HOMELESSNESS | The Landmark Mall in Alexandria, VA, long abandoned by shoppers and stores, is now the temporary home of a movie set and a homeless shelter. The new property owner has leased a portion of an old Macy’s to a homeless shelter for free. (NYT, 6/13)
Ms. Smith, the former Macy’s worker, rested on the floor of the common room under a frayed green blanket. Before coming to the shelter, Ms. Smith had been living in a car and showering in a recreation center. “I was tired,” she said.
Ms. Smith, who worked at Macy’s as a seasonal hire during the holidays 10 years ago, remembers the store fondly. On a slow day, she would try on makeup at the cosmetics counter and spray herself with samples of perfume. She said she could never afford to buy anything of her own. “All I could do was admire it.”
CSR | Katy Moore, WRAG’s Managing Director of Corporate Strategy, recently hosted a two-day workshop for more than 100 nonprofit and fundraising professionals to help them understand how and why companies give back to their communities. Read her most recent blog post “Five Things Your Corporate Funders Wish You Knew”. (Daily, 6/14)
Related: If you’d like additional insight into how grantmakers think, how they approach their work, and what they look for in strong nonprofit partners, join WRAG and our sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton for the 2018 Nonprofit Summer Learning Series. Attend in person or via live webinar. Even if you can’t make it, you might consider registering and receiving the webinar recording to watch at a later date.
ENVIRONMENT | The Anacostia Watershed Society, which issues an annual river report card to bring attention to the Anacostia River, has given the river its first passing grade in ten years. (WaPo, 6/13)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Susan Fisher Sterling, director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, discusses gender equality in the arts and what makes a piece of art good. (WaPo, 6/12)
EDUCATION | The Montgomery County school board has adopted a $2.6 billion budget, which includes funding for an academic program for students who are recovering from substance abuse. (Bethesda Beat, 6/13)
HOUSING | There is nowhere in the United States where a person working 40 hours a week and earning federal or state minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom home at fair market rent. (Citylab, 6/13)
IMMIGRATION | The administration is reviewing immigrants’ old fingerprints in an effort to rescind citizenship from individuals it believes may have falsified information on their naturalization forms. (WaPo, 6/13)
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