On a Thursday afternoon, a group of high school students pours into Center City Public Charter School. The students are visiting from Friendship Tech Prep Academy, a neighboring Ward 8 school, to volunteer at Center City’s monthly Joyful Food Market, which they adopted for the school year. The group begins their volunteer shift by bringing fresh produce into the building, while their guidance counselors proudly photograph their day of service. As the students prepare for families to arrive, they carefully arrange baskets of kale, oranges, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower, and stack bags of beans. Joseph, a high school junior, explains what sets this volunteer experience apart from his other community service projects in the city: “I get to see the impact really close to home,” he says. “When I walk through D.C., I usually see the same faces. I get to meet people in my community here,” he adds. Friendship Tech Guidance Counselor Julia echoes this sentiment. “Partnering with Martha’s Table makes a lot of sense for us because we want our students to have meaningful service opportunities—and this one is close to home.”
August 27, 2020 at 6:13 PM
This October, in collaboration with the Anacostia community and Families First DC, Martha’s Table will expand its community-driven services to better support children, families, and individuals.
July 31, 2020 at 2:48 PM
Continuing to support MT families right now is incredibly important. With this in mind, our family engagement team works incredibly hard to remain connected with parents.
July 6, 2020 at 6:13 PM
For D.C. residents, the “new normal” can take many forms. Ra’Chelle Dennis, a mother of two, Ward 8 business owner, and parent of a child enrolled in Martha’s Table’s early childhood education program, shares her perspective inside the pandemic. Here is her story in her own words…