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Uncertainty Undermines Dreams

You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one – John Lennon’s Imagine We all face uncertainty in our day-to-day lives, usually interwoven with our dreams and plans. “What if my college choice rejects me? Will I make the…

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A Letter to Our Children from Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

August, 2017 A Letter to Our Children: We adults must be very confusing at times. Too often, we have not protected you from the open and random expressions of bigotry, racism, and violence in our world, and in our community.  Most often, we fail to protect you from the endless barrage of media imagery that…

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The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Frederick County Public Schools

Frederick County Public Schools is located in Frederick, Maryland. We have been a proud partner with Bridge to Success / Neediest Kids program since February of 2011. Since that time, we have been able to assist hundreds of our students annually with clothing, shoes, groceries, eye exams and glasses. FCPS enrolled 41,413 students for the…

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Trinity’s Manger: A Blog

The tumultuous and constantly changing political context of the National Capital Region has left me unbalanced recently, and somewhat uncertain… not my usual stance. That is, until the story of the death of a poor, Black baby on Christmas Day came to my attention. This ends my silence. Her name is Trinity and she died…

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Social Work Month 2017: Social Workers Stand Up!

Social workers stand up for their clients every day. They support people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society. This month, NCCF recognizes the hard work and dedication of our…

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Santa and Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Deliver Gifts to Greentree Shelter

The fire truck’s siren was blaring, as were the sirens on several other fire vehicles, as they entered the NCCF grounds headed toward the Greentree Shelter on Christmas Eve. What was the emergency?  Nothing serious — just Santa Claus perched atop the Cabin John Volunteer Department Engine coming with his elves (other members of the…

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Betty’s House I and II: Helping Women Escape Abusive Relationships

Escaping an abusive relationship is hard for any woman, but immigrant women without legal status face particular obstacles. They have fled their country or abuser without anything to start from. But if they live in Montgomery County, they can find hope and help at the NCCF’s Betty House I and II. Each house provides up…

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Meet NCCF’s New Board Trustee: Stuart Eisen

In 2003, Stuart Eisen showed up to an elementary school in Anacostia for a day of service, hosted by his company at the time. While Stuart was playing catch with young children and speaking with their teacher about the lack of financial resources for the classroom, he had no way of knowing this was the…

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Meet NCCF’s New Board Trustee: Scott Nudelman

Philanthropic commitment and dedication to local communities characterize the newest member of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) Board of Trustees, Scott Nudelman. When Scott is not working or rushing to pick up his son from soccer, you will find him volunteering for one of a number of the local non-profits he supports….

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The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Fairfax County Public Schools

Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the 10th largest school system in the United States? Serving more than 186,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, 28 percent of these students, or approximately 52,080 youth, are eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FARMS)- a primary indicator of poverty. This is where The Neediest…

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