November Newsletter
Hello All,

As November sets in, fall has finally arrived! The leaves are falling from the trees, the weather is changing and the spirit of giving is ever-present. During this month, we recognize the value in giving back and the impact it makes to the very things we hold dear.

This newsletter provides a look into all the exciting projects we are working on and things to look forward to later in the month. To recognize the hard work, compassion and dedication of our mentors, Everybody Wins DC shines a spotlight on longtime mentor, Sam Conchuratt , who has been impacting the lives of young readers at Brent Elementary School for five years.

Also featured: #GivingTuesday , Leadership Circle , upcoming events, new staff and more ways to give.
Mentor Spotlight:
Sam Conchuratt

November's Mentor Spotlight highlights Sam Conchuratt. Sam works for the Senate Finance Committee as the assistant to the Democratic staff director. While at work, Sam learned of Everybody Wins' Power Lunch Program from a colleague who was currently in the program.

Eager to step outside of his political bubble for an hour a week to work with kids, Sam signed up without hesitation. Five years later, Sam continues to serve as a Power Lunch Reading Mentor, impacting the lives of his young mentees each and every week.
 
" I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for the program. I had never interacted with kids in that capacity before. Many thoughts crossed my mind before the first day started.  

One of my fondest memories from the program was being matched with Declan, a jovial baseball fanatic whom I spent a few years mentoring. We often would start our sessions with talks about each week's games; he was really into the sport, as was I. [He was] my sports buddy.
When Declan aged out of the program, having appreciated the time spent, he excitedly suggested that I read to his much younger sibling, Peyton. I appreciated the sentiment and began reading with her earlier this school year. Unlike the sports-loving Declan, Peyton and I shared a love of dogs. Peyton particularly loves pugs, which didn't go unnoticed; she even carries a pug lunchbox. 
 
EWDC's Power Lunch Program allows me to share stories I read as a kid and impart life lessons from my own experience. There were some books that I didn't finish reading as a kid, so it's great to know how those stories end.

People should get involved because it's fun hanging out with kids and talking about what makes them happy. Reading with my partners over the years has even sparked my interest in reading. So, everybody wins! "
Giving Tuesday

We have a day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals, and now we have  #GivingTuesday .

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity. 

Make your gift go further by supporting us on this day through Catalogue for Philanthropy , which makes EWDC eligible for special #GivingTuesday prizes, such as most donors in an hour! Stay tuned for more information.
Events
Leadership Circle
Interested in advancing our mission of mentorship forward? Join Leadership Circle.
Leadership Circle’s mission is to foster a network of professional leaders committed to making a significant impact on their communities by increasing awareness of the Everybody Wins DC’s brand, and by raising funds to support the goals of EWDC and the children it serves. Email: Holland Diz at hdiz@everybodywins.org .
Mentor Mixer on the Hill
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, USTelecom will host Mentor Mixer on the Hill.

 We hope you'll join us for this great opportunity to mingle. enjoy complimentary refreshments, get to know fellow Reading Mentors, exchange ideas, share mentoring stories, and more.

For more information or to RSVP, email:
communications@everybodywinsdc.org.
Lawyers for Literacy
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, marked the 12th annual Lawyers for Literacy trivia competition hosted by Sidley Austin LLP where 9 teams competed for the prize of Litterae Magister.

DLA Piper LLC took home 1st place, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld placed 2nd and Alston & Bird placed 3rd. Visit our Facebook to see photos from the event.

A special thanks to our participating law firms:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, DLA Piper
Alston & Bird, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville
Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps Slate, Troutman Sanders, Venable, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
November Book Distributions
Our Power Lunch students were so excited for the first day of book distributions. Each student took home a book of their choice to add to their personal libraries. All of this was made possible with your support.
More Ways to Give!

In addition to monetary donations, there are a number of ways you can support our mission:

  • Host a book drive at work: This month, Deloitte will host its "Thankful for Books" book drive, which provides books for DC metropolitan-area students at our 11 partner schools to read at #PowerLunch sessions and add to their personal libraries. Visit our Amazon Wish List to view a list of titles. For more information on coordinating your own book drive visit our website here. 

  • Sign up to be a mentor: Student applications for Power Lunch have exceeded our expectations and we need more mentors to help. Become a Reading Mentor today and improve a student's life through shared reading! Apply here.

  • Connect with "EverybodyWinsDC" on social media: Keep in touch with our daily updates by clicking the social media icons below. Don't be afraid to mention us either, we would love to hear how your Power Lunch reading session is going.

  • Make "Everybody Wins DC" your charity of choice on Amazon Smile: Did you know Amazon Smile gives a percentage of your Amazon purchases to a nonprofit of your choice at no cost to you? It's simple to select "Everybody Wins DC" as the recipient:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com/
  2. Select "Everybody Wins DC" as your charity of choice
  3. Shop and Amazon will automatically donate a portion of the proceeds to us!
Meet Julian Gross
Julian Gross is the newest addition to the Everybody Wins DC team. Julian serves as the organizations' development and communications associate .

Prior to Everybody Wins DC, Julian worked for Beekeeper Group, a communications, advocacy and stakeholder strategy firm in Washington DC.

Julian is a proud alumnus of Temple University and Georgetown University-- Go Owls and Hoyas!

His favorite book is "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes.
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