The NATS4GOOD Community Response Fund, administered by Nationals Philanthropies, disperses charitable grants to community partners delivering essential food access, health, and human services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was seeded with $100,000 from Nationals Philanthropies and has raised an additional $512,850 from 438 donors, 319 of whom are new to Nationals Philanthropies. We have focused $100k+ in gifts thus far in the area of food insecurity. Click below to learn how you can donate.
Through a partnership between the Nationals, Nationals Philanthropies, and DC Central Kitchen, Nationals Park has provided concessions kitchen space for DC Central Kitchen’s culinary job training program. The program helps adults facing high barriers to employment prepare for careers in the food industry. In addition, as the meal services provider for the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, DC Central Kitchen has adapted their meal service program during the pandemic for scholar athletes to receive their meals in take home containers.
Through a partnership between the Nationals, Nationals Philanthropies, Levy, and World Central Kitchen, thousands of meals are prepared each day at Nationals Park and distributed to youth, seniors, and other vulnerable populations – the number of meals totaled more than 750,000 meals as of August 21. First responders, medical personnel, and others working in public health and safety are also served. Key Nationals partnerships also include the Ft. Dupont Park Community, as well as the Southwest and Capitol Riverfront BIDs.
The Washington Nationals are committed to supporting our community during this difficult time. Parents have even more responsibilities now, including as part-time educators – it is a considerable task. To help with continued learning, the Nats are sharing free, online activities for kids in grades 1-6, parents, and fans of all ages.
While in-person programming is cancelled for the time being, the Academy continues to provide food access and engage with “Base” Program Scholar Athletes in a variety of ways. Essential staff are onsite each weekday delivering curbside pick-up of hot meals for Scholar Athletes, their families, and other neighborhood residents, in addition to the ongoing weekly Field of Greens Market each Wednesday. Academy staff are also sharing virtual academic and wellness resources via YouTube as well as connecting one-on-one with Scholar Athletes through virtual “home visits”; volunteer Mentors continue to connect with their mentees using the same tools.
Washington Nationals Philanthropies and the Greater Washington Community Foundation partnered to bring Get Shift Done to DC. The initiative will coordinate, schedule, and pay adversely affected hourly workers in the hospitality industry to work shifts for local food access providers. Get Shift Done provides wages of $15 an hour to workers left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic. These workers are filling the critical roles of providing meals for neighbors in need that, prior to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, were performed by volunteers.
Managing your mental and emotional health is important as we navigate these uncertain times. Here you will find numerous resources that will help you maintain your well-being by offering advice on adapting to a disrupted routine, minimizing stress and anxiety, and supporting loved ones during a crisis.
Although we can’t enjoy dining out at the moment, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy our favorite local eateries at home. The Nationals want to make it easy for you and your loved ones — while supporting our partners and local businesses — by providing up-to-date information on where you can safely grab a bite to eat, and maybe even an adult beverage.