vermont clean up

From Facebook:

“Take pride in your Shaw/U Street corridor!

Every year, volunteers get together to clean up, plant, & mulch the 1/4 miles of street gardens that are part of historic Vermont Avenue, in Washington, DC.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and take pride in the beauty of a vital part of our city. We need about 30 people to participate, more is better.

NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. Training, tools, & other support will be provided. Free breakfast, lunch, drinks and door prizes included.

Try to arrive as close to 9:00 am as possible for training. Meet at the African American Civil War Memorial (U Street & Vermont)

We’ll also need about 3 coordinators to welcome volunteers and get them started if they arrive later. (more…)

columbia heights dog park
11th and Park Road, NW

From a press release:

“This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM the staff of Patrick’s Pet Care alongside considerate neighborhood volunteers plans to clean up the Columbia Heights dog park. Located at the corner of 11th St and Park Road in Northwest, the popular park has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Patrick’s Pet Care owner, Patrick Flynn, says the project aims to draw attention to the need for improvements and the importance of the dog park to its community. He hopes this clean-up will provide modest improvements while signaling that a permanent solution is needed to raise the Columbia Heights dog park up to DC standards. (more…)


From an email:

“I wanted to let you know Rock Creek Conservancy will host volunteer events across the Rock Creek watershed this Saturday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 16 in honor of MLK Day. Our goal is to pick up trash in and around Rock Creek and its tributaries and remove invasive exotic plants from park lands.

We have a neat interactive map on our website here that allows people to find a volunteer event near them (and a complete listing of events is also on that page).”

Katherin Burk courtesy Peace Corps

From a press release:

“The Peace Corps today announced that the greater Washington, D.C. area ranks No. 1 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. Three hundred and eighty six (386) volunteers from the Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan area are currently serving worldwide and 2,337 Washingtonians have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. The Greater Washington, D.C. area has consistently ranked in the top two metropolitan areas for the last three years and has appeared in all four categories for six years.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This year, Washington, D.C. edged out the Greater New York City metropolitan area by just seven volunteers to claim the top spot. The last time the Washington metropolitan area ranked No. 1 was in 2009. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

Many of us in the community are shocked and saddened by the outcome of the presidential election. I want to do my part by helping those who will be most vulnerable in the times that lie ahead. Can you do a post to solicit meaningful volunteer opportunities in our neighborhoods?”

Ed. Note: Yesterday we mentioned sandwich making in support of the Central Union Mission this Friday.


From an email:

Come help Old City CrossFit on HSt NE DC with it’s 1st ever AMSAP Challenge this Veteran’s Day, Nov 11th at 10:30 am! “What’s an AMSAP?” Great question! It means “As Many Sandwiches As Possible.” And we’ll be making these sandwiches in support of the Central Union Mission in DC.

Central Union Mission is a homeless shelter that provides services to people in need, including delicious meals. That’s where Old City and the AMSAP Challenge comes in. Old City is hosting an event on Veteran’s Day (Friday, Nov 11th) from 10:30 – 12. We have a goal of making 200 sandwiches (or more!?), and we need you to help us reach that goal!

There are two ways you can help:

1) Volunteer to provide supplies. Sign up here:

2) Volunteer your time! Just show up at the gym on Nov 11th at 10:30 and get ready to get your sandwich on!

You can find more information and sign up to volunteer for the event here: 

Please take a look at the Facebook event page and help out where you can. We really appreciate and support you might be able to offer!”

Thanks much,


Owner, Old City CrossFit”


“Dear PoPville,

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 800 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer. (more…)

One Day to Put Real Power in Our Community

By Kelly Brinkley

We only do it for one day each year, but it ripples through all 365 days. Starting at midnight, Do More 24 is United Way of the National Capital Area’s 24 hour online giving day benefiting over 700 D.C., MD and VA nonprofits.

It’s a spectacular undertaking but we see the dividends payoff in a very big way. On Thursday, June 2nd from 12:00 midnight all the way until the clock strikes midnight again, we will be manning the phones, monitoring online analytics and posting on social media channels. And we will be joined by many hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the region who will set aside this June 2nd to create an avalanche of desperately needed funds and the opportunity to raise awareness of their missions.

We believe in building the strongest community for our region, therefore we’ve created an effort to ensure that our area’s nonprofits have the support and tools they need to make June 2nd their biggest fundraising day of the year. We’ve been working with more than 700 nonprofits to give them confidence to make big things happen in just 24 hours.  You can view the full list of nonprofit organizations, ranging from animal welfare groups to adult literacy organizations, here. (more…)

foster family
stock photo of a foster family in DC

The following was written by Latin American Youth Center’s Amaris Montes.

If your child’s school has at least 100 kids in attendance, have you ever looked around and thought–“At least one of these kids is in foster care?” If you haven’t, you should start to. One in every 100 kids living in DC is in foster care; That is 1% of all children and youth in DC. They often go unnoticed and face unique challenges that are largely not addressed.

Take seven year old Felicia: She came into the foster care system after sexual assault by a family friend caused her to be separated from her biological mother. While her mother tries to improve her living conditions as best she can, is taking parenting classes, and works long hours at a restaurant so that Felicia can return to her care, Felicia lives with a foster parent. She lives with a loving single parent, Ms. Alanzo, who provides all the care and resources a normal parent would. Felicia understandably feels a mix of emotions–too many to process at just seven years old–and works them out by having excessive tantrums, ignoring her work at school, and needing a massive amount of attention. Her school is less than understanding of this behavior, threatening to kick her out of school if she doesn’t change her behavior. If this were to happen, Felicia would fall even more behind, lose the little continuity she has in her life, and her ability to trust and attach to adults and peers would be further jeopardized.

There are about 1,000 children in DC living in a foster home. May is National Foster Care Month, so during this month, we hope all DC residents take a moment to recognize that not all the children you see around your neighborhood have safe, stable homes. If you have ever thought about becoming a foster parent, please contact the Latin American Youth Center’s Foster Care Program today at [email protected]

VCH logo 2016

From a press release:

“Hill Center is proud to announce the fourth annual Volunteer Capitol Hill, a volunteer fair featuring over 35 non-profit organizations, on April 30 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteer Capitol Hill takes place at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE.

Volunteer Capitol Hill showcases the diverse range of community building activities being undertaken by nonprofit groups all over Capitol Hill. Whether individuals are looking to make a difference in the community, develop new job skills, make new friends, or spend time together as a family, there is an opportunity for everyone.

With organizations spanning from youth development to dog rescue to food pantries and everything in between, volunteers will find something that fits their interests, availability, and skill sets. There are even opportunities that people can do comfortable from their homes, one time, or ongoing commitments.

Participating organizations include: (more…)