The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County works to reduce the trauma experienced by child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Through an innovative, collaborative process, professionals from both the private and public sectors work together to provide early intervention to promote healing for the children they serve. The organization’s work is premised on the belief that the cycle of child abuse can be broken, and abuse and neglect are preventable. The Tree House provides a range of supportive services for the families they serve, including individual therapy, training to mental health practitioners, and advocacy work.
Forrester Team Member Dan Baker nominated The Tree House for our Thank You for 30 celebration. Dan’s wife Amanda is a dedicated volunteer with the organization and their family is deeply engaged in the Tree House and their mission. We are grateful for the opportunity to support The Tree House and hope this donation is just the beginning of a meaningful partnership.
Phoenix Bikes’ mission is to educate youth, promote bicycling, and build community. Since 2007, they have provided a safe and nurturing environment that teaches teamwork, hard work, and entrepreneurship through bike maintenance education programs. Young people participate in bike refurbishment and retail operations as they contribute to the daily operations of the Phoenix Bikes shop, while learning valuable mechanic, business management, and life skills that will enrich them throughout their lives.
Forrester Team Member Taylor Sweeney shared her enthusiasm for Phoenix Bikes’ mission and inspired us to select the organization as a beneficiary of our Thank You for 30 campaign. We applaud their commitment to providing young people with experiences and inspiration they can carry with them throughout their lives.
Leveling the Playing Field collects sporting equipment to provide to programs and schools serving under resourced communities. Their donations allow programs to allocate their funds in ways that expand access to sports for more kids by lowering registration fees, expanding scholarship programs, enhancing existing athletic programs and developing new ones. In just 5 years, they have donated more than $2M worth of equipment, enabling hundreds of kids to have access to the health, wellness, social, and educational benefits of sports.
Mara Fitzgerald, a Forrester Team Member, nominated Leveling the Playing Field for our Thank You for 30 campaign. Sports have always played an important role in her life and she wants kids who may not have the resources she did growing up to get the same opportunities. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with a local nonprofit that works hard to provide kids with the joy of sports!
The Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates both physical and mental abilities and has no cure. The HDSA provides community services, education, advocacy, and funds research. HDSA's network of chapters, affiliates, HDSA Centers of Excellence, social workers, and support groups strive to provide help, education and outreach to families, patients, and health care professionals.
Team Member Emily Fredette has been personally impacted by the devastation of this disease and wanted to do something to make a difference. We are glad we can honor Emily’s wish to have an impact by donating to an organization that works hard to advocate for and support others similarly affected.
Stepping Stones Shelter provides a continuum of services -- emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and post-shelter support -- to homeless families with children to move them from crisis to a stable home environment. They offer food, shelter and supportive services in a spirit of dignity and respect, working to provide a sense of hope, strengthen families, and promote self-sufficiency. The range of services they provide includes cases management, job coaching, tutoring for both kids and adults, and support for families as they transition out of the shelter into stable housing.
Several Forrester Team Members have supported the shelter through our Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program, which provides four hours of paid time off to our team to volunteer at a nonprofit of their choice. Donna Rizkallah, one of the Team Members who used her VTO to prepare a meal at the shelter, was inspired by her service to nominate Stepping Stones for our Thank You for 30 campaign. We are thrilled to support a local nonprofit that works tirelessly on behalf of families seeking a way out of homelessness.
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is non-profit adoption agency founded by adoptive parents. The organization facilitates domestic and international adoptions, and provides support and guidance to both birth and adoptive parents. They also offer supportive services to families post-adoption and provide humanitarian assistance to orphanages overseas.
One of Forrester’s Team Members became a part of her family with the help of Cradle of Hope. We are honored to make a donation at her recommendation.
The Arlington Food Assistance Center is a community-based non-profit providing supplemental groceries to residents of Arlington County who cannot afford enough food to meet their needs. Since their founding in 1988, they have focused on distributing groceries, directly and free of charge, to those who need it. While many assume that hunger is not an issue in a wealthy county like Arlington, a range of economic and social factors combine to make it challenging for many families to make ends meet. The groceries AFAC provides helps families use their resources in other critical ways, lessening the pressure of budgeting enough for food and ensuring that their health and nutrition needs are met.
Chris Muldowney, a Senior Project Manager at Forrester, nominated AFAC for a donation for our Thank You for 30 anniversary campaign and we are pleased to help support an organization that works to meet the health and nutrition needs of neighbors who are food insecure in Arlington.
Warrior Canine Connection helps Veterans recovering from the stress of combat reconnect with their families, communities, and lives by training service dogs for other wounded Veterans. The Veterans doing the training get a tremendous benefit from interacting with the animals as they develop from puppies into fully trained service dogs; research demonstrates they are positively impacted both physiologically and psychologically by the animal-human connection. They are able to feel the satisfaction of knowing that as a result of their efforts, Veterans with disabilities receive a trained service dog that can enrich their lives and facilitate healing. This mutually beneficial model taps into the mission-driven spirit of Veterans and broadens the impact of the program.
Team Member Karel Visscher nominated Warrior Canine Connection for a Thank You for 30 donation. She is a dog lover who knows from experience the power of the human-canine connection and has been a fan of the organization for years. We are so excited to help such an impactful organization continue their work!
For over 25 years, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has impacted over 2,000 households, improving the lives of families, people with disabilities, veterans, and the elderly. They bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes of low-income homeowners in Montgomery County by facilitating major and minor home repairs, making homes accessible for people who have disabilities and mobility issues, and improving energy efficiency. They provide this support at no cost to the people they serve, and their work allows many of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents to continue to live safely, securely and independently in their own homes.
Desiree Bray, one of Forrester’s Team Members, nominated Rebuilding Together for our Thank You for 30 campaign because of her own volunteer work with the organization. We are grateful for the nomination and excited to seek other ways to support their work!