courtesy Rock Creek Conservancy

From an email:

“Come Volunteer in Rock Creek Park for #MLKDay

Join Rock Creek Conservancy on Saturday, January 16th and Monday, January 18th in honor of the 2016 MLK Day of Service. Over 15 volunteer activities are happening throughout Washington, DC, and Montgomery County, MD. Volunteer activities include (1) cutting invasive English ivy from trees as part of the Conservancy’s effort to protect the Rock Creek tree canopy; (2) cutting invasive vines such as berry and Oriental bittersweet so natives can grow in the park; (3) cleaning up trash that has accumulated along streams; and (4) laying mulch to improve trail access. 

Visit our website for more information and the most up to date event details. If you are interested in getting a group involved, please email [email protected] (more…)

From an email:

“Over the past 6 years, we have been bringing snowball related fun to thousands of DC residents (and stranded visitors) in the form of the DC Snowball Fight Association. While it is always fun to throw a fluffy snowball at an unassuming stranger, there are those for which the snow can be a dangerous burden and hazard – which is why we have joined forces with the DC mayor’s office this year on a new initiative.

Join us at Ping Pong Dim Sum in Chinatown this Friday evening (December 18) to learn how YOU can help seniors and people with disabilities to shovel out their snow this winter, as you head to or from the next snowball fight! 

What: DC Snowballs For a Cause Holiday Happy Hour!
When: Friday, December 18, 2015. 5:307:30 pm 

Where: Ping Pong Chinatown, 900 7th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001  (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I’m going to be in DC over Christmas this year, as I have done for several years. I do dinner with an uncle in Maryland on Christmas Eve and spend Christmas Day alone in the quiet. This year my job changed and I haven’t had time to volunteer weekly as I had done since moving to DC, so I’d like to spend the day volunteering. Any suggestions of where volunteers are needed on Christmas Day?”


Thanks to a reader for passing on this great project to knit blankets for all the homeless babies at DC general:

“Sunday at 4:30pm
Off Road Indoor Cycling
905 U St NW

Join us kick off the project to provide handmade baby blankets to the 200+ babies living in DC General, the capital’s primary family shelter. You don’t need to know how to knit/crochet; we’ll show you and provide the yarn!”


From an email:

826DC is a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students ages 6-18, and is part of a national organization co-founded by the best-selling author, Dave Eggers. This Saturday, we will be unveiling our brand new home inside the historic Tivoli building. Previously housed behind the Museum of Unnatural History, the new location will be fronted by an equally unique shop: Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co. This will be the first chance to shop the new store, while also learning about our upcoming Fall/Winter programs for students. All proceeds from the store benefit 826DC’s 100% free writing programs for DC youth.” (more…)

holiday card drive
cards from last year’s drive

From an email:

“Its that time of year again! We are collecting handmade holiday cards for the residents of the Old Soldiers Home/ Armed Forces Retirement home here in DC. If you know an adult, office, child, daycare, or school that would be interested in making holiday cards to bring some joy to these individuals who have spent years or a lifetime in service to all of us, please spread the word and help us hand out a card to every retired soldier we can this holiday season. Last year we handed out over 600 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer.

I will be happy to pick up the cards you make or you may mail/ drop them at my home. The deadline for this small but meaningful way to help experience the joy of giving back in our own backyard is Friday, December 11th. In the event the number of cards exceeds the number of residents, all of the remaining art will be shipped to operation gratitude for placement in care packages of persons serving overseas. Please help spread the word and lets make this years card drive a success!

Thanks so much/ Happy Holidays.
Sarah Gabriel

red cross

From an email:

“This Saturday, August 29, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, we will be assembling “comfort kits” for local families displaced by emergencies or disasters. We’re hoping to pay it forward for all of the help provided to our state following the devestation of the hurricane and levee breaches.

The event will be held in partnership with the American Red Cross at their HQ office in Foggy Bottom.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes

“Dear PoPville,

I’m going to have a lot of free time on my hands for about three weeks, specifically from June 2nd through June 20th. I’m looking for a good volunteer opportunity to keep me busy and to give back to the DC community but I can’t seem to locate anything on Serve DC, One Brick, or Volunteer Match. I would like to volunteer on evenings and weekends since I work full-time and somewhere that’s either walkable (I live in DuPont/Kalorama) or metro accessible since I don’t have a car. I don’t mind getting dirty or being put to manual labor…I just want it to be safe and actually serve a good cause.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!”

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

From an email:


May 2, 2015 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join us at Hill Center’s annual Volunteer Capitol Hill volunteer fair showcasing a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at 35 non-profit organizations. Looking to make a difference in the community? Develop new job skills? Make new friends, or spend quality time with family? Volunteer Capitol Hill 2015 offers opportunities to match your availability, skills, and interests with an organization. This is a great opportunity for youth with service requirements for school as well. Volunteer Capitol Hill celebrates the extraordinary contributions made by Nicky and Steve Cymrot over a period of forty years to the Capitol Hill community and, in particular, their vision and leadership in the creation of Hill Center. A full schedule and list of participating organizations can be found here.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user dullshick

From a press release:

“The seventh annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 9 am to 12 pm.  Rock Creek Conservancy is seeking volunteers to remove trash and debris at 70+ locations along Rock Creek in Washington, DC, and Montgomery County, MD.  The three-hour cleanup will bring together kids, families, and adults of all ages to pick up litter from the creek and woodlands.

As part of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Conservancy is seeking to engage and inspire everyone to find themselves in Rock Creek. “People love Rock Creek and are really eager to be involved,” according to Conservancy Executive Director, Matthew Fleischer. “They can make a difference right here, and it’s a fun way for kids and adults to be outside and give back to their community.  Our parks are now visibly and measurably cleaner, but they still need a spring cleaning.”

People interested in volunteering can find a cleanup location and sign up at the Rock Creek Conservancy website,

During each of the past six years, volunteers have fanned out in parks bordering the 33-mile length of Rock Creek and collected over 14,600 bags of litter, 69 tons of junk, 867 tires, and 37,350 plastic bags. During the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, volunteers carrying colorful trash bags can be seen for miles in Rock Creek parks.”