Local events and resources
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DCW50 News to end September 28. Mark Segraves broke the news September 6 and DCist followed up with D.C. Loses Another Local News Outlet As DCW50 News At 10 Folds September 7.
East of the River Case-handlers meeting, Friday, September 28 at 10:00 am: The meeting will take place at One DC Black Workers Center (2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE; two blocks from the Anacostia Metro station). Case-handlers, community members, and advocates are all welcome to attend. The purpose of the quarterly meeting is to share program information and discuss strategies for dealing with issues of common concern to our low-income clients in Wards 7 and 8.
Solar Focus Job Fair 2018, October 30: Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations which are actively seeking candidates for open positions. Employers from nationally-recognized to local organizations from across the region will be on site. Job-seekers can network with employers while learning about these organizations and the specific jobs, internships, and volunteering programs that are available. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. From no solar experience to 20 years of experience, all job-seekers are encouraged to attend! Additional job fair activities include a networking area, mock solar rooftop installation, and the opportunity to get a professional headshot and resume advice.
Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic, Saturday, September 15 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (1100 Harvard Ave, NW) from 10:00 am-Noon: Anyone with questions about their immigration status, whether or not it is related to an executive action, should attend this free clinic. All walk-ins welcome and the DC Bar Pro Bono Center clinic will accommodate any language needs. Additional clinic dates are:
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Tools and resources
DonorPerfect's Giving Tuesday 2018 is useful for those working for a nonprofit. The guide, which can be downloaded in PDF, also includes several training opps. One such opportunity is How To Set Up Your Online Donation Forms, September 26.
Study: Gen Z likely to buoy email as a favored channel is good for organizations of all kinds. Businesses, nonprofits, government, and formal and informal community groups can benefit from this report from 2017. One finding, for example, is "Email is so essential, important and entrenched in the lives of people today that it is nearly impossible to imagine life without it - Email isn’t going away, 83% of Generation Z respondents believe their email usage will stay the same or increase in the next 5 years."
Social Media Today reports Twitter Rolls Out Audio-Only Live-Streams on Twitter and Periscope.
NPR is getting rid of some of its news blogs (with more blog "changes" to come). Better check those bookmarks.
In This Data Shows Who Grabs the Mic at Public Planning Meetings, Jared Brey discusses the paper Racial Disparities in Housing Politics: Evidence from Administrative Data by Boston University professors Katherine Levine Einstein, Maxwell Palmer, and David Glick. It shouldn't be any surprise that individuals who are white, wealthy, and homeowners are over-represented at planning and zoning meetings and hearings. Brey also considers the paper Who Participates in Local Government? Evidence from Meeting Minutes by the same professors. The takeaway, from Brey's article: “She [Katherine Levine Einstein], says their analysis confirms the widely held impressions that NIMBYs tend to be older, whiter and wealthier than their typical neighbors. She hopes it provides some empirical evidence for policymakers who are thinking about how to make public participation in development more democratic.”
Communicating the State of Your River: Basin Report Cards and the Swim Guide, September 25. Free.
Nonprofits Count! Preparing for Census 2020, September 20. Free.
Wild Apricot's 46 Free Nonprofit Webinars for September 2018 is another winner. Faves September 16-30 are Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (September 18), 10 "Magic Wand" Questions to Transform Your Good Ideas Into Great Grant-Funded Projects! (September 20), and The Power of Community: Why Social Media Isn't Enough (September 25).
Connecting and Allying with the Disability Rights Movement, September 26. Free.
ICYMI: 50% of people cheat at Monopoly, so Hasbro redesigned it for them (Fast Company)
We asked 10 kids to "draw a leader"–here’s what they did (Fast Company)
In addition to the six books recommended by the blogger, Six Books for (Not So) Recent Graduates' comment section is full of suggestions from readers.