Last week, a group of DC’s young professionals set out to make this Mother’s Day life-changing for two Washington, DC moms. Yachad (which means “together” in Hebrew), a DC non-profit that builds bridges by building communities, launched their first ever young professional network, Yachad United.
“Yachad United is a group of DC’s young professionals looking for an alternative way to network,” says Jason Kastner, Yachad Board member and co-founder of Yachad United. “We won’t just be meeting people at a happy hour, but getting to know people as we go out into our community, roll up our sleeves, and work together with neighbors who need our help.”
As the new members of Yachad United learned at the launch party, this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13th) they will help a family in the Trinidad neighborhood rehabilitate their home. Yachad Uniters, as they are called, will help to fundraise at least $2,500 to cover the cost of the repairs to the home (including flooring, painting, drywall and plumbing). The repair work would cost closer to $8,000, but Yachad uses volunteer labor and partnerships with local contractors to stretch the donations exponentially. Once the goal is met (Yachad Uniters will be split into teams — Singles and Couples — to compete for the most collected donations), they will meet on May 13th, supervised by a Yachad Construction Manager, and do the hands-on repairs side by side with the family. After the repairs are done, they will all go out to a local H Street bar and celebrate. The winning fundraising team will enjoy a donated keg.
The family being assisted consists of the homeowner, a fifty-seven-year-old woman who has lived in the house for 30 years, her adult daughter, and her nine-year-old grandson. Both women work but have found it impossible to keep up on all of the older house’s needs. This is a common issue for many homeowners in DC, and something that Yachad works year-round to address.
If you would like to join Yachad United, you can contact Kendra Rubinfeld at Kendra@Yachad-dc.org.