The 2016 Essay Contest Theme is: Life brings change. What change has happened in your life that has made a big impact on you? Tell us what happened and how you are changing as a result of this experience. How can what you are learning serve you in the years ahead?
Entries are due by May 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. For contest details, click here.
THANK YOU to the many volunteers, assistants, and donors who have made possible the annual Christmas Caroling Event with families from Community of Hope. Your generosity, trust, and compassion have been vital and are much appreciated. Bringing together homeless families and the elderly could not have been done without you and your support.
Every holiday season for the last 25 years, families affiliated with Community of Hope and volunteers from Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence sang Christmas carols and holiday songs to the elderly at the Washington Center for Aging Services. As we caroled through the halls, the children visited the elderly and handed out homemade holiday cards.
The carolers then gathered to eat lunch, play games, and share stories. Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence was able to provide a beautifully decorated bag full of useful and fun gifts for each member of every family from Community of Hope as the event ended. One mother wrote us to say that her children had their best Christmas ever because of the generosity of everyone who supported this event. Our donors are awesome and generous.
We would be honored and grateful for your support for our 25th year. Cash donations, gift cards, new toys and games for babies to 18 year olds, and volunteers are welcome and necessary. Please click here for additional details.
“The main thing I want people to do is to stop looking down on homeless people. This is the most important thing because if you are helping a homeless person but you still look down on them, what is the point of that? You are still treating them as if they are not a human being.”
by Zesen Li 5th grader at Thomson Elementary in 2013
Pearl of Widsom
“We were confident that I would get into [School Without Walls]… We had to report to the office to see if I had been accepted. … Mr. Trogisch said, ‘Her grades are awesome, but based on her interview we are going to put her on the waiting list.’ … I fought back the tears… I… got into Wilson and Archbishop Carroll with a scholarship, but I still wanted to go to Walls.”
by Kimkia Hunter 9th grader at School Without Walls in 2010