Part of our mission has always been to give back, to serve others. I know in DC there are so many events, non profits and charities pulling at us. But here are 3 local projects that I am in love with- that I hope you will learn more about and spread the word. WE NEED YOU. ( I’ve also added a personal note as to why I’m specifically interested in these projects)
“Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community. – Mind Body Green.
1. Iona Senior Center in Tenleytown.
There are so many wonderful ways to help out. Our family delivers food once a month on Saturday mornings to neighbors who are not able to get out and about for food. I bring the kids, we all help out and it’s a great way to start the weekend. We have also done the “artist in residence” assistant program where we help seniors with alzheimer’s do art projects. It was an incredible day and a privilege to spend the day with these beautiful people. They have a new program at St. Albans each week day that needs some extra hands regularly, as well. I have not had a chance to do this yet- but hoping to sign up in the next week or so.
As a young girl, I spent a lot of time volunteering in nursing homes. In high school, I would visit the local nursing home each week and sit with a beautiful woman who told me about her life. Now, more than ever I am aware of the cycles in our life, and as I grow and attend to our young family- I’m mindful to not leave out those who are on the other end of the cycle- and I want to give them attention and love as well.
Please contact Iona’s Volunteer Program Coordinator, Tania Sechriest, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2. Before I ran a yoga studio, my entire life was dedicated to teaching youth in SE DC. I was a teacher, an administrator, coach and a community organizer for children and families from low income families I was passionate about working the front lines in Urban Education to change the system. The last year I was in DCPS, I introduced my students to yoga & and also taught yoga classes to the staff at the schools I worked in. When I heard about Hawah and the work he was doing with youth in DC- I was SO inspired. I saw the trailer for this film and was so touched, and had so many memories flood my mind of all my students and my “old life” as an educator in DC. Join Me for this amazing night. http://www.onecommonunity.org/causes/fly-by-light-the-movie/
3. Another project that I recently fell in love with was started by a bunch of my mom friends and I am so proud of them. Room to Rebloom is a non profit with a “mission to empower low income women and families in the National Capital Area who have been victims of domestic violence by providing them with design services and other resources needed to create beautiful home environments and rebuild their lives.” They are having an event on May 14th that lil omm is going to be a sponsor of. I hope you will consider donating and/ or attending the event.
This is a bit more personal… when I was a young girl, before my mom & I moved to CT- we hit a rough patch with one of her boyfriends. We had to leave him and hid out for a bit at a local shelter for women & children. I was very little and don’t have a lot of clear memories of this time but I know that it gave her a sense of
safety during a pretty scary time. My memories of this place were not especially beautiful or cozy, most of these centers try to make them nice and cozy for the families- but let’s be honest- it’s hard to do with little money and little resources. This project is so close to my heart- if we can help other families have comfortable and beautiful spaces while they are going through such a hard and scary time-especially for the children.. I believe, this matters. There is so much fear & suffering for these families. Honestly, it’s the least we can do…maybe it will help the memories be a little less painful- maybe it will ease some of the anxiety and the stress that these families go through while in transition. I hope you will join me at the event on May 14, or by donating your services or your money. STAY TUNED for information on some donation yoga classes for the project.