Tag: This week in the community

Friday roundup – September 28 through October 2, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland presented her third quarter report to the community where she discussed how WRAG is working to address some of the most entrenched issues in our region. (Daily, 9/30)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/YOUTH
– D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie proposed an unconventional approach to curbing violence in the city – offering job training, mentoring and cash stipends to at-risk youth. (WAMU, 9/29)

–  Why wealthy Loudoun County does not have universal full-day kindergarten (WaPo, 9/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/HUMANITIES
 D.C.’s secret export: theater (WaPo, 9/24)

– This week, the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which created both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (WAMU, 9/28)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING 
In their Matters@Hand thought-leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND explored some of the most innovative affordable housing policies from around the country. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/1)


Community Calendar
WRAG will be testing out a new feature on the blog each Friday  – the WRAG Community Calendar. Tell us about your upcoming event, and we will share it through the calendar below. To have your event included on the calendar, please send basic information including event title, date/time, location, a brief description of the event, and a link to further details to: myers@washingtongrantmakers.org.


Can you recognize these cities based solely on their aerial views? 

– Ciara

Friday roundup – April 20 through April 24, 2015

THIS WEEK IN AGING/POVERTY
Many older Americans across the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity, a lingering effect of the Great Recession that has not yet shown signs of recovery for the growing senior population. According to a new report ranking each state’s percentage of seniors facing the threat of hunger, the Greater Washington region’s senior population is among those facing hard times. (WaPo, 4/23)

A new national report on food insecurity among older Americans ranks the District fourth, just behind Mississippi.

The report says that more than 20 percent of the District’s elderly have concerns about eating enough food or the right kind of food, compared with more than 24 percent of seniors in Mississippi.

The estimates of senior hunger range from about 8 percent in Minnesota to more than 26 percent in Arkansas, which was ranked highest among states where seniors face the threat of hunger. Virginia and Maryland both had rates of about 14 percent.

The Atlantic explored the economic inequalities that exist for many Americans well beyond retirement age, despite the shared experiences of growing older that most seniors endure. (Atlantic, 4/20)

THIS WEEK IN COMMUNITY/EVENTS
– Lynn Tadlock, Vice Chair of WRAG’s board and Deputy Executive Director of Giving at the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, discussed the upcoming Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference on May 14 and how it aims to strengthen the “three-legged stool” of government, business, and the social sector to meet the often unnoticed needs of Loudoun County. (Daily, 4/22)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/BUDGETS
– Prince George’s County braced itself for what could potentially be a $20 million loss in state school funding. (Gazette, 4/22)

D.C. schools budget includes wide range in per-student spending (WaPo, 4/23)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/ECONOMY
National Parks Brought $1.4 Billion to the D.C. Region in 2014 (DCist, 4/24)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Northern Virginia LEG: The Art of Successful Site Visits (co-sponsored with Exponent Philanthropy and the Southeastern Council of Foundations)
Wednesday, April 29  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Brightest Minds: Dr. Isabel Sawhill on Creating a New Ethic of Responsible Parenthood (WRAG members and non-members)
Thursday, April 30  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (At PNC Bank)


Today is the Library of Congress’ 215th birthday! Find out what’s actually in there.

– Ciara