Friday, October 24, 2014

FUNDRAISING ALERT | The Washington Ballet: This IS the POINTE

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This Indiegogo fundraising campaign ends in a day. Take a moment and read all about it and contribute whatever you can spare. As of 1:10pm this campaign is 93% funded! Help them read their goal and bring more free and reduced fee dance classes to Ward 8! 

To bring the joy and artistry of dance to the nation's capital and the world's stage through the presentation of the best in classical and contemporary ballet; to provide the highest caliber of dance training through a preeminent school of ballet; and to serve and involve the entire community through extensive dance education and outreach programs.


Nearly 15 years ago, The Washington Ballet expanded its education operations to serve southeast Washington, D.C. at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), known as TWB@THEARC, to reach underserved areas of the Washington DC community. TWB@THEARC offers community-based education programs, ballet training through The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB), and hosts TWB's community engagement programs of DanceDC and the EXCEL! Scholarship program. To ensure access for all, TWB offers tuition on a sliding scale based on household income and family size.   

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Are plans to close DC General really going to solve the homeless crisis or just concentrate it east of the river?

The Advoc8te feels like death warmed over but I had to share this latest article from Aaron Wiener of  the Washington City Paper about the city's plans to close D.C. General and open smaller shelters around the city. I know I am not the only one who cringes when they hear DC government come up with a new "solution" to some unsightly problem -- because 9 times out of 10 that "solution" is based east of the river. If west of the river should ever come up with a motto it should say, "stays winning."

Who here DOESN'T think that most (if not all) of these new shelters are going to be located east of the Anacostia river? We know good and well that a developer/landlord west of the river in a hot (or even lukewarm) neighborhood is less likely to accept a 10 or 20 year lease to use their property as a homeless shelter. No one wants to lock themselves into that type of limited revenue if they even think they could do better on the open market. The only landlords this appeals to are east of the river slum landlords and the nonprofits that apply for grants to do work here.  As I look out of my window I can count five subsidized housing projects and group homes yet we only have one grocery store in all of Ward 8 and very few job opportunities.

Washington City Paper reporter, Aaron Wiener hits the nail on the head with this excerpt from today's article:

Is the plan to move people out of poverty or just move the poverty out of sight?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Down for the count. Again.

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Hey Folks--

After a brief comeback The Advoc8te is again succumbing to the effects of a pretty nasty bad sinus infection. As my medication is making everything appear double and I've resorted to labored mouth breathing, I am going to retire to my blogger's lair (also known as my bed) to rest. For anyone I've managed to infect the past few days, "My bad!!!!"

Therefore, CHotR may be quiet the next few days. However, if I can focus on one keyboard I will try to post when I can. 

Have a great day and stay healthy folks! 

-The Advoc8te

P.S. I swear I don't have Ebola so feel free to send cookies! ;) 

HOUSING COMPLEX | Rescue Mission: The Coast Guard Hasn’t Done Much for Ward 8

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Go HERE to read the full article by Aaron Wiener. 

But community service only goes so far. If the Coast Guard, and the larger Homeland Security team that’s expected to follow, are to have a real economic impact, their workers will have to start spending money in the community. Schafler raves about Mama’s Kitchen in Anacostia— “they’ve got the best freakin’ ribs in the country”—but admits it’s hard to get Coast Guard workers to make the mile-plus trek there or to the few other local eateries for lunch. 
The city made an effort to lure Coast Guard employees off of their compound by erecting an $8 million temporary “Gateway Pavilion” just across Martin Luther King from the DHS complex on the East Campus and offering teensy rents—initially $1 a month, then reduced to free—to food trucks and other vendors who set up shop there. But the pavilion hasn’t really brought Coast Guard workers into the neighborhood, since a tunnel allows them to access it without setting foot on MLK, the neighborhood’s main drag. And it’s still not exactly flooded with feds at lunchtime. 
“We’ve got an underpass to the St. Elizabeths pavilion,” says Schafler. “It’s a 15-minute walk. If you have 30 minutes for lunch, you can’t do it.”
When the West Campus opened, the federal government limited the size of its cafeteria, hoping that workers would be motivated to spill out into the community for lunch. (It also restricted on-site parking to just one space for every four employees to encourage people to take the Metro or bus to work and further engage with the neighborhood.) But many employees simply bring lunch, and the cafeteria, with its brick pizza oven and offerings when I visited like vindaloo pork and curry chicken, is still a lot more appealing than a trek into Congress Heights for a bite from a carryout.

HELP WANTED | Workforce Center Manager

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Go HERE for the full job posting. 

The Skyland Workforce Center (SWC) seeks a qualified individual to manage Center operations. This position requires excellent organizational skills and a commitment to workforce development, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of individuals including job seekers, nonprofit service providers, DC government staff, construction managers and other interested parties. The Center Manager will be responsible for maintaining a collaborative spirit between all partner organizations providing services on-site with the goal of offering high quality programs and services to all who seek assistance at SWC. The Center manager will be an employee of Building Bridges Across the River.
•Work with an advisory board to set policies, direction, and strategies for the Center
•Provide day-to-day management of the Skyland Workforce Center
•Develop policies and procedures for Center operations
•Create a welcoming and supportive environment for clients
•Create and maintain a collaborative working environment between SWC partner organizations, while also managing the Center's relationships with partner providers
•Meet regularly with partner providers to evaluate goals, improve collaboration and monitor progress
•Ensure that client needs are being effectively met, and identify gaps in services and programs or processes to close the gaps
•Develop a set of metrics to measure the Center's impact and effectiveness, and track client's progress and achievements by analyzing collected data and outcomes
•Monitor partner organizations performance against terms of agreements
•Serve as a liaison with the property development team, Center Steering Committee, and outside funders
•Assist the advisory board with fundraising for the Center

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