On Tuesday, November 22, six FLOC Scholars, one sibling and one staff member participated in Food & Friends’ Slice of Life Thanksgiving service event.
Food & Friends “provides meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with life-challenging illnesses such as AIDS and cancer.” FLOC volunteers along with many Food & Friends volunteers distributed and sold pies to raise money for the home cooked Thanksgiving meals Food & Friends provides to homebound individuals on Thanksgiving Day.
David, a hard-working sophomore in his third year in the Scholars Program and Neighborhood Tutoring Program, has many plans for the future—among them to learn French and Chinese and become quadrilingual.
David says that the FLOC programs have helped him improve his reading and writing skills and also taught him to search for university programs that interest him.
“Once I started coming here, I started getting good grades,” he said. David is proud to say that he earned straight As for three consecutive advisories.
David’s future plans include becoming an engineer in computer science and studying biochemistry in college.
His passion for engineering stems from his love for math, science, and technology. “It’s always growing. It never stops. Today you might think that the phone is the new thing and the next day, you’ll see something totally new and different…and you can be part of that growing community.”
David plans on participating in FLOC programs until he graduates. “It’s actually fun. Here at FLOC…any problem you have, they’ll help you come up with a solution.”
FLOC students are now on their way to creating their very own libraries with the books they hand-picked at our 5th Annual Book Festival this past Saturday, November 12th.
The Book Festival included a special guest speaker, fun literacy activities, and a book distribution through which our students selected their own, new books to take home. As keynote speaker and guest reader for the festival, Leon Harris of ABC7/WJLA-TV spoke about the importance of reading in journalism and engaged our students in one of our favorite books, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.
The students were enthusiastic to ask questions and learn about reading from the eyes of an award-winning journalist. Afterward, they had the chance to participate in literacy activities which included conducting interviews in a mock newsroom and creating their own comic strips. Most importantly, they selected and took home their very own books.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success. Our students and staff are greatly appreciative of our community of supporters that made this event possible. For more images from the event, visit our Facebook Page.
We are soaring this school year at FLOC! From enrollment to student achievement to capacity building, FLOC is busy celebrating many wins. Just yesterday, we participated in Give to the Max Day with amazing results. From midnight to midnight yesterday, November 9th, non-profits across the Greater Washington area came together and raised nearly $2 million to support great causes. FLOC friends, new and old, rallied to raise an incredible $86,974 to support FLOC. We finished in first place for amount of money raised by a single organization. Plus, we will be awarded an additional $27,000 in Give to the Max Day awards from Razoo, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the United Wayof the National Capital Area. We are extremely grateful to all those who contributed and helped us spread the word. Thank you!
However, resources are just the beginning. We are proud to announce that we have enrolled more students this year than ever before in our award-winning after-school programs. Nearly 500 students will participate in our after-school tutoring and college preparatory programs this school year, and we are still enrolling students. Our tutor numbers are also through the roof. So far this year, more tutors than ever signed up to serve our students.
Remember, every volunteer at FLOC is another student we can serve (there is still a waitlist for FLOC services!) and every dollar raised is more great work we can do in our community. Thank you for helping us continue to reach to the max this school year!
Greetings Awesome Tutors and Former Tutors!
LinkedIn recently added a Volunteer Experiences and Causes field for individual profiles. Volunteer experience is also professional experience, so we encourage FLOC volunteers to add this field to their professional profiles. And by adding your volunteer experience, you’re helping to spread the word about FLOC and reach more tutors, parents, professionals, referral partners, and more!
To share your volunteer experiences here at For Love of Children on your LinkedIn profile:
1. Search for For Love of Children. Join the group.
2. Then, go to Volunteer Experiences.
3. Select the causes you care about.
4. Under experience, complete the information for For Love of Children.
5. Under description, write about your experience as a volunteer and relevant stories about your student or service. What stood out about For Love of Children as an organization? We want to hear your wonderful stories, so don’t be afraid to tell them.
Because of you, we are able to make a difference in a child’s life. Thanks for your amazing service to the DC community!