where he was supported, loved and cared for well as his body and mind weakened. For me too, L'Arche is a community where I am encouraged show up as my full self. I come with my talents and gifts, but also I show up with the parts of me that I don't like and used to hide. Because of people like Mo, and others in our community who show up every day, as their authentic self, I am transformed to do the same. And when we do this, we live our richest, most authentic lives where we form deep meaningful relationships and communities of belonging.

Please consider making a donation to my L'Arche GWDC community to help us continue our efforts of people with and without disabilities living authentically together!

To find out more about us, visit our website: www.larche-gwdc.org
Goal: $500.00
170.12
34% Funded

Help Me DoMore24
by Maryanne Henderson
Spend a day at one of L'Arche GWDC's four homes (two in Adams Morgan and two in Arlington, VA), and you will find much more than a housing program for people with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche is a loving community where people with and without disabilities live together as a family. Live-in assistants provide daily support to "core people" (adults with intellectual disabilities). Core people share their gifts from leading household meetings, to teaching in classrooms, to creating artwork. Each year, the homes host over 1,000 visits with dinner guests, volunteers, and student groups and work with more than 65 assistants, interns, and youth volunteers. Through our homes and outreach activities, L'Arche forms relationships centered on belonging and recognizing our need for each other. We work to create a more inclusive society, where everyone's value is recognized and celebrated!

Your gift today will support daily life with our core people! From groceries to house maintenance, from vacations to art supplies, your gift will build our community and help core people reach their goals.
Goal: $1,000.00
1448.73
145% Funded

Fundraiser for L'Arche GWDC
by Christine Madigan
I have been a board member for L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. since 2012 and I currently serve as board vice president. I am moved by the humanity of everyone at L'Arche and the extravagance of recognizing everyone's dignity.

Spend a day at one of L'Arche GWDC's four homes (two in Adams Morgan and two in Arlington, VA), and you will find much more than a housing program for people with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche is a loving community where people with and without disabilities live together as a family. Live-in assistants provide daily support to "core people" (adults with intellectual disabilities). Core people share their gifts from leading household meetings, to teaching in classrooms, to creating artwork. Each year, the homes host over 1,000 visits with dinner guests, volunteers, and student groups and work with more than 65 assistants, interns, and youth volunteers. Through our homes and outreach activities, L'Arche forms relationships centered on belonging and recognizing our need for each other. We work to create a more inclusive society, where everyone's value is recognized and celebrated!

Your gift today will support daily life with our core people! From groceries to house maintenance, from vacations to art supplies, your gift will build our community and help core people reach their goals.
Goal: $800.00
154.64
19% Funded