The Kennedy Street Freedom School: We Found a Home!

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The Freedom School has offered so much for so many people and for the young scholars at NCCF’s newest facility The Kennedy Short-Term Family Housing, it has been an escape. We’ve made it a place where you are truly free to jump, shout, run, write, sing, explore talents, and be the best you possible. But, […]

20 Years of Results-Based Support

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Phil Schiff knows plenty about what goes on behind the scenes of a nonprofit like NCCF — governance, infrastructure, program support. After decades of working in the nonprofit world, it’s the language he speaks. But those aren’t the things that have kept Phil and his wife, Janis, connected to NCCF for almost 20 years. “We […]

When skepticism turns into the strongest voice for a community

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Listening to Traci Powell’s excitement as she talks about being a Parent Advocate and a mentor for the students at JC Nalle Community School in the District, it’s hard to believe that she was once reluctant to get involved in the Southeast (Ward 7) neighborhood where the public elementary school is located and where Traci […]

We All Stuffed And Ate Pie

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Girl Scouts raced around sorting red boxes of StoveTop stuffing. Teenaged boys carted full purple bags of cans and boxes to storage closets. And more than 100 volunteers shouted, “Does anyone have an extra pie crust?” and “This bag needs mashed potatoes!”  It was a noisy night, but when the clamor died down in the […]

Santa and the Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Visit Greentree Shelter

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The first clue something was happening was the blaring fire engine sirens. Slowly the children living at The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF) Greentree Shelter began to gather on the front steps. And then they saw him! At the driveway entrance, perched atop a fire engine blaring Christmas music, was Santa Claus waving […]

The Art of Volunteering

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Paul Glenshaw likes to say he has lots of paying gigs: artist, drawing instructor, filmmaker, author. About a year ago, he decided he wanted a “volunteer gig” that would draw on his creative skills but also as he says, “practically accomplish something. At the Smithsonian, I teach art to people who can afford it.” Glenshaw […]

The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Frederick County Public Schools

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Frederick County Public Schools is located in Frederick, Maryland. We have been a proud partner with Bridge to Success / Neediest Kids program since February of 2011. Since that time, we have been able to assist hundreds of our students annually with clothing, shoes, groceries, eye exams and glasses. FCPS enrolled 41,413 students for the […]

Santa and Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Deliver Gifts to Greentree Shelter

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The fire truck’s siren was blaring, as were the sirens on several other fire vehicles, as they entered the NCCF grounds headed toward the Greentree Shelter on Christmas Eve. What was the emergency?  Nothing serious — just Santa Claus perched atop the Cabin John Volunteer Department Engine coming with his elves (other members of the […]

The Zonta Club of Montgomery County Joins NCCF for a Celebration of Poetry, Purpose and Vision

When local author Charles Gensheimer approached NCCF’s Executive Director, Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, knew exactly what she wanted to do with them. With help from the Zonta Club of Montgomery County, a longtime NCCF supporter, she invited students from the J.C. Nalle Community School in Southeast, DC to become illustrators, putting pictures to Gensheimer’s words. […]

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