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Giving Others A Dream (G.O.A.D.) was formed by 17 co-founders who wanted to combine their knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve and improve our communities. G.O.A.D. is an approved nonprofit under IRS Section 501(c)(3), which makes your donations tax deductible.
Meet Ms. Kim Frazier, current Acting Chair of the Outreach Committee. Kim is a “dyed in the wool” Washingtonian, born and bred in, and loving the DMV community. Kim was educated in faith-based D.C. Schools, St. Augustine, Notre Dame Academy, Trinity College and GW University. She worked in the Federal Government for over 40 years, spending 30 of those years in support of Health Care for Military Families. She retired in May 2019, after a distinguished career.
Kim joined G.O.A.D in January 2019, at the suggestion of Mrs. Dyone Mitchell, an anchor member of the organization. She supported G.O.A.D. at a community event and saw close-up how the organization was focused on and committed to the same kinds of programs, projects, and efforts as herself.
She always saw the importance of supporting her community and those who are vulnerable; needing a hand up or help getting back on their feet; something she got from her mother. She saw joining G.O.A.D as a great way to expand her reach and increase the level of support for the DMV community. Some examples of her involvement with similar programs include being a court appointed advocate for the mentally challenged, providing support and or fundraising for the Black Organ Donor program, for abused women, the homeless, disadvantaged children, military families, cancer, heart health, Alzheimer’s, and HIV awareness.
During her time with G.O.A.D. she has; implemented two iterations of the “I Support the Girls” project, providing bras and hygiene projects for approximately 200 abused and homeless women; prepared and distributed care bags (50 bags) for the homeless (with socks, tee shirts, gloves, hats, sanitizing wash and wipes, vaseline, raincoats, etc.); developed a standard template for closeout reports, assisted with developing a questionnaire for member profiles and written articles for the G.O.A.D Newsletter. In the coming years, she hopes to continue to expand the efforts of Outreach in supporting seniors, children, the homeless, abuse victims, the food insecure, struggling families, and other vulnerable groups.
Kim enjoys dancing/Hand dancing, writing, choreography, TV/movies, audiobooks, music, walking/fitness, light travel, word games, emceeing, sewing, and crafting. She is also a published author with her book on D.C. Hand Dance, Capitol City Swing, and she thoroughly enjoys volunteering at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, something she’s been doing since 2016.
Her mother, (Mary Alice Jackson-deceased) is her role model and shero, who gave her strong roots and wings. Kim says that her mother raised 5 kids, helped raise her own brothers and sisters, worked 42 years in the Federal Government from GS-2 to GS-15. Her mom purchased a family home, earned a master’s degree, was an ordained Minister, was an artisan and entrepreneur (her black angel was featured at the Anacostia Smithsonian and in the Washington Post). She taught special needs kids and was a craft therapist for the staff at Washington Hospital Center, Howard, Holy Cross. and Providence Hospitals. She says her mom was a renaissance woman to the core.
Aside from what her mom, grandmother, and religion taught her; she believes that lyrics in music often tell us how we should live. For example, Bill Withers (Lean on Me), Josh Groban (You Lift Me Up), Bruno Mars (Count on Me), Mariah Carey (Hero), Ben E. King (Stand By Me), Andra Day (Rise Up), Taylor Dane (I’ll be Your Shelter), Jackson Five (I’ll Be There), Bette Midler (Wind Beneath My Wings), Amy Grant (Helping Hand), Michael Smith (I Will Carry You), The Hollies (He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother) and so many more. These songs speak to the importance of helping one another and they can apply to the global community as well.
Kim is proudest of “being there” for her family; especially her mom who passed away in 2016. She had several years to help her mom through her illness, and she is now able to help her dad.
The 3 most important things in her life are family, friends, and staying healthy and fit. Black Panther is a movie that has had a real impact on her life. The juxtaposition of what theoretically could have been (Wakanda) and what is, (the plight of Black people throughout the world), shows how the sky is the limit for Blacks in terms of realizing our full potential as a people.
As for her message to posterity, she tells “generation next” to learn from those who came before you, have fun but remember your responsibilities, know that education never stops, work on something bigger than yourself, accept the premise that life isn’t fair, be a role model and a positive example for others in your family, in the community and in the country. Do not waste the precious time you have been given, make a difference.
Meet Mrs. Lawan Robinson, a native Washingtonian who is proud to have started her career and cultivated her roots in the Capitol City. She now resides in Glenarden, Maryland.
Lawan has dedicated her time to her family, her role as a caretaker, her church, and her community. She has a Cinderella-like story that began in high school, where she met and married her husband of 48 years. From that union, she had one amazing daughter, two beautiful grandchildren, who call her "Honey" and one wonderful son-in-law. They live in Brooklyn, New York and she travels there as often as she can, to spend time with them.
Lawan's backstory is amazing. At a young age, she had a strong desire to join the Army, serving her country, and see the world. Unfortunately, she was too petite (height and weight). Still driven by her desire to serve, she turned to the Police Department, but with the same outcome. Finally, she turned to public service where she found her niche. In 2015, with 41 years of service under her belt, she retired from the Federal Government.
She has been a member of G.O.A.D. since its inception in November 2014, before, during, and after the organization transitioned to 501(c)(3) status in 2018. She was appointed as the first Parliamentarian and is currently dual-hatted as the organization's Secretary and Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.
She joined G.O.A.D. to continue with her spirit of giving back, volunteering, and serving the community. She said, "she enjoys being part of an organization that consists of strong, passionate women, who are all like-minded and have a variety of talents to share; when you put all that talent together you can make a big difference in the community."
For her accomplishments in G.O.A.D., she was immensely proud when her committee distributed its first scholarship award in 2019. She remembers meeting the scholarship recipient, who was extremely appreciative to receive the award and could not stop expressing her gratitude. At that moment, she said, “I felt good because we provided an impactful opportunity to someone within the community. That brought tears to my eyes, and that is the feeling I am looking forward to each time we help someone.” Unfortunately, due to COVID, she was not able to meet the 2020 scholarship recipients, but she was excited to hear from them expressing their appreciation through other media. Her vision is to distribute more scholarships in larger amounts and to see G.O.A.D. become a household name, like some of the larger nonprofits.
Lawan believes that volunteering is an act of service and that you should always give back to others without expectations of anything in return. One word or action can change someone’s life. My former pastor said, you have because you give, you give because you have, and therefore you are never without. That stuck with me because I know personally how it feels to want something in life to better yourself, but your family does not have the resources to fulfill your dream. I am blessed and want to be a blessing to others.
In her spare time, she enjoys D.C. Hand Dancing, which is deeply rooted in the D.C. and DMV culture. It is her outlet for entertainment, socialization, exercise, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new friends.
Her other passion is shopping. She calls herself a Spaver, a person who saves while spending and is not cheap but penny-wise. She does not believe in paying the full price and will try to get the lowest price possible with or without a coupon. Lawan remembers shopping for 8 hours in a store that was having a liquidation sale. She would try to negotiate with the cashier for more discounts by asking if she could use their employee discount; sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. Lawan adds, “Why not? You have not because you ask not."
Lawan names her late Aunt Re, as her role model. She said, " I am who I am today because of her. She had a huge impact on my life and some family members say I have her personality. She was a single parent who had a positive and beautiful spirit, and who raised me along with her four children. She was fully committed to achieving her goals and determined to give her family the best out of life. She was a go-getter who had a caring heart to help others and family members. I watched her study for her GED and other classes to better herself in having a career. After all that hard work, she was able to get a job in the District Government. I learned from her that you are not a product of your environment and you can be anything your heart desires, as long as you work hard for it."
In thinking about her life, she believes that the 3 most important things are:
(1) Well-being because it’s part of your existence and you can’t live without good health.
(2) Family is what God has given us and you can’t give them back. They also provide love and support.
(3) Friends are just as important or even more than family. They become your confidants, a shoulder to cry on, and are basically the family you choose.
“Honey” is most proud of her beautiful daughter and her accomplishments. "With God’s help she says, I have raised a beautiful young lady with a professional career, who is a loving wife, and a wonderful mother to her children. I see all the values and life lessons on which I raised her, and she is now applying the same to her children. That makes any mother proud!"
As for any messages to posterity, Madame Secretary says this; “Life is handed to you
only once and it is up to you to make the best of it. Also, anything is possible as long as you have the right people there to support you."
Pat is a native Washingtonian but has been a resident of P.G. County, Maryland since 1976. She spent 36 years working for the Federal Government, in the field of Human Resources. Happily retired, she splits her time among her various pursuits which include spending time with her family (two very independent, successful adult children and 6 grandchildren). She is an entrepreneur with multiple successful business ventures and she is deeply involved and committed to G.O.A.D.
Pat has been with G.O.A.D. since its inception in November 2014. She was one of the members who was instrumental in helping G.O.A.D. obtain its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2018.
Pat says she joined G.O.A.D. because she promised herself that she would devote time and energy to giving back and paying it forward when she was able to. She recounts that it touched her deeply when so many family members and friends supported her oldest granddaughter, Jada when she went to college. In the spirit of giving back, she now has the opportunity to help others, especially those who are described in G.O.A.D.’s mission statement. So, when a group of friends discussed getting together to do some positive things in the community, she said, I'm all in.
Pat dived right in and volunteered to be G.O.A.D.’s first Secretary. In that role she was able to use her “government skills," to help plan and organize G.O.A.D.’s nonprofit structure; document meetings and guidelines; and develop marketing tools to include the G.O.A.D. website, brochure, and newsletter.
Pat believes that each of us, especially those who are able, should give as much as they can, as often as they can. She says that giving isn’t always financial, it’s volunteering your time, skills, and energy.
As for her free time, she laughs and says “What free time?”. She adds that her hobbies/ passions are music, traveling, swimming, dancing, reading motivational books, and spending quality time with family and friends.
When asked about a role model, Pat's response was very heartfelt. She said, "it was definitely her mother, Joan Middleton." She recounted that her mom sacrificed so much by being a stay-at-home mom. Her mom began working at the Senate Child and Development Center and attended classes after work. She received her GED in 2007. The Washington Post recognized Ms. Middleton in an article, as the oldest person to receive their degree that year. Her mom continued her education beyond that, receiving her Teaching Certificate and officially becoming a substitute teacher. Pat says that after she and her sisters retired, they struggled to convince their mother to do the same. Her mom eventually retired and is enjoying her retirement to this day? Pat credits her mother for having a tremendous impact on her and her sisters but also on her grandkids and the many children who attended the Center. So many of the children from over the years at the Center attended Ms. Middleton’s retirement celebration. Pat says she was told that not many employees get recognized in the Congressional Quarterly, but her Mom did! Pat said, that her mother and her late grandmother are the people who drive her to keep learning new things and to help others do the same.
When asked to identify the 3 most important things in her life Pat said, "faith, family, and freedom."
As for the things that make her most proud, Pat is extremely proud of her children and grandchildren's accomplishments and the example they are setting for the next generation.
As for a book or movie that has impacted her life, she named Stephen Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
And finally, as to her message for posterity, she quotes Whitney Young, "It's better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."
Meet Mrs. Dyone Mitchell, former president of G.O.A.D. from 2018 to 2020. She was also the President of the precursor organization to G.O.A.D., Women United with a Godly Purpose, from 2015 to 2018. She currently serves as Vice President of G.O.A.D., Co-Chair of the Sponsors and Donors Committee, Coordinator for G.O.A.D.’s social media efforts and a member of the Scholarship Committee.
Dyone is originally from Mobile Alabama and she currently resides in Maryland. She has been a member of G.O.A.D. since its inception in 2014. She joined because of the like-minded women who are a part of the organization, who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves in terms of giving back to their local communities. Dyone believes that with many, we can give much, and that as a small non-profit organization, G.O.A.D. is doing well but eventually she would like to see G.O.A.D. making a difference on a much larger scale. Dyone looks forward to working with G.O.A.D. in increasing the numbers of beneficiaries when it comes to feeding more families or giving more financial aid to college students, etc. She believes it would be great to have big company sponsors to help G.O.A.D. achieve this. She believes it is our Christian duty as neighbors and as fellow human beings to help those in need, especially those in need of basic necessities to survive. She believes that at some point, we all may need a hand-up if not necessarily a handout.
When asked about her role model, Dyone says, “I don’t have just one. My role models are all those who have gone thru adversity, race, and gender discrimination to fight for what is right and made positive change happen with style and grace. Right now, Michelle Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsberg come to mind from a list of many.”
Dyone says that the three most important things in her life are her family, friends, and good health; and that she’s most proud of her family members who are succeeding and doing positive things with their lives.
She has been happily married to Mr. Charles Mitchell for over 30 years and that union has blessed her with 2 stepchildren, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She’s a career federal employee, a published author, a member of the Freestyle Dancers (for 20 years), a talented slam poet, and an actress. She enjoys reading novels, hand dancing and line dancing. Lately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has limited her activities and enjoys being home and watching a good movie with her husband Mitch.
When asked about any books or movies that have had an impact on her life, she said “Without a doubt my book of devotions entitled “A Little God Time” has impacted my life like nothing else has. It has been the greatest gift that I have ever received and has played a part in strengthening my relationship with God. It has been my lifeline in this year of uncertainty.”
Finally, Dyone has some advice for future generations, “Be careful how you represent yourself on social media because, like it or not, it will become representative of you and a lasting legacy for years to come.”
* President—Pat Nabinett
* Vice President– Dyone Mitchell
* Treasurer—Melanese Wynn
* Secretary—Lawan Robinson
Asst. Secretary - Vacant
Business Manager - Vacant
Chaplain - Vacant
Financial Secretary—Mary Jo Blount
Historian/Photographer - Roberta Coates
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