It’s been a rough year, consider helping out

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courtesy of ‘DC Central Kitchen’

With the recession still having its impact, and the budget cuts for 2011 looming like a bad nightmare (in all seriousness, Mike Debonis’ twitter stream last night was a slideshow of horrors from the FY2011 budget) and I suspect that many of DC’s awesome non-profits may be about to dial back plans for next year.

As we enter into the Thanksgiving holiday, when we pause a moment to consider our blessings, think about bestowing some of your extra to the folks who might need it. Personally, I’ll be giving to DC Central Kitchen and Bread for the City this Thanksgiving to help continue their awesome programs. Do you know a non-profit that could use some help this Thanksgiving? Leave it in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “It’s been a rough year, consider helping out

  1. The African American Civil War Monument and Museum tells the story of the 209,165 United States Colored Troops that served in the Civil War..the victory that garnered the peace this country, to this day, still enjoys under one flag as well as the passage of the 14th, 15th, and 16th Amendments to the Constitution. Next year is the 150 anniversary of the Civil War to be celebrated all over the US. Here in DC we move into our new 5,000 sq ft Museum where we will expand our offerings on the stories of the incredible men and women who scarificed their lives and loved this country enough to help direct the course of history towards freedom and democracy. We feed the mind and spirit! The Monument is yours, your Ancestors. Come check out the registery of names to see if one of your family members served. Honor them by adding the Monument to you list of must see sites here in the Nations Capitol. AND, THANK YOU, for your gifts of love…

  2. Sometimes in trying times or the fuzzy holiday times, it is easy for big media outlets or smaller blogs/websites to find the story of giving in big non-profits. Non-profits that have large city contracts or big budgets that often confuse missions are the ones that get the attention. Have we taken the time to see if their missions have stood the test of time? Do homelessness and hunger, which were the original foci remain important? Have the changes over the year respond to not only the new needs of the community but also the old? I task the community at large to ask themselves are shelters receiving the best quality that they can? Is there a standard of living? Is the food received through DCCK meeting that need? How has Bread for the City best served the community through only working 4 days a week?

  3. @Direct Service: I appreciate the questions that you pose, they’re valuable questions that we all have to think about in this season, but both BFTC and DCCK have passed those tests in my eyes.