Help in Crisis ResponseThe East of the River Clergy-Police Community Partnership is seeking volunteers for its Crisis Response Team. Volunteers offer support to grieving families, friends and communities immediately after a homicide in the District. The partnership is an alliance of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, the Metropolitan Police Department and affected neighborhoods. When a homicide occurs, police notify the Wendt Center, which provides follow-up services such as funeral assistance, memorials, counseling and police protection for the victim's family.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and able to perform after a traumatic event. They also must complete the application process, which includes a criminal background check. Volunteers will receive training in law enforcement and in grief and loss counseling.

For more information, call 202-624-0010.

14th Street Bridge Study A public workshop will take place Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the 14th Street Bridge Corridor Environmental Impact Statement, a study of how to improve traffic operations, ease congestion and enhance safety in the area of the bridge.

Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the District Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation, the workshop offers a chance to discuss findings on existing transportation patterns, environmental features and historic resources within the corridor. It also will allow them to voice their opinions on the study.

The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Amidon Elementary School, 401 Eye St. SW, and continue Wednesday at Aurora Hills Community Center, 735 18th St. S., in Arlington.

For more information, visit

ANC WorkshopThe District Department of Housing and Community Development will have a workshop for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 801 N. Capital St. NE, in the ninth-floor boardroom. The "Basically DHCD" workshop will provide information on programs, services and funding offered by the department, which the commissioners can then use to educate their constituents.

To participate, call 202-442-7250 or send an e-mail to

Bone Marrow NeededThe National Marrow Donor Program will host a drive today and Saturday to recruit African American donors.

Black donors make up less than 10 percent of the registry. As part of a new campaign, the donor program, Congressional Black Caucus and National Conference of Black Mayors will conduct drives across the country to help the thousands of black patients battling life-threatening blood diseases each year.

The drive will be from noon to 4 p.m. today at Howard University's Blackburn Center, 2397 Sixth St. NW, and Saturday in Maryland at the Centre at Forestville, 3393 Donnell Dr. and the Beltway Plaza Mall, 6000 Greenbelt Rd. in Greenbelt.

No appointment is needed. For information, call 800-627-7692 or visit

Women's Cancer CenterA new center for women with breast and gynecological cancers has opened at the Washington Cancer Institute of Washington Hospital Center. The Women's Oncology Center is the first facility in the region dedicated exclusively to women's cancers. With five examination and treatment rooms, the center allows patients to receive diagnosis and treatment from gynecological oncologists and breast cancer specialists, genetic counselors and medical geneticists in one comfortable, convenient location. Decorated with quilt wall hangings and flowers, the center faces a meditation garden and pond in the front of the Cancer Institute.

For more information about the new center, visit

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