Donate to THRIVE East of the River Partnership COVID Relief Below

Program Update

With the support of our amazing community, the THRIVE East of the River partnership achieved our goal of serving over 500 Ward 8 families! To date, we have distributed over $2 million directly to local families. We are incredibly grateful to the 518 individual donors who contributed to this effort by donating online. We are no longer accepting donations for this initiative. Thank you for helping our city thrive. For more information on the THRIVE partners, please visit the links below:

11th Street Bridge Park

Bread for the City

Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative

Martha’s Table

Ward 8 Non-Profit Collaboration for Covid-19 Relief

Your support allows Thrive East of The River partnership to help historically marginalized families living in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 weather the immediate dangers of the COVID-19 crisis while strengthening their foundation for a more resilient future. We would like to thank the Urban Institute and LISC DC for being research and support partners in this effort.

Your tax-deductible donation will support our efforts to:

  • Alleviate crisis by providing up to 500 families in Ward 8 with five months of financial support, healthy food and dry goods (e.g. cleaning supplies, detergent, toiletries, etc.)
  • Stabilize families, connecting them to the full range of supportive resources for which they are eligible, including tax credits, unemployment insurance, and health and safety net programs
  • Foster mobility and assist families in securing a more resilient future through coordinated wrap-around services and connections to jobs

Our success in creating a more equitable Washington, DC would not be possible without you. Thank you for making this happen. Thank you for giving today.


I feel very grateful and blessed to have found such an organization that cares about their community in such a great way..  I thank you all for being Heroes right now during this COVID-19 pandemic. You all are making the community much better every day. 

 – Ward 8 Parent, Recipient of the Thrive East of The River Immediate Relief Service, May 2020

Media Release

Early Results

An Innovative Program Provides Cash Relief to DC Residents Hit Hardest by COVID-19- Urban Institute

Insights from a DC Cash Relief Program Can Inform Discussions about Federal Cash-Based Policies – Urban Institute

In the News

Nonprofit project offers cash lifeline to District’s poorest – The Washington Post

Creating Economic Stability for D.C.’s Ward 8 Residents – Washington City Paper

How a Washington, DC coalition is using place-based cash relief to advance an equitable COVID-19 recovery – Brookings Blog

500 DC families received $1,100 a week. Here’s how it helped them. – Street Sense Media

Targeted project bolsters some low-income District families with cash payment