It is the simple acts of loving kindness that binds us as a community. DKW believes that these acts of charity are a social obligation and we embrace them whole heartedly.

DKW Supports Reading Program in D.C.community1

Scholastic Read and Rise221 of DC’s elementary and middle schools are failing reading or math standards.

Read and Rise®, a national literacy initiative organized by Scholastic Books, is designed to bring families, schools, and communities together to support children’s literacy development.

Scholastic Read and Rise Book Fairs are designed to:

  • Help families foster the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that support children’s literacy development
  • Help schools engage families through fun, literacy-based events
  • Better prepare children for reading and learning
  • Support schools with their family engagement goals

DKW Supports the Read and Rise program in three ways:

  • We contribute financial support to help make sure every child can connect with a book they want to read
  • Employees lend their time by volunteering at the book fair or acting as reading mentors. National Leadership Council

DKW Supports National Leadership Council of Greater Washingtoncommunity2

Mr. Washington, CEO and President, serves on the Board of Directors of his church and the National Leadership Council of Greater Washington, DC.

The National Leadership Council is a special opportunity for a select number of members to serve as an advisory board to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) national staff and Board of Directors. NLC members are chosen based on their dedication, service,and commitment to NSCS. Leadership, academic excellence, and community involvement are other strong traits that each NLC member must exhibit and continue to demonstrate throughout their term.

DKW Supports St. Coletta


DKW is also a committed sponsor of St. Coletta, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, a regional leader in serving individuals with intellectual disabilities for nearly 50 years. St. Coletta was founded in 1959 by parents of a child with Down Syndrome. The school began in the basement of St. Charles Borromeo School in Arlington with five students. Today, St. Coletta of Greater Washington serves over 300 children and adults from Washington, Maryland and Virginia in a school program and two adult day programs.


DKW Supports Central Mission Union

In 2016, DKW partnered with the Central Union Mission of Washington, DC, in an effort to assist two homeless families in need during the holiday season.  DKW employees donated gifts of books, toys, clothing, computer equipment and other electronics to the children in these families, who ages ranged from five to seventeen. Our company is quite proud of this collaboration with Central Union Mission, and our hope is that we can continue to strengthen our ties to this organization and explore additional ways to assist with the Mission’s goals.

For more information about the Mission, please visit their website:


DKW Supports Beacon House D.C.

DKW’s President and CEO, Darryl K. Washington, provides ongoing support to the Beacon House which is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreation, and nutrition programs to at-risk, low-income children in Washington, D.C. In supporting the Beacon House and his local community, Mr. Washington has been recognized for his time and resources.




DKW Partners with Toys-for-Tots

For several years, DKW has sponsored an annual company-wide gift drive to assist the work of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.  Toys for Tots is a charitable effort known across the country, whose sole purpose is to distribute toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The generosity of our employees has assisted children in less fortunate families across the DC metro region, and our company has been a proud supporter of this endeavor.   

For more information about Toys for Tots program and the Toys for Tots Foundation, please visit their website: