December 3, 2020

Dear friends,

Please be sure to read the items on the sidebar to the right for numerous opportunities to help others in need this holiday season.

I am excited to partner with Employ Prince George's to distribute $300 Visa gift cards to District 3 residents who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

If you received a gift card through the Hourly Relief Fund previously may apply to receive a second gift card.

Please apply today!

Go to , create an account and fill out the application form. After you apply, please watch your email for your approval and for the details of when and where to pick up your gift card.

For assistance in Spanish, please contact Sandra at

Please note, this program is open to all Prince Georgians who lost their job as a result of the pandemic.

Gift cards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as funding becomes available, so please apply today.

Upcoming Events

District 3 Nonprofit Networking Breakfast - Tomorrow
As you may know, I've hosted biannual Nonprofit Networking Breakfasts since my first year in office. These are opportunities for nonprofit leaders working in District 3 to learn about resources available and network with others who serve the same community. During the pandemic, we've taken this event virtual and our next event will take place tomorrow, Friday, December 4, at 8:30 am.

If you work for a nonprofit organization serving District 3 residents and have not received an invitation to tomorrow's event, please email Alesha Wilson at to request to be added to our nonprofit email list and be sure to register for tomorrow's virtual event here by 5:00 pm today.

As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page.  #onlytogether

Holiday Joy for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities - December 16

My office is proud to partner again with the Prince George's County Department of Family Services to distribute boxes of meals AND boxes of groceries AND a box of holiday treats (yes, THREE boxes!) to District 3 seniors age 60+ and individuals with disabilities of any age on Wednesday, December 16. 

Please register today to pick up or request delivery of these boxes on December 16. This is likely the last distribution we will have as funds must be spent by December 31 for this program.

If you are not a senior or person with a disability, please urge your friends and neighbors who are to register today -- we'd like this final distribution to be our largest one yet!

English Registration Link: 
Spanish Registration Link:

We anticipate more than 200 individuals will need to have their boxes delivered. If you can help deliver to approximately 6-8 homes or apartments on the morning of December 16 please sign up here. Please note, by selecting "1" slot you are signing up to deliver to one route of 6-8 stops.

We'll also need extra hands on-site to load 3 boxes in each trunk. If you are able to help on-site at the New Carrollton Municipal Building from 8:00 am until approximately 11:30 am, please reply to this email to let us know.

Virtual Connection on Police Reform Work - December 21
Please join Maryland Delegates Erek Barron, Alonzo Washington, Nicole Williams and me on Monday, December 21, from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm to learn more about the police reform work happening at the State and County. 

Register here and the link to join will be emailed to you prior to the event.

New Meal Site and Partnership with Shepherd's Table
I'm so grateful to Shepherd's Table for their new "Beyond the Table" initiative in Riverdale. Shepherd's Table will be at Riverdale Elementary School every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm to distribute meals to those in need. All are welcome.

Leadership Updates
It was a true honor to join my colleagues to unanimously select Council Member At-Large Calvin Hawkins as our Council Chair and District 2 Council Member Deni Taveras as our Council Vice Chair earlier this week. Council Member Taveras is the first Latina to hold a top leadership position among any of our three branches of County government. I look forward to working with these two incredible leaders to continue to move Prince George's County forward in 2021. Special thanks to Council Member Todd Turner who ably served as Chair for the past two years.

I'm excited that Prince George's County Council Senior Attorney/Legislative Officer Colette Gresham has been named Associate Council Administrator for the Legislative Branch. Colette has been integral to the Council's legislative work for many years and will brings passion and expertise to this new role. Congratulations, Colette!

Congratulations also to Tara Jackson whom County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has named Acting Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George's County effective Friday, December 4. Tara takes over the role from Major Riddick who has dedicated nearly his entire professional life in service to Prince George's County. I am grateful to Major for his leadership over the past two years and very much look forward to Tara's increased leadership on behalf of our County.

Services 24/7
University of Maryland's Services 27/4 is a powerful tool with a new look and enhanced functionality. It's the same virtual resource center for nonprofits in Prince George's County, but with more features to help nonprofits, County council, and residents connect to build stronger, more connected communities.

Services 24/7 is an online directory for residents of Prince George's County looking for organizations that provide human services from afterschool programs, to housing and foreclosure assistance, to veteran services. We serve two purposes:
  1. connecting the citizens of Prince George's County with the resources they need to enhance their quality of life and
  2. connecting the vast human resource of volunteers in our county to nonprofits in order to increase their capacity to serve.
Through their new partnership with GivePulse, the site has an added benefit of allowing nonprofits to track volunteering hours/impact, post volunteering events directly.  Learn more.

As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page.  #onlytogether

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Ways to Help

The Prince George's County Police Department is partnering with Toys4Tots again this year to provide holiday toys to families in need. The need for toys is very high and demand exceeded the number of toys available. 

If you are able, please consider donating an unwrapped toy at any Prince George's County Police station. Drop boxes are located in each of the District Station lobbies.

You can also donate toys through the Prince George's County Toys4Tots Amazon Wish List . Be sure to select "Toys for Tots" for the delivery address.

The Route One Communities Care (ROCC) Holiday Works-on-Paper Art Sale is open now through December 20. 13 local artists are donating more than 40 works to support families in need and neighboring restaurants! 

View and purchase the art here:

Route One Communities Care has partnered with Greater Riverdale Cares to support local restaurants and feed neighbors in need. Learn more at or
Volunteer to deliver meals to District 3 residents on December 16. 

Donate diapers and new or gently used winter coats to students at Riverdale Elementary and William Wirt Middle. Drop items at either school on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Starbucks at Capital Plaza is collecting coats for students at Woodridge ES and Glenridge ES. Please drop coats directly at the Capital Plaza location. 

 Contact Your 
D3 Team

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
geneather Lloyd
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email or call (301) 952-3060.