Amy was named A Wider Circle’s President & CEO in July 2021, after having served as A Wider Circle’s Interim President & CEO since January 2021. She has been with the organization as a staff member since 2017, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, and spent many years prior as a volunteer.
Director, Ward 8 Hub
Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Neighborhood Partnerships Assistant
Advocate, Partnership to Independence
Senior Coordinator, Essential Support
Liz Anne Ganiban
Senior Director, Partnership to Independence
Manager, Essential Support
Director, Essential Support
Coordinator, Essential Support
Program Manager, Community Engagement
Senior Coordinator, Essential Support
Coordinator, Essential Support
Senior Coordinator, Essential Support
Senior Inventory Coordinator
Mary Ann Lightfoot
Call Specialist, Scheduling
Gail Troussoff Marks
Director, Grants & Contracts
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Board of Directors
Global Energy Institute
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Executive Managing Director
Vice President of Aerospace,
Defense and Government Services
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jason Dahl, CFP
Director of Financial Planning Services
AFS Financial Group, LLC
Pat Hall Jaynes, SPHR
The HR Source
Director, US State and Local Government Affairs, Mid-Atlantic
Senior Vice President,
Senior Managing Director
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Financial Security Program
Impact Investor, Former CEO
Network for Good
Vice President, Sales
Washington Business Journal
Elisse Barnes, JD, PhD
Owner & Lead Trainer
Of A Certain Vintage Workforce Education, LLC
Deputy Chief Development Officer
Amnesty International USA
Senior Director, Audit Technology
Program Director and Faculty
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Supporters & Partners
Whether you give your time and talent by volunteering, your treasure with an in-kind donation, or monetary gifts of any size, we are grateful for your support. Below, we recognize those who donated $10,000 or more in FY2022.
- 4C Partners
- A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
- A.L. Luria Foundation
- Adventist HealthCare
- Alice Shaver Foundation
- Ammerman Family Foundation
- The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation
- Astris Finance
- Avalon Bay Communities, Inc.
- Aviv Foundation Inc.
- Ayasha and Matthew Sharron Foundation
- David and Naomi Balto
- Stephen and Heidi Bauer
- Benson Family Charitable Fund
- Constance Bernard
- Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
- Bozzuto & Associates, Inc.
- Stacey Brandenburg and Derek Ludwin
- Lisa Braverman
- The Honorable Ann W. Brown
- Rick and Laurie Calder
- Capital One Services, LLC
- CareFirst BlueChoice
- Charles Hazlehurst Moura Family Foundation
- Chevy Chase United Methodist Church
- H. Lawrence Clark
- Clark-Winchcole Foundation
- Edward Cohen and Charlene Barshefsky
- Commonwealth Cares Fund inc.
- Melvin and Esther Cooperman
- Cora and John H. Davis Foundation
- David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation
- DC Wise Inc
- Joseph Deal
- Discovery Communications
- The Donohoe Companies, Inc.
- Anita Dunn
- Marty and Eden Durbin
- The E. Bryce and Harriet Alpern Foundation
- Mohamed and Elaine El Khawas
- Estate of Kathleen Cooper
- Pamela and Richard Feinstein
- Andrew and Elizabeth Fenzel
- Ferris Family Foundation
- FJ Capital Management LLC
- Deborah and Gary Ford
- Foulger Family Foundation
- Adena and Mike Friedman
- Sean and Cathleen Fromm
- FTI Consulting
- Fullen-Smith Foundation
- George Preston Marshall Foundation
- The George W. Bauer Family Foundation
- Judith Gillespie and Samuel Krislov
- Gratis Foundation
- Phil Green
- Pat Gross
- William Hanlon
- Jessie Harris and Woody Cunningham
- HMS Host Foundation
- The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
- JBG Smith
- Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
- Johnson Family Foundation
- Joe and Bridget Judge
- Andrew and Ariane Katz
- Maria Kenny
- Gladys Kessler
- Lawrence A Guest Revocable Trust
- The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc.
- MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation
- E.S. Metcalf
- J.A. Metcalf
- The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp
- PepsiCo, Inc.
- Miriam Perlberg
- The Phase Foundation
- Phillips 66
- Leslie Pick
- PNC Foundation
- Suzanne Priebatsch
- Frances Raynor and Craig Hillman
- Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation
- Room & Board
- Bonnie and Bruce Rosenthal
- Phyllis Rumbarger
- Jonathan Schnitzer
- Share Fund
- Sidgmore Family Foundation
- Robert H. Sievers
- Ruth Sorenson
- Linda Stitt
- Mary and Paul Sullivan
- TD Bank
- TD Charitable Foundation
- Tegna Foundation
- TowerCares Foundation
- Vesta, Inc
- Washington Gas Light Company
- Washington Nationals Philanthropies
- Wells Fargo
- Laura Wertheimer and Andrew Pincus
- White Family Charitable Foundation
- The Wolpoff Family Foundation
Service and Advocacy Partners
We are incredibly grateful to work with more than 300 nonprofits, government agencies, and community groups who refer individuals and families to our services, partner with us to deliver programming, and provide support to clients referred by A Wider Circle’s resource navigation service.
We are also proud to be members of two coalitions in our efforts to advocate for a future without poverty:
- The Poor People’s Campaign:
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival picks up the unfinished work of the original Poor People’s Campaign, started by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Today, the campaign works across the country
to “shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people” by confronting poverty, systemic racism, ecological devestation, among other interlocking
issues. Through our Advocacy program, we work with the Poor People’s Campaign’s
Maryland and Montgomery County chapters.
- The Way Home Campaign: The Way Home Campaign brings together 110 organizations and over 7,000 voters to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. The campaign advocates for budgets and policies that put our unhoused neighbors first.
Since 2001, A Wider Circle has served thousands of individuals and families living in poverty. Through our holistic approach we provide families with furniture, beds, and essentials; work with job seekers to attain stable, substantive employment; and bring much-needed services and programs directly to under-resourced neighborhoods.
We cannot do this work alone. Join our team and share your talent and skills to help end poverty in our region. We are seeking dedicated individuals to serve in a variety of positions.
A Wider Circle is committed to having a team that is diverse and ensuring that all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender (including gender identity or expression), religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, or other non-merit factor. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
We care about the health of all in our shared space. As of May 12, 2023, in accordance with the end of the federal public health emergency, we have suspended our policy requiring staff members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy may be reinstated if we deem it necessary to do so (e.g., due to a spike in COVID cases in the region).
A Wider Circle follows the CDC-recommended COVID safety protocols, including optional but encouraged mask-wearing, the washing and sanitizing of hands, and staying at home if you have recently recovered from or were exposed to COVID-19.
The mission of A Wider Circle is to advance equity in the greater Washington, DC region by fostering the exchange of goods, skills, and connections from neighbor to neighbor, and by engaging in advocacy to address the root causes of poverty.
Internships are offered to undergraduate or graduate students for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Our main requirement for interns is a passion for serving people and a belief that your work can make a difference in the lives of others. A Wider Circle is focused on providing meaningful learning experiences, where interns are trained on the fundamental job responsibilities of working in a nonprofit setting.
We foster professional growth by providing training, mentoring, evaluation, and supervision. Interns work between 12–30 hours per week, depending on their course schedule.
- To get an overview of the operations of a non-profit organization and its different departments and functions.
- To gain professional work experience that complements the student’s academic studies.
- To learn about the challenges faced by individuals and families living in poverty.
Interns can choose to work in one of the following areas:
Position #1 (10-15 hour weekly commitment)
A direct service role in which you can assist individuals and families as they come to A Wider Circle to select basic need items and receive other services through our Essential Support Program. Conducting confidential intake sessions, guiding clients through our process from beginning to end, documenting testimonials, and conducting confirmation calls for appointments are key parts of this placement. In addition, conducting confidential follow-up telephone interviews to identify how we can serve clients more holistically and measure the impact of our services are key parts of this placement. An orientation toward excellent customer service is necessary for this position.
In this internship, you will develop and hone research skills by collecting and analyzing investigative qualitative and quantitative data, which will inform research team members, staff, volunteers, and contributors about issues that relate to A Wider Circle’s programs. These issues may include research on furniture banks, programs related to our community-based programs, and other relevant non-profits. Other responsibilities include data cleaning and analysis of our programs.
Interns in this role will work directly with our Development team, providing critical support for our fundraising efforts. Responsibilities include assisting with prospect research for potential individual, corporate, and foundation partners; assisting with the development of draft language for outreach to prospective partners; supporting the administrative needs of the Development Department; supporting A Wider Circle events and campaigns as needed; conducting in-depth research on A Wider Circle’s donor base focusing on major gifts and new donors; supporting lapsed donor outreach and follow up; creating presentations that highlight our core services, and organizing and managing branded materials inventory.
Professional Development Center:
A Wider Circle’s Professional Development Center provides professional clothing and accessories to 3,000 individuals a year. Clients also receive one-on-one and group workforce development support. Interns will directly support the continuous improvement and expansion of these valuable services to the community. This internship will focus on three main skills: Client Relations, Outreach and Development, and Data Analytics.
A Wider Circle’s Career Support program, which operates both in our Silver Spring and Washington, D.C. locations, seeks interns who can support online job searching, completion of online job applications, research related to apprenticeships and training programs, and support data entry of client results. Experience with databases and online forms a plus.
A Wider Circle’s Human Resources Department, which operates in our Silver Spring MD location, manages the employee life cycle and oversees all employment-related issues, seeks interns who can support online recruitment sourcing, maintain job folders, create and post jobs, create offer letters, establish workforce partnerships, create standard operating procedures, research HR best practices, schedule interviews, track invoices for job postings, and participate in career fairs. Must be proficient in Google Suite.
Ward 8 Hub:
A Wider Circle’s Ward 8 Hub in Southeast DC’s Washington Highlands neighborhood opens its doors Monday through Thursday each week to local residents and the wider community for health and wellness programming, resource navigation, mental health and art therapy, career counseling, and the provision of basic needs like food and clothing. We also operate the second iteration of our Partnership to Independence long-term individual support program at the Ward 8 Hub. Our work is rooted in creating a safe space, connecting neighbors to one another, and helping to facilitate community goals that are important to residents.
Both masters and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines who can spend at least one semester on site are welcome to apply. *Note: MSW or other students who require supervision from a someone with specific credentials must find their own off-site supervisor. We welcome applicants who have a commitment to place-based, community-centered programs and to racial justice; and who can thrive in busy, dynamic, and sometimes challenging environments. Intern tasks will be tailored to the individual’s skillset, and may include online research, preparation for and facilitation of workshops and trainings, data entry, neighborhood asset mapping, outreach efforts, and working 1-on-1 with clients for resource navigation. Interns are highly valued, included in team meetings and decision-making, and can make a lasting difference at the Ward 8 Hub. The Ward 8 Hub is not close to the Metro but is on 2 bus lines and provides ample street parking.
To apply for an internship, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com indicating your area of interest.
For those applying to the Research internship, please submit a writing sample. Internships are unpaid, although many students receive academic credit.