The DDC Cares Initiative

November 15, 2017
Brianna Burnette, Marketing Coordinator

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day  –  a time for communities to celebrate and highlight the accomplishments of philanthropy and all those involved in giving back to their communities.

This year at DDC, we reinvigorated our commitment to supporting our community by introducing a new program called DDC Cares. We wanted to provide our employees with opportunities to give back to the local community while building camaraderie working together as a team.

Since the launch of the DDC Cares initiative last year, we’ve hosted multiple community service events and in honor of National Philanthropy Day, we wanted to highlight some of the wonderful organizations we’ve partnered with and recognize all of the DDC team members who worked hard to make a difference in our community over the past year.

The Humane Rescue Alliance

The Humane Rescue Alliance  tenaciously protects and advocates for animals in the local community. They look to provide loving homes and support for animals that have been uncared for or mistreated, and offer skilled services to help families keep their pets healthy at an affordable price. In April, we spent a morning at the campus making new toys and interacting with the animals in the shelter to provide quality engagement to help with the success of a future placement. With so many pet lovers in the office, it was hard not to take one home with us!

Washington Youth Garden

The Washington Youth Garden serves local low-income youth and families by providing a unique environmental science and food education program, focusing on food nutrition and cooking education to promote healthy lifestyles through gardening. During this volunteer event, we worked to maintain their garden in the National Arboretum by weeding, harvesting, planting, painting signs, and more. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful grounds and learning more about how the organization helps its surrounding communities.

Caitlin’s Smiles

Every day thousands of kids spend their time battling chronic or life threatening illnesses that keep them in hospital beds. Caitlin’s Smiles is an organization dedicated to distributing arts and crafts kits to hospitals giving an outlet for creativity to these children. In 2016, the organization donated over 150,585 craft kits, lovingly called “Bags of Smiles.” This year, DDC contributed to this mission by creating over 150 Bags of Smiles filled with cards and bracelet kits – two of the kids’ most loved items. We couldn’t wait to send these off and help spread happiness to some worthy kids!

Kids in Need Foundation

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 17.3% of people in the District of Columbia were living below the poverty line in 2016. To support our local youth in the 2017-2018 academic year, we hosted a “DDC School Supply Drive” benefitting the Kids in Need Foundation – an organization that works to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom. We were able to collect four full bins of supplies to send to Center City Public Charter Schools’ Capitol Hill Campus. We hope our contribution has positively affected the learning experience for these students.

Upcoming Events…

We’re not done yet! We are currently planning our end-of-the-year DDC Cares event with Capital Area Food Bank, where we’ll be helping to organize the kitchen and prepare hot meals to those in need. We can’t wait to be hands on showing our support for this cause, and we look forward to many more experiences like it in the years ahead.

DDC Cares has been a success because of the effort and time of those who volunteered, the organizations who welcomed us, and the people in the community we were able to support; and we couldn’t let National Philanthropy Day go by without saying thank you to everyone involved.

So a very sincere thank you and remember, it’s never too late to make a difference. We encourage everyone to get involved in your community today!

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