From hunger to education, these local nonprofits work tirelessly to make meaningful impacts while inspiring others to join them through vibrant social media pages. See their work unfold on Instagram.DC SCORES uses soccer to build life skills for kids.
Founded back in 1994 by motivated and passionate public elementary school teacher Julie Kennedy, this nonprofit aims to teach students skills applicable on the soccer field and beyond. Each program by the organization spans 24 weeks and equips kids with confidence and expertise in the classroom and on the field through neighborhood leagues and more. Discover clips of students and their programs in action through their abundance of Instagram Reels and Stories. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 1200, 202.393.6999, dcscores.org, @dc_scores
This nonprofit’s mission is to help students develop a lasting and positive relationship with writing. Its Instagram, filled with participating student quotes, illustrates the organization’s successful pursuit. Free in-school writing residencies, field trips, after-school workshops and publishing opportunities are all included in 826DC programs to ensure future success—one student at a time. 3333 14th St. NW, Ste. M-120, 202.525.1074, 826dc.org, @826dc
CASA FOR CHILDREN OF DC
Celebrating 20 years of court-involved youth advocacy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers continue to assist inside and outside of the courtroom, representing and supporting the youth in the DC foster care system. Find opportunities to aid youth in courtroom decisions and attend quarterly life skills workshops included in the Preparing Youth for Adulthood Program. Easily accessible QR codes are attached to each detailed infographic on the nonprofit’s Instagram to join its movement. 220 I St. NE, Ste. 285, 202.887.0007, casadc.org, @casa4kidsdc
What was once an international health practice evolved into a nonprofit enterprise gathering inspirational people to reimagine equity and opportunity for youth in the DC area. CityBridge offers a series of programs supporting local leaders developing equity-driven solutions to challenges facing public education in the District. Learn about the organization’s toolkit of methods for equitable innovation in education outlined on its Instagram. With their equitable, design thinking approach, CityBridge alumni are leading innovation efforts in the classrooms and in the classroom and beyond. 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.266.7990, citybridge.org, @citybridgeedu
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN
With a substantial following of more than 10,000 users, DC Central Kitchen’s Instagram publishes healthy recipes and captures motivational moments from visiting chef demonstrations. This nonprofit provides hands-on culinary job training to those facing barriers to employment while simultaneously promoting equitable and nutritious food systems—serving scratchcooked farm-to-school meals to DC students while delivering produce to corner stores. 202.234.0707, dccentralkitchen.org, @dccentralkitchen
FOR LOVE OF CHILDREN
The future of our planet is in the hands of the young generations, and For Love of Children’s mission is to provide educational support and services beyond the classroom to help students succeed from second grade through college an career. Check out FLOC’s Instagram page encompassing the efforts of its more than 400 volunteers and highlighting the voices of the 300 students it serves annually. 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.462.8686, floc.org, @floc_dc
ThriveDC helps those experiencing homelessness.
With its in-person congregate meals returning for the first time in more than two years, Thrive DC continues to successfully aid homeless and vulnerable individuals through their acts of service. Hot meals, transitional housing, employment assistance, victim services and breaking news infographics pertaining to homelessness on its social media are some of the actions the organization takes to prevent and end homelessness in the DMV. 1525 Newton St. NW, Ste. G1, 202.737.9311, thrivedc.org, @thrive_dc
Photography by: JAKAYLA TONEY/UNSPLASH; COURTESY OF THRIVE DC