Many of the recipients of my Year of Giving are struggling in one way or another. Whether it be finding a job in a certain field or getting a new blanket to stay warm. This list is comprised of things that you can do to directly help those whose stories are on the Year of Giving. If you have advice or can help directly please either leave a comment or send me an email directly. Many of the recipients check the blog, but just in case, I have contact information for everyone listed here. Clothing items should be new or like new and any help you provide should not come with any fees or costs to the recipient.
Urgent needs are in RED.
Davie [Day 5] needs work. He is drug/alcohol free, reliable, and is willing to work. He currently sells Street Sense every day, but that doesn’t pay very much. Jenny [Day 13] wants a job in Public Health, especially in developing countries. She has past experience doing work in Africa and has her Master’s degree in public health.
- Ron [Day 24] wants day labor work. Has experience using heavy machinery.
- Kenneth [Day 30] needs a used digital camera. He plays on a homeless street soccer team that has made it to the finals in New York City and would like to be able to take some photos while he is there.
- Garland [Day 32] is a talented street drummer. He would like to be contracted to do events.
- Dana [Day 33] is in jeopardy of losing her home to foreclosure. She needs work. She will do almost any type of work. She could probably also need some advice from someone in real estate or financing.
- Bill C. [Day 36] is a guitarist and would like some paying gigs.
- Suzanna [Day 37] is a jazz singer in the Bay Area. She didn’t specifically say that she needed some gigs, but probably wouldn’t hurt.
- John [Day 40] would like some conversation every once in a while. He is at M and Wisconsin in DC most often with a big pink hat.
Cleo [Day 41] needs a good music stand in new condition.
- Ryan Z [Day 42] needs some contacts or work opportunities in the music graphic design space. He also is a guitarist who would like to play some in the DC area.
- Andrea S. [Day 48] is looking for a job as Director of Consumer Relations for an Assisted Living provider.
- Roger D. [Day 57] is looking for a place to store some items [closet or small room that locks], free counseling to help him deal with his family issues, and a working laptop.
Ali B., Lindsey G., and Lodogg [Day 59] all want to find new jobs in the wine industry as they will lose their jobs at Best Cellars wine shop in Dupont on February 13th.
- Nikki G. [Day 66] needs help filing her Social Security Disability claims in DC.
- Anthony C. [Day 67] needs help getting low-cost apartment, a pair of size 9 wide mens sneakers, pants (44×30), underwear (44-50), and a new backpack, “Magic” Shaving Cream, MP3 & FM/AM portable radio, size 9 wide boots, XL or XXL winter coat.
- Karin (Day 70) needs help getting a rolling mill for metal work…this might be a tough one…used they probably cost hundreds of dollars.
- Gregory C. (Day 71) needs pants, size 38×32.
- Phillip B. (Day 75)
needs clothes. Specifically pants 38×34, size 11 shoes/boots, large shirts/sweaters/sweatshirts, med/large mens gloves. Phillip’s daughter’s are coming to DC this summer for 2 months and will stay with his sister. He would love to get them new shoes and he could use gift cards to Payless Shoes.
- Nathan (Day 86) would like to change careers and become a pilot. He would like to take flight classes for either helicopters or airplanes. He could use some tips on how to go about this and any donated hours or reduced pricing as he is unemployed.
Ed D. (Day 110) is looking for partner. Check out Day 110’s post to learn more about Ed and the type of guy he is looking for.
- Katy (Day 111) is looking for financing for a film project she is working on. Needs about $10,000.
- Samy (Day 113) is looking to connect with people or organizations that are interested in supporting or partnering with him to create a newspaper by and for the poor lower class in his home country of Kenya. Specifically he needs help with creating a website, writing grant proposals, and financial donations to ship a 40 foot container of donated items for a library to Kenya. Those who want to donate directly to his nonprofit can deposit money to VOLUNTARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, Account Number 360547, FAMILY BANK LTD, 4 Way Towers, NAIROBI, KENYA.
- John T. (Day 114) needs a responsible, hard-working personal assistant that can be trusted to handle sensitive information.
Molly (Day 116) needs a bio chemistry tutor in the DC area.
- Rob (Day 117) would love to receive a gift card for a dance studio that is Metro accessible in DC, like Joy of Motion, Dance Place, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, or even Maryland Youth Ballet. I think it would great if one of these studios would consider a free or reduced price package for him in the spirit of my project.
- Ilana S. (Day 120) would like people to participate in Flash Mob Dances here in the DC area. For more details, check out their website.
- John (Day 121) would like ideas on what he should put on his signs that he holds in front of the Vatican’s embassy in DC. He would also be grateful if anyone would sponsor producing a new banner for him.
Nicole (Day 122) is looking for someone to buy her 10 gallon fish tank. It’s in good shape, Nicole just wants a bigger one. It comes with the stand, pump, heater, some rocks, and plants.
- Gravett (Day 125) would like information on living in Guatemala. In particular, he is interested in extremely low cost housing information as well as general safety issues.
- Mark E. (Day 132) could use help in a couple of areas. He is raising money to make his journey from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. If you would like to make a personal donation or if you have ideas for corporate sponsorship, please let me know and I will connect you with Mark. He also needs to find a house/apartment in DC for the summer. He is looking for a place in DC that he will share with three other friends with a monthly rent of less than $3,000/month. Finally, Mark is looking for a summer job, possibly in economic development but he is also open to other ideas.
- Katelyn (Day 134) would like some tips on how to get good deals for traveling to Japan. She is also searching for an English professor who would serve as a mentor to her so that she can better plan her future in order to realize her goal of becoming an English professor herself.
- Victor (Day 139) would like to find his biological mother. Her name is Maria Maldalena Arana, although I found very few cases of Maldalena. More common are Magdalena and Madalena…so perhaps I wrote down the incorrect spelling. She is from El Salvador. Her last known location was Arlington, VA in 1996.
- Meghan (Day 144) is looking for a Program Coordinator job in public health (specifically maternal health: child survival and vaccinations) in/around Philadelphia. Undergrad from Yale, Masters from Johns Hopkins SAIS program.
Cynthia (Day 147) needs some free help to fix her car! I’ve sent an email trying to get more details about what the issues are but have not heard back yet.
- Trish (Day 152) is currently an RN w/ 12yrs experience and finishing her degree as a CRNA and would like to get a job in nurse anesthetics in Colorado upon completing her degree at Georgetown this December!
- Tommy (Day 155) has several things you can help him with: 31/30 jeans, large shirts, size 9 boots, winter jacket (medium), gift cards to Giant Grocery Store or CVS, donations for rent, one pillow.
- Cielo (Day 163) would like a biology related job in Armenia, Colombia.
- Alirio (Day 165) would like to have his car modified to have operate the break and gas pedals by hand.
- Rubiela (Day 166) would like to a job in an office in her town of Manizales, Colombia where she can help with receiving guests, serving coffee, cleaning, and other small tasks.
- Giliante (Day 167) would like help reducing/removing his scar tissue and also needs help getting flouxetina (prozac) and acido valproico (valproic acid) to control his depression.
- Jorge (Day 168) has two dreams. One he would like to skydive. Two he would like to do some conservation work, especially something like taking part in the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
- Roey (Day 174) would like to meet new people in DC.
- Garrett (Day 176) needs tennis shoes size 10.5, pants 29/30″ waist and 29″ length, medium shirts, small jacket, and a hat.
- Alex (Day 180) needs minutes for his Track Cell phone, a new queen mattress, couch, 10 1/2 wide work boots, carpenter tool belt, long steel claw hammer
- Isaac (Day 182) needs work. He is flexible but mentioned food service, building maintenance, stocking, office/hotel cleaning.
- Alan (Day 183) needs places to stay on his bike trip through South America.
Elijah (Day 185) needs size 34 waist men’s jeans
- Charles (Day 186) is always looking for new clients for his window washing business. Most of his work is done in NW DC, but I he may consider other areas.
- Darrold (Day 189) has never taken a salary with the Urban Philharmonic. He lives very modestly. Although he didn’t ask, I think he would greatly appreciate gift cards to CVS, Whole Foods or Safeway (all of those are close to his home).
- Andrew (Day 191) could use help getting grants for a project to study the impact that highly bureaucratic governments have on the level of development in the countries in the Black Sea region.
- Clyde (Day 209) could use some black dress pants size 42×34. He also uses one left shoe or small boot, size 10. If it’s a shoe, he prefers something that has a bit high back to it to help conceal his prosthesis.
- Rigoberto (Day 214) needs a freezer or refrigerator. His refrigerator can not keep up with the heat and says that the freezer compartment does not work well enough to keep things frozen. He also needs a stove.
- Ca’Vonn (Day 221) needs a new cell phone (t-mobile), hers fell in water. She also needs housing. She and her 6 kids currently share a three bedroom apartment and she would like to find a bigger place that will accept her government voucher (formerly “Section 8 housing”).
- Angela (Day 234) would like to go back to get her nursing degree however she is not sure how she can do that and manage to continue working, do parental responsibilities, and make ends meet. If you or anyone you know is a career counselor at a school that might be able to speak with Angela and give her some guidance on how to successfully manage all that, please contact me.
- Paul (Day 238) would like a lifetime supply of Belgian beer…ok, this might be difficult but perhaps a six pack of every Belgian and Belgian style beer…or even a few free pints at a Belgian bar here in DC!
- Bob (Day 251) was adopted and has never known anything about his birth mother. He would like to learn more about her life, perhaps she is still alive. Her name is Ruth Lucas and Bob believes that she gave birth to him in Newark, NY in 1943. He believes, although is not certain, that he was born at St. Michael’s Hospital.
- Jim and Addison (Day 255) had some items that they would love to receive. Jim really would like to find a job in DC. He is a people person who understands how people should be treated. He has a background in office mgmt/loan officer for a brokerage firm but would like to find something less “behind the desk” and more in front of people. He also needs a hernia operation and lacks insurance at this time. His son Addison would like to met President Obama, Ellen Degeneres or basketball star Dwyane Wade.
- Lisa (Day 256) would like a print shop to donate 5-6 hours for her to use a lithograph press or silkscreen area that she can use to create some art. She hasn’t done this kind of work since college and would really like to get back into it.
- David (Day 258) would like to
find a cousin of his that was like a big brother to him. His name is Ben Bella Jaoko and he is in his mid forties today according to David. He moved to Poland in the 1980s to study. With the internet today maybe somebody can find him.He would also like to find and know more about his father, Tom Nyamongo. UPDATE: David has been in touch with his cousin Ben who has raised some funds for airfare to get back to Kenya to be reunited with his family. However, David needs some minor assistance before he leaves next month. I will be taking him to the airport, etc., however he needs help paying for some administrative fees, luggage fees, etc. If you can help, please click on the DONATE button at the upper right side of the page.
- Harriet (Day 259) would like to find some relatives that live in Wales. Their last name is Targovnik and they used to live in the southern city of Cardiff.
- Ernest (Day 280) would like to find work in Northern Virginia as a handyman, custodian or maintenance man.
- Jacy (Day 291) would like to find someone to fix the college football games to make sure Maryland would win more games. Seriously, he asked for just one thing, that you go see live theatre this year.
- Donville (Day 292) would like to locate his little brother and/or his biological father. Hisbrother’s name was Elyshawaun at time of adoption and as of 11/2010 he should be 14 years old. His biological father, William Gafney (or Gaffney), should also know the whereabouts of his brother. They were both last known to be in Brooklyn.
- Ben (Day 299) would like to get an internship at the Kennedy Center in the area of programming and production.
- The gang from Day 308 would like several items. Cathy would like to meet Troy Polamalu. Brandon would like job contacts in the field of criminal justice. Specifically he would like to be a research analyst. Dave wants some Steelers tickets…but so do I, so if you have them I might have to “intercept” them ;)
- Kyle (Day 311) needs a job preferably here in DC. He just graduated with a BA in English/Journalism and would like to do something in broadcasting.
- Dane (Day 313) would like job contacts in the radio business. Specifically he would like to find work related to sports talk radio.
- Concepcion (Day 319) would like people to stop by the Peace Vigil to learn more and consider purchasing her book.
- Silvia and Salvador (Day 323) need several items.
Salvador could use a pair of size 9 tennis shoes and a medium/large winter coat. Silvia uses a size 6.5 tennis shoe, large winter jacket and would also like ear muffs. Bill (Day 330) nees an electric blanket!He also needs a pair of size 8.5 shoes or boots.
- Tyler (Day 334) would like a summer 2011 internship in the DC area related to his study of economics at the University of Virginia.
- Phiona (Day 337) would like some job contacts for jobs related to disaster management or post-conflict reconstruction. She is willing to relocate.
- Natalie J. (Day 350) would like some advice/suggestions on how to make her parents golden years meaningful.
- Jim M. (Day 351) is homeless and would like
a large bottle of multi-vitamins and Ibuprofen (both can be store brand) and a gift card to Starbucks so he can get coffee and stay inside where it is warm.
- Miriam’s Kitchen needs your help. If you live in the DC area you can check their list of volunteer needs. In addition to your time they need lots of items for their guests such as: gloves, socks, long johns, sleeping bags, jackets, yarn, crazy glue, Crayola markers. If you would like to donate any of these items, reach out to me and I can see that they get there. If you would prefer, you can also make afinancial contribution.