This page highlights the work of some of the organizations the Agua Fund supports.
Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is an award-winning vocational training program for K-12 youth and graduates of our programs in Hāna, Maui—an isolated community on the island’s east coast with over two-thirds its population of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Our approach is to teach academic subjects through real-life, hands-on application, where students can understand the concepts they’re learning through tangible examples. Our projects meet real school and community needs, so our students’ education immediately serves those whose lives it touches.
FCPR has allowed donors to contribute to the development of Puerto Rican communities. Individuals, families, corporations, and foundations have found the ideal philanthropic partner in the FCPR, to facilitate their support to the causes that matter to them the most, through the establishment, custody, and administration of funds. Dozens of non-profit organizations have received grants that will allow them to work closely with their communities in providing educational, preventive, and health services regarding COVID-19 in vulnerable communities around the island. The PRCF plays multiple roles such as grant-maker; grant-seeker, program administrator; philanthropic leader, community convener, fund manager and custodian of the community endowment.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. We serve 25 counties and 9 cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester, and Verona. We provide nutritious food to more than 145,000 different people each year through a far-reaching network of food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches, and nonprofits.
Christ Church Cares (CCC) operates a local outreach ministry, located in the Bishop's Chapel on the grounds of Christ Church, that provides food and other necessities to the community. The pantry has done its best to replicate the grocery experience for clients with open shelves, small grocery carts and products in the same place every month. Clients now can wait their turn out of the weather, seated on pews and chairs, and can do so with the assurance that they will be treated with the utmost respect.
The Laurel Center provides emergency housing and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.
Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC) aims to coordinate efforts to keep people fed, farmers growing, and small food businesses operating in the face of COVID-19 and other crises. Local food systems feed communities — they drive economies, reflect diversity, provide nourishment, and employ countless people from farm workers to dishwashers. The small farms that form the backbone of local food systems are in a moment of extreme vulnerability, as many of the buyers they rely on (universities, K-12 schools, restaurants) shut their doors or trim their operations, with the growing season just around the corner. It is imperative that we invest in the local food system now, both to keep farms and food businesses a viable and stable source of food production, and to provide equitable food access to the most vulnerable in our communities.
Phoenix Project ensures freedom from all forms of domestic violence through empowerment, education, and community. They respect the inherent dignity of each person with a commitment to an environment of honestly, trust, and safety which empowers and promotes personal growth. Phoenix Project reflects the strengths of the community through the building of collaborations, relationships, and partnerships. Phoenix Project works towards stable, long-term solutions for our clients and the community.
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.