Community Health and Empowerment Through Education and Research (CHEER) (communitycheer.org) works in Silver Spring and Takoma Park neighborhoods to organize weekly healthy food distribution for those suffering from COVID-19 and for people with diabetes. CHEER’s staff and volunteers encourage individuals to improve their health and form mutual support networks. CHEER also assists in health care insurance enrollment, operates a free summer enrichment program for low-income students, and facilitates community organizing events to help neighbors make their community thrive.
HEADQUARTERED: Silver Spring
SERVES: Montgomery County
WHAT A DONATION BUYS:
• $250 provides boxes of fresh food and delivery to 15 residents.
• $500 provides three months of support to five low-income residents with diabetes.
• $10,000 provides six weeks of camp to 20 children who would otherwise have no summer enrichment opportunities.
• Weekly/monthly: Serve as a translator or interpreter.