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Aqutie Wear 12 Presents

The Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive

Angela L.A. Robinson Special Projects Dr. Stevens December 15, 2011

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Table of Contents Business Overview 3

The Problem 4

Initial Plan 5-6

Original Checklist 7

Contacts 9-10

Conclusion 9-10

Request of Assistance 11-12

Request of Participation

Receipt of Donations

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Challenges Presented

Overall Experience

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Alternate Plan

Photo Documentation

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Shelter Fact Sheets 18-25

Sorting 27

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Aqutie Wear 12

Business Overview:

Aqutie Wear 12 is an urban clothing line designed for young women ages 15 to 25 and is the essence of pure exclusivity. We provide limited clothing with unique designs that allow our clients to stand out amongst the ordinary. Inspired by colors and out of the ordinary ideas, Aqutie Wear 12 provides a creative line. At Aqutie Wear 12, you are what you wear. We believe in quality. At Aqutie Wear 12, we strongly believe in assisting our communities no matter where we might be. We are aware of the importance of giving back to the community and the relationships that we build with them. Aquite Wear 12 (AQW12) believes in boosting our communities; the community in which we grew up in, as well as the communities we’re just getting to know. Giving back is an integral part of Aquite Wear 12’s mission. All the way from Chicago, AQW12 wants to reach out to the DMV area. Given that there are over hundreds of individuals who are homeless, in shelters of any sort, under foster care, or just in need, we would like to assist the best way possible. The DMV area is a college area which means there can be a lot of help given at the hands of students. We would like to receive help from not only students, but parents, and local residents alike by donating clothes to The Aqutie Wear 12 Clothing Drive.

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Problem home·less /ˈhōmlis/ Adjective: Persons who reside in some form of emergency or transitional shelters, domestic violence shelters, runaway youth shelters, and places not meant for human habitation, which include streets, parks, alleys, abandoned buildings, and stairways. (Defined by the US Department of

Housing & Urban

Development) In the area of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, there are over thousands of individuals in homeless shelters, transition houses, foster care and much more. These are individuals that can use any assistance possible that will ensure better health and better living. One way is by receiving proper clothing for each season. By providing these individuals with proper attire for each season, we are providing more comfort in these peoples’ lives. According to The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments just in 2009, there were over 12,035 people considered homeless. It is believed that the number of individuals considered homeless since 2009 have dwindled gradually, but not drastically. They have categorized the homeless by four categories: 

Homelessness and Working Poor: o

Individuals that are homeless despite the fact that they are employed.

Individual and Family Homelessness o People who are homeless individually and people who are homeless with a family.

Unsheltered Homeless o Individuals that live on the streets, alleys, parks, under bridges, etc.

Chronic Homelessness o A homeless disabled individual who as been homeless at least four times within a three year span.

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Solution & Initial Plan As previously stated, giving back is an integral part of our mission at Aqutie Wear 12. And by addressing the issue of homelessness, we intend on assisting communities around the DMV area by hosting a clothing drive within those same communities. This will cause awareness as well as assistance to help those in need of warm clothing for the upcoming winter season. Being able to assist those in need is a very fulfilling thing. Giving more effort to assist those who might not be able to properly clothe themselves, or their family, is a very selfless thing, and we would like to assist as many people as possible with our clothing donations. The Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive is a way to give back to the community by helping those who are in need of assistance. Our goal at Aqutie Wear 12 is to treat the individuals in shelters with the utmost respect by providing them with the best clothing possible which is suitable for the upcoming seasons. The Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive will take place in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Boxes will be placed in dorms at universities as well as in high schools, elementary schools, churches, stores and malls. We anticipate major participation from residents as we plan for a large outcome. This drive will go on for approximately a month as we expect over hundreds of articles of clothing closely reaching the thousand mark. Once the clothing is collected from designated spots, they will go through to a sorting process which dismisses any damaged or stained clothing. This will allow us to provide quality clothing to shelters all over the DMV area. Disregarding none in need, we intend to reach out beyond homeless shelters, battered women shelters, transition houses, and foster children as well. During the first week of December, the clothing will be delivered to the recognized organizations that are assisting the homeless and those in need. By doing this clothing drive there is much that I would like to learn as it challenges me and prepares me for my future endeavors. Being that this will be done on a large scale, it will give me the opportunity to learn the overall process of organizing an event for a target market that varies. Organizational skills for event planning will definitely be something that will be acquired. In addition to learning the process of setting up a large event, I will also be learning much needed leadership skills, the proper protocol of community assistance/giving charitable donations, and also how to gain sponsorships.

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During this process, much assistance is needed in any way. The resources that I would be in need of will include the iLab for the use of computers and printers, room accessibility for the use of meetings and sorting clothing (when applicable), fax machines, storage rooms, and sponsorship from the Fine Arts Department. These resources will be needed in the success of the Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive. When it comes to the instructions for this event, not much is needed for the carriers but more so for the donors. A “Donation Etiquette� sheet will be given to the Community Directors and Resident Assistants for announcements to the residents of each dorm. These sheets will also be given to Principals of high schools and elementary schools and Pastors of churches so that they can be announced there as well. Basically, the Donation Etiquette sheet will provide an outline for what is expected of their donations.

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Original Checklist

 identify Schools  identify shelters  identify churches  contact schools for participation  contact shelters for donation protocol  request organizations assistance  design the flyer for the box - graphic designer  distribute flyers  get flyers approved  hang flyers  write proposal  make letterhead with logo  contact Staples and printing places for sponsorship, etc.  contact housing for DMV schools, churches, malls (certain stores in the malls), high schools, department stores,  have a volunteer interest meeting  plan a kick-off event and culminating event  form committees

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box flyer

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Contact Sheets School

Phone Number

Fax Number

Annandale High

(703) 642-4100

Edison High

Email Address

Contact/Attn

State

(703) 642-4179

Activities (Mr. Kerns)

VA

(703) 924-8000

(703) 924-8195

Michelle Tisdle

VA

Fairfax High

(703) 219-2200

(703) 219-2397

Jakie Ball

VA

Lee High

(703) 924-8300

Marcella Fulmore

VA

TC Williams High

(703) 824-6800

(703) 824-6826

Patty Morane

VA

Washington Lee High

(703) 228-6200

(703) 524-9814

Morine Paullard

VA

West Potomac High

(703) 718-2500

(703) 718-2661

Activites

VA

West Springfield High

(703) 913-3800

(703) 913-3872

Mr. Foster

VA

Woodson High

(703) 503-4600

(703) 503-4697

School

VA

Behtesda-Chevy Chase High

(240) 497-6300

(240) 497-6308

Chelsea School

(301) 585-1430

(301) 585-5865

Head of school

MD

Dematha Catholic High

(240) 764-2200

(240) 764-2275

Erin Morris

MD

Marcella.Fulmore@fcps.edu

Timothy_C_Gilmore@mpcsmd.org

Shelter Name

Address

Phone Number

Washington DC Community/Creative Non Violence

425 2nd St. NW

Downtown DC Services Center

Timothy Gilmore

Contact

Answer

Delivered Piked-Up

MD

State

Accepting

202 393-1909

DC 20001

Men & Women

1250 H St. NW #1000

202 638-3232

DC 20005

All

Central Union Mission

1350 R St. NW

202 745-7118

DC 20009

All

Park Road Transitional House

1318 Park Road NW

Christ House Temporary Residence

1717 Columbia Road NW

202 328-1100

DC 20009

Men, winter

La Casa Transitional Rehab Program

1131 Spring Road NW

202 882-1237

DC 20010

Male

Gospel Rescue Ministries of Washington DC

810 5th St NW

202 842-1731

DC

Men & Women

Coalition for the Homeless

4326 14th St NW

202 722-4544

DC 20011

Men

Georgetown Ministry Center

1041 Wisconsin Ave NW

202 338-8301

DC 20007

All

Arlington Department of Human Services

3033 Wilson Blvd

703 228-1350

VA 22201

Street People's Assistance Network ASPAN

2708 S. Nelson St.

703 829-4357

VA 22206

Men & Women

Transition Center @ Prince George's House

603 Addison Road

301 808-5317

MD 20743

Men

Bethesda Cares Day Shelter

7728 Woodmont Ave

301 907-9244

MD 20814

Men

Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter

3525 Moncure Ave

703 820-7623

VA 22041

Men & Women

Rachel's Women's Center Day Center

1222 11th St. NW

202 939- 2060

DC 20002

Women & Men

Bethany Women's Center

1333 N. St. NW

202 939-2060

DC 20005

Women Sizes 8-18

Delivered

Other

DC 20011

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How contacts were chosen Originally, schools and shelters were chosen based off of the DMV area. We wanted a mixture of schools and shelters in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. This way we are sure to reach out and help the communities of these areas. In order for this to be a DMV clothing drive we have to be able to have participants in these areas as well as shelters in these areas to make donations to. After taking an alternate road, schools were eliminated all together along with churches and malls. We decided to only work with Howard University as a host for the clothing line. We did decided to keep the name of the clothing drive since we already did some PR. The number of shelters we decided to donate to was tremendously narrowed down to a total of three shelters, Washington DC Community/Creative Non Violence, Central Union Mission, and Gospel Rescue Ministries of Washington DC. These were selected by their vicinity and their range in distance to Howard University's campus.

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Request of organizations’ assistance With the high expectations of the AQW12 DMV Clothing Drive, we requested much needed assistance from a few of Howard University's organizations. The request for assistance included Christian Sisters United, Phi Delta Epsilon, and Health Management Society. A letter was sent to the president of each organization. Each letter had the exact same set up as the example letter given on the next page.

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Angela L.A. Robinson 2251 Sherman Ave. NW #531 Washington, DC 20001

October 4, 2011

Dear ________:

We’re reaching out to {organizations name} for a helping hand with the Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive. There is an estimated 12,035 homeless people in the DMV area. Just as we gear up and prepare ourselves for the winter, they also need to be prepared. Being that this will take place in various parts of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area and will require a lot of work, we’re seeking as many volunteers as possible. Your assistance with the Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive will be greatly needed as well as appreciated. The Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive is a way to give back to the community by helping those who are in need of assistance. Our goal at Aqutie Wear 12 is to treat the individuals in shelters with the utmost respect by providing them with the best clothing possible which is suitable for the upcoming seasons. Boxes will be placed in dorms at universities as well as in high schools, elementary schools, churches, stores and malls. We anticipate major participation from residents as we plan for a large outcome. This drive will go on for approximately a month as we expect over hundreds of articles of clothing in hopes to reach the thousand mark. Once the clothing is collected from designated spots, they will go through to a sorting process which dismisses any damaged or stained clothing. This will allow us to provide quality clothing to shelters all over the DMV area. Disregarding none in need, we intend to reach out beyond homeless shelters, as well as battered women shelters, Salvation Army, Good Will and foster children as well. During the first week of December, the clothing will be delivered to the recognized organizations that are assisting the homeless and those in need. Volunteers will assist with dropping off and picking up materials at dorms and schools, hanging up and distributing fliers, checking on carriers, scheduling pick-ups, sorting clothes, and delivering donations to designated organizations. We ask that if you all choose to participate that you contact us with a list of volunteers and their contact information (email and phone numbers). Helping those in need is always important. While we live comfortably and are prepared for the winds of the seasons forthcoming, there are many who are unable to prepare themselves. We would like for you to assist us in making sure as many people as possible are warm as possible as the winter approaches. Warmest Regards, Angela L.A. Robinson Aqutie Wear 12 CEO Howard University 2012 Fashion Merchandising Major Email: AqutieWear12_co@yahoo.com Phone: (773) 459-2610

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Request of participation With the high expectations of the AQW12 DMV Clothing Drive, we requested much needed Participation from High Schools and from Howard University's. The request for participation in this DMV event to assist those in need of warm clothing for the winter has been previously listed. A letter was sent to the head of each school. Each letter had the exact same set up as the example letter given on the next page.

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Aqutie Wear 12

Dear _____________: Aqutie Wear 12 is sponsoring its first annual fall clothing drive! I am inviting all students and staff at your school, {school name}, to partner with Aqutie Wear 12 to assist those in need of warm clothing for the upcoming winter season. The clothing drive will take place in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area from October 31, to November 17, 2011. Our calendar for this service project is as follows:   

Oct. 31st-Nov. 17th: Collecting new and gently used winter clothing Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st: Sorting items for distribution Dec. 2nd: Distribution to homeless shelters, rehab centers, and transition houses in the DMV area

You can help in several ways. 1) You can place a collection box in your school. 2) You can help spread the word by posting fliers. 3) You can donate clothing. 4) You can ask your friends and families for donations. If you would like to join us, we can get you started immediately. In closing, helping those in need is especially important during these economic times and is extremely important to us throughout the year. I hope that you can help us accomplish our goal to give back to the communities in the area. We thank you in advance for your support! Should you need additional information, please contact me at (773) 459-2610.

Warmest Regards,

Angela L.A. Robinson Aqutie Wear 12 CEO Howard University 2012 Email: AqutieWear12_co@yahoo.com Phone: (773) 459-2610

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Challenges Presented With every great thing, there will always be challenges. These challenges can either make or break you, and will definitely change your initial plan in some kind of way. Challenges provide a learning experience and will provoke you to think fast and teach you how to execute something properly and have something functioning within a given amount of time. With that being said, we faced some challenges during the preparation and initial execution of the clothing drive. Unfortunately, the AQW12 DMV Clothing Drive wasn't planned early enough, and with that challenges were presented. There were no responses from any of the anticipated participants. There weren't even responses from them upon a follow up. It was brought to our attention that these things have to be planned at least a year in advance, which it wasn’t, in order for it to be placed on a school’s agenda. With time closing near, every initial plan had to be altered to fit a new schedule and time frame in order to keep hopes up for, and to continue, the clothing drive. Much thought, time and effort was put into play as an alternate plan was put in the making. Elimination of potential participants and number of shelters receiving donations took place, as well as the entire set up and idea behind the clothing drive as a whole. The challenge that was presented by holding a clothing drive on a large scale provided a refreshed idea. This idea eliminated a lot of extra work that was placed on us especially with not having the much needed help from those that we requested assistance from. Participants weren’t responsive and neither were organizations, although there were a couple of individuals from each that helped out. With very little help and a remaining hunger to help those in need before the temperatures began to drop, we pulled it together and came up with a better, less tedious way of doing the Aqutie Wear 12 DMV Clothing Drive.

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Alternate Plan Instead of doing this grand idea of a clothing drive, we planned around our challenges and decided to simplify the initial plan. Instead of doing a clothing drive in the DMV area, we came to the conclusion that it would be best to only cover the area in which we live because that is what was feasible for us. With the allotted time left to continue our clothing drive, we decided to station ourselves at one area and provide a set date where individuals at Howard University could come and make donations. Flyers and handbills were distributed in a few dorms on Howard University's campus, given permission by the head of each establishment. These dorms included Meridian Hill Hall, Annex Bethune, and Drew Hall. Due to not having permission to distribute the flyers at all dorms, we could only cover a few. Boxes were designed as Christmas gifts, and evenly placed around the Christmas tree on the yard. Me, as well as a couple or friends and assistants from CSU and Phi Delta Epsilon, stood posted from 3pm to 6pm to collect clothes. While posted, individuals passing by were greeted with smiles and handbills educating them about the clothing drive and what we at Aqutie Wear 12 planned to accomplish as well as encouraging them to come out and support the cause by making a donation. Instead of going through the headache of going through proper administration for permission of rooms for storage purposes and sorting, clothes were stored in my room at the Towers. Approximately a week after the clothing drive, clothes were sorted according to the needs of each shelter chosen. There was a total of six boxes, and each shelter would receive two boxes filled with clothes. The following day after the sorting process, the donations were taken to each shelter and given to the individual over clothing donations. One shelter offered us the opportunity to distribute the clothing to those who occupied the shelters ourselves. We declined as we did not know the specific needs of each individual.

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Shelter Fact Sheets Due to the change of plans, we had to narrow down our list of shelters drastically. On the following pages are listed the three shelters we chose to distribute donations to.

Washington DC Community/Creative Non Violence

425 2nd St. NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 393-1909

Mission Statement CCNV's Mission is to ensure that the rights of the homeless and poor are not infringed upon and that every person has access to life's basic essentials -- food, shelter, clothing and medical care. CCNV is also committed to protecting the rights of the homeless, advocating on behalf of the underserved, and preparing homeless men and woman to re-enter into mainstream society as skilled and productive citizens.

Providing Shelter 

The 1,350-Bed Federal City Shelter is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in America.

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We also provide clothing to our residents. Donors, including stores, contribute thousands of pounds of clothing and shoes to CCNV's residents each year. Surplus clothing is sold in The Treasure Chest Thrift Store when so designated by donors.

Providing Meals 

We have served over 5,000,000 meals to our residents since 1984.

Restaurants, wholesale food distributors, and franchises donate over 150 tons of food to the shelter each year.

Courtesy of http://www.theccnv.org/

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Central Union Mission

1350 R. St. NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 745-7118

The Mission Today Today, Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with four locations throughout the Washington area. It operates an 18-month rehabilitation program for men with lifecontrolling issues, a free meals program, a clothing and furniture distribution center, and a 220-acre retreat center with a camp for underprivileged children and recreation facilities for the community. The Mission is continually developing its programs to meet the changing needs of the community. Its current programs serve homeless men, underprivileged women, children, seniors, veterans and the growing Hispanic community. One life at a time, the Mission works to help transform the area's toughest rehabilitation cases, including drug addicts, gang members, criminal offenders, and the chronically homeless into productive members

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of society. The Mission's programs have an extremely high success rate at helping individuals overcome addiction and homelessness, and achieve independent living. STATEMENT OF FAITH FINANCIAL INFORMATION A Successful Track Record In FY2010-2011 Central Union Mission was able to provide a wide range of comprehensive, lifechanging services and goods to poor, homeless and hurting people in the Nation's Capital. With the support of faithful individuals, volunteers, churches, businesses, community partners and organizations, Central Union Mission was able to provide the following goods and services free of charge to some of the areas neediest individuals and families. Nutritious Meals 168,002 hot meals for men, women, families and children Residential Services 49,252 beds and bedding were provided for those utilizing our emergency shelter and camp through the Overnight Guest Program, Spiritual Transformation Program and Children's Program Supplemental Food Services 402,000 bags of nutritious groceries were distributed to individuals and families through the Mission's Distribution Center Household Support 14,248 individuals and families received clothing, furniture & household goods Outreach to Children 

2,000 children received Christmas bags filled with books, toys, shoes and clothing

1,400 children received backpacks filled with books and school supplies

419 children experienced a week-long summer retreat at Camp Bennett

Counseling Services 6,227 counseling services and home and hospital visits were provided for individuals, groups and families throughout our entire client base

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Medical and Legal Services 806 individuals received professional services through health fairs, physical exams, eye exams and private medical and legal consultations Educational Services 860 adults received instruction in literacy competency, English as a Second Language and preparation for the GED (General Educational Development) test.

Courtesy of http://www.missiondc.org/

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Gospel Rescue Ministries of Washington DC

810 5th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 842-1731

Mission Statement Our vision is to break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and poverty in our Nations' Capitol, through a holistic approach that reaches the complete individual. GRM treats both men and women physically, mentally and spiritually. Gospel Rescue Ministries History In May 2006, Gospel Rescue Ministries of Washington, D.C. (GRM), formerly named The Gospel Mission, celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a special gathering at the Ronald Reagan Center in downtown Washington, D.C., less than a block from the original location of GRM in May 1906. Part of the celebration focused on the tremendous heritage and outreach that GRM developed and intensified over a 100 year period. This heritage is best exemplified by and embodied in the lives of thousands of men and women who have experienced life-changing results while at GRM.

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We are fortunate to have a written historical record of the first 40 years of GRM’s existence. The booklet entitled “A History of Gospel Rescue Ministries, formerly “The Gospel Mission”, provides a detailed record of those who founded the GRM ministry and who poured out their hearts and lives in building the foundation of the work and serving those in need from 1906 through the end of WWII. The time has come to capture in writing the essence of the last 62 years which, when combined with the initial 40 year history, will present a full 100 year history of GRM’s ministry in Washington, DC. For your convenience, we have inserted at the end of this booklet a copy of the initial 40 year journey. With much help from a number of persons faithfully serving at GRM over the years, including Frank DeTorie who deserves special recognition for his efforts in recounting much of the history, we count it a privilege to record the history from 1946 to 2006. It is our desire that this account will capture the dedication and compassion of the many men and women who have served at GRM in a God-honoring way and helped to bring healing and renewed hope to many lost souls. Gospel Rescue Ministries was founded on May 12, 1906 as "the Gospel Mission" to offer religious services to men. Within four years, GRM grew from those simple origins into something that would further benefit the nation’s capitol and expanded our services to include food, shelter, and work programs. That expansion has continued for over 100 years and is growing by leaps and bounds as we continue to seek new ways of helping homeless men and women by to continuing to offer help, hope, and healing to those struggling with addiction and homelessness. 

The Transforming Lives Ministry - our drug treatment program for men was established in 1993

The School of Tomorrow - opened its doors, adding the essential component of education and training to our array of services in 1994. In 2009 it was renamed GRM Institute

Transitional housing resources- were greatly enhanced as our focus in 1998

The Fulton House of Hope - substance abuse treatment program for women was established in 2000

Ready to Work - our transitional work program began in 2003

Over 100 years later, GRM has continued to provide help, hope, and healing to those struggling with addiction and homelessness. Our hope is that through the power and grace of God, men and women in our life transforming services will uses their new skills acquired through substance abuse recovery, educational and vocational

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training, and other social services and take the opportunity to choose a new vision for their lives beyond the destruction of drugs, violence, and crime. We know this transformation occurs. We have seen it through hundreds of lives changed in our community.

Courtesy of http://www.grm.org/

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How contacts were narrowed down Going from 00 shelters to just three was done by a process of elimination. This was necessary in order to provide a more feasible structure for the clothing drive within the amount of time we had left to execute it. Instead of doing homeless shelters, transition houses, rehabilitation centers, foster care, and‌., we simply decided to do homeless shelters. Not only did we just narrow it down to homeless shelters, we also decided to do homeless shelters closest to us.

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Sorting Sorting was a fun task. Seeing all the donations that were given and organizing them by type was an interesting process. Even though we were no where near our original goal of reaching at least 1,000 articles of clothing, we still received donations and that satisfied us just as much. Before counting the amount of articles of clothing, it didn’t seem to be as many items, but after calculations, it was more than expected.

Donations Unfortunately, all donations were women clothing and accessories. Bottoms

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Dresses

6

Jackets

13

Sets

4

Sweaters

9

Short Sleeve Tops

32

Button Downs

11

Thermals

3

Long Sleeve Shirts

10

T-shirts

7

Accessories

19:

1 watch

3 bangles

5 necklaces

4 earring sets

3 scarves

2 sunglasses

1 purse

137(clothing donations) +19(accessory donations) =156 items total

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Receipt of Donations

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Receipt of Donations Cont'd

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Overall experience Aqutie Wear 12’s DMV Clothing Drive didn’t go as it was originally planned, but it wasn’t something to give up on. It was a great learning experience from point A to point B. To be able to provide assistance to those in need of something that we take for granted was a great feeling. While challenges and milestones were placed on our path to execution, it did not hinder us in the long run. Our clothing drive was still a goal accomplished, only in a different way. I am elated to say that I truly enjoyed every headache I got in the process of doing this clothing drive. Learning how to deal with challenges is definitely something that I managed to learn how to do. I also learned that with great ideas, come great work and great expectations. As an individual, I dream big even when it is just me working on something that I know for a fact I can’t do on my own. This is something that I continue to have to work on so that I won’t put more on myself than I can truly bear. By doing this drive I learned so much about myself as well as the process of event planning and execution. I wasn’t expecting it to be as hard. Of course once everything began to go into play, things were much harder and more time consuming than I could possibly imagine. Not to mention that I’m a student and so were the individuals I was relying on to help assist with the drive. I really wanted to do a good thing for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities as I am aware of the struggle of the homeless. Reaching out to help those in need has always been something that I’ve liked to do. Knowing that I too might have it hard, others have it much worse than myself. Being on the yard and actually receiving clothing donations was the best thing to see. To have people actually respond to the request to help those in need of proper clothing for the upcoming winter season was more than heart warming. Even with sorting the clothes I was excited. People weren’t giving tattered clothing or clothing in non-wearable conditions. To my surprise, all of the clothing was well kept and extremely nice. I even received an Aerepostle outfit that had never been worn and still had the tags on it. Another individual gave accessories that included scarves, a purse, watches, necklaces & bangles, and earrings. These things were nice, as well as expensive. This was something that I really didn’t expect. For the most part, items that were discarded were personalized items. That was all. When taking the donations to the shelters, before even entering the facilities, those that occupied the place was already showing their gratitude an appreciation for the donations. The very first shelter we went to, The Community for Creative Non-Violence, we were directed to the back of the women’s

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shelter to drop off the boxes. While walking to the back of the shelter we were able to see the living conditions of these homeless individuals. Seeing that alone provoked several questions and emotions within me. I can honestly say that it was a humbling experience, as I’ve never been into a shelter before and I wouldn’t trade this experience for any other. I find enjoyment in giving back to communities in whatever way possible.

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Photo Documentation of AQW12 DMV Clothing Drive

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