DC Gentrification Pictures- The Boys and Girls Club

10/4/2004

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 April email about the Boys and Girls Club:

The Parent's Association for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington #10 stopped the closing of our Boys and Girls Club, which is a safe haven for over 400 inner city children.
As part of the Parent's dedication to #10 and making sure the community changes positively, they are sponsoring Unity Day.

Unity Day is a group of neighbors, both long time residents and new arrivals, who are joining forces to not only save the Boys and Girls Clubhouse #10 on 14th Street but to improve it. And we are doing this with the full support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

We are looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor the painting of the clubhouse. Right now we are in need of $2,200. We have already received generous donations form the community, Horning Brothers and Taurus Developers. Perspectives, a local owned business is also making a sizeable in-kind donation and organizing the logistics of the painting.  Jair Lynch, the Neighborhood Development Corporation and Maggie Moos are all contributing to the effort to make #10 one of the attractions of Columbia Heights.

Jair Lynch, the
Neighborhood Development Coorporation and Maggie Moos

Unity Day will be more than painting the club. We are planting 13 trees, maples, dogwoods and cherry blossoms; starting new flowerbeds; creating a Green Team for the club; and recruiting new volunteers to work with the children. All of these efforts are going to make #10 the example of what a dedicated community, partnered with a smart non-profit and good corporate citizens can do for the children of Washington, DC.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington are launching a challenge to their other clubs to inspire them to achieve this level of community commitment and pride. Would it be possible for you to be a part of this April 30th event?

We have a simple website set up at Http://www.geocities.com/clubhouse10pride/unityday.html.

clubhouse10pride@yahoo.com