Get Organized Month 2012

NAPO Washington DC Metro Chapter’s GO Month activities for 2012 focused on A Wider Circle. This organization is based in Silver Spring, MD and is dedicated to helping local area children and adults lift themselves out of poverty. Its vision is to eradicate poverty through the use of resources that exist in our own community. AWC has also been selected as NAPO-WDC’s Community Partner for this year.  Throughout the month (and year), chapter members are spreading the word about A Wider Circle to their friends, families, neighbors and clients. As Professional Organizers, we are uniquely able to help redistribute the resources of our community to those in greatest need.

Our GO Month events kicked off at our January chapter meeting. Dr. Mark Bergel, the Founder and Executive Director of A Wider Circle, spoke to our members and guests about his organization and its mission. Next, NAPO-WDC’s Corporate Partners, Junk in the Trunk, 123 Junk and B-Thrifty hauled away the unusable, damaged items that accumulate at A Wider Circle. This helped free up valuable warehouse space needed for usable donations. As a result, we were able to use this newly available space to set up new, organized areas.

The culmination of NAPO-WDC’s GO Month activities took place on January 28th.  More than twenty NAPO-WDC members and friends volunteered their time and talents for A Wider Circle’s Neighbor to Neighbor program. Using our distinctive skills as Professional Organizers, NAPO-WDC members focused their efforts in two main areas, AWC’s warehouse and offices. We assisted in a variety of ways including; organizing and sorting huge piles of donated clothes and toys; setting up a new library and children’s area; stacking dozens of donated mattresses; setting up and organizing a new community outreach office; packing and clearing out Christmas decorations and gifts from the “Santa’s Workshop” room. We even organized a birthday gift room for children of the families that AWC serves.  Lucy Yost, AWC’s Community Outreach Coordinator commented that “she had never seen so much achieved in such a short time by any group of volunteers!”

All the volunteers who took part in these great community service projects were inspired and fulfilled by the work we did. We were able to accomplish many projects on A Wider Circle’s Wish List. Most importantly, we know our efforts will make a difference in the lives of families in our area.  NAPO-WDC looks forward to continuing our community partnership with A Wider Circle throughout the year.