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Project GiveBack

On Saturday, November 17, the DC Armory will play host to Project GiveBack’s 24th Annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution. More than 500 volunteers will come together to assemble and distribute meals to over 2,000 families throughout the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

A nonprofit community service organization, Project GiveBack works to provide programs and assistance to less fortunate individuals, families, and children in the greater Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1995 by Ransom Miller III and a handful of friends, Project GiveBack began small, distributing meals to six families. Now its signature program and touching thousands of lives, the Thanksgiving Food Distribution aims to provide enough food to last for over a week – with meals including turkeys, vegetables, canned goods, and many other holiday favorites.

2018 marks the first time this heartwarming holiday effort will be staged at the DC Armory, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Project GiveBack to the RFK Campus. “Over the past 24 years, Project GiveBack has grown from a small group of friends attempting to brighten the holiday season, to an army of passionate volunteers that provide thousands of grocery baskets to families the Saturday before Thanksgiving,” said Miller. “The Planning Committee members are excited for the opportunity to plan logistics in such a massive space. I am confident that the amenities of the DC Armory will allow us to be more efficient and creative in our service delivery.”

This level of impact on our community can be achieved only through the generosity of volunteers and supporters like you. Volunteer shifts include assembling food baskets (7:30am) and delivering food baskets (10:00am); to register, please visit www.ProjectGiveBack.org. All assembly line volunteers must be at least 8 years old; children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Those interested in registering for a group should email hardisha@projectgiveback.org.


My School DC

Save the date for EdFest 2018! The annual My School DC Education Festival public school fair will return to the RFK Campus, where it has grown over the last 3 years. The fair will be held at the DC Armory on Saturday, December 8 from 11am to 3pm.

EdFest showcases all DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools programs, making it easier for families to take advantage of DC’s many school options. Come explore the city’s public-school options (PK3-1) for your child. Representatives from DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools will showcase their programs, with the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 10, 2018. For more information please visit www.myschooldc.org.


RFK Redevelopment/RFK Untapped

The revitalization of the RFK Campus continues! To celebrate turning asphalt into action, we’ve partnered with Atlas Brew Works to develop a limited-edition IPA beer called RFK Untapped. Designed by locally-renowned artist Maggie O’Neill, the can is inspired by the idea of visually reimagining a coveted area of the District – while the beer’s name is a nod to the Campus’s untapped potential.

The release of this limited-edition beer coincides with the recent groundbreaking of three multi-purpose recreational fields, the first phase of the RFK Campus redevelopment project short-term plan. The fields will transform nearly 27 acres of asphalt into three new state-of-the-art artificial turf fields with community amenities.

Construction on the multi-purpose recreational fields is underway and the fields are estimated to open for play in March 2019. We look forward to announcing the next phases of the redevelopment in the coming months, as well as communicating updates on the current construction progress.

RFK Untapped beer will be available at select events throughout the District this fall and winter at select upcoming events. Stay tuned for details. Experience this exciting new brew and prove you’re #RFKReady by letting Congress know the time is now to redevelop the RFK Campus and bring further community-oriented resources and amenities to our neighborhood. To sign the petition and learn more about the “untapped” potential of the RFK campus, please visit www.RFKCampus.com.


Max and Greg RFK Letter

Fall is well underway, and we continue to make excellent progress towards the future of the RFK Campus. As you know, our work depends on neighbors, partners, and supporters like you, who are equally invested in building the critical foundations of a healthy community. We sincerely thank those of you who joined us for the October RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting – please keep an eye out for the date of our next meeting, which will be held in January.

In this month’s newsletter, we’re excited to update you as to the progress following the development of three multi-purpose recreational fields, the first phase of the RFK Campus redevelopment project short-term plan. In celebration of the recent groundbreaking, we’ve partnered with Atlas Brew Works to develop a limited-edition IPA beer called RFK Untapped. Keep reading to learn how to get your can – and how you can show you’re #RFKReady as we look ahead to the Campus’s untapped potential.

The change in the weather also brings a number of community-focused programs and events to the RFK Campus. Whether you’re joining us for the popular Farmers Market or volunteering at Project GiveBack’s 24th Annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution, we appreciate your ongoing support as we work to turn asphalt into action. In the meantime, don’t forget to follow along with the progress at www.RFKCampus.com, Facebook, and Twitter.


Community Calendar

Thursdays and Saturdays (year-round)
Farmers Market


Friday, October 5– Saturday, October 6
Army Ten-Miler Expo Presented by Navy Federal Credit Union


Monday, October 15
RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting

 

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A Ground-Breaking Moment! New RFK Multi-Purpose Fields Are Under Construction

On August 29th, Mayor Muriel Bowser helped us break ground on three multi-purpose recreational fields and kick-off a milestone in our short-term plan to reimagine the RFK Campus. It is one of five short-term plans for the campus.

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A Message From Greg and Max

Fall has arrived, and change is in the air all around the RFK Campus!

We are reimagining the RFK Campus Newsletter.

A brand-new design will be unveiled in October—featuring a new look, more engaging features, more content you can share, and more news you can use to keep up with what’s happening in the RFK community.  With the new design, you will be able to provide us real-time feedback on the issues and activities that are important to you.

And, speaking of change, we have been making some amazing progress with the RFK Campus Redevelopment Project. As we create a new monthly newsletter for you, we are excited to issue this Special Edition to update you on the transformation that is underway on campus. 

Don’t forget to join us for the 2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting:

  • Monday, October 15, 2018
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • 4th Floor Media Room

We will provide updates on the field construction progress and tell you about the next phases of the redevelopment planned for the coming months.

Save the date on your calendar, remind all your friends and neighbors, and let us know you’re coming. RSVP. If you can’t make it – or you just can’t stay for the entire meeting – we will provide an update at www.rfkcampus.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

That’s it for now.  We’re happy to know you stand with us #RFKReady.

 


MAYOR BOWSER AND EVENTS DC BREAK GROUND ON RFK CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WITH THREE MULTI-PURPOSE RECREATIONAL FIELDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

August 29, 2018

 

MAYOR BOWSER AND EVENTS DC BREAK GROUND

ON RFK CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WITH THREE MULTI-PURPOSE RECREATIONAL FIELDS

Groundbreaking Marks the First of Five Short-Term Program Elements Planned for the Campus

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Community Calendar 8.17

*SAVE THE DATE*

 

2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings

Monday, October 15

4th Floor Media Room at RFK Stadium

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Events DC for an evening presentation of updates on our latest steps toward revitalizing the RFK Campus. And remind all your friends and neighbors to attend!

 

*REMINDER*

 

Farmers Market

Thursdays and Saturdays (year-round)

Festival Grounds at RFK (Lot 6 or 7, subject to change)

7:00am - 3:30pm

Have you sampled the fresh fruits and veggies of local farmers? There’s no better way to live the summer to the fullest.

 

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week

Monday, August 13 - Sunday, August 19

Various restaurants around the city

 

DC World Reggae Fest

Sunday, August 19

Festival Grounds at RFK (Lots 8 & 8A)

12:00 - 8:00pm

 

Purple Wave Festival

Saturday, September 8

Festival Grounds at RFK (Lots 8A)

10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Navy Air Force Half Marathon and 5 Miler Expo

Friday, September 14 - Saturday, September 15

DC Armory

8:00am – 8:00pm

 

Wine, Spirits and Music Festival

Saturday, September 15

Festival Grounds at RFK (Lots 8A)

2:00 – 11:00pm

 

Events DC Kickoff Classic

Saturday, September 15

RFK Stadium

11:00am – 9:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 


Community Spotlight: MetroBall Youth Outreach

MetroBall, now the largest youth streetball league in the D.C. area, was formed in 2000 as a way to keep children and youth active and engaged all year long. The nonprofit operates an after-school basketball program at several area schools and has a youth travel team that competes in tournaments around the country. And the program goes beyond ball: MetroBall provides youth with trained instructors who help them stay focused to meet their goals. These trainers interact with youth for 10-15 hours a week during a full year. 

In addition to the after-school and travel team programs, MetroBall offers an 8-week summer tournament with divisions for elementary school, middle school, junior varsity, and varsity. The nonprofit also has programs for college preparation and sports journalism. This month, Terrance Judge and Kevin Jones, the group’s co-founders, told us all about how MetroBall works for District area kids. 

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