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Centro Familia

To improve the accessibility, acceptability, availability and quality of child care services to Latinos through a community development strategy that combines culturally-based concepts, applied research, and program models that are responsive to community needs. To create an environment of cultural validation and celebration; and to create linkages among non-profit, for-profit and governmental agencies, professionals, and members of disenfranchised communities.

Featured Charities

  • Art Enables

    The mission of Art Enables is to empower adults with developmental and/or mental disabilities to pursue the creation of outsider and folk art as a way of developing skills, achieving self-expression, finding a meaningful role in society and moving towards economic independence.

  • Carlos Rosario International Career Center

    To provide a vibrant and encouraging learning environment in order to build community wealth in the immigrant communities of our nation's capital, through top-tier workforce development, English language training, access to technology, and job counseling.

  • Virginia Justice Center

    Through legal advocacy and education, the Virginia Justice Center supports the efforts of hard-working farmworkers, day laborers, and low-wage immigrant workers to defend their rights in the workplace. We seek to remedy unfair labor practices, and assist workers who face discrimination and exploitation because of their immigration status.

  • YWCA of the National Capital Area

    The YWCA is a women's membership movement nourished by its rich history and strong roots within the community. Characterized by its diversity, the Association creates opportunities to educate, motivate, and support women, children and their families to reach their fullest potential. The YWCA's primary objective is to promote racial justice and gender equity at all times.

Previously Featured Charities

2005 Featured Charities
  • Suited for Change

    Suited for Change provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women in Greater Washington who have completed job training or job readiness programs and are seeking employment. Services are available at no charge and by referral only.

  • Computer C.O.R.E.

    Computer C.O.R.E. creates futures. Through basic computer training and professional development Computer C.O.R.E. assists low-income adults acquire the technical and life skills needed for employment success.

  • Jobs Unlimited

    Jobs Unlimited promotes and provides job training and paid and supported employment to adults in Montgomery County, Maryland living with serious mental illnesses- such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder-who are motivated to work and be part of the workforce. Jobs Unlimited participants receive job training; direct, paid employment at the organization's Upscale Resale Thrift Shop; and state-licensed supported employment services that help them obtain and maintain competitive jobs in the community.

  • The Training Source

    The Training Source provides training using state-of-the-art equipment and methodologies to meet individual and workplace development needs. Designated a HUD Best Practice for designing outstanding and innovative programs, the Training Source provides employment training and job placement, computer applications training, youth leadership development, summer youth computer camps, self-improvement programs for homeless families transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency, and fee-based management and employee development training to promote a more effective and efficient workplace.


    EFFORTS is committed to improving the lives of ex-offenders and substance abusers by providing treatment services and employment opportunities to prevent re-incarceration.

2004 Featured Charities
  • Southeast Ministry

    Southeast Ministry provides job readiness and GED programs with an individualized focus for at-risk adults who have lost touch with their potential and ability to seize opportunities.

  • Byte Back

    Byte Back works with local organizations to provide computer access and computer training to underemployed and unemployed adults, and computer literacy to at-risk youth.

  • CitiWide Computer Training Center

    Citiwide uses information technology to close the digital divide and improve the educational and socioeconomic conditions of low-income people in Greater Washington.

  • Community Services Agency

    The Community Services Agency is sponsored by the local labor movement and its priority is workers and their families; CSA can be their first stop for financial and social services assistance, help getting a job, and referral for other individual and family problems.

  • 3rd and EATS (CFLS Restaurant)

    Believing in professional training and personal growth potential for low-income and homeless men and women, 3rd and Eats provides culinary arts training and job placement for its trainees with local restaurants, hotels, and caterers.

2003 Featured Charities
  • JHP (Jobs for Homeless People)

    Working directly in homeless shelters, JHP has helped over 9,000 people find and maintain jobs and achieve self-sufficiency.
    (UW/CFC# 8962)

  • Jubilee Jobs

    Jubilee Jobs provides individualized job preparation and placement services to unemployed people. A unique monthly support program promotes retention and "next steps" toward a living wage.
    (UW/CFC# 8232)

  • Life Skills Center

    The tri-lingual staff at Life Skills Center assists people with mental retardation, mental illness, and developmental disabilities to overcome obstacles in becoming tax paying, productive members of society.
    (UW/CFC# 9159)

  • Shirlington Employment and Education Center

    Day laborers and potential employers will have a safer and more convenient way to connect at the new Pavilion being built by Arlington County for Shirlington Employment and Education Center.

  • Workforce Organizations for Regional Collaboration (WORC)

    The Washington region can boast one of the most innovative collaborative solutions to job placement in the nation - WORC. Matching businesses seeking employees with local nonprofits providing workforce development and placement services, WORC is helping qualified people find good jobs. The "One Click Clearinghouse," an electronic job distribution system, connects the local business community with nonprofit organizations that train people to enter the workforce. WORC has made job seeking — and hiring — more efficient.
    (UW/CFC# 7494)

2002 Featured Charities
  • District of Columbia Employment Justice Center

    Spurred by a worsening economic crisis, over 1,000 poor workers turned to the DC Employment Justice Center for free legal advice last year alone.

  • Jubilee Jobs: Taking One Step at a Time

    Renee was an ex-offender coming out of a recovery program and living in a halfway house. She came to Jubilee Jobs for help finding employment. Jubilee's goal was for Renee to keep a job long enough to build a reference and gain the experience to move up. They placed Renee in an entry-level position and encouraged her prospects for moving ahead. After six months, Renee applied for, and was awarded, a full-time paid apprenticeship. She now has her own apartment and soon, she will be a licensed plumber.

  • SERVE, Inc.

    SERVE promotes self-sufficiency and economic independence in Prince William by providing job training, educational counseling, employment opportunities, and budgeting skills to the area's poor.

  • STRIVE DC, Inc.

    Often referred to as the "boot camp for the unemployable," 73% of the graduates of STRIVE DC have been placed in a job, and 82% are still employed two years later.

  • Suited for Change

    Suited for Change's volunteers "suit" 150 low-income, job-seeking women from DC, MD, and VA with five professional outfits, ongoing career education, and a wellspring of confidence.

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