Ways to Give

Sasha Bruce Youthwork holds itself accountable not just for action…but also results. We are driven by a commitment to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth, families and communities.

Deborah Shore, Executive Director

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When you support Sasha Bruce Youthwork, you are contributing to a safer, healthier community. 90% of runaway youth entering our shelter were reunited with a strengthened family. 100% of homeless teens graduating from our Independent Living Program established some financial savings for themselves and over 95% of all young people exiting our various independent, transitional and group homes became employed. These – and other – successes mean that your donation has an immediate, measurable result of saving lives and healing families.

What a Gift to Sasha Bruce Youthwork Represents:

Offer a Safe Home
Your gift pays for shelter for a week for a homeless youth.

Promote Healthy Lives
From street outreach to evidence-based group counseling, your gift pays for comprehensive HIV education and testing for 20 at-risk adolescents.

Build Opportunities
Entire neighborhoods benefit when a young person develops job skills. Your gift pays for tools for two youth in our construction training program, YouthBuild.

Train Tomorrow’s Leaders
Your gift pays for school supplies for a young person whose parent is struggling to make ends meet.

There are several ways that you can support our mission to improve the lives of at-risk youth and families, ranging from a simple cash donation to planned gifts. Check out the links below or call SBY’s Development Department at 202-675-9340 to tap into our knowledge on these topics and to help you help us!

Monetary Donations

To make a financial contribution to the agency, please feel free to donate securely online through the Network for Good by clicking here or call SBY’s Development Director, James Beck, at 202-675-9340 ×14. You may also contact Mr. Beck via e-mail.

SBY accepts and appreciates donations in any amount. Donations can be designated for a specific program or for general operating expenses. All donations are tax-deductible in full.

Checks should be made payable to Sasha Bruce Youthwork and mailed to:

Deborah Shore
Executive Director
Sasha Bruce Youthwork
741 Eighth Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-2802


If you have securities or other assets that have appreciated in value, exposing you to a large tax liability, consider transferring the property to SBY. In doing so, you may realize a substantial tax savings while supporting SBY’s life-saving work. In most circumstances, you will be able to deduct all or part of the gift from your income taxes. When you contribute appreciated stock that you have held for at least one year, you will not be liable for any capital gains taxes when the stock is sold.

If you would like more information about making gifts of appreciated property to SBY, please call our Development Director, James Beck, at 202-675-9340.

United Way Campaign

SBY is a beneficiary of the Combined Federal Campaign and United Way Campaign of the National Capital Area. Donations allocated through these campaigns may be made by requesting that your donation be directed to SBY, designation #8182 for the United Way campaign or #71809 for the Combined Federal Campaign.

Help the Homeless Walkathon

SBY also participates in the annual Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon. Our Help the Homeless Program raises awareness of homelessness in DC and unrestricted funds to operate our shelter and outreach initiatives.

Please join our team, or you may choose SBY as the beneficiary for walk teams or sponsor individual walkers by clicking here

For more information, call Jacqui Hamilton at 202-675-9350 or Jim Beck at 202-675-9340.

Goods and In-Kind Donations

SBY gladly accepts clothing, household wares and other goods, which are distributed to youth and families participating in our programs. Arrangements can be made for large donations to be picked up. To inquire if any of our families need items you would like to donate, please call the administrative office at 202-675-9340 × 14.

The following items are usually needed and are greatly appreciated during Winter holidays:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Electronic items (radios, CD players, TVs, VCRs, cameras, games)
  • Clothing (for babies, children and adults)
  • Baby needs (diapers, clothes, toys, play pens, strollers, car seats)
  • School supplies (notebooks, pads, writing instruments, calculators, book bags)
  • Household items (cookware, cups and plates, beauty products, toiletries)
  • Games, books, toys, videos, etc. for youth and adults
  • Office supplies and furniture
  • New items/gifts offered as holiday presents to our youth and families

Support a Proven Program: Youthbuild

Through a series of federal HUD contracts, we have operated at Youthbuild Program in partnership with DC’s Habitat for Humanity since 1998. Primary participants are disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 who are high school drop-outs and unemployed. Our target area is the section of the District with the greatest concentrations of residents living in poverty, highest rates of crime, least health and social services, and lowest quality housing.

Our program combines education (towards a GED and beyond), civic engagement and employment training. Our occupational training focuses on those skills required for success in the construction industry, a sector in the District with a net positive increase in employment between May 2006 and April 2007, and with a projected growth of 1,858 jobs (1.41 percent growth rate) over the 2002-2012 period. Our program advances a number of community development initiatives in the target area, including the DC Urban Enterprise Zone, the Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan for Neighborhood Cluster 31, the Making Connections project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and, of course, our work with Habitat for Humanity correlates to the construction of 53 units of permanent affordable housing.

Our program prepares District youth and young adults to fill positions in high-demand occupations in the region, thus contributing to growth of the local economy. Participants in our Youthbuild Program achieve significant increases to their independence and economic empowerment. Each Youthbuild graduate is a ready-to-work worker available to our region. Over a two-year operation period, we expect to recruit 70 participants, enroll 50 participants, and 40 will graduate. We expect the following performance outcomes of our 40 completes:

  • 100 percent demonstrating gains in literacy and numeracy.
  • 60 percent obtaining GED.
  • 75 percent placed in employment.
  • 50 percent placed in postsecondary education.
  • 25 percent placed in occupational skills training.
  • 60 percent of employed participants retaining employment at six-month follow-up.

All of this will be accomplished with only a $26,125 investment per participant by the Department of Labor, which this year will take over from HUD as the federal grant-making agency for nonprofits which operate Youthbuild programs. Our agency and Habitat for Humanity contribute about five times the amount of the federal investment through other funding sources and partnerships as demonstrated by the total cost per participant for the whole project of $135,840. Needeless to say, we need private sector support to maintain this important service. So please contact James Beck at 202-675-9340 if you’d like your contribution to go directly to our Youthbuild operations.

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