Community Service

THANK YOU Capital Chapter Volunteers for making a difference and a positive impact in the lives of others.”

Carpenters Shelter
July 18, 2019

The Community Services Committee has partnered with the Alexandria based nonprofit Carpenters Shelter to help provide “Welcome Home Kits”.  Carpenters Shelter’s mission is to support the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy.  These kits are provided to residents who are graduating from the shelter and transitioning into their own homes. The kits contain some of the items listed below placed in either a dollar store bucket or dollar store garbage can. The list provided is a general list and can be adapted to fit whatever you would like to include in the welcome home kits that you put together.  We will have a table at the July 18th Spark Event to collect the needed items.  Your support is critical and meaningful for families that have worked hard to become independent again.

Items for Kits:
Baskets/Buckets/Wastebaskets:  These can be bought at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar Store, A.C. Moore, etc.

Any of the following can go into the kits or whatever one thinks would help someone settling into their new place:  Kitchen Towels, Kitchen Drying Mat, Oven Mitt, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Brush (the small ones at the dollar store are perfect for the containers), Plastic Sandwich Bags, Microfiber Cloths, Sponges, Spray Cleaner, Softsoap, Bars of Soap, Small Bottle of Dish Washing Soap, Clips for Closing Plastic Bags, Can Opener, Deck of Cards, Rolls of Toilet Paper.

Coat Drive for One Warm Coat

Help the CSC make this coming winter both warmer and safer for area residents. Adult and children’s coats are being collected at various locations during the drive. We will also be collecting donations at upcoming events.

Pick up locations:
San Francisco Travel, 1400 16 Street, NW, Suite 130, Washington, DC 20036
Contact: Donna Del Gallo, 202-803-5462
1933 Fisher Court, Falls Church, VA 22043
Contact: Lisa Luks, 703-532-0969

About One Warm CoatOne Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to children and adults in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Since One Warm Coat’s inception in 1992, we have worked with our volunteers to host more than 31,000 coat drives and have given away more than 5 million coats.

Martha’s Table: Joyful Food Market
May 17, 2019

The PCMA Capital chapter community services committee participated in the Martha’s table event called Joyful Food Markets.

The committee members provided fresh and nonperishable food to the local families at the Appletree Douglas Knoll School.  This incredible event provided much needed food to over 40 families in a few hours.

It was an opportunity for families to walk through “the Store” to pick up items that they would use in everyday cooking.  An additional station was set up to provide fresh apple and kale slaw to families to try out new health recipes.

“The event was a great way to give back to the local community”, says Donna Del Gallo, Committee Chair.

If you want to participate yourself, please go to:   Martha’s //table.org/volunteer.   There are many opportunities throughout the year.

Joyful Food Markets take place at 53 elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8, east of the Anacostia River, to reduce hunger and increase access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Presented in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, the markets are held once a month, immediately following school dismissal. These markets are joyful community events open to families with children enrolled in that school. As a Joyful Food Market volunteer, you’ll assist with creating a vibrant and joyful space for shopping, support demos of healthy, market-inspired recipes, assist children and families with choosing and learning about fruits and vegetables, and more!

Humane Rescue Alliance
April 26, 2019

Thank you to Mariana Gallo and Krista Whaley for their help setting up for the Humane Rescue Alliance  on Friday, April 26, 2019 for their MEOW DC event on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Union Market Dock 5.

Overall the event raised $60,000.00 for HRA, and there were over 1,000 people in attendance.

Rebecca SchingelCommunity Service