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Capital Area Asset Building Corporation

Capital Area Asset Building Corporation (CAAB) creates opportunities for people of all incomes to improve their financial management skills, increase their savings, and build wealth. We believe that a prosperous community is one in which everyone has incentives and opportunities to save for the future.

Featured Charities

  • Academy of Hope

    The Academy of Hope was founded in 1985 on a simple idea: to create a school for low income and no income adults in which the main subject for everyone, teachers and students alike was not reading, writing or math, but hope. We now serve more than 400 students each year, offering basic education, assistance for earning high school equivalent degrees, and badly needed computer training. Students pay only $10 per month or do volunteer work at the school.

  • Capitol Hill Computer Corner

    Formed in 2001 by a group of community members, Capitol Hill Computer Corner's mission is to foster academic and career development through technology skills training for youth and adults in the community. Our vision is to create a community of active and skilled technology users that pursue post-secondary education and careers with upward mobility, make positive decisions, and reach their career potential. To achieve this we offer innovative programs for youth and adults and establish partnerships with companies, non-profit organizations, government offices, and local schools to leverage community and professional resources.

  • College Bound

    College Bound prepares public school students in the metropolitan D.C. area to enter college, earn a degree, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

  • Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund

    The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund (HDSF) was founded in 1996 by Susie Kay, an American Government teacher at H.D. Woodson High School, the only 100% African American public high school in Washington, DC. Early in her career, it became clear to Susie that even the brightest, most hardworking students she taught had little hope for achieving a college education or professional success in the face of economic and racial barriers that separate their world east of the Anacostia from professional and political communities in the metropolitan area.

  • Urban Alliance Foundation

    Our mission is to prepare youth from under-resourced areas in Washington, DC for the world of work and a life of self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, and meaningful paid internships. There is a desperate need for underserved communities to have access to the mainstream of economic activity. Without exposure to professional development and growth, and knowledge of post-secondary education opportunities, the students we serve are severely limited in terms of possible career options.

Previously Featured Charities

2005 Featured Charities
  • IMPACT Silver Spring

    IMPACT Silver Spring builds the capacity needed to build and sustain Silver Spring as a thriving multicultural community by raising awareness, developing leadership, building relationships, fostering dialogue, and facilitating collaborative action.

  • Turning the Page

    Turning the Page links DC public schools, families, and the community, so that together they can ensure that DC students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. Turning the Page brings community members together through strategic partnerships that enable valuable educational resources to reach the students that need them most, from the most important educators in children's lives: their parents and their teachers.

  • Capitol Hill Computer Corner

    Formed by a group of community members, Capitol Hill Computer Corner fosters academic and career development through technology skills training for youth and adults in the community. Its vision is to create a community of active and skilled technology users that pursue post-secondary education and careers with upward mobility, make positive decisions, and reach their career potential.

  • Advocates for Justice and Education

    Advocates for Justice and Education educates and train parents, and those working with parents, about the laws that govern public education, specifically those that govern the education of children with disabilities or conditions that impede their ability to learn and successfully matriculate through the public school system.

  • First Generation College Bound

    First Generation College Bound is a unique community-initiated program that increases participation by low- and moderate-income youth in higher education through an education community support system that bridges the resources of home, church, school, and community.

2004 Featured Charities
  • Bright Beginnings

    Bright Beginnings is a child development center designed to meet the educational, social, and physical needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers whose families live in shelters and transitional housing throughout Washington, DC.
    (UW/CFC# 8379)

  • CABEL Foundation

    The Cabel Foundation is committed to helping youth understand the importance of saving and investing in their future.

  • Center for Inspired Teaching

    Believing that excellent teaching is the key to better schools, the Center for Inspired Teaching provides rigorous training for teachers, so they learn to motivate all students to reach their full potential.

  • Language ETC

    With the help of hundreds of volunteers and a policy of never turning away a willing student, regardless of ability to pay, Language ETC improves the lives of more than 2,000 adult immigrants each year by offering low-cost English as a Second Language, GED, Spanish Literacy, and computer classes.

  • Seed Foundation

    The SEED Foundation establishes urban public boarding schools that prepare students, both academically and socially, for success in college; its first school, The SEED School of Washington, DC, serves students whose challenging circumstances might otherwise prevent them from fulfilling their academic and social potential.

2003 Featured Charities
  • Black Student Fund

    By providing scholarships and essential support services, the Black Student Fund helps low-income black students to attend the region's best independent schools.
    (UW/CFC# 8377)

  • Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center

    Ashley's mom did not speak English well enough to help her daughter who was falling behind in school. In fact, Ashley was testing two full years below her fifth grade level in reading and math. The tutors at Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center worked miracles with Ashley in six months. Ashley now performs at grade level in math and reading, and exudes new self-confidence in herself and her abilities as a student.
    (UW/CFC# 8123)

  • Carlos Rosario International Career Center

    Language and vocational instruction at Carlos Rosario International Career Center help DC area immigrants improve their employment status and become engaged members of the community.

  • DC WritersCorps

    Using creative writing workshops and poetry "slams," DC WritersCorps keeps middle school kids engaged in school by focusing on reading and writing skills.

  • Higher Achievement

    Creating an academic community where it is cool to succeed in school, Higher Achievement provides challenging and rigorous academic training and skills development for low- income students who want to learn.
    (UW/CFC# 8949)

2002 Featured Charities
  • Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center

    CBMLC provides positive educational experiences and comprehensive support services to more than 400 low-income children, youth, and families in Washington, DC.

  • Heads Up: Leading With Class

    Listening to her 10-year-old grandson's mind and mouth ricochet from hamburgers to fungus to rattlesnakes, Verter Smith just shakes her head and laughs. Ever since Michael Smith enrolled in the Heads Up after school program, he's been talking about what he's learning. And talking. And talking. That's exactly why Heads Up provides kids from under-funded public schools in DC's poorest neighborhoods with tutors and mentors: to get them excited about learning — and about their futures.

  • Higher Achievement Program

    After four years of rigorous study during middle school, 75% of Higher Achievement's students get into accelerated high school and 95% go on to college.

  • Mentors, Inc

    90% of the teens in the Mentors Inc. program not only graduate from high school, but go on to college, or vocational or military school.

  • WVSA School for the Arts in Learning, Inc.

    WVSA's volunteers serve 6,000 individuals a year with learning disabilities and educational barriers.

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