Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering
I’m looking for a regular volunteer gig in DC, preferably close to home in Shaw, and one or two weekend shifts a month. Most of the orgs I know well need business-hours help, which I can’t swing now. Any ideas @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 600 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer. Read More
courtesy Ocean Conservancy
From a press release:
“This fall, Ocean Conservancy invites Washingtonians to take part in a global effort to tackle the threat of ocean plastic pollution as the organization’s flagship International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event returns to Kingman and Heritage Islands in the Anacostia River on September 21, 2019. Read More
Interested in learning bike repair skills and helping your neighbors? The Bike House runs community bike repair clinics on Saturdays at Annie’s Ace Hardware in Petworth and on Sundays at the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market. We need volunteers of all skill levels to help run the clinics. (They’re a great place for beginners to learn!)
Attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientations to get started: Read More
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan
I’m looking for creative and meaningful ways to volunteer my time in DC. Do you have any suggestions?”
Another reader passes on from Sunday Suppers:
“Thank you to everyone who has volunteered. We need help Sunday, May 26th (Memorial Day weekend) providing and/or serving a meal for 60 people. Dinner is 6 to 7pm every Sunday at Franklin Square.
From an email:
“On Saturday, May 4 Encounter Church is hosting Generosity Feeds, an exciting event for the community to come together and pack 10,000 meals in just two hours! Over 100 volunteers are needed to pull this off! The event will be held at the Salvation Army on Sherman Avenue in Columbia Heights/Park View.
A press release with more information is attached.” Read More
You might have read some of the recent coverage of the latest city government screw-up: Serve DC (in the mayor’s office) didn’t bother to file DC’s grant paperwork with the Corporation for National and Community Service this year, which is going to cost the city $3.75M in federal funding that goes to support the work of City Year (those nice young people in the red jackets), and two early literacy intervention nonprofits, Literacy Lab and Reading Partners.
Many studies show that it’s vitally important that kids be reading at grade level by the fourth grade. At that point, they’re no longer reading to learn to read, they’re reading to learn all their other subjects, so if they’re behind in reading by the fourth grade, they quickly end up behind in all their subjects, and they often never catch up.
In 2017, only 19% of DC’s fourth graders from low-income families could read at or above grade level. Kids who are reading at or above grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to stay in school and graduate, creating a firm foundation to be successful in life. That’s what Literacy Lab and Reading Partners exist to do.
I’m a volunteer with Reading Partners. We were due to receive $560,000 to fund 30 AmeriCorps positions in the 2019-2020 school year. That represents 20% of our budget. Read More
From Rock Creek Conservancy:
“Spring has officially sprung, and Rock Creek Conservancy invites you to get outside and clean up your favorite parks during the 11th Annual Extreme Cleanup. The main event will take place between 10 AM and 4 PM on April 13th with satellite cleanups occurring every weekend throughout April.
Every year, the Extreme Cleanup mobilizes thousands of people to remove litter from more than 70 sites along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek in conjunction with Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup Day. The goal is a total people-powered stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries. Read More
From Sunday Suppers:
Sunday Suppers serves (and shares) a hot meal for the homeless from 6 to 7pm every Sunday at Franklin Square. We need help on Sunday, February 24th both providing the meal and/or serving the meal for 40 people. If you can help in any capacity, no matter how small, please email [email protected]. More info: here.
My church supports this charity. They need more volunteers providing food for the meal. I hope PoPvillers might be able to help.”
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!”