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Meet Our New Volunteer & In-Kind Coordinator!
It’s been a good run, but as our former Volunteer Coordinator moves into his new role as Community Relations Manager, Thrive DC is excited to welcome Spencer Baldacci to our team!
A graduate of Boston University, she is fluent in both Spanish and Italian and is passionate about helping the homeless community. She’s only been here a week but is already finding new ways to involve volunteers and connect people to our clients. We can’t wait to see what happens next!
I became interested in working with those without homes after I participated with a homelessness prevention nonprofit in Boston. Homelesssness has a solution – and it is vital that we lend a hand to those struggling to meet their basic needs.
Every individual deserves the opportunity to live the life they envision for themselves and I want to be one of those helping hands.
What makes Thrive DC different than other homeless programs?
Thrive DC is different than other programs because it has an incredible sense of community. Thrive DC is beyond welcoming to everyone and people feel very at ease by simply walking through the door.
The rapport between volunteers, staff, and clients is one of compassion, love, and trust.
What is an awesome moment you’ve had at Thrive DC so far?
On my second day I was talking to one of our clients and he told me how excited he was to have me here. He spent a few minutes giving me a pep talk about what a great job I was going to do and how amazing it was that Thrive DC had a new volunteer coordinator. It was at that moment I knew I was working in the right place!
What do you see as the biggest need among the people you work with?
The biggest need I see among the people I work with is a support system. Navigating government agencies, filling out endless forms, applying for jobs, etc – it is incredibly daunting and can feel impossible to accomplish alone.
Our staff does an incredible job of guiding people through the steps and providing support to those who need it.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping people receive an equal opportunity to achieve the life they want to live.
It makes a huge difference when everyone starts on the same playing field. I want our society to be one that gives all individuals the chance to succeed no matter the type of life they were born into.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
My favorite breakfast food is leftover cake. There’s nothing like waking up to a delicious piece of happiness coated in sugar.
What’s a cool and interesting fact about yourself?
A fun fact about me is that I was trained in classical piano from the age of 5 to 18.
Want To Volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering, you can reach Spencer at email@example.com or (202) 503-1533. To learn more about volunteering at Thrive DC click the link below!
“The events of the inauguration present a vital opportunity to serve our nation’s capital by creating inclusive spaces, in service not only to our guests, but also to our community. These are the fundamentals of hospitality, and it is in this spirit that we invite you to join us.”
Restaurants and businesses around DC have joined together this weekend to show what they are for, not what they’re against. And many of them are supporting Thrive DC!
If you go out this weekend, remember these places. We’re very grateful for them to choose supporting us over all the other great nonprofits doing work in the District.
2009 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
This weekend The Gibson will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Thrive DC. Come visit (if you can find them) DC’s coolest speakeasy!
3418 11th St NW
Washington DC 20010
This weekend Maple will not only be donating a portion of their proceeds to Thrive DC, but will also be holding a coat drive happy hour Saturday night. Bring a coat and your first drink is on them!
1340 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
This Friday Sudhouse DC will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Thrive DC. Come celebrate or mourn the Inauguration, it’s up to you!
3068 Mount Pleasant StNW
Washington, DC 20009
In support of the Woman’s March on Saturday, Each Peach will be selling Woman’s March Snack Packs! Sales of the snack packs will be split 50/50 between Thrive DC and Planned Parenthood.
1537 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
All weekend Ivy and Coney will donate 10% of sales to Thrive DC. Cub fans especially welcome.
3301 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
All weekend Odd Provisions will donate 5% of their sales to Thrive DC. Check out CoHi’s newest corner store!
1320 #B H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
All weekend, Locale will donate 30% of one-day passes to Thrive DC. Check them out on H St or 52 O St NW!
Friday, December 2nd Thrive DC served over 300 people breakfast in the morning and outfitted them with winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets.
Thank you to everyone who supported us this month with donation drives and purchases from our Amazon Wish List. Thanks to you we had many items available to choose from and almost everyone in need was able to be satisfied.
- 432 Coats
- 324 Winter Hats
- 216 Scarves
- 163 Sweaters & Jackets
- 159 Pairs of Gloves
- 65 Blankets
Just In Time
This comes just in time as Arctic winds are expected to hit Washington, DC Wednesday – Friday this week. Temperatures will drop to the mid 20’s at night and struggle to rise above 40 degrees. The full outfitting Thrive DC was able to provide will hopefully prove lifesaving support to the individuals living outside in the freezing weather, risking hypothermia.
More To Come
Despite the strong showing this past Friday, Thrive DC will be hosting two more Coat Drives throughout the winter. Please help us spread the word to continue collecting much needed welcome warmth for our clients.