United Way’s new 10 year goals are bold, to say the least [News, 5/15]


CEO Brian Gallagher: “The thing that is either really stupid or really courageous is we’re going to hold ourselves accountable to these national metrics.”  Over the next 10 years, United Way will seek to lower the highschool dropout rate by 50 percent, to cut the number of working families struggling financially in half, and to “increase by one-third the number of youths and adults considered healthy” (WaPo, 5/15). “The initiative comes as the United Way faces increasing competition for philanthropic dollars and as donors demand more accountability…” The national group can’t force local groups to restrict grants to these areas. Our region’s United Way is supportive. 

GROWTH
O’Malley: Time to invest in smart growth (Examiner, 5/15)
DC announces mixed-use development plan for Hill East (WBJ, 5/14)

HUNGER
Food-Stuffed Buses Drive Home Plight of the Needy (WaPo, 5/15) – Mentioned in article: Manna Food Center, Our Daily Bread, Arlington Food Assistance Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Bread for the City.

ENVIRONMENT
U.S. House Passes Bill That Would Add Money for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup (WaPo, 5/15)

FORECLOSURES
MD foreclosures spike; VA edge up, DC ease (WBJ, 5/14)

HOMELESSNESS
COG report: Little change in homeless numbers from last year–but stay tuned. (WaPo, 5/15)