– Here’s the story of one of DC’s Violence Interrupters, a position created to be an alternative to policing. This person’s job is to try to de-escalate neighborhood disputes before someone is seriously hurt, especially after a shooting. (WaPo, 12/14)
Similar initiatives have been started in Baltimore, Chicago and some other cities. The hope is fellow residents, those who understand what it is like to live in a violent neighborhood, can convince others to join a jobs program, stay in school, stop selling drugs. Lower a gun.
The impact is hard to measure — a dispute quieted, anger channeled elsewhere, retaliation that is never carried out. But city leaders hope small success stories eventually will show up in the broader violent crime numbers, which for now are trending the wrong way.
– Death sentences and executions continue falling across Virginia and U.S. (Richmond Times, 12/14)
BUSINESS | Anna Powell Bard, senior vice president of community affairs for Maryland, Virginia and DC at Wells Fargo, is profiled in Riveting Women’s latest blog post. (Riveting Women, 12/12)
YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should be invested in youth leadership development. (PND Blog, 12/13)
ENVIRONMENT | 3 things the federal farm bill funds besides farming: Chesapeake Bay cleanup, food stamps and renewable energy (Baltimore Sun, 12/13)
TRANSIT | Metro’s board has voted to charge riders peak fares for special events and to hold a public hearing on expanding rush-hour service hours. (WaPo, 12/13)
Social Sector Job Openings
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation– New!
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
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