Friends of SW DC

Friends of Southwest DC serves non-profit organizations in SW DC by supporting organizations that conduct educational, community development and charitable programs.



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Students Taught Organization and Respect through Mentoring – is a non-profit organization that works with at-risk kids at the middle school level.

In 2016 STORM used a grant from Friends of Southwest DC to take students from Jefferson Academy on an educational-cultural trip to Historical Hampton, Virginia. The purpose of the trip was to teach the youth the importance of culture and Black History and expose them to HBCU’s Hampton University and Norfolk State College.

Sites visited on the trip included:

Emancipation Oak, believed to be the place where Lincoln’s famous proclamation was first read to Hampton slaves

Hampton University Museum, one of the oldest African-American museums in the country

Little England Chapel, the only known African-American chapel in the state

Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe, which tell the story of Freedom Fort, the refuge for thousands of runaway slaves during the Civil War

See pictures from the trip here: HamptonVA-pictures


In 2017, STORM requested, and received, a grant for an educational weekend trip to Philadelphia to visit several musuems and universities. 

Here is an excerpt of what they said about that trip:

"DC STORM, Inc. would like to thank the Friends of Southwest DC for allocating the funds for another educational experience for our young men. We had loads of fun and learned a lot while visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Franklin Institute was one of the highlights of our trip. There were so many scientific activities for the boys which required plenty of body movements and hands on experience."

See pictures from the Philadelphia trip here: Philadelphia2017-pictures


Friends of Southwest DC
389 O Street SW, Washington, DC 20024