How One SWBID Team Member Inspired a Homeless Outreach Plan

Every day, Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) employee Jerome “Oatmeal” McRae talks to the people who live on the street in Southwest DC. Oatmeal makes a point to ask them whether they are hungry, whether they need anything, and how they’re feeling. He listens and offers help when he can. “He has a gift,” says Andre […]

Congratulations to Ms. Eula Ratliff, Seabury Ward 6’s 2016 Senior Celebration Honoree!

Ms. Eula Ratliff, Seabury Ward 6 volunteer, was one of 43 honorees recognized at this year’s Senior Celebration at the Washington National Cathedral. The Senior Celebration recognizes the many volunteer gifts that older adults give to their congregations and community. Ms. Ratliff (pictured), receives her certificate of recognition from Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of Washington, at this year’s Senior […]

Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund Benefit Concert

The inaugural benefit concert for the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJ BCF) held recently at Westminster Church achieved its goals and was a remarkable success. The benefit provided excellent entertainment, served delightful food, raised needed funds, and was lots of fun. Sponsored by Safeway, Blind Whino Southwest Arts Club, Black Benefactors, World ATM Company, […]

Annual DC CROP Walk Scheduled for May 17

(photo caption: Southwest residents Terry Crabtree, Rev. Martha Clark, Corrine and David Scottpause for a photo at last year’s DC Crop Walk.) The annual District of Columbia CROP Hunger Walk and Food Drive will be held on May 17, 2014 at Franklin Square Park (950 13th St NW) at 11 am.  This year’s DC CROP (Communities Responding […]

Doing Good: Paul “Big South” Taylor, Legendary Community Hero

Every afternoon around 3:45pm the kids hurry to the recreation center to start their after school program and almost daily they are greeted by a towering 6-foot-7-inch man with long, silver-lined dreadlocks known as Paul “Big South” Taylor. One by one they acknowledge him as “South” while signing in as they proceed to the designated homework […]

Doing Good: Coach Horse and April Hines

Editor’s Note: “Doing Good” is The Southwester’s newest monthly column. Have someone in mind who is making an impact in our community? Please send your articles to editor@thesouthwester.com. Helping others has always been very important to the Hines family. As a result of their passion and commitment, Ronald and April Hines have given their adult lives to […]