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Share Your Zoo Story

May 3, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is collecting photos and stories from Washington, DC-area African American community members that reflect their experiences or traditions at the Zoo. They would love to hear from you! Your photos and stories will help create a Zoo exhibition in conjunction with the opening of the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more »

Highlights from the 44th Annual Whitney M. Young Memorial Gala

Mar 15, 2016

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the unsung heroes honored at the 44th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Gala which took place last Friday evening at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Other honorees included Gina Adams (FedEx), Tina Frundt (Courtney's House), Ted Leonsis (Monumental Sports & Entertainment), and Patti LaBelle (Recording Artist).  A special Legacy Award was presented to NBC4 television anchor Jim Vance for his outstanding community service during a career spanning more than 40 years. Read more »

The Minimum SNAP Benefit In D.C. Has Been Increased

Mar 7, 2016

The minimum SNAP benefit in D.C. has been increased from $16 to $30 a month. The D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS) retroactively implemented the SNAP Expansion Act of 2014, which increased the minimum monthly SNAP benefit from $16 to $30 using local funding. This increase will benefit more than 12,000 households in all eight wards.

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Volunteers Needed

Mar 7, 2016

The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is seeking volunteers to serve as Academy Mentors, Study Hall Volunteers, and Volunteer coaches to work with children/youth participating in the academy.  The children are in grades 3rd to 6th and reside in wards 7 and 8. Read more »

The Greater Washington Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center Program Names Musician & Entrepreneur Marcus Johnson As Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Feb 11, 2016

The Greater Washington Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center Program (ECP) is excited to welcome musician and entrepreneur Marcus Johnson as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  In this role, Johnson will assist ECP clients in the development of their ideas. He will also assist in identifying and engaging business professionals and corporate entities, encouraging strategic partnerships and funding support to the program. Read more »

GWUL Kicks Off Year-End Campaign On #GivingTuesday

Nov 28, 2015

GWUL will kick off our year-end campaign on #GivingTuesday December 1st and will end on December 31st.  We will raise funds for our utilities assistance program to help families stay safe and warm by keeping the lights, water, and heat on in their homes this winter.  Read more »

GWUL provides over 500 backpacks to returning students

Sep 11, 2015

There was loads of food, entertainment and family fun at GWUL's Back to School Festival held at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage.  Over 500 kids received free backpacks and school supplies as well as free dental screenings, hairstyles, haircuts, and much more! Read more »

GWUL is participating in the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) Community Partnership Program

Aug 27, 2015

GWUL is participating in the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) Community Partnership Program. OPC is an independent District of Columbia Government agency that receives, investigates, and resolves citizen complaints alleging police misconduct by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and D.C. Read more »

10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League

Apr 29, 2015

The National Urban League is calling for reform in law enforcement in its 10-Point Justice Plan. In a statement, President and CEO of the National Urban League Marc Morial said, “The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation. Read more »


Feb 25, 2015

The Greater Washington Urban League is providing Inclusionary Zoning Orientations. The purpose of this training is to teach prospective renters and owners about units that are developed and renovated with funding provided by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development and the DC Housing Finance Agency. Read more »