Monthly Archives: November 2015

Giving Tuesday is Next Week!

Thanksgiving is coming up, which is a day that brings family and friends together to eat, watch football, and relax. Many people also give back to the community in the form of community service as well as charitable donations this time of year. Two commercial shopping days that take place this time every year are well known by now: Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday?

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Giving Tuesday is a day that is designated for giving back and it has become an important day for the nonprofit sector. Now in its fourth year, this year it will take place on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015.

Giving Tuesday was founded by 92nd Street Y, a Jewish cultural and community center in New York City, and the United Nations Foundation, which works on international issues around the world. Other Partners include Microsoft, GlobalGiving, (RED), Unilever, Univision, and MSNBC.

Nonprofits hope that Giving Tuesday will raise awareness about the great work that they do and increase the amount of charitable giving. Twenty to thirty percent of charitable giving occurs during the holiday season, and Giving Tuesday hopes to capitalize on the spirit of generosity once more next Tuesday, December 1st.

Using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, Giving Tuesday aims to reach people who may not already be involved in philanthropy or volunteering. For more information on Giving Tuesday, take a look at the official video.

Interested in giving back to FLOC for Giving Tuesday? 

Find out how to become a volunteer at FLOC or consider giving a gift in-kind or a financial donation to FLOC.

 

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(Jennie Krems is a FLOC Fellow with the Neighborhood Tutoring Program this year, serving as a site coordinator on Tuesday nights at the WNDC and on Saturday mornings and afternoons at our main office.)

Meet Sanari

Sanari is an ambitious, outgoing high-school freshman, returning to FLOC in 2015-2016 for her fifth year of tutoring and her fourth year in the Scholars program. When asked about her favorite NTP memory, she responded, “I’ve had lots of good tutors…  I really like my current tutor, Samantha, because she’s genuinely interested in getting to know me and talking about my life.”

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All the years of tutoring are certainly paying off: Sanari has nearly completed FLOC’s math curriculum, an accomplishment that we are all proud of. FLOC isn’t all work and no play for her, though—years ago, Sanari met her now-best friend at FLOC. Today the two girls are inseparable. “We never would have met without FLOC, since we go to different schools,” she explained.

Sanari’s enthusiasm and great attitude have rubbed off on her younger sister, who also attends FLOC, and is now excited about tutoring as well. While she still has four more years until college, Sanari is beginning to consider several schools, while having a wonderful high school experience.

We’re thrilled to have Sanari at FLOC for another great year!

(Samantha Bailey is the Bilingual Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator at FLOC.)

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Acumen Solutions

There are several businesses and partners that FLOC has been lucky enough to partner with for several years. One that particularly sticks out is Acumen Solutions.

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FLOC was introduced to Acumen Solutions in 2009 when Adam Horvath, a Senior Director, joined our Board of Directors. For five years, FLOC participated in and was a beneficiary of Acumen’s Race for a Cause, raising a total of over $55,000 for FLOC’s Neighborhood Tutoring and Scholars Programs. At this year’s Recognition Event and Empower Awards, Acumen Solutions received the Empower Partner award for going above and beyond to support the work we are doing for low-income students in DC. The award was given in recognition of the pro bono support Acumen has provided FLOC while helping our program managers build a Salesforce database to track student data. This upgrade to a central database has increased our ability to track, analyze and report on individual students’ progress as they participate in FLOC programs.

This week, Acumen Solutions has generously donated 23 laptop computers for our Scholars Program. These laptops will help us replace some of our outdated ones, as well as support our students and staff in a variety of ways.

  • 6th – 10th graders will use the laptops to complete academic assignments during Homework Help as many students do not have computers and/or internet access at home.
  • 11th graders will research postsecondary institutions and career opportunities on the new laptops.
  • Laptops will support our 12th graders in the college application process including college research, resume and personal statement composition, application completion, and financial aid searches.
  • Our local postsecondary students will be able to use laptops to complete assignments, research colleges (if they are transferring) and search for scholarships.
  • New laptops will be helpful to staff when presenting volunteer trainings and workshops.

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We extend a huge thank you to Acumen Solutions for their work in the community and for supporting FLOC and our students.

(Kate Brown is the Development Associate at FLOC.)