The Child and Family Network Centers provides free education and social services for preschool children, and job training for their families. The children it serves are considered at-risk due to limited English proficiency and low-income backgrounds. To fulfill the need for strong educational programs, CFNC operates a year-round preschool in 10 classrooms—with literacy and language support for bilingual children in 27 languages—to prepare them for kindergarten with their peers. These programs reach out to families in their own neighborhoods and supplement the students’ education with additional resources such as health services.
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Arts Are For All Ages' aim is to bring classical music to people with restricted mobility and to help young musicians find outlets for their art. More than 28 young musicians performed for six senior communities during the inaugural season in 2009. Now, young musicians bring a variety of musical instruments and give live classical concerts on a regular basis for elderly neighbors who otherwise could not attend arts events.
When she was a tutor to children from low-income families in Washington, DC, Kyle Zimmer was amazed by how excited students would get whenever given their own books. As she relayed in a 2011 New York Times story, this work inspired Zimmer to start First Book, an organization dedicated to making reading materials accessible to children in need.
Today, nearly 20 years after Zimmer's eureka moment, First Book works toward this goal through two channels: the First Book Marketplace, an online store with quality books—including Caldecott and Newbery award-winners—available at up to 90% below the retail price, and the First Book National Book Bank, a clearinghouse for publishers’ excess inventory. To date, the organization has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to 50,000 schools and programs throughout the United States and Canada—with more added each month.
The impact has been inspiring. An internal study found that 70% of children reported reading more at home after receiving books from First Book. In recognition of this and other accomplishments, the organization has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2005 Nonprofit Innovation Award and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
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One of the few American companies devoted to presenting operas in concert form, Washington Concert Opera sets patrons' spirits to soaring with rousing renditions of major works. Their forthcoming presentation of Jules Massenet's Werther seeks to showcase a stirring score and the talents of seven songbirds—including Met Opera regulars Jennifer Lamore (Charlotte) and Giuseppe Filianoti (Werther)—through a tale of star-crossed lovers, deathbed promises, and spontaneous, tuneful small talk. The vocal vamping takes place in the Lisner Auditorium, located on the George Washington University campus, whose tiered seating and cavernous playing chamber allow for ample views of vocalists and violinists alike. Attendees seated in Section C gaze upon the orchestra's harmonics from the rear terrace, enjoying unparalleled views of Waldo hiding behind the timpani section.
When Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green,” he obviously did not have access to today’s Groupon side deal. With this deal, you get a year-long membership to Live Green, an organization that puts the eco in economical. Plus, you get a $10 gift certificate for organic food and drink at Java Green Eco Café. Live Green has negotiated deals and discounts at 30+ green businesses in the DC-area. With your Live Green membership card handy, you can save $50 off a Zipcar membership, get 10% off everything at Sticky Fingers Bakery, buy $0.94 CFLs from ecobeco, and much, much more.
Cornerstone Closets' custom-built storage spaces clobber clutter and decimate messes. On an initial at-home visit, cleanup wizards will use proprietary ORGdesign software to plan and visualize closet structures as the client watches in real time. Prices for custom closets vary based on the quality of the materials and the type of finish, but a 96"x96" walk-in closet starts at $995 and can also contain specialized compartments for different possessions ($30–$75 each). Jewelry inserts secrete away baubles and knick-knacks from prying eyes, while racks can be draped with off-duty ties and belts. All storage structures can be crafted from a cornucopia of materials, from basic white melamine to rich wood-stained veneers and kelly green Flubber.