CHGM Launching Two New Volunteer Opportunities

Last year was a transformative year for CHGM, as the organization prioritized excellent service, and launched its Community Engagement program to involve the larger community in our efforts to support our neighbors in need. CHGM was pleased to see the positive relationship between excellent service and community involvement, as our pilot HERT (Hypothermia Emergency Response Team) initiative demonstrated the immense impact that volunteers can have on our overall efforts. With that in mind, CHGM is launching two new volunteer opportunities that will give our volunteers a more intensive and independent way of supporting CHGM in our services:

 

Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART): Building on the success that HERT had with caring for our homeless neighbors during the brutal winter months, HART will provide outreach and care to chronically homeless neighbors beyond hypothermia season. HART members will deploy across the streets of Ward 6 on weekday evenings to support unsheltered neighbors. HART volunteers will be empowered with tools for effectively engaging with our homeless neighbors, and provide resources to help them get through a night on the streets. HART will also allow CHGM to have far more regular contact with homeless neighbors than they are able to have with staff alone.

 

Shirley's Place Guest Services Volunteer Program: Our Shirley's Place Hospitality Day Center offers immediate-needs services for our homeless neighbors, including shower and laundry services, workshops, light meals, and light case management. Additionally, the facility serves as a safe place for anyone to receive respite. Volunteers will have the opportunity to support Shirley's Place's general daily operations through both client services and administrative support. Volunteers will be trained on the facility's general operations and clientele, and will then be ready to serve on the Shirley's Place team.

 

Both of these new volunteer opportunities will be launching this season. If you are interested in getting involved, please email volunteer@chgm.net for more information.
Upcoming Community Events 
       

CHGM is excited to participate in several upcoming events in our community, all of which further our cause. We hope you'll join us for one or more of the following activities:

  

Volunteer Capitol Hill, 5/2, 10am - 1pm (921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE): The Hill Center will be hosting its annual event, "Volunteer Capitol Hill." Attend this volunteer fair to learn about organizations where you can make a difference. The event showcases a wide variety of opportunities for volunteer services, featuring 35 non-profit organizations that need assistance. Whether you are looking to make a difference in the community, develop new job skills, make new friends, or spend quality time with family, Volunteer Capitol Hill 2015 offers opportunities to match your availability, skills, and interests with a great local organization.    

   
The Way Home Campaign Lobby Day 5/7, 11:30am - 2:30pm (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW): The Way Home is a campaign to end chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia by 2017. The Way Home Campaign is convening a Advocacy Day to urge the D.C. Council to support funding for ending chronic homelessness in D.C. This is a critical opportunity to talk directly with Council Members and underscore the importance of these life-saving investments. Your voice matters, and hearing from you directly will have a lasting impact on  Council Members' decisions about budget priorities. Register here.
 
Youth-Focused CHGM Community Night, 5/14, 6pm - 7:30pm (421 Seward Sq SE): Attend CHGM's monthly Community Night, which provides a regular opportunity for community members to learn about various aspects of homelessness, and how they can take action. May's Community Night will focus on youth homelessness, and include guest speakers from Sasha Bruce Youthwork, as well as presentations from students from the Capitol Hill Day School about their engagement with homelessness through a semester-long series with CHGM.

 


Spotlight and Appeal for CHGM Client, Danielle Johnson

CHGM is thrilled to announce the upcoming college graduation of Danielle Johnson, the eldest child in one of the families in CHGM's Shelter Plus Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program. CHGM staff watched Danielle grow up in our program and head off to college. She is now a senior at Virginia University & Lynchburg College, where she is majoring in business and playing varsity basketball.

 

Danielle's mother, Florence, is wheelchair-bound and unable to talk after suffering from a stroke years ago. As the oldest of three children, Danielle has handled her home responsibilities with maturity and grace, often returning home from school to support her father, Danny, who became a home health aide in order to care for Florence. Danielle has beautifully juggled her familial obligations with school and basketball, maintaining a 3.0 GPA. 

  

CHGM could not be more proud of Danielle's hard work and commitment to her family, and is looking forward to celebrating her graduation in less than a month. As a congratulatory gift, we hope to provide Danielle with a new laptop, which will be incredibly useful as she enters the professional world. If you would like to contribute to this gift, please donate by credit card here and indicate "graduation gift" in the "add special instructions" box on the second page where you confirm your payment, or send a check to CHGM, 421 Seward Square SE, Washington, DC 20003. 

 
Thank you! 
"Serving the Community, One Neighbor at a Time"