From Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <[email protected]>
Subject Year End Newsletter
Date December 24, 2020 12:59 PM
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Normally this time of year our office would have just seen many of you at our annual Ward 5 holiday party. While that wasn't possible this year, I look forward to renewing that tradition next year. Many of our neighbors need our support this holiday season, I am proud of my office and community partners that helped us hold a Ward 5 Toy and Meal Giveaway that past Saturday. Our team was able to hand out over 500 toys, and in partnership with Firefighters Union Local 36 and StepAfrika delivered more than 700 hot meals to Ward 5 residents and 500 packages of PPE in the Brentwood neighborhood. On Monday, I was at the Children’s Guild Public Charter School giving out masks, backpacks, and sneakers generously provided by Russell Westbrook. I also handed out toys with volunteers from Purpose Is Life and Georgetown Prep to families in the Langston Carver community.

Despite this year's unprecedented challenges, I have been inspired to see our community stand up to support one another. As we move into 2021 I will continue calling for an equitable recovery from this COVID-induced recession and fight for further investments in Ward 5.

My family and I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and I look forward to working together for a brighter New Year.

In service,

In this issue of the Ward 5 Report:

* Kenyan in The News
* Kenyan in the Community
* Small Business Spotlight
* Indoor Dining Suspended until January 15th
* Covid-19 Updates and Holiday Guidelines

** Kenyan in The News
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Watch ([link removed][UNIQID]) Councilmember McDuffie shares his thoughts on the appointment of new Police Chief Robert Contee on Fox 5.

Read ([link removed][UNIQID]) Councilmember McDuffie's full statement on the selection of Robert J. Contee III as the next Police Chief here. ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Kenyan in the Community
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More toys and more happy children. We gave out more than 200 toys provided by Purpose Is Life to children of all ages in the Langston Carver community on Monday.
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** Small Business Spotlight
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The $100 million Bridge Fund modeled after the Business Support Grant Emergency Amendment Act authored by CM McDuffie, is now open for applications from the entertainment industry.

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To be considered for grant-funded technical assistance and storefront improvement projects, fill out this application ([link removed][UNIQID]) and submit it by January 22nd at 5 PM.

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1863 Ventures has announced the 3 Rs $500K grant program to empower Black business owners over the next 4 months. This program provides $5000 in grant funding, tailored business coaching, and specialized learning opportunities.

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** Indoor Dining Suspended until January 15th

** Covid-19 Updates and Holiday Guidelines

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You may view the Mayor's full December 21st Situational update on Covid-19 here ([link removed][UNIQID]) .

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