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Connect with Neighbors Nextdoor

NextdoorAre you on Nextdoor Trinidad?
What do you think? is a relatively new social network aimed at connecting actual people who live in the same neighborhood. Nextdoor Trinidad currently has 257 members. Users must sign up with a real name — no anonymous trolls — and a verified address within the neighborhood. You can also choose to widen any post’s range to include nearby neighborhoods, like Carver-Langston and Hill East. It functions much like a Yahoo or Google Group list serve, where information can be shared about such items of interest as community gatherings or bike thefts.

The Washington Post discussed the start-up service in 2013’s Won’t You Be in My Nextdoor Network?, the Huffington Post recommends the neighbor-network after being “won over by the verification process” while the New York Times takes a look at how the founders see the app producing a revenue stream.

You can sign up for Nextdoor Trinidad here.


Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break – DC Free Summer Meals Program

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

Kids and teens (18 and under) eat free through the DC Free Summer Meal Program. The program runs June through August with most sites opening June 22 and closing August 22. Meal times and dates vary by location. You can find sites by texting FOOD to 877877 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY between 8 am and 8 pm Monday through Friday.

Program Details:

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free SummerMeals_WebImageSummer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

The Free Summer Meals Program has served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia in the past three summers. Sponsoring organizations included:

  • Public or private local education agencies;
  • Entities of state, local, or municipal government;
  • Residential camps; and
  • Private non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status.

See for additional information.

Free Safety Training Classes this Summer from Serve DC

DC Be ReadyDC Be Ready National Safety Month Kicks Off F.R.E.S.H. Summer of Training: FREE First Aid/CPR/AED Classes!

June is national safety month and Serve DC kicks off the Summer of Safety Training – First Aid/CPR/AED classes in each of the District’s eight wards June through August 2015 providing FREE training to 100 residents in each ward. The Summer of Safety Training’s goal is to get 1,000 properly trained citizens prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, this basic training can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. Trainings are FREE and conveniently located in each ward at accessible times to fit most schedules and are open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia.
Register at or call 202.727.7925.

Avoid Court: Free Dispute Resolution through Mediation

DC Courts has a Community Information and Referral Program (CIRP) of the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division for DC residents to reach compromise on disputes with family, neighbors, landlords or tenants. This is a free service in conflict resolution and a way to avoid going to trial with a judge. CIRP provides trained staff to support the parties in dispute to articulate arguments in a way that does not negatively impact relationships.

You can contact CIRP at (202) 879-3180 or by visiting Court Building C, 410 E Street, N.W., Suite 1700. Staff will conduct intake interviews and provide guidance on mediation steps or other services available. If mediation is recommended, that is a formal process that is conducted in person and results in a written agreement. Conciliation, a more informal process of resolving disputes by phone, is another avenue led by the CIRP staff to quickly resolve issues.

For additional information see:

Don’t let problems escalate. Call CIRP to see if this free and relatively quick service will be a timely solution to disputes.

Free Job Skills Classes at Trinidad Rec

job skills classes

DC Department of Human Resources is offering a series of free job skills workshops this month to help residents with resume writing and interview skills.

Location: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE

Dates: Thursday June 11 and Saturday June 27

Time: 11am – 1:30pm

Please direct any questions to

311 – Gateway to City Services

Need to request a city service? Have a question but not sure which agency to contact?

“The Office of Unified Communications’ (OUC) 311 Call Center Operation provides a one-stop service experience for constituents, residents and visitors searching for DC government services, numbers and information. The Operation was designed to make the public’s interaction with the city government less frustrating.

Dial 311, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to request scheduled services such as trash removal, pothole repair, bulk pick-ups and recycling collection. Callers can also use this number to report a missed scheduled service, inquire about city agency phone numbers and hours of operation, and to pursue other customer service-related items.”

You can also request a service, check the status of a request and view a map of requests online at or download the handy convenient phone App available.

Thanks to Access, ASL/English interpreting available at TNA meetings & events


ASL/English interpreting is available at Trinidad Nieghborhood Association monthly community meetings as well as many TNA hosted events. Thank you to Access Interpreting, Inc for providing this service for the community.

If you utilize the service and don’t see it posted on a meeting or event notice, please contact TNA to learn if an interpreter is available. We do our best to provide access to all residents and are thankful for the generosity of Access.

Text the Police at 50411

Community members can use their cell phones to anonymously text tips about serious or violent crimes to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Give 5-0 the 411 with the MPD’s Text Tip Line: 50411. Text messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips on serious or violent crimes will be investigated by members of the department. If you would like a police response for any incident, please call 911. All tips may also be directed to (202) 727-9099 and may be eligible for a reward.

Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message. The anonymous text tip line is not an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency that requires the police, please call 911.

More MPD Hotlines, Tip Lines and Important Phone Numbers. 

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