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

by Prince Of Petworth — April 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm 24 Comments


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 www.greaterdccares.org, 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. “

  • Anonymous

    passionate public servants.. right!

    • Anonymous

      Eat me.

    • J

      Some public servants are probably passionate….like maybe dozens. Or a few….at least one must exist….

      • Clar

        Or more. I’m one, and work with many others at one of the Smithsonian museums. We come in early, leave late, genuinely care about our visitors and the collections.

        It’s easy to try to be funny by taking potshots at people you don’t know, but I hope you don’t believe.

    • saf

      I know an awful lot of feds (and local government workers) who do what they do because they care. Taking anonymous potshots is tacky. I bet you don’t actually know any feds.

  • Anonymous

    Thousands? Try tens or even hundreds of thousands!

    • saf

      According to the Washington Post, about 800,000.

  • Michael

    I’d suggest volunteering at DNC phonebanks so we can kick out the Republican assholes who shut the government down.

    • Anonymous

      Are you not tired of the Obama bullshit?

      What has he done that he promised in 2008? Guantanamo Bay prison is still in operation, we are still in iraq/afghanistan, now also in Libya, even though the dick claims its NATO..

      Economy is still up and down, and bank reforms were just a joke.

      • Funny how people think a president in office for three years is responsible for some much that happened well before he got there.

        • Anonymous

          how do you get any art done?

          • Rick

            You’re his inspiration.

          • Anonymous

            We love Frankie!

      • R

        Do you think that a Republican president would end Guantanamo, get us out of the Middle East, and avoid all conflict in Libya? What world are you living in?

      • Jay

        Check out politifact.com. A nonpartisan site that shows exactly how many promises have been made and then kept, broken, or stalled. I know Obama will be running on the platform that he plans on doing all of the stuff he promised that he would do in the second term.

    • Michael

      Apparently our trash pickup goes away if Republicans shut the government down. I’m going to start dumping mine in Republican Congresspeople’s yards. Trash dumping enforcement is done through the agency that picks up trash, so they will be shut down too. Boner, you’re up first!
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post_now/post/no-trash-collection-libraries-or-dmv-for-dc-if-federal-shutdown-occurs/2011/04/06/AF1vP5pC_blog.html

      • Anonymous

        Pretty sure the Dems can make the shutdown problem go away as well.

        • Michael

          Ha! Glenn Beck, is that you?

          • Jay

            I think you’re missing the point. The debt needs to me taken care of eventually, so why not now? If we let it go, we will be bankrupt, like the European countries that have had to ask the EU for assistance after bankruptcy. Put your big boy pants on and deal with the debt, get it over with, and move on.

        • dcdude

          …by caving in to every Republican demand only to have the Republicans move the goal posts once again. Don’t kid yourself. The Republicans are NOT negotiating in good faith here.

  • Anonymous

    Is POP suggesting waiting in line at Georgetown Cupcake is a form of community service?

  • Instead of just insults, how about making suggestions. This is for Saturday’s but if you do not work Thurs & Friday maybe you can give up Sat morning.
    http://www.foodforalldc.org/wp/?page_id=9
    or
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=40629580038

  • spookiness

    I tried volunteerism, but it just doesn’t pay.

  • Rocio N Melendez

    I don’t think using the line of a Cupcake place is appropriate for this.

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