Community Outreach Activity (CO-Act)
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Monday, November 5, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

For the 2018 CO-Act event, we will be assembling 1000 hygiene kits for distribution to Thrive DC.

Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives. Founded in 1979 to serve dinner to homeless women, Thrive DC has grown to be a comprehensive, professionally staffed, bilingual organization serving more than 2,000 men, women, and children each year. They are a safety net for people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity. With help, the clients take the first steps toward independence and self-sufficiency.


Thrive DC began in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women (DPHW), a grassroots response to the first major wave of homelessness on the streets of downtown Washington, DC. In 1998, they began serving breakfast to homeless men, as well as women, and founded a job training program. In 2007 they introduced formal case management and educational programming.


As Thrive DC continued to change, they moved in 2008 from downtown Washington, DC to the Columbia Heights neighborhood. With the move, they also changed their name from DPHW to Thrive DC in order to better reflect our growing mission. Coupled with the metoric rise of homelessness in the District, Thrive DC is now the sole provider of homeless services for Ward One and much of the surrounding area.

Currently, they serve over 250 people a day and over 153,000 meals a year.

If you’re interested in helping the people of DC (and enjoying some fun in a productive environment with colleagues and friends), register for the CO-Act event when you complete your conference registration form.  There is no fee to participate (i.e. it’s FREE)!  To help us organize appropriately however, it is important we are aware of the number of volunteers so please sign up.

If you are unable to participate, please consider supporting the activity with a tax-deductible donation. Tax-deductible donations are welcome from those participating in the event as well.  

To learn more about the organization with whom ACVP is partnering, visit Clean the World.  Check out this story on CNN.

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