The Club in the Community
The University Club Foundation collaborates with The University Club of Washington DC's Community Affair's Committee (CAC to provide Club members with the opportunity to participate in a variety of community outreach programs and initiatives throughout the year, including:
Through the generous contributions of Club members, CAC continues to support the Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank at the Metropolitan AME Church, which provides monthly bags of groceries to over one hundred families. Club member donations fund the purchase of produce for sixth months of the year and poultry and special treats around the holidays, feeding over 340 hungry people within our community. From November through April, CAC members and volunteers from the Club spend a few of hours on the last Saturday morning of each month to organize and bag groceries for distribution by the Church.
SECRET SANTA/ANGEL TREE INITIATIVE
During the holidays, the Club displays the Secret Santa/Angel Tree in the lobby, giving members the opportunity to fulfill a holiday wish (e.g. toys, clothing) for the children whose families are enrolled in the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF)'s welfare-to-work program. The ornaments displayed on the tree list a child's request; Club members select an ornament and return with the item listed or make a financial contribution so the item can be purchased; Club members volunteer their time to wrap the gifts for delivery to NCCF.
COLLEGE BOUND CAREER NIGHT
Utilizing a grant from The University Club Foundation, CAC hosts this annual event in support of long-term Club partner College Bound, which mentors DC public high school students through high school graduation and the college admissions process. During Career Night, Club member volunteer facilitators and friends come out to share their expertise and insights with College Bound students in industry-specific roundtable workshops that give the students the opportunity to explore various career fields of interest. The evening includes a dinner with a keynote address, raffle prizes, and a program that provides information and guidance regarding financial aid and college admissions to the students' parents and guardians.
TWIN SHEETS DRIVE
In March, CAC collects extra-long white twin sheet sets for the victims of domestic violence served by My Sister’s Place, the largest and oldest non-profit agency exclusively serving battered women and their children in the District of Columbia. Member donations are gifted to the battered women (and their children) who seek shelter at My Sister’s Place.
STEAD PARK SPORTS DAY
Working closely with the DC Department of Recreation and Parks, The University Club Foundation has funded several renovation and maintenance projects for a local park and recreation center, Stead Park (located on P Street between 16th and 17th, just a few blocks North of the Clubhouse), that serves at-risk kids. In May, CAC hosts Stead Park Sports Day, an event to engage the children involved in Stead Park’s programming in a fun community day that exposes them to opportunities to engage in athletics in the DC Metropolitan area. Sports Day is comprised of sports-related clinics and activities, demonstrations, food and fun; members volunteer their time to share their passion for sports with children in the Club’s surrounding community.
PROFESSIONAL & CHILDRENS' CLOTHING DRIVE
In May, CAC partners with NCCF again, this time to collect new and gently used career clothing for the men and women enrolled in NCCF’s welfare-to-work program and children’s clothing in support of NCCF’s outreach to vulnerable children, youth, and families.
PETERSON GRANT FIELD TRIPS
In partnership with the Metropolitan AME Church, CAC provides educational/cultural field trips for families enrolled in AME’s outreach programs (e.g. the Angel Tree Project for children with one incarcerated parent; Reclamation Project, which serves ex-offenders enrolled in AME's job training program; families served by the Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank). Trips have included the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in Dulles, Virginia; campus tours and basketball games at George Mason University; the Baltimore Aquarium and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
CAC sponsors the Club’s Community Leadership Award, which is presented to a civic and/or community leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of the residents of Washington, DC. Past recipients have included Mayor Anthony Williams, Congressman Tom Davis, Donald E. Graham, Barbara Harrison, Father John Adams, Councilman Jack Evans, Michelle Rhee and Robert Egger. 2015 Community Leadership Award honoree, Peter A. Jablow is President & CEO of Levine Music, which provides free or subsidized music instruction to over 650 children who cannot afford it and music therapy services to those in need; Mr. Jablow has been instrumental in Levine Music’s success and community outreach.
Interested in finding out more about The University Club Foundation's outreach programs and initiatives? Please contact Krista Long, Executive Director of The University Club Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-824-1372.