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Annual “Racing for the Roses” May 2, 2020!https://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/racing-for-the-roses-2020.aspxAnnual “Racing for the Roses” May 2, 2020!<p>Save the Date for Boys Town Washington DC fifth annual "Racing for the Roses" Gala on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at The Mayflower Hotel!</p><p>We will enjoy a mint julep bar, Derby inspired cuisine, silent auction and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. All proceeds will support Boys Town Washington DC and its programs.</p><p>To learn more about how you or your company could be recognized as a sponsor, please contact Crystal Gregory, Development Director, at 202-650-6303 or <a href="mailto:crystal.gregory@boystown.org?subject=Racing%20For%20Roses%20Sponsorship">crystal.gregory@boystown.org</a> or <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/WashingtonDC/RacingForRoses/" target="_blank">Register today</a>!</p><p>We hope to see you May 2nd!</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>May 2, 2020<br></p><h3>Time: </h3><p>4-7 p.m.</p><h3>Location: </h3><p>The Mayflower Hotel<br>1127 Connecticut Ave NW<br>Washington, DC 20036</p><p><br></p>2020-05-02T05:00:00ZEventtext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Planting Seeds of Hope – Volunteer with us!https://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/PlantingSeedsofHopeVolunteerwithus.aspxPlanting Seeds of Hope – Volunteer with us!<p>​Join Boys Town Washington DC families and staff for a fun event preparing our garden beds and planting vegetables. Our families are able to harvest these vegetables during the summer, helping to provide fresh produce to deserving individuals. Volunteer activities vary, from planting seeds, laying down mulch and pulling weeds.</p><p>A cookout will follow from 12-2pm.</p><p></p><p>Volunteer Job Description</p><ul><li>Help us prepare our herb beds</li><li>Plant seeds and starter vegetables</li><li>Place mulch around our campus</li><li>Help with weeding</li><li>If able, please bring any garden tools you may have</li><li>Have fun!</li></ul><p> </p><p>Contact Wesley Tomlinson at 202-650-6330 or at <a href="mailto:Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org">Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org</a> to volunteer or for more information</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>May 16, 2020</p><h3>Time: <br></h3><p>9am to 12pm<br>Cookout following from 12-2pm</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>4801 Sargent Rd NE <br>Washington, DC 20017</p>2020-05-16T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Planting Seeds of Hope" height="375" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PlantingSeedsofHope.jpg" width="500" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

From the desk of Kichelle Colemanhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/from-the-desk-of-kichelle-coleman.aspxFrom the desk of Kichelle Coleman<p>​Dear Friends, Partners and Supporters,<br>My name is Kichelle Coleman, and it’s an honor to introduce myself and share my role as the new Executive Director of Boys Town Washington DC. I’m humbled and excited to be back with this wonderful organization and lead the DC Site.</p><p>I began working at Boys Town in 1996 and served a total of 13 years before leaving in 2012. I spent the last seven years as a servant in non-profit leadership with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.</p><p>Some of this may not be a surprise to you but during my time away, not only did Boys Town start Care Coordination Services, a program that reduces truancy in the District, but the Behavioral Health Clinic opened its doors and flourished, becoming our fastest growing program. Our Family Home program has remained as vibrant as ever, providing stability and guidance for more kids in our beautiful homes. I can honestly say that Boys Town is the best at taking care of children and families in need.</p><p>I am excited to continue this momentum; helping more families and providing exceptional services within the DMV.<br>You can expect to hear a lot more from me moving forward, I have big goals set for our Washington DC campus that I will need your help in accomplishing!</p><p>I hope to see you at Racing for the Roses on May 2nd!</p><p>Thank You for your continued support and partnership in making a difference in the community and in the lives of those we serve.</p><p>Sincerely,<br><br>Kichelle L. Coleman, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW<br>Executive Director, Washington, DC<br><a href="mailto:Kichelle.coleman@boystown.org?subject=Online%20Letter%20Inquiry">Kichelle.coleman@boystown.org</a><br><br><br><br></p>2019-12-16T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Kichelle Coleman" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/KichelleColeman.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Staff Spotlight: Dale Sellershttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Staff-Spotlight-Dale-Sellers.aspxStaff Spotlight: Dale Sellers<p>When Boys Town Washington D.C. launched this year's Employee Giving Campaign, there was no doubt who would be one of its most inspirational leaders – Senior Assistant Family Teacher Dale Sellers.<br></p><p>"Dale is one of our most outgoing staff members and really exemplifies what Boys Town is all about," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator for Boys Town Washington DC. "He also makes everything more fun for everyone."<br></p><p>That fun spirit helped Sellers play a key role in the Washington D.C. site reaching 100 percent participation among its 50 employees in this year's campaign.<br></p><p>Boys Town Washington D.C.'s family home program is the biggest program on campus. That just magnified the importance Sellers played in the campaign.<br></p><p>With Sellers as an event champion, the staff reached their 100 percent participation goal in just three days. The campaign was well publicized to the staff and on kickoff day, an event was held where each staff member could spin a wheel and win a prize. A variety of food and snacks were also provided for the kickoff event. Special awards were given out to those who had shown their dedication to Boys Town.<br></p><p>Reaching 100 percent participation shows the dedication the Boys Town Washington D.C., staff has for the overall mission of the organization and for the kids and families it serves.<br></p><p>"We, as a staff, believe in the work we do," Tomlinson said. "And, we are making a substantial difference within our community. Dale is a great example of the people we have working for us here."<br></p>2019-11-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington D.C. celebrates Halloween with the communityhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Washington-D.C.-celebrates-Halloween-with-the-community.aspxBoys Town Washington D.C. celebrates Halloween with the community<p>October 30<sup>th</sup> marked another spooky successful Trunk or Treat! We had more cars and community members than ever before! Children and families were able to show off their costumes, interact with staff and learn more about the Day of the Dead. </p><p>From a baby shark (Go Nats!) to a prehistoric dinosaur show, our trunk or treat really had it all! New this year was an opportunity for families to learn more about the Day of the Dead. Children and parents were invited to bring photos of loved ones who have passed to honor and celebrate their lives. </p><p>This event continues to prosper and grow. In addition to the new community members present, we really loved getting to see families previously in our programs come back to our campus. Thank you to all who helped us celebrate Halloween, we hope to see you again next year!<br></p>2019-11-21T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="trunk or treat" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Forms/EditForm/trunk-rollup.jpg" width="495" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="trunk or treat" height="727" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/trunk.jpg?Width=116&Height=23" width="486" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Donor Spotlight: Wayne Moselyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Donor-Spotlight-Wayne-Mosely.aspxDonor Spotlight: Wayne Mosely<p>Wayne Mosely has always given back.<br></p><p>Today, Boys Town Washington D.C., is reaping the benefits.<br></p><p>Mosely didn't realize when he was 4-years old that he and his three brothers had started a summer lunch program. Heck, to them it was just inviting their friends to eat lunch with them – every day! But when it grew to 20 lunch buddies, Mosely's mom took the idea and ran with it. <br></p><p>Funded by herself and some of her friends, the summer lunch program was born -- giving provided opportunities to those who needed it most.<br></p><p>Mosely said that experience was, and still is, one of the most important things he holds dearest at his core for giving. It has lived on with his connection with Boys Town Washington D.C.<br></p><p>Mosely said he believes "Boys Town is on the front line with kids and families that do not have the financial support or care they deservingly need as citizens in this great country." <br></p><p>He said he wants others to know what Boys Town's efforts translate to.<br></p><p>"Every family and child Boys Town helps, makes this a better society for us all," Mosely said. "That's one more child or family who are provided with essential benefits that will change their outlook on life, themselves and the community."<br></p><p>Mosely works for Turner Construction Company. He has exposed his fellow Turner employees to what Boys Town does and it has led to the group taking on several projects that help the organization. "I've collaborated with my Turner Construction family and we came to the DC site and took on three tasks with no cost to Boys Town," Mosely said.<br></p><p>Mosely and his fellow employees painted the entrance iron gate, painted the employee kitchen, and painted a second-floor ceiling in the mental health area. All the materials and key labor was provided by Turner, with the added help of the Boys Town team.<br></p><p>"I also participated in the "planting the seeds of hope" (gardening) project and worked with the Boys Town Washington D.C. team on remodeling some dated space for future programs utilization," Mosely said. "It's been a pleasure working with such great people."<br></p><p>But the giving didn't end there.<br></p><p>Mosely takes time to play Bingo with the Boys Town families. And, he has invited them to a bowling outing this December with all expenses covered by Turner.<br></p><p>For Mosely, he loves being able to work with the Boys Town staff to meet their needs.<br></p><p>"The most fundamental key to having anything successful is identifying when you need help and accepting external help," he said. "It's everyone's responsibility to help those who truly need the help and are asking for help. I truly enjoy being able to help in any way I can with the programs and supporting Boys Town."<br></p>2019-11-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestonehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Effort-to-canonize-Edward-Flanagan-reaches-milestone.aspxEffort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone<p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Youth and Volunteers Spend a Day Planting Seeds of Hopehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/bt-youth-and-volunteers-spend-day-planting-seeds-of-hope.aspxBoys Town Youth and Volunteers Spend a Day Planting Seeds of Hope<p>The poet Alfred Austin once said, <em>"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."</em> </p><p>This sentiment was on full display during the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Boys Town Washington DC's "Planting Seeds of Hope" event, which took place June 1 on the site's eight-acre campus.   </p><p>"It was great to see our kids work alongside our board members, donors and corporate sponsors and build connections with each other," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator for Boys Town Washington DC. "The kids are able to use the skills they learned at Boys Town in a unique way with new people, while also joking around with and learning about one another."</p><p>Volunteers joined youth and staff to help plant, hoe gardens, and landscape and beautify the campus grounds. They also planted flowers around each of the five Family Homes.</p><p>The volunteers and kids started off the day by taking a group picture. Then they broke into teams. One group went to plant the tomato garden. Another went to till the main garden and plant seeds and other starter vegetables. The third group went to the herb boxes and tilled and planted herbs. After that, the groups put mulch down, did some weeding and planted flowers.</p><p>"We are lucky to have a great partner, the Ritz Carlton, and they donate all the fruits, vegetables and flowers we plant on campus," said Tomlinson. "Also, we were excited this year to have some of our other corporate sponsors attend the event and participate, including MCN Build, Turner Construction and Marriott."</p><p>The volunteers from those companies worked side-by-side with the kids from the Family Home Program and some families served through Care Coordination Services. </p><p>The day wrapped up with a barbeque for all those who participated.   </p><p>"It's neat to see the kids learning about gardening and planting from people who really enjoy those activities," Tomlinson said. "Most kids have never planted before, and it's amazing to see their reactions when they go out later at harvest time with their Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup> and see the results of their efforts."</p><p>And the volunteers enjoyed the day, too. "They loved teaching the kids about planting and gardening," Tomlinson said. "Many of them are really invested and asked us to send pictures so they could see the progress of the garden unfold."    </p>2019-07-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Planting Seeds of Hope" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/Planting-Seeds-of-Hope-main.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent