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Located atop the organization's centers in the northwest and southeast corners of the city, the gardens will help bring fresh food to families in need and empower community members to work toward a future without hunger. At the recently expanded Northwest Center, the rooftop garden includes 30 raised beds and more than 3,500 square feet of growing space, making it one of the largest rooftop-agricultural sites in the region. The Southeast Center's garden will utilize a variety of different containers, such as planters, tires, and repurposed barbecue grills, to further enhance the organization's crop yield. These gardens will provide vegetables and herbs for Bread for the City's food pantries as well as for use in cooking workshops. In addition to feeding hungry local families, the gardens transform previously unused spaces into venues for health-related learning and dialogue.
Closing the opportunity gap for middle-school youth?that?s what Higher Achievement, DC Metro is all about. The organization works to help all students, regardless of their circumstances, achieve their potential in school and beyond. To that end, rigorous after-school and summer academic programs impart Higher Achievement?s scholars with the confidence, skills, and character necessary to succeed. Youth in 5th through 8th grade work with mentors on core subjects such as literature, mathematics, and science, spending an additional 650 hours outside school on their futures. This academic work, which is aligned with state standards, combines with field trips to local colleges as well as high-school placement services and community-service opportunities. And the statistics speak. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement?s scholars advance to top academic high-school programs, 94% graduate from high-school on time (nearly double the rate of their peers), and 93% advance to college.
At Holistic Healing & Wellness Associates, certified health coach Angelica Ramirez draws on her training in diet theory, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching to help clients overhaul their lives. In her health-coaching sessions, she guides clients through the process of setting goals, building confidence, and reducing stress via lifestyle changes.
The Neighbors in Need Fund is a project of the Community Foundation that responds to economic hardship with donations of food, clothing, shelter, and aid with foreclosure prevention. The fund also reinforces community support networks, such as medical and mental care facilities. The Neighbors in Need Fund distributes food and funds across the region through more than 700 partner organizations and has provided aid to more than 100,000 people since its inception in 2008.