Thursday, November 21, 2019

St. Martin's Catholic Church: Looking to volunteer and give something back to the community this Thanksgiving?

From: David Kuhl
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:02 PM


Looking to volunteer and give something back to the community this Thanksgiving?

Join us at St. Martin’s Church this Thanksgiving!!  Volunteers are needed to deliver Thanksgiving meals, serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and give out winter clothing to the needy.  Last year we delivered almost 100 meals and served (and ate) dinner with at least 250 homeless persons.  If you have any warm men’s clothing to donate we would greatly appreciate it as well.  If you are interested please come to St. Martins Church on the NW corner of North Capitol Street and T Street NW.  Please show up before 9AM to help with delivering meals and before 10AM to help serve meals and give out clothing.  The meal will be served between 11AM and 1PM.

For those interested, we will have Thanksgiving mass at 9AM in the church.

We hope everyone has a blessed holiday season.

Please check us out on the web at: and

Fr. Mike Kelley.

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities appointments: Bloomingdale's Natalie Hopkinson and Jose Alberto Ucles

See these tweets:

Bloomingdale area Giving Tuesday organizations: Masjid Muhammad, Dunbar Alumni Federation, HU associations, Mundo Verde PCS, NCMS, Open Arms Housing, SOME, TWU

Be advised that Tuesday, 12/03/2019, is Giving Tuesday.

What is Giving Tuesday?  GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.”

For info on Giving Tuesday, visit

What Bloomingdale area organizations are participating in 2019?

I did a quick review of the long, long list of DC organizations and spotted these:

There is a search feature at the GivingTuesday website:


Ward 5 Report: Ward 5 Holiday Party and Giving Back

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie 
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:15 PM 
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Ward 5 Holiday Party and Giving Back


As the holidays quickly approach and many of us prepare to celebrate with family and friends, I invite you to find ways to give, celebrate together, and show our Ward 5 spirit. Next week my office will be preparing meals at Food and Friends located here in Ward 5, where their mission is to improve the lives and health of people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves.

This Saturday, I will be hosting my annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.  Last year we were able to provide over 250 families with turkeys and this year we anticipate that number increasing to 350 families.

The Ward 5 holiday party will be back on December 12th at Dock 5 in Union Market.  I invite you to celebrate the holiday season with me and ask, if you are able, to bring a new, unwrapped children's toy. I am again partnering with Women’s Wing, an organization that hosts an annual holiday party for children of incarcerated parents.  This year Women’s Wing is supporting more than 675 children ages 0 – 17.  Together, we will continue the tradition of celebrating with love and generosity.

In service,


Ward 5 Holiday Party

Kenyan Joins DC Delegation to Ethiopia

Councilmember McDuffie, Mayor Bowser, and other dignitaries meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

As Council Chairman Pro Tempore and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, Councilmember McDuffie represented the District and the Council on the recent trade mission to Ethiopia, the country of origin of DC’s second-largest immigrant population.

This international trade mission offered an important opportunity for the district government and local leaders to deepen the ties between our two capital cities, including renewing our sister city agreement with Addis Ababa. These trade missions allow us to explore opportunities for economic development and educational collaboration, as well as garnering earned media to showcase the District as a travel destination.

Kenyan in the News

Kenyan in the Community

Expanded Ward 5 Clean Teams

In the last budget, Councilmember McDuffie secured funds to expand the footprint of the existing Fort Lincoln Clean Team and create a new clean team in Trinidad. We are pleased to report the Fort Lincoln Clean Team expansion was implemented in October and the District Department of Small and Local Business Development is in the process of reviewing applications to serve Trinidad. The District’s Clean Team program helps keep neighborhoods and retail corridors clean while putting District residents to work. Learn more about the program and see a list of all of DC's clean teams here.

Increased Violence Prevention Efforts in Ward 5

Last night at ANC 5C's November meeting, Councilmember McDuffie outlined additional violence interruption efforts that are currently being deployed around Ward 5. As he states in the video above, there are currently two violence interrupters assigned to the Brentwood community and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement is in the process of hiring two additional violence interrupters, as well as a caseworker and an ambassador. Additionally, a new team of violence interrupters is currently being trained to be deployed in the Hanover/Truxton Circle/North Capital corridor. These new efforts are in addition to the team that is already in place in Trinidad.

All of these teams are implementing the NEAR Act's Cure Violence model, which Councilmember McDuffie fought to become law. This model has begun to show positive results in the areas in which it has been fully implemented. 

Celebrating Ward 5 Youth Sports Excellence

Congratulations to both the Brookland Middle School football team and the Dunbar High School football team on their success this year! Earlier this month, the Brookland Middle School football team (pictured above) brought the DC Middle School Football Championship home to Ward 5.
This Thanksgiving, the Dunbar High School Crimson Tide will play H.D. Woodson High School in the Turkey Bowl. The game will be played at Eastern High School on Thursday, November 28 at 11:00 am.

Comprehensive Plan Ward 5 Engagement Meeting - November 23

Monroe Street Bridge Celebration - November 23

Join Councilmember McDuffie and Mayor Bowser as they commemorate the completion of the Monroe Street Bridge Project connecting Brookland and Edgewood. The District Department of Transportation has completely reconstructed the nearly 90-year-old bridge to increase pedestrian safety, add bike lanes, improve vehicular movement, and provide other safety enhancements.

DATE: Saturday, November 23
TIME: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
LOCATION: Monroe Street NE, between 8th Street and 9th Street NE