Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Volunteer with Arts & Cultural Programs at the DC Center

The DC Center

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is kicking its programming into high gear and needs volunteers for CenterArts, its all-volunteer arts and culture committee. Upcoming programs include the DC Queer Theatre Festival, the National Queer Spoken Word Summit and Slam, and the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair. Learn more by attending the next volunteer night (the first Monday of every month).

The DC Center has many other programs or "working groups," and if you're not interested in arts and culture, you can volunteer with any of their programs. Check their listings here

For more information on DC Center volunteer opportunities, please visit the CenterArts volunteer announcement online or the DC Center Volunteer Page.

Get Blinded by Science: Volunteer at the DC STEM Fair


The decades-long tradition for DC public, public charter, parochial, private and home-schooled students, the annual District of Columbia Science Fair is now the District of Columbia Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair -- and they need community support to make it a success. In its 66th year, DC STEM Fair gives students in grades 6-12 a chance to showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes offered by various government agencies, businesses and professional associations. Show your support for our future engineers, scientists and mathematicians and volunteer as a judge, or in other capacities, including set up, registration, scoring and more.

For more information or to register, please visit DC STEM Fair online or contact Alexandra Caceres.

Help Others Get a Running Start as a BoMF 8K Race Volunteer


Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within homeless and underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. BoMF needs volunteers for its St. Patrick's Day 8K, and race-day duties include water stations, registration, course guidance, and more. For each volunteer BoMF provides, money will be donated back to BoMF's program, so grab your friends, neighbors - everyone and anyone is welcome and encouraged to volunteer!

For more information or to register, visit the BoMF St. Patrick's Day 8K online or email Gretchen Gates.

Kids, Cooking & Culture: Volunteer with Common Threads

Common Threads

Common Threads educates children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and fosters an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Common Threads' after-school program engages low-income children 8 to 12 years old by teaching them how to cook healthy, ethnic meals while learning about their similarities and differences by preparing and sharing a nutritious meal. Common Threads is currently recruiting volunteers to support their chef instructors for their Spring Session, February through May, at five sites throughout the District. While Common Threads does ask that classroom volunteers commit to the full 10-week session, they also encourage anyone interested to contact them for more information other available opportunities.

Note: Common Threads classes are held at various locations, some more metro accessible than others. To see all upcoming classes, click here. You'll need to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the DC class list.

For more information, please email Susan Reilly, DC City Program Manager, or call (202) 660-3286.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Upcoming Service Trips with Teen Action

If you're looking for a way to get community service hours while working with friends, look no further than Teen Action! This TMA club, which meets every Wednesday after school in room 104, connects students with volunteer opportunities throughout the semester. The group has these upcoming trips:

Saturday, 2/25:
We Are Family (Columbia Heights & Park View Grocery Delivery) 9:30am -1pm **rescheduled for later in the month!

Thursday, 3/1
Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care (Mt. Vernon Sq Metro) 3:45pm- 6:00pm
Saturday, 3/24:
We Are Family (Columbia Heights & Park View Grocery Delivery) 9:30am -1pm
Thursday, 3/ 29
Martha’s Table  (U Street Metro) 3:45pm- 6:00pm

Saturday, 4/ 14
The Anacostia Watershed Society Nash Run Trash Trap cleanup (Deanwood Metro stop) 9am-1pm
Thursday 4/26
Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care (Mt. Vernon Sq Metro) 3:45pm- 6:00pm
Saturday 4/28
We Are Family (Columbia Heights & Park View Grocery Delivery) 9:30am -1pm

If you're interested in going on one of these trips, please come to a Teen Action meeting or talk with Ms. Boehle-Silva! 

Note: You must have a permission slip to participate, so sign up early!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Volunteer Opportunities Calendar: Hands On Greater DC Cares

Looking for something to do on the weekend or after school? Hands On Greater DC Cares has created a calendar of volunteer opportunities submitted by DC community service organizations.

To find opportunities, simply follow this link: http://www.greaterdccares.org/calendar and click on the opportunity that most interests you! Remember to check back for updates and more information as the semester continues!

Washington Parks and People - Help Clean Up Marvin Gaye Park

Washington Parks & People 
Visit the park! Volunteers will clean up and help beautify local and historical Marvin Gaye Park. Washington Parks and People is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a "zone of peace in the inner city." 

This event will take place on February 18th. For more information, and to sign up, visit: http://www.greaterdccares.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CA000000DUvK0MAL

Help for Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness

On March 25, 2012 at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC Chris4life Colon Cancer Foundation will be holding Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness. We need volunteers for set up and take down, water stations, course marshall's, food tent, registration tent, education tent, and other various activities on an as needed bases. The times will be from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Thank you in advance for your help and we will see you there on March 25, 2012.

For more information, visit: http://www.chris4life.org

To sign up, visit http://www.greaterdccares.org

Foggy Bottom Food Pantry

Foggy Bottom Food Pantry 
Share the splendors of food with families in need. Volunteers help bag groceries that will be given to low-income and homeless families. The Foggy Bottom Food Pantry provides over 200 families supplemental groceries twice a month. 

Metro accessible. Located in DC. This project is accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. 

To sign up, visit: http://www.greaterdccares.org

N Street Village: Volunteer on Sundays!

N Street Village

Come spend your Sunday morning with us! Help prepare and serve lunch to homeless women. Bethany provides homeless women with day programs and social services. 

Metro accessible. Located in DC. No minimum age.

For more information, visit: http://www.nstreetvillage.org/

To sign up, visit: http://www.greaterdccares.org

Emmaus Services for the Aging - Grocery Bagging

Emmaus Services for the Aging 
Join Emmaus Services for the Aging on the third Thursday of the month to help package groceries that will be delivered to home-bound seniors. Emmaus is a local nonprofit that reaches out to build trust with seniors to provide support, advocacy and services that help them remain active, respected, and independent members of the community. 

Located in DC. Metro accessible. No minimum age. This project is accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing.

For more information, check out: http://www.emmausdc.org/

To sign up, click here: http://www.greaterdccares.org/

Food for All: Help Make Food Accessible for DC Residents

 Food For All strives to provide food to those who are in temporary situations of need. Clients are generally elderly citizens, handicapped or single mothers with young children. The operation is entirely volunteer operated! Come help pack groceries, deliver food or help a driver navigate while deliveries are being made. A CAR IS VERY HELPFUL FOR THIS PROJECT, but not necessary. Located in DC.

Check out their website for more information:

Food for All-DC http://www.foodforalldc.org/wp/

To sign up, click here

Project Recycle: Barbara Chambers Children's Center

Are you a people person? Do you enjoy talking to complete strangers? Barbara Chambers Children's Center is seeking social-butterflies to assist them with a new project. 
Barbara Chambers Children's Center are hosting a Recycling Drive. They are collecting a number of used electronic items such as old cell phones, digital cameras, GPS's, etc. The Center seeks volunteers to be outposted at various locations throughout Washington, DC. Locations vary, and they are able to place volunteers where they feel most comfortable. They will provide you with a table and chair to sit, collect items, pass out flyers, talk to people, explain the program, etc. They encourage volunteers to outpost in their own neighborhoods where they know familiar faces and surroundings. 
The Center also needs volunteers to stand in front of the Center in Columbia Heights to remind people that donations are also accepted there. Volunteers may also be asked to canvass the neighborhoods (ONLY if they are comfortable in doing so) to ask community members to donate their used items. Volunteers who have relationships with churches in Washington DC are invited to perform outreach and ask people to donate their used items. Volunteers may be asked to stand by or inside the Metro stations to remind the public of our program. 
The Center would like volunteers to encourage people to donate their used items. Even if you are unable to donate time, but just happen to have a lot of techie-friends, you could still help to collect these items without actually being out in the community.
Note: If you volunteer with an adult, you only need to be 12 years old or older. If you volunteer by yourself, you need to be at least 18 years old.  
For more information, check out their website: