Nicole Mires built Pekoe with a vision of authentic service and healing.
Our community is dedicated to fulfilling that dream by not only leaving a positive footprint in our Shaw Neighborhood but spreading our reach, whenever possible, to the District-at-large, and the entire global family.
Ways to Give Back
Yoga Corps with DC’s Beloved Yoga Teachers Greg Marzullo & more…
Founded by locally renowned yoga and philosophy teacher Greg Marzullo, Yoga Corps is a program devoted to combining the power of the yoga we love with a love for helping others.
Each monthly session will include a 90-minute yoga class led by a different spectacular teacher, followed by a service project at N Street Village, an organization that provides assistance to over half of D.C.’s women’s homeless population. Projects will vary from making and serving food to winterizing the Village’s community garden, and 100% of the money you pay is given to N Street (instructors will be volunteering their time).
Check out the inaugural project in which local yogis worked in the garden at N Street Village. Volunteers raised almost $3,000 for the organization!
To learn more, contact Greg and visit his site, Go Nataraj to participate and register.
Common Good City Farm Grows Roots
Common Good City Farm is an urban farm located in the LeDroit Park neighborhood of DC. Our programs provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability. Since 2007 Common Good City Farm has taught over 1100 DC residents in workshops, engaged over 2100 DC school children, and hosted over 2500 volunteers. In 2013, Common Good City Farm provided over 5,200 pounds of fresh vegetables to low-income DC families. Support Common Good and your gift will help us provide fresh, healthy produce to under-served households in our local community.
School Supply and Uniform Drive with So Other Might Eat
So Others Might Eat is the only interfaith, community-based organization in the District of Columbia that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of our city. Did you know that there are more than 300 children living in SOME’s affordable housing programs? Help give low-income and formerly homeless children a great start to the school year by providing them with the uniforms and school supplies they need to succeed.
A special note from Jessica Raven, Communications Lady at Bread for the City
Bread for the City provides safety net services — food, clothing, medical and dental care, legal aid, and social services — to 32,000 low-income and homeless District residents each year. Besides treating the symptoms of poverty, we’re tackling the causes by offering job readiness training, preventative medical care, and healthy food. Right now, we’re harvesting more than 45,000 pounds of fruit from City Orchard — our 2.75-acre fruit orchard in Maryland where we work with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to grow a lot of the fruit that stocks our pantry shelves. Every tree in the orchard grows enough fruit to feed 10 families, and it costs only $35 to sponsor a tree. Become a tree sponsor, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help us grow!
A special note from Heather Liang, Development Director at Calvary Women’s Services: Calvary Women’s Services provides housing, health, education and employment programs for homeless women in DC. We know that our programs work: every five days a woman moves from Calvary to her own home. In the last year we have significantly grown our health and education programs, including a new nutrition education program that includes classes on health, budgeting and hands-on food preparation. Veronica, a resident at Calvary, has recently quit smoking, lost weight, and gotten her diabetes under control. She said she enjoys healthy foods, particularly broccoli, but doesn’t always know how to work them into her diet. “It’s not that I don’t know what to eat – but not how to prepare it all the time,” she said. The classes have made a great difference for her as she prepares to move into her own home. We are grateful to friends like Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness for making programs like this possible.