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A Wider Circle, Inc.

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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Family Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Hundreds of thousands of parents watching their children go to sleep each night in beds rather than on the floor. Children picking out their school clothes each morning from dressers rather than plastic garbage bags. Low-income, pregnant adolescents receiving comprehensive care-taking skills needed to raise healthy babies. Recently-homeless parents learning – and putting into practice – the basic life skills needed to find and retain a job. This is why we are here, to create what is possible. The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty.

Target demographics: Demographically, the families served by A Wider Circle are the most vulnerable in the region. Nearly 100% fall below the federal poverty line; in fact, most report an income of $10,000 - $15,000 per year. Those served by A Wider Circle identify as 86% African American and/or Hispanic, and 67% of our clients are single-parent families. 97% of those served by A Wider Circle come from Washington, DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,375 in 2010

Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C. Region

Programs: Specific assistance to needy individuals in the form of furniture, clothing and other household items. (cost and donated value of items received are estimated) approximately 15,000 people benefited.

community outreach: holistic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty through wellness programming and delivery of basic needs, to include volunteer opportunities provided. Approximately 25,000 persons benefited.

educational programs: to promote job readiness, financial planning, stress management, and general wellness. Approximately 5,250 persons benefited.

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