FLOC Partner Highlight: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Donate a Capitals Jersey to FLOC

For Love of Children (FLOC) benefits from the amazing support of many corporate partners in the community.  Each partnership provides exciting opportunities for FLOC to expand our message and reach.  Additionally, our partners are constantly finding new and exciting ways to help us to raise money so that we can continue to provide high-quality programming to children and teens in Washington, DC.   Here’s a fun example of how a partner is helping us fundraise.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has donated a 2011 Washington Capitals Winter Classic Authentic Jersey autographed by the entire team.  FLOC is currently auctioning off the jersey on eBay with 100% of the sale price supporting FLOC.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has been a FLOC supporter since September 2010 when they selected us for a multi-year partnership with the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater DC Community Foundation.  They support us in a variety of ways including hosting special events, making generous financial contributions, and even helping us engage volunteers to tutor with our Neighborhood Tutoring Program!  Such events included a “Casino Night” through which they helped raise awareness for FLOC’s participation in the Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause 8K and a mock trial at their D.C. headquarters for students in our Scholars Program.

The donation of the Capitals jersey is just another way Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has proven they are amazing partners, and we are grateful to our friends at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for donating this item. Place your bids here!

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Meet Dennis

A year and a half ago, Dennis Sellin decided that he “wanted to give something back.”

Dennis got that chance shortly after when he came across a FLOC flyer at the gym. He said it sounded “perfect” and exactly what he hoped to do, so last summer he became a tutor in the Summer Reading Program.

“It’s not a secret that the District of Columbia struggles with education, especially childhood education, and I knew that was an area where there was a need for some volunteer work,” he said.

Dennis is quite fond of reading, which is one of the reasons he chose to volunteer with FLOC. His student, Davon, is a 9th grader who at first didn’t express the same enthusiasm for reading. Davon used to tell him “I don’t like to read,” but Dennis has seen him change his mind. Now, Davon looks forward to reading a book at the end of the lesson, and he completely understands what he’s reading—a crucial step in the right direction.

“I’ve been really happy to hear that his academic performance in school has improved a lot, and it would be nice to think that some of that is due to FLOC,” he said.

Before FLOC, Dennis had zero experience as a tutor. Though at first he worried if he would click with the students and be able to relate to them, he now has different concerns. He doesn’t want to be boring; he strives to be interactive, creative and flexible throughout the lesson.

He especially stresses making the lesson fun. “You have to remember [that these students] have been in school all day and then they come here. It’s a long day.”

Dennis likes that he tutors at an organization that is doing good in the community and making a difference where it counts.

“Every single week you make a small advance,” Dennis says. “You watch them progress through the lessons and you have to believe that you’re having an impact.”

Dennis has had the chance to attend a few FLOC events and hear from principals, parents, and a few former FLOC students who are now in college. “That’s the payback. If I can help a little bit, doing something I love, why not?”