Looking to Volunteer on Christmas?

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“On Christmas Day, 1,000 volunteers will spread out across the Washington area to prepare food for the homeless, visit senior citizens, decorate and host Christmas parties at shelters, serve meals to those in need, donate blood, provide needed maintenance and repair at community centers, wrap gifts, and help children experience the magic of the holiday season. For the 27th year, the Washington DCJCC is convening volunteers of all ages for planned Christmas Day service activities through D25.

“D25 is a chance for everyone – whether children, teens, college students, adults, or families or groups of friends to find a way that speaks to them to share the holiday spirit with others in the community,” said Erica Steen, Director of Community Engagement at the DCJCC, who is in her eighth year of directing the event. “What better way to be thankful for what we have and to consider how we can better the lives of our neighbors than in coming together in service on such a special day?”

Details on D25 follow. A list of projects can be found at the Washington DCJCC’s D25 homepage. Volunteer opportunities include on-site activities at the DCJCC as well as at more than 60 social service agencies throughout Washington and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Most activities are two to four hours.”

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  • Would love to volunteer and looked on the website….maybe I”m missing something but I don’t quite understand why I need to pay to sign up to volunteer. If I had the money I would just contribute to the charity but I don’t have extra cash so I want to donate my time since I have no local family for Christmas.

    Bummer…I would have loved to do this!

    • Hey, it actually costs money to put on large volunteer events to help people.

      Also, the FAQ on their website explains why there is a cost, but there is a number at the bottom if you can’t afford to pay the $18, so you could give them a call.

      4. Why is there a registration fee?

      Registration for this project is $18, plus a $2 service charge (to cover Credit/Debit card charges). The fee helps cover the cost of paint, food, gifts and other materials needed to serve thousands of people in need in our community. Not all projects require supplies but most of them do. The fee helps to cover all projects.

      A number of complimentary slots are available for December 25th Day of Service on a first-come/first-serve basis. If the program fee of $18 is an impediment to your participation, please call Erica at 202-777-3255 to inquire about arrangements. Thank you.

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