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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Friends of Guest House

06/18/2012 by Jane Hess Collins
What Is Friends of Guest House?


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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is The Reading Connection

06/06/2012 by Jane Hess Collins
What Is The Reading Connection? the_reading_connection_logo

The Reading Connection (TRC) reads to kids and gives them books to instill the love of reading in them.  A love of reading can make all the difference between academic success or failure.  Last year they served 1,500 children and distributed 9,096 books.  TRC’s vision is that every child in the program will be regular and passionate readers. 

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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Empowered Women International (EWI)

06/04/2012 by Jane Hess Collins
empowered_women_international_logoWhat Is EWI?

Empowered Women International, now in its tenth year of operation, trains, mentors and connects refugee, immigrant and low-income women to give them tools to launch their own business in the creative or artistic sector. Upon graduation from the intensive, four-month business program, the women have incorporated their businesses, completed a business and marketing plan, and have properly priced their creative product or service.

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Chairman of the Board

02/19/2012 by Jane Hess Collins

Someone told me 20 years ago that if you want something done, ask a busy person. No one, I’ve decided, is busier than a nonprofit executive director, and this posting is a shout-out to them by way of my whining about how much work they have asked me to do.

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Helping out in a Hypothermia Shelter

01/06/2012 by Jane Hess Collins

When the temperature gets down in the 30’s, that normally means flannel blankets and nerdy pajamas. For the homeless, sometimes it means sleeping in a church.

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Rebuilding Together Alexandria - Dedicate to Insulate

01/04/2012 by Jane Hess Collins

Help insulate a low-income family’s home and save them up to 30% off their next utility bill.
By Jane Hess Collins

AmeriCorps members Dorothy Shepard and Ryan Baesten, assigned to Rebuilding Together Alexandria, stayed warm by hauling these heavy bags to dozens of apartments.
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Wrapping it Up with The Reading Connection

12/05/2011 by Jane Hess Collins

In December of 2005 I volunteered to gift-wrap for the Literacy Council of

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Community Lodgings

09/09/2011 by Jane Hess Collins
Bonnie Baxley, Community Lodgings' executive director, Mary Tiemann and Mary Hellem at the "Communitea" fundraising event this past spring at Old Town Alexandria's Union Street Public House. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Theismann

Not long ago I wrote a story about kids who read to puppies.

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The Reading Connection – Read On!

09/09/2011 by Jane Hess Collins
Every reading event includes a related craft project. Today the kids made caterpillars to go with the “gardens and seeds” reading theme.

What’s not to love about a nonprofit that gives kids a book to read each week? The Reading Connection does that, and more, and last week I found out just how much good can be done in one hour.

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Jailhouse Art

09/09/2011 by Jane Hess Collins
Shawn Carlan says his first-place drawing symbolizes protection and love.

Three things I never knew about jails:

Arts & Culture get out and give back, Jane Hess Collins
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