Nicole 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
Donation Massage for Persons with Disabilities
Therapeutic massage does wonders to help with the physical strain of being in a wheelchair. It helps with pain relief in the upper limbs and the torso, and can even help prevent muscle strain from repetitive motion.
Pekoe massage therapist Jeff Kuykendall is working with the DC Center for Independent Living to provide free massage for people with disabilities. He will be donating the cost of half of his time, and is hoping that donations will make up the other half.
You can make an add-on donation massage when you book a treatment at Pekoe Wellness, or add it on upon checkout. You could also purchase a gift certificate through our booking site for $50 (recipient: Donation Massage), that will help cover the costs for Jeff. Disabled people will pay nothing for treatment.
Pekoe has a ramp at the front door as well as a lift on the staircase that can get disabled people down to our extra treatment rooms. We have also purchased a companion chair for the lower level so you don’t have to worry about taking your wheelchair downstairs!
We’re proud to offer this service to the community, and we hope that you will help.
The Young Readers of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Empowering young inmates to write new chapters in their lives. Free Minds works to introduce youth charged and incarcerated as adults at DC Jail to the transformative power of books and creative writing.
By mentoring them and connecting them to supportive services throughout their incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youth to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals.
Watch a video about their great work here.
From the organizers: “Please email us at mail(at)freemindsbookclub(dot)org to let us know if you have purchased a wish list item so we can look for the delivery and thank you properly.”
Room For Health Community Acupuncture, Phoenix Arizona
“As a thank you to our men and woman who have served our country selflessly and honorably your treatment here is free. A GoFundMe account has been established and funded by appreciative citizens as well as fellow Veterans to offset basic expenses.” Ron Fishkind was a classmate of Nicole’s’ in Graduate school, and in line with Pekoe’s love and appreciation of military men and women, we ask that you help support this awesome cause!
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 Others 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.
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 volunteer(at)breadforthecity(dot)org to help us grow!
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.