Friday, December 14, 2012

Community Service Opportunities Over Winter Break

If you're one of the many students looking for how to get some community service hours over the break, check out these six opportunities: 


*Remember to pick up your community service form BEFORE you leave for break! You can get a form from Ms. Hutchinson in the Main Office. 




1. Food and Friends is in Fort Totten and has holiday volunteer opportunities: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7968713

2. Neighborhood Farm Initiative  is a farm right near the Ft. Totten metro station, and students can email Kristen Georger to see if they need any help over the break:


3. You can also email wangarigardens@gmail.com and ask Josh Singer or Sarah McLaughlin if they have any volunteer opportunities at Wangari Gardens, a community garden in NE DC, near the Washington Hospital Center. 

4. We Are Family DC has the following volunteer opportunities over Winter Break. To sign up, go to: www.wearefamilydc.org/calendar and click on the “Volunteer” button next to the date you want to volunteer.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Party
Tuesday, December 18 – 5pm-8pm
See Volunteer Spot sign up for location details

North Capitol Grocery Delivery
Saturday, December 22 – 10am-1pm
Meet at the Metro Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW
2.5 blocks from the Convention Center metro, near 5th & M Sts NW

Holiday Gift Wrapping Party
Tuesday, December 23 – 3pm-6pm
See Volunteer Spot sign up for location details

Holiday Gift Delivery
Tuesday, December 25, 10 am – 1 pm
Meet at the Metro Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW, 
2.5 blocks from the Convention Center metro, near 5th & M Sts NW

5. Books to Prisons: Information is Hope!
Location: Foundry Methodist Church
Address: 1500 16th ST NW, Washington, DC 20036
Date: Wed, January 2nd  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Description: Come spend an evening reading letters from prisoners and answering their book requests, some of which are very interesting! We will select books according to these requests from prisoners around the country and package them for sending.
Other Info: Please bring any paper grocery bags that you have at home and don't need. They use them to pack the books and have a tough time getting enough. The books we most need right now are African American books (about or by), Westerns, Spanish learning books, Native Americans, dictionaries, GED, math, basic literacy, drawing, and science paperbacks - donations are welcome!
Since 1999, a concerned all-volunteer group of individuals has been responding to requests from prisoners around the country for books. They also develop and support local prison libraries. Unlike many programs, they do not limit requests to a particular geographic area or, for example, to women. Thus they receive a tremendous amount of requests from prisoners around the country and are truly swamped. In the past twelve months, they have sent out close to 4,000 packages containing over 10,000 books. These packages have gone to prisoners in 150 different prisons in all 50 states. The U.S. has one of the highest incarceration levels in the world (1 in 37 adults), but many prisoners have little access to books or educational material. Many face substantial barriers and are cut off from family and friends on the outside. While some prisons have libraries, many do not. Of those that do, access and selection can be extremely limited. Often, prisoners are not allowed to receive books from friends or family.
Transit: Located 2.5 blocks east of Dupont Circle. To get there via metro, one can either take the red line to Dupont Circle, leave via the south entrance, walk partially around the circle to P St. and go east 2.5 blocks. To get there via the blue/orange line, one can go to McPherson Square, leave via the White House exit, walk one block west on I St. Once you get to 16th St., wait for buses heading north (come about every 5 minutes or so, before 7:30). When the bus goes through the tunnel, pull the "stop requested" wire and get off at the next stop which is the intersection of P St and 16th St.
Please Note: Once you get to the church (door on 16th St.) ring the doorbell to be let in, then go downstairs to the basement. Turn left, go to end of hall, then turn right, and we are the last door on the right after the bathrooms (B2). There is not a parking lot, but it is generally not too difficult to find street parking if you look around a bit.
1500 16th ST NW, Washington, DC 20036


6. 2011 Holiday Gift Wrapping Fundraiser Arms Outstretched Ministry

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Dec 7 through 24
Mon-Sat: 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 am-6;00 p.m.
Dec 24th: 8:00 am-6:00 p.m. To sign up, email:
Fashion Center At Pentagon City
100 South Haynes Street
Arlington, VA

We hope you can make it!

All proceeds benefit our wounded warrior and Adopt a Soldier programs, along with other programs to the community through ARMS OUTSTRETCHED MINISTRY, INC. Learn more about our cause and programs at www.armsoutstretchedministry.com armsoutstretchedministry@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sign Up for Make A Difference Day 2012!


For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. On Saturday, October 27th, millions of volunteers from around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

Make A Difference Day shows that anyone - regardless of age, location or resources - can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community. Recognizing the power of Make A Difference Day, other   organizations join with USA WEEKEND and Points of Light each year to inspire and recognize the valuable work of volunteers. 

2011 Make A Difference Day Volunteers
Make A Difference Day 2012 is October 27th: 
Find a Volunteer Opportunity Near You!

Volunteer with the DC Public Library!

MLK Library Volunteers






The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation's capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity and to build a thriving city. DCPL is proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.

DCPL offers regular and periodic volunteer opportunities, including a teen- and high school-specific volunteer program, for interested individuals ages 14 and up.  Whether you are new in town, a long-time District resident, college student or library professional, DCPL could use your support to carry out its important work. With 24 neighborhood libraries, in addition to DCPL's central Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, there is bound to be a convenient location near you.

For more information on DCPL volunteer opportunities, visit the DCPL volunteer program online or contact them at (202) 741-5803 or libraryvolunteers@dc.gov.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Last-Minute Community Service Opportunity at Anacostia Park THIS Saturday!

Looking to earn some community service hours this weekend? Grab a community service form and head over to Anacostia Park this Saturday, September 28th.

The DMV Tigers, a regional netball team, will be playing at the park from 3-7pm, and they need volunteers!

Show up with your community service form and ask for Jaqueline McGant.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Calling all Green Thumbs to Wangari Gardens THIS Saturday!

Guess What? It's Fall!

A Fall Pumpkin Growing at Wangari Gardens!
Come celebrate the season with Wangari Gardens, a community garden and public park in near Washington Hospital Center. This Saturday, September 29th, Wangari Gardens will be working with other DC organizations to plant trees, fall gardens, and more!
Lunch will be provided.

No need to call ahead, just show up with your community service form in hand! (Ask for Josh or Sarah.)

Need a community service form? Come to the Programs Office (Room 210) or get one in the Main Office!

Back to School with Reading Partners!


 Coming soon to a lunch near YOU! Reading Partners connects elementary school students with 1:1 tutors to help improve their reading and literacy skills.


You don't need any tutoring experience to tutor with Reading Partners--and it can take as little time as 45 minutes per week!

Opportunities are available Monday-Thursday at 11 locations throughout DC. For more information, check out their table during lunch next week, or go to www.readingpartners.org

Friday, May 11, 2012

Summer of Community Service


The 2011-2012 school year is winding down at Thurgood Marshall Academy, and students are logging their final community service hours of the year. 

Many students are already looking forward to summer as a way to earn their community service hours for next year! The Community Service Guide is now transitioning into our Summer of Community Service version, in which we'll feature opportunities to earn community service hours this summer! Stay tuned for upcoming posts!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Volunteer with America the Beautiful and Take Home Free Seeds!

Free Veggie and Flower Seeds Available from America the Beautiful Fund! 

 

Volunteer at the America the Beautiful Fund seed warehouse and take home all the veggie and flower seeds you could ever want! If you or your group are interested in volunteering at least 4 hours during the week or weekend helping us to sort seed packets, please contact Katie at katie@america-the-beautiful.org to set up a day! No skill required, everyone 10 and over welcome!

Earn Community Service Hours and Get Paid $250 This Summer at the National Gallery of Art!


High School Summer Institute 2012
















Description
Interested in art? The High School Summer Institute is for you!
  • Explore the museum's collection and exhibitions
  • Connect with a variety of museum professionals
  • Create a work of art for public display
  • Learn and work with other teens
Weekdays, June 18–29
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Participants receive a $250 stipend and earn 20 hours of community service credits
To Be Eligible, You Must Be
  • Interested in studio art or art history
  • Entering grade 10, 11, 12, or be a 2012 graduate of a high school located in the metropolitan Washington region
  • Able to attend all sessions of the program
To Apply
Print out and complete the three-part application form.
Applications must be postmarked by April 13, 2012.
Interviews will take place in late April at the National Gallery for select candidates.
Questions?
Contact museum educator Sarah Diallo at (202) 842-6252 or highschoolinstitute@nga.gov
Beginning and advanced high school art students welcome

Friday, March 30, 2012

Earn Community Service Hours Over Spring Break


Spring Break is just hours away, and to celebrate the upcoming week without school, The Community Service Guide is publishing one final post to ensure that TMA students are equipped to earn some community service hours amidst all the Spring Break boredom (Excitement! We meant to say excitement!).

Here are 17 opportunities for service happening this week:







7. Finally, Greater DC Cares has 11 service projects happening this week! Sign up here: http://www.greaterdccares.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Search_Page?p=vct

Don't forget to pick up a community service form from the Main Office before you leave for break! 

Questions: email Ms. Boehle-Silva at kboehle-silva@tmapchs.org

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Help Feed Seniors in Need with We Are Family DC

We Are Family coordinates monthly grocery deliveries to 450 seniors in the North Capitol/Shaw and Columbia Heights/Park View neighborhoods. We need your help to make this happen!  

We gather at either the Metropolitan Community Church or Kelsey Apartments to assemble the grocery bags and then split up into groups to deliver the groceries to seniors in various homes, individual apartments, and senior housing buildings. These seniors are facing poverty and social isolation that puts them at risk for hunger as well as other dangers. These deliveries are scheduled at the time in the month where their financial assistance is running low and they are likely facing tough choices like whether to keep their power on, pay for medicine, or feed themselves. 

With the current economic problems many seniors are getting less support and are facing higher costs, furthering their desperation. You can help make an immense difference in their lives!
We Are Family coordinates monthly grocery deliveries to 450 seniors in the North Capitol/Shaw and Columbia Heights/Park View neighborhoods. We need your help to make this happen! We gather at either the Metropolitan Community Church or Kelsey Apartments to assemble the grocery bags and then split up into groups to deliver the groceries to seniors in various homes, individual apartments, and senior housing buildings. These seniors are facing poverty and social isolation that puts them at risk for hunger as well as other danger...

To sign up for this and other volunteer opportunities, check out this webpage: http://www.wearefamilydc.org/volunteer/

Help St. Jude by Volunteering with the Great Urban Race

Great Urban Race is partnering up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, for the third year in 2012, after fundraising over $300,000 to date. You can support St. Jude by simply volunteering for Great Urban Race events.
The race will take place Downtown Washington D.C. on 5/12/12 and volunteers will be needed for a variety of jobs. The best volunteers are the ones who arrive with a smile and interact with participants. It's a fun-filled, fast-paced day for participants, staff, and volunteers alike! Volunteer shifts are from 10am-5pm.
Please contac...
Great Urban Race is partnering up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, for the third year in 2012, after fundraising over $300,000 to date. You can support St. Jude by simply volunteering for Great Urban Race events.

The race will take place Downtown Washington D.C. on 5/12/12 and volunteers will be needed for a variety of jobs. The best volunteers are the ones who arrive with a smile and interact with participants. It's a fun-filled, fast-paced day for participants, staff, and volunteers alike! Volunteer shifts are from 10am-5pm. 

Please contact us at greaturbanrace@stjude.org for more information on how to become a volunteer at The Great Urban Race Washington D.C. and support St. Jude!

Please register by 5/7/12 to be a part of this great event.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Can't Wait for Spring Break? Sign Up to Volunteer with an Easter Egg Hunt!

If you're looking to earn some community service hours over spring break, check out this event sponsored by Greater DC Cares:

Easter Egg Hunt

You can sign up to volunteer on the bottom of the page.

Neighboring Now: Beat the Streets with MPD

Volunteer Now and Throughout the Summer!


In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Department, HandsOn Greater DC Cares and other local partners, residents throughout the District will be invited out for a day of celebration in their communities! The "Beat the Streets" Movement was started to dispel violence, improve community relations and encourage citizens to live peacefully.

Music, food and games will be available at each event. The local government, the community, health and non-Profit agencies will also provide relevant services (Jobs, health screenings, aging information, mentoring services, etc.) to our District residents.  Bringing together these supporters allows access to information, applications and appointments which will help our Citizens succeed.  

Six events from May until September will be held in various neighborhoods throughout the District. Two shifts of volunteers throughout the day are requested for each event: a team to set-up (3PM - 5:30PM) and a team to break-down (5:30PM - 8PM). If you are able to stay for the entire day, we'd love to have you and invite you to enjoy the event! Volunteers will also be asked to assist in food preparation and serving, engage with residents, and to help residents find different services available at the event.

Friday, May 18th, 2012 - 10 M Street NW (Raindate on Friday, May 25th)
Friday, June 15th, 2012 - 14th & Saratoga Street NE (Raindate on Friday, June 22nd)
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 - 5400 Illinois Avenue NW (Raindate on Wednesday, July 18th)
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 - 3000 Buena Vista Terrace SE (Raindate on Wednesday, August 1st)
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 - 600 Park Road NW (Raindate on Wednesday, August 22nd)
Friday, September 21st, 2012 - 4500 Quarles Street NE (Raindate on Friday, September 28th)

For more information or to learn other ways in which you can participate, feel free to contact Officer Arthur Douglas at arthur.douglas@dc.gov. You can also contact one of the Neighboring Now representatives: Kierra Clark (kclark@greaterdccares.org | 202-777-4459) or Amanda Moore (amoore@greaterdccares.org | 202-777-4448).