Hill Staff and Corporations Support DC Charity, Horton's Kids | Events
From Anu Rangappa: More than twenty members of Congress, 100 congressional staffers and their families will take the field at Nationals Park on Wednesday night as part of the fourth annual “Home Runs for Horton’s Kids” event that supports youth from Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8. This year’s participants will take batting practice and participate in other activities to benefit Horton’s Kids, which offers a wide range of services to 300 children and 100 families. The event, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th, raises approximately a third of the organization’s yearly program budget with all proceeds going to Horton’s Kids programs.
The non-profit organization will be in the national spotlight again on June 13th when First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the Food Network’s popular show, Restaurant: Impossible, and challenges Chef Robert Irvine to renovate the Horton’s Kids Community Resource Center in Anacostia.
Horton’s Kids’ corporate sponsors were crucial in making the renovation happen. “The support we have received from Microsoft and The Home Depot is incredible,” said Horton’s Kids Executive Director, Brenda Chamberlain. “It’s because of them that we are able to continue enriching the lives of children and their families in Anacostia.”
As a part of the community center renovation, Microsoft donated equipment and software for a state-of-the-art computer lab to support the children served by Horton’s Kids at their Community Resource Center. The donation included 10 new computers, 16 computer monitors, and 29 Acer Tablets as well as other computer equipment, all uploaded with the most current software. This equipment will not only help the children become more adept at using technology but will also help neighborhood parents – who are able to take advantage of the community center – create resumes, search for jobs online, and communicate with potential employers via email. Microsoft also donated a server and two Xbox 360s gaming consoles equipped with their popular technology Kinect, which allows the children to exercise in a safe, secure, and fun environment.
“There is a definite opportunity divide in Anacostia and that keeps too many children from realizing their full potential,” said Microsoft Vice President for U.S. Government Affairs Fred Humphries. “We are honored to help contribute to the advancement of these children’s education and future careers.”
The Home Depot was also invaluable during the renovation and donated building supplies and appliances for the kitchen, in which Horton’s Kids holds healthy cooking classes for children and their families. They provided over 40 local Home Depot associates to assist with the renovation as part of the company’s Team Depot program in which employees from across the country volunteer in their communities. Since Restaurant Impossible, Home Depot has continued its commitment to the community by holding a job fair at the center where more than 70 residents interviewed for 30 job openings in several local Home Depot stores.
“The Community Resource Center is going to have a huge impact on the lives of the children that Horton’s Kids helps,” stated Home Depot Vice President of Government Relations, Kent Knutson. “We are very proud to be a part of this project and community, and we’re excited about continuing to support the important work Horton’s Kids does.”
Other sponsors of Horton’s Kids include Alpha Natural Resources, DirectTV, Nuclear Energy Institute, and Walmart.