Our History

Everybody Wins DC (EWDC) got its start in the spring of 1995 when Senator James Jeffords (R-VT) and Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) brought together a bipartisan coalition of 130 Senators and Senate staff to launch a volunteer reading program — Power Lunch —  at Brent Elementary School, a public school just blocks from the Capitol Building. 


In the fall of 1995, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the effort, led by Representative Ray LaHood (R-IL).


By working together, both houses of Congress set EWDC and Power Lunch on a path to become the region's largest volunteer read aloud program. Since 1995, EWDC programs have partnered with over thousands of volunteers to serve more than 10,000 students in the Washington metro area.