– Last year, the District passed legislation requiring cab companies to have wheelchair accessible vehicles. Due to a lack of fares, little training and a host of other issues, these new vehicles are sitting in lots and residents with disabilities still struggle to get around. (WAMU, 2/17)
These developments are frustrating transportation equity advocates. Just a few years ago, only 20 WAVs roamed Washington’s streets, leading to legislation by the D.C. Council to increase their numbers. But a new taxicab without a driver is the same as no taxi at all, said Heidi Case, a disability rights activist and motorized wheelchair user.
“Twice in the last week, I had to get a work appointment but they could not find a wheelchair cab at 4:30 in the afternoon,” said Case, who blamed the scaling back of a popular District program for the shortage.
– District residents east of the Anacostia River have a longer commute than the rest of the city. (GGW, 2/16)
– Montgomery County residents oppose a new mixed-use development they believe will be built on top of an early 20th century Black cemetery. (WaPo, 2/16)
FOOD/ HEALTH | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced the winners of the Healthy10 Awards, which is part of an initiative to create a business-led culture of health in America. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and DC Central Kitchen’s “Healthy Corners” initiative won an award. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 2/16)
HEALTH | Maryland lawmakers consider legalizing ‘Aid-in-Dying’ medication (NBC4, 2/16)
PHILANTHROPY | A new study of how foundations access and use knowledge for effective philanthropy found that foundation leaders are more likely to go to their peers when gathering information. (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2/13)
Social Sector Job Openings
Part-time Accountant | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers– New!
Donor Services Associate, District of Columbia | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Program Officer | Communities for Just Schools Fund
Program Assistant | Communities for Just Schools Fund
Senior Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Nonprofit Financial Planning & Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Managing Director for Equity and Health | Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF)
Nonprofit Project Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Human Resources Manager | Arabella Advisors
Executive Assistant to the President (P/T) | ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Administrative Associate | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Manager, Operations & Programming | Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Senior Associate, Engagement – Mid-Atlantic and Retail and Direct Bank markets | Capital One
Executive Director | Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
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