Sunday, May 3, 2015

TA: The latest this and that from the web

Listed here are promising advocacy- and information-sharing-related online tools; all found on Journalist's Toolbox.   Leave a comment if you've tried any of them.

What will you do with the latest news about Facebook?

Contact info for Marcus Williams, @DCDHCD comms director

Friday, May 1, 2015

Parents, your input is needed

A small group of DC residents are working to start a K-8 school and need input from parents.   The short survey (13 questions and most are check boxes) asks questions on topics such as:
  • Your views about the educational options in your neighborhood.
  • The maximum commute time you are willing to commit to
  • Type of education you want for your children
  • The most important attributes when considering a school for your child

All responses are anonymous.

Leg meeting media briefing May 4

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold the regular Legislative Media Briefing to talk about the council's May 5 Legislative Meeting Monday, May 4 at 10:30 am.   The briefing will take place in the John A. Wilson Building, Room 412.

Solid advice for (parents this) prom season

May 5 Legislative Meeting emergencies

Let's celebrate Children's Book Week, starting with your favorite children's books

Children's Book Week takes place May 4 - 10, 2015.   The week celebrates children's books and reading.

Between now and May 3, you and your children can vote for your favorite new book in the categories K-2nd Grade, 3-4 Grade, 5-6 Grade, and Teen.   Winners will be announced May 4.

Starting Monday, May 4, I will be blogging my readers' favorite books of their childhood.   Email or Tweet (@susiecambria) the author and title; email the info if you want your fave to be listed without your name.   To get the party started, here's a post from 2011 listing one of my favorite books (Little Toot): This week is National Children's Book Week.

TA: SMS as part of nonprofit messaging

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ward 7 and Ward 8 Community Board—by and for the community

Ever wonder what events are happening in Wards 7 and 8?   Now it's easy to find out with the new Ward 7 and Ward 8 Community Board on the East Bank DC website.

The Community Board is a new tool for and by the community to promote community events and activities.   Read the Community Board today and you will see several standing community meetings and the Arcadia Mobile Markets through October 30, 2015.   Read it tomorrow and (hopefully) you will find more events.

East Bank DC blogger Marie Fritz created the Community Board following a conversation on Twitter about encouraging more and better communication with residents about community-based events.   Fritz explains,

There is so much happening in Wards 7 and 8 but it's difficult to keep track of multiple calendars, electronic flyers, emails, and notifications. I hope the Community Board will enable organizations to reach a wider audience and to make it easier for our neighbors to stay informed and to engage with one another in their community.

Almost all events can be included in this new calendar.   To be added to the calendar, events must take place in Wards 7 or 8 and be open to the general public.   Events can be sponsored by the community or government and can include meetings, fairs and festivals; resident input sessions; and nonprofit fundraisers.

To be effective, the calendar needs information and users.   Submitting event information is easy and the steps are detailed on the calendar page.   And people will use the calendar when they become aware of it and the role it plays in keeping residents in Wards 7 and 8 informed.   If you have a blog or website, consider adding the badge (shown above).   Need to know how?   Here are the instructions.

There are other ways to tell your friends, clients, customers, members, and others about the Community Board.   Washington Parks & People, as you can see below, Tweeted the news.   Another option is to post this flyer in your waiting area or include it in a newsletter.   Share other ideas in a comment!

TA: Free webinars in May 2015

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   17 Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2015 includes the May 21 Wild Apricot event Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships.   Other features are trainings by others on topics such as fundraising, volunteers, board development, social media, and more!   My favorites are the May 5 Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps and May 27 Planning a Nonprofit Blog You Can Manage trainings.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: #dearfuturemom

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Recycling unwanted political yard signs

DPW and the community talk gardening Apr. 30

Join DPW and Frager’s Hardware gardening manager Byron Gwinn Thursday, April 30 from Noon - 1:00 pm for an online chat about gardening.

Jump on the chat to talk about designing large and small gardens, managing bugs and other damaging elements, starting and maintaining a community garden, recommendations for plants, and more.

DPW will also share info about the agency's Helping Hand Program which helps community groups organize neighborhood clean-up and community garden projects by lending tools, trash bags, and providing free compost.

TA: Effective Twitter searches

The one word journalists should add to Twitter searches that you probably haven’t considered is written for a journo audience.   But the fact is that the one word applies to anyone doing a particular type of Twitter search.   The word author Daniel Victor suggests is not, however, applicable to all searches.   But I like the piece because it reminds us to think beyond the words we normally would use.   Writes Victor,
Here's the main takeaway: Imagine what your perfect source would tweet, or what you yourself would tweet in that situation, and search for the words that would probably be in it. And be sure you’re not limiting that to the SEO keywords.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New staffer at Department of Housing and Community Development

May 2: Participate in the Tenant Town Hall

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is holding the 8th Annual Tenant Town Hall Saturday, May 2 from Noon - 3:00 pm at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St NW, corner of 16th/Harvard Sts NW).

The areas of focus of the event―under the broad umbrella of fighting for tenant rights and affordable housing―are strengthening rent control, supporting tenant purchase and the city's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), and the preservation of subsidized housing.

More event info:

12-1 PM: Refreshments. Time for tenants to speak with Council staff, DC housing agency representatives, legal service providers and non-profit organizations.

1-3 PM: Presentation of Tenant Priorities for 2015 and responses from elected officials and agency directors.

Interpretation provided in Spanish and Amharic.

Need more info?   Contact Talia Brock: (202) 540-7434 or via email,

Who's who in MOCRS

Here's the MOCRS staff list.