November 26, 2012
After retiring in 2002, I began to look for a nonprofit organization in the Washington, DC to volunteer. About a year later, I was reading a local newspaper and saw an article about the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership (ERCPCP) and I liked its mission. In general, its mission is to heal, restore and transform individuals and communities east of the Anacostia River (in Washington, DC) who are in need of positive transformation. I called the Executive Director and was invited to the next staff meeting and have been a volunteer since then. What impresses me about ERCPCP and encourages me most to be the best volunteer I can is the dedication of the staff to the cause. They work tirelessly to help young people who are at risk and ex-offenders to return to the community in a positive manner. I have been a part of activities working days and sometimes into the night to plan for events to benefits the community at large--especially the youth. Their work has also encouraged others to become more involved in the community. For example, ERCPCP brought together representatives from numerous local organizations, including churches and government agencies, and initiated 40 Days of Increased Peace--a summer initiative for the youth. The group created a calendar, which listed daily summer youth activities provided by various organizations. The calendar was placed online, distributed to local community organizations, and broadcasted on a local popular radio station with a telephone number, which included the words "I'm Bored." The popularity of the program became widespread and now the local police department has taken the lead in the initiative and extended it to the entire City of Washington, DC. That is just one example of the many youth activities sponsored by ERCPCP. Others include a conference for high school students. The most recent conference, "Girl Talk," was held March 2012--with the main focus on helping teen aged girls to develop positive life skills. It brought together hundreds of persons, including high-school girls and women serving as mentors and volunteers. The conference included workshops, entertainment, foods and most of all fellowship between women from all walks of life and teenaged girls. Overall ERCPCP is a community organization with dedicated staff members who make a difference in the community--in a positive way.
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