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Win a Trip to NYC!

Posted by [email protected] on April 13, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi folks, apologies for the hiatus from blog writing, but we are back with a very exciting opportunity. You could win a FREE trip to New York City! We are offering FIVE sponsorships for a trip to the 9/11 memorial and museum next week on April 30, 2016. We can sponsor two children 7 yrs old & under, and up to three youth between 8-17 yrs old. See details below on how to win:

7 yrs old & under: No contest! The first two parents who reply to this email with names and ages of children, an email address, phone number, and street address will be guaranteed a spot. We will then send a field trip form and solidify details of the trip.

8 - 17 yrs old: Answer one of the following questions in 500 words or less and send your response to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday, April 22, 2016. We will then send a field trip form to the winners and solidify details of the trip.

- Describe a moment in history (such as 9/11) that has impacted your own community, and detail how you can help your community move forward for the better.

- What will you take away from this trip that will allow you to be a better person and community member?

- What are some of your personal goals and how would a trip to New York City help you achieve them?

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Posted by [email protected] on February 5, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The best way to spread the love this Valentine's Day is... shopping on AmazonSmile for your loved ones!

Yes, that's right, we are asking you to purchase gifts on Amazon for the upcoming holiday. Why? Well, when you shop at the link below, Amazon will donate to Reach Back Spring Forward. We think it is incredible that Amazon has created this simple yet effective way of blessing the lives of others. And all you have to do is shop!

Link here:

National Mentoring Month

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Menth? As an organization that was founded because of a passion for mentoring, we couldn't be more excited about this initiative. We can say from experience that mentoring has a powerful and positive impact on the lives of mentees as well as mentors. This month we will continue our mentoring program with our mentees in the DC metro area. Our next big event with our mentees will be a Alvin Ailey show at the Kennedy Center in February. We can't wait to see what our mentees think of the experience. We have seen progress and change in their lives already, and look forward to continuing to see positive progress.

Important dates in National Mentoring Month:

  • Thursday, January 14 is "I am a mentor" day - share a post about your mentee or why you love mentoring!
  • Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr National Day of Service - include even a moment of service as you enjoy your day off from work or school!
  • Thursday, January 21 is "Thank your mentor" day - send a note or make a phonecall to someone who has been a mentor in your life!

We look forward to seeing what you all do to increase your service, mentoring, or volunteerism this month. See for more information about the month.

The New Year is here!

Posted by [email protected] on January 1, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We hope you all took the time to reflect on your 2015 and find lots of positive experiences in it. We certainly are grateful for all that we accomplished and were able to give to others. Our Pop-up Shop turned out to be a great success, and there is no better feeling than providing services for those in need.

We are more than excited for the New Year. Among other things, we plan to take our mentee to an Alvin Ailey dance show in February, hold a Spring Pop-up Shop, create care packages for homeless youth. We cannot wait to push harder to do better in our mission to help at-risk populations.

Wishing you all the best as we move into 2016! Email [email protected] for questions or to get involved.

What is homeless?

Posted by [email protected] on December 17, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Homeless Popup Shop is only two days away! We are stoked to be able to put this shop together to provide clothing for residents of shelters in the DC area. The thing about living in a homeless shelter is that it doesn't mean you are unemployed or uneducated. The population we serve through our popup shops are individuals and families who may have a regular job or be in school. They may be in transition or otherwise temporarily homeless. Does this mean they should be dressed in rags? Absolutely not. Our goal is to provide stylish clothing in good condition to residents of homeless and domestic violence shelters so that they can maintain appearances at work and school.

This fact (that many "homeless" people are in school or working) should help change our perspective on what it means to be homeless. The stereotype is a smelly, poorly dressed bum (as harsh as that sounds), but this is simply not reality. We ask you to be mindful of what it means to be homeless as you go about your holiday season. This season is the perfect time to show compassion to those who are without a permanent home. Donate on our home page to support the services we provide to those in need. 

Our First Year

Posted by [email protected] on December 11, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to believe that the year is almost over. It has been an incredibly exciting year for Reach Back Spring Forward. We got our nonprofit status this summer, and things have only picked up since then. We welcomed a marketing assistant to the team last month to help us keep up with our social media (email [email protected] if you have anything to add or topics you'd like to hear about). We will close out the year with a Homeless Pop-up Shop on December 19 (email [email protected] to donate clothes!).

Although we only became "official" this year, we have been providing resources for at-risk youth for years, and our first Homeless Pop-up Shop was in the fall of 2014. Over the years we found ourselves in mentoring and tutoring roles with various youth in DC and throughout the country. We are so passionate about helping at-risk populations that we wanted to be able to give the best services. So, we decided to pursue starting our own nonprofit, and here we are today! We are so thankful for the support we've had in getting to this point, and can't wait to see what happens next.

Stay tuned for big projects to be revealed in the new year...

Giving Tuesday

Posted by [email protected] on December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This past Tuesday, December 1, 2015 was "Giving Tuesday". Didn't know that was a thing? It is a tradition started only four years ago by a cultural center in New York City in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and has since become a global phenomenon. The tradition occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday--two of the largest shopping days. Now we have Giving Tuesday to celebrate philanthropy and generosity. The day allows organizations to use the power of social media to bring about positive change for people and communities.

Read more about the tradition at

We would like to thank all who donated on Giving Tuesday, whether you donated to Reach Back Spring Forward or any other charity/nonprofit with a good cause. Thank you for being a compassionate global citizen committed to helping others. We thank those who donated to our cause. You have given us means to provide more clothing for the homeless, better resources for our mentoring program, and supplies to fill care packages for youth in foster care. Your simple act of giving has started a chain reaction of good and will benefit an unlimited number of people, families, and communities.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by [email protected] on November 26, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday we want to remember what we are thankful for. We are thankful for our jobs, our homes, our family and friends, the resources we have to be able to give to and share with others, and to live in a free country. We reflect on what we have, and realize that there are very many people in this world who do not have as much as we do. There are people who are unemployed, who are homeless, who are lonely, and has less than we do. We encourage everyone to celebrate what they have, and give what they can to those in need. Today is a day to enjoy time with loved ones, to eat healthy amounts of delicious food, and count your blessings. We all have something to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving! 

After the holiday is over, don't forget that we are collecting new or gently used clothing for our next homeless pop-up shop, which will take place December 19. If you have anything to donate, please email [email protected] We are also looking for financial contributions to close inventory gaps for our shop. Send us an email if you can contribute! Thank you!

#thankful #tooblessedtobestressed #thanksgiving


Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

An 8 year old boy wandered through the racks of clothing as his mother was helped by a personal shopper. He was overwhelmed by the amount of clothing brought in to the shelter where he and his mother were staying for the time being. He looked down at his tattered shoes and old t shirt. His mother tried to find something for him, but there was nothing in his size.

This was Reach Back Spring Forward's very first Pop-up Shop. Unfortunately we did not have any clothing for this young boy, but we recorded his mother's contact information and took down his clothing and shoe size. Later we were able to purchase him two new outfits and two pairs of shoes. The boy and his mother had moved from that shelter but we were able to contact her and deliver the items for her son.

Reach Back Spring Forward has been very focused on partnering with homeless shelters in and around DC to setup “Homeless Pop-up Shops.” An RBSF Pop-up Shop is a true experience. We deliver new and gently used items to families in transition. These are homeless families who are still working and going to school everyday as they look for safe, secure and stable housing. We collect clothing for men, women and children of all ages. As we set up more and more shops and receive donations and other funding we are able to have a wider variety of clothing. We take the shop to the shelter and setup a mobile boutique for the day. Residents are able to come in and choose as many items as they like free of charge. The pop-up shop is set up with racks and tables and mirrors, the residents are catered to. Volunteers assess their wardrobe needs and deliver personal shopper services to each and every resident.

It’s so rewarding to see the shift in resident’s attitudes from arrival to departure. They enter skeptical about the quality of the inventory. They have low expectations. But when we place that first mannequin at the entry door, the line starts to form. They can’t wait to enter the shop and find decent, current, stylish clothing options for themselves and their children. This experience quickly turns into more than just receiving free clothing. It is a total social gathering where conversations are had, stories are shared, and numbers are exchanged.

In the case of the 8 year old boy at our first shop, the inventory gap was filled with our personal funds. In the future we plan to use donations and grant funding to fill gaps in advance to minimize those types of occurrences. If you'd like to donate or become involved in our shops, please email [email protected]

Thank you for reading!

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


On June 4, 2015, please join us in the campaign! Please donate to RBSF! Your donation will be used to provide tutoring and mentoring to DC inner city youth! Help us, help the youth of the Nation's Capital!