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Our Mission


BeGreatDC is a 501(c)(3)  nonprofit whose mission is to empower, educate and engage the community. Our programs fall under three pillars: community connection, youth education, and wellness.

Our Mission & Programs

Our Signature Programs

Our signature programming includes the following: 

  • GoGroceries for families in food deserts

  • The Essentials for tent communities and homeless shelters

  • Toy & Luggage Holiday Drive for foster care youth

  • Laptops and Hotspots Drive for DCPS students

  • Black Men Yoga Too

Our Founding Story

Our Founding Story

In the heart of Washington, D.C., where the pulse of the city echoes the diverse stories of its residents, BeGreatDC emerged as a beacon of hope and service. The seeds of this extraordinary community were sown by our founder, Rachael Payton, a DMV native and the daughter of parents raised in Chicago and Detroit as a result of the Great Migration. Rachael’s vision was fueled by a deep passion for service and a keen understanding of the unmet needs in our community.


It all began in 2018, a time when Rachael Payton recognized the gaps in wellness, education, and community support within our vibrant city. Driven by a commitment to address these needs, Rachael embarked on a journey to create an organization that would not only bridge these gaps but also inspire a culture of compassion and service.


The genesis of BeGreatDC was grounded in grassroots efforts, reflecting the raw authenticity of its purpose. Rachael, with an unwavering dedication to making a difference, envisioned an organization that would empower individuals to step up and step into the service of others. BeGreatDC became more than just a name; it became a movement for those who believed in the transformative power of service.


Since its inception, BeGreatDC has evolved into a community of brilliant, service-oriented individuals united by a common purpose. Our members embody the spirit of making a difference, and their collective passion has become the driving force behind the impact we've had in our community. With every act of service, we strive to create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the initial gesture, leaving a positive imprint on the lives we touch.


What sets BeGreatDC apart is our ability to meet the moment, to adapt and pivot in response to the ever-changing needs of the D.C. community. We are not just an organization; we are a dynamic community that listens, learns, and responds with compassion. Our commitment is fueled by the genuine desire to uplift those around us.


At BeGreatDC, we serve with our hearts, surrounded by like-minded individuals who share our vision of making a long-lasting difference. Together, we create an atmosphere where every act of service, no matter how small, contributes to a greater tapestry of positive change.


As we look ahead, BeGreatDC remains a community always seeking new ways to BeGreat. We invite you to join us in this journey of compassion, service, and the relentless pursuit of making our world a better place—one act of greatness at a time.

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