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Help make a difference in a student’s life by volunteering as a Power Lunch mentor! 

During the 2018-2019 school year, EWDC partnered with over 600 volunteers to bring shared reading to students at 12 public elementary schools in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Not only did these 600 mentors make a difference in their students’ lives, but they got something valuable in return.

Time and time again we hear from our mentors that Power Lunch reading sessions are the best part of their work week and they get just as much out of the experience as their students.

But even with these amazing 600 mentors, there was still a waitlist of students at all our schools – students that wanted to join Power Lunch but couldn’t because we didn’t have enough mentors to meet student demand. That’s why we need you to become a mentor today!

Ready to make a different in a student’s life? To do something important for yourself? Sign up today!

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Become a Partner Organization

Power Lunch is bigger than just the student it serves.
Everybody wins with Power Lunch, including our partner organizations. 

EWDC currently works with 120 partners to bring volunteers into 12 public elementary schools across the District and Virginia. Not only are these Power Lunch Partners making a profound impact on students’ lives, they directly benefit as a result of their participation.  

  • By offering their employees a simple, efficient, yet incredibly consequential way to give back to their communities they see increased employee engagement, productivity, job satisfaction, and retention in return.
  • Employees serving as mentors act as positive role models and ambassadors in the community and help make connections that could develop into future business and workforce opportunities.
  • Partners receive recognition for their commitment to the community and for giving back to students in need.

What does it mean to be a Power Lunch Partner Organization? 

Power Lunch Partners are those that have made a commitment at the organizational level to support EWDC, Power Lunch, and the mission to improve lives through shared reading. This means that the organization has agreed to: 

  • Encourage and support employee participation in Power Lunch;
  • Assist EWDC with recruitment efforts to identify additional employees for Power Lunch participation
  • Offer additional programmatic support as mutually agreed upon.

Leadership Circle

We are recruiting for our Leadership Circle! Leadership Circle brings together a network of professional leaders committed to making an impact on their communities by increasing awareness of the EWDC’s brand and raising funds to support the goals of EWDC and the children it serves. 

In other words, this is a wonderful group of people that are enthusiastic about EWDC’s mission and programs and want to help us do more – finding new mentors and raising funds to support the goals of EWDC!

In September, Leadership Circle started a Washington Nationals fundraiser that sold over 100 tickets to benefit EWDC programs for the 2019-2020 school year.

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To learn more about the Leadership Circle, please email Holland Diz at hdiz@everybodywinsdc.org.

Give books

Help Everybody Wins DC put more books in the hands of students. When you give books, you are helping EWDC's Book Project, which gives away FREE books to Power Lunch students to build their personal home libraries. You can buy books for students yourself or coordinate a Book Drive. To get started, email Sarah Aldridge at volunteers@everybodywinsdc.org

Everybody Wins DC needs books for children ages 5 – 10, especially:

  • Early readers
  • Elementary chapter books
  • Bilingual books in Spanish and English
  • Diverse books
  • Graphic novels
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Book Guidelines

  • We only accept new books
  • We are unable to accept books with religious or holiday themes
  • We appreciate delivery of books to our office at 1420 New York Ave., NW
  • Books are collected both for distribution for student ownership and for refreshing book carts, so both paperbacks and hardbacks are welcome
  • We do have an Amazon wishlist. And if donors choose to shop through Amazon, (for books or anything else!) through AmazonSmile, a portion of sales is donated to Everybody Wins DC!
  • Make shopping even easier by using the browser extension Smilematic, which will automatically redirect you to smile.amazon.com whenever you shop at Amazon!

Become A Monthly Supporter

Everybody Wins DC's Monthly Supporter program gives you, the supporter, the opportunity to make a lasting difference in a student's life by providing vital financial support throughout the academic year.

And in honor of our upcoming 25th birthday, we’re looking for 25 new monthly supporters who can give at least $25 a month to ensure students who LOVE reading get off the waitlist. 5 generous supporters have already pledged to support our programs this school year.

Become A Sponsor

More information to come.

2019 Everybody Wins DC Gala

Wednesday, April 3 from 5:30 - 9PM, Everybody Wins DC celebrated 24 years of shared reading at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

More than 400 guests joined us to celebrate our work, our honorees and to bid on more than 50 auction items! Special thank you to our Power Players, Mike and Jill Sommers for their outstanding support of Everybody Wins DC, and Peter Brusoe, the 2019 Minnon Friedman Recipient.

Click here to view photos from the night.

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workplace Giving

Workplace Giving provides you and your colleagues with a simple way to donate to EWDC. You may contribute through payroll deductions or by participating in internal fundraising events. Below are a few examples of fun ways to fundraise for Everybody Wins DC:

Jersey Day – employees pay to wear their favorite sports team apparel one day a week for a month.

Casual Dress/Jeans Day – employees pay to dress casually one day a week for a month. If the office collectively reaches a participation goal, the whole office can continue casual dress one day a week for the end of the year.

Chili Cook off – employees show off their cooking skills, and colleagues pay to sample and vote for the office Chili Cook-Off Champion!

Bake Sale – employees bake their favorite cookies and pies to sell to their office.

Combined Federal Campaign – If you're a federal worker or retiree, or a government contractor, you are eligible to donate to the CFC. We hope you will consider listing EWDC as one of your charities.

Click Here to Sign Up and use

Everybody Wins DC CFC Code #12915

Download the CFC Flyer

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