The WTOP Charity of the Month is
A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty. Their holistic approach integrates on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. A Wider Circle also seeks to develop large-scale solutions that incorporate greater awareness and engagement by the community.
A Wider Circle currently has three interrelated programs that seek to meet both urgent and long-term needs, working with individuals, families, and entire communities.
The Essential Support program addresses the immediate needs of families by providing beds, furniture, and basic home goods to thousands of children and adults across the region who are leaving homelessness, fleeing domestic abuse, or otherwise living without the essentials.
The Workforce Development Program offers job seekers strengths-based individualized support, focusing on skills and resources critical to securing stable employment and financial stability.
Finally, the Neighborhood Partnerships program, based at A Wider Circle’s Ward 8 Hub in DC’s Washington Highlands neighborhood, works with residents to build service menus that address needs specific to their community. Select services include workforce development workshops, health and wellness programming, family enrichment, support to resident leaders for community engagement, microgrants for community-led initiatives, and more.
Founded in 2001, A Wider Circle’s name was inspired by a 1950 letter from Albert Einstein to a grieving father that stated, “Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion.”
In the last five years alone, A Wider Circle has provided vital services to more than 80,000 children and adults. Each day, they also seek to change the conversation around poverty, ensuring that those with the greatest need are our greatest priority. A Wider Circle’s mission is truly a community-based effort with thousands of volunteers, in-kind donors, and local businesses engaged.