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2013 Back-To-School BackPack Media Advisory

Media Advisory:  July 11th, 2013

Contact:  Jacob Wilkins, 202-368-4867, Wilkins@CHGM.net

CAPITOL HILL GROUP MINISTRY’s

HOST ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACK PROGRAM

DC Non-Profit seeks to double the success of their 2012 distribution by serving more than 556 local school children.

What:

Each August hundreds of children throughout the Capitol Hill community begin the school year unprepared because of their family’s financial difficulties. Many will be forced to begin their school years unprepared and at a disadvantage to falling behind their peers. To assist with this need Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) will be hosting their Annual Back-to-School Back Pack Program through August 17, 2013.

CHGM has historically partnered with Christ Church, Capitol Hill United Methodist, and St. Peter’s for the Backpack Distribution, but this year will also be teaming up with local Capitol Hill elementary schools to reach the Ward 6 community.  Groups and individuals may partner with CHGM through cash donations towards school supplies, sponsoring a child by grade, or contributing in-kind items.  This year’s goal is to double our 2012 success and serve more than 556 children in our community.

Donation Process:

July 1st – August 17th: Contact Shelah Wilcox at 202-544-3150 or wilcox@chgm.net with a preference for grade, gender and number of children you would like to sponsor.

August 5th – August 16th: Drop filled backpacks off at Shirley’s Place Day Center.

August 17th: Back to School Back Pack Event from 10am -12noon.

Where:

Drop filled backpacks off at Shirley’s Place Day Center.

1338 G St. SE Washington DC. 20003

Mon – Fri drop off hours: 8am – 5pm & Sat 9am- 1pm

Why:

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Celebrating community service since 1967, Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) is a nonprofit made up of congregations and concerned individuals of all faiths, united to serve the spiritual and social needs of the Capitol Hill Community, Ward 6, and beyond.  CHGM serves homeless families and individuals, as well as low-income households, from across the District of Columbia.  More information about the services provided by CHGM can be found at www.CHGM.net.