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.
Bridges to Prosperity builds footbridges over impassable rivers in impoverished rural areas across the globe, enabling residents of those communities to have access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. In addition to building bridges, the organization educates communities on the methodologies of bridge design, construction, and maintenance, imparting essential skills. Penn State’s student chapter is affiliated with the Department of Civil Engineering and was founded in 2013. They have built projects in Panama and Rwanda and are currently developing plans for their next bridge project.
Forrester Summer Intern Grace Daigle, a PSU Civil Engineering student, nominated the organization for our Thank You for 30 campaign and we are delighted to provide this group of passionate, committed young people with funds to support their mission. Bridges to Prosperity is truly developing the next generation of Great Builders!
Community of Hope’s mission is to create opportunities for low-income and homeless families in Washington, DC to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope. They operate five housing facilities, three health centers, and a myriad of other programs in support of this mission.
Forrester has partnered with Community of Hope for years both as our client and through our support of their programming for families at the Girard Street Shelter and transitional housing program at Hope Apartments. The highlight of the summer for our interns is hosting a birthday party for kids living in the Girard Street shelter. This year, as part of our Thank You for 30 campaign, we were one of the sponsors for the Back to School Bash, an event that provides a fully stocked backpack just in time for school for kids in the District. Forrester is proud of our continued relationship with such a vital community resource.
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.
The Fisher House Foundation is widely known for its network of “comfort homes” across the country that provide military and veterans’ families free lodging while a loved one receives treatment at a major military hospital or VA center. The organization also operates a program that utilizes donated frequent flyer miles and hotel points so family members can travel to support injured service members and have a place to stay at no charge. The Foundation’s support of service members also includes a grant program that benefits a range of military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
Forrester Senior Project Manager Rusty Russell is a veteran and longtime supporter of Fisher House. He nominated the World’s Largest Golf Outing, the proceeds from which go to the Fisher House Foundation, for our Thank You for 30 celebration. Rusty’s team raised over $1,500! Forrester has a long tradition of supporting organizations that benefit our veterans and is proud to play a part in The Fisher House Foundation’s important work.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s mission is to foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all. As one of the region’s largest social service agencies, they provide opportunities in wellness, aquatics, youth sports, summer camps, child care, and much more, serving over 250,000 people in their 16 branches and program centers.
Forrester is a proud partner with the YMCA and has helped renovate their facilities in Reston, Alexandria, and Bethesda. In 2018, we supported their mission by contributing to one of their major fundraising events at the Citi Open as part of our Thank You for 30 Anniversary Celebration. We are fortunate to have clients and partners like the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.