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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.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Peter Bjork

From the Mayor’s Office:

“The winter isn’t letting up and neither are our volunteers! Serve DC is encouraging volunteers from across the District to join the DC Citizen Snow Team! The DC Citizen Snow Team will assist seniors and residents with disabilities with shoveling and snow removal in the event of winter weather.

The District requires property owners (residential and commercial) to clear the sidewalks surrounding their property within 24 hours after a snowfall. Even a dusting of snow can pose a challenge for seniors or individuals with disabilities, which is why we are asking residents to volunteer their services to help keep everyone safe and make the winter a little easier on those in need.

Register online at our website or contact Melvyn Smith at 202-727-7970.”


“Dear PoPville,

This holiday season we are collecting handmade holiday cards for the residents of the Old Soldiers Home/ Armed Forces Retirement Home here in DC. If you know a 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 550 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 drop them at my home sarchance10(at)aol(dot)com. The deadline for this small but meaningful way to help experience the joy of giving back in our own backyard is Friday, December 12th. 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 let’s make this year’s card drive a success!

Thanks so much/ Happy Holidays.
Sarah Gabriel


From an email:

DC Public Schools is pleased to announce the 10th annual Beautification Day on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, from 9AM-1PM.

Join over 4,000 volunteers for a variety of projects to help clean and spruce up schools in preparation for the students first day of school. Activities will include gardening and landscaping, organizing books and libraries, painting, flower planting and more.

· When? Saturday, August 23rd from 9AM to 1PM

· Where? When you sign up as a volunteer, you’ll be able to select your school choice. We recommend you register as ‘flexible” whenever possible to ensure all schools receive quality care.

· How? Here is the registration link.

· Why? As a valued member of our community, your presence matters! Show up, have fun, and foster meaningful relationships with schools and neighbors.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From an email:

“Hill Center is proud to announce the second annual Volunteer Capitol Hill, a volunteer fair featuring over 35 non-profit organizations, on May 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteer Capitol Hill will take place at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE.

Volunteer Capitol Hill showcases the diverse range of community building activities being undertaken by nonprofit groups all over Capitol Hill and the greater DC area. 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. Participating organizations include: (more…)