Area-Wide Giving Day for DC Nonprofits Scheduled for Nov. 9

This is a guest post by Ifdy Perez. Perez is the Community Manager at Razoo.com A few months ago, the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs (NCACA) program’s federal budget was cut from $9.5 million to $2.5 million. The NCACA was established in 1985 to supplement the gap left by DC’s lack of art funding. Now many of the 24 organizations, including museums, theaters and musical societies slated to receive funds from them, will have their budgets slashed too, which could …

Going the Extra Inch in Life Can Make All the Difference!

As I left my house last Thursday, I passed this cute little creature on the sidewalk, happily making his way to the other side with so much energy and enthusiasm. On the return trip back to the house, I once again came upon this little fella and was saddened to see he did not complete his (or her) journey. The destination had obviously been the green luscious grass, where I’m sure the worm would have lived happily ever after in …

Helping Others in Hard Times, it’s our Responsibility

In 1884, President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day and an official Federal Holiday. In 1898, Samuel Gompers called Labor Day, “The day when toilers’ rights and wrongs may lay down their tools for a holiday…touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.” I had to look the definition of phalanax up; that’s a big word for 1898. The definition would basically be a military formation; who knew? I overheard my two …

Be a Warrior: Help Add Value to Your Community

A friend asked me this week did I ever go “off duty.” I thought that was such as odd thing for her to say, but she had just spent 24 hours with me and witnessed a day in the life of the Tuohy family. She laughed and said, “Michael Lewis missed on his description of you as a ‘warrior princess’.” She said, “You are more like a ‘trained warrior’.” Later that evening, I reflected back on our conversation and thought she …

WANTED: Skills to Do Good

Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you have a skill that would benefit a local organization or group? Take for example, Alexis’ story. “Alexis is a database professional who created a Salesforce Database for Room to Grow, saving the organization $24,000!  As a result of her hard work, Room to Grow is a more efficient organization with greater capacity to serve more beneficiaries. Alexis’s database has helped impoverished NYC families receive the tools they need to ensure their babies …

Compassion, it’s a Game Changer

Now that I am “almost” grown, many days I look back and ask myself, “what if…” There are “would have,” “should have,” “could have” moments in everyday of  life.  So many things get lost in the shuffle of our everyday lives. I know that most of my days are so full that sometimes I just want to pull the covers over my head and never get up. Then at the end of the day as I drag myself back to …