The Do Good Accelerator launched a Issue Roundtable Series featuring nonprofit and social innovation leaders. The Accelerator will host a nonprofit or social innovation leader on the first Wednesday of every month. This series is designed to provide continued learning opportunities, encourage discussion on social issues and enable students to learn from leaders in the nonprofit and social innovation fields.
The kick-off issue awareness roundtable will feature Ruthie Mundell, Outreach and Education Director, Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies that specializes in reducing construction waste through recycling. The organization picks up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region and makes the building materials available to the public at low cost.
Mundell and her team are responsible for planning community events, working with partners and volunteers, providing material grants to local nonprofits and neighbors in need, and advocating for reuse and the green economy. She has been with Community Forklift since it opened in 2005, and has seen the organization grow to 50 employees. Ruthie also serves on the board of the national Building Materials Reuse Association.
For more information about the first issue roundtable, click here. And, to learn more about Community Forklift, visit http://communityforklift.org/.
The second issue awareness roundtable will feature Ariel Trahn, director of River Restoration Programs, Anacostia Watershed Society. The Anacostia Watershed Society works to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. The organization focuses on advocacy aimed at producing positive changes in the way environmental issues are addressed; education to teach environmental issues and concepts while engaging students of all ages in practical, hands-on stewardship activities; and stewardship to engage people in hands-on activities aimed at restoring the health and well-being of the Anacostia River its communities and its tributary streams and creeks.
As director of river restoration programs, Trahn oversees Anacostia Watershed Society’s stewardship, education and recreation programs. On any given day you might find Ariel in a classroom teaching students about impervious surfaces, leading a group of seventh graders on a canoe trip, or planting wild rice in the mudflats of Kenilworth Marsh. She serves on the Prince George’s County Public Schools Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, the Mid Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup, and on the board of the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium. As a native Michigander who grew up swimming in crystal clear lakes and rivers, Ariel is passionate about making sure everyone has access to clean water.
For more information and to reserve your seat, click here. And, to learn more about the Anacostia Watershed Society, visit http://www.anacostiaws.org/.
The third and final issue awareness roundtable for the Spring 2018 semester will feature William Murphy, executive director of Mary House. For more than 35 years, Mary House has been providing shelter, resources and a community for immigrant families in the DC area. The organization aims to respond to the needs of families from at-risk communities, while providing a safe haven that allows families to maintain their dignity. Mary House has helped families from Mexico, South and Central America, Ethiopia and Iraq. With thirteen sites in Northeast Washington, D.C. and Takoma Park, Maryland, Mary House can serve up to 50 families with affordable housing in addition to the food, clothing, and childcare services.
For more than three decades William Murphy and his wife Sharon have been helping the homeless. The couple started out by moving families into their own home and making them part of their family and have sheltered and cared for hundreds of families. In 2010, Murphy received the College of the Holy Cross Sanctae Crucis Award, the highest award of recognition Holy Cross bestows upon an alumnus or alumna. It recognizes alumni whose outstanding professional accomplishments, extraordinary community service or tremendous promise demonstrate that they embraced the full measure of the Holy Cross mission: Men and Women for Others. And in 2005, the Murphy’s were recipients of NBC 4 and The Community Foundation's Linowes Leadership Award as "Unsung Heroes in Our Community."
For more information and to reserve your seat, click here. And, to learn more about Mary House, visit http://maryhouse.org/.