The Newtown Foundation and Children of Mine Youth Center
Contact: Ms. Nardyne Jefferies or Mrs. Hannah Hawkins
“AN ACT OF KINDNESS: DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE” IN WASHINGTON, DC
2263 Mt. View Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020
Day: (202) 610-1055
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cell: (202) 290-7034
MOTHER OF 2010 SOUTH CAPITOL STREET MASSACRE VICTIM, BRISHELL JONES, AND THE CHILDREN OF MINE YOUTH CENTER. INC., A LOCAL NON-PROFIT COMMUNIY ORGANIZATION, HOSTS NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT (SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL) FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FOR AN “ACT OF KINDNESS: DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE” IN WASHINGTON, DC
Washington, D.C.— On December 12, just two days before the one-year anniversary of the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., The Newtown Foundation is bringing one hundred volunteers to Washington, DC to perform community service in what they are calling “An Act of Kindness: Day of Community Service’.
In support of the people from Newtown, Ms. Nardyne Jefferies, the mother of Brishell Jones who was gunned down on South Capitol Street, along with ten other young people in March of 2010, and Mrs. Hannah Hawkins, Founder and Director of the Children of Mine Youth Center, an after-school safe haven for young people in Anacostia, along with several local schools, churches, community organizations, and agencies, are helping the Newtown volunteers to perform their “Act of Kindness: Day of Community Service” in Washington, DC.
Participating in this meaningful and inspiring project, besides the Children of Mine Youth Center, will be Savoy Elementary School, Anacostia Senior High School, First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, The Temple of Praise, First Priority Tours (an African American Woman owned Motor Coach Bus Company), the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Ward 8 Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DC Central Kitchen, SOME (So Others Might Eat), the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership, A Local (unnamed) Safe House for Victims of Domestic Violence, Organized Chaos Ryderz (a local motorcycle club), the Metropolitan Police Department, and the United States Coast Guard.
According to Ms. Jefferies, “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to support, as a community, another community that has had such a terrible experience…that of losing so many children at one time to such an horrific act of violence.”
Mrs. Hawkins, who welcomes Newtown to DC, goes on to say that “… volunteers will be dispersed throughout the City during the day, to perform such tasks as cleaning, lawn and gardening cleanup, painting, library book cataloging, and the organization of study and tutorial areas for afterschool”.
After the Act of Kindness: Day of Community Service, the Newtown Foundation Coordinators have announced, that “… the volunteers will gather at the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest, where they will conduct a National vigil service of mourning and remembrance. For more information on the service at the National Cathedral please connect at rally.org/vigil or newtownfoundation.org. This sacred gathering will set a tone of somber remembrance of the tragic shooting—a tragedy that motivated the American people to action. In addition to the Newtown community, the event will draw people and leaders…from across the country”.
Awards and Recognition
Trailways Transportation System’s (Trailways) Board of Directors has elected Marcia Milton, founder, President and CEO of First Priority Trailways, which is based in District Heights, Maryland. Milton is the mid-term (2012-2015) replacement who will represent the organization’s Northeast Region.
Vision Award-United Motorcoach Association presented to First Priority Tours for being a solution for social issues
First Priority Tours became Trailways Certified for Membership
American Bus Association presented to Marcia Milton in appreciation of her leadership and inspiration as Chairman of the ABA Diversity Committee 2003-2005
Prince George's County Women Business Owners presented First Priority Trailways the Higher Height Award
COMTO Meteropolitan DC Chapter presented Marcia Milton the Woman of Power Influencing the Quality of Life in our Region Award
Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce presented Marcia Milton the Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Marcia Milton, CEO was presented the 2007 Bus Ride Motorcoach Industry Award for Achievement, Excellence, Commitment and Accomplishment
First Priority Trailways was presented the Illuminating New Horizon Award by Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) with the cooperative promotion Award Intergrated Campaign or Continuing Program
First Priority Trailways received a top rating of "1" from the Department of Defense indicating we are doing an outstanding job maintaining compliance with both the Military Bus Agreement and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation