This page highlights the work of some of the organizations the Agua Fund supports.
DC Appleseed solves problems affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the National Capital Area. Financial support received is multiplied many times over by thousands of hours of donated pro bono time. DC Appleseed works with volunteer attorneys, business leaders, and community experts to identify pressing challenges, conduct research and analysis, make specific recommendations for reform, and implement effective solutions.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the world’s leader in successfully addressing population-wide psychological trauma, was founded in 1991 by James S. Gordon, MD. In the years since its founding, CMBM has developed a model of self-care, social support, and community building that has transformed practices and outcomes in health care, the training of health care professionals and the education of children. Since 2007, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine has trained over 800 clinicians and peer counselors who work with veterans and active duty military.
D.C. Hunger Solutions works to improve the health and economic security of low-income residents of the District of Columbia by expanding participation in the federal nutrition programs and increasing access to healthy, affordable food. The growing rate of food insecurity among older District residents often co-exists with increased levels of depression and diabetes, and limitations on activities of daily living.
Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Since our inception, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.
Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to enhance the quality of life in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County.
More than 600 women and children who have been homeless and abused find housing and the supportive services they need at House of Ruth. A program of intensive services delivered in nurturing, low density dwellings provides women and children with the tools they need to build safe and stable lives. Nearly all of the women at House of Ruth are survivors of childhood neglect and abuse. Learning to cope with the impact of repeated instances of abuse throughout their lives is critical to the women’s capacity to achieve and sustain stability.
Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. We educate, advocate, and provide community-based services to help people age well and live well.
For thirty-five years, Legal Counsel for the Elderly has been “Making a Difference in the District” as the leading provider of free legal services for vulnerable D.C. seniors—championing the dignity and rights of Washington’s elderly and helping our older neighbors in need.
Reflecting the diversity of our community, more than 90% of those we help are persons of color, and 3 out of 4 elders we assist are low-income women. LCE delivers free legal assistance, as well as specialized social work services, to at-risk older neighbors who are living in communities that need our help the most, and the majority of our clients reside in Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8.
The mission of Pennsylvania Avenue Village East is to organize seniors in the neighborhood to join together and help each other so that all can live independently at home for as long as possible.+ www.pavillageast.org
Seabury's Age in Place program provides community-supported housing programs for the elderly in northeast Washington, DC. Programs focus on seniors most in need, whether through limited physical capacity, poverty, homelessness, or lack of family or other social support.+ www.seaburyresources.org
Thrive DC provides critical support services to homeless and low-income men, women, and children. Each day, as part of our Daily Bread/Daily Needs program, our staff provides a comprehensive range of crisis services: breakfast and dinner; free showers and laundry; mail, telephone, and computer access; personal care supplies; health and safety items; transportation and emergency rental assistance; and emergency clothing and blankets.
The Medical House Call Program at Medstar Washington Hospital Center provides frail elders in the District of Columbia with home-based primary care, allowing them to age in place and live with dignity. The program is the largest of its kind in the D.C. region and the only house call program that applies an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers who can address a wide range of patient needs.
Founded in 1995, the DC Coalition on Long Term Care is dedicated to the development of quality and affordable long-term care options for low-income DC residents with chronic health needs so that they can remain in their homes in the community. A central focus is strengthening the long term care workforce. The Coalition is a project of Iona Senior Services.