Annual Meeting Recap and Leadership Announcements

On January 26, SMGW held its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting over Zoom, with strong participation – about 30 Partner Representatives participated. At the Annual Meeting, the Executive Director reports to the Partner Council on the prior year’s results (both programmatic and financial), and presents the approved budget for the coming year, and the Partner Council elects the new Board members officers. At …

Volunteer Spotlight: Bill Kenety

William (Bill) Kenety was the recipient of the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington 2020 Above and Beyond Volunteer Award for his service in the Northwest DC office. The award is given annually to the volunteer who exhibits extraordinary dedication and compassion in his/her service to others and demonstrates the core values of the organization and its mission.    Bill has been a …

The 2021 Next Step Breakfast: Virtual Brunch with Yamiche Alcindor

Building on the success of last year’s virtual Next Step Breakfast, at which we raised more than $200,000, this year’s breakfast will be a Saturday morning virtual brunch, emceed by Yamiche Alcindor of the PBS NewsHour.   We will be using the Remo platform for this event that will allow partners and guests to mingle and gather at tables—as if we are together in person! …

Looking Back on Our First Virtual Gala

By Jeff Hale A few weeks ago, we had the experience of producing our first-ever virtual Gala, Together in Spirit, Onward in Action! and it was a great success. As of November 30, the Gala had been viewed over 1,000 times by people from across the U.S. and around the world. When the dust settled, we exceeded our ambitious fundraising …

A Pandemic Year in Review: Silver Linings!

By David Wolf To state the obvious, 2020 has been a challenging and tragic year for many.  This is especially true for the many predominantly Black and Brown participants we serve, who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic – not to mention the legacy of systemic racism that came to the front of our collective consciousness through racial violence, …

360 Degrees of Giving

By Jeff Hale One of the phrases we like to use when we talk about supporting Samaritan Ministry is “our donors generously give their time, talent and treasure.” That has never been more true than in the last year. Since the pandemic arrived, the needs of our community have been extreme, and so has the response of our donors. We’re …

Save The Date: Virtual Gala

Jeff Hale and Michele Lewis-Muzzatti Save The Date NOW! Make plans now to join us on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm for our VIRTUAL GALA – Together in Spirit, Onward in Action! Like many organizations, the COVID-19 Pandemic has forced us to alter our plans for the Gala this year, but we still have an exciting program planned, featuring all …

Interning in the Time of COVID

by Abigail Chamblee I began my internship with Samaritan Ministry in the middle of August, and in the middle of a global pandemic. I didn’t come in with many expectations as Covid was very much present at the time of my interview, and although I hoped it would be gone by now, I knew that it could still be causing …