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April Community Cornerstones Awards Recipients

At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds
Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development

1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 110
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 724-8064


Each month, Councilmember Anita Bonds highlights cornerstones of our community who make an extraordinary impact to the quality of life and general well being of the residents of the District of Columbia.

Raymond Bell

Raymond Bell is the Founder and Director of the H.O.P.E. Project (Helping Other People Excel).

The H.O.P.E. Project’s mission is to empower young adults to reach their potential by providing a comprehensive information technology training program.

Mr. Bell founded the program with the desire to prove that people from neighborhoods such as Anacostia, Congress Heights and Kenilworth have the skills and capabilities to succeed with the proper access to training.

Councilmember Bonds applauds Mr. Bell’s commitment to providing job training to the District’s youth.

Learn more about the H.O.P.E Project at www.hopeprojectdc.org.

Chaitra “Chai” Shenoy

Chaitra “Chai” Shenoy has dedicated her career to create safe spaces in our community for women and LGBTQ individuals.

Shenoy is the co-founder and Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, a community-based, volunteer run organization whose aim is to educate and address public sexual harassment and assault in the DC Metro area.

Ms. Shenoy is also an attorney and represents sexual assault survivors with their civil legal needs.

Councilmember Bonds congratulates Ms. Shenoy for her tremendous work serving and advocating for District women and the LGBTQ community.

Learn more about Collective Action for Safe Spaces at www.collectiveactiondc.org.

Tony Cancelosi

For the last decade, Tony Cancelosi has led the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB).

CLB works to allow blind and visually impaired residents to overcome the challenges of vision loss and remain independent, active and productive in society.

Over his tenure, Mr. Cancelosi has successfully brought together many community non-profits in the District such as Mary’s Center, Spanish Catholic Center and Victory House to partner with CLB to expand the services to the blind and visually impaired community.

Councilmember Bonds commends Mr. Cancelosi’s leadership to serve the District’s blind and visually impaired community.

Learn more about the Columbia Lighthouse for the blind at www.clb.org.

Crown Bakery

Crown Bakery is a family-owned, small business in the Brightwood Park neighborhood.

The bakery has been a pillar of the community since it was established over one and a half decades ago. Not only does the bakery serve up freshly baked delights and authentic Caribbean dishes, it is committed to giving back to the community.

Crown Bakery is a regular contributor of food to Martha’s Table and the owners are well known to offer complimentary meals to the less fortunate.

Councilmember Bonds thanks Crown Bakery for their contribution to our community and service to less fortunate residents.

Learn more about Crown Bakery at www.dccrownbakery.com.

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