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Washington, DC 2016 Community Award Winners

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The Judges

Louis deSabla, Publisher – Pathways Magazine

Kymone Freeman, Programming Director – We Act Radio

Robin Fillmore, Publisher – Natural Awakenings DC


1st Place: Healthy Babies Project, Inc. 

Healthy Babies Project, Inc. - Healthy Babies Project (HBP) helps underprivileged, inner-city District of Columbia families most at risk for infant death, childhood illness, and sustained poverty have healthy babies and become self-sufficient. HBP’s Perennial House provides safe haven shelter for homeless, pregnant teenagers as they work towards independent living. The Perennial Play Area for Inner-City Children develops green space and offers an eco-friendly playground at Perennial House, providing a safe, clean, play area for at-risk families to interact with their children and cultivate healthy early childhood play experiences.

How the Healthy Babies Project will use the funds: Perennial Play Area for Inner-City Children. HBP seeks support to develop green space and construct an eco-friendly playground on the grounds of Perennial House, thereby making the property more usable for residents and providing a safe, clean, area for at-risk families as they make measurable steps towards independent living.



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Congratulations to our Washington, DC Finalists!


The Emergence Community Arts Collective - The Emergence Community Arts Collective will host the 3rd annual Raw Food Festival at 733 Euclid St. NW Washington, DC on Saturday July 16, 2016. The festival features raw food chefs, demonstrations, talks, exercise demos, and other fun activities. Participants can sample raw food dishes from the area’s top chefs and vote for their favorites. They can also attend demonstrations showing how easy raw food can be to prepare, how healthy it is, and how it can work for your budget. A Green Festival Community award will allow more community members and volunteers to participate in this event.

Washington Parks & People - Since our beginnings in 1990, Washington Parks & People has been helping to transform forgotten and even dangerous locations into living green places that serve their communities. Parks & People connects immediately and directly to people where they live. We understand and address ecological and social issues in a local, human way—by equipping neighbors with knowledge and tools to reclaim their own public spaces. Our scope is geographically small—in some cases literally block by block. We work across the city to address injustice and empower local residents to transform their public spaces.

The Vegetarian Resource Group - An established Baltimore hot meals program serves 600 needy people daily, with 10% requesting a vegetarian option. Volunteers and institutions donate casseroles. VRG’s Chef tested three quantity recipes in an L.A. senior center, and now these have been added to the allowable dishes. A University of Maryland nutrition intern doing a rotation with us tested and delivered these casseroles to the site. We would use funds to set up an ongoing process for needs based interns and volunteers to prepare and donate these vegan foods. Helpful to the recipients, this is also a teaching tool for trainees for future careers.

Dreaming Out Loud, Inc - Dreaming Out Loud, working to establish The Farm at Kelly Miller as an innovative, community-centered, center of urban agricultural learning and production of nutritious food -- located just steps from Kelly Miller Middle School. The overwhelming majority of students at the school receive free, or reduced lunch, making increased access to healthy food very important. This project will improve school and community health, create sustainable jobs, help community members cultivate their own food, and build an important Ward 7 community asset.