Throughout three decades of considerable growth, Midtown has committed to giving back by investing in causes that are close to our community, and our hearts.
Based in DC, Midtown is eager to give back to the community, donating resources and our time. Throughout the years, Midtown employees have collected food for Capital Area Food Bank and volunteered their time by taking shifts prepare food at the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK), our recent Giving Tuesday Partner. This community kitchen fights hunger by training jobless adults for culinary careers and then hiring many of their own graduates to prepare millions of meals for homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofits each year. The kitchen prevents the waste of millions of pounds of nutritious food and expands access to healthy, local options in food deserts across DC.
Midtown also participates in the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program, ensuring local children receive gifts during the holiday season. The program serves more than 6,000 families around DC. For many of the children, the gifts they receive through the Angel Tree are the only ones they open on Christmas morning. Midtown sponsors as many as five children each year, collaborating to purchase and wrap the items on each wish list.
For 21 years, Midtown was involved with Raechel’s Women’s Center, helping women in DC step up and out of homelessness. Our President, Helen
Stefan Moreau served as a board member and vice chair, earning “Board Member of the Year” in 2007 and 2008. In fact, that’s where she was introduced to Ward Howick, who became her Vice President at Midtown. The center provided social services, housing, food, hygiene, clothing, case management, and social events for women in need. While Rachael’s Women’s Center is no longer operating, Moreau and Howick ensure Midtown’s continued sponsorship of similar organizations, such as HER Resiliency Center and House of Ruth.
Currently, Moreau serves as Vice Chair of Studio Samuel, an Ethiopia-based non-profit ensuring at-risk girls and women overcome endless obstacles to complete their education and learn valuable life skills. The “Training for Tomorrow” program provides mentoring, counseling, self-defense training, occupational training, and feminine hygiene education.
Midtown’s generous involvement guarantees each girl will receive healthcare in addition to life-changing skills. For many, their Studio Samuel experience is the first time they will be seen by a healthcare provider.
Every October, Midtown partners with Studio Samuel to celebrate International Day of the Girl.
For more than a decade, Midtown has been involved with organizations helping people battling cancer. Midtown’s largest annual donations are made to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a non-profit solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection, and Living in Pink, a group working to improve the lives of those living with breast cancer, celebrate survivors, and find a cure. Not only is Moreau a “Pink Power” sponsor for Living in Pink, but all of Midtown regularly participates in their annual luncheon, as well as the “Running in Pink” 5K to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
In the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we teamed up with local restaurants, Fat Pete’s BBQ and Chef Geoff’s, to donate hundreds of meals to the staff serving on the frontline of the pandemic at The George Washington University Hospital in DC. We are incredibly grateful for the brave teams at our local hospitals and medical centers for the sacrifices they make to help our nation fight COVID-19.
Midtown also encourages employees to take the lead each month by suggesting their own causes to support. Once agreed upon, Midtown spends the week raising awareness and gathering donations (which will be matched by the company). Employees wear jeans to signify they have contributed to that month’s charity and Moreau often invites speakers from the selected organization to visit Midtown. While these visitors share their mission and educate employees about social issues, they also offer additional opportunities to get involved.
Some of Midtown’s favorite non-profits include the Humane Rescue Alliance, a local group committed to protecting and advocating for animals in the DC community, and So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that helps the poor and homeless with food, clothing, healthcare, affordable housing, job training, treatment and counseling. When it’s time for kids DC to go back to school, Midtown contributes to DonorsChoose.org, to help teachers fund classroom projects and get their students the supplies they need. Midtown also supports the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Midtown employees have also chosen to partner with socially conscious organizations such as the DC Center for the LGBT Community, SMYAL empowering LBGTQ youth, and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).