While you may be familiar with the work of Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, you may not know the impact a wish experience can have on not only local wish kids, but also their families, medical teams, volunteers and even local community supporters. Serving children who reside in Maryland, the District of Columbia and northern Virginia since 1983, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic has granted the wishes of more than 9,500 children fighting illnesses such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy and heart disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is an overwhelming degenerative condition for individuals and the family members who care for them. Yet there is hope in the promise of new research. Donors can help bring that promise to fruition by supporting innovative, high-quality scientific research through BrightFocus Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research program.
After successfully serving in the U.S. Army for 21 years, I retired and was ready for a second career. I had experience in Medical Supply Logistics; however, I found myself leaving the military without a degree or certification, and wondering if I would be able to find a job. My military experience unfortunately did not translate as well as I had hoped, leaving me frustrated and fearful of how I would take care of my family as we transitioned into the civilian world.
We are facing increased attacks against civil rights. The current presidential administration has launched an “Election Integrity Commission” aimed at thwarting non-existent voter fraud that will lead to more voter suppression nationwide. The Department of Justice is rolling back its vigorous enforcement of consent decrees that held entire police departments accountable for their actions against citizens of color.
Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For these children, simple surprises and joys of life are eclipsed by doctors’ visits, hospital stays, medical tests and treatments. The lives of their family members shift to a place of fear and stress.
Domestic violence is a common and deeply harmful problem in American society, with one in four women experiencing physical violence at some point during their life time, and children are the “hidden” victims. On a local level, the statistics are equally distressing. In 2015, 34,966 domestic violence-related calls were made to the Metropolitan Police in 2015, approximately one call every fifteen minutes. 27% of homeless families in Washington, D.C. reported a history of domestic violence, and 15% were homeless as a direct result of a violent incident.
One in three women will experience some form of gender-based violence. Women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations experience violence in the form of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, trafficking, and stalking. Getting help is a challenge for most survivors of gender-based violence, but for women of color, immigrant women, and other women with marginalized identities, the challenges are even greater. In our work to eradicate violence, we put these intersections at the forefront.
The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) serves the southeastern portion of Fairfax County, Virginia. LCAC’s mission, to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing food, basic needs, and self-sufficiency programs through the generous support of our community, has reached tens of thousands of individuals in our community since our humble beginning back in 1975.
During November’s Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day on November 14, our communities take notice of this global health threat that continues to grow. Diabetes is a disease that can strike anyone, from any walk of life. And it does at an alarming rate.
There are currently more than 30 million Americans and approximately 420 million children and adults worldwide living with diabetes. For those affected and their families, tomorrow isn’t soon enough to cure this disease.
For more than 50 years, WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM have been the Greater Washington community’s source for high-quality, educational public media. Combined Federal Campaign and workplace giving contributions from individual community members have provided vital support to help make WETA’s public service possible.