Please be advised the Greater Washington Urban League does not solicit funds door-to-door to pay a person's utility bill or any other bills or for donations. It has recently been brought to our attention that there may be a person or persons fraudulently claiming to represent the League. If you are approached by anyone going door-to-door requesting funds on behalf of the League, please do not give him or her monies, and immediately report the incident to the Metropolitan Police Department, Financial Crimes Division at 202-727-4159, or to your local police department if you live outside the District.
The Board and staff of the Greater Washington Urban League
congratulate the 2013 Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Winners announced on March 19, 2014.
During the 2014 Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Gala, ten scholarships were awarded to local graduating seniors. All of the scholarships were one year awards of $2,000 except for the Giant scholarship which is $2,500 and the Yancy Eights scholarship which is a four award paid out in increments of $2,000 each year.
As of this year, 162 students in Washington, DC, Prince George's County and Montgomery County Maryland have received scholarships since 2000. More than $1,000,000 has been awarded to the students. Corporate scholarship sponsors have included: Merrill Lynch, the Rainbow Fund, Safeway/Western Union, Nationwide Insurance Company, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi Bottling Group, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, General Dynamics, the Vivian Rouson GWUL Alumni Scholarship Fund, the Gladys General Scholarship Fund, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola.
This year's awardees were:
Safeway/Western Union Scholarship Winners
Jennifer Argueta-Cruz, Jonah Jackson
Ekram Jiru, Daijah-Monai Williams
Brenda McGill, Melissa Zamora
Each will receive a $2,000.00 scholarship.
Pepsi Scholarship Winner
A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded.
A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded.
Charlotte Elizabeth Yancey Eights Scholarship
A four year award of $8,000 total with $2,000 paid annually for four years.
Thursday Network I Empower Scholarship Winner
Dianne F. Techwei
A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded.
Utility Assistance for Needy Families
GWUL and DC Water Partnership
In partnership with the DC Water, the Greater Washington Urban League is administering a program to assist needy and eligible families to pay their water bill during times of critical need. Through the S.P.L.A.S.H. Program (Serving People by Lending A Supporting Hand), community residents can apply for up to $350 of assistance once during a program year. The program is funded solely by contributions from the community businesses as well as thoughtful DC Water customers. To learn more about the program, contact Tiffany Champion at 202-265-8200 ext 260.
Assistance is based on the availability of funds.
The SPLASH Program can only serve clients through the contributions of friends, neighbors, and businesses. If you are a DC Water customer and wish to make a contribution to the SPLASH Program, just check the "Round Up" box on your monthly water bill. Your total will be rounded up to the next dollar figure. Money collected from the "round up" program goes into a fund to assist needy families.
GWUL Energy Assistance
For the sixth year, the League is partnering with PEPCO to provide assistance to community residents needing help to pay electric and/or gas bills. Through the program, needy residents can apply for up to $500 once per year to help pay their utility bill(s). To receive assistance, each applicant has to provide the required paperwork and be approved for the assistance. For more information on the program, call Tiffany Champion at 202-265-8200.
On March 13, 2014, GWUL was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Office of the People's Counsel to establish and administer a Special Energy Assistance Fund to provide emengency electric or gas bill assistance to needy families in the community. The same guidelines will be adhered to that exist for the original energy assistance program. Each client requesting assistance can only receive assistance once a year. The year starts if the client is approved for assistance.
Assistance is based on the availability of funds.
GWUL Employment Opportunities
Are you unemployed? Under-employed? Seeking a job upgrade? Interested in changing careers? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, please contact the GWUL Career Center. Staff may be able to help you make a positive employment change. Resources and opportunities available include pre-apprenticeship screening, resume preparation, employability training workshops, and general personal growth and development workshops. In addition, the League also host dedicated job fairs for various employers. Information can be obtained on when those events will be held.
For more information about the services of the GWUL Career Center, call Audrey Epperson at 202-265-8200 ext 255.
Information is available on the employment opportunities offered by local government agencies and businesses on the employment pages on this web site. Just click employment on the menu line of the site. There you will find three categories: job fairs, part-time/youth employment information and full-time employment information. Also, visit our online calendar for workforce development activity listings.
US Forest Service Positions
The US Forest Service will be announcing two job vacancies in the near future. Both are full time positions: an Assistant Director and a Branch Chief position. For more information about the positions, please contact:
GWUL will launch a new web page on health hutrition and fitness early in 2014. The new page will be designed to provide you with information you can use for yourself and your family. There will be articles on subjects that impact family care providers, directories for health services, fitness information for all age groups. Until the site is ready, we will post information in this section.
MinuteClinic is a walk-in medical clinic located inside select
CVS/Pharmacy locations. MinuteClinics are staffed by certified family nurse practitioners and physican assistants. They are able to provide a variety of services:
1. Diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for common family illnesses (e.g. strep throat, bladder infections, pink eye, ear, nose and throat infections)
2. Provide common vaccinations (e.g. flu, pneumonia and others)
3. Treat minor wounds, abrasions, and skin conditions (e.g. poison ivy, ringworm, lice, and acne)
4. Provide various wellness services (e.g. health screenings, sports and camp physicals, TB testing, routine lab tests, to name a few)
5. Provide education and resource materials for those with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Infomation on your visit to a MinuteClinis can be provided to you for you to take to your primary physican or a summary of your visit can be sent to your doctor with your permission.
There are 17 MinuteClinics in the service area of the Greater Washington Urban League: Listed below are select locations in the District of Columbia and Maryland:
District of Columbia
300 40th Street, NE
845 Bladdenburg Road, NE
4555 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
2230 M Street, NW
4859 MacArthur Blvd, NW
2226 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
7939 New Hampshire
Langley Park, Maryland 20718
8201 Annapolis Road
New Carrolton, Maryland 20784
7600 SE Crain Highway
Upper Marboro, Maryland 20776
6700 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
Teenage curfews in the District of Columbia began September 1, 2006. Children and teenagers under the age of 17 must be home by 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays and by midnight on weekends.
Exemptions are permited for children and teenagers working, attending school, religious, civic or organized recreational events. Those violating the curfew laws could face 25 hours of community service. Parents of the violators could face fines up to $500.
For more information, call 202-265-8200 ext 250.
United Way of the National Capital Area
The Greater Washington Urban League is a member of the United Way of the National Capital Area. During this donation period, please consider making a contribution to the League to help us better serve our constituents. The League's United Way Designate No. is 8214. The Combined Federal Campaign No. is 17794.
Visit our web calendar for important school year and community activity dates and/or information on activities. To date, the calendar has been updated through December 2014. As other League and community listings become known, they will be posted on a monthly basis.
The GWUL was awarded a grant by the AARP Foundation and the Charles Schwab Foundation to administer a year long grant to help people ages 50 + to get on track financially in 2012. The grant was to have ended September 30, 2013. It has been extended until December 31, 2013. The program Finances 50 + is a three-part program that consist of three 90-minute interactive in-person sessions that are designed to assist the participants build habits to help them improve their financial situation. Weather you are trying to meet your weekly/monthly obligations, planning for a vacation or planning to send a child to college or building your personal assets, being money savy is critical if you are to be successful.
DC Health Link Grant
GWUL has been awarded a grant from DC Health Link to provide community residents with information and general guidance to help them navigate the new health insurance market place associated with the Affordable Care Act. Four GWUL staff members (Audrey Epperson, Wendy Griffin, Desiree Heyliger, and Ursula Higgins) were identified and trained as DC Health Link Assisters during the martket place open season (October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014).
Get the Facts. Get Covered. Come and talk to one of our Assisters. Call 202-265-8200 for an appointment.
Entrepreneurial Training Program Grant
The Greater Washington Urban League has neen awarded a grant from the DC Department of Employment (DOES) Services to conduct a year long training program for 50 community residents interested in starting their own business. During the program year, two groups of 25 will be provided with 6 weeks of training. Following the training, the participsnts will be provided with 6 months of technical assistance to help them prepare to start their own business (prepare plans, obtain needed busuiness documents to conduct business in the city, etc.).
NUL/CVS Health Initiative Grant
GWUL has been awarded a small grant to administer a program designed to provide DC residents with information and services on hunger nutrition and health. Through the program, a health fair will be conducted, mini workshops will be conducted, and information disseminated on the three subject areas. The program runs through January 30, 2014. For more information, call Audrey Epperson at 202-265-8200.
Comcast Blended Technology Grant
The Greater Washington Urban League has been awarded a grant from Comcast to administer a technology program for 60 young people ages 15 to 18. The program is designed to provide the young people with hands on computer training and information on computer safety as well as social media safety. The program will run from October 2013 to August 2014.
Did you know?
Did you know that 42,000 District of Columbia residents are without health insurance. The DC health insurance marketplace is now open for business from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Please take the time to visit the web site to see what is there for you under the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.dchealthlink.com for more information.
Did you know that thousands of dollars are available to assist young people go to college. Visit the League's web site that has a partial listing of some of the scholarships that are available. One such scholarship opportunitiy that was recently announced is the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.Students selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholars could receive up to $30,000 over a four year period. Anyone interested in the scholarship should contact the foundation at 855-509-5253.
For other scholarship information, go to the Education listing in the menu. Once there, click on College and Scholarship Info.
GWUL Scholarships opportunities become available in November of 2014. Please contact the Education office at 202-265-8200 for information about the scholarships.
Did you know the SAT test has been changed? For more information on the test, go to www.collegeboard.com to get a more in-depth description of the new test. Also talk to the school counselor about the test and what the school might be doing to prepare students to take the test.
Did you know that hunger is an issue in our community. Many people are struggling to get food that is nutritional and healthy for them. If you need or know someone who needs emergency food assistance, please call the HUNGER LIFELINE at 202-644-9807for a referral to a community food provider. The Hunger Lifeline is administered by the Capital Area Food Bank (capitalareafoodbank.org).
Another source of food for people in need of nutritional food is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.Through this program, over 6,000 senior community residents receive a food bag of non-perishable food items on a monthly basis. The bag is valued at $55.00 and contains, juice, milk, a can meat product, can vegetables and fruit, pasta, and dry pinto beans or navy beans. The program is administered by the Capital Area Food Bank. To participate in the program, seniors have to complete the enrollment process. For more information call Mrs. Washington at 202-644-9800 ext 4623.
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