Dear Friends, Donors, Neighbors, and Partners,
Do More 24 is the DMV’s largest annual fundraiser powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. The online event will be held all day Wednesday, May 17th, and we are participating. By donating to GAFSC and spreading the word to others you can immediately expand our Circles of Support for those who need our help the most!
Please do more by giving generously to ensure we can continue to help families who need ongoing Circles of Support. Pandemic-related, economic pressures on families we serve are escalating. Rising inflation, higher housing costs and lack of affordable childcare are ongoing stressors for many families. With your gift, GAFSC can alleviate their stress by providing emergency assistance for food, clothing, childcare, transportation, rental assistance, and unanticipated healthcare costs.
Join us in meeting our target of $5,000 so that GAFSC’s Circles of Support can bolster the resilience of families in Ward 4 and beyond.
Debra B. Gittens, Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative
Donating to the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative is an impactful way to support vulnerable families and strengthen communities. With a mission to empower and uplift families in need, the collaborative provides vital resources, services, and support systems to improve their overall well-being. By donating, you contribute to programs that offer educational assistance, job training, counseling, and access to essential resources such as food, housing, and healthcare. Your generosity helps create a positive and nurturing environment for families, enabling them to overcome challenges, build resilience, and thrive. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of families that we serve.
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By submitting your information today, you’ll become an integral part of our mission to make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether you’re an experienced volunteer or new to community work, we welcome your unique skills, perspectives, ideas, and resources.
Submit your information today and be a part of something truly remarkable. Join our community organization and let your passion shine through!
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Roosevelt High School Scholarship Program
The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) began implementing the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) Community School Initiative (CSI) model at Roosevelt High School (RHS) in SY 2013-2014. Our organizational mission to help children, youth, and families become healthy, empowered, and connected in a multicultural community is well-matched to the IEL model and the RHS community. GAFSC Scholarship Program is offered exclusively to college-bound students of the senior class at Roosevelt High School. During the course of every school year, since the inception of our Community School Initiative, GAFSC has been highly involved in many areas to support the Roosevelt family so far, we have awarded $80,000 in scholarship funds to our Rough Rider superstars and we all know what those funds mean to our student population. Our students need further financial assistance to attend college, university, trade school, etc. and we want to assist them as much as possible. The funds of our scholarship program are completely unrestricted which means that any student independent of their immigration status is eligible to apply and compete for an award.
GAFSC Family Emergency Response Fund
The GAFSC Family Emergency Response fund was originally established to provide financial assistance and support to families experiencing financial crises resulting from the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. Subsequently, GAFSC has continued to provide emergency financial assistance to families in Ward 4 experiencing a variety of financial hardships including, but not limited to, rental assistance, food assistance, utility assistance, transportation assistance, and emergency legal assistance. GAFSC recognizes this need may even be greater at this time as emergency mechanism put in place during the pandemic at the federal and local levels have diminished over time, therefore limiting other options available to families for needed support and assistance.
SUSO Youth Programming
The Show Up, Stand Out (SUSO) Program at GAFSC is a free service that helps students and their families that live and or attend our Ward 4 partnering schools reduce barriers to attending school every day on time. SUSO believes in setting students up for success all year around so when school is out, we step up to continue their education and offer mini-camps. For our elementary students, we focus on bullying prevention and creating allies among elementary aged students. For our middle school students, we reinforce healthy social and emotional connection and youth entrepreneurship. Our Youth Entrepreneurs have created online stores and social media campaigns to educate the community about the dangers of Opioids. To continue to make an impact during out of school time, small donations or in kind goods will be greatly appreciated.
Domestic Violence—DV Circles of Peace DC Program
New York University’s Center on Violence and Recovery (NYU CVR) has entered into a partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) in Washington, DC as well as the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC), to establish an evidence-informed Restorative Justice (RJ) program for adults sentenced to treatment for misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) crimes. The purpose of this program is to reduce recidivism primarily related to DV crimes, to address racial and cultural disparities, to promote healthy outcomes for the parties involved, and to meet the self-identified needs of those harmed. A larger goal is to create the potential for transformative change, including the possibility of interrupting the cycle of violence across generations.
To support the success of this program, GAFSC has identified various ways to reduce some of the barriers that participants often face, which can in turn impact the effectiveness of program implementation. Although we are able to minimally cover the basic needs of the program, funding support would be very beneficial to help us more adequately meet the following areas of need:
- Transportation Support
- Community Volunteer Incentives
- Victim Advocacy Support Services
- Food for Post-treatment Fellowship
The GAFSC General Fund
The GAFSC General Fund enables us to support needs identified by the community, including organizational priorities (i.e., housing support, employment assistance, family enrichment, and organizational sustainability).