Dear PoP – Check Out The Shutdown Startup and Other Volunteer Opportunities

Photo by PoPville flickr user elliotmitchell

“Dear PoP,

I came across this great website, which is promoting the idea that should the federal government shut down, some of us Federal workers who will be furloughed, may want to step up to serve our local communities as volunteers.”

Pretty cool. Their Web site says:

“If the federal government shuts down, thousands of passionate public servants will be kept from their full-time jobs. But that doesn’t mean they can no longer serve. In the event of a shutdown, we commit to volunteering with non-profit organizations throughout the DC area to make a positive impact on our community.”

Shutdown Startup Background

You can find volunteer opportunities here.

“Dear PoP,

On April 16, Greater DC Cares will mobilize thousands of volunteers at more than a hundred school and nonprofit sites for Servathon, an annual day of community service, to celebrate the culmination of National Volunteer Week. Volunteers will paint, tutor, landscape, clean, and much more, to spring into action (this spring!) and get involved in service—learning more about the city’s neighborhoods to inspire continued participation in the community.

Service projects last from 9:30 to 1:30 PM, followed by an afterparty at three bars in Dupont Circle featuring food and drink specials, and live music from Washington City Paper’s Best-Of 2011 local band pick—White Ford Bronco!

Register to volunteer with us on Saturday, April 16! When you register to volunteer at, you can select your project and get excited to make a difference this April. Registration closes April 11.

**Adult registration is $25, youth $15, to cover the costs of site supplies and logistics**”

Photo by PoPville flickr user JosephLeonardo

And finally a Bloomingdale Spring Cleanup:

“Dear PoP,

Join the Bloomingdale Civic Association and the Alice Ferguson Foundation on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for our annual Spring Cleanup.

Our Spring Cleanup will include trash pickup, tree box maintenance and plantings, and several minor streetscape improvements throughout the neighborhood. We will be meeting at the park at the Northeast corner of 1st and T Streets, NW at 10:00 AM. Light refreshments will be served by Big Bear Cafe and Rustik Tavern. Tools and trash bags will be supplied. “

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