Community Service Day 2017

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will join together today to help those in need at this year’s Commitment to Community Day.

Only Make Believe Description/Activity: 
Ross 201, 1-3 PM

Only Make Believe is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give joy and inspiration to as many sick children as possible in their own unique way: through performing interactive theater in hospital wards! Their organization brings in professional actors to entertain children with specially created plays designed for their specific needs and to encourage their participation. They send the same team of actors over consecutive weeks so that the kids can get to know them and develop a mutual bond with them. The plays are performed with a trunk filled to the brim with costumes and props, designed by volunteers, that are then used by both the actors and the children. With locations in both New York City and Washington DC, Only Make Believe performs in more than 55 sites for more than 5,000 children every year. They are dedicated to the principle that freeing a child's imagination is integral to the healing process and they are widely recognized across DC, especially in our very own Children's National Hospital.

We will be designing props as well as costumes for the children in the hospital and the actors that come to perform with them! Through this, we will get to play a meaningful role in the theater experience performed for hospitalized children right here at Children's National and have a small but positive impact on their lives.

Humane Rescue Alliance Description/Activity:  
15 Oglethorpe St NW, Washington, DC 20011 1:15-3:30 PM

Humane Rescue Alliance was established by the union of two animal welfare organizations in the Washington D.C. area, Washington Humane Society (WHS) and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). Both of these organizations were created over a century ago and have helped thousands of animals. They provide adoption services, provide financial assistance with veterinary or pet food, assistance with behavioral issues, vaccines, and spay/or neuter services. They aspire to protect and advocate for the animals in their community and celebrate people’s love and compassion for them.

At the organization headquarters you will receive and introduction and then will spend time making toys for the dogs and cats there. You will then have free time to play with the dogs and read to (yes really) the cats. Before ending, you will work with the coordinators to help create sponsorship ads for the dogs and cats and select dogs and cats to sponsor. GW Med is donating money towards these sponsorships to help these animals get adopted and find a loving home!

Children's Inn Description/Activity:
locations are both in Ross and on site at 7 West Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814 1-3 PM

The Children's Inn of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consistently aims to meet the needs of children and families participating in groundbreaking research and treatment. They respond to evolving family support needs for pediatric research and clinical care, provide a free, family-centered place to call home, and help reduce the burden of illness through therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming. The Children's Inn opened its doors in 1990 as a refuge for families with children being treated at the NIH. Since its start more than 13,000 seriously ill children and their families have made over 60,000 visits to their institution. The Inn is always open 24/7, providing for children and their loved ones, and always working to make them the most comfortable and engaged as they can be during their stay at the NIH.

We will be traveling to the Children's Inn to tour their facilities as well as make gifts through their Thoughtful Treasures program for the children that will be placed in their cubbies or lockers to open up the next day! We will have a wide array of gifts to design and create to surprise the kids with.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm



Ali Johnson