Police to Hold Career Expo

A career expo for the D.C. police department will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Washington Convention Center to recruit 200 officers. Applications and testing for entry-level and lateral-entry opportunities will be available, as well as information and applications for civilian jobs.

D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, other department officials and representatives from the seven police districts will be available to answer questions. Also on hand will be personnel from specialized units such as K-9, Emergency Response, Harbor Patrol, Special Investigation, Youth and Preventive Services and Emergency Communications. They will provide demonstrations and answer questions.

A recent $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice provided funding to expand community policing in the District.

Gardening Grants Available

Garden Resources of Washington, a nonprofit group that organizes community gardening and educational programs in the District, is making as much as $4,800 in grant money available for community "greening" projects in the city.

Applications are due Sept. 10 for projects that must be completed by Nov. 10. Community meetings to provide information and applications will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday and at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the GROW office, 1419 V St. NW.

Grant requests, which can be for up to $1,000, could include community garden renovations, new gardens, tree plantings, neighborhood cleanups and environmental education programs. They are available to community garden groups, youth and neighborhood groups, civic associations, schools, churches and other organizations that may have a community garden project planned.

People who need more information or who cannot attend the community meetings should call 202-234-0591.

Adams-Morgan Project for Homeless

A coalition of community groups in Adams-Morgan is forming a campaign to fight panhandling and also help the homeless. Led by the Latino Economic Development Corp., the coalition includes the Adams-Morgan Business and Professional Association, the Mount Pleasant Business Association and Neighbors' Consejo.

The campaign has three stages. The first includes a sign that will appear in businesses throughout Adams-Morgan urging patrons not to give money to panhandlers. The sign says that studies show most money given to them is used to buy cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.

Second, next to the cash register at each participating business, a bank will be placed to collect money. The coalition guarantees that all funds collected will be donated to Neighbors' Consejo, a Mount Pleasant-based homelessness service provider.

The last stage of this program involves outreach to neighborhood businesses. An outreach worker from the homeless center will visit each business to listen to concerns about the homeless community.

Y2K Grants Awarded to 3 Nonprofits

Three District nonprofit organizations were selected to receive grants from the Center for Y2K and Society. They are among 29 community-based groups around the country working on Y2K preparedness in health care, community planning, public safety and the environment.

Both the Center for Visionary Leadership and the Council of Latino Agencies received $10,000. The District of Columbia Primary Care Association received $7,500. Each organization is helping different communities within the District to prepare for problems that may occur Jan. 1, 2000.