Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Where to volunteer in the neighborhood?

Just got this question from a reader, and it's a good one. Please post your suggestions in the comments!
I'm wondering about whether there were organizations in this neighborhood looking for regular volunteers. I moved to Columbia Heights in March of 2011 and now that I’m fully settled, I’d like to get more involved in my neighborhood. Do you know of any organizations in need of regular volunteers?
Off the top of my head I can think of Martha's Table, and 826DC might, but last time I checked they had a huge waitilist. Any other ideas? 

14 comments:

  1. Don't forget about the local schools! Harriet Tubman ES, EL Haynes has a campus at Georgia and Otis, Park View ES, Col Heights Educational Campus.

    Also, the North Columbia Heights Civic Association (www.northcolumbiaheights.org)is looking for more citizen participation.

    Lots of opportunities!

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  2. The Grassroots Education Project is always looking for volunteers to read with kids at Tubman Elementary as part of its Reading All-Stars program. I'm one of the co-founders, so please let me know if you have any questions.

    You can get more information here: http://www.grassrootseducationdc.org/reading-all-stars/

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  3. BloomBars is in need of volunteers. Anything from lending a hand at events to helping with administrative things to booking artists and bands. Please email info@bloombars.com with subject "Volunteer" if you are interested or would like to know more about the positions available!

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  4. The Latin American Youth Center on Columbia Road can always use volunteers for their many education, arts, and other youth development programs. It is a wonderful, longstanding organization that serves youth in community.

    Go to http://layc-dc.org/index.php/get-involved/volunteer.html to get more information.

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  5. http://www.greaterdccares.org/ DC Cares keeps at list of local volunteer opportunities. Check out the website.

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  6. Positive Force DC always has a lot of projects going, from grocery deliveries and senior visits through we are family, to ESL classes, to helping out with JwJ campaigns, benefit shows, and other neighborhood projects. Check them out!

    positiveforcedc.org

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  7. Don't forget Thrive DC (www.thrivedc.org), the central homeless service provider in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. They're located right on 16th and Newton and are always looking for volunteers to prepare and serve meals; help in the computer lab; give resume/cover letter writing assistance; or lead a class like yoga or a book club. Definitely check it out!

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  8. This booklet provides a pretty good summary:

    http://www.northcolumbiaheights.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/booklet_export_2.pdf

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  9. City Paper just published a list of 70 places to give your time and money in DC:

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/41865/2011-giving-guide/

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  10. Loaves and Fishes at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 16th and Newton, the same place that is the home of Thrive. Volunteer signup calendar here: http://www.loavesandfishesdc.org/calendar

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  11. If anyone likes to run, Back on My Feet is always looking for more volunteers! www.backonmyfeet.org for more info!

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  12. ATTENTION LOCAL FOOD LOVERS! Even though the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace's 2011 season just ended, planning for next season has already begun!

    In fact, we're looking for a 9th Board member and have multiple committee positions open for the 2012 Marketplace Season.

    Please email volunteers@chfestivus.com if you're interested!

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  13. Also, Shrine of the Sacred Heart at 16th & Park needs help with feeding the homeless.

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