Our Military Kids, Inc. provides grants of up to $500 for children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and Wounded Warriors. These grants pay for participation in sports, fine-arts, or academic programs to help reduce the children's stress within limited family budgets. Since its inception eight years ago, Our Military Kids has funded more than 34,000 grants for children's activities, totaling nearly $14 million, helping alleviate stress and anxiety for children in one of the most volatile periods of their lives.
Plan your next travel adventure at Milestone Place in Washington and leave with memories you won't forget.
Both public transit and parking are readily available for Milestone Place's diners.
Safely park your car with ease at one of the nearby parking facilities and enjoy easy in-and-out parking.
On the Saturday after Halloween, a herd of adults and kids will gather at Bladensburg Waterfront Park to sweat—and scream—for a good cause. Raising money to support children, the Trick or Treat 5K invites participants to dress up in a costume and compete for top honors and fun prizes. Among those rewards is a round-trip ticket to any location on a Southwest flight, given to the top male and female performers. Other awards go to the top three in each age division, best costume for grownups and little ones, and most legs. A party with live music, food and drinks, and sponsor booths greets runners after the race just past the finish line.
Art Enables preserves and exhibits the artifacts of culture at their museum in Washington.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this museum for a delicious meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this museum — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the museum's Rhode Island Ave NE location offers nearby street parking.
Alicia had a tent under the Francis Scott Key Bridge. She bathed in the river and ate canned food from a nearby church. But maintaining even this basic stability was difficult because of her struggle with alcoholism, respiratory infections, and schizophrenia, according to an article in The Atlantic. It was only when Pathways to Housing DC stepped in that Alicia found regular medical care and a safe place to live—no strings attached.
Following the belief that housing is a basic human right, Pathways to Housing DC addresses chronic homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities or addictions by providing immediate access to housing without preconditions. Its staff help people attain a level of dignity that they could not find sleeping under a bridge or on a park bench. In addition to housing, the organization serves as a comprehensive resource for its clients by providing supportive treatment services—all at lower costs than most shelters or psychiatric hospitals. Services such as wellness groups, therapy, nutrition consultations, and vocational planning help clients move toward recovery and achieve personal goals. With these services in place, Pathway to Housing DC maintains an 85% housing retention rate, even among those who were not considered housing-ready by other programs.
Throughout its history, the United States has been an experiment in equality. With every century that has passed, the nation has become more inclusive, more accepting, and more tolerant—one step at a time. Now, the country is at the brink of a new state of openness as individuals and organizations work to secure equal rights for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
The Human Rights Campaign is a leading force in this movement to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It has advocated for marriage equality and an end to discrimination against LGBT people, and it holds businesses accountable through its Corporate Equality Index, in which 304 businesses scored a 100% rating in 2014. Working to effect change on every level of society, HRC worked to help repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, and raised more than $20 million to—among other 2012 objectives—reelect President Barack Obama and win marriage equality in all three states where the issue was on the ballot. Every day, HRC's 1.5 million supporters aspire to achieve more victories like these through advocacy, investments, and education, making the US a safer and more equal place for all.