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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…)
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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…)
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Ed. Note: You should make it contingent upon letting folks continue to play softball on the Mall.
Thanks to Curious Caravan for letting us know:
“The @NatlParkService is looking for a few good men & women to volunteer for this year’s annual National Christmas Tree lighting on Nov 30. Opp of a lifetime, free entertainment & great swag! Volunteer applications due November 15”
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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. (more…)
courtesy Ocean Conservancy from last year’s clean up
“WHAT: Ocean Conservancy is organizing an Anacostia River cleanup as the flagship event of its 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. Last year, 330 volunteers recovered more than 2,500 pounds of trash from the Anacostia River, and this year is slated to be even bigger. The DC event, supported by Patagonia, will feature food, live music, and giveaways. Register to volunteer at www.DCCoastalCleanup.org.
For the second year in a row, volunteers will use the Clean Swell app (free for download on the App Store and Google Play) to contribute their citizen science data on the collected trash in real time to one of the world’s largest databases on ocean trash.
WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE: Kingman Island
Entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6
A free shuttle service is available from the Stadium-Armory Station, accessible from the Orange, Blue, and Silver metro lines.
On Saturday, September 16, hundreds of Washington-area volunteers will head to Kingman Island to participate in the flagship event of Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from local waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers. Since the first ICC 32 years ago, more than 12 million volunteers have removed more than 220 million pounds of trash worldwide. (more…)
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From an email:
“Sunrise Senior Living is looking for a few dedicated adult volunteers that are available to volunteer at our assisted living community in Upper N.W. D.C.:
We need volunteers
Wednesday Mornings (10:30-2) to assist us with our weekly outings to local restaurants , museums and other outings.
Dedicated volunteers to read to residents the newspapers and mail
Friday and Sundays at 2 pm to assist with Bingo, discussion groups or Scrabble
If they are interested they can call (202) 966-8020 and ask for the activity department.”
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I’m wondering if people have suggestions of places that take volunteers that don’t mind a baby coming along. I’ve got a 6 month old, and would love to do some volunteer work on the weekends (with baby).”