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CHANGE Philanthropy is recruiting foundations to participate in the 2020 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Survey. We would love to have a strong turnout from the Washington region! >Learn More

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Washington Area Women’s Foundation Awards Over $130,000 in Grants to DC-Area Care Workers

Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the only donor-supported, public foundation dedicated to building economic security for women and girls in the Washington region, announces its second round of grants from the Stand Together Fund. The new docket, with investments totaling $136,750 will directly fund 336 women care workers – inclusive of family child care providers, early childhood educators, in-home health aides, and medical aides – throughout the region.

“The care workforce has been forced to make impossible choices for the past four months. They have either continued to work to ensure those they care for are safe and healthy while risking their own health, or stopped working and lost their income to protect their own health or care for their own children,” says Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation. “Given the direct and disproportionate impact COVID-19 was having on the care workforce, direct cash assistance to care workers quickly rose to the top of our priority list.” >Read More

Anne Arundel Breaks Early Voting Record, Line Spans Quarter-Mile

Anne Arundel residents faced two-hour wait times on the first day of early voting. The scores of voters helped break early voting records.

ODENTON, MD — Dense fog overcame Maryland Monday morning, offering a cloudy start to the election season. Despite the chilly and damp conditions, hundreds of residents headed to Arundel High School to cast their ballot on the first day of early voting.

By 8 a.m., the line stretched a quarter-mile around the voting center. Some voters brought chairs to the poll, cozying up for the two-hour affair.

The droves of voters were the most that Anne Arundel County has ever seen on the first day of early voting, the county board of elections said on Facebook. After six hours, 8,450 voters had cast their ballot. The county’s previous day-one record of 8,357 voters came in 2018.
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Wells Fargo: Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities

Marshall Wynn is a graduate of the first cohort of DC Central Kitchen’s culinary job training program focusing on young adults. (Courtesy of

Where We Live (WWL) is a five-year, $1.6 billion lending and philanthropic investment in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. Launched by Wells Fargo in 2018, its purpose is to improve lives, strengthen communities and increase economic opportunity by concentrating on four areas of need, identified by community leaders:

– Housing affordability

– Workforce development

– Financial health

– Small business growth

Part of WWL includes $16 million in strategic philanthropy. Through collaborating with nearly 100 community-based organizations, more than $12.8 million has been contributed to D.C. neighborhoods thus far. >Read More

Maryland Getting 1.8 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests From Federal Government

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland is getting more than 1.8 million rapid coronavirus tests from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

The 1,820,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid tests can give results in as little as 15 minutes, the agency said. Gov. Larry Hogan will have the final say on how to distribute them.


Health officials point to living arrangements, workplace environment as recent common trends for COVID-19

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (FOX 5 DC) – Going to work or staying at home when you’re sick with COVID-19 –– some health officials in Northern Virginia say it’s not always an easy decision for those who don’t have much of a choice.
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