Community

POPPYOR believes that community is the key to the growth of all things good in this world.  Below are organizations that we have supported in the past or currently work with. If you are interested in more information about these foundations, please click on the link below. Also we have done numerous jewelry pieces for regional and national non-profit organizations. If you are interested in a seeing samples of this work, please contact us.
The philosophy of Burgundy is rooted in the concepts of progressive education, which honors the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children, allowing growth to unfold at each child’s own pace. Through work, exploration, and play, we seek to educate the whole child, not just the intellect. We know from experience and cognitive science that children learn best not only by doing, but also by thinking about what they are doing. Our approach is to stimulate students’ questions and to set the stage for learning with materials, situations, and ideas from which the students can construct their own understanding.
At Burgundy, education is a cooperative enterprise in which a community of students, teachers, and families works together to benefit the educational process.
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by Sally Crowell and other community members who were interested in sharing their artistic expertise with children and adults. Arts instruction classes were held in several Capitol Hill churches until, in the late 1970’s, the organization obtained the use of the old B.B. French School (545 Seventh St, SE) from the District of Columbia government.
The DC Collaborative believes that the arts—inclusive of music, visual arts, theater, dance, and literary arts—are central to the education of every student. A community-based partnership organization, now 80 members strong, the DC Collaborative works to promote quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child.
FAIR FUND’S JEWELGIRLS
Fair Fund works to prevent human trafficking of youth worldwide by building community leadership, providing education and empowerment programs, and offering compassionate intervention services.
The Foundation, is a Haitian non-profit microfinance institution on the cutting edge of the delivery of rural financial services. It opens and incubates new branches, nurturing them to profitability, while at the same time developing and testing new products, providing educational programs for all Fonkoze clients and measuring the progress clients are making in lifting themselves out of poverty.
GEORGETOWN GALLERY GAZE
Fine art, wearable art to adorn, and artful patrons will be there. All are invited to explore the festivities along the cobble-stoned streets of Georgetown, enjoying, appreciating, and socializing with an array of local and visiting artists that each gallery spotlights monthly.  This is no longer running, however it was a great event… hope to see it again!
Committed to challenging our students with a rigorous, innovative, and well-rounded educational program that helps our students build life-long learning skills. By fostering a climate of responsibility, respect, and empowerment, we celebrate the diversity and rich heritage of our school, our community and our world.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is made up of more than 2,200 highly trained volunteers dedicated to improving the community through effective action and leadership. The JLW makes a difference by supporting adult, children’s, and cultural literacy initiatives in the greater Washington, DC, area through hands-on volunteering and fundraising efforts that support the important work of our community partners.
Lowell’s mission is to create an inclusive community of life-long learners in which each individual is valued and respected. Our charge, then, is to strengthen minds, ensure equity, and honor individuality.
Ben W. Murch Elementary School promotes excellence in education. Teachers, staff, parents, and community members are collectively committed to all children achieving at high levels. We foster the development of lifelong learners who are confident, competent, and contributing citizens of our global society.
Taking visions and ideas from Texas A&M University and turn them into connections and results in our Nation’s Capital.
Founded in 1971, is a private, non-profit, co-educational day school for elementary and middle school students with mild to moderate learning differences. Our students are of average to above average potential and exhibit a discrepancy between their potential and their current level of achievement.
RISE & SHINE
Since 1988, Rise n’ Shine, has been providing emotional support programs, stability, advocacy, and AIDS education for children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS. This includes children and teens who have been orphaned by the disease, children and teens who live with a parent or other close family member with HIV/AIDS, and those who are infected themselves.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
To nurture a diverse group of students to become lifelong, active participants in their own education, develop a sense of self and community, and become responsible and compassionate members of society.
The Washington Lawyers’ Committee was established in 1968 to provide pro bono legal services to address discrimination and entrenched poverty in the Washington, DC community. The Washington Lawyers’ Committee executes its mission by leveraging its own broad expertise with the resources of DC’s private bar to effect positive change in the community.
Their mission, to change lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. They envision a world in which all young adults affected by cancer will have access to the resources necessary to thrive.
Teen with a Dream™ is one of the only national cancer charities founded specifically for children by a childhood cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, 14-year old Spencer Harrison spent most of 2003 fighting for his life. While the year was a tough one for both Spencer and his family, the 14-year-old chose to draw strength from his experience and help others undergoing the lonely, painful process of chemotherapy.

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