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May 22, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Two endangered species met on the Anacostia River and life bloomed

ENVIRONMENT | Cleaning up the polluted Anacostia River in order to reintroduce wildlife to the area saved many of the youth who participated in the Eagle Conservation Corps in the 90s from leading the lives that took many of their peers in Southeast DC. (NPR, 5/20)

In the first three months, a team of seven young men and two women waded into the creek and dragged out everything from car engines to sofas, bikes — and 5,000 tires. “They cleaned every scrap out of that creek,” [creator of the Eagle Conservation Corps Bob] Nixon says.

It was hard work with no prestige, and their friends in Valley Green [housing project] gave them a hard time. But “we started feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride,” says Anthony Satterthwaite, another of the original volunteers.

That sense of accomplishment was key.

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS | The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for its 2017 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. Congratulations to the many WRAG members nominated! (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 5/15)

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business)

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

CSRA, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente

PNC Bank

WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Wells Fargo Bank

Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Executive Leader of the Year

Adrian Chapman, WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Todd Yeatts, The Boeing Company

Emerging Influential of the Year

Ben Ingham, Northrop Grumman

NOVAForward Award

Eileen Ellsworth, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Non-Profit of the Year

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in partnership with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties

– Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, said this about the nomination: We are honored to be nominated with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties. Since 2015, when WRAG hosted the first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, we have been working with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties and a robust cross-sector steering committee to identify and address top needs in the county. On March 1, we launched the “Faces of Loudoun” marketing campaign designed to highlight the often hidden needs in Loudoun and encourage increased and more effective philanthropic investments from residents and the larger philanthropic community across the region.

WORKFORCE | This Chesapeake Bay company, and the island where it is located, need Mexican guest workers to keep its business afloat. (WAMU, 5/21)

HEALTH | District policymakers passed a bill to raise the smoking age to 21 last year, but there are no funds set aside in the current FY18 budget proposal to implement the law. (DCFPI, 5/19)

HOUSING | The Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights area is now the third most expensive neighborhood in DC. (WTOP, 5/19)

POVERTY | A new study explores why some children who grow up in poverty are able to become economically successful adults. (Citylab, 5/19)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits anxiously await the new administration’s first budget request. (Chronicle, 5/19 – Subscription needed)


These puppets do not want to harm you. 

– Kendra

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