Comfort Cases Receives DCTV Capacity Building Grant
Washington, DC — August 19, 2019 — Comfort Cases is among the inaugural class of grantees to receive one of DCTV’s newly formed Capacity Building Grants. The grant program fosters expanded opportunity for nonprofit organizations to share their stories of community impact through professionally-produced video content that can be shared via social media and website platforms. In addition, grantees receive valuable media education assistance to strengthen their communications capabilities and expand storytelling capacity.
The grant program, which was designed with input from nonprofit leaders across the District, enables nonprofits at any budget level to tell quality stories, have vital conversations, and get valuable training. As part of the new Capacity Building Grant program, DCTV will create a new weekly television series, District Life, which will explore the nature of living in Washington, DC and share important conversations and compelling stories with people all over the District. This new show will be a vehicle for distributing powerful stories about the impact that nonprofits are having in their communities.
“At DCTV, we understand the critical role that the nonprofit sector plays in sparking vital conversations that ultimately affect the lives of residents across the District of Columbia,” said Nantz Rickard, President and CEO of DCTV. “We are thrilled to welcome our first class of grantees and we look forward to the quality stories that show how nonprofit organizations are impacting the neighborhoods and communities across the District.”
“For Comfort Cases, this is an exciting and significant opportunity for us to continue to tell our story and expand our awareness of our organization. With our tagline of #NoMoreTrashBags, we seek to provide youth entering into foster care with essential personal care items to give them self-esteem, confidence and self-reliance. With over 470,000 children around the nation in a broken foster care system, this helps us continue to be an agent of change,” said Rob Scheer, Comfort Cases Founder.
A full list of grant recipients is available at www.dctv.org/grantees.
About Comfort Cases
Comfort Cases is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) charity based in Rockville, Md. Rob and Reece Scheer established the charity in October 2013 on a mission to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth entering the foster care system. With the initial hope of helping hundreds of youth in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Comfort Cases has risen to national prominence following the release of a feature video produced by viral media website Upworthy. The video, which has been viewed more than 100 million times, has led to appearances on The Ellen Show and the Today Show, while bringing national attention to issues facing children entering the foster care system.
To date, the charity has distributed more than 60,000 Cases to children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Comfort Cases continues to expand its reach with a goal of providing Cases and Comfort XLs to each of the more than 270,000 youth who enter our foster care every year. Learn more and get involved at www.comfortcases.org.
Created by and for Washington, DC residents, DCTV is a community media nonprofit organization that fosters a 24/7 forum to amplify local voices in the nation’s capital and its neighboring metropolitan communities. Using the power of meaningful media to connect DC residents, we tell quality stories, spark vital conversations, and provide valuable training. DCTV cultivates a premier platform to examine local issues and interests across the District’s three cable television providers Comcast, RCN, and Verizon and digital streaming channels. You can watch DCTV streaming online at dctv.org/live. To learn how DCTV serves residents in Washington, DC every day, visit dctv.org.