Service Organizations in the Metropolitan D.C. Area
We encourage alumni, faculty, staff, and students to contact local service organizations about volunteer opportunities. The following list offers a wide range of service activities available in the D.C. Metropolitan area. The organizations that are underlined can accommodate large groups.
Performing arts center fosters the artistic growth of professional and aspiring performing artists and provides a unique communitycentered venue for training and education in the performing arts and stagecraft.
Addresses poverty issues affecting families. Uses one-on-one coaching and peer support to help parents and children achieve permanent housing, higher education, rewarding work, and valuable connections to their community.
Typical activities: painting and repairing affordable housing units, mentoring Hope and a Home children.
Provides mentors who guide student teams from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland public schools as they explore educational and career opportunities in architecture, construction, and engineering.
Typical activities: construction site tours, professional office visits, guided excursions to college campuses, “hands-on” projects designed to help students learn architecture, engineering and construction industry fundamentals.
Community-based organization that provides transitional housing services, shelter, and support programs to homeless and struggling families. Founded on the concept that “smaller is better.” The philosophy at Mary House has always been to help others as we ourselves would want to be helped, while providing a safe haven that enables families to reclaim their dignity.
Dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Typical activities: one-to-one friendship with a buddy.
Strives to inspire residents of the greater Washington, D.C., region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy. Seeks to create a larger and more diverse community of people who treasure the natural world and work to preserve it.
Focuses on nature restoration projects and community-based environmental education projects with public schools in D.C. and Virginia. Plants native plants and trees with the students, which become “living classrooms” that are integrated into the school curriculum, enabling students to have hands-on experiences with nature while learning about science.
Typical activities: prepping areas for planting, creating paths, weeding, building benches, moving heavy materials.
Leads greening initiatives across the city: land reclamation, native reforestation, watershed restoration, public health and fitness programming, urban agriculture, and green job training in order to help revitalize forgotten communities.
With a mission to move people into a permanently self-sufficient, independent life, provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Arlington County and the City of
Alexandria in Virginia.
Typical activities: tutoring, field trip coordinating, small business
Largest nonprofit food distribution and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Its goal this year is to distribute 30 million pounds of food through direct service and a network of more than 700 partner agencies to 480,000 area residents.
Typical activities: packing and sorting food, working on shopping floor, helping with food bank tasks, packing for Kids Cafe program
Turns leftover food into millions of meals for thousands of at-risk individuals while offering nationally recognized culinary job training to once-homeless and hungry adults. Provides breakfast, outreach, and counseling services to chronically homeless people. Typical activities: meal preparation and distribution, crop gleaning, donation preparation.
Provides nutrition counseling and prepares, packages, and delivers meals and groceries to more than 2,800 people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses throughout Washington, D.C., and parts of Maryland and Virginia.
Typical activities: meal preparation and delivery, administrative help, food drives.
This ministry of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church has served lunch to hungry and homeless people on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays since 1968. Since many Washington food programs serve only on weekdays, the program offers a crucial service to its guests, some of whom travel across the city to be able to eat on the weekend.
Typical activities: meal preparation and distribution.
Finds solutions to poverty in the short term with food and clothing programs, and in the long term by breaking the cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. Offers tutorial, learning, and recreational programs during the school year, meals to homeless people; an in-kind redistribution center, family support
services; and information and referrals about other community and government services.
Typical activities: driving and delivering food, tutoring children, organizing events.
Provides individualized services that address the causes and consequences of homelessness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Prepares free, homemade meals and provides support services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women each year.
Typical activities: meal preparation and serving, sorting clothes, toiletries distribution, interacting with guests, drive hosting.
A bilingual and multicultural agency specializing in the prevention of homelessness in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that helps the Latino community. Specializes in helping homeless men and women
who suffer from addiction, alcoholism, and mental health problems.
• Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
Mobilizes community partners to provide a wide range of services that offer hope and rebuild lives. Strives to create an environment where the most vulnerable find wholeness, justice, and self-sufficiency.
Youth development program that combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development — their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.
Typical activities: coaching, planning the 5k race, being a “running buddy.”