September Blood Drive at Westminster Church

Someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, yet less than 10% of Americans donate blood. Westminster Presbyterian Church (401 I St. SW) is helping our community meet its needs by hosting an Inova Blood Service drive on Saturday, Sept.18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There are lots of reasons to donate […]

Pop-up Arboretum Hanging Out in Lansburgh Park

By District Department of Transportation Staff DDOT Urban Forestry Division and Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) are collaborating on a new initiative, a pop-up arboretum in Lansburgh Park, launching around August 2. The pop-up arboretum is a temporary exhibit of nineteen notable trees ranging from a young paw paw tree to mature yellow buckeye trees. […]

They Practice What They Preach

By Wilma Goldstein For 25 years, Brian and Ruth Hamilton have served as co-pastors at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 4th and I Streets in DC’s Southwest neighborhood.  “I think a church really needs to be a community center and has the responsibility of organizing around all kinds of issues and problems […]

Breast Cancer Support Group June Meeting a Wild Success

By Southwester Staff The Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF) kicked off the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence’s (FDA-OCE) Project Community Initiative “National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week: Engaging the Generations” (June 17 – June 23, 2021) at its June Support Group meeting. The Breast Cancer Fund’s’s effort dovetailed the FDA-OCE Initiative’s commitment to […]

Donation Lifts Youth Programming on Buzzard Point

  By Southwester Staff Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region provides experiential learning to young people in Southwest and beyond. This summer, local middle school students participated in a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) camp at the James C. Dent House Community Center on Buzzard Point. These programs earned financial support from […]

Op-Ed: Auditor’s Report Reveals DCHA Continues to Neglect Lead Issues

By Cameron Etessami and Rachael Davis, Members of Southwest Action A November report from the Office of the DC Auditor (ODCA) highlighted major concerns regarding lead-based paint exposure in public housing. The Report asserts that the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) largely neglected to execute proper lead abatement after hazards were noted in the mandatory lead-risk […]