The District of Columbia Council is launching a fundraising initiative to provide relief and recovery support to our sister territories in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The District of Columbia recognizes the devastating impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on our sister territories in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Due to the destruction cause by these two powerful Category 5 hurricanes; Puerto Rico and the USVI are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis of such a grand scale that they have never experienced before. Your help is needed to assist in providing much needed disaster relief to the combined 3.6 million residents of these two US Territories. Millions of people still lack power, suitable drinking water, access to medical care, and basic daily necessities more than seven weeks after the storms’ impact. Our similarity both in size and the lack of full representation in the US Congress creates a unique bond between the citizens of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
It is because of this bond, we felt the need to act on behalf of those citizens affected by this natural disaster. Therefore, we invite all District Government employees and members of the public to join us in showing support for our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean by donating to the “DC Government Employee Hurricane Relief and Recovery Fund for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.” Our estimated goal is $150,000. Contributions made through this link will go to the DC Treasurer and will be used only for disaster preparedness, disaster response and recovery operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Any additional funds left over once response and recovery operations have concluded will be used for disaster preparedness efforts and mitigation purposes to strengthen these territories for future incidents.
To donate, please have your credit or debit cards ready and follow the link below. Contributions made to the DC Government may be tax deductible. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions.
Let us show the residents of Puerto Rico and the USVI that the District of Columbia stands with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands during their time of need.
Serve DC is launching a DC Emergency Preparation Fund. Let's Get Prepared for any Emergency in DC.
The District of Columbia must be prepared to respond to all natural, manmade, and technological hazards that pose a threat to the residents and visitors in the city. Serve DC, as the primary Emergency Support Function (ESF) #16 agency, will manage all donated goods, services, facilities. Materials, and finances during a disaster response.
During large-scale incidents, the District will receive an inordinate amount of requests for services during the disaster response. District resources will be limited. The Emergency Preparation Fund will supplement District resources in case of disaster or large-scale incidents, helping to keep the DC residents safe.
Contributions made through this link will go straight to the DC Treasurer Account and will be used only for disaster preparedness, disaster response and recovery operations. Funds left over once response and recovery operations have concluded will be used for disaster preparedness efforts and mitigation purposes to strengthen the District for future incidents. When possible, these initiatives should be communicated to the public so that donors can see that their financial donations are being used appropriately. In accordance with section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, gifts to the District of Columbia for use in carrying out its governmental functions are deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions. We need your help!
Check out this for more information, Importance of financial contributions
Help expand the School Garden Teacher Training into 2018
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) School Garden Program is seeking funds to host a School Gardens Teacher Training Series in July 2018. This training will encompass three days (12 hours total) of hands on garden-based training for classroom teachers working in K-12 public schools and public charter schools in the District. The goal of this training is to provide teachers with the tools needed to engage students in lessons on schools grounds. Participants will:
- Learn and develop effective classroom management techniques for teaching students on school grounds;
- Demonstrate evidence-based core principles for garden-based learning through model lessons;
- Work in school-based teams to develop a strategic plan for incorporating garden-based teaching into the school day.
Currently, school grounds are underutilized as teaching spaces. In the 2016-17 school year, 128 schools, roughly 50 percent of DC public and public charter schools had garden programs across the District. However, less than 25 percent of students are engaged in garden-based learning, and only 5 percent of teachers utilize garden-based lessons as a part of their teaching practice.
Student engagement in garden-based learning has been shown to increase positive attitudes towards content material and learning in general (Bell 2001; Waliczek 2003). Additionally, students who participate in school garden programs experience significant gains in overall grade point average in math and science (Murphy 2003). Please support this initiative to help students become environmental stewards, achieve academic success, live healthier lifestyles, and live in vibrant communities. Contributions made to the DC Government may be tax deductible. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions.
Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 to cover the cost of teacher stipends, training materials, and transportation for field experiences.
To learn more about the power of school gardens in the District, check out this short video: DC School Gardens Program
Donate to Support the Statehood Initiative.
We are at an exciting and historic juncture in the fight for statehood for the people of Washington, DC. We have a plan to finally achieve the statehood, but we need your help to execute that plan!
Our residents fight for democracy around the world by joining the armed services but lack democracy at home because we have no votes in the House and Senate and are subject to the whims of Congress, which changes our laws. We pay more federal taxes per person than any state and more total federal taxes than 22 states. Two states, Vermont and Wyoming, have smaller populations than the District of Columbia, yet both have full representation in Congress and control over their own local affairs. In fact, the United States is the only nation in the world with a representative, democratic constitution that denies voting representation in the national legislature to citizens of the capital.
At the Emancipation Day Full Democracy Champions Breakfast on April 15, 2016, Mayor Bowser presented A Bold Path to Statehood. As part of the Mayor s Bold Path, the New Columbia Statehood Commission established working groups to advance statehood. This November, Washington, DC residents will be able to cast a vote to show their support to become a state, approve the Constitution, commit to a republican, representative form of government, and agree to the boundaries, which carve out a federal seat of government that includes Capitol Hill, the mall, and the White House. After the vote, the next step is to petition the new President and Congress to pass an Admissions Act.
The New Columbia Statehood Commission, with the working groups, is educating and engaging citizens across the District of Columbia and the entire country to help them understand and support the case for statehood.
To support Mayor Bowser s Bold Path to Statehood and advance the work of the New Columbia Statehood Commission, please donate today to fund this historic initiative and make DC the 51st State. Contributions made to the DC Government may be tax deductible. The amount of the deduction is subject to the same rules as are generally applicable to charitable contributions.
We are Washington, DC the 51st State.