[News 10/11/07] “To Save the Next DeOnte Rawlings”


Greg Roberts, president of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. (WG member), writes a WaPo op-ed (10/7) on the importance of quality after-school programs, the kind DeOnte’s father was searching for shortly before his son’s death: “We just recently started a slew of terrific after-school programs at Hart under Project My Time — boxing, cooking, martial arts, soccer, creative writing, computer graphics, modeling and lots more. How I wish DeOnte had been part of that.”
 
PEOPLE
Profile: Judith Sandalow, winner of a Meyer Foundation 2007 Exponent Award (Washington Jewish Week, 10/10)

HOUSING/COMMUNITY
“LISC Wins $133 Million in ‘New Markets Tax Credit’ (NMTC) Investment Authority” (Wire, 10/10) – Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) President Michael Rubinger: “The Washington, DC project illustrates how NMTCs, when coupled with other funding programs, can have a huge community impact.”  Click here for more on the project Rubinger is referring to–a commercial development in southeast D.C. which will bring the first supermarket to the area in nearly a decade, and redevelop the surrounding area with affordable housing. (LISC manages Washington Grantmakers’ Community Development Support Collaborative.)

MENTAL HEALTH
[Va.] More mentally ill people in Va. jails than hospitals (Examiner, 10/11)

NONPROFITS
D.C. Charities Buy Office Condos to Avoid High Rents (Chronicle, 10/10)

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
WG Member United for D.C.‘s United Reads program serves six local elementary schools, reaching nearly 1,800 students. (10/10)

WG member Verizon Foundation gives $300,000 to help the American Red Cross better serve people with disabilities during disasters. (10/10)

[Md.] “Art class gives inmates a creative outlet” (Gazette, 10/10) – The Project Youth Outreach painting program is partially funded by the Mead Family Foundation (WG Member)