The Combined Federal Campaign
Are you a federal employee or military member that would like to help Be The Love reach of goal of serving the needy in the D.C. Metropolitan area? If so, you’re in luck, as the Federal Government actually provides a way for you to do so. The Combined Federal Campaign is a once a year program offered to all employees of the Federal Government that allows for pre-tax donations to the charity of your choice.
The funds provided through the CFC make up a large portion of Be The Love’s annual funding, so we need your help! Every dollar provided to Be The Love through the CFC helps us operate our multiple charity events in the D.C. area each year. Even donations as small as two dollars have helped purchase one picture frame at “Help Portrait,” or helped worldwide organizations such as A21 fight the ongoing problem of human trafficking.
If you’re eligible and interested in providing a donation to Be The Love through the CFC, look for us in your CFC Pledge Book, or find us online here. Our CFC number is 31336!
One of the hardest parts in serving your community is simply getting started. You may not know where to go, or you might be scared to try something you know about. Regardless of why, you can rest assured that you are in good company. We all struggle with that huge first step toward serving our community. So read on for some great suggestions on how to get started!
WHO’S IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
If you’re looking for something easy, why not try looking around where you are? No matter where you live or work, you’re already part of a neighborhood, and it probably needs your help! Communities work best when the local residents work together for the good of the community. A great first step might just be joining your local homeowners association, or even just helping one of your neighbors carry his groceries. Or you can give some food to a homeless person you often see in your neighborhood. When it comes to small acts of love, the possibilities are endless! Or, if you don’t want to jump in alone, why not serve with us? This year, Capital City Church’s Be The Love Campaign will be serving in the following 5
neighborhoods, with more to come soon:
1) Capitol Hill
2) Foggy Bottom
4) Kingstowne, Virginia
5) U Street
GROUP SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
If the idea of serving in your neighborhoods isn’t your thing, or you just don’t like serving alone, you can also get started by serving at one of the following exciting events with us:
1) H Street Festival – on September 21, 2013, Be The Love Campaign has the privilege of overseeing all volunteers for DC’s H Street Festival. This year, 100,000 people are expected to attend H Street Festival, so we need all the help we can get to ensure we can Be The Love to everyone who comes to visit H Street Festival. Get more details on how to help here.
2) Franconia Firehouse Service Day – On October 12, 2013, the Franconia Firehouse in Alexandria will be having an Open House. They’ve invited us to meet our new neighbors in Kingstowne by serving all of the visitors at the Open House. Let us know here if you want to help us with this great opportunity to Be The Love in Virginia!
3) DC Unbound – If you’re looking for more of an international flavor for your service, consider joining us at DC Unbound on October 5, 2013. Unbound is a walk uniting the movement to end human trafficking, and Be The Love is supporting a team at the walk. To join us in our fight against modern slavery, register here and join CapCity Be The Love!
Be The Love Campaign could use a hand at each of these events. If you’re looking for a fun activity and want to serve with lots of people, let us know here which you’re interested in and we’ll get you started. Or if you’re looking for something smaller in scale, why not check out some of our community groups? Our community groups serve in a variety of ways all over the DC Metro area and make starting community service easy through joining with others. Check them out here for more details!
No matter what you choose though, the most important part is just getting started. There is a whole world out there that needs your gifts and your heart. If it seems scary to start, bring a friend and start together! You’d be amazed by who will be willing to join you if you just ask. And if it seems overwhelming, just try and keep the right perspective. You don’t need to save the whole world in one day. But you can reach the DC Metro area one life at a time, because it’s that one life that matters!
This summer, Be The Love has been blanketing the DC Metro area with Love for its neighbors! We started our Summer of Service at The Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. The Carpenter’s Shelter is the largest homeless shelter in the northern Virginia area, and provides comprehensive care to its residents to aid them in their transition back to independent living. On June 27, 2013, 10 volunteers banded together to make an awesome dinner for the 77 residents of the Shelter, and great times were had by all!
Click here to see the rest of the pictures of the night.
If you want to join in the fun, we’ve got some great events lined up for the rest of the summer. Below is where we plan to serve for the rest of the summer:
July 20, 2013 – Bowling with the Porch!
On July 20, we’re going bowling with The Porch! The Porch is a multi-church urban ministry seeking to show urban youth God’s love and to connect them with Christ. They do this through awesome weekly meetings and occasional fun events. We’ll be taking some of the kids to Lucky Strike to show them a good time in the middle of this apparent never ending string of heat and rain. If you’re interested in serving at The Porch this fall and want to get an opportunity to meet other kids and leaders from The Porch, click here to sign up and bowl with us!
July 27, 2013 – Poe Middle School Beautification Day
On July 27, Be The Love is headed to Poe Middle School for a fun service day! The Principal of the school is hoping to build an awesome courtyard with pathways, flowers, trimmed hedges – you name it, she wants it! We need as many volunteers who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty to come out and help make this vision a reality. If you’re an experienced yard worker or have never planted a seed in your life, there’s a place for you! Click here for more details on how you can join us in Being the Love to Poe Middle School!
August 17, 2013 – Capital Hill Pregnancy Center Service Day
On August 17, we’ll be wrapping up our Summer of Service at the Capital Hill Pregnancy Center! CHPC counsels families and singles facing crisis pregnancies in the DC Metro area. They also do parenting classes, child birth classes, and even have a team that goes into DC public Schools to mentor young girls. We’ll be spending a Saturday morning there to help clean and sort donated items, and to provide assistance anywhere else they need. Click here to come on by and help us serve this awesome ministry!
Interested in serving at any of these? Click any of the links above, or here, to sign up and serve with us. Or, if you have other ideas on how you want to reach your community, visit our ideas page and let us know what you want to do. Have a great summer!
In April 2013, Be The Love Campaign, in conjunction with Capital City Church, gave out its annual Be The Love award at the Beautiful You Conference in Washington, D.C. This year, the recipients were three amazing women who have each done great acts of service in their community. The three women, recognized below, are each shining examples of what it means to Be The Love in their world, and Be The Love Campaign was privileged to honor each woman.
1. Erica Early:
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Erica Early is a nurse and child life specialist on the childhood cancer floor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Erica shows love to those in need by spending her days with children going through chemotherapy, and providing therapy to help patients and their families cope with their diagnosis. In addition to her fantastic work at the hospital, she also spends her spare time taking in foster children up to age 4 that are in high risk situations. Erica is willing to take in foster children at all hours of the night, and then always wakes up early the next morning to get back to work. For each child she takes in, she sews them a personalized bag, and fills it with necessities, goodies, and a bible. An amazing fact about her work with foster children is that in a span of 14 days in February, Erica actually housed 16 different foster children!
2. Lavonne Taliaferro-Bunch
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Lavonne Taliaferro-Bunch is the principal of Miner Elementary School in Washington, D.C. As principal, Lavonne has worked tirelessly to serve the community surrounding Miner. Miner elementary school actually provides the education for the children of 75 homeless families in the area surrounding the school. Lavonne works with these families and their children to ensure they all receive a proper education and remain nurtured in all areas. Lavonne also works to make sure all of the children of her school get access to extraordinary benefits, regardless of circumstances. She actually knows the name of every child in her school and even gets personally involved in the school productions. As a result of her work, the school has hosted Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and Prince Daniel of Sweden. The school glee club has even performed for Michelle Obama!
3. Leslie Windman
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Leslie Windman is a chiropractor at the Atlas and Spine Center of Greater Washington, P.C. This past fall, Dr. Leslie demonstrated how anyone can rise up and Be The Love when she served her hometown community of Long Beach, New York after Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed the town. To help Long Beach, Dr. Leslie collected clothing, supplies, and financial support to send back to the town. Dr. Leslie ended up sending six boxes of supply per day to Long Beach for weeks! To further her efforts, over Thanksgiving, Dr. Leslie’s entire family went up to Long Beach and set up a distribution center for food and supplies. Thousands of people from the town ending up coming together to organize and distribute the food and supplies. Moreover, Dr. Leslie’s service is not just local. Recently, she visited a town has been besieged by rocket attacks in the ongoing middle east conflict. Dr. Leslie was part of a group that helped purchase a rapid response firetruck for the community, and she plans to go back soon to help build a playground for the children in the town.
What’s it’s all about?
#betheloveDC is An Acts of Kindness Revolution.
What if we changed the way people think about community service? What if it wasn’t just about group projects, but an individual lifestyle?
What if we all noticed the person next to us and did an act of kindness for them?
From March 17 to March 31, let’s try an experiment. Instead of only doing group community service projects, let’s turn service into a daily lifestyle. For these two weeks, take a look at the world around you and find someone to do one random act of kindness for. We want everyone to know that, no matter what is going on in their life, they are loved.
How to get involved:
1.) Click the button below and print out the sheet of cards. Whenever you do your act of kindness, hand the person the card inviting them to join the revolution. Chances are they will want to pass the kindness forward.
2.) Tell us about it! Comment below with what you’re doing so we can all be inspired by each other.
3.) Spread the word! Feel free to use social media to let the world know what you’re doing. #betheloveDC
4.) Celebrate with us! We’re going to celebrate together everything that happened over the two week experiment during Easter services at Capital City Church on March 31st. You are invited to join the celebration!
How you do it is up to you. Every situation will be unique. The one thing we all have to give is love.
12 Ways to Be The Love:
- Pay for the person behind you at the drive-through or at a Starbucks.
- Donate used books to a library.
- Give to the homeless.
- Help someone with yard-work.
- Help clean someone’s house.
- Return shopping carts for a store.
- Listen to a friend in need.
- Cook a meal for a friend.
- Be kind to someone you dislike.
- Help someone whose car is broken down.
- Let someone go in line ahead of you.
- Just say something nice to someone.
But don’t feel limited to just this list! Be as creative as you’d like!
More service opportunities:
Looking for a specific place to serve as your random act of kindness? We’ll have some service opportunities in the DC Metro Area where we can all serve together. Check out the link below for details.
i. source: www.randomactsofkindness.org