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Pro Bono and Community Support


The National Capital Chapter's Pro Bono and Community Support Committee is dedicated to the following two objectives:

  • Providing pro bono work for organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area
  • Leading the chapter's charitable involvements in the greater Washington, D.C. area

What We Do

This philanthropic committee provides critical communications expertise to local agencies and organizations. Members provide pro bono public relations strategy and tactical work for organizations in need of assistance. The committee also leads the Chapter’s charitable and community service work, which includes working with the Thoth Awards Committee to organize the charitable component of the Thoth Awards event.

Who We Are Looking For

We welcome new committee members who want to:

  • Find worthy organizations in need of public relations help, and provide the help
  • Work with important local organizations in need of communications guidance
  • Strategize the Chapter’s charitable involvements, and help to organize the charity component of the Thoth Awards in September
  • Get creative about all of the above – put your unique mark on it!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Create Pro Bono and Charitable Involvement Strategy
  • Meet as a Committee on a regular basis; frequency is decided by the committee
  • Interface with Thoth Awards Committee to plan the charitable component of the awards event
  • Interface with charitable organizations
  • Organize selection of pro bono clients and the help they need
  • Evaluate success and identify improvement areas for the Committee and our work

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Resume and portfolio-building pro bono work – impressive to current and potential employers
  • Networking among a variety of Washington, D.C. area organizations
  • Gain experience in corporate social responsibility,  philanthropy, community service, community relations and event planning
  • Be a strategist as well as a tactical advisor
  • Make a real contribution to organizations who need you!

Meet Our Current Client

The National Capital Chapter's Pro Bono and Community Support Committee is currently working with the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA), a coalition of youth-engaged organizations, youth and concerned residents formed to ensure that all children and youth in the District of Columbia have access to high-quality and affordable developmental opportunities. The committee works closely with the organization to determine priorities and assist in the development of a strategic public relations plan and accompanying tools and collateral.

How to Join the Committee

Contact our committee leaders:
Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Lauren.Lawson@goodwill.org
Jennifer Byrd, Jennifer.Byrd@usn.salvationarmy.org

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