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With a LOT of Help From Our Friends…

Families in need are surviving! The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the generosity of our community in SO many amazing ways. Our 2020 community partner network has exploded with in-kind and financial donations of everything from toilet paper and daily essentials for survival to laptops and hotspots to help families without access to computers or Internet ensure their children keep up with distance learning. Our Opportunity Center has become a hub of vital resources for children and families in need like never before!

A special shout-out to the Coder School of Ashburn, which has not only donated to our STEM program financially, but also has supplied laptops, scholarships and volunteers to help kids in our after-school academic enrichment program develop their IT and coding skills—and to owner Chad Hamel for joining our Board of Trustees. And to
Collins Aerospace and INMED USA trustee Versie Liles for supporting our after-school and STEM programs.
It’s also especially nice when community partners team up to help INMED’s program participants, like when Giant Food and Northwest Federal Credit Union team up with NOVA Diaper Bank to collect thousands of diapers for our COVID resource distributions at the Opportunity Center. In addition, Giant has donated 6 skids of toilet paper and NWFCU has collected coats, backpacks and school supplies. “My happiness comes from seeing that our neighbors in need are safe, well fed and educated,” says My Pham, District Manager of Giant Food (pictured above).
Here’s to a new year that brings health. equality and prosperity to everyone in our community, thanks to these amazing INMED community partners. Please click here to see all of our partners.

Thankful Thursday

Today we thank after-school volunteer Dr. Sarbari Gupta from RESET for all the fun and engaging #STEM activities she organizes for our kids. This one is called “Walk the Line” to teach algorithm programming. In this activity, kids form teams to create algorithms to help a blindfolded teammate walk trails that consist of several right angles. The team that reaches the end of the trail first scores a point. Teams change trails and repeat the activity until every team member gets a chance to walk the line. The team that scores the most points wins—the game and a new life skill!   Learn more about RESET at @RESETDC or https://resetonline.org.