Helping students set goals and work towards them is a huge step in empowering underserved youth. That’s the idea behind Teens Run DC, a nonprofit that promotes the physical, social and emotional well-being of DC students through running and mentoring programs.
Goodwill of Greater Washington is a flagship nonprofit in the D.C. area with a mission to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment. With nearly 12,000 homeless individuals reportedly now living in the region, the importance of this work has never been clearer. With free job training, employment services and assistance initiatives such as travel stipends, Goodwill of Greater Washington is working to get these individuals back on their feet and into the workforce.
Despite it being one of the wealthiest U.S. regions, Montgomery County is home to the largest number of low-income, uninsured residents in the State of Maryland. The Primary Care Coalition (PCC) is working to build access to high-quality, equitable health care for those residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic status. In 2005, the PCC administered Montgomery Cares, a public/private partnership tasked with providing primary and preventative care to some 40,000 low-income, uninsured adult residents through eight independent nonprofit health clinics.
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are an especially vulnerable group among those in need of mission services. These victims and their children face homelessness and the constant threat of physical or sexual abuse. Secrecy and fear of retaliation make leaving very difficult for most women, so having a safe and welcoming haven from the abuse is invaluable. District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) operates DC’s largest dedicated safe housing program with over forty-three apartment units for women and children in crisis. Residents live there for up to two years while working with DASH to reestablish a safe and independent life. DASH’s housing and advocacy services offer a safety net to those who need it most.
40 percent of the total energy consumption in the U.S. comes from buildings alone. The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working to improve energy efficiency in buildings throughout the U.S. and abroad, primarily through reinforcing the link between a building’s energy efficiency and its financial savings and value.