Photo by PoPville flickr user kelly bell photography
Wondering if you are aware of any neighborhood volunteer opportunities for the holiday, such as volunteering at a food pantry to stock food, serving holiday meals at a homeless shelter, or “sponsoring” a child’s gifts. I just moved to Eckington and would be interested if folks are aware of volunteer opportunities in that opportunities (or really any in any neighborhood) either through a church or shelter, etc. Thanks!”
Noviembre de Niños: Stand Up with Immigrant Youth!
This month CAIR Coalition is focusing the spotlight on our Detained Children’s Program and the clients we serve through our Third Annual Noviembre de Ninos: Stand Up with Immigrant Youth!
Over 40,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the United States’ southern border in FY 2017. CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program provides crucial legal services to this population, many of whom are severely traumatized by the violence they have experienced or witnessed in their home country, and are eligible for legal immigration relief in the United States. We are inspired by the youth we serve and we are taking this month to focus on how we can all work together to better meet their needs. We are asking you, our community, to spread the word and join us in Standing Up with Immigrant Youth this November. (more…)
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 700 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer. (more…)
from last year’s cleanup courtesy Ocean Conservancy
UPDATE: “We decided to postpone tomorrow’s cleanup given Hurricane Florence. We have rescheduled it for October 13th”
From a press release: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin
From an email:
“With the school year underway, there’s no better time to get involved as a volunteer tutor or mentor. Two out of three students in DC read below grade level, and many more have additional academic and social-emotional needs. The need is real and urgent. Sign up to tutor, read with a child, or simply provide a listening ear for as little as an hour per week. DCTMI is eager to match you with one of our 40+ partner organizations based on your preferences and availability.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin
From an email:
“VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR 2018 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Get a behind-the-scenes experience and support the nation’s greatest springtime celebration
March 20 – April 16, 2018
WHO Friendly, cooperative, and reliable volunteers of all ages to join the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteer Program. Individuals, local businesses with community service programs, and community service groups are encouraged to volunteer. Knowledge about Washington, DC and the surrounding area is helpful but not necessary. The program is supported by Guest Services, Inc.
WHAT Volunteers can assist the Festival in a variety of exciting roles, including: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user julie skarwecki
I’m not sure how many of your readers have a million grocery bags (paper, plastic or reusable) cluttering their homes but Thrive DC (1525 Newton Street NW, basement of St Stephens Church) could really put them to use. Thrive DC distributes approximately 350 bags of food to low income adults and families each month and bags are an expense for them. Donating bags would be an easy way for people to de-clutter and help Thrive!”
In addition to the Rock Creek cleanup event.
From Washington Parks & People:
“We’re having two Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service Park Revitalization events that are free and open to the public at both Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park and Marvin Gaye Park. We’re going to be collecting trash, removing invasive species, and celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. All ages are welcome to come out!
Interested in volunteering with Washington Parks & People? Contact [email protected] with your information today!”
From a press release:
“Rock Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the National Park Service, and Montgomery County Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with their annual MLK Weekend of Service, a weekend full of events at 12 sites throughout the Rock Creek watershed. This multi-day volunteer event will address local environmental problems related to litter and invasive plant species while supporting a nationwide effort to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Volunteers will participate in a variety of events designed to bring together local communities to protect and enhance the public lands that surround Rock Creek. Last year, the event mobilized 722 people who removed English ivy from 450 trees to protect Rock Creek’s tree canopy; removed invasive plants such as porcelainberry and wisteria to help native plants thrive; and cleaned up 390 bags of litter that had accumulated in and around Rock Creek and its tributaries.
This will be the fifth year that the Conservancy will host the weekend of service, which leverages the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems and advance Dr. King’s dream of opportunity for all. (more…)
I was wondering if you could ask the masses about volunteer opportunities around the area during the holidays? I checked Bread for the City, DC Central Kitchen, and Food & Friends and there doesn’t seem to be much available on Xmas eve or Xmas day but my family is looking for something to go over those days this year.”
I just got the following today but for those familiar with other options please let us know in the comments:
“Several homeless shelters need more volunteers on Christmas Day. Many social service agencies are short-staffed on December 25th and cannot provide festivities for people celebrating Christmas – so the Edlavitch DCJCC’s volunteers make a critical difference.
These service projects are part of the Edlavitch DCJCC’s 31st annual December 25th Day of Service (D25). As one of the largest Christmas service projects in the district, community members will volunteer at more than 50 social service agencies around Greater Washington including homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, and mental health facilities. The EDCJCC is hoping over 1,000 people volunteer.
See below for more information. (more…)