I Serve DC Newsletter
June Newsletter

F.R.E.S.H. Summer

Mayor Bowser and Serve DC are pleased to announce our F.R.E.S.H. Summer 2015!

Mini Grants
This summer Serve DC is funding support organizations who engage youth in activities that focus on one of six designated focus areas.  The mini grants are designed to fund programs that will increase the awareness of community service in the designated target areas of service, engage youth in productive summer programming and create pathways to service as a sustainable solution to some of the community's most pressing needs. Summer of Service is a mini grant opportunity to engage more young people, in specific Police Service Areas (PSAs), in community service during the summer months. The mini grants are being sponsored by Serve DC- The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism, in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Application Period: June 8 - 15, 2015. Click Here to Learn More!

DC Be Ready National Safety Month Kicks Off F.R.E.S.H. Summer of Training: FREE First Aid/CPR/AED Classes!

June is national safety month and Serve DC kicks off the Summer of Safety Training - First Aid/CPR/AED classes in each of the District's eight wards June through August 2015 providing FREE training to 100 residents in each ward. The Summer of Safety Training's goal is to get 1,000 properly trained citizens prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, this basic training can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. Trainings are FREE and conveniently located in each ward at accessible times to fit most schedules and are open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. 

Register at http://dcsafetysummer.eventbrite.com/ or call 202.727.7925.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 2015 Conference

Serve DC is pleased to announce CERTCON 2015, to be held to weekend of June 20-21st in Rockville, MD. CERTCON 2015's theme is "Beyond Expectations" and is the foundational concept for this year's classes, lectures and workshops.


Programs include: 

Presentations on foundational CERT skills, presentations and workshops that include unique or advanced information and diverse training, and interactive hands-on experiences and scenarios. All classes, lectures and workshops are designed to broaden horizons and explore the possibilities for service by CERTs at home, at work, and in our communities.  



- Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT) - Full weekend

- Saturday ONLY - Jun 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

- Sunday ONLY - Jun 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)


The Universities at Shady Grove Building II 9630 Gudelsky Drive Rockville, MD 20850


Free and open to CERTs and open to CERTs and interested parties. Click Here to Register! 

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Truck Touch

Please join us on Saturday, June 6th from 8:00am-1:00pm at the 8th Annual Truck Touch at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. 


Serve DC will be there demonstrating Emergency Preparedness procedures, First Aid and CPR  including the correct way to use a Fire Extinguisher with Fire Simulators. Other DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more. For more information click here.


WHAT: Truck Touch

WHERE: RFK Stadium, Lot 7

WHEN: June 6 @ 8:00am-1:00pm

RSVP & INFO: dpw.dc.gov/page/truck-touch-2015

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June Service Opportunities!

We have some amazing opportunities to get involved with as a volunteer and #GiveBack2DC this month! We hope you will join us!


WHAT: Martha's Table Joyful Food Market

WHERE: Burroughs School on June 1 @ 2:30pm-6:30pm

WHERE: Amidon Elementary on June 2 @ 3:00pm-7:00pm

WHERE: Hendley Elementary on June 4 @ 2:00pm-6:00pm

WHERE: Browne Education Campus on June 8 @ 2:00-6:00pm

WHERE: Stanton Elementary on June 10 @ 3:00-7:00pm

WHERE: Moten Elementary on June 11 @ 2:30-6:30pm

WHERE: Fort Stanton on June 12 @ 9:30am-2:00pm

WHERE: Anne Beers Elementary on June 16 @ 2:15pm-6:15pm
WHERE: Rita Bright on June 24 @ 11:00am-2:00pm
RSVP: Ishaf.Lee@dc.gov


WHAT: Beetlejuice Black & White Ball

WHEN: June 12

WHERE: Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School Playground

RSVP: Alexandra.Zeitz-Moskin@dc.gov


WHAT: Capital Pride Festival

WHEN: June 13 & 14

WHERE: DC's Largest One-Day Annual Event

RSVP: Click Here



WHAT: So What Else Clean-Up

WHEN: June 20

WHERE: Sibley Plaza

RSVP: Ishaf.Lee@dc.gov



WHAT: Model Cities Men's Day

WHEN: June 24

WHERE: 1901 Evarts Street, NE

RSVP: Ishaf.Lee@dc.gov



WHAT: Hart Middle School Clean Up

WHEN: June 30

WHERE: Charles Hart Middle School

RSVP: Alexandra.Zeitz-Moskin@dc.gov



WHAT: DC Greens Farmers Market Brigade

WHERE: Farmers Markets Across DC

WHEN: June - September

RSVP: Ishaf.Lee@dc.gov



WHAT: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

WHEN: Every Wednesday @ 5:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

RSVP: volunteer@neighborhoodfarminitiative.org


WHAT: City Blossoms Community Hours

WHEN: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 4:00-6:00pm

WHERE: Girard Children's Community Garden

RSVP: Alexandra.Zeitz-Moskin@dc.gov


WHAT: City Blossoms Community Hours

WHEN: Tuesdays, Thursdays @ 5-7pm, Saturdays @ 4:00-6:00pm

WHERE: Marion Street Intergenerational Garden

RSVP: Alexandra.Zeitz-Moskin@dc.gov

April VPCHCC Meeting Recap

The DC VPCHCC (Vulnerable Populations Community & Healthcare Coalition) held a Training Workshop on April 21. Topics that were discussed include Disaster Behavioral Health and Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Community Resiliency and Health Alert Network operation/registration. Learn more about the VPCHCC at dcvpchcc.org!


In April 2014, SERVE DC/HEPRA initiated the Vulnerable Populations Community and Health Care Coalition (VPCHCC) to address the needs of vulnerable populations by developing systems for supporting the goal of reducing stress on the healthcare system while rendering needed services to Vulnerable Populations during emergencies and disaster situations. The overall goal of VPCHCC is increasing the ability of vulnerable populations to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters in the District.  VPCHCC promotes partnerships among district government agencies, community healthcare organizations, emergency response organizations, neighboring jurisdictions and federal agencies to increase the overall preparedness and response capability of the National Capital Region (NCR).  


In attendance were DC Government and area community agencies representing healthcare and advocacy groups throughout the District; some from agencies providing home healthcare for over 700 clients and supervising nearly 800 home healthcare attendants.


Training facilitators: Kevin O'Brien, DBH (Disaster Behavioral Health: Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP); Peggy Keller, DOH (Community Resiliency); Arlene Thomas, DOH (Health Alert Network operation/registration)


Next Steps for the VPCHCC:

  • Creating PSA's for communicating alerts to vulnerable populations.
  • Follow-up the organizational and individual registration with HAN.
  • Creating a standard reporting procedure for down-up communication with ANC's.
  • Expanding the definition of Vulnerable Populations to include wounded Veterans.
  • Revising the VPCHCC website for updates and translations.
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Volunteer Spotlight: 

Randy Smith

Randy Smith, nick name "Melo," is a 27 year old Washington DC Native who resides in Southeast Ward 8. With a fun, loving personality, this young man has the heart and the passion to serve the community. In June 2013, he was offered a position with DC FEMS (Fire/EMS) as a Medical Equipment Worker. During this time he gained the passion to assist with saving lives and helping victims. Randy became so eager to serve, he started furthering his career in the Emergency Management Field by taking courses through FEMA EMI and by volunteering. Along with 2 years of Medical Supplies and Equipment experience, in 2014 he became a FEMA Continuity Practitioner Level 1, completed FEMA Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series, NIMS: IS100, IS200, IS700, IS800, CPR/AED certified and an active member of CERT DC. Randy has played the role of a survivor in the DC Street Car Exercise and the Full Scale Active Shooter Exercise with Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). In 2014, Randy also assisted the Red Cross when helping with the Belmont Street Fire in NW DC and a service activity clean up on Earth Day 2014. In 2015 he continues to learn by attending training classes. In May 2015, Randy participated in the very first DC START (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team). Randy says "I look forward to helping, assisting and getting my hands dirty in the DC community". Randy currently works for Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.

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Serve DC Commissioner of the Month:

Lars Etzkorn

Each month, we will be highlighting the personal service stories of one of our indispensable Serve DC Commissioners.   Lars is the founder of Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC.  Lars' legal practice focuses on estate planning and administration, charitable giving and nonprofit governance. He works with individuals and families, and with local and national cultural, education and health organizations. 

"Why is volunteerism important to you?"

Until I opened Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC, most of my work was in the public sector in local government, where there is opportunity daily to make a difference.  Now, I have a legal practice where you make those opportunities.  Focusing on estate planning, non-profit governance and charitable giving, I'm jazzed by clients who build legacy through giving money away, or establishing nonprofits and foundations to create change.  They make a difference.  I recognize I'm privileged to have my passion and vocation intersect, so I'm engaged wherever possible to help my community.  

"How did you get involved in service?"

I've got the service gene.  Between self-serving and self-giving my parents, Hildy and Peter, chose giving.  They chose service.  Selfishly, it is though opportunities to serve when I smile broadest or feel deepest satisfaction, not when I've bought the latest gizmo. 

"How do you plan to Serve DC this year?"

I want to be the biggest cheerleader for the importance of the volunteer sector and Serve DC's role in building capacity.  Certainly, we in DC are generous in terms of giving of time and treasury but there is much unmet need.  We must thank and honor those who are at the table, while asking others to join in the good work.  How grand it would be if we could change the ethos so people didn't spend as much time and effort guarding things or ideas but instead gave more of themselves. 

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Cause-Worthy Calendar


LGBT Pride Month

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Great Outdoors Month 


June 3-14

40th Annual Capital Pride


June 3

National Running Day 


June 5

World Environment Day


June 8

World Oceans Day


June 12

World Day Against Child Labor


June 14

World Blood Donor Day

Flag Day


June 19



June 20

World Refugee Day


June 21

First Day of Summer

Father's Day


June 23

UN Public Service Day


June 27

National HIV Testing Day



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