It may have been pouring buckets of cold rain outside, but inside the Kingsbury Center on November 5, it was bright, warm and lively. The cheery atmosphere came from the gathering of dozens of the city’s developers and their supporters who had assembled to celebrate Washington DC’s neighborhoods as critical components of the city’s strength and vitality. The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, CNHED and Washington DC LISC, hosted the event.
As guests entered, they were treated to an impressive array of displays and exhibits from the nonprofit organizations – H Street CDC, East of the River CDC, Manna, Inc., Dance Institute of Washington, Victory Housing, Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Community Family Life Services and Building Bridges Across the River to name a few.
The event’s theme – Putting Neighborhoods First – focused the nonprofit leaders, DC officials, supporters and funders on strategies for revitalizing our communities. The evening’s highlight came when the annual CNHED “Putting Neighborhoods First” calendar was unveiled.
The 2004 calendar features 12 monthly photos of Washington neighborhoods such as:
- a Woodridge NE family members shoveling snow,
- an early spring pickup basketball game in River Terrace, NE,
- marching majorettes in Anacostia, SE,
- Fairlawn SE children fishing in the Anacostia River and
- Capital Hill, SE girls enjoying their neighborhood sidewalk by jumping rope.
Bob Pohlman, Director of CNHED recognized and thanked Oramenta Newsome, director, Washington DC LISC, for the organization’s support of the calendar production. “LISC has given us 100 percent sponsorship of this calendar for four years,” said Pohlman. “This means all our proceeds go to community and is just another example of the many far-reaching ways Oramenta and her team demonstrate that they truly believe neighborhoods come first.”