Together We Bake, the local nonprofit dedicated to providing comprehensive workforce training and personal development for women in need, just reopened its kitchen just in time for Mother’s Day.
“We figured that we could resume operations in our kitchen and maintain six feet of distance,” Together We Bake Co-Director Elizabeth Bennett-Parker told ALXnow. “The deadline for Mother’s Day orders is this Sunday.”
Two program graduates are now working in the kitchen at the Old Town Community Church, and the nonprofit still has nine employees working at their full salaries with benefits.
Bennett-Parker, who is also the vice mayor of Alexandria, said that the Together We Bake training program has been canceled until the fall, and that the nonprofit is still in touch with the nine applicants who were accepted. Their annual Empowerment Breakfast next month has also been cancelled.
“We are attempting to figure out how we can continue training while also maintaining social distancing and following the governor’s orders, but we are still in touch currently with the graduates of our program,” she said.
Nearly 200 women have graduated and received ServSafe food handler certifications through the program, and the nonprofit was able to award certifications to its winter class on March 12 before shutting down for more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each graduate is paired with a job counselor who works one-on-one with them on resume writing, interview skills, and how to search and applying for jobs.
Revenue from the nonprofit is derived from grants, donations and product sales, and Together We Bake also just raised $56,918 from 204 donors in the Spring2ACTion fundraiser on April 15.
Bennett-Parker now anticipates that in-store sales of products like cookies, granola, trail mix and apple chips will be affected, since retailers like Whole Foods on Duke Street, The Old Town Shop and Stomping Ground are being challenged by the pandemic.
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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).
ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.
This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.
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In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
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Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!
This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA