I was lucky enough to stumble upon an amazing organization called Horton's Kids when I first moved to D.C. Created by Karin Walser, the program serves about 165 children in pre-K through grade 12 from the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8. Horton's Kids' mission is to "educate and empower the children of Ward 8 by providing comprehensive, direct services which improve the quality of their daily lives and nurture each child's desire and ability to succeed."
Horton's Kids is supported by more than 700 volunteers who tutor the children and take them on weekly field trips. These kids are just fantastic. Good Stuff Eatery—my restaurant—has done some great events with them, and their smiles will melt your heart! They've become part of the team. So try out this grilled cheese sandwich, but don't forget to donate first!