Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation

Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation We promise to help our "friends" and neighbors succeed and live well.
The NCSC was founded by the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation and strives to alleviate the barriers to self-sufficiency and connect residents to social services and County assistance. We also provide supplemental grocery items for families, as a host site for Arlington Food Assistance Center’s (AFAC) food distribution program. The NCSC provides services in the areas of employment, financial stability, education, housing and tutoring for youth during the school year. Additionally, free notary services are also available at the NCSC.
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We are always looking for volunteers for our weekly food distribution, youth programs and special events. Call or email for information. As we develop more programs and continue to help the community, donations are also needed. For more information on how to donate, please visit the website: http://bajcdc.org/donate-to-bajcdc/

Mission: Our mission is to strengthen and build the Nauck Community and its residents by providing direct aid, information and referral and free programming.

Black lives have mattered to us in the 20 years we’ve been existence and since the founding of Green Valley over 150 yea...
05/29/2020

Black lives have mattered to us in the 20 years we’ve been existence and since the founding of Green Valley over 150 years ago. In a matter of just a few days, we’ve seen so much trauma regarding Black people in this country and law enforcement. This is not to new to us, but we are here as we have been and as those who have come before us, doing the work to value and protect Black lives.

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Happy Friday! We just want to remind everyone that as re-openings start, we are still practicing social distancing, wear...
05/15/2020

Happy Friday! We just want to remind everyone that as re-openings start, we are still practicing social distancing, wearing our masks, and keeping ourselves and our clients safe. We encourage everyone to stay safe- and to keep supporting each other!

We appreciate everyone who has donated and volunteered to help our clients get groceries and other necessities during this time. We can’t say it enough- thank you!

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05/05/2020
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We often end our social media posts with "because it still takes a village" because it's our ethos and how we are able to help our clients-whether its wth rental assistance, an electric bill payment, academic tutoring, or a hot meal. Our village is all of you and why we ask that you join us this #GivingTuesdayNow with a contribution-every little bit helps and the investment on your dollar goes far every day. Thank you!

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Thanks again to our amazing community partners Volunteer Arlington and it’s “ Buy a Neighbor Lunch Program” along with B...
04/30/2020

Thanks again to our amazing community partners Volunteer Arlington and it’s “ Buy a Neighbor Lunch Program” along with Bonchon- 40 of our clients are getting lunch today! 🍚🍗🥗. Want to support this amazing effort? Please consider making a donation at http://www.volunteer.leadercenter.org/buy-neighbor-lunch

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It’s #ThankfulThursday! We are giving a huge thank you to our community partner, Volunteer Arlington. BAJCDC is a partic...
04/23/2020

It’s #ThankfulThursday! We are giving a huge thank you to our community partner, Volunteer Arlington. BAJCDC is a participant in their “Buy A Neighbor Lunch” program and Bonchon has stepped up by providing our clients meals at this time. Thank you!

Happy hump day! We’re still hard at work here ensuring that our clients are safe and receiving groceries during this qua...
04/15/2020

Happy hump day! We’re still hard at work here ensuring that our clients are safe and receiving groceries during this quarantine. We recently received these boxes of canned goods and produce from McLean Bible Church for our clients and here is one of our clients receiving one of the boxes.

We still need your help! With many folks out of work, we’re working hard to get food and other necessities to our clients and we can’t do it without your help. You can visit http://www.bajcdc.org to help.

Also, our office hours are strictly by appointment only. Please call or email before stopping by. Thank you!

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04/03/2020

From Arlington Public Schools

APS reminds families that they can pick up a week’s worth of meals today at one of the five grab-and-go meal distribution sites to ensure students have food during spring break. There will be no APS meal service provided next week (April 6-10) during the scheduled spring break

We’re proud to be part of these amazing folks doing our part to serve!
04/02/2020
Arlington Community Foundation

We’re proud to be part of these amazing folks doing our part to serve!

A huge shout-out to the groups on the front lines in Arlington: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) Arlington Free Clinic Capital Caring HealthAHC Affordable HousingWesley HousingArlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN)Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic ChurchEdcamp MetroDCEdu-Futuro (Educación Para Nuestro Futuro)Arlington ThriveVolunteers of America Chesapeake & CarolinasArlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Bridges to Independence Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation Arlington Neighborhood Village

Today is Census Day! BAJCDC is a partner with Arlington County and we are encouraging everyone to respond to the census ...
04/01/2020

Today is Census Day! BAJCDC is a partner with Arlington County and we are encouraging everyone to respond to the census mailer sent to your home. While you still have time to complete the census after today, here are some important dates for the census. #BeCounted

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April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.
April 29 – May 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at nonsheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
April 16 – June 19: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
May 27 – August 14: Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

03/31/2020
Cicely's Goodbye

Today, we say goodbye to our amazing director, colleague, friend, and confidante, Cicely Whitfield. It's hard to believe that four years have passed so quickly! Thank you for everything that you have done, are doing, and will continue to do for our community. We wish you all the best in your next chapter!

The governor has announced that schools will be closed for the rest of the school year.  The county is now closing all p...
03/23/2020
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The governor has announced that schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. The county is now closing all parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds. While these measures may be tough to swallow, it’s what needed at this time to contain the spread of this pandemic and hopefully get back to a sense of normalcy sooner than later.

We here at BAJCDC will continue to be a resource for you- please keep following our Facebook and other social media pages for resources for both kids and adults. If you are in a position to help support our efforts (especially to ensure our seniors receive groceries and other necessities) please consider making a donation on website at http://www.bajcdc.org/donate

Thank you!

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Financial donations are used to assist and expand our work in the community providing vital support to the local government grant that is used solely for the basic operation of the agency. Donations are critical in our efforts to: helping our youth with school supplies; providing them with the right...

All week, our staff have been prepping our seniors and disabled village members as we all face the uncertainty of COVID-...
03/19/2020

All week, our staff have been prepping our seniors and disabled village members as we all face the uncertainty of COVID-19. We are trying to do our part in making sure our most vulnerable village members don’t go out if they don’t need to. We will continue to be a support to them and could use your assistance. Donate today on our website- and thank you to everyone who has donated!

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A resource for kids and their mental health- let’s make sure we are demonstrating good mental health practices as best w...
03/19/2020
Free: Online Mindfulness Class for Kids! - Mindful Schools

A resource for kids and their mental health- let’s make sure we are demonstrating good mental health practices as best we can in these times.

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Mindful Schools is offering free mindfulness classes for kids! Join us for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds and let's have fun exploring mindfulness together.

While these are challenging times for all of us, it is even more so for the elderly and those who live alone without a s...
03/17/2020
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While these are challenging times for all of us, it is even more so for the elderly and those who live alone without a support system. These folks are especially vulnerable. Our executive director, Cicely Whitfield, will be doing grocery shopping today for our clients who fall in these categories. Please consider making an online donation to support this effort. You can go to https://bajcdc.org/donations/ and do so through PayPal. Thank you!

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Financial donations are used to assist and expand our work in the community providing vital support to the local government grant that is used solely for the basic operation of the agency. Donations are critical in our efforts to: helping our youth with school supplies; providing them with the right...

Here are some resources for meals and kids eat free options (please remember to practice social distancing if you choose...
03/16/2020
Instacart - $20 off and Free Grocery Delivery.

Here are some resources for meals and kids eat free options (please remember to practice social distancing if you choose to go out!) H/T: Melissa Schraber Hawkins

-Families in need of food should be directed to the main AFAC location on Nelson St (2708 S Nelson St, Arlington, VA 22206 Phone number: (703) 845-8486). It is important to note that families who are not already part of AFAC can still come to this location and receive groceries ONE TIME before having to register. They will just need their ID and proof of address.

-InstaCart: https://inst.cr/t/soMDAKWD9 Free delivery on first order and $20 off

-Food Stuff Eatery & We the Pizza Restaurants: Kids eat free while school is out

Jennifer wants to give you $20 and free delivery from local grocery stores in as little as one hour.

03/16/2020
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Following up on our earlier post, below is a list of free and low cost educational and instructional resources that parents and caretakers can utilize. Also, please note that the Columbia Pike Library (816 South Walter Reed Drive) and Central Library (1015 North Quincy Street) remain open with wifi and computer usage available to adults and children. In addition, parks and trails remain open (please practice safe social distancing)

Please feel free to add to the list below.

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Talking to Kids about COVID-19
https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/…/Talking-to-Kids-abou…
https://www.nasponline.org/…/talking-to-children-about-covi…
https://www.pbs.org/…/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-corona…

Free Internet From Comcast - https://www.wxyz.com/…/comcast-offering-internet-essentials…

Critical Thinking Puzzles for all grade levels: https://www.criticalthinking.com/

Reading Rockets-https://www.readingrockets.org/

Beast Academy: $15 month no commitment.

Math Learning: https://beastacademy.com/online

12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours: https://www.travelandleisure.com/…/museums-with-virtual-tou… ( Also- https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online)

Worksheets: https://www.k12reader.com

Scholastic Stories on Youtube. If you search Scholastic en Espanol there are lot of great animated picture books.

Arlington Public Library app (https://library.arlingtonva.us/app/); also two apps that will sync with the library to check out ebooks and movies are Libby and Overdrive

Cincinnati Zoo will have a "home safari" lesson every day at 3 PM EST on Facebook where they will provide an educational overview on one of their animals (https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/photos/a.96076385478/10158043842200479/?type=3&theater)

03/16/2020

Good morning. These are unprecedented times for our community and we want you to know that we are here for you. Today, we will be posting free and low-cost resources for meals, academic instruction, and more at this time. For now, please note that APS is providing free grab and go meals for children ages 2-18 beginning TODAY at Drew and Kenmore from 11 AM-1 PM.

We are in the last week of Black History Month, which means we are nearing the end of our features from Dr. Alfred O. Ta...
02/24/2020

We are in the last week of Black History Month, which means we are nearing the end of our features from Dr. Alfred O. Taylor's book-𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲/𝐍𝐚𝐮𝐜𝐤: 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭.
If you're interested in learning more about the history of Green Valley (which is Arlington's history), contact us about getting your own copy of Dr. Taylor's book!

Today's Green Valley pioneer feature is Dr. Roland H. Bruner. Dr. Bruner was born in March 1902 in Burkittsville, Maryland. In the mid-1920s, he left his hometown to attend Storer College in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Storer had opened after the Civil War to educate freed slaves and then developed into a full, degree-granting college. After completing the two year program at Storer, he continued his education at Howard University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1928.

Four years later, Dr. Bruner graduated from Howard University's medical school, which at the time was one of only two medical schools (the other was Meharry Medical College) that trained African Americans to become doctors. He interned at Freedmen's Hospital (the only hospital in the DC Metro area that would treat African Americans) and then later joined its staff. From 1935 to 1951, he was a part-time clinical instructor at Howard's meedical school, where he specialized and lectured in obstetrics and gynecology.

In 1934, Dr. Bruner and his wife, Georgia Collins, purchased property in Green Valley and opened a private practice at 2108 South Glebe Road. His services were sorely needed, as Black folks within a very segregated Arlington only had access to two Black doctors (both general practioners), according to the 1930 census. Black people in Arlington were not allowed to use the Clarendon Health Center, so Dr. Bruner made numerous house calls to deliver babies. Freedmen's Hospital was the only other option for Black women to give birth.

Dr. Bruner, in additon to his immense work in Green Valley, was an unassuming family man, who served others regardless of financial gain. During the Great Depression and World War II, he refused payment from those who could not afford to pay and bartered with others. He continued to serve the Green Valley community until a week before his death on May 9, 1978.

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No history of Green Valley is complete without the story of the late Dr. Leonard Muse, affectionately known as "Doc".  D...
02/21/2020

No history of Green Valley is complete without the story of the late Dr. Leonard Muse, affectionately known as "Doc". Doc opened the historic Green Valley Pharmacy in 1952, at a time when African Americans were not served by the white-owned drug stores in Arlington.

Doc, a Florida native and Howard University graduate, was a successful business owner, along with other Black owned businesses in the area, including Naomi's TV, Chinn Funeral Home, and Friendly Cab.

Doc was much more than a pioneering pharmacist and business owner. His pharmacy was a place where those on hard times could get food and medicine on credit, children could do their homework, and where he provided a listening ear for everyone from his elderly clientele to young people he tried to steer in the right direction.

A beacon of Green Valley for over 65 years, at his death in August 2017 at age 94, the entire community of Green Valley celebrated his life and legacy with a New Orleans style "second line" type of wake before his internment.

Source: 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘆/𝗡𝗮𝘂𝗰𝗸: 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗗𝗿. 𝗔𝗹𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗢. 𝗧𝗮𝘆𝗹𝗼r

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Happy 19th day of Black History Month!  We are back with another Green Valley icon from Dr. Taylor's book-𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿...
02/19/2020

Happy 19th day of Black History Month! We are back with another Green Valley icon from Dr. Taylor's book-𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗮𝘂𝗰𝗸/𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘆: 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁.

The late John Robinson was born in Arlington in 1934. He attended segregated Arlington Public Schools, including Kemper Elementary School and Hoffman-Boston Junior and Senior High School. He also matriculated at Howard University and served in the US Army.

Mr. Robinson was a long time activist who protested segregation in Arlington in the 1950s and 1960s, registered African Americans to vote, worked with politicans, law enforcement, and others to promote a sense of community and engagement within Green Valley. In addition to his community work, Mr. Robinson edited the 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙑𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙮 𝙉𝙚𝙬𝙨 for four decades, starting in 1960.

Mr. Robinson passed away in 2010 at age 75. We salute his legacy and memory-today and every day.

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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church is known today as a diverse parish.  However, in the 1940s, segregation was as p...
02/12/2020

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church is known today as a diverse parish. However, in the 1940s, segregation was as prevalent in the Catholic Church as it was in every other part of society and daily life. The need for a place where Black Catholics could worship in dignity led to the founding of Our Lady Queen of Peace by a group which included Mrs. Thaddenia West, Joseph Bowman, Clarence and Selens Brown, Alice Butler, Lawrence and Jessie Butler, Irma Carter, Hattie Ellis, Mary Fernanders, Edward Marshall, Grace McGwinn, Edward and Alice Moorman, Constance Spencer, and Sophia Terry.

This group met in the home of the Moormans to worship and in 1945 were able to obtain a meeting with the Richmond Diocese, which was then in charge of the Arlington Parish. The diocese approved the parish that became Our Lady Queen of Peace.

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𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐚𝐮𝐜𝐤/𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲: 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐃𝐫. 𝐀𝐥𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐎. 𝐓𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐨𝐫

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2229 S Shirlington Rd
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Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 19:00

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(703) 229-5650

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We are in the middle of a heatwave, but summer is winding down! Get a good start for the 2019-2020 school year and join us for a school supply drive THIS SATURDAY at Drew (3500 23rd Street South). We will have plenty of school supplies ( you can check https://www.apsva.us/school-locations/) and find your child's school and their supply list). There will be food, fun, and games for the entire family- don't miss it! #school #schoolsupplies #aps, #arlingtonva #success #preparation
Hi family and friends, so if you don't know, I'm the Executive Director of a small non-profit in Arlington and next week we are holding our first Coats & Cocktails - A Fall Open House in our office. If you live in the area, please feel free to drop by, learn what we do, who we serve and how together, we can make a difference! Look forward to seeing you there!
Let me know if you have coats! All donations are tax deductible!