HAPPY SUMMER and welcome to our August 2020 edition of our online newsletter (LAP) The Learning Academy Post
Return on Investment: Ramon Velez
On Saturday, July 11, 2020, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest heard from former DonCARES mentee Ramon Velez. 

Velez, a 2019 Graduate of The U School is currently a soldier in the United States Army stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado. 
Matched during the 2018-2019 school year with his then mentor Kevin Jackson, a 2020 Graduate of Temple University, and an executive board member of Temple's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, both Kevin and Ramon were featured on CBS 3 in the Brotherly Love highlight in March 2019. Both Kevin and Donovan are proud of their former mentee as he serves as an Ammunition Specialist "Ammo Dog" for the United States Army. 
DonCARES Hosts Seventh Hydration Walk: 8/1/2020
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. and Groove Phi Groove, Social Fellowship, Inc. co- hosted DonCARES of Philadelphia's seventh Summer Hydration Walk for the homeless. 

The idea to serve started in 2017 when DonCARES Founder and Executive Director saw individuals in need. "It was a hot summer day and I was thirsty. I went into a WaWa and bought a water bottle. As I walked out, I saw a homeless man lying on the sidewalk without a shirt. At that moment, I knew that I was in a privileged position and decided to give my bottle of water to the man on the street. I then went back to Wawa and bought one for myself." Forrest reminisces on the exact moment he decided that there should be a larger effort to serve, that's when we started a go-fund-me to raise money for waters and coolers. 

Since 2017, DonCARES has held seven hydration walks. In addition, DonCARES has collaborated with Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Through Hard work on over four occasions and given nearly 1,000 bottles of water to Philadelphia's most vulnerable populations.
DonCARES Book Recommendations

  • Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

  • The Water Dancer - Ta-Nehisi Coates 

  • Native Son - Richard Wright 

  • Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

  • Americanah - Chimamanda Adiche

  • What is the What - Dave Eggers

  • Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe

  • No Longer at Ease- Chinua Achebe

  • Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
. -Monique W. Morris

  • Eloquent Rage- Brittney Cooper

  • Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick
. Zora Neale Hurston

  • It Was All A Dream- Reniqua Allen
DonCARES Black History Corner:
The Links, Inc.
The Links, Inc. is a non-profit founded in 1946 whose purpose is to enrich, sustain, and ensure the economic, social, and cultural survival of African peoples in America. 

Conceived by Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott on November 9, 1946, in Philadelphia, PA the organization is one of the oldest volunteer organizations in the United States. In addition, the organization has organized over 16,000 volunteers, served over six million adults and children, and has granted over three million in scholarships to students studying at HBCUs. 

To read more of our DonCARES Black History Corners visit our social media pages and search the hashtag: #doncaresblackhistorycorner

"I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”

-John Lewis