HSITAG’s final member meeting of 2021 in Washington D.C. included a hands on volunteer activity through the #HSITAGgivesback campaign. The Charitable Giving committee organized the filling of 200 individual boxes with personal care items for a local D.C. nonprofit, So Others Might Eat (SOME), to distribute and share with those experiencing homelessness. 

SOME’s comprehensive programs are designed to help our most vulnerable neighbors—people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty—find pathways out of poverty and achieve long-term stability and success. SOME works to assist with basic needs, healthcare, social services, job training, and housing.  

To kick off the packing event, Senior Vice President of SOME Caitlin Orth shared with HSITAG members about the work the organization has done over the past fifty years of its existence. SOME started in 1970 from a simple act of kindness, with Fr. Horace McKenna, S.J. starting a lunch line at North Capitol and K streets to hand out leftover sandwiches to those in need. SOME’s 2020 impact included 261,626 nutritious meals served, 21,702 visits to medical, dental and behavioral health clinics, 1,300 units of affordable housing in development, 7,909 showers provided, 4,646 food bags distributed, 14,397 outfits shopped for, and 4,220 hygiene kits distributed!

Leading up to the December meeting, over 30 HSITAG members donated items from hats and gloves to toothbrushes and soap through an online wish list. This allowed for virtual participation in the giveback for HSITAG members. These items were then packaged at the meeting, with HSITAG members using a checklist provided by SOME to go down rows of supplies and pack the box to completion. Notes and stickers were added to each box for extra holiday cheer. 

“It was incredibly fun to work side by side with many HSITAG colleagues to organize, box and donate these items to people in need,” said Vice Chair Richard Wells. “The committee is a catalyst to channel the goodwill within HSITAG and everyone brought their best selves to the task to make it successful.” 

SOME is GuideStar Platinum and Charity Navigator Four-Star Rated, which are the highest ratings  nonprofits can receive for accountability, donor stewardship and financial transparency. Find out more about SOME here.  Interested in joining the Charitable Giving Committee? Reach out to 

Author

  • Karen Rewalt is a HSITAG Board Member and serves as the Senior Director of the Product Management Public Sector HHS at Salesforce.